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January 2015

Friday 2nd - Wednesday 2nd MarchThe Lighthouse Restaurant Pre Cinema Menu
The Lighthouse offers a fantastic 2 or 3 course pre cinema dinner menu from  6.30 – 7.15pm
Two courses: £10
Three Courses: £15

Wednesday 28th - Sunday 15th FebruaryLawson's Delicatessen Valentine's Menu

Make Valentine's Day special this year and create a romantic dinner
at home with the help of Lawson's Delicatessen. To see the menu please visit the Lawson's website:

Our hugely popular menu to heat and eat at home is very easy to put together and there's tons of choice which means that you don't both have to choose the same thing.  All dishes come with easy to follow instructions and our chefs do all the preparation, leaving you plenty of time to get in the mood and crack open a bottle.

If you live locally, pop into our shop to pick up a menu and place your order.  Or, if you prefer, click here to download the menu and order form.   Choose your menu, or perhaps only one or two courses, then give us a call or email us and we will do the rest.  We must receive your order no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 11 February and you can collect your order between 11.00am and 5.00pm on either Friday 13 or Saturday 14 February.

Please tell us your preferred collection date when you place your order.  

St. Valentine's Day Menu

Pre dinner nibbles
Harissa spiced almonds, 100g bag £3.00
Lawson's lemon and parmesan wafers, bag of 10 £2.50

First courses
Crab cakes, rocket, chilli jam £4.95
Twice baked Montgomery cheddar soufflé, leaf salad £4.75
Poached and smoked salmon terrine, cucumber salad, Pump Street rye £4.95
Smoked chicken caesar salad £4.50

Main courses
Beef and Guinness stew, horseradish dumplings £8.25
Roast butternut squash, pistachios, pesto, feta and pomegranates,
griddled pepper relish £6.95
Crisp duck confit, red wine sauce, celeriac purée £8.00
Baked cod, Middle Eastern tamarind, coriander and fenugreek sauce,
steamed rice £8.00

Side dishes
Potato gratin £3.00
French beans, herb butter £2.20
Winter greens £2.00

Brown sugar meringue, poached rhubarb, cream £3.50
Dark chocolate and almond cake, raspberry compȏte £3.75
Lawson's sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, pouring cream £3.50
Winter fruit salad, passion fruit mascarpone £3.25

Cheeses – both perfect for two
Coeur Neufchatel, grapes and wheat wafers £5.95
Camembert style heart shaped soft cheese from Normandy
Godminster cheddar heart, chutney and oatcakes £6.75
Organic cheddar with a dark red wax rind
Wednesday 28th - Friday 1st MayAntony Gormley Sculptures in Aldeburgh!
The Landmark Trust is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with sculptor Antony Gormley as the centrepiece of their 50th anniversary celebrations next year.

LAND comprises five distinct life-size standing sculptures by Antony Gormley cast in iron and installed at five Landmark Trust sites personally selected by the artist and the Martello Tower at the Brudenell Hotel end of town has been selected. The sculpture will be installed by May 2015.

Antony Gormley's work shares many of the themes found in Landmark's work: an engagement with landscape and the habitats we create, and how at a human level we resonate with them.

The five life-size vertical body-forms will add a point of focus to each location, being thoughtful to their setting, encouraging visitors to contemplate the specific elemental conditions of each site, and in the case of the four coastal locations, the different qualities of the North Sea, the English Channel, the Kilbrannan Sound, and the Bristol Channel.

February 2015

Thursday 5thSouthbank Sinfonia at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh
Southbank Sinfonia, featuring 33 outstanding graduate musicians from around the world, returns to Aldeburgh's Jubilee Hall for a lunchtime concert of Mediterranean flair and Classical elegance. Starts 12.15pm at The Jubilee Hall.
Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 ‘Italian'
Southbank Sinfonia
Simon Over conductor
Gareth Humphreys bassoon
Saturday 7thFarmers' Market at Snape Maltings
Come and enjoy one of Suffolk's finest food markets, a wonderful array of fresh produce and delicious artisan products all under one roof.
Tuesday 10thSound Quiz at Dolphin Inn Thorpeness
The popular Sound Quiz hosted by Dave returns to The Dolphin Inn on Tuesday 10th February. Buy your tickets from the shop or The Dolphin.
Further information on the website:
Saturday 14th - Tuesday 24th Valentine's French Gourmet Evening
Six course dinner with champagne and selected wines for £47.50 per head. Ring Regatta or visit the website for more details
Saturday 14thValentine's Ball at The White Lion
A truly romantic evening awaits at the White Lion, Aldeburgh.
Bring your partner along for a delightful four-course candle lit dinner, accompanied by pink champagne!

