Latitude festival sign

​​​​​​​​​​Latitude Festival Travel Guide​

Latitude Festival is a four-day annual music event held in July in Henham Park, near Southwold, Suffolk. The festival is well known as a true celebration of the arts, and is a fantastic event for travelling to by ferry from Europe, with Dover and Newhaven ports within easy distance. First held in 2006, the popular festival has earned a reputation as a cultural hub for poetry, theatre, literature, cabaret, music and film.

Latitude festival

Getting There

Latitude is based in Suffolk with the closest ferry ports located in Newhaven and Dover. You can cross the Channel by ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven, which takes approximately 4 hours. Alternatively, you can travel from Calais or Dunkirk to Dover in around 90 minutes to two hours. From Newhaven, you can reach Latitude by car in just over three hours via the A12, or it will take three hours from Dover via the M20 and A12.

Southwold in Suffolk

How to get to Latitude Festival

Latitude is based in Southwold in Suffolk and is easily accessible by car. While there is no pedestrian access to Latitude Festival, the event is easily accessed by public transport. The festival has partnered with the Big Green Coach company who can pick up festival goers from nineteen different locations. As you approach the site, official signposts will highlight your route to lead you to the correct carpark for your ticket and it’s important to follow these. There are separate routes to cater for day ticket holders, weekend campers, family ticket holders and campervans.

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What to see near the Latitude Festival

Henham Park is five miles away from the picturesque coastal town of Southwold where you can enjoy a wide range of family friendly activities including the town’s iconic Pier. Visitors can go sailing at the Southwold Boating Lake or climb the legendary Southwold lighthouse. The RSPB Nature Reserve is also a short drive from the town centre should you wish to enjoy a spot of wildlife watching.

Southwold is also great for shopping and promises a quirky cinematic experience at the Electric Picture Palace. There are lots of activities for children and adults alike as well as a good range of local lunch spots.

Latitude Festival

Known as the festival for culture vultures, Latitude has been combining music with literature, interactive art and theatre since 2006. Latitude has almost everything, including a picturesque lake, stage performances in woodland areas and even colourful sheep!

The event features some of the best names from the world of music including old favourites and rising stars. The musical performances are balanced with live entertainment performances from comedians, dancers, theatre performers, authors and poets. There is also a plethora of workshops, creative Q and A’s, as well as previews and premieres to attend.

Surrounding the main stage, you can find the ‘On the Lake’ floating stage and Pandora’s Playground, which is an area dedicated to interactive art. From emerging talent to world famous headline acts, this festival is a dizzying display of raw talent. Previous headliners include The National, New Order and The Maccabees.

2017 Latitude Festival Headliners

Friday 14th July
- The 1975
Saturday 15th July
- Mumford & Sons
Sunday 16th July
- Fleet Foxes