FolkEast returns to Glemham Hall August 21-23
PUBLISHED: 17:35 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:36 17 August 2015
Even if you don’t like folk music you’ll love all the other stuff at FolkEast
From the jolly japes of Morris dancers and walkabout entertainers to pigeon plucking championships and painting workshops, you don’t need to be into the music to get loads out of FolkEast.
Foodies will fall in love with the Imagined Suffolk Food Village, where great value festival fayre is prepared by local suppliers with passion and purpose. There’s a chance to have a good yarn and get inspired by the Social Knitworks team who will have you in stitches as they share their pearls of wisdom.
If you’ve little ones in tow, they’ll love the donkey rides and traditional races, the treasure hunt and making trinkets with local artisans. And there’s a chance to get them dancing at the family- friendly ceilidhs.
Try blacksmithing, watch musical instruments being made, exercise your vocal cords in the low key workshops and just-join-in music sessions. There’s pottery, poetry, traditional Suffolk ‘dwile flonking’, acrobats and fire sculptures.
Music to your ears
Whether you pop along for a day, pitch up for the weekend or catch a tune on the fringe at the Blaxhall Ship, there are tunes a-plenty to enjoy – full blown bands including ‘Oompah Brass’, sea shanty crews, pure percussion, a capella voices, merry morris tunes, single voice songsters, dance tunes to die for, rousing choruses.
Get hands on with crafts Knitting, crochet, paper cut, feltmaking, wild weaving, patchwork, blacksmithing, printing, jewellery making – which workshop will you choose?
Get all tuned up
Sing, fiddle, squeeze, pluck, blow or bash. There are music workshops for those in the know or just up for having a go!
Do the dance thing
Step, twirl, stomp, skip, duck the swords and hammer the boards. With dance workshops from East Anglian Stepping to Cotswold Morris and Klezmer, there’s plenty of opportunity to get those toes tapping.
No festival is complete without a special brew and this year local brewer Marc Bartrams from Rougham has gone the extra mile with his Cobbold Festival Ale.
“Our chill-filtered festival craft ale can be kept in the fridge,” explains Mr B. “It’s a bit of a departure, but the taste is great and it’s all customer-led in the name of progress!” The bottled ale has a shelf-life of up to six months, so you can enjoy the flavour of FolkEast after the event too!
Get a taste for the place
“We’re delighted that the Imagined Suffolk Food Village is going XL this year,” says David Grimwood, chef at The Froize Inn at Chillesford who three years ago masterminded the idea of revolutionising festival food by delivering exceptional quality, local fayre at sensible prices. “Each of the 12 suppliers in our food village is a master of their own craft, who just like the festival’s musicians and other artisans, truly believe in what they do, in nurturing and producing the very best end products to share.” The ‘village’ tempts and educates with more than just pies and poultry, cakes and cordials – there’s foraging and food demonstrations, a maypole, even a charity shop or two all around a great green space. Look out for the Sunday lunch special – a real roast of Blythburgh free range pork with all the trimmings!
August 21, 22, 23
Glemham Hall, Great Glemham
Day tickets and weekend tickets (with optional camping) from £40 per adult. Children 12 and under go free! Family friendly tickets too, but alas, Rover will need to stay at home.
How to get there:
By car: A12 north of Wickham Market
By bike: National Cycle Route 1, safe bike lock up facilities available
By train: To Wickham Market, free minibus ransfer to the festival
Find out more: www.folkeast.co.uk