The expectations are building up for the second Woodwose Outdoor Festival which will launch its mouth-watering array of events next month with a Pumpkin and Chilli Festival.
From Saturday, October 15 to Saturday, October 29, Woodwose will showcase the best of the great outdoors as well as highlighting the rich and varied environment on offer along the coastline and inland.
“This year’s Woodwose promises to be even bigger and better, with a packed programme of events stretching further up the coast into Waveney and I hope that people will start noting the dates down in their diaries,” said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Economic Development.
“Woodwose will kick off with a Pumpkin and Chilli Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 12pm to 7pm, at the Woodwose marquee on Aldeburgh Playing Field when there will be a full menu of activities and attractions for all ages.
“Whether your interest is food, or debate about the future of our coastal communities, or walking, or pony trekking, poetry or photography, archery or herrings, the Woodwose fortnight will have something for everyone,” added Cllr Holdcroft.
Organisations like the RSPB and the National Trust are working in partnership with Suffolk Coastal by holding extra events in addition to their usual programme.
Among the special events is a scrumptious Woodwose Supper at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh, where coastal experts will be on hand to talk about their plans for the future in a presentation entitled ‘Balancing Conservation with our thirst for the Great Outdoors’.
Some of the other activities for the Woodwose Festival fortnight are guided bike trails, heritage and photography walks, pony trekking, Nordic walking, the Southwold Kite Festival, fungi foraging, geo-caching at Sutton Hoo and archery.
The Suffolk Herring Festival is the highlight of the middle weekend with even more local food, music and tales about the Suffolk coast and countryside. The two weeks are wrapped up with the family Spooky Day at Landguard Peninsula and Felixstowe Museum.
The full programme of events can be found on www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourfreetime/woodwose or www.woodwose.org/ where an event bookings application form can also be downloaded. Anyone who would like a copy of the festival programme by post can email Woodwose@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk or call 01394 444538. You can also follow @woodwosefest on Twitter.
Woodwose 2 is produced by Suffolk Coastal with support from Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels Limited, Discover Suffolk and Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and in partnership with Waveney District Council, The Poetry Trust, Suffolk Sport and The Suffolk Herring Festival.