If music be the food of love…
Founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten, this historic must-visit destination is cared for by the pioneering music, arts and heritage charity Britten Pears Arts. Music lovers flock here in their droves for the concerts, which span everything from full-scale orchestral performances and operas to folk and jazz. And if you’re visiting in June, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the wonders of the annual Aldeburgh Festival. There are also plenty of workshops throughout the year, so if you fancy flexing your musical muscles you could join the Scratch choir for a day (it’s an invigorating experience!) or learn a thing or two in a recorder masterclass.
Fill your basket
If a spot of retail therapy is your thing, trust us, the shopping opportunities do not disappoint. Head to the House & Garden store for furniture, textiles, gifts, clothing, and traditional toys (everything is lovingly curated). The Craft Shop is full of handmade collections from around the UK plus Fair Trade products from further afield. Foodies are in for a treat too – The Food Hall is brimming with a delectable array of local goodies from Suffolk producers (we’ve never left empty handed yet).
Walk on the wild side
One of the things that makes Snape Maltings so special is the surrounding landscape: a glorious backdrop of water, reeds, and big skies. You can explore it on foot, by bike or even by water; there are boat trips from the little quayside throughout the year. It’s a haven for wildlife, which will keep bird watchers and nature lovers very happy (you might even spot a seal or two!).
Eat your heart out
For pre-concert dining try the River View Restaurant, which sits on the top floor next to the Concert Hall and has amazing views across the reedbeds. A real treat that’s worth booking in advance. Outside on the quay is the Quayside Takeaway, conveniently located for grabbing a coffee or light bite before you embark on a river trip or walk. On some Friday and Saturday nights, there’s Pizza in the Tipi, delicious stone-baked pizzas served under the canopy of a double tipi, and there’s often live music and DJ sets to entertain you while you graze.
A minute’s drive away is the Plough and Sail pub; run by twin brothers Alex and Oliver, it’s relaxed and welcoming with menus boasting traditional favourites as well as dishes influenced from around the world. Seasonal, locally sourced produce is big here, and flair and imagination are key ingredients whatever you choose.
Outside on the quay is the Quayside Takeaway, conveniently located for grabbing a coffee or light bite before you embark on a river trip or walk. And on some Friday and Saturday nights, there’s Pizza in the Tipi, delicious stone-baked pizzas served under the canopy of a double tipi. There’s often live music and DJ sets to entertain you while you graze. A perfect end to a perfect day at glorious Snape Maltings.