The Suffolk Coast
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Plan a Weekend of Culture on The Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk Coast has fast become the destination of choice when searching out great food & drink – a foodies paradise.

But perhaps less well-known is the vast wealth of music, art, theatre and literature that we have.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and plan a weekend of culture in the relaxing setting of the Suffolk Coast.

With so many theatres in the area all providing packed schedules, you’re sure to find a great night’s entertainment. Check out the Marina Theatre, Players Theatre and The Seagull in Lowestoft, The Cut in Halesworth, The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe and the Suffolk Summer Theatres in Southwold and Aldeburgh.

The area around Aldeburgh could easily claim to be the cultural capital of the Suffolk Coast. Centre to all of this is the town’s connection to renowned composer, Benjamin Britten. His musical legacy lives on in the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by him and his partner, Peter Pears, back in 1948.

They shared a home at The Red House in Aldeburgh, now home to the Britten Pears Foundation and open to the public to visit.

The Aldeburgh Festival is a must for those yearning a spot of culture. The next festival takes place over 17 days in June 2017.

Staying in the area – look out for the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival (4th – 6th November 2016) at the Aldeburgh Cinema. Guest speakers include perennial favourite, Joanna Lumley along with the BBC’s former political editor, Nick Robinson.

Travel a few miles inland and you’ll come to Snape Maltings – home to the world famous Concert Hall, operated by Aldeburgh Music. Their year round programme is guaranteed to please with such a wide and varied offering.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on what’s on here on The Suffolk Coast.

And take peek at Look Sideways – East. Part of Visit East Anglia this is where you can also keep up to date with the world class culture that the East has to offer.

Now we’ve whet your cultural appetite, it’s time to start planning your get away to The Suffolk Coast. Take a look at the fabulous accommodation you can choose from – B&B’s, cottages, hotels, glamping – take your pick!

Things to see and do


Southwold Arts Centre

Southwold Arts Centre

The première entertainment venue in the popular Suffolk coastal town of Southwold; presenting a year-round programme of events including music, theatre, film, comedy, craft and antique fairs, art exhibitions, workshops, community events and outdoor events. Southwold Arts Centre also offers a number of spaces for hire; suitable for live events, meetings, family celebrations and exhibition space.

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Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available at the Aldeburgh Library.

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Felixstowe  - Tourist Information Point

Felixstowe - Tourist Information Point

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available within Felixstowe Library.

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Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music

Snape

Aldeburgh Music is one of the leading year-round performance centres founded by British composer Benjamin Britten set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Photography by Emily Fae

Photography by Emily Fae

Emily is a professional photographer and is behind many of the beautiful images you see on The Suffolk Coast website.

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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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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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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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events


Singing Circle with Sian Barrett

Singing Circle with Sian Barrett

Snape |

Sian Barrett will be at The Tack Room at Snape Maltings and will be offering relaxing sessions to promote mindfulness.

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Russian State Ballet and Opera House:  Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet and Opera House: Swan Lake

Lowestoft | Wed 19th Oct 2016

The highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns with another popular ballet.

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Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh | Fri 04th - Sun 06th Nov 2016

The 22nd Aldeburgh Documentary Festival is a distinctive combination of world-class documentaries, illuminating discussions and debate which has seen audiences increase threefold over the past four years, making this weekend one of the most successful public-facing celebrations of the art and craft of documentary film making in Britain today.


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The Elvis Years

The Elvis Years

Lowestoft | Sat 29th Oct 2016

‘The Elvis Years’ is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’- Elvis Presley

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Lowestoft |

Austen’s classic novel thrillingly brought to life, fun, fast and romantic – this chance to catch the five Bennett sisters and the whole world of Austen brought to life by just two actors is a treat not to be missed.

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Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Lowestoft | Sat 12th Nov 2016

Join us as Ballet Theatre UK bring their innovative recreation of the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet to the Marina Theatre.

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Britten Dances

Britten Dances

Snape | Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Oct 2016

Britten Dances sees DanceEast and Aldeburgh Music revive their popular Snape Dances partnership from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October.

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where to stay


Chiltern House Bed and Breakfast

Chiltern House Bed and Breakfast

Chiltern House is a stylish bed & breakfast in a Victorian terraced property just a two minute walk from the blue flag awarded Lowestoft beach and independent shops and restaurants. Ideally located to explore the Suffolk coast, countryside and historic market towns.

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Kenton Hall Estate

Kenton Hall Estate

Framlingham

Kenton Hall Estate offers unique glamping accommodation set in heart of the Suffolk countryside.

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Belle Grove 

Belle Grove

Halesworth

Located in Halesworth, Belle Grove is an extra special place for a well-deserved break, birthday celebration, anniversary, romantic week-end or family get–together. “This place really is magical”

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Mollett’s Farm

Mollett’s Farm

Saxmundham

Mollett’s Farm is a family-run haven of peace and tranquility near Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. With new custom-designed holiday studios and cottages, it’s a home away from home.

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Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

The Granary and the Dairy are two beautifully converted self catering barns offering luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on a family arable farm close to the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft.

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Saltgate House B&B

Saltgate House B&B

Beccles

Saltgate House B&B is an elegant Georgian Townhouse built onto a former Tudor Merchants House situated in the heart of the beautiful market town of Beccles, just paces away from the centre of town and moments from the meandering River Waveney.

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Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Yoxford

Oak Tree farm is set in six acres just outside Yoxford, surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a few miles of many of the attractions and lovely places in the area including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Framlingham.

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Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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Ivy House Country Hotel

Ivy House Country Hotel

The Ivy House Country Hotel is a "Hidden Gem" nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, among 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched beautiful barns all with direct access onto the broads.

Guests can enjoy relaxing walks in the grounds or venture out onto the Broads pathways or further still, to the nearby coast.

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