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.


In town (walking distance): Verandah House 0044 1449 676104 (I believe this is now fully booked).

On the edge of town (under 1 mile): Best Western Cedars Hotel info@cedarshotel.co.uk / 0044 1449 612668

Just out of town (3 mile walk – or taxi!) Travelodge Ipswich/Stowmarket

There are a number of nice country B&Bs around and another Travelodge at Ipswich/Beacon Hill which is only about 6 miles away. 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.


Tickets will be on sale from this website from Monday 26th November 2018. Prices will be £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 programme details – likely to be December/January.

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