Tuesday saw us take a trip we have been planning for sometime. Several years ago we bought this book in the Aldeburgh Bookshop and have been waiting to go on “The Trail of Benjamin Britten”.
Our day started with a bike ride from Aldeburgh to Snape Maltings where Britten created a concert hall in the late 1960s. We followed a beautiful path along board walks and through trees before following the River Alde.
We explored the sculptures in the grounds and did a spot of bird watching.
On our return to Aldeburgh we ate the obligatory fish and chips before heading up to The Red House, Britten’s final home, moving here to escape the business of the seafront. There were lots of trails and activities for children available as well as an audio tour of the galleries and a guided tour of the upstairs rooms of the house. We completed the the hunts and crossword games in our trail book as well as playing the “Slung Mugs” and composing our own music.
Back at the beach we looked for stones, ate ice cream and sailed our model yachts in front of the Moot Hall where Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” opens.
We are looking forwards to coming back sometime in the future!