Top 10 Festivals in East Anglia

FolkEast - 19th to 21st August 2016

The biggest of Suffolk’s folk festivals, FolkEast is one for the music-loving, craft-appreciating, local-food-eating, barefoot dancers out there. Local folk bands form a large part of the line-up, but folk’s big names have also been represented such as The Unthanks, Peatbog Faeries, The Young’uns, Martin Carthy, John Spiers and Steeleye Span. In addition, there’s heritage crafts, Morris dancers, a chance to explore beautiful Glemham Hall, and plenty of local food and drink producers.

Where to stay: Head to Aldeburgh for the White Lion Hotel, The Brudenell, or stay somewhere a little more unique such as a Martello Tower.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 13th to 29th May 2016

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is arguably the oldest arts festival in the country and top five in terms of size. Norfolk’s biggest cultural event brings world-class international music, performance, visual art and literature to the region for more than two weeks every May. As well as premieres and new commissions, there’s a vibrant free outdoor programme too.

Where to stay: The Old Rectory B&B is a Grade II listed Georgian house dating back to 1754 and close to the city centre and river, or try Sprowston Manor close to the Broads.


Latitude Festival to 14th – 17th July 2016

One of the nation’s leading festivals adorns Henham Estate on the Suffolk coast every summer, welcoming tens of thousands of people to Suffolk: Latitude. Set in acres of gorgeous parkland centred round a spectacular lake, Latitude Festival comprises the music of Glastonbury, Europe’s largest poetry event, film showings, theatre productions, art installations and areas especially created for children and teenagers.

Where to stay: Find traditional festival camping as well as a dedicated family campsite area onsite, with special early-morning entertainment for children. Or for a bit of sophisticated sanctuary there is the luxury camping from tipis, airstreams and gypsy caravans. Or why not stay in nearby Southwold, where you’ll find all the creature comforts you could want and experience a taste of local life?

Norfolk Food & Drink Festival 2016

The Norfolk Food & Drink Festival is the country’s largest month-long countywide food festival and takes place in September, with special weekend events including at Holkham Hall, plus Battle of the Bangers, PorkFest, The Big Onion and Moveable Feast. Choose what kind of foodie weekend you want!

Where to stay: Briarfields is just a few miles from Holkham, close to RSPB Titchwell and with great views across the marshes to the sea.


Red Rooster Festival - 2nd to 4th June 2016

For a pure weekend of Rhythm and Blues head to Euston Hall in the heart of Suffolk for Red Rooster. Influenced by their travels around the world hunting down the best musicians, new and old, this event demonstrates a passion for music, food and drink and good times. Expect the finest in R&B, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country musicians and enjoy the sounds, smells and tastes from the Deep South of America.

Where to stay: For the true Deep South take residence in a Lotus Belle Tent onsite. If this doesn’t grab you, The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds will provide you with all the comforts of a good night’s stay.

Out There Festival - 16th to 18th September 2016

The Out There Festival in September is quickly gaining a reputation as Europe’s leading street arts and circus skills festival. Taking place outdoors in Great Yarmouth, there’s free entertainment on the seafront, in St Georges Park and in the town centre. Great Yarmouth also hosts the annual Maritime Festival in September.

Where to stay: The Hamilton on Great Yarmouth seafront opposite the Venetian Waterways is just a stroll from the action.


PULSE Festival - 26th May to 4th June 2016

Ipswich is a cultural capital of the East of England, which is headed up by PULSE Festival: an annual 10-day celebration of ground-breaking theatre. It provides a welcomed platform for the presentation of British artists across various genres, from theatre to dance and everything in between. Expect inspiring and contemporary theatre handpicked from across the country. They also dedicate part of the event to Children and Young Peoples’ Day from the age 3 and up.

Where to stay: Right on Ipswich’s marina waterfront stands the Salthouse Harbour Hotel. Expect modern art and design, and knock-out views.

Crab & Lobster Festival - 21st to 22nd May 2016

The Crab & Lobster Festival takes places in Cromer and Sheringham every May - a long weekend of food, fun, art, music, heritage and entertainment. Why are the crabs and lobsters so good here? Because they feed off the world’s longest chalk reef just offshore.

Where to stay: The Grade II listed Dales Country House Hotel is nestled in National Trust parkland, close to the coast.


Aldeburgh Festival - 10th to 26th June 2016

For 17 days each June the world’s leading musicians converge on the Suffolk coast for the Aldeburgh Festival. Founded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948, and now with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as its Artistic Director, the Aldeburgh Festival is one of Europe’s leading classical music festivals hosted in the stunning surroundings of Snape Maltings. The programme includes orchestral and chamber music, opera, the contemporary art show SNAP, walks and talks and a vibrant fringe programme at The Pumphouse.

Where to stay: For convenience, base yourself in one of Snape Maltings many stylish self-catering cottages. Expect great walks, shops, galleries, deli, café and a pub, all onsite.

The Holt Festival - 23rd to 31st July 2016

The Holt Festival takes place in July in this gorgeous Georgian market town. Look out for an eclectic mix of international music, drama, visual art, comedy, literature, street theatre and cinema.

Where to stay: After all that culture retreat back to the coast at the lovely Blakeney Hotel overlooking the National Trust harbour.