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“Good for a poke around, followed by cake” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Aldeburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Snape Maltings is a much loved destination on the Suffolk Coast. Situated alongside the River Alde and the collection of 7 acres of Victorian listed buildings are filled with an array of independent shops, galleries, eateries and home to the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. There are river walks to Iken and Aldeburgh and river trips which sail on the tide to Iken from May to September. Enjoy walking along the boardwalks through the reeds and view the stunning sculptures by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.Farmers markets take place on the first Saturday of each month. Snape Maltings has been a family owned and operated business for over 45 years.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
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“Good for a poke around, followed by cake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

Lovely spot - part outside art gallery, part mini chi chi shopping mall, part cafe complex. Apart from the over-priced antqiues and collectables, it makes a good spot to while away a morning and then indulge in good tea and cake.

Visited September 2014
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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“wonderful wonderful wonderful”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

Guardians of our musical heritage we salute you, truly beautiful setting for music at its best. The melting hall is acoustically astounding,magnificent. However memorabilia,retail, etc it as with many of these attractions not very good and over priced because of the location.

Visited September 2014
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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“Much more than a concert hall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

The Maltings are famous for the concert hall and the association with Benjamin Britten but the is so much more there than the concert hall and its related buildings. But the buildings themselves are fascinating and you can wander around seeing the variety of uses to which they have now been put.
After the buildings there are some lovely walks along the river and through the countryside around the site. It is so peaceful there when you get a few hundred yards away from the the Maltings and there are lots of birds to be seen. Old boats are often moored on the river and you can also take river trips but I have never been on one.
Then there is the Henry Moore sculpture: so worth a look.
Shops too: mostly of the trendy arty type but interesting to look in and if you like those sort of things you can buy prints, original artwork of local scenes, second-hand clothes of the superior sort, bric-a-brac, antiques, souvenirs, toys, foodstuffs and so on and on and on. The housewares shop is definitely worth a visit, selling everything from jam to furniture.
And when you've done all that grab a drink and a bite to eat at the coffee shop or The Plough and Sail.

Visited August 2014
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful venue in stunning setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

We've been to the Maltings many times but yesterday decided to eat there, as well as attend a concert. The restaurant couldn't be lovelier - situated on the first floor at the rear of the building, overlooking the marshes. Be sure to secure a window table as the view (especially as the sun is setting) is stunning. Restaurant staff were attentive, warm and friendly, and our very reasonably priced meal was delivered promptly and absolutely delicious.

The concert hall, famous the world over, sits around 600, with tiered seating, so excellent sight lines wherever you sit, and - of course - fabulous acoustics. Last night we sat towards the rear of the (sold out) building and enjoyed the incredible John Wilson Orchestra. The building has red brick walls, reflecting a warm glow over the audience. I imagine the rattan seats could become a little uncomfortable if you were watching a really long concert, but not an issue last night. It's worth noting that many regular visitors bring their own cushion!

Staff are very attentive (and there are a lot of them) and we were very impressed by the service offered from the moment we arrived at the venue (shown to a specific parking spot) through to taking our seats, ordering interval drinks etc. All first class.

Visited August 2014
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful music venue on the suffolk wetlands”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

We were in Thorpeness for a couple of days, and took the opportunity to book 2 events there. They could not have been more different. On the first night, we listened ( and joined in) to a black american folk group - Caroline Chocolate drops which was inspirational - fantastic blend of instrumentation and powerful songs.
The 2nd night a complete change as we listened to an intense piano recital. The accustics are superb.
Before the performance you can get drinks at the bar, and then stoll out and around the outdoor museum abutting the fens - very calming with views that seem to stretch forever. The shops around the hall are also worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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