Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration - a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world's leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten.
Snape Maltings is located in the village of Snape, 5 miles inland from Aldeburgh and only a 10 minute drive from The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast.
Visit this remarkable collection of redeveloped Victorian industrial buildings for world-class concert and events, distinctive independent shops, cafes, galleries, walks and abundant wildlife, all set against a breath taking expanse of reeds, water and sky.
Music – Snape Maltings is one of the world’s leading centres of music, hosting outstanding concerts and festivals throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival – one of Europe’s top classical events – to the folk, world of music and azz of the Snape Proms. What makes Snape Maltings so special is its creative campus, which hosts courses for musicians at all career stages as well as pioneering learning and inclusion projects. The campus buzzes with the energy of innovation creation – come to an open session or masterclass to get behind the scenes and see projects in development.
Shops – Discover a unique collection of independent shops. Unearth a highly individual shopping experience located within a group of converted Victorian industrial buildings. Immerse yourself in the eclectic interiors of House an Garden where you will discover British made upholstery and a handpicked selection of table ware, rugs, throws and gifts. Visit our Granary building, home to the old world toys of Little Rascals and Samphire’s boutique clothing. The courtyard garden leads to our Food Hall featuring locally produced and seasonal food. Snape Maltings also plays host to many food events, including the nationally renowned Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and a monthly farmers market.
Nature – Spectacular expanses of reeds, water and vast skies. Snape Maltings is located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, hugely popular with walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers, the glistening mudflats of the river Alde and surrounding marshes are a haven for flora and fauna. Resident birds including curlews, egrets, avocets, bitterns and marsh harriers, while mammals including otters, water voles and even the occasional seal.
Art – Sculptures, exhibitions and fascinating architecture. The site is a delight to visit for its architecture, galleries and exhibitions, and its important collection of sculptures, which include Barbara Hepworth’s Family of Man, Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (Bunched) and Germano di Chello & David Rickard’s Myriad. On the site there are four galleries hosting exhibitions ranging from contemporary and traditional British art to calligraphy and stone carving and work by local artists and craftworkers. Meanwhile recent exhibitions at the Aldeburgh Festival have featured work by artists including Tracey Emin, Abigail Lane, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk.