The former 19th-century maltings complex at nearby Snape has been turned into one of the country’s leading music venues and a smart shopping outlet. Here you can buy upmarket goods, and take a break in the tea room or the pub. The hall itself is housed in a converted red-brick warehouse and hosts a regular programme of classical, jazz and folk concerts, featuring the world’s finest musicians. Here, too, the famous Aldeburgh Music Festival, founded by Britten and Pears in 1948, takes place every June. The complex stands amid reeds and marshes on the outskirts of Aldeburgh.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10–5, Sun 10.30-4.30
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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