Bildeston Kings Head
Bildeston Kings Head

What's On...

Please bear with us whilst we are transitioning from Covid 19 lock-down to gradually getting back to normal!

 

On Sundays at 3pm there’s a carefully organised Open Mic session in the beer garden with socially distanced solo acoustic performances . All abilities welcome, acoustic only, each busker plays at the table they are sat at.

 

On Saturday 10th October at 7pm, there's free live music in the beer garden with Evolution. Sarah's striking vocals with the superb Adam on acoustic guitar/vocals, playing an extensive song list from the 60s to present day.

 

On Sunday 25th October at 1pm, there's free live music in the beer garden with Kevin Nightingale. Kevin will be playing contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your roast Sunday lunch...

 

On Saturday 31st October at 7pm, there's free live music in the beer garden with Serena Grant. Serena will be entertaining us with her excellent vocals and solo acoustic guitar to an incredibly versatile set of musical styles and genres...

 

 

The rest of what's on information on this page is in flux!

 

Please see the calendar below for a full list of forthcoming events:

Every Wednesday we hold an Open Mic/Buskin' Night. All standards of musician welcomed and applauded. Performances can be acoustic or there is a basic P.A. if required.

 

Thursday is our pub games night, there's darts and a games chest with the usual games including cards, dominoes, jenga, hangman, board games and puzzles.

 

We hold a charity pub quiz on the last Thursday of each month.

 

Usually on the last Saturday evening and last Sunday lunch of the month we have live music in the pub, often a solo or duo performing an acoustic set see below for more details...

This year's Beer & Music Festival starts on Friday 22nd May through to Monday 25th May 2020. This will be my 12th but the Kings Head's 32nd annual festival - over 30 locally brewed real ales, 10 local real ciders plus decent food and live music every day.  See below for details of opening & music times and the Program for the real ale and cider list...

Bildeston Kings Head Calendar 2020...

Date Event
January 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...

Thursday 16th

January

Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Saturday 25th January Live music "Will Foley" 9pm, free entry. Young Will burst onto the Bildeston scene at our Open Mic night back in the summer and has entertained with a great voice and guitar work to match. This talented youngster plays an eclectic set of covers from Led Zep to The Jam and Jack Johnson to the Foo Fighters, this is going to be good night...
Sunday 26th January From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...

Thursday 30th January

Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
February 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...

Thursday 20th

February

Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Saturday 22nd February Live music "Rag Mama Rag" 9pm, free entry.  We are very pleased to announce Rag Mama Rag will be playing live here again this year. This is a chance to see, Ashley and Deborah, one of Europe's best country/rag time blues acts in a small and intimate venue, definitely not to be missed!
Sunday 23rd February From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
Thursday 27th February Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
March 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 19th March Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Thursday 26th March Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Saturday 28th March Live music Clare Free 9pm, free entry. Clare is a passionate, award nominated songwriter and a fabulous singer and guitar player. She plays both with a blues band and solo as she will be performing here at the Kings Head. Clare’s performances are fiery, exciting and heartfelt.
Sunday 29th March From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
April 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 16th April Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Saturday 25th April Live music Hipidi, 9pm, free entry. The superb Dave on guitar with Poppy and Hannah's lovely harmonised vocals will be entertaining us with eclectic mix of their own songs and cover tunes.
Sunday 26th April From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
Thursday 30th April Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
May 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 21st May Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May

Beer & Music Festival - free entry.

This will be the Kings Head's 32nd Annual Beer Festival - 30+ locally brewed real ales, 8 local real ciders plus decent homemade food and live music every day.

See the Program for details of opening & music times plus the real ale and cider list...

During the weekend we will serve a Festival Menu, on Friday 5pm -10pm, Saturday 12 - 10pm, Sunday 12 - 10pm and Monday 12 - 5pm.

Here is the live music for the weekend:

* Friday 22nd May, Open 4pm
        9pm - The Kicks
* Saturday 23rd May, Open 12
        1pm - Boudicca Border Morris Dancing
        2pm - Y&UCME Session with Adam & Ian

                  (Youth & Upcoming Musician Experience)
   6:30pm - Blue Mean Eyes
        9pm - Rockhouse
* Sunday 24th May, Open 12

        1pm - Open Mic (all afternoon)

        6pm - Jam Session
        9pm - Buzz
* Monday 25th May, Open 12
        1pm - The Selion Swing Band
        5pm - Don't Tell The Wife

Thursday 28th May Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Sunday 31st May From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
June 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 18th June Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Thursday 25th June Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Saturday 27th June Live music Evolution, 9pm, free entry. Sarah's stricking vocals with the superb Adam on acoustic guitar plus vocals, playing an extensive song list from the 60s to present day.
Sunday 28th June From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
July 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 16th July Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Saturday 25th July Live music Chris from the Kings 9pm, free entry. Chris on  guitar/vocals will joined by his Dad for this one. They will be playing a mix of popular rock, punk and indie tunes, not to be missed...
Sunday 26th July From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
Thursday 30th July Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
August 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 20th August Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Thursday 27th August Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £5 per head, all proceeds to the Village Music Festival "B Natural". The winning team will get a box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Saturday 29th August Live music Dan Fraser 9pm, free entry. Dan will be playing a mix of acoustic rock his way, in a lively and energetic style...
Sunday 30th August

From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...

