Aldeburgh Town Guide 2021

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Nestled in the heart of Aldeburgh and serving the local community since 1887 when local businessman Newson Garrett built it to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall is one of Suffolk’s much-loved performing arts venues.

The Jubilee Hall gained fame in 1948 when local residents Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears chose it as a venue for their Festival of Music & Arts. In 1960, the first-ever performance of Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was given in the hall and since then many notable opera premières have taken place there.

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall has had a very special place in the hearts of the local community and visitors to the town for over 100 years. Each season, a varied programme of events is planned that not only entertains the Hall’s audiences but also support performers and partners working in the arts industry. Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall is a registered charity and it is thanks to the public that this historical venue can continue to be used and enjoyed by all. It is available to hire, not only as a theatre but also as a venue for meetings, conferences, wine tastings, and other events. From classical ensembles to environmental festivals and jazz nights, Jubilee Hall has it covered. If you’d like to discover more, please join their mailing list or make a donation to help support Jubilee Hall. You will find all you need to know by visiting their website:

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BN W: • E: (Charity number: 1155896)




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Welcome to Aldeburgh .................................................................................. 3 The Arts ................................................................................................................4 Aldeburgh Museum .........................................................................................8 Famous faces ....................................................................................................10 History of Aldeburgh ...................................................................................... 13 Lifeboat Station ................................................................................................14 Dog friendly Aldeburgh ................................................................................16 4 things not to be missed ..............................................................................18 Town map ....................................................................................................20-21 Aldeburgh Cinema ......................................................................................... 22 Shopping and eating in Aldeburgh ..................................................... 26-27 The Red House ............................................................................................... 30 Aldeburgh Carnival ......................................................................................... 32 Sport in Aldeburgh .........................................................................................34 Local services .................................................................................................... 37 Advertisers index ...................................................................................... 38-40 Proudly published and printed in Suffolk by Community News and Micropress Printers Ltd. Copyright is with Community News. Reproduction in part or whole is forbidden without the express permission of the publishers. Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this publication is correct at the time of going to press, the publishers accept no responsibility for errors or omissions. Advertising: Karen Taylor • Design: Polly Coleman • Editor: David Burns Community News, Fountain Way, Reydon Business Park, Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DH T: 01502 725837 E: W:


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Welcome to Aldeburgh

for places to give your feet a rest. There are cafes, coffee shops, pubs, hotels and restaurants galore! If arts and culture is your scene then you are in the right place. There are plenty of galleries in the town with the cinema and jubilee hall adding to the mixing pot – not to mention the town’s most famous son, Benjamin Britten, and the legacy he has left. Of course, perhaps Aldeburgh’s most obvious and prominent feature is the vast shingle beach – what better place to take in the fresh air on a walk with your hound before enjoying the obligatory fish & chips on the seafront. History, modern comforts, culture, fun for all the family, fabulous food and drink, Aldeburgh really does tick every box!

What a unique and special place Aldeburgh is. Whether you are lucky enough to call this place home or are one of the thousands of holidaymakers and day trippers – this historic seaside gem has something for everyone. Located withing the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Aldeburgh has a long and rich history in fishing and shipbuilding. These days though you will find a bustling, busy and lively town. The lovely wide high street is a great place to spend the day. You are spoilt for choice with a fantastic variety of independent boutique shops with a few well-known national chains thrown in for good measure. If you need a break from shopping you are not short of options

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The Arts

Aldeburgh Music incorporates Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival the Snape Proms and a yearround programme of events. As part of the Aldeburgh Festival, throughout June, hundreds of townspeople and visitors enjoy free concerts from the Bandstand on the Beach, with different artists every day. Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the river Alde and is home to a number of performance venues including the worldrenowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Keep up to date with the latest calendar of events by visiting the website: Moving back to the middle of town you find the historic Jubilee Hall, offering an array of musical and dramatic performances throughout the year. It plays host during the summer months to the Summer Theatre by the Sea, presenting plays to appeal to all tastes. Over the years, the town has also hosted HighTide Theatre festival, premiering brand-new productions before transferring to bigger theatres across the UK. As well as theatre, HighTide Festival also offers music, cabaret, comedy, readings of new plays, site-specific theatre, and talks with world-class artists.

