Dusk on the Deben
The Area

The big skies of the Suffolk landscape have inspired artists, craftsmen and musicians for generations.

Nowadays there are many opportunities to visit the studios and workshops of the present-day creative people who live and work along this Suffolk coast. Snape Maltings, the home of the Aldeburgh Music Festival and the Britten Pears School of Music is only four miles away.

Below we list just a few of the local places that are worth a visit...

Woodbridge
Woodbridge

A small Suffolk town nestling on the banks of the River Deben. Once a port from which Suffolk ‘Bang’ (cheese) was exported, it is now famous for its sailing, riverside walks, pubs, restaurants, independent shops, cinema and tide mill.

www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk

 

Aldeburgh
Aldeburgh

A traditional fishing village which became a seaside resort famous for its connection with the composer Benjamin Britten. The High Street has everything a person could need with clothes boutiques, art and antiques shops plus an award winning independent bookshop, a cinema and a wide selection of culinary delights from the renowned fish and chip shop to fine bistro dining. The Barn would make a good base for the Festivals, not only the well known Aldeburgh Music Festival, of international status, but also the Aldeburgh Literary Festival and Documentary Festival. The RSPB reserve North Warren is a mile north along the coast. And the Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve of Hazelwood Marshes is just a mile before the town boundary on the A1094

www.visitsuffolk.com
www.rspb.org
www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org

 

Southwold
Southwold

A charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The town has much to delight the visitor with its working lighthouse, colourful beach huts, an award winning pier and a busy harbour. There is a wide choice of pubs, restaurants and tearooms to satisfy all tastes. About 10 kilometres south along the coast is the RSPB Minsmere nature reserve a ‘must visit’ for every nature lover.

www.exploresouthwold.co.uk
www.rspb.org/reserves

Orford
Orford

Orford says its has something for everyone – walkers, sailors, cyclists, birdlovers, music and art aficionados and those interested in history and food. A Norman Castle dominates the skyline, this one built by King Henry II, as his answer to the rising power and influence of the Bigods at Framlingham. When you stand on the quay and look across the river you see Orford Ness, a wild a remote shingle spit, one of the largest in Europe. The ‘island’ as the locals call it is full of military history and natural treasures like the horned poppy.

www.orford.co.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Snape
Snape

A small village on the River Alde with a big reputation! It has a rich history including being the site of a Saxon burial ship and a medieval priory. Newson Garrett built a successful maltings business here in the 19th century. As the buildings closed down during the 1950’s and 60’s the main malthouse became the internationally renown Snape Concert Hall. A full programme of events are held in the Concert Hall including the Aldeburgh Festival.

www.aldeburgh.co.uk

 

Framlingham
Framlingham

A beautiful market town including an impressive 12th century Norman castle built by the Bigod family. There is a wide variety of shops and eateries – enough to make Framlingham a great place to visit.

www.framlingham.com
www.english-heritage.org.uk