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When to stay in Aldeburgh – your guide to the festivals in our area
Date: 22.02.2017
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 in the area so you can make the most of your coastal getaway.

If you are planning on visiting and staying with us during festival season, it’s also advisable to book early as we fill up very quickly festival goers.


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 9th – Sunday 25th June 2017
Venue: Snape Maltings
Distance from hotel: 15 minute drive

This year marks the 70th Aldeburgh Festival, as well as the 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings. To celebrate 50 years, the programme includes nods to the past with performances of five Britten works that were premiered in Snape, including a Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Netia Jones.

There are also numerous walks, talks, films, exhibitions, the 30+ non-classical events at The Pumphouse fringe, plus free music every lunchtime on the Bandstand on the Beach, just a short walk from the hotel.

See the full programme and book tickets at https://snapemaltings.co.uk/season/aldeburgh-festival/

Snape Proms

Date: August (TBC) 2017
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. Click here to find out more


Date: Saturday 8th July 2017
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 22nd – Sunday 23rd July 2017
Venue: Jimmy’s Farm
Distance: 50 minute drive
An annual celebration of great live music, delicious food and wholesome family fun, the line-up for this year’s main stage includes Scouting for Girls, Chas & Dave, KT Tunstall and Matt Cardle to name a few, with more yet to be announced.

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 at http://www.jimmysfestival.co.uk/


Date: Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th July 2017
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


HighTide Festival

Date: 12-17th September 2017
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.

Aldeburgh Literary Festival

Date: Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th March 2017
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.

For this year's line up click here


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: Sunday 14th May 2017
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: 30th June – 2nd July 2017
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 at http://www.maverickfestival.co.uk/

Folk East

Date: 18th – 20th August 2017
Venue: Glenham 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 to find out more, visit http://www.folkeast.co.uk/

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Date: 23rd-24th September 2017
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.

Things to do in Aldeburgh

With its stunning sunsets, wide skies and breath-taking scenery, Suffolk is a county of incredible beauty.

Click here for more information about things to do in Aldeburgh
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