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Ness Speaks: Words and Music

Join writer Robert Macfarlane and singer-songwriter Hayden Thorpe for an unmissable acoustic performance on Orford Ness.

  • Booking essential

“Ness speaks. Ness speaks gull, speaks wave, speaks bracken & lapwing, speaks bullet, ruin, gale, deception”

Ness Speaks: Words and Music will feature an intimate, acoustic performance by Hayden Thorpe – joined by the cross-genre musical ensemble, Propellor – as well as a Q&A session with and reading from Robert Macfarlane. Book a ticket and a ferry crossing for one of four timed performances across the weekend, and enjoy exploring a reduced visitor route to get a feel for the place which has inspired so many artists and writers over the decades.

Hayden Thorpe is best-known as the front man of indie pop band Wild Beasts. His new album is inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s 2019 book of the same name, a critically acclaimed combination of novella and prose poem, illustrated by Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood.

A packed ploughman's lunch can be booked with your ticket, provided by The Kings Head in Orford. If you require any ingredient or allergen information please contact Suzanne at The Kings Head on 01394 450271. These will be available for you to collect when you arrive on Orford Ness.

Return ferries do not need to be booked in advance. Return ferries will run until 6pm when the site closes.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
All Event only£35.00
All Event& Lunch£50.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 2491895 Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the National Trust.

Suitability

Not suitable for children

Meeting point

Check-in at the Orford Ness Quay office 10 minutes before your booked ferry time.

What to bring and wear

Orford Ness is an exposed coastal location - please dress for the weather.

Accessibility

Access to Orford Ness Involves a ferry crossing. Visitors must be able to negotiate steep and sometimes slippery steps with a step down onto the ferry. The site is made up paths, some uneven. The walk itself is around 3 miles.

Other

Tickets include a timed performance either in the morning (11am) or the afternoon (2pm). Please ensure you attend the correct performance.

Upcoming events

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22 Jun to 26 Oct 2024
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09:30 to 12:30
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Walk With A Ranger 

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26 Jun to 18 Sep 2024
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09:30 to 12:30
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Island of Secrets Walk 

Join us on a walk past the usual 'no entry' signs into the heart of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area and learn about these fascinating buildings.

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13 Jul to 13 Oct 2024
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09:30 to 12:30
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