Aldeburgh Music Box Office: 01728 687110 Summer Theatre: 01502 722572 Jubilee Hall: 07980 748547 HighTide Festival:


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L’Escargot Sur Mer 152 High St, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ Opening hours: 12–10pm

07557 333453 Contact:

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Aldeburgh Museum

Aldeburgh Museum is housed in the Moot Hall, one of the best-preserved Tudor public buildings in Britain. Dating from the mid-16th Century, it originally contained six small shops and a prison on the ground floor and a meeting hall on the first floor. The building is situated on the site of the old market place which once featured a Market Cross, long since swept out to sea. When not in use as the Town’s Council Chamber, the first floor hall offers an attractive display area for the Museum. The displays contain items of local interest such as photographs and artefacts depicting life in Aldeburgh. The collection also contains Anglo Saxon finds from 1862 and the Snape ship burial excavations in 1992. The displays highlight early settlers – Romans and Anglo-Saxon, shipbuilding, trade and fishing, the Aldeburgh witches,

Regency resort, Slaughden and the Martello Tower and much more. The 16th century building recently underwent a refit thanks to a grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum is open every day from April to end of October and at weekends throughout the rest of the year. If you would like to visit the museum, please head to the website to check opening times:

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The Mill Inn

The little dog boutique in Aldeburgh


EAT with us, DRINK with us, STAY with us! • Karen, Steve and the team welcome you to our Adnams cosy inn by the sea... • Fabulous traditional pub food and Mill Inn smoker oven specials! • Extensive range of Adnams beers, ales and wines • Boutique brand-new sea-view bed and breakfast rooms

- Leads - Collars - Coats

- Food - Treats - Canine accessories

127b High Street

01728 453366

01728 452563



Situated in a fabulous central location in the beautiful coastal town of Aldeburgh, is the gem that is Riley & Riley. Headed up by gemmologist and jeweller Mark Riley, this totally independent jewellers is an enticing mix of the traditional and the eclectic. With a workshop on-site, Mark makes some stunning pieces, including the famous and unique ‘Aldeburgh Pebbles® ’ and the canary yellow coloured diamond ring (pictured). Big range of wedding rings, gem rings, amber and silver, plus antique and period pieces. 122-124 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AB

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Aldeburgh’s Famous Faces Benjamin Britten Like Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britten is one of the most famous names associated with Aldeburgh. Born in Lowestoft in 1913, Britten was writing music from a very early age and became one of the most influential figures in 20th Century British classical music. His important work includes the opera Peter Grimes, War Requiem and the The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra - much of which was written at The Red House, in Aldeburgh. His partner Peter Pears was was a huge influence on his work and the pair, with librettist Eric Crozier founded the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948. He was also responsible for the creation of the Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. He, too, is buried in Aldeburgh Parish Church.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917) was an English doctor and suffragist, the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon. She was the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first dean of a British medical school, the first female doctor of medicine in France, the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board and, as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain. She was born in London, the second of eleven children. Her father, Newson Garrett, came from Leiston in Suffolk, and her mother, Louisa née Dunnell, from London. The Garretts had been ironworkers in East Suffolk since the early seventeenth century. Elizabeth’s father, though not academically inclined, was an extremely determined entrepreneur. He left for London after finishing school, eventually moving back to Suffolk in 1841,where he bought a barley and coal merchants business in Snape. This proved to be a very prosperous venture. Whilst in Suffolk, Louisa gave birth to Louie and Elizabeth. The family lived in a Georgian house opposite the church in Aldeburgh until 1852, during which time Newson’s business successfully expanded, and Alice, Millicent, Sam, Josephine and George were born. Elizabeth retired to Aldeburgh, moving back into Alde House. In 1908, following the death of her husband, she became mayor of the town, the first female mayor in England. As mayor of Aldeburgh, she gave speeches for suffrage, before the increasing militant activity in the movement led to her withdrawal. In later life, Elizabeth devoted time to Alde House, gardening, and travelling with younger members of the extended family. She died in 1917 and is buried in Aldeburgh Church.

Snooks The bronze dog that keeps a watchful eye on youngsters at the town’s yacht pond. The statue was originally installed in honour of his owner, Dr Robin Acheson, who cared for the community from 1931 to 1959. Dr Acheson’s wife, Nora, also a doctor, carried on as GP after his death until she died in 1981 and her name was added to the monument later. Snooks, who followed his master as he made his calls and became a familiar sight around the town, got his name because the family ate tinned snook (a sort of fish) from Africa during the Second World War.

