Ultimate Festival Guide 2017

3rd May 2017

The East Anglia Festival Guide 

We’ve listed over 70 festivals taking place across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire this summer 

Big name headliners, music mayhem, foodie feasts, amazing arts and more – this year’s festival scene is bigger and better than ever before, and it’s all on our doorstep! To get you excited about five months of fun and frolics, we’ve put together the ultimate festival guide for 2017.

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Local Festivals

19-22 May, Vintage 1940s, Lavenham, Suffolk

The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa has joined with vintage events group, The Baker Boy Collective, to host a series of 1940s events across the village to commemorate the 75th anniversary of US Forces starting to arrive in the East of England in support of World War II. There will be 1940s swing dance, vintage afternoon tea, film show and a history talks. 

Highlights: Don’t miss the Vintage Affair at Hedingham Castle on 21 May

19-28 May, Bury St Edmunds Festival, Suffolk

Expect 10 days jam-packed with entertainment in venues around the town. The festival offers a selection of international artists as well as home-grown talent. There’s also informative walks, street performers and wine tasting! Read more at www.buryfestival.co.uk

Highlights: Acoustic Beatles, Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band and The Westbrooke Blake 

Hadleigh Festival of Gardening and Art, 20 May – 17 September 

Taking place throughout the summer, the festival will celebrate the life and work of the artist and plantsman, Sir Cedric Morris.

Launching on 20 May with the festival marquee,activities will continue until 17 September, and include events such as film, the Hadleigh Open Gardens on 10 June and the Magical Picnic on 20 August, to name a few! The festival closes with the The Big Bouquet from 11 –17 September; a Cedric Morris exhibition plus work created by members of the public. 

Highlights: The Town will be decorated with floral bunting which members of the community have been making since last October.

7-15 July, The Oundle International Festival, Cambs

The Oundle International Festival is proud to announce its 2017 programme which includes concerts by world class musicians, rising stars and local performance groups, an art exhibition by local artists, Oundle Open Gardens, two successful authors in conversation, film screenings and the return well loved Festival events which will bring music, theatre, walks, talks, art and cinema to Northamptonshire’s beautiful market town. Now in its 33rd year, the festival provides a fantastic opportunity to see internationally recognised performers on a local stage.

Highlights: The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Oundle on Show, Outdoor Cinema:  Back to the Future and Party at the Wharf Featuring:  Absolute Bowie

1-16 July, Wymondham Music Festival, Norfolk

The Festival returns for its 22nd year with a packed programme of open air events, recitals and concerts. Festival fortnight begins with music in the Market Place, then Featherfest takes over, rocking The Feathers pub until 11pm.

The Festival’s largest event, the Jazz Picnic is at Becketswell on Monday 3 July with Simon Nelson’s DixieMix, and the popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic for the under 5s will be at King’s Head Meadow on Sunday 9 July (11am-1pm). The festival brings together a mix of music including classical, folk and indie rock. The annual Town Busking Day is also on the menu, taking place on Saturday 27 May, 11am-2pm, and there are a series of Market Place Music sessions on Saturdays 3, 10 and 24 June, from 11am-1pm.

Highlights: The Vagaband and Wymondham Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert

14-16 July, Brentwood Festival, Essex

Each year the festival grows in popularity. Held at the Brentwood Centre, guests are treated to a weekend of live music, food, a festival market and fairground. This year’s headliners include Status Quo, Go West and Jocelyn Brown. Camping facilities are available.

Highlights: Status Quo and after parties with DJs

8-17 June, The Woolpit Festival 2017, Suffolk

Every year the village of Woolpit hosts 10 days of entertainment with a focus on local artists and talent. This year has a full and varied programme of theatre, music and comedy.

