Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the River Alde, surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just five miles from Aldeburgh.
This beautiful heritage site, with its converted Victorian buildings, is home to independent shops and galleries, wonderful places to eat, and several performance venues – including the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. It is also one of two historic visitor destinations cared for by the pioneering music, arts and heritage charity, Britten Pears Arts.
The other destination cared for by Britten Pears Arts is Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh, find out more about visiting The Red House here: https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/things-to-do/attractions/the-red-house-aldeburgh
You can shop to your heart's content within the retail complex at Snape Maltings, with hand-picked homeware, beauty products, food and drink, and much more on offer. The bright and spacious House & Garden store is filled with a lovingly-curated range of furniture, textiles and accessories, as well as gifts, clothing, and traditional children's toys, while The Craft Shop offers handmade collections from around the UK and Fairtrade products from slightly further afield. The Food Hall is the perfect showcase for the very best of Suffolk's food and drink producers, and the Maltings Gallery, located in the Granary building, welcomes new and local creative talents as well as nationally collected artists.
You’ll also find The Green Room, The Early Music Shop, the Antiques Centre and the Lettering Arts Centre on site at Snape Maltings.
If it’s the fresh Suffolk air you’re looking for, the beautiful landscape around Snape Maltings can be explored on foot, by bike, and even by boat – with River Trips running from the quayside throughout the year. Popular walking routes include the loop through Snape Warren and the riverside walk to Iken Church – and for birdwatchers and nature lovers, the tidal River Alde and surrounding marshes are a haven for hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife, including the occasional seal!
Sit and admire the incredible views while enjoying a delicious lunch in the newly refurbished River View Café and Bar or, if the weather permits, sit amongst the reeds in the ample outdoor seating. You can also enjoy coffee and light bites from the Takeaway Hut daily and delicious pizza in The Tipi on Friday and Saturday evenings. You can find out more about eating at Snape Maltings here:
For music lovers of all kinds, there are regular concerts, ranging from full-scale orchestral performances and operas, to folk, jazz and family events. Head to the What’s On page for a full schedule of events.
The renowned Aldeburgh Festival, founded by composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the singer, Peter Pears, also takes place in June each year. Alongside the performance programme, Britten Pears Arts runs community and outreach programmes in Suffolk and beyond, provides artist development opportunities for musicians at all career stages, and is a leader in national conversations around music, health and wellbeing. To find out more about the charity, head here:
From 10am every day