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Reade of Aldeburgh All types of building works Renovation • Refurbishment • New Build • Joinery Specialists • Lead Roofing Specialists • Minor Repairs • Painting & Decorating

Unit 1-5 Mobbs Way Business Park, Mobbs Way, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3BE Tel: 01728 633019 Email: - 11 -

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The name ‘Aldeburgh’ derives from old English ald (old) and burgh (fort), though much of this ‘old’ Aldeburgh has long since been lost to the sea. In fact, there is not a great deal of historical record of the town pre-16th century. However, the Domesday Book (1086) records this part of Suffolk as one of the most highly populated parts of the country. There is also archaeological evidence indicating the earlier presence of Romans and Saxons. With the large port of Dunwich, just down the coast, Aldeburgh was a small and relatively insignificant fishing village until the 1500s when it became a prominent port and home to a growing shipbuilding industry. The flagship of the Virginia Company, the Sea Venture, and two of Sir Francis Drake’s most famous ships – the Greyhound and the Golden Hind - were also built here.

History of Aldeburgh As the river began to silt up Aldeburgh’s importance declined as larger ships were no longer able to access the port. However, it survived as a fishing village into the 19th century when it became a trendy seaside resort. That said, fishing is still very much part of everyday life here with small boats still heading out from the shore and selling their catch from huts on the beach. In more recent history Aldeburgh became the first English town to elect a female Mayor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, in 1908 and was, of course, famously the home of composer Benjamin Britten.

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Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station

Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station evolved from the Suffolk Shipwreck Association station in 1851 which was originally in Sizewell and there has been a lifeboat here since that date. The present station has two boats - the Mersey-class lifeboat Freddie Cooper and the inshore lifeboat Susan Scott. The station covers the coast from Harwich to the south, and Southwold to the north. The current lifeboat station was built in 1994 to replace a smaller one on the same site. The new station gave cover for the first time to the boat and a launching tractor. Incorporated into the design is a public viewing platform. The station has showers and toilet facilities for the crew and a heated store for their foul weather suits. This new boathouse was built using part of the bequest of Mrs Eugenie Boucher, who died in 1992. The Freddie Cooper, on station since November 1993, is 38 feet long and is self-righting. She is powered by two 285 hp turbo -charged Caterpillar 3208T

diesel engines and she has a range of 140 nautical miles. These two engines push the boat through the water to a top speed of 16 knots. Fully laden she weighs 13 tons and she is operated by a volunteer crew of six. The Lifeboat has a capacity to rescue 43 survivors (selfrighting up to 21). She was purchased using a bequest to the RNLI from the late Mrs Winifred Cooper in memory of her husband Freddie. RNLI Headquarters have announced that Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station will be getting a new Shannon-class boat. The station’s inshore lifeboat - the Susan Scott- is named after a generous benefactor, who attended the naming ceremony.

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Independently owned small animal veterinary practice

Brian Faulkner & Team Registration available at:

01728 598111 Email:

Hall Farm Lane, Saxmundham Road Next to Exotic Garden Centre and Aldeburgh Cafe

Check out our unlimited free consultations offer aldeburghvets

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Dog Friendly Aldeburgh Whether you’re in Aldeburgh for the day or visiting on holiday, if you’re a dog owner you’ll know how important it is to involve your fourlegged friend in your plans. Luckily, this area offers plenty of dog friendly accommodation, outdoor activities and places to eat or rest weary legs and paws. Here are a few pit-stop suggestions where you and your pooch will be welcomed with open arms...

Beaches: Dogs can dip their paws in the sea and run to their heart’s content on most of the beaches in Aldeburgh and the surrounding area, however there are some seasonal restrictions in place on parts of more heavily populated beaches. Check: environmental-protection/animals/dogcontrol/dogs-on-beaches for full details.

Guidance for dog walkers:

Eating Out:

• Be aware of, and adhere to, restrictions limiting where dogs can go – particularly if it impacts local wildlife or livestock • Keep your dog close to you and under your control at all times • Use a lead when needed or requested • Prevent your dog from approaching cordoned areas • Always bag and bin your dog’s poo

The Wentworth Hotel: Boasting stunning sea views, stylish accommodation, delicious food and attentive service, the Wentworth is a wonderful place to relax and unwind with your four-legged friend The Mill Inn: This inn oozes world charm, what’s more, it is very dog-friendly so it’s the perfect venue for a post-walk refreshment! Aldeburgh Café: With plenty of seating inside and outside and stunning views over the marshes you and your furry friends will be more than happy here. Wag & Bone: You will find most shops are dog friendly in rural towns – though it is always worth checking before entering. However, few will be more dog-friendly than Wag & Bone…then name says it all!