Highlights: Eastern Angles Theatre Group, Charlie Haylock and English National Opera baritone Mark Saberton

17 June – 30 September, Cambridge ROAR

The annual Festival of charity events returns with a schedule of comedy nights, corporate games, swanky dinners and glitzy balls. This year, sees an expansion of the ROAR with all the much-loved favourites plus some new and exciting additions. Kicking off the summer months’ extravaganza on 17 June are the Corporate Games.

If rolling about in a giant inflatable ball is not for some, there is the more refined Champagne Dinner on 21 June, during which diners can immerse themselves in VIP luxury. Continuing with the glamour, on 24 June the red carpet Summer Ball  launches summer with an exciting black tie bonanza. The host for the evening will be infamous racing presenter and commentator Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson! There’s also The Cambridge Roar B2B Exhibition,

Afternoon Tea, White Collar Boxing, Sporting Heroes dinner, Comedy Night, Cambridge Fashion Show, Cambridge Magazine Wedding Fair and the grand finale of the Fire and Ice Ball on 30 September.

Highlights: well-known names in motorsports and Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson.

7-15 July, 8 Day Weekend, Saffron Walden, Essex

Every three years the market town of Saffron Walden gets in on the festival action with an eight-day carnival celebration. Organised by Saffron Walden Round Table in collaboration with local businesses, there’s music and fun events for everyone to enjoy. Book tickets at www.8dayweekend.co.uk

Highlights: Ladies Night and One Night of Queen

Hanse Festival 2017, 20-21 May 

Two days of exciting events and activities have been organised to celebrate International Hanse Day and the 12th anniversary of King’s Lynn’s membership of the new Hanse. During the festival, there will be a rare chance to see inside the incomparable Elizabethan tower at Clifton House. The owners of this historic merchant’s house are opening the tower especially for the festival. A small fee is payable. 

Hanse Walks will explore the fascinating history of King’s Lynn’s links with the Hanseatic ports. The walks will be led by Kings’ Lynn Town Guides, and will be an hour-long tour of the town’s key Hanseatic buildings. The walks are free to attend but must be pre-booked through the Tourist Information Centre. Both walks take place on Saturday 20 May. 

On Sunday 21 May, there will be fun activities for children at the town hall, including a special Hanse Trail that will guide young visitors round the stunning Stories of Lynn exhibition. The ever-popular medieval dancing in the Stone Hall at the town hall will return – delighting audiences and getting everyone tapping their toes. Further details at www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk

Highlights: History and Archaeology Symposium lecture, Hanse Musik and live music 

The best music festivals in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex 

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7-9 July, Ely Folk Festival,Ely, Cambridgeshire

Sitting in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, famed for its spectacular sunsets and vast open sky, what better location is there for a folk music and dance festival? Set to be better than the last, the Ely Folk Festival returns with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, Morris displays and ceilidhs. The family friendly festival is based on a single site, which includes marquees, camping facilities, food stalls, trade stands, a real-ale bar and children’s entertainment.

Highlights: Friday Night Showcase , The Elephant Sessions and Seth Lakeman

27-28 May, Leestock Music Festival, Long Melford, Suffolk

This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a line-up you won’t want to miss! Held in the grounds of Melford Hall the festival raises money for national charity the Willow Foundation, which supports seriously ill young adults. This year’s headliners include Wheetus, Toploader and Goldie Lookin Chain

Highlights: Newton Faulkner and Tinchy Stryder

9-25 June, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Suffolk

This year the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings. There’s an amazing line up of performers and musicians, and special homage to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a new production of the Britten opera which opened Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 1967. There’s also a free exhibition by Maggi Hambling, titled ‘Walls of Water’ and performances from La Voix Humaine and Laura Moody’s song-based drama, ‘Parallelist’.

Highlights: Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra and Film: Benjamin Britten and his Festival

1-3 June, Red Rooster, Euston Hall, Suffolk

The Suffolk Rhythm & Blues festival, returns for its fourth year this summer. Headliners include JD McPherson and Danny & The Champions of the World. Resident DJs will be spinning the finest RnB, Soul and Rock n Roll  ‘til the early hours. Red Rooster aims to champion the very best in R’n’B, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country, the perfect destination for a ‘Deep South’ weekend of music, food and culture.

