The Festival is a collaborative endeavour bringing together a passionate and eclectic group of local artists, musicians, writers, business professionals, environmentalists, food producers, schools and others in order to put on a distinctive cultural event in East Suffolk.
Aiming for broad appeal and an accessible cover charge (with children under 14 going free), the festival offers live music, visual arts and spoken word for the adults; music, crafts and talks - with a strong focus on the environment - for the kids.
Whilst the event will take place on one weekend in August, our ambition goes beyond that as we aim to inspire and support music, arts and creative industries in the local area. To help turn this into a reality, a proportion of the money raised at the festival will be donated to support music and arts education locally.
Following in the footsteps of Glastonbury, the festival aims to use sustainable suppliers and avoid the use of plastic wherever it can.
We are a not-for-profit community group which brings together people with skills and interests to manage the event and many like-minded friends who are volunteering time to support make this happen.
Richard Litchfield is a community organiser and charity fundraiser, part owner of Woodbridge Glamping, and has been blown away by the creativity and energy of the people he’s met living in Woodbridge.
Ben Osborne is our programming director, a DJ by trade and founder of pioneering music and art organisation Noise Of Art. Ben is passionate about curating events which blur music, art and film boundaries.
Archie Tollemache is Suffolk born and bred, owner of Kostomar Textiles, and keeps his eye on the festival’s finances. He’s a music lover and one of life’s optimists.
Phil Lee works in communications by day. He is a passionate about music, the environment and Woodbridge so getting involved in the festival was a no-brainer for him. He’s lived in Woodbridge for 6 years.
Henry Creagh is a journalist and PR specialist and helps us bring the festival’s ideas to life with a flair for sharply written clear communications. He is the support act for the wonderful Korean Kitchen, https://www.koreankitchen.co.uk/
Alona Ochert is a whirl of energy, a volunteer with the Sea Scouts and Suffolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an environmentalist, and leads the development of the festival’s eco activities.
Peter Hepworth is a well-known local singer song-writer and has been instrumental in supporting the growth of a live music scene in East Suffolk. http://peterhepworth.co.uk/
Abi Fawcus created our website and graphics. She is a web designer and digital artist based in Woodbridge and can never say no to a festival! You can find out more at byabi.co.uk
Patti Mulcahy is our health and safety officer. As Mayor of the Town she was a strong supporter of cultural events, and now owns Lilac Thyme, a specialist flower shop. Find out more at https://www.lilacthyme.co.uk/
Tim Wesson for our lovely logo, Greta Wallace for her PR and social media expertise, Sarah Tattersall for her event know-how and links to Bawdsey Primary, Lyndsey Henderson for sharing her amazing local network, May for encouraging us to see how art can bring communities together, Amanda Lee for making linkages to local groups, Kellie Dimmock for ideas and encouragement, Mark Krisson for the support of Woodbridge Primary, Alex Menhams for ideas on improv and fruit & veg, Chris Harold for lessons from Woodbridge Carnival, Rachel Smith-Lyte for her backing and environmental ideas, Chris Mapey and other Town Councillors for their support, Taavi for his genius building skills, Tuuli for her flair with colours, and Stuart for reprinting our damaged posters..
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who are as passionate as us about bringing the best art and music to Woodbridge.
New Street Market is a collective of local creatives bringing the best fashion, food, flowers and homewares to Woodbridge. They offer an inspiring mix of locally sourced and handmade products combined with exclusive brands from around the world.
We make amazing beers and spirits from grain-to-glass in our coastal home of Southwold.
We’re proud to run our business sustainably and with huge passion and care, supported by ever-evolving technology, to make great products and create memorable and fun experiences for our customers.
You can find our award-winning beers and spirits in Adnams stores, in our managed properties, partner pubs and in outlets nationwide and overseas.
As a local family with three children Tuuli & Richard have developed a secluded and unique eco-tourism project, which offer visitors an easy and fun way to experience the great outdoors. Choose from one of their two bell tents which offer many creature comforts - a king size bed with a comfortable mattress and bedding, single futon mattresses for children and a couple of armchairs for lounging in.
Vernon Blackmore and his team have been at the Table in Woodbridge since 2012. They pride themselves on quality food made well, using the best local ingredients, served in an environment that is friendly and encourages a relaxed atmosphere. They'll be selling some of their great food at the festival.
Planet Music Academy (PMA) offers contemporary musical instrument tuition for all ages and levels. The team consists of talented and inspirational instrument tutors, who all closely follow the PMA core beliefs and values; ensuring lessons are well planned, customised to suit the individual, modern, relaxed, friendly and most importantly…fun!
“It’s really exciting to be a part of the festival. We hope to inspire all ages to pick up an instrument, join a band, sing in a choir or become the next Ed Sheeran! Learning an instrument has so many educational, health and social benefits, I think it’s really important that people can access lessons in a comfortable and relaxed environment, supported by qualified and friendly tutors. We look forward to chatting to people who are interested in learning and our "busking tent” will offer people the chance to try an instrument under the guidance of our tuition team." Chris King, Planet Music Director.
The Tea Hut is a wonderful cafe on the banks of the River Deben in Woodbridge. It serves breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and ice cream seven days a week.
We are delighted that the Tea Hut will be sponsoring the bar at the festival where you’ll be able to buy a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Thanks to East Suffolk Council’s support from the Enabling Communities fund.
Smashing Wines is an independent wine merchant run by Clement and Rebecca. They're passionate about the growing world of organic, biodynamic and natural wines which they sell in their Woodbridge shop, from their website and at events throughout the country. We're delighted that they'll be joining our event, selling fine wine and oysters!
Suffolk Digital have printed all our wonderful flyers and banners. Launched in 2013, Suffolk Digital is an established and experienced print company with an in-house design studio. Whilst based in Martlesham, they also serve customers in London and right throughout the UK. They are very proud of our customer service and have built an enviable reputation for their friendly approach.