Vets: Just in case your dog should feel under the weather while visiting Aldeburgh, the nearest veterinary clinic is: Aldeburgh Vets, 01728 598111, Hall Farm Road, Aldeburgh, IP15 5JD

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3. The Martello Tower

4 things not to be missed!

3. The Martello Tower is the largest and Northernmost of 103 English defensive towers built between 1808 and 1812 to repel a Napoleonic invasion. The quatrefoil tower was built with nearly a million bricks and stands at the Orford end of the sea wall.

1. The Moot Hall

1. The Moot Hall, headquarters of the Town Council and the Museum. Built in the 16th Century and one of the most photographed buildings in the town.

4. The Red House

4. Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the two men’s lives. The farmhouse, nestled in a beautiful fiveacre garden, is home to their collections and archive, alongside a gallery space, museum shop and outdoor café.

2. The Scallop

2. The Scallop, the stainless steel sculpture created by artist Maggie Hamlin and constructed in the town by Peggs. It is inscribed with words taken from Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes.

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DEAN FRYER For Fresh Fish The Seafront, Aldeburgh

(Opposite The White Lion Hotel)

07989 836728 (Daytime) 01728 452827 (Evenings)

BAGGOTT & SON LTD NEWSAGENTS • Magazines • Newspapers • Stationary • Pond Yachts

130 High Street, Aldeburgh 01728 452753

Hall Farm Pet Shop We are a small, independent, family-run shop supplying a selection of pet food, wild bird feed and horse supplies. We also stock coal, kindling, logs and salt Hall Farm, Aldeburgh, IP15 5JD

Contact us:

01728 453666

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Aldeburgh Cinema Since it first opened in 1919, Aldeburgh Cinema has been at the heart of the local community…. showcasing new movies, old favourites and special events from around the world. The building itself dates back more than a century, but the cinema has remained up-to-date with its technical and visual presentation to ensure the best possible movie-going experience. Infused with the rich memory of decades of great movies, the spacious auditorium is fully accessible and retains many of its original features, including beautiful art deco lights. Playing a key role in the lives of generations of locals - and visitors - the cinema was privately-run for many years. As with many cinemas, times were sometimes tough and there was the threat of closure during the 1960s. To save their local landmark, a group of local people, including composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears, banded together to purchase the cinema and run it on behalf of the local community. Today, Aldeburgh Cinema is a registered charity, screening a diverse range of programming via its digital projection system. As well as showing the very latest Hollywood blockbusters, the cinema also frequently screens live and encore performances from the National Theatre and the Met Opera, along with arthouse productions, classics of the silver screen and fine examples of world cinema. The cinema’s impressive special events have seen the likes of Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Lenny Henry, Bill Turnbull and Anthony Horowitz take to the stage. Aldeburgh Cinema is recognised for the annual Aldeburgh Documentary Festival. Over the last quarter-century, the cinema’s annual Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

(now typically known as simply DocFest) has earned a strong reputation on the annual arts calendar, screening an outstanding array of documentaries, followed by lively question and answer sessions and debates with expert panels. Aldeburgh Cinema also has an active education programme, working with children and young people, giving them the opportunity to experience and get involved in film, with a focus on documentaries. We work with the local primary and secondary schools – so that local children have a chance to make films, as well as study and discuss them through outreach work. In addition, we have run a summer school with The Red House based on making documentary films and the cinema invites young people to come and enjoy special events and screenings. The aim is to encourage and give all children the chance to love and experience the wonderful world of film. Of course, no trip to the movies would be complete without treats. The cinema prides itself on offering a broad selection, from the essential popcorn to wines, beers and icecreams from the best local producers. For more about the cinema, visit its website at where you can sign up to its weekly newsletter for the latest screening updates. The cinema can also be found across social media.

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THE WENTWORTH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Eat, Drink, Sleep at Aldeburgh’s only true independent hotel

Bar snacks available at lunchtime in the bar, terrace or garden Lunches and dinners available every day in the Restaurant

The Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

01278 452312

ROOFING & BUILDING FOR OVER 35 YEARS Fibreglass Roofing Tel: 01728 451933 Mobile: 07831 700135 Email:

OPEN DAILY 9:30-14:30

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House in the Clouds

Self Catering Holiday Accommodation - Thorpeness, Suffolk

“A fantasy unmatched in England.” Providing spacious accommodation for the true family holiday!

