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Celebrating 20 years of cliff top fun!

Gorleston Cliff Top Festival is a free entry, family orientated, fun festival. The event takes place each year on the last full weekend in July. The festival attracts over 100,000 visitors across the weekend and really does have something for everyone!

This two day event is proudly organised by a voluntary committee (everyone does it in their spare time and no one gets paid) and costs around £28,000 to put on. No funding is received from the council, so the festival depends on sponsorship, donations and pitch fees to cover the cost. They also depend on an army of volunteers to help out over the festival weekend to ensure it all runs smoothly.

Tingdene Lifestyle have helped support the festival this year by being its main sponsor, which has helped in many ways including enabling the festival to purchase much needed safety equipment to meet its safety obligations for the 100,000+ visitors expected over the two days.

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Watch our latest video with festival organiser Vicky! 

'Tingdene Lifestyle is all about families, leisure time and the coast, so it was a perfect fit for us to help out with Gorleston Cliff Top Festival. We will also be attending over the weekend with some free goody bags of information. Team members will also be on hand to talk about our products on offer in East Anglia. We have several holiday parks, with holiday properties for sale, holidays, hotel breaks, as well as marinas, boat sales and residential parks, so a range of lifestyle products for all the family! We look forward to the event and are happy to support this great family festival again in 2018.'

Benjamin Race - Group Sales & Marketing Manager / Tingdene Lifestyle

 Image: an example of a contemporary holiday property at Tingdene Broadlands Parks & Marina, in Oulton Broad, Suffolk, one of the many holiday/lifestyle offerings available from Tingdene locally.

Image: an example of a contemporary holiday property at Tingdene Broadlands Parks & Marina, in Oulton Broad, Suffolk, one of the many holiday/lifestyle offerings available from Tingdene locally.


Firm favourites of the festival include 40 hours of live music across the main stage and acoustic stage, a large fun fair and lots of stalls to browse. A free children’s arena which plays host to pirates, princesses and birds of prey is popular with the little ones and, for the four legged critters, the fun dog show is open for all dogs above 6 months old. Other attractions include emergency services, strongman competition, WAW Wrestlers, comedy tent, dog agility, living history, clifftop charity basketball (these attractions vary year on year so be sure to check out the event guide for what’s happening this year). Performers from local dance and stage schools display their talent on the main stage on Sunday mornings and sports groups demonstrate their sporting ability throughout Sunday in the display ring.


Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drink on site but, for those who prefer to eat out, there will be a variety of food stalls and bars on site including burgers, hot dogs, spicy thai, fish and chips hog roast, Italian, licensed bar and ale tents.

 Image: The beautiful coastal location! Gorleston cliff tops, an aerial view!

Image: The beautiful coastal location! Gorleston cliff tops, an aerial view!

The event started in 1998, was traditionally known as Gorleston Clifftop Gala and, in conjunction with the Round Table, hosted the Gorleston Raft Race. The main focus of the Gala was to host a platform where charities from across the area could come to one place, with lots of people, to fundraise for their individual good causes. This ethos is continued year after year and over 30 charities pitch up on a stretch of the cliffs and raise about £10,000. Looking to the future of the festival it can only hope it gets bigger and better. Without fail there will always be two jam packed days with entertainment and music, a busy fairground and so much more.

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What's going on when?

28th and 29th July
Noon-10pm Saturday
11.30am - 10pm Sunday

  • Fireworks at 10pm on Sunday to end the weekend

  • Craft, charity and corporate stalls

  • Children’s arena with Disney princesses, pirates and circus skills

  • Pedal Revolution taking over arena 4

  • Acoustic music arena and licensed bar

  • Fun fair, children’s rides and giant inflatables

  • Dog show, dog agility displays and waw wrestlers - Saturday

  • Comedy tent

  • Sports displays - Sunday

  • Live music in the main arena Sat and Sun and various performers Sunday during the day, licensed bars and catering units

  • Emergency services

  • Mad hatters tea party tea tent-profits to be reinvested in Festival in the future