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Christmas at Snape Maltings

Following the announcement earlier in November that Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings have become a single organisation, the newly rebranded Snape Maltings shows off the breadth of its offerings this December with a site-wide festive weekend.

Snape Maltings Christmas Weekend (Friday 16th – Sunday 18th December)

For Christmas Weekend the site is taken over by an abundance of festive events and activities for all the family.

Handel’s Messiah on Friday 16th December opens the weekend, performed by Aldeburgh Voices, Fellows of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Suffolk Ensemble.

On Saturday 17th December you are invited to join resident choirs to sing carols and popular festive songs in Sing Christmas at Snape Maltings Concert Hall at 1.30pm.

In time honoured tradition, Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings by Thames barge (approx. 3.15pm), followed by the opportunity for children to meet him in the House & Garden shop.

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The acclaimed BBC Big Band returns to Snape for a fun-filled programme of festive favourites with a twist of swing at 7.30pm.

The weekend concludes with two film screenings, featuring live choir and orchestra, of the Christmas classic The Snowman (Sunday, 2pm and 4pm) in a double bill with the film premiere with composer Howard Blake’s new piece for children, The Land of Counterpane. 

The weekend will also offer families a host of free events and activities, including a Snowman Trail across the site, festive craft making at the Concert Hall Café, carol singing and a pop chorus performance in the House & Garden shop. Plus have a go at conducting a brass band!

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More Christmas events at Snape Maltings

Earlier in December Co-op Juniors Theatre Company returns to Snape with The Snow Queen (Friday 2nd – Sunday 11th December), a magical story set in winter wonderland. 

On Sunday 11th December House & Garden hosts Christmas in the Courtyard (11am-3pm) with wreath making in the greenhouse, Kadai fire bowl demonstrations and the tea hut serving winter warmers and festive treats.

The special Christmas Farmers’ Market offering locally sourced fresh produce and artisan products concludes Snape Malting’s Christmas season on Friday 23rd December, 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Throughout December a Peace Tree will take residence outside Snape Maltings Concert Hall, giving visitors the opportunity to write messages on baubles and add them to the tree.

Things to see and do


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Newson Garrett started malting at Snape in 1854 and the site grew to become Suffolk’s largest maltings complex. The striking complex of brick and slate buildings that he established is now Grade II listed and one of the few remaining Maltings complexes in Britain which has retained all of his buildings, spanning some 7 acres.

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Christmas at Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Kessingland |

Enjoy some festive fun at Africa Alive!

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The Snow Queen - a frozen Christmas Spectacular

The Snow Queen - a frozen Christmas Spectacular

Snape | Fri 02nd - Sun 11th Dec 2016

Come and enjoy this years Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 2nd - 11th December 2016.

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Woodbridge Annual Carol Service

Woodbridge Annual Carol Service

Woodbridge | Wed 21st Dec 2016

The Rotary Club of Woodbridge host their annual Carol Service on Market Hill on Wednesday 21st December at 6:45 on Market Hill.

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Winter Seasonal Dinner Parties

Winter Seasonal Dinner Parties

Framlingham | Thu 08th Dec 2016

Enjoy the Winter Seasonal Dinner Parties course at The Food Hub Cookery School and learn to create a dinner party with restaurant style dishes, a focus on seasonal ingredients, presentation, taste and importantly timing so you can host as well as cook.

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Christmas Bread Workshop

Christmas Bread Workshop

Framlingham | Tue 20th Dec 2016

Join Sue Hudson on a wonderful Christmas bread-making workshop at The Food Hub Cookery School. She will teach you a range of Christmas baking treats for the festive season. Book early for this popular workshop!

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Christmas Flowers & Foodie Gifts

Christmas Flowers & Foodie Gifts

Framlingham | Sat 17th Dec 2016

The Food Hub Cookery School presents a day of Christmas flowers and foodie gifts with Naomi of Rose and Berry Flowers. This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations. 

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Santa’s Burger Night

Santa’s Burger Night

Ipswich | Fri 23rd Dec 2016

Head to the Suffolk Food Hall for this fun seasonal event on 23rd December 2016.

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Christmas Craft parties at Suffolk Food Hall

Christmas Craft parties at Suffolk Food Hall

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Lots of festive fun has been arranged for your little ones at the Suffolk Food Hall.  