The house provides a dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine/dryer, colour television, full gas fired central heating, table tennis, lawn tennis and boules for its 5 bedrooms (2 with double beds, 3 with twin beds) and an additional double sofa bed • 3 bathrooms • Drawing Room • Dining Room • As well as the magnificent “Room at the Top” giving the finest views of Suffolk! Set in 1 acre of private grounds, the House in the Clouds overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpness Meare and the sea on the very beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast.

02072 243 615 07718 455 988

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Shopping and eating in Aldeburgh

The Golden Galleon

Salter & King

Harris & James

Pug & Pussycat

Riley & Riley


Two Magpies

Wag & Bone

The Mill Inn

The Wentworth

At the centre of Aldeburgh, you’ll find a wonderful high street running parallel to the seafront. The wide high street affords plenty of parking so is perfect for those who are just nipping in to pick up an essential item or grabbing something quick for dinner from their favourite foodie shop. Shopping locally and supporting local and independent businesses has never been more important. The last 18 months has put these businesses in the spotlight and we have all relied on them to continue delivering great produce and service. Now that the world is opening up again, there’s a new-found love for the high street and shoppers are seeing the benefits of supporting the retailers in their own towns and communities. Whether you’re a resident or visitor, Aldeburgh has plenty to offer. From smart clothing boutiques to fine jewellers, high-end butchers to specialist delicatessens, gent’s barbers to fabulous beauty salons – you can find it all here! If you’re fortunate enough to live here, you’ll know where to go for your favourite piece of fish, or that special cut of meat. As a holiday maker, you’ll most likely eat out more often that cook at home, but if you fancy cooking your own breakfast, lunch or dinner then you are spoilt for choice. Pick up your meat from Salter & King Butchers, fresh bread from Two Magpies Bakery, specialist cheese and deli produce from Slate, fresh fish from Dean Fryer on the seafront, and make sure you get dessert in the form of superb ice-cream from Harris & James. Not to forget you four-legged friends,

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pop in to Wag & Bone and pick up a treat for them too! If shopping is your thing, Aldeburgh is a great destination for a spot of retail therapy. There’s a good mix of interesting and unique independent shops with a selection of familiar national chains. There are plenty of options when it comes to clothes, shoes and accessories whether looking for a fancy new outfit for a meal out at one of the smart restaurants, or something for a casual family day down on the beach. If you are looking to accessorise your smart outfit then a trip to Riley & Riley jewellers is a must! Fancy something to remember your visit or looking for a gift for someone – then pop into The Pug & Pussycat. Of course, all this shopping is hard work, you need somewhere to take the weight off your feet and recharge your batteries. Fear not, Aldeburgh has that covered too. From historic pubs with character a-plenty such as the Mill Inn to modern eateries like Sea Spice and from classically British hotels such as The Wentworth and Brudenell to the stylish French-inspired restaurant L’Escargot Sur Mer. If you fancy your food on the beach, why not pick up a portion of famous fish & chips from Aldeburgh Fish & Chips – it’d be rude to visit the town and not have at least one fish supper on the beach! Naturally, this is just a snapshot at what the high street has to offer. You will find all this and more and can easily lose a day shopping, browsing, eating and exploring so please take your time, support local business and enjoy what you find here in Aldeburgh!

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Contact details: Wentworth Hotel 01728 452312 Mill Inn 01728 452563 Salter & King 01728 452758 Aldeburgh Pharmacy 01728 452763 Aldeburgh Fish & Chips 01728 454685 Slate 01728 454052 Riley & Riley 01728 452431 Dean Fryer 07989 836728 The Pug & Pussycat 01728 452928 Two Magpies Bakery 01728 453204 Harris & James 01728 453676 L’Escargot Sur Mer 07557 333453 Wag & Bone 01728 453366 Sea Spice 01728 451800 The Brudenell 01728 452071


A stunning 15th century Inn based in Snape Village. We have 2 beautiful letting rooms that have been recently refurbished. The pub and restaurant has a touch of modern but also a traditional side. Serving

finest drinks with a smile!

01728 689112

Bridge Road, Snape, IP16 4SN


Paul Brown - Principal Dentist BDS

(Guys Hospital, University of London 1990 LDS RCS Eng) Adv. Cert. Implantology (Camb.)

