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    • First Light returns for its 4th year with a celebration of midsummer on the UK’s most easterly beach. Showcasing performances from around Suffolk and the world, First Light Festival’s outdoor weekend programme is free, unticketed and for all.

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      Address: South Beach, Lowestoft, NR33 0AP

      Website: https://firstlightlowestoft.com/

    • A network of Warm Rooms is open across east Suffolk to provide a safe, welcoming space for anyone struggling with heating costs during the colder winter months. Locations include everything from community halls and churches to leisure centres and pubs, each providing a warm space, hot drinks and an opportunity to connect with other members of the local community. The network of 30 Warm Rooms can be found across the east Suffolk area - with several venues planning free, independently funded activities, ranging from books and games to film showings, allowing people to not only stay warm but also connect with others in the community, reducing isolation and loneliness. Help and advice will be available on subjects such as reducing energy costs and managing finances, while East Suffolk District Council will also be working with the Rural Coffee Caravan to identify and support Warm Spaces in more rural communities. https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/assets/Community/Ease-the-Squeeze/Network-of-Warm-Rooms.pdf or https://ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk/

      Phone Number: 0333 016 2000

      Address: Various, Across Suffolk, -

      Website: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/assets/Community/Ease-the-Squeeze/Network-of-Warm-Rooms.pdf

    • A great and affordable day out for both foodies and families is on offer with the return of Beccles Food and Drink Festival. The free-to-attend event is scheduled for Saturday 25th May - and the 60 stalls invited are set to offer an incredible range of the finest artisan food and drink produce from the local area and wider East Anglia. Among the selection of produce will be cheese, wine, charcuterie, olives, gin, rum, beer, game and oriental pies, macarons and fudge, while world street food to tantalise the taste buds include wild boar burgers, Hawaiian poke bowls and chicken satay. Based in the centre of the vibrant market town around New Market, Sheepgate, and in and around St Michael’s Church, the Festival runs from 10 am till 4 pm and will also include music and children’s entertainment. The Festival’s aims include showcasing and celebrating the wonderful food and drink produced in the area, bringing visitors to the town, boosting footfall in the local shops and hospitality venues in the town centre, and promoting the area as a food and drink destination. Special Railway tickets can be purchased for journeys from Lowestoft & Ipswich. More details on their website.

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      Address: Town Centre, Beccles, NR34 9AD

      Website: https://becclesfoodfestival.co.uk/

    • The Grand Henham Steam Rally 2022 took place on the 17th and 18th September - and is one of the most popular events, not just here in Suffolk but across the region. It appeals to a wide range of people through its mix of family entertainment, along with displays of steam power and other vintage vehicles and machinery. The rally has more than 1000 exhibits and working demonstrations; two rings offering continuous performances throughout the day, craft marquees and working rural crafts, a model engineering exhibition, live music and avenues of trade stands selling everything from new cars to embroidered cushions. There's also a vintage and modern fairground plus food stalls, picnic areas and a licensed bar. In 2024, The Henham Steam and Country Show will take place on the 21st and 22nd September & Camping and caravan sites are available for the weekend in the beautiful Henham Park- and more details can be found at the Henham Steam Rally website.

      Phone Number: 07500 223084

      Address: Henham Park, Southwold, NR34 8AQ

      Website: https://henhamsteamrally.com/

    • Join us at First Light 2024 on 22-23 June 2024 for a shimmering midsummer celebration in the UK’s most easterly town with a packed programme of inspiring performances over the whole festival weekend – from a Balearic breakfast on the beach with DJ Colleen Cosmo Murphy to late-night comedy with Shaparak Khorsandi and the best spoken word with Hollie McNish. First Light Festival is a community gathering that warmly welcomes those from down the road and across the world to celebrate a unique place at a very special time: the first sunrise of midsummer in the UK’s most easterly town. The festival is organised by First Light Festival Community Interest Company (CIC), a not-for-profit organisation based in Lowestoft that aims to shine a spotlight on our incredible part of the world, and the wealth of talent and creativity that exists here. Alongside the festival, we oversee a year-round programme of arts and events that includes the running of East Point Pavilion on Lowestoft’s seafront, and a number of projects across East Suffolk. As of November 2022, we are proud to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). First Light is created for, with and by the community: our Steering Group is made up of 14 local organisations, and guides our work. Each year, hundreds of local volunteers help us bring South Beach alive, and for 2023 we will work with all the schools and colleges in our area on creative projects in the run up to the festival. We work hand in hand with the local authorities to make sure that our impact spreads as widely and as positively as possible.

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      Address: Beach/Seafront, Lowestoft, -

      Website: https://firstlightlowestoft.com/