About The Festival

Welcome to the fourth Southwold Arts Festival- an eight-day celebration of the arts – music, drama, poetry, visual art, photography, dance, talks and literature. It appeals to all ages and tastes; to local residents and to visitors to our vibrant seaside town. We invite national performers as well as local celebrities; professional, well-established names as well as those starting out on their careers.

The Southwold Arts Festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the Arts and plan the programme throughout the year. They are joined by a group of hard-working stewards, first aiders and administrators who help to run the events – every morning, lunchtime, afternoon and evening.

The Southwold Arts Festival is a charity (No 1161134) and all proceeds from ticket sales are used to create the next Festival. We are grateful for the financial support we receive from our Festival Friends and the sponsorship of local businesses, particularly our main sponsor Adnams, so that we are able to run this exciting event.

Booking for the Festival opened in March 2017– two weeks earlier if you were a Festival Friend – online, by phone, by post or in person at the box office in St Edmund’s Hall. 

You can download the Festival Timetable for 2017 here.

You can download the Southwold Arts Festival Brochure 2017 here.

Keep up to date with the latest news about the Festival here on our website or on Twitter @Southwold Arts or Facebook.

Many thanks to Nigel Hemming for the above compilation.

Your Visit

Places to stay and eat
(Coming soon)

Festival Guide Download

Summary of all the events

The Festival Team

Meet the organisers
(Coming Soon)


See our wonderful sponsors
(Coming Soon)

Festival Friends

Support the festival