Cheryl Brown - Dental Hygienist E.D.H / Manager (Eastmans, London, 1998)

Ciara Howard BDS • BSC (Hons) Chris Kelly BDS Distinction, 2003 Rishi Patel BDS BSc (Hons) LDS, RCS Hazel Star BDS 2017 PhD, Guys Hospital MSc Izak Hoffman BDS 2021, Madrid Rachel Barnes - Dental Hygienist Victoria Hough - Dental Hygienist Angela Leech - Dental Hygienist

Aldeburgh Practice: 167 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AN

Tel: 01728 453333

Accepting New Private and Denplan Patients EMERGENCIES SEEN SAME DAY Children seen FREE within NHS (Whilst Government funding available)

Paul and Cheryl Celebrating 24 years of ownership Established in Suffolk since 1997

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Framlingham Practice: 26-28 Bridge Street, Framlingham, IP13 9AH

Tel: 01728 723651

Aldeburgh Music Club is one of East Suffolk's premier amateur choirs. We perform throughout the year at Snape Maltings and other local venues.

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Our repertoire is predominantly classical but we also cover other styles of music. Would you like to join us? New members are always welcome. You don't need to audition but you do need dedication and be prepared to commit to weekly rehearsals and private practice.


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Would you like to hear us? We usually perform three concerts per year so check our website or Facebook page for details. For more information on how to join or hear us sing, Please go to our website:

Tel: 07886 895128 Email:

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which took place here, such as the celebration of Britten’s life peerage in 1976. In the summer months we welcome visitors to bring a picnic or enjoy a spot of croquet on the croquet lawn where Britten and Pears played. New additions to the visit include a museum shop and The Red Hut garden café offering takeaway lunches and afternoon tea. For opening times and to book a visit, see or call the Box Office on 01728 687110. On 1st April 2020, Snape Maltings and the Britten–Pears Foundation came together to create the new music, arts and heritage charity, Britten Pears Arts. Britten Pears Arts runs both The Red House and Snape Maltings.

The Red House The Red House on Golf Lane, Aldeburgh is the home Benjamin Britten shared with his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, for the last two decades of his life and where he wrote many of his famous works. The site also includes Britten’s evocative Library, the Studio where he composed, an award-winning Archive building housing the Britten-Pears Foundation’s extensive collections, and peaceful gardens. It also boasts one of the finest collections of paintings in East Anglia. The house has been carefully re-presented as it was, based on a room inventory and recollections from people who knew the house at that time. The result is a charmingly informal snapshot, as though Britten and Pears had just stepped out for a moment. Visit the room where Britten wrote such masterpieces as the War Requiem. His desk, piano and other original items have been put back into the elegant first-floor room created for him our of a former hayloft next to the main house. The Library was built on the site of a disused barn to the rear of The Red House in 1963. Britten and Pears entertained guests, cultivated vegetables, and even played croquet and tennis in their much-cherished gardens. There were many important social occasions

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Aldeburgh Carnival

All being well, after an unprecedented two-year break, Aldeburgh Carnival will return for the 78th time in 2022 on the 13th, 14th and 15th August. Unlike so many carnivals, Aldeburgh is fortunate in being one of the few towns that has managed to continue a tradition which is at least 170 years old. In 1835 it was known as Ye Old Marine Regatta, becoming Ye Old Marine Regatta and Carnival in 1927 when a carnival procession was added to the programme of events. This was led by Father Neptune and his entourage – Queen Neptune, two Sharks, a Captain and six Sons of the Sea. On 29 August 1892, 15 events were held – 12 sailing races, two swimming races and a greasy pole competition. One of the big attractions of the day was a race for the East Coast Lifeboats from Aldeburgh (the coxswain of the Aldeburgh boat then was James Cable), Thorpeness and Dunwich. Swimmers competed for the Aldous 20 Guinea Challenge Silver Cup, a race which still continues. That event featured firework, Japanese fireworks in the afternoon and a traditional display in the evening. In 2017 the carnival celebrated its 75th birthday and in 2018 the event won the Family Tourism Event of the Year in the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards. In 2022 music will feature at various venues throughout the town on Saturday afternoon. Sunday sports events will feature the 10k run, childrens races on the sea front greens and the quirky egg boat race. The big events on Monday will include launching the lifeboat, a military band leading the carnival procession

in the afternoon and the magical lantern parade as the evening light begins to fade before it’s time for the spectacular firework display. Fund raising stalls and activities will continue over the three days and there will be lots of stalls selling their wares on the Crag Path. It promises to be bigger, better and more colourful than ever, but still organised by a dedicated team of volunteers and supported by local businesses! For a brilliant three days out at the seaside, come to Aldeburgh Carnival. Details can always be found via:

