Suffolk SketchFest 2022

Suffolk SketchFest is a 3-day celebration of sketching the maritime heritage & wildlife of the River Deben area of outstanding natural beauty at Woodbridge with over... Read more

£35 registration + £15 for each workshop & £10 for demos - over 40 events to choose from!!
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05 Aug - 07 Aug 2022

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River Deben, Woodbridge
Suffolk / Woodbridge

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Outdoor sketching along the River Deben - art, learning, birds, boats, river, water meadows and fun

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Mary-Anne Bartlett, Claudia Myatt, Mark Boyd, Maxine Relton, Lorna Hamilton

Suffolk SketchFest is three days of sketching bringing artists together to paint wildlife, boats, landscapes and historic river architecture.

Full Programme 2022

Suffolk SketchFest is a 3-day celebration of sketching the maritime heritage & wildlife of the River Deben area of outstanding natural beauty at Woodbridge with over 40 sketching events to join including artist-led walks, demonstrations and workshops.

View the 2022 programme of events here

Love your environment through sketching it!

Let’s get together for wildlife and landscape sketching!

Suffolk SketchFest’s inspiring artist tutors include:- Mary-Anne Bartlett, Claudia Myatt, Mark Boyd, Ian Sedge, Lorna Hamilton, Maxine Relton and others…  We’re here to share our knowledge, experience and skills of drawing and painting outdoors – and to celebrate the River Deben.

Prizes for different categories – announced on Sunday pm

Book now and register, then choose your workshops (some are free, some are at extra cost), and simply bring your paints and sketchbooks along…  We have artist led sketch walks for you to join as well as other events to help you lean the joys and the skills of sketching outdoors.

Suffolk SketchFest is open to anyone who would like to have a go!

Sketching outdoors is a great way to understand, interact with and share our appreciation of the natural world.

Let’s use art to reconnect with natural beauty and the wild places on our doorstep, as well as to reflect our enthusiasm, interest and identity with our tidal river.  Art Safari Artist Tutors will show you how to preserve moments in time through sketching and painting.  Spending time sketching and painting on the River Deben, we aim to catch experiences and moments of wonder.  The three days can help you appreciate the river more and bring attention to the outstanding landscape of Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Your sketches will become lasting reminders of special time spent in nature.

Art Events as part of Suffolk SketchFest, 5, 6, 7 August, include:

  • Artist-led sketching walks along the river wall at Woodbridge (upriver to Melton, along the quayside and downriver to Kyson Point and Martlesham Creek)
  • Artist-led art workshops and demonstrations
  • Free Storytelling event
  • Free Music event
  • Art tutor challenges
  • Prizes!!

SketchFest participants include artists from across the UK, local residents and businesses, children & families, art groups, artists, wildlife enthusiasts and birders.  Social distancing rules apply and we will space our presence accordingly.

Suitable for all abilities, equipment list will be provided.

This project has been part funded by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB.  This project has been (part)* funded by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB logo


FRIDAY 5 August19 sketching events to choose from throughout the day! Only 10 people per group!
Music on the Quayfree for you to listen and sketch
Friday eveningoptional al fresco dinner
SATURDAY 6 August20 sketching events to choose from throughout the day! Only 10 people per group!
Storytelling eventfree for you to listen and be enthralled
Saturday eveningoptional al fresco dinner (fish and chips!)
SUNDAY 7 August12 sketching events to choose from throughout the day! Only 10 people per group!
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£35 registration (includes registration, 1x free sketch walk, group crits and final event)

Extra workshops, demos and art walks:

  • £15 per workshop (50mins)
  • £10 per demo (30mins)
  • £40 per half day workshop (3hrs)
  • £10 per warm up session (30mins)

Places must be pre-booked.  Please enquire or call us on 01394 382235


Join us for al fresco dining on Friday and Saturday evening.  On Friday a local restaurant brings a delicious meal here to eat at tables here on thequay, £20 per head including a glass of something cheerful.  On Saturday place your order (and pay on the day before 4pm) for a Fish & Chip supper which we’ll bring to you by pedal power to eat at tables here on the quay.

There are many enticing cafes to eat at and find refreshments during the day.


The River Deben outside the Art Safari Studio, The Harbourmaster’s Office, Ferry Quay, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1P12 1BW

There is no parking available at the Art Safari Studio.  There is however a pay and display car park at the Woodbridge Railway Station.  It is a very short walk away!



There’s many exciting choices including demos, workshops, warm up sessions and guided sketching walks!!!!

It’s three days of socially distanced artistic activity with time to meet other artists, drink coffee on the quay, eat and draw in your own time.


Woodbridge is a picturesque Market Town on the Deben Estuary.  Find out more about the town on the Visit Woodbridge website.  Ipswich is not terribly far away and has larger hotels.

Here is a small selection of places to stay which Art Safari guests have enjoyed around Woodbridge:

There are many more options available, including boats and holiday cottages – have a look through Suffolk Secrets and Suffolk Hideaways for holiday rental cottages in the area.

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