Highlights: Nick Lowe and JD McPherson

17 June, Culford’s Opera in the Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

This magical outdoor concert with internationally acclaimed London Festival Opera returns for a midsummer’s evening to remember. Operatic favourites and popular showstoppers will be performed in Culford Hall’s beautiful grounds. This year the company will take the audience on a journey of Opera through history: from the music of the court of Henry VIII right through to 20th-century showstoppers from Puccini and Gilbert and Sullivan. Adult tickets £35.

Highlights: Enjoy a picnic before the performance

17 June – 27 August, Newmarket Nights, Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk

The line up for this year’s Newmarket Nights concerts is one of the best yet, but you’ll need to be quick, tickets are selling out fast. Combining an evening of horse racing and live music the Newmarket Nights are a great summer event. This year the line-up includes Little Mix on 23 June, The Jacksons on 30 June, James on 4 August, Chase and Status on 11 August, Olly Murs on 18 and Jess Glynne on 26 August.

Highlights: Olly Murs and Jess Glynne

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4-6 August, Bedford Park Concerts, Beds

This year it’s a party as there’s a whole evening dedicated to the 80s into the 90s. Followed by The Kaiser Chiefs on 5 August and the Bedford Proms on Sunday 6 August.

Highlights: A grand finale firework and laser show

9-11 June, Homegrown Music Festival, Barrow, Suffolk

Homegrown Music Festival will return to Barrow for a long weekend of live music from the best of East Anglia’s signed and unsigned talent. Visitors can enjoy a showcase of the local bands. Unlike other festivals Homegrown is all about keeping it simple with realistically priced food and drink available. As well as great music there’s activities such as yoga and art workshops.

Highlight: Check out the silent disco

22-25 June, Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh on Sea, Essex

A fabulous festival that draws visitors from far and wide, expect a diverse mix of music and entertainment. The pastoral, village fete atmosphere of the Library Gardens and the bustling, waterfront location of Old Leigh are both fundamental to the spirit of the weekend, and offer a natural, unpretentious welcome to visitors.

Highlights: A high quality audio release specially created to commemorate 25 years of Leigh Folk Festival is available titled ‘‘Dog Days, Devil Fish & Darkest England: Songs & Tunes from 25 years of Leigh Folk Festival

15 July, Battle of the Proms, Hatfield House, Herts

This year Battle Proms celebrates its 20th anniversary. Growing in popularity each year, The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the pretty parkland at Hatfield House. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon of entertainment starting with a picnic in the grounds from 4.30pm, followed by Napoleonic Cavalry Display, The Jazz Spivs and Evening Gun Salute. The music programme will feature a celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes. The Battle Proms Orchestral performance and a traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale close the event. Tickets from £38. 

Highlights: An aerial display is performed in the skies above the arena by Carolyn Grace in the legendary Grace Spitfire.

16 July, Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House, Herts

The one day festival offers award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent across two stages. The day also features crafts, workshops and a creative family area. Tickets from £39.50.

Highlights: Headliners include Levelling the Land, Kate Rusb, Eric Bibb and A Show of Hands

18-20 August, FolkEast, Glenham Hall, Suffolk

A wonderful rural event with local and international acts. Headliners include Jon Boden, Lau and Hay Field. There’s also a great selection of food and drink from local producers, dance workshops, displays and arts and crafts. The Young’uns podcast returns for another year as does John Spiers who will yet again bring his green fingers to the panel of Gardeners Cornered.

Highlights: Look out for the new look BroadRoots Club

27-30 July, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs

One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, the festival attracts thousands each year. Its renowned for it mix of music and great line-up of artists. Over 40 acts will be taking to the stage, The Den will provide a platform for up-and-coming artists, while The Hub is a music-making area exclusively for young people aged 10-18. Camping facilities, children’s entertainment, music workshops and other entrainment will also be available.

