For many people the coastal town of Southwold is a haven of peace and relaxation - a town that makes the soul soar, a 'happy place'.
The latest event in the Market Place project run by First Light Festival Community Interest Company and funded by East Suffolk Council and the Suffolk Growth Partnership will embrace this spirit, bringing together hands-on activities, talks, music and much more on Bartholomew Green and St Edmunds Church on Saturday 22 October between 10am and 2pm.
Following feedback from the town’s businesses as well consultation with Southwold Town Council, it was agreed that the event should be spread across the town in zones and feature a number of different elements. Zones will have activities, talks, entertainment, or a mix of all, with a special focus on a mini happy place festival on Bartholomew Green and music in St Edmunds Church, which will be transformed into a live music venue for the day.
Acts and activities include a master aerialist who will be demonstrating the tricks of her trade, children’s book author Astra who will be discussing doodling and sharing some mindful art, a free children’s craft drop-in area,
Market Place regular DJs David Freeland & Ben Horner playing quality tunes as well as story-telling from Southwold Library and a number of pop-up stalls.
Southwold’s Happy Place market follows the successful five markets held in Saxmundham, Beccles, Leiston, Lowestoft and Halesworth earlier this year. The aim of the project is to deliver a number of mini festival-style markets to attract local as well as out-of-season visitors to East Suffolk towns.