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Sport in Aldeburgh

Bounded by the North Sea in one direction and the River Alde in the other, it’s inevitable that sailing plays a prominent role in the leisure activities in the town. Slaughden Sailing Club was started more than 40 years ago by a small group of Mirror Dinghy enthusiasts. From very humble beginnings, the club eventually built a new clubhouse in 2003, part-funded by the National Lottery and helped by club members who gave their professional expertise for free. It’s now a friendly unpretentious sailing club offering competitive racing, training, instruction and a good social scene. Next door, is Aldeburgh Yacht Club. Founded in 1897, the Club now has around 1600 members and a large modern, purpose-built clubhouse. There is active racing at weekends from April to December with both keelboat and dinghy classes and a more frequent programme, particularly amongst the youth and junior classes, during August. The Club has an active social programme and new members are welcomed. Juniors are particularly encouraged with tuition available for both learning to sail and learning to race. Away from the water, Aldeburgh offers golfers a wonderful treat. Aldeburgh Golf Club, founded in 1884, has two courses - the 18-hole championship course and the River Course, a pretty 9-hole course more suited to beginners and high-handicap golfers. At 6603 yards but with no par fives on the men’s card, the Championship Course

enjoys fine views of the River Alde and the North Sea and is a challenge for even the best golfer. situated on free-draining sandy soil, play is possible throughout the year. Is tennis more to your taste? Try Aldeburgh Tennis Club, just off Park Road. Four championship standard hard courts, two of which are floodlit. New members are always welcome but visitors can use the courts on a pay-as-you-play basis. And right next door is Aldeburgh Bowls Club, a thriving friendly club where all comers are welcomed regardless of age or skill level. Once again, you can either become a member or pay when you play. From the Bowls Club, turn right along Jubilee Walk and arrive at King’s Field, the largest recreation space in Aldeburgh. Close to the town’s Community Centre, the area has an outdoor gym, play equipment for juniors and a toddlers playground. Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Rugby Club play their home games here and the field is well-used by locals and visitors.

Slaughden Sailing Club 01728 454335 Aldeburgh Yacht Club 01728 452562 Aldeburgh Golf Club 01728 452890

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Hello from Aldeburgh on the South East Coast! Our friendly front of house team are ready to serve you freshly baked sourdough bread, morning pastries, savouries, sweet treats and @Allpress coffee to takeaway.


181-183 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AL T: 01728 453204 W: E:

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Beach View Holiday Park is located right beside the beach between Minsmere and Thorpeness, and close to other popular holiday destinations on the Suffolk Coast including Aldeburgh, Dunwich and Southwold.

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Aldeburgh Town Council: Town Clerk: Ruth Proctor 01728 452158 Email:

Local services

Citizens Advice Bureau: 01728 832193 - Opening times vary Aldeburgh Library: 01728 452502 Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm, Wednesday: 9am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm (closed 12:30pm-1pm), Sunday: 10am-1pm Email:

Doctor’s Surgery: Victoria Road 01728 452027 - Appointments only (unless emergency) Parish Nurse: Ali Cherry Works in Aldeburgh on Tuesdays and Fridays 07870 946475 Email:

Post Office (High Street): Monday to Friday: 9am-5:30pm, Saturday: 9am-12:45pm Dentist: 01728 453333


Pharmacy: 125 High Street Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm, Saturday: 9am5pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10am-2pm

Aldeburgh Parish Church: Rev Mark Lowther - 01728 452807 Aldeburgh Catholic Church: Father Tony Rogers - 01728 452782

Hospital: 01728 443850 - (No minor injuries unit)

Aldeburgh Baptist Church: Pastor Terry Smith - 01394 385052

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Tel: 01502 504222 NJR Tiling Domestic and commercial tiling, ceramic, porcelain and natural stone. T: 07886 895128

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East of England Co-op 8 Saxmundham Rd and 117 High Street. For a wide range of fresh produce, everyday essentials and delicious locally sourced products, pop to your local East of England Co-op. Open 7 days a week, till late. Riley & Riley 122-124 High St. Classic and contemporary jewellery and gems. Jewellery made on-site. Jewellery and watch repair service. Tel: 01728 452431 Salter & King 107-109 High St. Award winning butcher’s shop. Online ordering available. Tel: 01728 452758 Baggott & Son Newsagents located on the High Street. T: 01728 452753 Dean Fryer Fresh fish from the seafront. Tel: 07989 836728 (daytime) 01728 452827 (evenings) Fishers Gin Gin distilled in small batches right here in Aldeburgh. Tel: 01728 454201 Friday Street Farm Shop A very large farm shop with integrated butchery and kitchen serving food 7 days a week. Tel: 01728 602783 Slate Specialist cheese retailer and

The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout is reinvented as a catalyst for the inspiration of artists, poets, writers and thinkers. Tel: 01728 452754 Britten Pears Foundation Red House, Golf Lane, IP15 5PZ. The Foundation promotes the musical legacy and home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Tel: 01728 451700 Aldeburgh Music Club Sharing the enjoyment of making music together to the highest possible standard.

