Friday on the Beach

A man reclines on a deck chair under a blanket, looking cosy and grinning


Kicks off 19:00, campsite open from 17:00
Friday 17 June
Ticketed: See individual event for prices

For 2022, we’re kicking off the party early with Friday on the Beach – a pre-Festival warm-up night of films and feasts, with an option to camp overnight on Lowestoft’s sandy South Beach.

Start your weekend with a delicious local meal by award-winning Chef Nicola Hordern, cooked and served right on the beach. Then, step across the sand and pick up your headphones as we screen the 1927 silent classic, Sunrise, with acclaimed pianist Stephen Horne providing a live improvised score as the sun sets.

With beach camping and campervan pitches available, there’s the option to nest down in the dunes, enjoy a night under the stars, and wake up fresh-faced on Saturday as we kick off our 24 hours of First Light festivities.


Beach Feasts with Nicola Hordern
Tickets: £25 per head
Join us for the first of three delicious beach feasts, created for First Light by renowned Suffolk chef Nicola Hordern in our First Light beach kitchen! For Friday night, Nicola and the team will be cooking:

Fish Stew with couscous and sea vegetable salad
Vegetarian: spring vegetable stew
Summer Pudding and elderflower cream

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Sunrise film screening with Live Piano Accompaniment with Stephen Horne
Doors open 21:00, Screening at 21:30
Tickets: £10
For this unique beach cinema experience on the eve of 2022’s Festival, pianist Stephen Horne provides a live, improvised soundtrack to the 1926 silent masterpiece, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Watch from the beach as Stephen responds in real time to this iconic piece of cinema history, which swept the board (including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Janet Gaynor) at the first ever Academy Awards in 1929.

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Wild Beach Camping + Campervan Pitches
Friday and Saturday Night
Tickets: £80 per pitch for both nights (up to 4 person tent)
Pitch your tent under the stars, or pull up your campervan, and set up camp for the full festival experience. First Light offers the unique opportunity to camp on the UK’s most easterly beach, a stones-throw from the Festival site.

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A black and white still from the film Sunrise shows a woman desperately cluching the arm of a man who walks away, a moon dramatically shining through reeds in the background A group of people watch the sunset as it sets over the Lowestoft horizon, red and deam-like A delicious looking red tart pops against a blue patterned tablecloth