Latitude Festival 2017: How can I get to Henham Park, near Southwold?
PUBLISHED: 07:23 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:23 15 July 2017
If you are heading to the Suffolk coast for Latitude this weekend by plane, train or automobile, we have you covered in our travel guide.
For those making the trip for the first time to Henham Park the distances locally are:
• Blythburgh: two miles
• Southwold : five miles
• Halesworth: six miles
• Darsham: seven miles
• Beccles: 10 miles
• Lowestoft: 15 miles
• Norwich: 26 miles
• Ipswich: 34 miles
But what are the best arrangements to make?
Henham Park, the site of Latitude Festival, is between the A12 and A145 north of Blythburgh in Suffolk. From the A12 and from the A145 follow the festival signs. Please do not stop on the A12 or the A145 but follow the signage straight into the car parks.
- Those travelling from the south on the A12 will be directed straight into site from the A12.
- Those travelling from the Lowestoft direction will be directed straight into site from the A145.
- Those travelling south on the A145 from the Beccles direction will be directed straight into site from the A145.
There is absolutely no stopping on the A145 and the A12. Tickets will be checked inside the site and not on the junctions with the A12 and A145. There is no access via the A145 Northbound.
Also, ensure you know which gate you need to go to to (Red or Green) to access the site. Those dropping off and picking up need to go to the Red Gate. To access either car parks, use the northbound A12 and turn left on to the A145 southbound at the north of the festival site.
If you want to avoid the queues, Thursday in the afternoon and Friday in the morning are known to be peak times for arrival. When leaving, Sunday in the evening and Monday are generally when the mass exodus occurs.
Big Green Coach is the only official coach company with authorised to access the official coach park – and will pick up festival-goers across 19 locations. This is the only coach company authorised company to access the Latitude official coach park which is closer to the actual venue.
Weekend coach travel to Latitude is available from: Basingstoke, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Colchester, Coventry, Ipswich, Leeds, London (Victoria Coach Station), Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton and Swindon.
The nearest stations are Diss and Halesworth. Train services are running from London to Diss, London to Halesworth, and London to Ipswich with ongoing routes from Halesworth to Lowestoft, Ipswich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Beccles (all with return routes). Greater Anglia will provide updates.
There will be shuttle busses from Diss railway station provided by Latitude Buses.
There is no pedestrian access to the site. The advice by authorities is wear reflective clothing to ensure visibility for anyone walking onto or offsite.
Private coach parties
Anyone who has made any arrangements must email in advance the following the number of people arriving, the date of arrival, the size of vehicle.
These will be stationed at Yellow Gate One. The driver must have a badge, the vehicle must display the word Taxi on the roof, as well as a taxi-meter designating the price to pay.
Those hiring a private vehicle are warned by authorities that the driver must have a badge or ID.
These are located close to the Orange Gates at the Stables on site.
Shuttle Bus Services
The following services are available:
SOUTHWOLD SHUTTLE BUS (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Via Reydon and Wangford
First bus from Southwold 9.20am
Last bus from festival 12.30am
Every 30 minutes to 2.50pm then hourly.
Adult single £3 per day and adult return £5 per day.
KESSINGLAND SHUTTLE BUS (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Via Wrentham and Wangford
First bus from Kessingland 9.44am
Last bus from festival 11.25pm.
Every hour. Adult single £3 per day and adult return £5 per day
Issues carrying your luggage to the campsite?
Don’t fret. There are charity concierge festival taxis to carry any bags for festival-revellers. These are available from Thursday 11am until Monday afternoon.
There are 12 ‘festival taxi stops’ which are located at the entrances and throughout the site.
The ‘concierge festival taxis’ are golf buggies, seating 6 persons.
For any more information – the advice is to speak to ‘Festival Taxi HQ’ – which is located between family and red camping.
Th nearest airport is Norwich International Airport, flying to and from Manchester and Edinburgh in the UK. There are additional flights to Europe on the airport’s website.
Stanstead Airport offers more flights domestically and internationally – and is located 80 miles away, roughly a two hours’ drive from Latitude.