Aldeburgh Things to Do

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    Woodbridge

    by margaretvn Written Nov 10, 2013
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    The lovely little town of Woodbridge is worth a visit - the beautiful architecture of some of the houses the little streets and the riverside - make it a lovely place to wander around. It is not far from the most important Anglo-Saxon site in the United Kingdom - the Sutton Hoo burial ship. The town is on the river Deben and there is a lovely walk which takes you along the river and then back into the town.
    Various archeological finds around the area show that people have lived in the area since the Neolithic period. The thing most people link with Woodbridge is the wonderful burial ship close by at Sutton Hoo. In the year 624 King Bretwalda of East Anglia ( the most powerful king in England) and it is thought that he is probably the king buried at Sutton Hoo. The burial ship was discovered in 1939 - the ship is 89 feet longand the treasures found in the ship were (in 1939) the richest ever found on British soil. The treasures are kept in the British Museum in London, but replicas of some items, and the story of the finds, are to be found in the Woodbridge Museum, and the National Trust has built a Visitor Centre on the site. Both worth visiting as well as the burial mounds near the site.
    throughout the town there are various buildings from the Tudor, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods. Woodbridge also has a working tide mill which it is one of only two in the country and it is one of the earliest. The mill was first recorded on the site in 1170 was it run by the Augustinian canons. In 1536 it passed to King Henry VIII and then in 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted the mill and the priory to Thomas Seckford.
    There are several places to eat or have a coffee and lots of little shops to look in - a very good and VERY full craft shop selling, wools threads and embroidery kits and well as card making supplies.

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    Under the pier Southwold

    by margaretvn Written Nov 7, 2013

    While visiting Southwold you really should look in at the "Under the Pier Show" on the pier - it is really unusual and pretty surprising and fun. The slot machines are all made by Tim Hunkin and they are NOT your usual slot machines. Try your luck at crossing the road using a Zimmer frame (walker) - always useful now that we are getting older. He also built the water clock on the pier.

    http://www.underthepier.com
    http://timhunkin.com/63_southwold_water_clock.htm

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    Southwold

    by margaretvn Written Nov 3, 2013

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    This is a lovely little seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and is a charming although parking can sometimes be difficult. walking along the front with the long line of multi coloured beach houses is fun and gives great photo opportunities. The pier which was opened in 2001 is nice with its shops and the pier clock - which is a definite "Must See". Take time to read some on the plaques along the railing -some so touching!
    The town has a good selection of shops and it is worth visiting Adnams shop for your wines and beers - cheaper than buying the same wines and beers at Snape Maltings! There is also the Adnams Brewery and you can do a tour there which is interesting.

    https://brewerytours.adnams.co.uk

    the shop is at 4 Drayman Square,Victoria Street

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    Dunwich Heath

    by margaretvn Written Sep 28, 2013

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    Visit the National Trust site at Dunwich Heath - it is a wonderful area north of Southwold and in September the colours of the heather are beautiful and there are so many lovely walks - of different lengths and some are even available for wheelchair users. You can also walk along the shore and there is also a RSPB site next to it.

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    a lovely little church

    by margaretvn Written Sep 28, 2013

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    visit the church in Orford - it is lovely and it is where four works of the English composer Benjamin Britten had their first performance. It is easy to park close to the church. In the church is a memorial to the first performance of Birtten's works

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    the Parish church and Britten grave

    by margaretvn Written Mar 8, 2013

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    The parish church of Aldeburgh is a lovely little church and its graveyard is the resting place of the composer Benjamin Britten and his life partner the tenor Peter Pears.
    The composer died at his home in Aldeburgh on the 4th of december 1976 from congestive heart failure. His partner of many years died on the 3rd of April 1986. They are buried next to next other in very simple graves marked with black marble headstones.
    There is a lovely little grave stone to be noticed across the path from their graves. It is of a couple who were married 78 years and who both died aged 99 years old.

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    Snape Maltings

    by margaretvn Written Dec 12, 2012

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    Snape Maltings was just a short walk from our lovely cottage. I t is the home of the Aldeburgh Concert Hall and the Aldeburgh festival which was started in 1948 by the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears. Of course we had to go and look - pity there were no concerts while we were there.
    On the complex as well as the concert hall and the Britten -Pears Building and the Hoffmann building (rehearsal and performance halls) there are shops and restaurants. The house and garden shop is my favourite and is fun to look around, food hall has a good selection of foods and drinks but it is expensive. I bought a bottle of Adnams cider at Southwold and saw the same bottle at Snape Maltings for almost double the price - so is it a tourist trap? Having said that they have a good selction of quality things and lovely gifts so just watch out really I suppose. Around the grounds are some lovely walks. it is a nice afternoon out and they do not force you to buy!

