A fine mix of culture at the UK’s most easterly point
Lowestoft affords visitors a perfect base from which to explore both Suffolk and Norfolk, but also offers enough in the way of culture to be a must-visit destination all in itself.
The UK’s most easterly town, which spawned both Benjamin Britten and British rockers The Darkness, presents an equally diverse cultural offering.
Take First Light: a free 24-hour free festival, staged on the Blue Flag beach to the south of Claremont Pier to mark the June summer solstice (pictured). Over 40,000 festival goers took part in the inaugural event in 2019, which featured big-name DJs and musicians, such as Gilles Peterson and Talvin Singh, performing alongside yoga teachers, theatre makers, storytellers, orchestras, sandcastle builders and a bunch of key scientists from the Natural History Museum.
Meanwhile, year-round cultural highlights in Suffolk’s second biggest town (after Ipswich) include the 800-seat Marina Theatre, which started life in the 1870s as a rollerskating rink. These days, the Marina stages touring West End musicals and plays, live music and top-class comedians, in addition to a continued residency from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
On a more intimate scale, the Seagull Theatre is a not-for-profit community organisation that hosts work by local talent, regional and national touring theatre companies and a wide selection of classes and community events.
Add to that the compact but comprehensive award-winning Maritime Museum, the East Anglia Transport Museum, which comes complete with a fully functioning vintage tramline, and the UK’s tallest inland wind turbine (the appropriately name Gulliver), and you’ll find Lowestoft has something for everyone, all year round.