Highlights: Shirley Colins, Indigo Girls and Olivia Newton-John

3-6 August, Cambridge Rock Festival, Barton, Cambs

Across four days bands will take to the stage to play some of the best Rock and Blues, Folk Rock and NWBHM around. There’ll be a great selection of food and over 70 real beer and ales. For those wanting to make the most of the weekend camping facilities are available. 

25-27 August, Maui Waui Festival, Theberton,  Suffolk.

Now in its 5th year the festival is quickly becoming one of the most talked about in East Anglia. With a huge range of live music that includes electro swing, gypsy jazz, reggae, folk and world music plus comedy, cabaret acts, circus and street performers, the Maui Waui Festival is a fabulous family events.

Highlights: Full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts

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11 August, Classic Ibiza, Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Classic Ibiza will be returning to one of Norfolk’s best-known beauty spots with a playlist of White Island party anthems with the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) and DJ Goldierocks bringing some of the biggest dance tracks from the last 20 years to life!  It will start with a chilled set and, as the sun goes down, the vocalists and USO’s dynamic musicians will ramp things up as the evening breaks into festive-club mode with accompanying lasers – the biggest classical dance party of the year! Tickets £35

12 August, Great British Proms, Blickling Hall, Norfolk

The Great British Proms at Blickling, is now a firm favourite in the Norfolk calendar. This year’s event promises to be the best yet, with a British feast of music from across the home nations being performed by the National Symphony Orchestra.  The music in the first half will also feature Welsh Male vocal group ‘Only Men Aloud’ and the City of Norwich Pipe Band with tunes including ‘The Dam Busters March’, ‘Bread of Heaven’, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Flower of Scotland’. 

Highlights: Proms favourites including ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Land of Hope & Glory’ and British anthem ‘Jerusalem’. Tickets £35 at www.greatbritishprom.co.uk

UB40 to perform at Holkham Hall, 27 August

LHG Live and Live Promotions have announces that Holkham Hall in north Norfolk will host UB40 on Sunday 27 August 2017 as part of the band’s summer Grandslam UK Tour. UB40 – featuring original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with a fantastic eight-piece band, will be bringing their inimitable blend of reggae and pop greatest hits to the forefront of the summer calendar at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

The UB40 Grandslam Tour will run from Friday 19 May throughout the summer in diverse venues all over the UK, finishing with the newly announced concert at Holkham Hall on Sunday 27 August. Each of these shows promises concertgoers a first-hand experience of an outdoor event, with the addition of a real festival vibe; the result of the unique Grandslam format of the tour.

22-24 September, Deepdale Festival

Deepdale Backpackers & Camping will host a small but perfectly formed music festival across two stages in the last weekend of September. There will be the regular stage in the Brick Barn and an Acoustic Tent.

The programme is still being worked on, however there will be music on Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday afternoon. Come and enjoy some great live music, spoken word and more.  

23 September, Subterranean Festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange

This is a brand new indie and rock festival in the heart of Cambridge. The all-day event is aimed at music fans of all ages. The venue will be used in a new creative way with three stages (The Inferno Stage, The Labyrinth Stage and The Underworld Stage) placed inside the venue’s main auditorium rotating to provide the very best local talent alongside some national bands from the worlds of rock and indie. The upstairs bar of the venue will become The Lair, featuring the very best in acoustic rock and indie. The event will also have festival shopping area and food. Tickets £15.

Highlights: Headliners include The Amorettes, indie band PINS and Stone Broken

Arts & Cultural Events in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 

12-28 May, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norfolk

The programme, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature and events for children, includes world premieres, concerts and one-off events, including a number of free outdoor events across the festival. Follow us on Instagram @eastlifemag for our live snaps from the festival!

