Saturday 10th June, 11 – 5 pm.

A new and exciting free festival of art and music is happening in Saxmundham. A joyful celebration of arts and culture in our historic market town, in East Suffolk. Including the highly anticipated opening of Abigail Lane’s solo show, ‘Heads & Tails’, and Open Studios at The Art Station.


Supported with funding from East Suffolk Council Events, Arts and Culture Grant (UK Shared Prosperity Fund), Henry Moore Foundation, and Saxmundham Town Council.

Full Programme

Artist-Led workshops

Free hands-on and creative workshops, led by brilliant local artists and organisations. Workshops will run throughout the day, on a drop in basis, unless otherwise stated.

Dance East, Jevan Watkins Jones, The Gander sisters, Holly Scholfield, Sarah Nkugwa from Pop Print Studio, Lily Hammond from Uwu studio, Nancy Main, mural painting with Verity Slade, music with Ian Brownlie, Jo Chapman, under 5’s music workshop with Britten Pears Arts, life drawing with Christian Aldridge.

Image: Artist Lily Hammond, courtesy of the artist.

Artist-led workshops

Exhibition openings

The Art Station, 48 High Street:

Opening of Abigail Lane’s show  Heads & Tails, between 12 – 5 pm at The Art Station

Art Station Open Studios – 12 – 4 pm: 

Artists Corrie Barclay, Ruby Banazi, Nikki Scholl, Andrew Potruff, and Lily-Rose Clayton, are opening their studios. 

George Farnham Gallery, 6a High Street: ‘Celebrating Suffolk Artists’, exhibition opening.

Vela, 28 High Street: ‘A Berlin Journey’, exhibition of prints by Silke Schelenz.

Art Trail along High Street: Sculptures made by SET Saxmundham High School students along the High Street.

Image: Mycena, 2023, Corrie Barclay. Pen and ink on paper. 

More info

Activities for families

Activities for families led by expert dance artists from Dance East, come and boogie and have some fun!

Take a journey into sound in a fun family music session with artist Ian Brownlie. Come along, make some joyous noise!

Explore a range of musical instruments with Britten Pears Arts,  in a mini music session for under 5’s.

Check out the programme for times, and drop in to a session!

Artist-led workshops

Music and performance

Fromus Green main stage: 12 – 5 pm – DJ Samira, Henley J King,  Kitty-May Hayes, Quay Street Wailers, The High Points, Brayden Jay, and The Yokahomas.

High Street Performers: 11 – 5 pm – Grace Calver, Blackshore Collective, Ipswich Hospital Band, Tumaraca, ABC Radio, Sophie Martin, Halesworth Community Choir, Suffolk All Stars dance troupe. 

Image: DJ Samira, courtesy of the artist. 

Full programme

Food and drink

A range of tasty, hot and cold snacks and meals from Saxmundham businesses, and market stalls holders offering local artisan produce, including:  

No. 1 Bakery -homemade sandwiches and cakes, The Bell Hotel, Pita – Greek street food, Tikka Tonic – New Delhi style street food, Hullabaloo – fresh, locally sourced, Vegan food, Shorebox by Pinney’s of Orford – Lobster rolls, smoked salmon bagels, shucked oysters, Kezmet Turkish Kitchen – Turkish cuisine and street food, Vela Art Cafe & Gallery – German Bratwurst sausages and sweet treats.

Including cookery demonstrations and tastings in the Queen’s Head car park, organised by SAX Community Fridge and friends.

Environment and community

Interact and learn about your local, natural environment, through fascinating workshops and demonstrations.

Save Our Suffolk Swifts – learn how you can make a difference to the ever decreasing Swift population in Suffolk, buy a bird box hand made by Saxmundham Men’s Shed, hear from environmental artist Emily Knock, about the exciting biodiversity in Saxmundham, and make an interactive sound painting with Liz Waugh!

Saxmundham Library dog sculpture designed by Anthony Horrowitz on display!

Including activities in the Queen’s Head car park, organised by SAX Community Fridge and friends. Beekeepers, Soil City and more!

Image: Family nature walks, The Art Station, 2023. 

Full Programme

Bookable workshops

Free hands-on and creative workshops, led by brilliant local artists.


Interested in volunteering at Sax Arts Fest? We would love to hear from you.

Getting here

Public transport information and parking.

Festival map & programme

What’s on and where. Plan your visit to Sax Arts Fest with our festival map and programme.

Free bus to Aldeburgh Festival

Take in two festivals in one day! Book your seat on our free bus to Britten Pears Arts, Aldeburgh Festival.