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A pretty village on the Suffolk coast, Aldeburgh is most famous for its annual music festival, aunched by composer Benjamin Britten, whose memorial is in the parish church. The Aldeburgh Festival turns this quiet village into a bustling beehive of music each year, and has helped transform Aldeburgh from a fishing and pleasure-boating centre into a focal-point for arts and cultural events, which now take place throughout the year.
The seashore and surrounding areas are a haven for wildlife, and have been designated an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The wetlands around Aldeburgh are home to marsh harrier and bitterns, here an endangered species.
There are three major historic buildings in Aldeburgh. The smallest, and arguably the most interesting, is the Moot Hall, located at the northern edge of the seafront. The Moot Hall is a very attractive timber framed building dating to the first half of the 16th century. It was built to serve as a combination council chamber, Market centrepiece, and prison. It now houses a popular museum covering the long history of Aldeburgh. On the exterior of the Hall is a clock, dated 1650.
Although perhaps not reason in itself to visit Aldeburgh, the local Fish and Chip Shop was named best in Britain in a poll by the Observer newspaper.
The Festival sprang from a desire by founders Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, and Eric Crozier to find a home for their touring opera company, the English Opera Group. In 1948 the trio established a music Festival at Aldeburgh, and the intervening decades have seen Aldeburgh become synonymous with new music. Each June rising young artists are given the opportunity to showcase their talents and break new ground in musical repertoire and interpretation of old and new works. The festival is now operated by Aldeburgh Productions. Many of the major festival productions now take place, not at Aldeburgh itself, but at Snape Maltings, 5 miles distant.
Aldeburgh is a delightful place to visit, though if you like peace and quiet you might be well advised to avoid the Festival period!
Address: Aldeburgh, East Anglia, Suffolk, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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