Saturday, 7 May 2016

Weekend Wanderings - Aldeburgh

With so much of the Suffolk coastline within a thirty minute drive from our house, we like to regularly head to the beach, whatever the season.  So I thought it would be fun to share some of our favourite places and beaches.  Kicking off with the pretty coastal town of Aldeburgh.  Houses painted in pastel shades complimented with brighter coloured doors and window frames can be seen from the beach.  Heading up little lanes from the shingle leads to an eclectic mix of independant stores alongside the likes of Joules and Jack Wills.  For us a trip to Aldeburgh is not complete without a visit to the sweet shop which sits next door to the fabulous ice cream shop, with a vast selection of over thirty flavours.  On chillier days a bag of chips from one of the best fish and chip shops in Europe is a must.  

The summer months see an influx of tourists, indulging in the cultural attractions of this pretty seaside town.  With the Britten- Pears Foundation being housed in Aldeburgh there is a strong musical theme to summer days, including a great one day festival along the prom, which Amber has performed in.  For the foodies amongst us there is plenty of choice with delicious dishes served at Regatta Restaurant or one of the hotels on the seafront.  Alternatively there is a good selection of cafes along the high street.

Moving away from the high street, head along the prom to the RNLI museum, boating pond or bowls green, heading towards Thorpeness.  Head out on to the shingle to the little sheds selling fish caught that day and then look out for the shell sculpture by Maggie Hambling.  On warmer days we like to settle down near here on the shingle, enjoy a paddle and a picnic.  But cooler days see us head back to the car or wrapped up warm for a stroll along the coastal path to Thorpeness.  

Be sure to pop back soon for more Weekend Wanderings.  Please drop me a line if you would like to contribute to the Weekend Wanderings series.

Until next time, take care.

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