• Beowulf Festival

    May 3-7 2018 Woodbridge Suffolk

    Imagine - Just imagine!

    A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL celebrating The Spirit of Beowulf in Woodbridge Suffolk May 3-7 2018 (Early Spring Bank Holiday)

    Come and be part of five days of magic, music and mystery on the banks of the beautiful River Deben.

    Daily updates www.facebook.com/BeowulfFestival

  • Latest News

    Daily updates from The Spirit of Beowulf Facebook Page

  • Events

    Five days celebrating the spirit of Beowulf and Woodbridge

    3rd May - DRAGONS!

    THURSDAY - an "Evening of Dragons" at Woodbridge Emporium on the Thoroughfare - early session for children and then after dark for adults! FREE Dragon Event 4.15 - Children's Story time with the Mayor and Dragon activities 7pm - Adult Evening exploring Dragon Stories, poems plus a QUIZ and refreshments call 01394 382382 to book your place


    We are also very excited to be building a dragon sculpture from wasted plastic with Wildlife Gadget Man Jason Alexander. "Scruff the Plastic Dragon' and Bon Collins.

    Embrace your inner dragon and get involved!

    4th May - HISTORY!

    FRIDAY - A fascinating evening of history and archaeology at the Shire Hall with Field Archeologist Dr. Emma Tetlow BSC, MPhil, PHD, MCIFA and special guest Charlie Haylock - an historian of spoken English, dialect specialist, authority on his native Suffolk and a bestselling author and radio personality.

    The link between the story of Beowulf and Woodbridge, the River Deben and the Great Ship of Sutton Hoo will be discussed plus an exclusive look at Anglo Saxon treasures recently found in the area.

    Limited seating. Tickets are now available from Eventbrite for the Shire Hall event Friday May 3rd 7PM https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirit-of-beowulf-historical-evening-tickets-43713977684

    Kindly sponsored by the Woodbridge Deli

    LIVE MUSIC afterwards at the Angel with FISHCLAW!

    5th May - FESTIVAL ON THE RIVER 11am-11pm

    SATURDAY - A bustling Beowulf Village and Anglo Saxon market on the waterfront.

    Lots of food and drink including Vegan and Gluten free by Juan Pablo with their special Grendel Stew; a Hog Roast from Vernon; Beowulf Baps from the Cake Shop; Simpers Oysters. Beowulf Ale and more from the Angel - Teas and Coffee from the Scouts. The Caravan will also be serving on Ferry Quay.

    The Tide Mill Living Museum is open all day with a special talk 'What did Beowulf eat?'' from Dr. Debby Banham at 1.00pm Free Admission!

    Renowned author Kevin Crossley-Holland will be story telling on the replica ship Sae Wylfing at 11.00am with Norse Myths and 2.30pm telling the epic story of Beowulf.

    Kindly sponsored by Ninni Noo Boutique.

    'Students from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge performing scenes from Beowulf in Old English'

    Music in the Shed throughout the day from Brian Eno's Bloom and aMBieNT MuSiC WoRLD to accompany the Poetry and Painting Exhibitions.

    Live Music on the square and the Marie Boat Stage with Merlyn's Open Mic at 12.00 and special guest Peter Hepworth at 1.30 pm

    4pm electronica from girl in a gale and DJs Freeland, Horner and Quinn

    7pm Oktoba, 8pm Caswell (full band) 9pm Aartwork,

    10pm The day ends with Beowulf Festival Lights and Projections at Dusk on the Tide Mill (Kindly sponsored by Holly Blue Boutique) with music and poetry from Jan Pulsford's aMBieNT MuSiC WoRLD ending a day of mystery and magic as Woodbridge celebrates "The Spirit of Beowulf" on the banks of the River Deben. Free admission.


    SUNDAY - A Beowulf Family Fun Activity Day at the Tea Hut with The Distressed Artist running lots of fun Art and Craft activities for kids and families at this favourite spot on the River Wall. This promises to be a very popular event so come early!