£60 per couple.
To book please call 01728 452720
Tuesday 17thShrove Tuesday at The Dolphin, Thorpeness
Chris at The Dolphin Inn will once again be making lots of pancakes and teaching children how to make them too. This starts from 3pm onwards. Have some fun and stay for early supper!
Thursday 19thPhotography Courses with Tony Pick
This workshop, is a great opportunity for anybody to learn about photography, in particular, Landscapes.
Tony Pick has 14 years experience in teaching photography.
On this course you will learn about the magic of ND graduated filters, long exposures, reading the light and much more.

This is perfect for getting to grips with your camera and taking the best possible pictures at your favourite coastal locations.

Please note, spaces are limited to 4 people so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

£95 per person.

To book, please visit the website:

For more information, please call 01728 451999 or email
Friday 20th - Saturday 21st Wayne McGregor Randome Dance Atomos at Snape Maltings
New work from one of the world's leading dance companies.
Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Wayne McGregor's shows his latest work Atomos.
Snape Maltings 7.30pm
Friday 27thGigspanner play Glemham Hall
FolkEast are putting on a couple of events during the months leading up to the festival in August. Their first gig is at Glemham Hall and is with Peter Knight and Gigspanner.
Doors open at 7pm for drinks and nibbles. The concert will begin around 8pm and ends at 10.30pm. To find out more visit the website
Tickets are £18 available in advance only.
Friday 27thGigspanner play Glemham Hall
FolkEast are putting on a couple of events during the months leading up to the festival in August. Their first gig is at Glemham Hall and is with Peter Knight and Gigspanner.
Doors open at 7pm for drinks and nibbles. The concert will begin around 8pm and ends at 10.30pm. To find out more visit the website
Tickets are £18 available in advance only.

March 2015

Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th 14th Aldeburgh Literary Festival
The 14th Aldeburgh Literary Festival will take place from Thursday 5th to Sunday 6th March 2015.  
To find out more visit the Aldeburgh Bookshop website.
Saturday 21st - Monday 23rd Names not Numbers
The topic for 2015 is What Sustains Us? The programme will explore this question from a practical, political, business, philosophical and cultural perspective.

Visit the website for more information:
Saturday 21stThe Aldeburgh Music Club & Prometheus Orchestra
The Aldeburgh Music Club Choir, established by Benjamin Britten, together with the Prometheus Orchestra perform Haydn's Nelson Mass and Faure's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racines. Starts 7.30pm at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Jennifer France - soprano
Angela Simkin - mezzo soprano
James Geer - tenor
Bradley Travis - bass
Edmond Fivet - conductor

May 2015

Saturday 2nd - Monday 4th Aldeburgh Craft Fair at Jubilee Hall
Free admission. Open from 10-5pm daily. A variety of stalls, crafts, jewellery and homewares.
Tuesday 12thThe Young'Uns at The Jubilee Hall
The Young'uns are a force of nature on stage and they are coming to The Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh on 12 May 2015.
Their irrepressible humour, infectious love for harmony singing, passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary has quickly made them one of the most sought after acts on the English folk scene with the rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry in equal measure.

In 2013 they gave up their jobs and took to the road to share their love of singing and laughter with whomever would listen. Since then they have performed alongside Billy Bragg at Glastonbury and opened the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival.
Tickets are £12 in advance available from Aldeburgh Music Box Office

June 2015

Friday 12th - Sunday 28th The Aldeburgh Festival
For 17 days each June the world's leading musicians converge on the Suffolk coast for our flagship Aldeburgh Festival. Founded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948, and now with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard as its Artistic Director, the Aldeburgh Festival is one of Europe's leading classical music festivals and much more. The programme includes orchestral and chamber music, opera, the contemporary art show SNAP, walks and talks and a vibrant fringe programme at The Pumphouse.
Sunday 14thBuxlow Manor Open Garden, Knodishall
The garden – old-fashioned roses, specimen trees and 1470 statue of an East Anglian Angel – will be open again this year in aid of charity on Sunday, 14 June from 2pm to 5pm.  Tea will be served in the house, so come whatever the weather.
Entrance is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted, and will be divided equally between St Andrew's Church Aldringham, St Mary's Church Friston, and St Lawrence's Church, Knodishall.
Wednesday 17thWomen's Tour of Britain comes to Aldeburgh
Women's Tour of Britain to start in Bury St Edmunds
The 2015 Women's Tour of Britain will begin in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

The five-stage race, which will take place from 17-21 June, starts in Bury St Edmunds, where last year's Tour finished, with the first stage ending in Aldeburgh on 17th June.

