Seven of the best festivals in Suffolk this summer

Latitude Gates Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS

Latitude Gates Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS - Credit: Archant

From Latitude to Folk East, festivals are truly back in Suffolk this summer - but which ones will you be heading to?

Here are our seven suggestions for some of the best festivals coming up across the county over the next few months. 

Ranging from Primadonna at the Museum of East Anglian Life, to Red Rooster at Euston Hall.

The main Obelisk arena at Henham Park, near Southwold. Picture: James Bass

The main Obelisk arena at Henham Park, near Southwold. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass


Arguably Suffolk's most popular festival, Latitude will be allowed a full capacity crowd of 40,000 spectators. This is because it has been agreed the festival at Henham Park will be one of the government's programme of test events during the roadmap out of lockdown. 

Headliners at this year's Latitude include Bastille,  Wolf Alice and the Chemical Brothers - with comedy provided by Simon Amstell, Katherine Ryan and Reginald D Hunter. 

Latitude will open its gates from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 25 - ticket information and more can be found on their website.

Sandy Toksvig addresses anti-Brexit campaigners in Parliament Square as they take part in the People and Grace Dent

Writers Sandy Toksvig and Grace Dent are both on the line-up of the Primadonna festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life this summer - Credit: PA


Coming very soon to the Museum of East Anglian Life in the centre of Stowmarket, Primadonna is a literary festival aiming to celebrate "the world as it should be for one weekend".

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Comedian and writer Sandi Toksvig, will be joined on the all-star line-up by Bridgeton actress Adjoa Andoh, food critic and MasterChef judge Grace Dent, and author Adele Parks. 

Primadonna are offering a ' pay what you can offer' and ticket information can be found on their website - The festival will run from Friday, July 30 - Sunday, August 1. 

Crowds enjoyed a one off gig by the Broadside Boys Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Crowds enjoyed a one off gig by the Broadside Boys Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


Organisers of FolkEast at Glenham Hall are cautiously moving forward with their plans to hold their popular festival from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22. 

Their aim is for festivalgoers to: " Come together again, confidently in a safe environment, to enjoy first class music in good company." 

More up-to-date information can be found on the FolkEast website

The live Red Rooster Festival at Euston Hall near Thetford

The Red Rooster festival plans to be back at Euston Hall near Thetford over the August Bank Holiday weekend - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Red Rooster 

The popular Red Rooster festival at Euston Hall in Suffolk will be back over the summer Bank Holiday weekend - starting on Friday, August 27.

As well as the music line-up Red Rooster offers river swimming, pedalos and den making and of course plenty of space if you fancy pitching up a tent! 

Information regarding tickets and camping can be found at at 

A packed Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend for the Nearly Festival in 2018

A packed Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds for the Nearly Festival in 2018 - Credit: Andy Abbott

Nearly Festival 

Suffolk dates for the Nearly Festival have had to be shuffled due to delay to the easing of lockdown, meaning the festival in Ipswich has been delayed until 2022. 

The Nearly Festival's tribute acts and family fun will still be coming to Oulton Broad on Saturday, August 14 - Sunday, August 15 and Bury St Edmunds from Saturday, September 4 - Sunday, September 5. 

All the latest updates can be found on the Nearly Festival website - 

Venue16 Music Festival 

The Venue16 Music Festival and Family Fun Day in Ipswich is aiming to support those in the events industry that have struggled over the past 16 months. 

On their website organisers say: "We're dedicating our music festival to supporting local musicians, so we've got an amazing line-up of Suffolk acts."

Suffolk musicians on the bill for the festival include award winning Connor Adams and Underline the Sky that have previously played V-Festival.

Venue16 music festival at 312 Tuddenham Road, will start at midday on Sunday, August 8. Tickets priced between £6.98 - £13.37 are now on sale. 

Maverick Festival 

Billed as the UK's " first and finest Americana music festival" the Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park is back for 2021.

Camping is available at Maverick and you can even bring your own camper van. For those that don't want the hassle of putting up a tent you can hire a bell tent or tipi. 

Maverick runs from Friday, September 3 and up-to-date information regarding tickets and coronavirus restrictions can be found on the festival's website - 

Head East 

Many of the festivals coming to Suffolk this summer are being supported by Head East, a new regional cultural tourism campaign which showcases the rich diversity and quality of arts, culture and heritage in Suffolk and Norfolk. Find out more at

Information regarding  dates, coronavirus restrictions and ticketing was correct at time of publishing, for up-to-date information please visit the individual website for each festival.

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