A mild, breezy day greeted me at Aldeburgh for this summer visit. The weekend had enticed a throng of visitors to the pretty village streets and to the independent shops, all a stone’s throw from the shingle beach and its fresh fish vendors. A game of boules was in full flow, as families played by the water’s edge and couples enjoyed the promenade. When summer arrives, Aldeburgh is a fine place to enjoy it.
Anna’s international perspective on the beach.
A celebration of Aldeburgh’s rich cultural heritage by the beach. Here’s a commissioned film about Benjamin Britten and his affinity to Aldeburgh, more widely a reflection on the perennial relationship between man and place – Benjamin Britten Centenary Film.
The beach at Aldeburgh is a wonderful place to find yourself on a misty, still winter morning. The sea’s music on the shingle is the only sound, just before the town wakes up and the early boats return with their catch. The pebbles have been endlessly turned upon and between each other, becoming smooth to the touch and harmoniously coloured. On mornings like these, it’s hard to pick out the horizon, as the massive sky folds into the sea. The mist seems to amplify each small sound, yet the intimacy remains.
What the beach here has meant and always will mean to Susan.
Dean’s work place.
A misty morning on the beach at Aldeburgh.
Sitting on the East Suffolk coast, Aldeburgh is an attractive and well known seaside town, counting Benjamin Britten and Maggi Hambling among its luminaries. As well as its strong, ongoing musical and artistic associations, there’s a strong fishing tradition. There are miles of unspoilt shingle coast within easy walking distance of the town.
The beach is Duncan’s livelihood.
By the sea in the late afternoon at Aldeburgh.