Saturday 8 December - BIRTHDAY FOLK - one of our regulars (Jed - of Shadows in the Shade) turns 70 and to celebrate he's getting together with some of his folk music friends to have a bit of a session here in the pub. So there will be some beautiful music & probably some jollity to accompany your ales this evening!
Saturday 15 December - LIVE MUSIC - We're lucky enough to have the wonderful Elly Tree back for a gig to kick off the festive season. This band are great - a 2/3 piece band playing original songs in acoustic/alt-folk/world style.
Tuesday 18 December - INFUSION NIGHT - the most popular of our winter events - this competition sees our regulars pit their wares against one another to find out who makes the best liqueur! Rules are simple - make your own spirit infusion (starting with a plain base spirit & adding your own ingredients to flavour it) then it will be blind tasted on the night to see which is the favourite. This popular event will be made even more festive by the fact that the pub will be freshly decorated with holly, ivy, spruce and fairylights. To take part- email us to let us know you're entering, keep back 1 jam jar of your infusion, and bring it along to the pub before Mon 17 December.
Wednesday 19 December* - BUSKING AT SWEFFLING - Hosted by Lady J!! Music, spoken word, comedy - all welcome! Audience - love what you hear? Chuck some cash in the Big Busk Bottle to be shared at the end! COME JOIN OUR OPEN MIC PAAARTY!!! ps. the landlady & 1 or our regulars will be doing their debut busk performance this evening - a sight not to be missed!!
*tonight is also the deadline for the Reverse Advent Calendar - our collection of treats and essentials to be collected Thurs 21st for distribution amongst the region's homeless - spread some festive warmth to those in need this season (see our Facebook page or the poster in the pub for info on how to help)
Friday 21 December - RENDHAM MUMMERS & PUB'S 7TH BIRTHDAY - what an entertaining evening! Go and watch the Rendham Mummers perform their winter solstice show 'Return of the King' at 7.30 (Rendham Knoll) then afterwards we'll be celebrating the pub's 7th birthday with some silly shenanigans. More info to follow soon!
Saturday 22 December - SOLSTICE CELEBRATION - it's an exciting night for many reasons.. The days start getting longer, the start of the festive season - AND - it's the return of the fabulous Rum Ol' Buoys and a Girl! Join us for a night of fun, laughter and beautiful music
Sunday 23 December - open as usual 12-3, and then in the evening: PORT AND CHEESE NIGHT (from 7pm) - bring some cheese and biscuits to share and let's enjoy some yummy port! Seems like an appropriate thing to do at this time of year
Sunday 23 December - open as usual (12-3 & then again from 7pm)
Monday 24 December - CHRISTMAS EVE - open from 7pm til very late
Tuesday 25 December - CHRISTMAS DAY - open 12-3 and MAYBE we'll open in the evening to have a festive beer or few with our regulars
Wednesday 26 December - BOXING DAY - open 12-3
Thursday 27 December - closed
Friday 28 December - Sunday 30 December - open our usual hours
Monday 31 December - NEW YEAR'S EVE - open 7pm til very late. We'll have some live music, Big Ben at midnight then some recorded music for dancing until the small hours. Bring nibbles to share as it's going to be a LONG night with lots of booze!!
Tuesday 1 January - NEW YEAR'S DAY - open 12-3
Wednesday 2 January - Thursday 3 January - closed
Then open as usual from Friday 4 January
Saturday 12 January - LIVE MUSIC - Shadows in the Shade - sea shanties & folk songs
Wednesday 16 January - WASSAIL with Old Glory Molly
Friday 1 February - LIVE MUSIC - The Larks - Liz Miller and Chris Wilbraham use guitar & mandolin to compliment their voices as they call on a wide range of influences & experiences. Their sets include material from artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell and The Smiths and Johnny Cash and Radiohead. Their original songs are populated by Mermaids, Nightingales , and Vampires and have been known to describe a Lifeboat Disaster or a remote Railway Station.