    Renowned author Kevin Crossley-Holland will be hosting a 'Riddles for Children' at 11AM with a book signing starting off what will be a fun packed day until 4PM.

    1PM Open Mic on the Bandstand with Merlyn Bruce welcoming many great musicians!

    7PM Come and chill out at the Riverside with Caswell

    7th May - SUTTON HOO

    MONDAY - Join us as we celebrate Monday Bank holiday with an extra bit of Beowulf and Beltane magic along the River Deben and the mystical mounds of Sutton Hoo. Meet 11am TideMill.

  • Community

    Be part of the festival - inspire and be inspired!


    Thanks to those who have been in touch with offers to be part of what promises to be one of the most exciting festivals of 2018! Our Spirit of Beowulf Community Festival Page is updated everyday. Please like and share the countdown Facebook.com/BeowulfFestival


    Thanks to everyone who has sent work to exhibit in the Beowulf Gallery. Your work will be seen in the new Boat Shed on Whisstocks Place. We are thrilled with the response but it's never too late so please send us a message with details and inspiration HERE


    The Monthly Creative Saturdays at the Shire Hall have become a popular event to share and exhibit ideas - some going back to Anglo Saxon times. Why not be part of the Beowulf market?


    on Facebook for the latest dates and news! Thrilled to see so many exhibiting in the Whisstocks Place.


    Thanks to everyone who had sent songs and pieces of music inspired by the river. We will be playing Beowulf inspired music on the special Beowulf Music Stream throughout the Festival. Also there are two open mics on Saturday and Sunday - filling up fast so

    contact the ANGEL OPEN MIC and introduce yourself to Merlyn or send us an MP3 to play on the radio.


    Beowulf is one of the greatest tales of the English language - Do you have a story to tell or a poem to recite? Let your imagination flow! All words and poetry are welcome and will be displayed or read at the festival. Send your inspirations to

    Clare the Mayor or pop into the local book/teashop

    WOODBRIDGE EMPORIUM and speak to Jules.


    We are looking for phone and camera videographers to document this community event so we can build a web gallery of memories. Thanks to those of you who have sent in animations and video to use especially David Turner, Zimp and Medora Chevalier. A big thanks to Tom Taylor who is projecting and mixing the videos on the TideMill Saturday at 10pm


    Thanks to all of our sponsors for you invaluable support. The mayor's souvenir programme will soon be available - she wants the spirit of Beowulf to weave through the town like a Dragon to make this a community event to remember.


    Want to be involved? - contact us! We still need help with handing out fliers and posters and making sure everyone gets to hear about these 5 days in May of a COMMUNITY festival for everyone !


    Celebrate Dragons as part of the Beowulf Festival. Follow the Dragon footprints through the Thoroughfare. Look out for the unveiling of 'Scruff the Plastic Dragon' - How about making and flying Dragon kites or decorating shop windows and houses with the Spirit of Beowulf?

  • Contact us

    Get involved!

  • About us

    We are organising this festival but we can't do it without you!

    Clare Perkins

    Mayor of Woodbridge 2017-18

    This festival is my gift to the town - for Woodbridge, by Woodbridge, to Woodbridge! I have always loved legends and Beowulf is an intriguing and amazing story which it appears may have been written near the town of which I am Mayor. The people of Woodbridge have historically worked with the River Deben and so this festival takes place on the banks of our beautiful river,

    Jan Pulsford

    Co-Producer Beowulf Festival

    Jan has worked all her life in music and the arts, writing award winning music for Film and TV and legendary pop artists Cyndi Lauper, Darlene Love, Steps, Eurovision etc. alongside the jazz and improv of Chico Freeman and Deben Collective. She broadcasts from her aMBieNT MuSiC WoRLD in Woodbridge every Sunday evening with electronica and piano inspired by the river - music to relax and unwind. Jan is thrilled to be co-producing the Beowulf Festival.

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