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The Best Suffolk Festivals in 2018

As festival season kicks-off there has never been a better time to visit Suffolk. Festivals in Suffolk are more varied than anywhere else in the country and attract inspiration from the UK's leading music and arts festival to a festival celebrating Brazilian culture, seafood and wood - there's a Suffolk festival for every interest, all-year-round. With so many to choose from, we've created a selection of the best to get you started.

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Here are some of our favourites...

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

 Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Recognised as one of the top food festivals in the country, Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival attracts foodies from far and wide to Suffolk for a hedonistic weekend of tasting, talking about and discovering the rich variety of East Anglian produce. Following the main festival weekend are three weeks of fringe events, ranging from chocolate-making workshops to pop-up restaurants.


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FolkEast Festival in Suffolk


Folk music and culture is deeply ingrained in Suffolk, and FolkEast Festival celebrates this ancient link like no other. A unique combination of folk music, food and crafts, all “suffused with good vibrations” has won FolkEast it’s place among the UK’s top folk festivals, a position that’s wholeheartedly deserved. This year's line-up puts the spotlight on legendary bands Oysterband and Show of Hands, and offers a range of satellite events including craft demonstrations and workshops.

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PhotoEast returns to Suffolk for a second year and we can’t wait! This biennial photography festival brings together over 30 internationally renowned photographers around the 2018 festival theme of Belonging. Artist's work will be exhibited in gallery spaces, shipping containers, cafés and outdoor billboards along Ipswich Waterfront during this month-long event. 

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Flipside Festival 2018


A festival like no other, FlipSide makes Brazilian and British culture collide in an explosive 3-day party on The Suffolk Coast. Alongside talks and readings from the best Brazilian and British novelists, festival-goers can dance to Samba, taste Brazilian food, admire art and take part in various workshops.

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Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival

What better way to get to know Suffolk than exploring its loveliest landscapes on foot? Taking place over three weeks every spring, the Suffolk Walking Festival offers thousands of walkers the chance to join 120 guided walks across the county through countryside, forests, heaths, towns and villages, and along 50 miles of coast.

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Felixstowe Book Festival with Dame Jenni Murray

Felixstowe Book Festival

Among the newest literary festivals in Suffolk, the Felixstowe Book Festival has a love for reading at its core. With talks from writers and novelists hailing from many different genres, it describes itself as a festival ‘for those who always have their head buried in a book and those who haven’t yet fully experience the wonder of reading.” Dame Jenni Murray and Sir Vince Cable are amongst the guests.

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