To find out more please visit the website

July 2015

Saturday 4thMusic by the Sea
Organised by The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh and based on the  promenade in front of the hotel before the beach. This year the theme is a trip through all the decades. A free event for all the family. BBQ available as well as a bar or bring your own picnic. Starts 5pm until 11pm approx. Parking is in King's Field as you enter the town before the library and church.
Wednesday 15th - Sunday 20th SeptemberSummer Theatre Season
Every Summer from July to September Summer Theatre sets up shop in Southwold and Aldeburgh performing at the Jubilee Hall. Formerly the Jill Freud Theatre Company, there is always a wide repertoire of plays for all to enjoy. High standard of acting and well attended.
Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th Latitude Festival
Latitude Festival takes place from Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th July 2015 at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. Live bands, comedy, poetry, theater, street performance, art, dance and so much more!

Henham Park, is between the A12 and A145 north of Blythburgh in Suffolk. From the A12 and from the A145 follow the festival signs.

Visit the website for more info

Opening Times

Opens 2pm Thursday 16th July 2014
Closes 5pm Monday 20th July 2014

Thursday -approx. 5pm
Friday - approx. 10am
Saturday - approx. 10am
Sunday - approx. 10am

August 2015

Saturday 1st - Monday 31st Snape Proms August
Snape Proms - 30 great nights out in August
Ranging from folk and jazz to world music, classical, folk, comedy and poetry, Aldeburgh Music's Snape Proms in August offer an array of fantastic nights out in one of the world's best-loved concert halls. 30 events over 31 days celebrate music in all its diversity, from events that get you dancing to meditative solo sets. Prices start from just £6.50 for Prom tickets on the floor and we hold back 20 Prom tickets to sell on the day of the performance. We also offer backstage tours 12pm each Wednesday in August – make a day of it and enjoy dinner in our Oyster Bar & Restaurant, with its breathtaking view of the Alde Estuary.
Programme details for the 2015 Snape Proms will be announced in April 2015. Priority booking from April 2015. General booking from May 2015. Click here to find out how to join us and access priority booking.
Monday 17thThe Aldeburgh Carnival
The Aldeburgh Carnival Day takes place in the town on Monday 17th August. There will be a float procession from approx 3pm. There will be military bands, stalls, fairground, a silent auction and of course the crowning of the Carnival Queen. To enter a float please visit the website:
The carnival weekend happens on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16th August but the actual floats and lantern procession followed by fireworks is on Monday 17th August.
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd FolkEast Festival
Set in the grounds of Glemham Hall, once thought to be the ancient county seat of old Eastfolk where, for three days a year, all the good folk of the east, young and old, would come together to barter and trade, share stories and skills, sing, dance, drink, eat and be merry.
‘Fresh and fun folk-fest'
The Guardian
Friday 21stThorpeness Regatta & Fireworks
The Meare opened in June 1913 and the first impromptu Regatta took place on the August Bank Holiday. The annual tradition continues each August and this year it falls on 21st August.
During the day there is an all-day barbeque, live music, tennis tournaments, and regatta events take place from 10am. The lit boats will float on the Meare from 8.30pm followed by fireworks at dusk.

September 2015

Thursday 10thHigh Tide Festival, Aldeburgh
HighTide's mission remains to discover and champion emerging playwrights and produce new plays, remaining rooted in our local community in the East of England and aspiring to be the national new writing development organisation for the South East. Our exciting relocation to Aldeburgh helps HighTide to better execute its aims, will give the Festival the opportunity to grow and diversify, and we hope offer audiences both established and new a great experience.
Thursday 17thThe Aldeburgh Triathlon!
Save the date! 17th September is Aldeburgh's very first Triathlon. More details and how to apply will be available soon so keep an eye on this website.
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
This year's festival weekend will take place on the 26th & 27th September with fringe events running until 11th October.
The Festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings. Next to the River Alde and close to the Suffolk coast, where reed-covered marshlands stretch into the distance towards Aldeburgh.

With over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, all gathered to sell their produce including raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, award winning beer and spirits from sponsors Adnams, cyder from Aspall and delicious streetfood.

November 2015

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
The 27th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival will be held over the weekend of 6-8 November 2015.

The full programme will be available in July 2015.

December 2015

Saturday 26thAldeburgh Boxing Day Swim 2015
Every Boxing Day a group of brave hearted swimmers take to the sea dressed in santa hats and various other fancy dress costumes to raise money for local charities. To find out more how you can join in this wonderful event please see the Facebook Page Aldeburgh Boxing Day Swim or contact Mark Fairweather at Fairweather Stephenson.

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