Garages/Motoring/Car Sales Snape Motor Company Ltd Vehicle servicing, repairs and MOTs, also car and van hire. Tel: 01728 688241

Garden/Home Roger Gladwell Award-winning family business providing garden design, landscaping & construction. Tel: 01728 638372 Granite Transformations Renovate or update your kitchen. Tel: 01473 851360 M S Oakes Joinery Producers of outstanding and beautifully crafted bespoke joinery.

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Best of Suffolk Hand-picked holiday cottages in Suffolk. Tel: 01728 638962 House in the Clouds Unique holiday accommodation in Thorpeness. Tel: 020 7224 3615 Coastal and country holiday retreats Tel: 01728 666300

delicatessen on the High Street. Tel: 01728 454052 The Pug & Pussycat Card, gift and lifestyle boutique. Tel: 01728 452928 Two Magpies Bakery Freshly baked sourdough bread, pastries, savouries, sweet treats and coffee to takeaway. Tel: 01728 453204

Professional Services

Health & Beauty

Suffolk Coastal Estate Agents Independent estate agency based in Aldeburgh. Tel: 01728 677980

Aldeburgh & Framlingham Dental Practice 167 High St. All aspects of dentistry work undertaken. Specialists in high quality cosmetic enhancements. Tel: 01728 453333

Hotels/Restaurants/Cafe/Pubs The Parrot, Aldringham A 500 year old smugglers pub serving great local food and drink with a huge beer garden. Tel: 01728 830221 The Mill Inn A pub with plenty of olde worlde charm, serving good food at reasonable prices and a good selection of lagers and ales. Tel: 01728 452563. Aldeburgh Café A dog friendly café over-looking the marshes with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Tel: 01728 454891 Aldeburgh Fish & Chips (226 High St, Tel: 01728 452250) The Golden Galleon /The Upper Deck (137 High St, Tel: 01728 454685) Traditional fish & chip shops, family run since 1967.

Leisure/Sport/Tourism Aldeburgh Cinema Aldeburgh Cinema was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest continuously running cinemas in the UK. 51 High Street. Tel: 01728 454884 Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall A place for performance, entertainment and the creative arts nestled in the heart of the town. Tel: 07854 650770 Suffolk Secrets Local holiday property experts. Tel: 01728 452425 Beach View Holiday Park Holiday accommodation on the coast between Minsmere and Thorpeness. Tel: 01728 830724

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TA Hotel Collection Ltd A group of award winning luxury hotels and businesses across Suffolk including The Brudenell and Sea Spice. Wentworth Hotel Wentworth Road. Situated on the sea-front, the Wentworth offers luxury accommodation, fine dining and attentive service. Tel: 01728 452312 Harris & James High-end coffee shop and ice-cream parlour. Tel: 01728 453676 L’Escargot Sur Mer Stylish seaside restaurant on the High Street. Tel: 07557 333453 The Crown Inn, Snape A 15th century smugglers inn with a warm welcome and large garden. Tel: 01728 689112 The Meare Shop & Tearoom Great tearoom in the centre of Thorpeness. Tel: 01728 452156

Care/Nursing/Retirement Homes Garrett House Residential Care Home Beautiful family owned and managed care home set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of Aldeburgh. Tel: 01728 453249

Services Ian Culf Building & Roofing Contractor – Need a new roof or an extension putting up? Call your local expert builder and roofer on 01728 451933 or 07831 700 135 Wm C Reade of Aldeburgh Ltd All plumbing/heating, leadwork. Also renovations, refurbishment, general maintenance, decorations. Est. 1908. Tel: 01728 452982 R & R Carpentry (Aldeburgh) Ltd Comprehensive building services in Aldeburgh and surrounding areas. Tel: 07977 940189

Pet Services Aldeburgh Vets An independently owned companion animal practice. Tel: 01728 598111 Hall Farm Pet Shop Family run pet shop selling a large range of pet and countryside supplies. Tel: 01728 453666 Wag & Bone The little dog boutique on the High Street. Tel: 01728 453366

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