• 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

  • 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!

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

    Matthew from Silver Sun Jewellery is also designing some very special Dragon wares.

    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 available March 1st


    LIVE MUSIC afterwards at the Angel!


    SATURDAY - A bustling Beowulf Village and Anglo Saxon market will be held next to the Tide Mill. The museum is open all day with a special talk 'What did Beowulf eat?'' from Dr. Debby Banham.

    Renowned author Kevin Crossley-Holland tells the epic story of Beowulf on the replica ship Sae Wylfing along with Poetry and Painting exhibitions and installations plus story telling for children on the Public Space with a special 'Kid's Dig' by Dr. Emma.

    Music on the Marie Boat Stage moored on the Tidemill Quay with evening performances from Caswell & Aartwork, Peter Hepworth, girl in a gale, Projections and Digital Fireworks end the day with music from Jan Pulsford and friends.

    Lots of food and drink including Vegan and Gluten free food by Juan Pablo, Grendel Stew and a Hog Roast from Vernon, Beowulf Baps from the Cake Shop and Beowulf Ale from the Angel. The Caravan will also be open providing more delicious 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!

    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.

  • Community

    Be part of the festival - inspire and be inspired!


    Thanks to those who have been in touch - we are still putting the pieces in place of this giant jigsaw puzzle which promises to be one of the most exciting festivals of 2018! Our Spirit of Beowulf Community Festival Page is updated everyday. Please like and check the countdown Facebook.com/BeowulfFestival


    Create a work to exhibit in the Beowulf Gallery. How does the story inspire you? Perhaps a photograph of the mounds or a painting of the Spirit of the River or a drawing or even a Dragon?

    Download the PDF with More 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!


    Do you have a song or piece of music inspired by the river? We will be playing Beowulf inspired music on the special Beowulf Music Stream throughout the Festival.

    Come to the ANGEL OPEN MIC and introduce yourself to Merlyn or send us an MP3.


    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 projecting moving images onto the TideMill as part of the festival with music written especially for the occasion. Would you like to get involved? We are looking for phone and camera videographers to document this community event along with videos of The Deben and the Spirit of Beowulf to use in installations.


    Lots of sponsorship possibilities for local businesses. Please contact for further details. We are designing 'Grendel's Trail' - including an augmented reality app - and printing a souvenir programme. We want the spirit of Beowulf to weave through the town like a Dragon and make this a community event to remember.


    Got an idea? Want to be involved - contact us! We want to hear from the COMMUNITY. We still need help with promotion and making sure everyone gets to hear about these 5 days in May.


    Celebrate Dragons as part of the Beowulf Festival. Starting 23rd April with the story of St. George and the Dragon and the unveiling of the plastic Dragon sculpture - 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.

  • Keep in touch

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