A beautiful British seaside town on the Suffolk coastline, Aldeburgh is the perfect way to while away a Saturday. Idyllic pastel homes, a quaint high street and an arty shingle beach.
Despite us having lived in Suffolk a few years ago we’d never visited this seaside town, favouring the slightly more northernly, Southwold. Just an hour away from where we live now and set in the marshlands of Suffolk – the drive is as scenic as the end destination!
We’ve always dreamed of ending up by the sea when we finally settle down. The sound of the sea to the salty air, you can find us seeking out these towns time and time again. When we have kids, and we get a dog (or 7) and a cat (or 1,342,346) – we’ll make sure we have one of those balconies too. We’ll all wrap up warm with giant cups of tea and sit and watch watch a storm roll in from the horizon together.
And maybe we’ll buy one of these. One day.
A trip to the British seaside wouldn’t be complete without the accompanying British weather – but we got lucky – experiencing just the two seasons in one day as a pose to the quintessential and unpredictable four! Those big grey clouds do produce some rather majestic seascapes though. Dontcha think?
The impending storm produced some larger breaks in the waves. The draw back of the sea against the shingle made for an almost magical sound. It’s these moments that have us longing to live by the sea. By the time we walked the length of the shore the weather had improved – the perfect place to stop and watch the world go by.
Wandering away from the beach we found the bunting lined high street – with its bright buildings and bright gardens. And it didn’t take us long to come across Chopping Hill’s bakery (181 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AL). Where we indulged in a Malteaser cake thingy ma-bob and ‘The Best’ sausage roll Dan had EVER had…
Galleries on the Beach
One of the most controversial icon’s of Aldeburgh has to be the Scallop sculpture on the north end on the beach. Created by Maggi Hambling it’s dedicated to Benjamin Britten one of Aldeburgh’s most celebrated icon’s. Oh the irony. The words “I hear those voices that will not be drowned” are stencilled out the top side of the sculpture and come from one of Britten’s operas.
Further down the beach we came across the Lookout Tower and after dutifully penning our name on a pebble we noticed Tai Shan Schierenberg casually inside. Tai was (is) our favourite judge on Portrait Artist of the Year. So it would be almost rude for us not the step inside. As much as we wanted to fangirl – we felt almost too close to him inside the tiny tower. We refrained, studied the landscapes, and bottled it up until we were out of earshot.
5 reasons why you need to go
- 45 minutes from Ipswich (which in turn is just 80mins from London)
- Beautiful marshland in the surrounding area and the infamous Snape Malting just a couple of miles up the road
- Quaint houses and a picture perfect well kept town centre and you can even see the house in the clouds from the beach.
- Great food, shops and independents line the main shopping parade and the sea front
- Art and Culture rich – festivals, galeries and inspiration everywhere.