Make the most of your time on the coast by spending a weekend in the Aldeburgh or Thorpeness area. Whilst your here, why not pick and choose your favourite items from our suggested weekend itinerary:Saturday
Arrive bright and early and kick off your day with a stroll along Aldeburgh beach. Whilst your there, make sure you stop by Maggie Hambling's Scallop
for a few iconic pictures by the stunning coastal sculpture. Around mid-morning, take a leisurely stroll back into the town centre to explore the high-street, including the award-winning Aldeburgh Bookshop and Adnams Cellar and Kitchen. Make sure you pop into one of the local delis or cafes for a quick brunchtime brew, but make sure you don't eat too much, a famous lunch awaits you...
Spend the rest of the morning working up an appetite browsing through the independent stores
, heading towards to estuary end of town. Here you will find your lunchtime destination - the world famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop
, widely regarded as one of the best fish and chip shops here in the UK. Serving the finest locally caught seafood, from the classics of cod and plaice, to finer delicacies including cockles and jellied eels, food is served in cute cardboard boxes, perfect for snacking on the move or eating at the beach. This will set you up nicely for the afternoon's activities.
After a quick re-charge, set off on foot for a stunning marshland walk down Alde Estuary heading towards Snape, a quiet little village with a proud history stretching back some 2000 years with a strong association to the areas most famous former resident, Benjamin Britten. Here you will find the renowned Snape Maltings, home to many independent shops including home interiors, clothing, book stores and galleries, perfect for an afternoon's enjoyment.
Walk back into Aldeburgh for an early evening meal at The Brudenell Hotel
, serving a fantastic array a fresh fish with their brand new Seafood and Grill offering. Alongside exquisite food, the hotel boasts a fantastic array of high-quality wines, the perfect accompaniment to a delicately balanced meal.
For an evening's entertainment, make sure you check out the White Lion's events calendar
. Hosting regular Iconic Music Nights, and other exciting events, the hotel is a prominent venue for the locals here on the coast. Other options include a night catching a movie at the town's historic cinema, or quick drink at the Ye Old Cross Keys Inn.Sunday
After breakfast, set off a couple of miles down the road to Thorpeness Golf and Country Club
for a round of golf on their stunning course, regarded as one of the finest here in Suffolk. Designed by five-time Open Champion and legendary golf course architect, James Braid, the course will test golfers of all abilities and is a great opportunity to take in the stunning surrounding landscape.
If golfing isn't for you, spend the morning exploring Thorpeness Emporium, situated at the heart of the village. With over 24 displays and cabinet rooms, the venue showcases a wide selection of collectables, antiques and crafts, from Beswick China to football memorabilia. A great day out for all the family and for something a little different in this historic part of Suffolk. Whilst you're there and walking around Thorpeness, look out for a house in the clouds...
A quick bite to eat for lunch at The Dolphin will set you up nicely for an afternoon on the water at the mesmerising Thorpeness Meare. Waters are never over three feet deep, providing a haven of water-based fun for children, whilst adults can sit back, relax, and take in the beauty on show. A multitude of boats are available, from canoes and kayaks to rowing boats and punts from local hire company Iken Canoe
If you're staying for the evening, The Kitchen is a fine establishment to have dinner, with a carefully crafted menu serving seasonal and locally sourced cuisine.