Emma Fennymore takes a look at some of the UKs finest festivals… right on our doorstep
12th -28th June 2015
Snape Maltings, Snape, IP7 1SP
One of Europe’s leading classical music festivals, the Aldeburgh Festival mixes international orchestras, chamber performers, opera and work by leading contemporary visual artists with a unique sense of place. It is worth a visit for the music, art and vibrant fringe programme and also for the Suffolk coast’s stunning natural backdrop of reeds, water and big skies. In 2015 the Aldeburgh Festival also spreads its wings and brings a mystery event to a location in central Ipswich. The festival is able to offer fine dining with entertainment overlooking the reed beds as well as champagne receptions throughout the day.
Tickets available from: www.aldeburgh.co.uk
16-19th July 2015
Henham Park Beccles Suffolk
Celebrate Latitudes 10th Birthday in style! Enjoy the music provided by acts such as: LINE UP TO GO HERE WHEN RELEASED. Alongside the music take part in activities such as Yoga events put on by stallholders. After a long day of festival activities treat yourself to your own comfortable oasis away from the crowds. Pink Moon Camping has its own dedicated campsite within the festival site offering various styles of accommodation to suit your needs. At the pink moon campsite you’ll find a wealth of facilities to make your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Serviced and cleaned toilets, hot private showers, pot washing, hair care pamper parlour and even Wi-Fi. These taken as a package include sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses. And the best part is, they are pre-pitched so they are ready and waiting for you!
Tickets available from: www.latitudefestival.com
Red Rooster Festival
5th -7th June 2015
Euston Hall, Euston, Suffolk, IP24 2QW
The Red Rooster festival is set in the idyllic private grounds of Euston Hall and is an event inspired by the sounds and aroma’s of America’s Deep South Suffolks R&B and Blues. Acts such as CW Stoneking, Son of Dave, Dollar Bill and The Rumble will be making appearances throughout the festival. Alongside the main and smaller stages the Red Rooster will be hosting campfires under the stars. The event is able to offer exclusive use of Lotus Belle Tents. They can sleep up to 4 people and contain all the romantic charm of a bell tent but the space of a yurt. Lotus Belles are made from the most luxurious white cotton canvas and are shaped like a Hershey’s Kiss! Each tent is lined with a shag pile carpet and is roomy enough to stand up all throughout the interior, even for the tallest of campers. All in all, they make for a much more comfortable camping experience. Also available are Yurts and Squrts, which are an ideal 2-person accommodation! They come fully fitted watertight groundsheet, covered with cosy rugs, a scattering of cushions, a small handmade table and tea light lanterns.
Tickets available from: www.redrooster.org.uk
Secret Garden Party Festival
23rd -26th July 2015
Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2LA
Since 2003 the Secret Garden Party has strived to create an atmosphere that encourages fun, friendliness, creativity and participation and aims to connect with a new generation of festivalgoers who are seeking that magical immersive experience. It’s theme for 2015 is ‘Childish Things’, in the hope to encourage visitors to escape the world that wants us to grow-up (and behave); and explore what we all left behind. Music is an integral part of the festival with over 14 stages located in the 100-acre site. Acts such as Kate Tempest, Jungle, and Jack Garratt will be featuring at this year’s event. Camp in style with the festivals Octopods and Shikar tents. These are two, pre-erected, luxury accommodation aspects that include beds, electric lighting and plug sockets as well as storage. Another option is the Suite Huts, which also include a hot shower and electric flushing toilet complete with a sink and fresh towels. There is an electric heater, lights, an iPod connection, a digital TV/DVD, a fridge, kettle and key code lockable door. Another luxury aspect is the unforgettable hot tub & sauna experience. Spend two blissful hours recharging your party feet & soothing your soul. Experience the delights of these beautiful wood fired hot tubs & dry Finnish saunas – complete with refreshing hot and cold showers. The area comes with its very own private bar & deck chairs so you truly can relax in style.
Tickets available from:www.secretgardenparty.com
3rd-5th July 2015
Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0EQ
The Maverick Festival celebrates its eighth birthday with the most extensive and exciting lineup in its history. The three-day event will play host to five stages indoors and out, including the return of the Sweet Home Alabama stage, which this year will showcase amongst others, three sweet hearts of Alabama – Hannah Aldridge, Lisa Mills and Debbie Bond. The festival will feature a spacious campsite, bell tent meadow as well as a carefully selected range of delicious food stands catering to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The campsite offers two exclusive ways to camp: you can either stay in Mint Meadow in one of their bell tents that are pre-erected in a secluded area a couple of minutes walk away from the show-grounds. Alternatively there are Tipi’s on offer. These are located in there own private meadow and will be for guest’s exclusive use with a loo and communal BBQ area. They all come with 4 sleeping mats and a chimenea, a log-burning stove, which takes the edge off those chilly nights and gives them a glow of authenticity.
Tickets available from: www.maverickfestival.co.uk
Maui Waui Festival
4-6th September 2015
Peak Hill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk, IP16 4TG
Dust off your glad rags and get your dancing shoes on, there’s a musical phenomenon swinging into town. The Maui Waui festival is now coming into its third year and is a fusion of old and new, 1920’s + 30’s jive and swing blended with rhythmic tunes and bouncy beats. The weekend aims to offer music from all over the world with bands ranging from Electro Swing, Folk Country, and Gypsy Swing to Reggae and Dance. Entertainment comes in the form of surprise acts that throughout the day will wander the site on stilts and bikes alongside impromptu bands that will play throughout the day. As night falls the entertainment is set to liven up, as four stages will present a full circus, stalls, bars and a wide selection of food.
Tickets available from: www.mauiwauievents.co.uk