Saturday 9 February - LIVE MUSIC - The Twisty Turns - The Twisty Turns are formed from experienced musicians that have firmly forged their place on the British and European Americana scene.
Wednesday 20 February - BUSKING AT SWEFFLING - Hosted by Lady J!! Music, spoken word, comedy - all welcome! Audience - love what you hear? Chuck some cash in the Big Busk Bottle to be shared at the end! COME JOIN OUR OPEN MIC PAAARTY!!!
Saturday 23 Februray - LIVE MUSIC - Glymjack - folk-roots project of award-winning singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, whose 2018 debut album - produced with Show of Hand legends Phil Beer, in whose band Greg also plays - is described by Acoustic Magazine as "as good as contemporary folk comes
Thursday 28 February - COMEDY NIGHT - from The Suffolk Punch Comedy Club, featuring three top comedians & an MC to pull it all together. £10 entry with buffet, or £2 without buffet. Spaces limited so book your seats by emailing us now
Saturday 9 March - LIVE MUSIC - Clarke & Zuppardi - Original compositions infused with a passion for foot-stomping bluegrass and old time music with traditional songs and tunes. Described by Rock n Reel magazine as 'refreshing and impressive!
Saturday 23 March - EQUINOX CELEBRATION - We'll be seeing in the new season (yippee it's spring!!) in our traditional way: with a gig from the wonderful Rum Ol Bouys and a Girl
Saturday 30 March - LIVE MUSIC - Bayfield Booth - this collaboration between Mat Bayfield (of The Broadside Boys) brings us songs from the heart, of lives lived, love and loss, the Peak District hills to the East Anglian coast and the souls and stories of countless places and people in between. In early 2018, singer, songwriter and story-teller Mat Bayfield (ex-Broadside Boys) joined forces with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Edward Booth to start a new journey. In their short time together thus far, they’ve already been filling theatres and festival tents in their home county of Suffolk.
Saturday 13 April - LIVE MUSIC - Silbury Hill - Rock, folk, prog, ballads and instrumental musicians playing a lively blend of tempos & instruments. We play pubs, festivals & parties and have 3 CDs out
Thursday 25 April - COMEDY NIGHT - from The Suffolk Punch Comedy Club, featuring three top comedians & an MC to pull it all together. £10 entry with buffet, or £2 without buffet. Spaces limited so book your seats by emailing us now
Saturday 27 April - LIVE MUSIC - The Pancakes - Dan once swapped a chair for a beautiful inlaid box guitar- Jamie was given a 'pro-harp' harmonica by a friend who couldn't play it. As new stars are formed from the exhausted gas of other dead stars, so arrived The Pancakes
Saturday 10 May - LIVE MUSIC - Lady J - more details TBA
Saturday 18 May - LIVE MUSIC - Elie Rees - Singer songwriter Elie Rees writes hard-hitting yet upbeat emotional songs. Using folk style narrative lyrics with percussive acoustic guitar arrangements, Elie's music has been described as "Hauntingly seductive folk/pop, highly distinctive and engaging". Elie mixes songs by artists such as Joni Mitchel, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon and Ann Marie into a folksy and charismatic show. www.elierees.com
Saturday 1 June - LIVE MUSIC - Dan Fraser - Original music with atmosphere and emotion, covers done own style and all aided with a strong yet unusual voice. And played with passion and charme. Welcome to the world of Dan Fraser
Thursday 27 June - COMEDY NIGHT - from The Suffolk Punch Comedy Club, featuring three top comedians & an MC to pull it all together. £10 entry with buffet, or £2 without buffet. Spaces limited so book your seats by emailing us now
Friday 7 June - LIVE MUSIC - F & M Music - The young duo perform a range of musical numbers ranging from mellow blues to modern pop hits
Saturday 22 June - SOLSTICE CELEBRATION - hurrah another season starts! And this one is SUMMER!! Let's celebrate in true Sweffling style - with some lovely live music from Rum Ol Bouys and a Girl
Friday 28 June - LIVE MUSIC - Ash Mandrake - This act incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed the double necked guitar, hats and costumes. This is folk rock, but many styles are used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.
