19th June 2014
Festivals on the Coast
The Suffolk coast plays host to many great events, and with the summer arriving on our doorsteps, so too has the festival season. Here are a few major festival attractions in the area for your consideration…
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
The Festival takes place during the last weekend in September, in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, where reed-covered marshlands stretch into the distance towards Aldeburgh. With 80 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, visitors gather year on year to enjoy and buy produce including raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, award-winning beer and spirits from sponsors Adnams, cyder from Aspall and delicious street-food.
The Festival is family friendly with free tickets for under 12s with free activities for children and cookery workshops.
The third annual FolkEast festival will take place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014 at a new location in 300 acres of parkland at Glemham Hall, in Suffolk.
As well as a wide roster of folk music, the festival also offers ceilidhs, Morris teams, song, dance and instrument workshops, sessions, mardling marquees, local ales & fine food as well as a vintage tea tent, storytelling, traditional craft & art stalls and demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities for children and adults alike to join in.
The ultimate Suffolk festival returns this year from the 17th until the 20th of July. As well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages - The Obelisk Arena, The BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, The i Arena, and the Huw Stephens curated Lake Stage, the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature.
Headlining acts this year include The Black Keys, Damon Albarn, HAIM, Editors and Two Door Cinema Club, with stand-up comedy from the likes of Dara O Briain, Simon Amstell, Al Murray and Kevin Bridges.
Soul by the Sea
A major date on Suffolk’s coastal calendar, this fantastic open air concert returns to the shores of Aldeburgh after the huge success of 2013’s edition, Sixties by the Sea.
Aldeburgh’s premiere free event celebrates music in all its glory, with a jam-packed schedule of live bands taking to the stage and playing their soulful sounds to punters on the Suffolk coastline. 2014’s line-up on the 5th July includes a fantastic array of soul artists, including headliners Geno Washington and ultimate party band, Soul Kitchen.
Champagne and beer marquees along with freshly cooked food stands add to the festival feel, with a daytime aerobatic aircraft performance from the RV8tors also spicing things up. For further details, including the full line-up, visit: www.soulbythesea.net