Woodbridge Jubilee event a success

Woodbridge Festival’s Two days of Jubilee Events attracted an audience of thousands to iconic locations next to the Tide Mill, River and opposite the ancient Royal Sutton Hoo burial ground and Town Park.

The free Woodbridge Festival events were funded but Woodbridge Town Council, and included collaborations with the Council on Kingston Field for music and food and drink stalls, and a Street Feast by the River event in Whisstocks Square. Both days attracted thousands pf people. Friday night also saw a hugely popular club night in the Community Hall, which featured international DJs Justin Robertson, Les Spaine and festival founder Ben Osborne and a master class in scratch DJing by Jimmy Green.

Local and national street food caterers provided Caribbean, Italian, South American and local cuisine, the free events also featured drum workshops, and featured Latin, Jazz, Reggae, Rock-a-billy, Soul, Funk and House music from acts such as Latin Heat, JS & The Lockerbillies, Peter Hepworth Band, Phil Jackson Band, Bobby Bucys, Hewsin000 and more.

Saturday day also saw Spotty the dog win best dressed entrant in the Street culture Pooch Parade. Late night projections on the tide mill included a collaboration with Choose Woodbridge projecting messages from local children to the Queen. The  messages mostly thanked Her Majesty, but one child wrote that the Queen looked like the lady on postage stamps. Another one asked how it felt sitting on a throne for 70 years.

Ben Osborne, Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music Creative Director, says: “The atmosphere, crowd and vibe around town couldn’t have been warmer for the weekend of Jubilation events. We held two days of music, global food and fun, if occasionally surreal, activities for all ages. The whole town joined in, with Choose Woodbridge holding sister events in Town’s main street and loads of pubs, shops and venues holding events throughout the weekend. A big thank you to the Town Council for supporting culture this weekend and throughout the pandemic.”