Saturday 6 July - LIVE MUSIC - Elly Tree - beautiful songs, lovely singing, sublime bass playing" "wierdly wonky punk folk" songs of the sea, love, death & gardening. Expect mainly original material and a few choice covers played on baritone uke, bass, voice and maybe more....
Saturday 20 July - LIVE MUSIC - Sons of Syd - a 5 piece folk band singing both well known and original songs as well as playing stonking tunes you'll want to dance to. The band consists of singers, guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica.
Saturday 3 August - LIVE MUSIC - Al's Kitchen - Their Americana/ bluegrass music - presented in their own unique and upbeat style - is performed with such joy that you can't help but tap your feet!
Saturday 10 August - LIVE MUSIC - Peter Hepworth - “Instantly identifiable, Hepworth is an emotive, unique and graceful singer armed with a delicate and clever finger pick style...” - BBC Introducing. Find out more here.
Friday 16 August - FOLK EAST FESTIVAL - have you got your tickets yet?
Saturday 31 August - LIVE MUSIC - Griff Pilchard - a cross between norman lamont and johnny rotton. Wonderfully entertaining and very very silly
Saturday 14 September - LIVE MUSIC - Clare Free - With highly acclaimed albums, a host of top Blues Festivals in the UK and overseas, and numerous international tours under her belt, Clare Free is a force to be reckoned with.
Saturday 21 September - EQUINOX CELEBRATION - We'll be saying goodbye to summer and hello to autumn in our traditional fashion - with a gig from The Fum Ol Buoys and a Girl
Thursday 26 September - COMEDY NIGHT - from The Suffolk Punch Comedy Club, featuring three top comedians & an MC to pull it all together. £10 entry with buffet, or £2 without buffet. Spaces limited so book your seats by emailing us now
Saturday 12 October - LIVE MUSIC - Sound Tradition - an a cappella Traditional English folk group living up to their name beautifully!
Saturday 26 October - LIVE MUSIC - The King Driscolls - a three piece folk outfit who play a mix of traditional and original songs. All three of band members are land workers, Essex countryside born and raised, which has heavily influenced their music. Their songs range from rousing ballads to bawdy foot stompers and most of what lies in-between
Saturday 16 November - LIVE MUSIC - local acoustic duo Mutt & Jeff will bring their good time music; rhythmic, soulful, bluesy, definitely rocky- enjoying humour & stories
Saturday 7 December - LIVE MUSIC - Differential is an acoustic singer, songwriter and beatboxer from Norwich and he'll be here to entertain us for the 2nd time. Influenced by the likes of Ed Sheeran he mixes guitar, vocals and beatboxing through a loop pedal to create his sound.
coming soon - a load more live music plus other events TBA - watch this space!!
Fancy playing a tune or two in the pub?
We have a lovely piano (in tune!) and a guitar in the pub - if you fancy playing a tune at a time when we have no other live music please feel free. Entertaining the rabble will usually earn you some free drinks!!
Got a live act you think will go down well?
We do also book paid acts in the pub - although our pub is very small so our fee is too, and we only have room for 3 band members maximum. Acoustic (unplugged) acts only. To enquire about performing please email email@example.com
Horse & Carriage rides
Now that the evenings are darker the evening drives are no longer available - but they'll be back (all being well) on the lighter evenings. In the meantime if you'd like to book a drive to/from the pub on a Sunday lunchtime or at another time for a special occasion please contact Alde Driving direct.
Most summer evenings (weather permitting) Alde Driving will arrive at the pub at 7pm to take pub customers for an evening circular drive through the countryside. You have the choice of a short (20 mins) or longer drive, maximum 5 people per carriage. No need to book - simply be at the pub at 7pm.