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The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring The Osmonds

The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring The Osmonds

Felixstowe | Fri 16th Dec 2016

Come and enjoy an evening of  seasonal entertainment at The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion on 16th December 2016.

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Handel's Messiah at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Handel's Messiah at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Snape | Fri 16th Dec 2016

Aldeburgh Music opens its' Christmas Weekend with Handel’s rousing oratorio, a cornerstone of the festive season.

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Christmas at Landguard Fort

Christmas at Landguard Fort

Felixstowe | Sun 11th Dec 2016

Come and enjoy Christmas at Landguard Fort on Saturday 11th December.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Lowestoft | Tue 13th Dec 2016 - Sun 01st Jan 2017

The East Coast’s BIGGEST Family Pantomime from the award winning team that brought you Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White.

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Santa Saves Christmas

Santa Saves Christmas

Felixstowe | Wed 21st Dec 2016

Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the Penguin as they meet Father Christmas himself at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas! On stage at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Felixstowe | Thu 15th Dec 2016 - Sat 07th Jan 2017

The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company return to The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe with another family favourite. Follow Jack and his family as they try to make ends meet in this fabulous new production of one of the best loved fairy tales. 

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Sing Christmas with Aldeburgh Music

Sing Christmas with Aldeburgh Music

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come and help us raise the roof as we sing a mix of carols and classic Christmas songs in the beautiful Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

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Father Christmas arrives by Thames Barge!

Father Christmas arrives by Thames Barge!

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Bring the whole family to Snape for this wonderful festive spectacle as Father Christmas arrives at Snape Maltings by historic Thames sailing barge.


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BBC Big Band at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

BBC Big Band at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Join the acclaimed BBC Big Band for a fun-filled programme of festive favourites with a twist of swing.

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The Snowman

The Snowman

Snape | Sun 18th Dec 2016

With a double bill of films for children featuring composer Howard Blake’s evocative scores and live orchestral accompaniment, this is the perfect way to round off the Christmas Weekend at Aldeburgh Music. 

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Halesworth Christmas Market

Halesworth Christmas Market

Halesworth | Sat 10th Dec 2016

Head to the medieval Market Place in Halesworth for this new seasonal event on 10th December 2016.

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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Fri 23rd Dec 2016

Head to Snape and come and enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest Christmas food markets, a wonderful array of fresh produce and delicious artisan products.

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Christmas Late Night Shopping - Felixstowe Unwrapped!

Christmas Late Night Shopping - Felixstowe Unwrapped!

Felixstowe |

Bring the whole family along to Felixstowe and enjoy the festive late night shopping atmosphere.

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WaW Christmas Special - The Aquarium

WaW Christmas Special - The Aquarium

Lowestoft | Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to Lowestoft for this Christmas WaW Wrestling Event.

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The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Cut

The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Cut

Halesworth | Sun 11th Dec 2016

Head to Halesworth for some lively festive entertainment.

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Christmas Wreath Making - The Suffolk Punch Trust

Christmas Wreath Making - The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Fri 09th Dec 2016

Head to Hollesley for a creative wreath making day.

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St Elizabeth Hospice -Felixstowe Christmas Day Dip 2016

St Elizabeth Hospice -Felixstowe Christmas Day Dip 2016

Felixstowe | Sun 25th Dec 2016

Head to Felixstowe and start your Christmas Day with a splash on The Suffolk Coast.

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Carols around the Fireplace

Carols around the Fireplace

Woodbridge |

Bring the whole family to Tranmere House at The National Trust Sutton Hoo site for a vintage Christmas experience. 

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Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Wickham Market

Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Wickham Market

Wickham Market | Thu 08th - Sat 17th Dec 2016

Head to Wickham Market for some festive Christmas shopping.

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Christmas Street Food Sunday at The Table

Christmas Street Food Sunday at The Table

Woodbridge | Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to The Table in Woodbridge for this special Christmas Street Food Sunday on 18th December.

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Winter and Christmas Singing Workshop

Winter and Christmas Singing Workshop

Beccles | Sat 10th Dec 2016

This informative workshop teaches traditional and modern festive and Christmas songs as well as ethnic deep midwinter folk songs and melodies. 

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Christmas at Henham

Christmas at Henham

Southwold | Fri 16th - Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to Henham Barns for a perfect opportunity to grab those last minute presents on the weekend 17th - 18th December 2016.

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