Celebrate our finest British traditions with fetes, carnivals and festivals on the Suffolk Coast this summer

The Aldeburgh Carnival Queen for 2016 has been chosen

The Aldeburgh Carnival Queen for 2016 has been chosen - Credit: Archant

Summer wouldn’t be summer without a seaside procession, a great British fete or a laid back music festival - and all of these happen in abundance on the Suffolk Coast.

Thousands of people visit the AldeburghFood and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings each year

Thousands of people visit the AldeburghFood and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings each year - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

See our guide to the best of summer events here.

FolkEast - August 19 to 21

Three days of family festival gun is on offer at FolkEast, a multi-arts based festival for everyone.

Thousands of people visit the AldeburghFood and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings each year

Thousands of people visit the AldeburghFood and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings each year - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The extravaganza takes place in the lovely Glemham Hall Grounds, hosted by the halls owner Major Philip Hope-Cobbold.


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In the organisers own words, the festival provides ‘Space to breathe, room to roam, games to play and frolics to frol!’

This year’s headliners are Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Blowzabella and Usher’s island with FolkEast patrons and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young’uns appearing in the mix and with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians.

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And with eight performance stages, you are bound to find some new favourites.

Thousands of people visit the AldeburghFood and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings each year

Thousands of people visit the AldeburghFood and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings each year - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

This is areal family event with activities aimed at all age groups.

For more information and to book tickets, visit their websiteAldeburgh Carnival - August 13 to 15

It is one of the most famous carnivals in the country and this year the 74th Aldeburgh Carnival make its way through this picturesque seaside town.

The theme for 2016 is circus so expect to see clowns and pretend animals everywhere!

The Carnival Queen has been chosen, elaborate floats and costumes are being planned, fireworks are booked and the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps is set to lead the processions. Don’t miss this colourful explosion.

Thorpeness Regatta and fireworks - August 19

A seafaring festival complete with fireworks, this day-long event is fund for children and grown-ups alike.

The event takes place at Thorpeness Meare from 10am.

The Meare opened in June 1913 and the first impromptu Regatta took place on the August Bank Holiday. The annual tradition continues with sailing events including canoeing and kayaking for children.

Later there will be a live band plus a barbecue and paella pans.

Sit in the beautiful Meare gardens for front row seats to the magical lit boat parade at dusk and fireworks at 9pm. A day not to be missed.

Suffolk Summer Theatre - running to mid-September

Suffolk Summer Theatre offer professional summer repertory theatre here on the Suffolk Coast. With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama including: Murder by the Book, Cash on Delivery, Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Old Country and The 39 Steps.

Each of the five shows will be performed in Southwold at St Edmund’s Hall and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September.

Hightide Festival - September 8 to 18

HighTide is a theatre company producing new plays in an annual festival in Aldeburgh and on tour.

Five brand new productions will premiere in the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh before transferring to internationally renowned theatres across the UK. Book now to see 5 ground-breaking new plays and so much more, including The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie by Anders Lustgarten, Girls by Theresa Ikoko, In Fidelity by Rob Drummond, Pilgrims by Elinor Cook and The Path - a special tenth anniversary production by Luke Barnes, E V Crowe, Vickie Donoghue, Thomas Eccleshare, Ella Hickson, Harry Melling and Vinay Patel.

For more information and to book tickets, visit their websiteAldeburgh Food and Drink Festival - September 24 and 25

Come and enjoy this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings.

With over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, all gathered to sell their produce including raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, award winning beer and spirits from sponsors Adnams, cyder from Aspall and delicious streetfood.

The festival is truly family friendly with free tickets for under 15s. There’s also free children’s activities and hands on cooking workshops.

Not only is there an amazing array of local produce but the festival also has two cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs.

For more information and to book tickets, see hereSnape Proms - until August 28

There is something for everyone at the Snape Proms with 30 fantastic summer nights out on the Suffolk Coast.

This year’s Proms will include everything from folk and jazz to world music, classical, comedy and poetry. Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Proms offers 31 concerts over 30 days celebrating music in all its diversity.

Prices start from just £6.50 for Prom tickets on the floor and 20 Prom tickets are always held back to sell on the day of the performance. Backstage tours will be offered at 12pm each Wednesday in August.

The Concert Hall Cafe & Restaurant will also be open so come and take the opportunity of enjoying its breathtaking view of the Alde Estuary whilst you enjoy your dinner.

For more information and to book, see hereFor more days out on The Suffolk Coast, see here

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