 

And then there's more live music from 7pm with "John 'Fanny' Adams", free entry. One man and his acoustic guitar on a mission to entertain, playing Johnny Cash, Irish, Folk, Country, Pop and Punk...

September '20  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September

B Natural - Bildeston's Village Music Festival - Free Entry

 

This will be Bildeston's 10th village-wide music festival "B Natural" with a main stage by the clock tower, musical open gardens and of course live music all weekend in the Kings Head Beer Garden.

 

We will have an outside bar in the beer garden with a selection of local micro-brewery Real Ales and Ciders, including our own Brettvale Honey beer "B Natural" brewed for the festival. See the Music Festival Poster and Program for more details...

 

During the weekend we will serve a Festival Menu, on Friday 5pm -10pm, Saturday 12 - 10pm and Sunday 12 - 5pm.

 

Below is the line up for the weekend at the Kings Head:

 

* Friday 4th September, Open 4pm

        9pm - Retro Rockers
* Saturday 5th September, Open 12
        1pm - Y&UCME Session with Adam & Ian
                  (Youth & Upcoming Musician Experience)

        6pm - Brooke Telling (Band)
        9pm - Buzz
* Sunday 6th September, Open 12
        1pm - Open Mic Session all afternoon
                  (drinks vouchers for participating buskers)
        6pm - Don't Tell The Wife

Thursday 17th September Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Thursday 24th September Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Friday 25th September Kevin Nightingale will be playing his chilled out contemporary classical solo acoustic guitar to accompany our Macmillan Coffee Brunch 11am to 3pm. Please pop in for a slice of cake and a tea/coffee or a bacon butty and a pint of beer...
Saturday 26th September Live music Greg McDonald 9pm, free entry. Greg will be playing a mix of popular cover tunes for you. This is a special treat to see Greg in a small and intimate venue, Tom Robinson from Radio 6 says "Greg evokes the singalongs of Elbow and Springsteen".
Sunday 27th September From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
October 2020  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 15th October Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Sunday 25th October From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
Thursday 29th October Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Saturday 31st October Live music Serena Grant 9pm, free entry. Serena has a fantastic voice and will be playing some a varied selection great tunes on solo acoustic guitar. I saw how well she worked the crowd at Kettle Fest last year and immediately got her details to book her up...
November '20  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 19th November Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Saturday 21st November Live music "Brothers Grim" 9pm, free entry. Graham and Jim will be joined by their drummer for this special celebrating Raymond, Clive & Kevin's birthdays, not to be missed!
Thursday 26th November Charity quiz night starting at 8:30pm - £3 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Sunday 29th November From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
December '20  
Every Wednesday
8:30pm
Open Mic/Buskin' Night - A friendly and relaxed Open Mic night at the Kings Head. All abilities welcome, accoustic or plug in to use the house PA. Each artist plays three numbers before the next has a go in the order of their arrival or on busy nights put your name on the chalk board...
Thursday 10th December Open Deck/Vinyl Night - Get into the grove, bring your own records for Roy to play the old fashioned way, from 7:30pm...
Wednesday 16th December Carol singing from 7pm followed by the Christmas busking night and buffet - our way to say a massive thanks to all our buskers for their support and entertainment througout the year.
Thursday 17th December The Christmas charity quiz night and buffet- quiz starts at 8:30pm, £5 per head, all proceeds to the winning teams chosen charity who also get a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Christmas Eve Fish & Chip supper 5 - 9pm. Live music TBA 9pm, free entry.
Sunday 27th December From 1pm we have Kevin Nightingale's excellent contemporary classical music on solo acoustic guitar to accompany your lunch...
New Years Eve Live music TBA, 9pm, free entry.

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Opening...

Please note we are currently open from 4pm Fridays and from 12 lunchtime at weekends only.

Our pre-Covid business hours:

Wednesday, Thursday18:00 - 23:30
Friday16:00 - 23:30
Saturday12:00 - 23:30
Sunday12:00 - 22:30
Outside business hours we can be contacted by telephone...

Call Nigel or Sue for reservations

Telephone: 01449 741434 01449 741434

Contact

Bildeston Kings Head

132 High Street

Bildeston, Ipswich

IP7 7ED

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