I Looked East event information

Outline of programme

Events start on the Friday night, when there will be pub sessions around the town – details will be sent to ticket holders.

On the Saturday there will be concerts, workshops, talks and an evening concert, for which tickets can be purchased separately, should you wish.  To attend daytime events, you need to buy either a day or weekend ticket, which will let you into any of the events, space permitting. These events will be in a number of different venues around the town and the Saturday evening concert is in the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts. Separate event tickets are not available, except for the Saturday concert.

On the Sunday morning, there will be a short musical tribute at Julia’s grave, which is in Thetford, about 25 miles from Stowmarket. A coach is being booked, details of how to reserve a seat will be sent later.  It is likely to depart from Stowmarket around 9.45am and return by 1.15pm. Again there will be a programme of concerts, workshops and talks during the day and formal events on the Sunday will finish by 6 pm. There will also be evening pub sessions around the town – details will be sent to ticket holders.

Getting here

Stowmarket is on the main rail line between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. There are also trains from Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough, linking with the main East Coast line. It is a few minutes off the A14 trunk road and approximately one hour’s drive from Stansted Airport, and 2-3 hours from Heathrow or Gatwick. It is also on National Cycle Route 51 and you can hire bikes from the station.

Local taxis: Stowmarket Taxis (Station Yard) 01449 – 677777 / Gold Star (town centre) 01449-676767.


The two nearest places are already fully booked: Verandah House (walking distance; contact 0044 1449 676104) and Best Western Cedars Hotel (less than a mile;  info@cedarshotel.co.uk / 0044 1449 612668).

The next nearest is the Travelodge (Ipswich/Stowmarket), which is just 3 miles from the centre of town: we will try to ensure there is late night transport available!

There is another Travelodge at Ipswich/Beacon Hill which is only about 6 miles away on the main A14 road, a Premier Inn (Ipswich North) a mile or two further  on the same road, and of course, a number of nice country B&Bs!  There’s also another Premier Inn in the centre of Bury St Edmunds which is about the same distance but will take a little longer to drive in and out of the town. There’s a list of further accommodation options  here, which you might find helpful if you’re unfamiliar with the area, as it is based on distance and ease of travelling into Stowmarket. You could also look at Air B’n’B, which we haven’t included here.

The nearest campsites are Lakeside Caravan Park at Onehouse, Stowmarket, or Red House Farm at Haughley (the latter has limited facilities). Unfortunately neither of them is in walking distance or on public transport routes.


Tickets are now available. Prices are £57 for an all-inclusive weekend ticket (includes Saturday evening concert) / £47 weekend day only / £26 Saturday or Sunday day only ticket / £16 Saturday evening concert only. There are no single-event tickets available except for the Saturday evening concert. If you’re thinking of coming for just one day and don’t know which one, you can wait until we publish some more programme details in January.

Here is the full ticket information.

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