Highlights: Headline production for the Adnams Spiegeltent, Driftwood, a colourful and turbulent concoction from Casus Circus

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12 May, Watch Out Festival, Cambridge Junction

The one day event will feature theatre and dance exploring new and dangerous ideas from some of the country’s leading artists.

It features world premieres, a UK premiere, previews and more brand new work by performing artists based across the country. The shows and projects this year encourage audiences to explore, see and engage with their local surroundings in new ways – Cambridge, the local community, the Cambridge Leisure square, Cambridge Junction’s spaces, the wider world, family, strangers, and each-other.

Highlights: 24 Hour Radio Local and Play Cambridge Now or Never!

1-10 June, Pulse Festival, Ipswich, Suffolk

If you’re a fan of theatre and the arts, this is one festival not to be missed! Performances and events take place at a number of venues across the town including the New Wolsey Theatre, New Wolsey Studio and HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery. Part curated, part open application festival, it offers inspiring contemporary theatre across a variety of genres, from theatre to dance and everything in between. Stay up-to-date with action by using #Pulse17

Highlights: The successes of the Suitcase Prize Day and Scratch Day continue with new work from returning companies

1 July, Fling Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

The fun and creative festival for adults returns for a day of live music, burlesque and cabaret, surreal theatre and immersive arts and crafts, plus the yummy food. Headliners include The Fontanas and The Brass Funkeys.

Highlights: A beach, silent disco and fire garden

22-30 July, Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk

Year after year this vibrant cultural festivals serves up the very best arts and performances from across the region. From comedy to cuisine and pop to politics there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Acts include Robert McCrum, Tanya Holt and Viva Cuba. More acts are still to be announced.

Highlights: Don’t miss Cirque Du Cabaret

1-2 July, Felixstowe Book Festival, Suffolk

Now in its fourth year, patron Esther Freud describes this bright, breezy and diverse literary festival by the sea as “a flourishing festival, with a programme to catch the imagination.” 2017 programming will include Stella Rimmington and Louis de Bernieres.

Highlights: Breakfast with Café poets and Book Trail

The best Country Shows 2017

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27-28 May, Hertfordshire Country Show, The Showground, Redbourn, Herts

Now in its 131st year, the show is one the UK’s premier county and agricultural Shows. Great entertainment for the whole family there will be over 1,500 animals, 300 exhibitors, food hall and an extensive displays programme.

Highlights: Devil’s Horsemen Wild West & Cossacks and Sheep Show

31 May – 1 June, The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk

The annual Suffolk Show celebrates agriculture and farming life. Its renowned for its grand ring displays, amazing animals, spectacular show jumping and local produce. There’s also a dedicated shopping area with fashion from local boutiques, crafts and homeaware.

Highlights: Shetland Pony Grand National and cookery theatre 

6 August, The Wayland Show, Watton, Norfolk

One of the UK’s longest running traditional agricultural shows in the UK, it provides families with a fun-filled, dynamic and educational day out in the Norfolk countryside. With a new start time of 9am, this year features music, the  Imps Motorcycle Display Team, livestock competitions, and shopping.

Highlights: The Lamb National, Taste of Norfolk Marquee and Fun Dog Show.

4 June, The Cambridgeshire County Show, Wimpole Home Farm, Cambs

This year the show celebrates its 18th anniversary. With its roots firmly in agriculture and the rural community, the classic country show offers an exciting day of traditional crafts, livestock, food hall, rural crafts, displays, vintage tractors, fairground and ring events.

Highlights: Jason Smyth Adrenaline Tour

12-13 August Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair, Knebworth House, Herts

There will be something for everyone; Steam & other Vintage Vehicles, children’s entertainers and circus workshops, plus rustic crafts, gifts and food marquees and trade stands. On the Sunday the event will host the Companion Dog Show – bring along a canine friend and have a go!

15-17 September, The Bedfordshire Steam Fair, Shuttleworth, Biggleswade, Beds

The annual Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. The Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society aims to give an insight into the country life at the turn of the 20th Century when steam was in its hey day. Many working demonstrations are taking place wherever you may care to roam on the 400 acre site.

