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CANCELLED: Festival Walk: Somerleyton Hall & Fritton Lake

Wednesday 24 June (depart Moot Hall, Aldeburgh from 9am, returning approx. 5pm)

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

In these difficult times, our critical focus remains maintaining our vital work supporting artists and communities, and we rely on ticket sales and philanthropy to deliver the majority of this wide-ranging activity. We are living in uncertain times, but we know that music and the arts has the power to make positive change in people’s lives. When we emerge from this lockdown period, this mission will be more important than ever.

If you can, we’d be enormously grateful if you would make a donation to our vital work, which makes a deeply positive impact on thousands of lives every year. Together, we can combat the lasting impact of this virus by bringing the joy of music into people’s lives once again.

All of us at Snape Maltings thank you for your generous support during this uncertain time and wish you and those closest to you strength for the days to come.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.



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The walk begins at St Edmund’s Church, Fritton, dating from the 12th-15th centuries. We then circumnavigate the lake, passing through formal gardens and along the woodland track, before lunching at the summer house with grand views across the water, where the brave can choose to swim from the jetty.

After lunch we head towards the hall, the seat of our hosts Lord and Lady Somerleyton, visiting the estate’s other two churches, Ashby and St Mary’s, along the way.

  • Suitable clothing and footwear essential.
  • Swimmers must bring their own costumes and towel.
  • 6 miles.
  • Fairly easy going.
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed.
  • Please let us know any dietary requirements.

Main photo by John Fielding