First Light Festival is a brand new, 24-hour festival for the UK. With FREE entry and more than 100 FREE events! Join us in Lowestoft to celebrate the first light of midsummer’s weekend at Britain’s most easterly point.
First Light Festival runs continuously across the summer solstice weekend, from midday on Saturday the 22nd of June, through to midday on Sunday the 23rd.
Join us on Lowestoft South Beach through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars for a unique shared experience with music, dance, film, talks, walks, sports and workshops as well as the best local and regional food, drinks and produce. Our festival site extends out across the promenades and gardens to offer arts, activities and entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting.
The Sunrise Coast
Sitting at the most easterly point of the UK, Lowestoft is known as the Sunrise Coast, with a stunning stretch of white sandy, gently shelving beach, colourful beach huts and Victorian gardens.
Just a short stroll from the centre of the town and train station you reach this historic stretch of coastline where you can wander the promenades and enjoy the fresh sea air and expansive views from the easternmost tip of the UK.
See you on the beach?
Something for everyone
Here is a taste of what First Light Festival is all about. See the WHAT’S ON pages for full listings…
Join us through changing times and tides with amazing live music from internationally renowned musicians and DJ's as well as some of our favourite local artists.
Enjoy a beach-based dance party curated by our partners Dance East. Expect performances and workshops including baby boogie, tea dances and silent disco plus a very special 24 hour dance performance from choreographer Rosemary Lee.
Hands on demonstrations and thought provoking talks explore our deep sea, coast, tides and universe including with First Light global marine science partner Cefas.
Connect with the world around you with beach yoga, mindful talks, therapies, massage and music to soothe body and soul
Film and Words
Simon Mayo, Dr Kevin Fong, Amber Butchart plus many more join us in Kensington Gardens to share new ideas, stories and even some Lowestoft Noir. First Light Film includes a special screening of Danny Boyle's sci-fi epic 'Sunshine' and new shorts from Suffolk Short Film Festival.
Kids' Wild Beach
Get busy with the beach and play with marooned boats and nature’s treasure in the Cosmic Pirates children's zone, along with story telling, dressing up and creative activities.
Artists and Workshops
Explore the creative talents of our specially commissioned artists in one of Lowestoft's distinctive beach huts, then make something of your own from t-shirt printing to ceramics to cyanotype.
Enjoy the fruits of the East of England with the best regional food, drink and hand crafted wares
Sports by the Sea
From Beach Volleyball to Ultimate Frisbee to Surfing, we have got sporting activities for everyone to get the heart rate up and those good time endorphins going
First Light Festival on BBC6! Listen to co-founder Wayne Hemingway chat to Cerys Matthews about our exciting plans in Lowestoft this summer.
First Light Festival on ITV – find out more about why Lowestoft is the place to be this summer