Fun and quirky festivals

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14 May, East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

Teams across East Anglia come together to battle it out on the water in aid of charity. Join the thousands of spectators and cheer on participants or enjoy the embankment activities such as inflatable games, funfair, kid’s activities and food and drink stalls.

13 May, Into the Woods ‘A Pirate’s Ball’, Thorington, Suffolk

Back for a third year, there’s a whole new line up of live music and cabaret as  The Pirate Ship Stage grows with a massive new ‘Rum Cask’ sound system. Featuring live music this fun and quirky festival offers a fabulous evening of live bands and cabaret. This year there will be an outdoor cinema screening Pulp Fiction. Join in the fun and dress up as a pirate!

Highlights: new outdoor cinema, Sea’s of Mirth and DJ Tallulah Goodtimes

13-14 May, Weird and Wonderful Wood Festival, Haughley Park

A celebration of many aspects of woodwork, showcasing the talents of specialist woodworkers. Over 120 artists and crafts people come from all over the country. Demonstrations include carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chainsaw carving and much more. There’s additional activities such as archery, den building and willow weaving. Tickets £8.

Highlights: An excellent selection of local food and drink including local beers and cider, and music.

13 May –4  June, The Suffolk Walking Festival, Suffolk

Whether you’re a keen hiker or just enjoy being in the great outdoors, join in one of the many walks across Suffolk as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, walks range from one to 10 miles plus, covering coastal locations, towns, villages and countryside.

Highlights: The festival launch nighttime stroll

20-21 May, Crab and Lobster Festival, Cromer and Sheringham

A lively weekend celebration of two fine North Norfolk coastal towns, Cromer & Sheringham. The Crab and Lobster festival is dedicated to promoting the local seafaring heritage and active fishing community.  There will be an opening concert with headliner Olly Day & Nigel Boy Syer, cookery theatre, kids activities, heritage demonstrations and more.

Highlights: Cookery demonstration from local chefs using fresh Norfolk produce

30 April – 21 May, Broads Outdoor Festival, Norfolk Broads

The festival shows visitors how to make the most of Broads. Discover how to explore the Broads by canoe for free at a number of locations, enjoy guided walks, the narrow gauge train or journey back in time and visit historic buildings. Full details at http://www.outdoorsfestival.co.uk

7 & 14 May and 3 September

‘Walk with a Fork’, the flagship event for the East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, is returning to Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk for a fifth year. It’s the the ultimate event for those who love the outdoors and all the great food the region has to offer. Walkers will embark on an eight mile amble around some of the most picturesque estates and countryside the region has to offer, whilst indulging on fresh and tasty treats from local food and drink producers at stops along the way.

This year’s events will be held at Abbots Ripton Hall, Cambridgeshire on Sunday 7 May, Kimberley Hall, Norfolk on Sunday 14 May and Helmingham Hall, Suffolk on Sunday 3 September. Tickets are £23 per person and children under 5 go free. Dogs are welcome. Buy tickets at www.ormiston-families.eventbrite.com 

Highlights: Suppliers including Aspall, Wild Knight English Vodka and The Fruit Pig Company  

30 June – 2 July, The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, Blaxhall, Suffolk

Created by a group of East Anglian Storytellers – known as The East Anglian Fabulation, the festival will feature children’s stories, adult stories, storyrounds, professional development sessions and guest tellers.

Highlights: Taffy Thomas MBE, Shonaleigh Cumbers and John Row

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27-28 May, Duxford Air Festival, Cambs

Experience the thrills in the sky above, and enjoy the fun on the showground at the Duxford Air Festival. Enjoy dynamic flying over the skies of Duxford’s historic airbase, showcasing the skill and capability of pilots in amazing aircraft, witness hair-raising aerobatics and aerial ingenuity from powerful aircraft and take part in the live entertainment across the show ground including music, family activities and interviews. There’s also a delicious festival food! Buy tickets at www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/airshows/duxford-air-festival

10-11 June, Aldeburgh Classic Boat Weekend, Suffolk

Aldeburgh Yacht Club, will be hosting its Classic Boat Weekend once again. Watch along the sidelines as dayboats and dinghies take to the water.

