Longest Days of Summer is completely free!
Below you’ll find some useful links and information to help you make the most of your visit to Lowestoft.
Famous for being Britain’s most easterly point, Lowestoft’s idyllic setting amongst the beautiful Broads and the wide golden sands of the Suffolk coast has made the town a favourite beach holiday destination since Victorian times. It is one of the earliest settlements in European history, with evidence of human activity in the form of man-made tools dating back 700,000 years.
The award-winning Blue Flag beach is said to have been the inspiration for Benjamin Britten’s first masterpiece. The composer grew up on Kirkley Cliff Road in the house that is now the Britten Guest House. Elegant Victorian Gardens and colourful beach huts line the promenades along seafront of the South beach, whilst the historic Scores wind from the town centre and the historic High Street to the north beach, Ness Point and Sparrows Nest lighthouse. London Road South and the historic High Street are home to many independent shops and cafes, as well as national chains – all just a short stroll from the beach.
Lowestoft is an area of huge potential growth, with a focus on building on its unique location as the most easterly point in the Britain and making more of its heritage assets and maritime history. Lowestoft is traditionally
a port town, which developed with the fishing industry. Now it is rapidly developing as a centre for renewable energy industry within East Anglia. The town is also currently undergoing significant changes with a variety of interesting and exciting projects underway, including the Gull Wing – a much needed new bridge and the creation of permanent new flood defences. With nationally significant events such as First Light Festival alongside other collaborations between councils, businesses and cultural organisations, and with the new Towns Fund award, Lowestoft is positioning itself as a youthful, engaging and modern destination.
During First Light presents Longest Days of Summer the town will be alive with activity – you can also check out these events too:
Park Run on the Saturday morning
Lowestoft Maritime Museum – Seafront Discovery Walk – Download here!
DO I NEED A TICKET?
First Light presents Longest Days of Summer is entirely free and un-ticketed. A full programme can be found on our What’s On page.
I WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM AT FIRST LIGHT PRESENTS LONGEST DAYS OF SUMMER!
First Light presents Longest Days of Summer is curated by our Directors with the aim to ensure a diverse and balanced programme that includes activity of both local and national significance.
Whilst this year’s event is different – and has already been fully programmed – we love to hear about interesting activities and ideas that could be a part of First Light Festival 2022, so please do get in touch. We read all our messages but unfortunately due to the sheer volume of enquiries we cannot respond to all of them.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on that part of the beach in June so please leave your dog at home.
CAN I STILL SWIM IN THE SEA?
Of course you can! However, please note that lifeguards only cover part of the beach – please check public notices.
CAN I BRING A PICNIC?
Yes! This year is a little different as there are no food and drink stalls. Instead, we encourage you to bring your own food and drink to the beach to enjoy whilst listening to live acoustic music amongst the art installations. Just please make sure you take your rubbish home with you! And remember, please do not bring alcohol or any glass items with you to the event.
CYCLE TO THE BEACH
There is an excellent cycle route along the upper esplanade from the town centre to the festival site. More information on cycle routes can be found on the Sustrans website
GET TO THE BEACH WITH GREATER ANGLIA
There are direct train services running to Norwich and Ipswich, and on-going connections to Cambridge and London Liverpool Street. The last train from Lowestoft to Ipswich on Saturday is at 21:06. For Norwich, the last train departs Lowestoft at 23:30. For timetables, visit Greater Anglia.
Lowestoft train station is conveniently situated in central Lowestoft which is a pleasant 25-minute walk along the seafront to the event site.
Address: Lowestoft Rail Station, Denmark Road, Lowestoft NR32 2EG
Lowestoft central bus station is a 30-minute walk to the event site and runs long distance services to London Stansted (Airport), London, Bury St Edmonds, Newmarket, Thetford, Norwich and Great Yarmouth. For local services the X1, Coastal Clipper 99 and 103 stop at Kensington Road.
Address: Gordon Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1LR.
From Norwich, follow the A146.
From Ipswich, follow the A12.
From Cambridge, take the A14 followed by the A143 or A11.
From London, take the A12 or M11 followed by the A11, A14 and A143.
Then follow signs to the South Beach.
Parking is very limited so please car share if you can!
Parking in the area is very limited so if you are able, please take the train, catch a bus or walk to the site!
PAY AND DISPLAY
Usual opening hours and charges apply.
The following pay and display car parks are in the vicinity of the South Beach:
Claremont Pier, NR33 0BS – 105 spaces
Belvedere road, NR33 0PR – 80 spaces
Royal Green, NR33 0QL – 143 spaces
Clifton Road, NR33 0HF – 207 spaces
Kirkley Cliff Road, NR33 0BZ – 51 spaces
Pakefield Street, NR33 0JS – 48 spaces
Pakefield Road – 100 Spaces
All Saints Road car park – c. 30 spaces
This year is a little different as there is no food and drink offer. Instead, we encourage you to bring your own food and drink to the beach, or to visit one of the local
establishments and help support local business! You can find more information on Lowestoft’s many pubs, cafes and restaurants by clicking here.
We would like First Light presents Longest Days of Summer to be an event that everyone can experience and enjoy.
GETTING AROUND THE SITE
We are situated in an open access public site in Lowestoft, comprised of the sandy South Beach and Victorian Kensington Gardens. Please consider the ground conditions and our unpredictable British weather when deciding what access you might require and what equipment you might need to bring.
The South Beach is mostly level but comprised of soft sand and may not accessible for those with additional mobility requirements. Special all-terrain wheelchairs are available to hire from the beach management office on Jubilee Parade. Activity on the beach will be viewable from Jubilee Parade.
The Upper Esplanade and Jubilee Parade are level tarmacked paths that run the length of the beach at the top and bottom of the cliff, with a choice of ramps and steps between the two, however most of these are quite long and steep. There is step free access with a small gentle slope onto Jubilee Parade from Claremont Pier, and our activity is about five – ten minutes’ walk from here.
Kensington Gardens has paved level pathways throughout the park, however the shortest routes often involve a slope or a small number of steps. There is step free access into the park from the Upper Esplanade and Kirkley Cliff Road.
Free public toilets can be found on Jubilee Parade and in Kensington Gardens. You can find further information on public toilets here.
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer BSL, captioning or hearing loops at the event this year but are looking to include this at future festivals. Still include this – are there parts of the programme where we would use it if we could?
There is no vehicle access to the site, however there are a choice of public car parks nearby. See ‘Parking’ for further details.
If you would like to discuss anything particular to your needs please contact email@example.com
First Light is inspired by Lowestoft’s natural environment. You can help us keep the beach and gardens special by doing the following:
– Leave no trace – take everything you bring back home with you.
– Please use the recycling and waste bins around the site! And remember to take care when throwing stuff away – are you using the right bin? If a recycling bin is contaminated with general waste it cannot be recycled.
– Please don’t drop chewing gum, cigarette stubs and filter wrappers on the floor, they’re a pain to pick up.
– Leave your car at home and use public transport to the festival site.
– Bring your own water – if it’s a scorcher you’ll need that H2O!
– Please use the toilets provided.
– Please do not bring in glass bottles or other prohibited items such as barbecues and paper lanterns.
Even though restrictions may be lifted from the 21st June, covid won’t have disappeared and we still want to ensure First Light Festival presents Longest Days of Summer is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.
Please do not attend if you or some in your household are experiencing symptoms such as:
– A high temperature
– A new continuous cough
– Loss of sense of taste and/or smell.
Follow UK government advice, stay home and get tested – https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Keep your distance from people outside your group, ideally 2m or 1m+ with extra precautions such as a face mask.
Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds a time.
Use the track and trace QR code on our signage.