Your guide to the festivals in and around Aldeburgh

February 8, 2018

There is so much to see and do in and around Aldeburgh, particularly during festival season. 

If you’re not sure when to visit, it’s worth taking into consideration what’s going on, so you can make the most of your coastal getaway.

We’ve pulled together a roundup of the top local events from in and around Aldeburgh to make sure you don’t miss out! With something to suit all interests and perfectly compliment your visit to Aldeburgh.

For the music lovers

If you’re a fan of live music there is plenty for you to choose from with multiple festivals taking place… 

Aldeburgh Music Festival
Date: Friday 8th – Sunday 24th June
Venue: Snape Maltings
Distance from hotel: 15 minute drive 

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 celebrates Britten and America. This year’s artists and ensembles include Patricia Kopatchinskaja, John Wilson, Claire Chase, Sir Bryn Terfel, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, The Sixteen, Tamara Stefanovich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Le Concert Spirituel, John Wilson Orchestra, Alina Ibragimova, BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus many more.

With so much distinctive programming, this line-up of concerts, exhibitions, talks, films, walks and events at The Pumphouse and much-loved Bandstand on the Beach, just a short walk from the hotel.

See the full programme and book tickets here.

Snape Proms
Date: August
Venue: Snape Maltings
Distance: 15 minute drive

Artists from around the world will flock to Snape for 30 incredible events. Whether you’re a fan of folk, roots, jazz, or classical music; there will be a big band, orchestra, group or artist to interest you.

The line-up for this will be announced in April, so watch this space. 

Thorpefest
Date: Saturday 8th July
Venue: Thorpeness Country Club
Distance: 5 minute drive or 35 minute walk

This exclusive live music festival is held at Thorpeness Country Club and features nearly a dozen bands. 

This music festival is a great day out for people of all ages with last year’s line-up including music from the 60’s through to today. 

The line-up for this year’s event will be announced soon, and you can register your interest by calling 01728 451021 or email events@thorpeness.co.uk
Find out more here

Jimmy’s Festival
Date: Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July
Venue: Jimmy’s Farm
Distance: 50 minute drive

An annual celebration of great live music, delicious food and wholesome family fun. Happy Mondays will be headlining alongside other new and upcoming acts in the music industry.

There is also a Kids Zone which will be full of activities for all ages and top chefs will be cooking up a storm in the Cookhouse, where you can fill up on some of Britain’s best street food. 

Find out more and book tickets here.

Latitude
Date: Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th July
Venue: Henham Park, Southwold
Distance: 30 minute drive

Latitude is one of the bigger festivals held in our area, attracting people from all over the country. It’s not just music you can enjoy at Latitude; you can also catch some theatre, poetry, and comedy - and with a kids area and inbetweeners area (for over 12’s), there’s plenty to entertain all the family.

You can of course camp for the weekend at Henham Park, but if you prefer to sleep in a comfy bed with facilities and breakfast on hand, we would love to welcome you to our hotel. 

The line-up is yet to be revealed but tickets are on sale. Find out more here. 

For the theatre and literary lovers

HighTide Festival
Date: 12-17th September
Venue: Local
 
HighTide Festival is an annual festival of new plays on the gorgeous Suffolk Coast. HighTide will be presenting world premieres of new work by exciting voices in theatre, surrounded by a programme of talks with world-class artists, play readings, comedy, visiting artists, site specific events and much more.
www.hightide.org.uk 

Aldeburgh Literary Festival
Date: Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th March
Venue: Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Distance: Local

The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by the John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop.  It features an extraordinary variety of talks, from the local to the global, the serious to the hilarious, the scientific to the philosophical.  

See this year's line up here.

Something different

It’s not all about music in Aldeburgh, there’s plenty of other festivals taking place to keep you entertained, plus our amazing Aldeburgh Carnival which is not to be missed!

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival
Date: Saturday 11th August  
Venue: Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Distance: 50 minute drive

A great day out for all the family; if you’re staying in Aldeburgh over this weekend, it’s worth heading to Oulton Broad to watch as around 40 teams battle it out over the 200m race course.


As well as the colourful and exciting races, a wide range of continuous bankside entertainment including funfair, inflatable games, children’s activities, food stalls and bar guarantee a fabulous day for all the family!

Find out more here.

Maverick Festival
Date: 6th July – 8th July
Venue: Easton Farm Park
Distance: 30 minute drive

Known as the UK’s first and finest Americana Festival, Maverick Festival will feature more than 40 artists across five stages (indoors and out), food and drink stands, film and workshops.

Don't expect any big pop names here, it's very much a scene-focused exploration of some of the finest names in the Americana field. 

Find out more here.

Folk East 
Date: 18th – 20th August 
Venue: Glemham Hall
Distance: 15 minute drive

Although, technically a music festival, Folk East is often described as more of an English village fete and has so much to offer its visitors. 

As well as its six stages showcasing live local and national artists, there is also an instrument makers’ festival, the FolkEast Art Arcade, donkey rides, children’s activities, yoga, poetry, storytelling, horse drawn carriage rides and tours of Glemham Hall. There will also be a dance venue and numerous workshops covering song, instruments, writing, art and heritage crafts. 

To see the line-up announced so far and find out more here.

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Date: 29th - 30th September
Venue: Snape Maltings
Distance: 15 minute drive

If you’re a food and drink lover, then the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is for you. Celebrating Suffolk’s thriving food and drink scene, over 90 food and drink producers gather to sell their produce and delicious street food. There are also 2 cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs. 

Plus, there’s plenty for all the family, with free entry for under 15’s and free activities and hands on cooking workshops to keep the little hands occupied.  

Planning is underway for 2018’s festival so put the dates in your diary now and keep an eye on the website.

Aldeburgh Carnival
Date: Saturday 18th – Monday 20th August
Venue: Aldeburgh
Distance: Local

Across the three days, there will be plenty to entertain all ages, with lots of fun activities you can get involved with as well as spectate; right on the doorstep of our hotel. 

Highlights include the Carnival procession, fireworks, mini marathon, carnival village, and swimming races in the sea, to name a few. Plus of course there are many food, drink and other commercial stalls, as well as rides for children. 


Find out more here.
 
To book your stay with us, please click here or call 01728 452071. 
If our hotel is fully booked over your desired weekend, why not try out sister hotel, The White Lion, which is also located on Aldeburgh’s seafront, a few hundred metres away. 

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