27-29 June, 3foot People Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

Back for its 12th year, the hugely popular 3foot People Festival, aimed exclusively at pre-school children will feature a mix of music, theatre, storytelling, arts, crafts, sporting activites and play. Tickets sell out quickly so book yours fast at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-theatres-and-museums/festivals-and-special-events/3foot-people-festival/festival-goers/about-the-festival

Classic Car Shows in the East of England 

9 July, Classic Motor Show, Cricket Pitch, Hatfield House, Herts

There will be displays of classic cars and awards to be won, plus special guests on the day. www.classicmotorshows.co.uk

27-28 August, Classics in the Park, Knebworth House, Herts

Music and memories from a bygone age with live entertainment all day in the grounds of Knebworth Park. From 1940 right through to the 1980s the event celebrates four decades of motoring history with some great classic motors on display. The live arena will include the now famous ‘Decibel Duel’, where owners compete to find the loudest car of the show, the arena will host a series of parades and interviews during the two days. More details at http://www.knebworthhouse.com/events

2-3 September, Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show, Peterborough, Cambs

Held on Embankment Road, the show attracts approximately 500 vehicles each year and more than 3,000 visitors from all over the region and further afield. Visitors can view vehicles ranging from cars and motorcycles to agricultural and military. There will also be family entertainment and shopping opportunities. Read more at www.peterborough.gov.uk/…/classic-and-vintage-vehicle-show/

Outdoor cinemas in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire 

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30 June – 1 July, Open air Cinema at Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Sit back and enjoy a weekend of open air cinema as The Luna Cinema turns the beautiful grounds of the walled garden into the ultimate setting for two nights of classic cinema under the stars. On the Friday enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show, while on Saturday, it’s time to sing along with the classic ‘Grease’.  Bring a picnic or enjoy the fantastic hot food and full bar on site. Book your seta at http://www.holkham.co.uk/event/open-air-cinema

31 August – 2 September, Open-air Cinema, Knebworth House, Herts

The Lunar Cinema returns to Knebworth House to bring you movies under the stars. On the screen this year is the romantic classic ‘Brekfast at Tiffany’s’ on 31 August, the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ on 1 September and ‘Pretty Woman’ on 2 September. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic and make the most of the atmosphere. Book tickets at http://www.thelunacinema.com/knebworth-house/4592094569

22-24 September, Outdoor cinema at Hatfield House, Herts

Luna Cinema will also be making an appearance at Hatfield House with three classics; La La Land, Top Gun and Mamma Mia! Ticket holders are invited to bring low back chairs or picnic blankets to sit on. Full listings at www.thelunacinema.com

19 May – 16 September, Essex Outdoor Cinema

Get cosy under the nights sky and watch star-studded films from Essex Outdoor Cinema at a number of Essex locations. Films such as Bridget Jones’ Baby, Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter and The Notebook to name a few will be popping up at Maldon Promenade Park, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Upminster Windmill, Capel Manor Gardens and Braxted Park. Book your ticket at http://www.essexoutdoorcinema.com

17 June – 17 September, Sundown Cinema, Suffolk, Cambs, Herts & Beds

This year IWM Duxford, Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin Priory, Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth House, Ickworth House and Wimpole Estate welcome Sundown Cinema. Enjoy an evening in the great outdoors while watching classic films such as Dirty Dancing and Grease or modern greats such as Hot Fuzz and The Matrix. http://www.sundowncinema.co.uk

Beer Festivals in East Anglia 

25 May – 4 June, Norwich Ale Trail, Norwich

Norwich City of Ale is a 10-day celebration of local pubs, breweries and real ale taking place throughout the city. BBQs, live music and pub quizzes are among the festivities. 

Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter raise a glass to the city of ale

22-27 May, Cambridge Beer Festival, Jesus Green, Cambridge

First held in 1974, the festival has a long legacy. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter

30 May – 3 June, Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival

Enjoy a great selection of ales, ciders and perry,alongside live music. More details at www.colchestercamra.org.uk

4-8 July, Chelmsford Summer Beer and Ale Festival, Admiral’s Park Essex,

A great selection of beers and ales, plus entertainment. Find out more at www.cbcf.info/holdin

24 June, Oundle Food Festival Street Market

More food than beer but still great fun, the Oundle Food Festival has become a highlight in the local foodies’ diaries. Over 75 stallholders will gather in the  town centre and there’s also events, special menus, produce launches and offers in the week before the market. The the Nene Valley Brewery will be launching a new beer to mark the Festival week.

14-16 July, North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival, Sheringham Station

The sixth Annual Beer Festival will feature beer, food, drink and entertainment over the three days at Sheringham station. The Beer Festival is established in the calendars of beer (and rail) enthusiasts’ alike. The festival continues to be successful with each year building on the last! 

27-29 July, Bishop’s Stortford Beer Festival, British Legion Club, Herts

A three day beer festival offering a large selection of ales, and ciders.

22-26 August, Peterborough Beer Festival, The Embankment, Peterborough

This year the festival celebrates it 40th anniversary. An annual knees-up, visitors will enjoy a lively atmosphere and over 400 real ales, ciders, perries and wines. More info at http://www.peterborough-camra.org.uk

Popular music festivals 2017 

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27-30 July, Standon Calling, Herts

Standon Calling is all about music and fun! Having quickly established itself as one of the most popular festivals of the summer, attracting visitors from across the country, this year is set to be even bigger as headliners Orbital, Clean Bandit and Grace Jones take to the stage. Let your imagination run wild with this year’s theme ‘Tales of the Enchanted Valley’, enjoy premium camping and let kids get in on the action with a jam-packed programme of activities. The festival has become a much more family orientated event in recent years with entertainment including yoga, hot tubs and dog show!

13-16 July, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk

Set in a beautiful location, Latitude Festival is a favourite among festival-goers. With a relaxed atmosphere, it’s ideal for all family members. Now in its 12th edition, Latitude Festival once again sets the bar high for summer festivals with the largest comedy line up in the UK, offering festival goers an unrivalled opportunity to see the world’s most globally acclaimed comedians, alongside emerging talent and innovative newcomers.

This year talented Dara Ó Briain bring his astute observations to the Comedy Arena and Katherine Ryan will set out to entertain with her razor sharp pop culture critique. There’s a star-studded line-up of headliners including The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes, on the Obelisk Arena is German folk-crossover duo Milky Chance. Adult day tickets £77.50.

Highlights: Seann Walsh, Dom Joly, The Cloak and Dagger Club and Mumford and Sons

19-20 August, V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

Renowned for it star-studded line up this year’s V Festival doesn’t disappoint. The two-day event will see the world’s chart toppers take to the stage with like of Jay-Z, PINK, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande and Craig David to name a few! The festival experience is made even better by V’s luxury camping options. 

20-23 July, Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon, Cambs

After 15 years, the party like festival is coming to an end, but don’t worry, there’s one more weekend of fun to be had. This year the theme will be centred around the concept of ‘fame’ and include DJs such as Waze & Odyssey, East Everything and Jackmaster. The SGP, renowned for its unbilled stars and impromptu b2bs, will of course be keeping a lot of names under wraps until the ultimate party is underway but on past results expect a line-up that out-VIPs your biggest VIP dreams. Buy tickets to Secret Garden Party at www.secretgardenparty.com

Keeping checking our website for more updates and announcements throughout the summer!