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    birds of prey

    by margaretvn Written Dec 12, 2012

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    On a very wet and cold day we had to find something to do while staying in Snape and so we ended up going to the Stonham Barns and I am glad we did. Stonham Barns is a collection of things / with a restaurant, fishing lakes, golf course, shops and a caravan and camping park. Plus what we went ofr the birds of prey. There is a wonderful collection of birds of prey and I managed to get some beautiful photos. The weather cleared up for a while and we were able to walk around and take photos. It only started to rain again during the show but it did not spoil things. The show was lovely, not the prefect showpiece we had often seen in American zoos, theme parks - here the birds had it for the say. They ignored the trainers, went walkabout instead of flying, sat and watched the public and generally did what they wanted! The trainers were great fun as well and gave us lots of information. On the site are several gift shops as well.

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    Sutton Hoo

    by margaretvn Written Dec 12, 2012

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    Sutton Hoo near Woodridge is the site of two 6-early 7th century burial grounds. The site is about 11 kilometres from the sea along the banks of the river Deben. The burial mounds were on the land owned by the Pretty family. In 1910 she and her husband built a mansion near the mounds.Mrs Pretty was widowed in 1934 and she becameinterested in Spiritualism. When some of her friends claimed to have seen spirits flaoting around the mounds, plus stories from a dowser about hidden gold Mrs Pretty became interested in excavating the mounds. She employedBasil Brown who was a self taught archaeologist to do the work which was for a time interrupted by the war. In mound 2 he found iron ship rivets. In mound 1 they found more. The actual ship was of course long gone but the shape and the hugs size of it was obvious. After some weeks of removing soil the burial chamber was found. The wonderful delicate jewels found in the chamber were the subject of an inquest and it was decided that they belonged to Mrs Pretty. She slept with the bounty under her bed for a night while deciding what to do with them. She decided to donate the finds to the Nation and they are now in London. The exhibition of the burial chamber and the finds is wonderful. The jewels are all copies but they really are wonderfully made. You can also visit the Pretty mansion where 6 rooms are open to the public. The rooms are left as they were in the 1930s - jigsaw puzzles on tables, knitting on a chair, books and magazines and you are encouraged to help do the puzzle or knit or read.

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    Visit the points of interest on the sea shore

    by ChrsStrl Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    Aldeburgh's Moot Hall

    This is the Moot Hall - an old sort of town hall - and is wonderfully dated. Also along the front you will find the Lifeboat Station (do visit the shop and spend some money to support these gallant men - the church has a memorial to a whole crew lost last century).

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    Church-going Southwold interior

    by ChrsStrl Written Feb 22, 2003
    Fluid movement of this Jack

    Here, like Blythborough, you will find a Jack o' the Clock. This one is a more dramatic with its dynamic posture. Also inside look at the font cover which rises like a steeple to the sky and the east window by Compter. The strawberry and leaves mark is there but it takes a lot of dedicated looking in the bottom right!

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    Church going Southwold

    by ChrsStrl Written Feb 22, 2003
    Southwold's Church of St Edmund

    Further along the A12 past Blythborough is Southwold. The home of Adnams Ales and the great church that lifts itself above the surrounfding houses. There is a new pier (of which the residents are proud) in the town. If you can find a place to park (no mean feat!) it is well worth wandering this resort. But do not forget the stunning church at its heart!

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    by ChrsStrl Written Feb 22, 2003
    An angel in the roof

    Inside the church is a wonderful wooden roof with a whole set of these angels. The guide book says that they are often found to have holes in them from Cromwell's soldiers iconoclastic ideas that led them to shoot!

    The poppyheads may be fixed to new pews but the seven deadly sins are good to find!

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    Walk the sea front of Aldeburgh

    by ChrsStrl Written Feb 22, 2003
    Some of the cottages

    The sea front cottages are prettily decorated and look much better maintained than they did a few years ago. These are quite startling, but others are more pastel shaded. It is a town where you can find a pleasing mix of architecture in what were once ordinary people's homes.

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    Visit the Britten areas, Snape and the Maltings

    by ChrsStrl Written Feb 22, 2003
    The memorial in Aldeburgh High Street

    The area is probably most well known now for its connection with the composer Benjamin Britten who lived in Aldeburgh and set up the Aldeburgh Festival.

    One of the best memorials is the stained glass windows in Aldeburgh Church by John Piper. At the moment (February 2003) this is blocked by the building of a new vestry, as the window needs to be protected.
    Go to the Maltings, one has to, but do not expect too much!

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