So you’ve been looking around online about Aldeburgh and stumbled across our website? Hopefully you’ve booked for dinner and are now wondering what you can get up to outside of enjoying delicious food and mouthwatering wines. We’ve put together a list of our favourite experiences of Aldeburgh that we think you should try when you’re visiting the town.
Of course this was going to be on top of the list, the shops in Aldeburgh are plentiful, and a wide selection for everybody to have a reason to enjoy an afternoon of retail therapy. Starting at the south point of Aldeburgh and heading towards the restaurant you have to pass Joules, Fat Face, Adnams, Fleur, O&C Butchers, L’Occitane, and much more. We all know a well worked up appetite comes from shopping so as you get closer to the restaurant all that is left is to pop in to Riley & Riley and Silver Silver for your jewelry needs and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon with us.
The fish huts are located on the beach front, the fishermen go out daily, early hours so to make sure they’re back for the markets and to sell to restaurants that need it for lunch, we’re proud to say that majority of our fish comes straight from the beach in Aldeburgh. The fisherman also offers the fish directly from their huts, cured, smoked and fresh, with seasonal specialties becoming available such as crab and lobster in summer months.
The Thorpeness to Aldeburgh Walk
The walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness is a distance covered by many, the 2-mile stretch between the neighboring locations is ideal to either build an appetite for dinner, or walk off a big lunch. The views across the marshes appeal to bird watchers and photographers alike with great views of the sea, the house in the clouds appearing in the horizon and the route passes next to Maggie Hambling’s Scallop sculpture.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the town in the middle of August, no doubt you will have already heard of the Aldeburgh Carnival. The town grinds to a halt to appreciate the themed procession going through the high street from 3pm, the residents enjoy the street party by lighting the barbecue, meeting friends at the pub and of course enjoying the fish and chips on the beach. After everyone has had their fill of food and drink, they all congregate in the main high street for a lantern parade to the Moot Hall and admire the fireworks to finish of the evening. The carnival is approaching it’s 75th year in it’s current format, but the yearly celebrations have been going on for over 170 years in some way or another.
The town is riddled with culture, and plenty to see! Aldeburgh is where famous composer Benjamin Britten resided and was based for a large part of his career, he contributed to laying the foundation of the Aldeburgh Festival of Music & Arts which started in 1948. His house, the red house, where Britten lived for nearly two decades has been re-presented as to how it was in the 60’s and can be visited between the months of March & October. The Moot Hall of Aldeburgh is home to the town council and the towns museum which is open every afternoon from April to October. The Martello tower, situated at the most southern point of the town is the largest that was built to keep Napoleon out in the 19th Century. Snape Malting’s, which is home to Aldeburgh Music is only a small drive away with shops and restaurant available to enjoy a day out.
Dinner and a movie.
If you’re just looking for a quiet night then look no further than Aldeburgh Cinema, showing all the latest blockbusters, and only a 100 meter walk away form the restaurant it’s the ideal date night, enjoying a candlelit dinner in The Lighthouse Restaurant then being whisked away to watch a belly-hurting rom-com, or a nail biting thriller.
Of course, there is a lot more than what we’ve mentioned above but it’s a start, and it gets you exploring the streets of our wonderful town. Let us know what you’ve been up to in the area, what do you think of the town?