Snape is a 'must-visit' destination for anyone who wants to sample the beauty and atmosphere the Suffolk coastal countryside has become famous for, whatever the season.
Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success!
The unique and charming village, situated on the Alde Estuary is famously home to the world-renowned concert hall. The Maltings complex is home to an array of boutiques, galleries, arts centres, cafes, restaurants and grand performance spaces. From 1937 -1947, Snape Maltings was the favoured home place of Benjamin Britten, one of the most celebrated British composers in history. Today, musicians from all over the world come here to study and hone their musical skills.
Every year in summer, Snape Maltings hosts a month-long festival of music, the Aldeburgh Festival with everything from jazz to choral, classical to contemporary being performed, and in September, the vast outside spaces are filled with the region's top food & drinks producers at the acclaimed Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival.
Did you know?
Whilst Snape is probably best known for the Maltings, a vibrant arts centre in a building which would have originally been used for the brewing of local beer, centuries before the Maltings was built the Saxons occupied Snape. The discovery of a 17 metre long Saxon Burial ship in 1862 is evidence of this, along with spear heads, a cloak and fragments of jasper excavated alongside it.
It is speculated that JK Rowling may have named the character Severus Snape after the town due to its links to Saxon history.
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