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Award Winning Snape Maltings

14 November 2014

There used to be a malting operation in Snape. Snape Maltings as it was called since it opened in 1846 was a huge industrial complex covering seven acres. It ran for nearly 120 years, malting barley. In 1965, George Gooderham bought the Maltings and began the process of turning this once successful granary into a modern complex of a completely different variety.

First there was the Concert Hall. Then there was the Craft Shop which opened in 1971. Nearly a half century later, the Gooderhams continue to run the family business, still known as Snape Maltings. But it is no longer an old granaries business. It is close to being a magical destination on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and well worth a visit when staying at Broadland Sands.

As well as the shops and the Concert Hall, there are holiday apartments and award winning homes. The Maltings is open daily from 10am to 5.00pm from November 3 until March 30. The rest of the year it is open until 5:30pm.

This is not merely a shopping adventure. The Concert Hall which is operated by Aldeburgh Music offers music programmes year round. The Quay Gallery on the River Alde allows independent exhibitors and crafts people to display their arts and crafts. There are exhibitions and workshops all year long.

shutterstock_99293786If you prefer to simply bask in the bucolic beauty of the area, the estuary of the River Alde is rich with wildlife and birdlife. It’s a paradise for bird watchers. There are several walks orchestrated in the area including the two-mile return Snape Warren walk along the river and the twelve-mile return Sailors Path walk from the Maltings to Aldeburgh.

There are also river trips that run from late spring to early autumn. Three quarters of an hour long, the river trip takes you from Snape towards Iken and back again along the River Alde.

Then there is the food. The Food Hall offers some amazing tasting experiences that vary from month to month. Upcoming in December is the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Christmas market. More than four dozen food and drink stalls will be at Snape Maltings on December 20. It’s free to attend and there will be lots of free samples.

Any day of the year, you can have a snack at Cafe 1885, the Granary Tea Shop, or the Plough and Sail Pub. The first Saturday of every month, there is a Farmers Market with local food and drink from Suffolk folk who bring their best seasonal fruit, salads and vegetables to market.

Take a peek at the frequent suppliers at this market: Apple Butter Company from Brundish, B Chocolates from Snape, High House Fruit Farm from Sudbourne, Kenton Hall Longhorn Beef, Norfolk Grain Brewery from Harleston…well the list is very long and these are a tiny sampling of what you will find at the Farmers Market.

Make a day of visiting Snape Maltings or make a holiday of it. Let the history and the attractiveness of the place wash over you. Experience some of the great tastes of Suffolk. Enjoy the arts and crafts of the area. Explore your own creativity.

Enjoy a Spot of Retail Therapy at Castle Mall, Norwich!

22 September 2014

shoppingLocated next to Norwich Castle in the heart of the stunning town of Norwich, you’ll find Castle Mall. Just three quarters of an hour away from Broadland Sands, it’s well worth a visit.

Castle Mall has five floors of shopping, parking for around 800 cars and an eight screen Vue cinema to keep the children entertained.

You’ll find big brand names such as Boots, Argos, TK Maxx, New Look and Peacocks along with a fabulous variety of independent shops such as The Tea Junction and The Java Store, selling furniture and accessories.

There’s plenty of shops to keep children of all ages entertained, make sure they check out the toys in The Entertainer or The Early Learning Centre and if your children are younger visit Mothercare or Bedlam’s Softplay Area for a break from the shopping and a cup of tea!

When you’re hungry and ready to take a break from shopping there is a wide variety of eateries to choose from. Sit down and relax in Starbucks or BB’s Coffee & Muffins or if you’re in a hurry try Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, Subway, Fat Jackets or Wok & Go for a tasty takeaway.

Ladies, if you feel like a little pampering while visiting Castle Mall, why not book yourself into one of the hair, beauty or nail salons in advance? Choose from Charisma,
Stryke Studios (who are currently offering 20% off your first hair appointment) Perfect Eyebrows Beauty Salon or Waterlily Tanning & Beauty.

Be sure to check their website before you go to look for the latest great offers. At the time of writing (Sept 2014) they include, buy one get one free at Burger King, free Tinkerbell earrings when spending £50 at F.HIND and 10% off at Bags etc.

As you would expect there are plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities along with Shopmobility who hire out mobility vehicles.

2014 Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday: Open late until 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Retail therapy and a great day out for the whole family at Castle Mall.

Southwold …

08 July 2014

Enjoy-Southwold_Beach-hutsSituated on the North Sea Coast and only a 40 minute drive away from Broadland Sands, Southwold, in essence, is a typically English seaside town. There are plenty of things to see and do to include a walk along Southwold’s award winning pier, or watch the sailors coming in and out of the local harbour, visit the working lighthouse and of course, don’t forget a trip to the beautiful beach.


Standing at 31 metres and having been in operation since 1890, the current lighthouse is an absolute must to see whilst you are visiting Southwold. Situated in the heart of Southwold, the lighthouse is still operational and acts as a guide to passing vessels and those that wish to enter into the local harbour.


NB: Guided tours are given subject to weather conditions and Trinity House’s operational requirements.

If it’s a day full of fun, food and family entertainment that you are looking for then look no further than the Southwold Pier! With the House of Games offering a variety of activities ranging from the more traditional angle such as the 2p pusher and air hockey right through to stomping spiders and horse racing, you can guarantee that you will keep the kids happy!!


For something slightly different, then you should pop along to the “Under the Pier Show” which features a collection of hand-made, crazy machines and challenges, as provided by Tim Hunkin.

The show offers you the chance to help Grandma to try and get across the road, simply using a Zimmer frame! Or why not “whack a banker”? What can only be described as something completely different this is an experience probably not for the fainthearted but shouldn’t be missed and guaranteed to make you laugh!

The Pier also features some excellent eating establishments.

If you are looking for a mid-morning coffee and a cake then try The Clockhouse which serves a delicious range of croissants, muffins or pastries up until 11.30am. Following after that time, this delightful café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, wraps and cakes and later in the afternoon you might want to treat yourself to a cream tea!

The Boardwalk restaurant serves a wide choice of locally sourced fresh food and makes every effort to cater for all dietary requirements, making this restaurant extremely popular with holiday makers and locals alike. The views of the sea from wherever you are sitting are simply breathtaking, whether you are dining for lunch, early evening dinner or a later supper.

We would suggest that you book a table in advance during summer months as to avoid disappointment.


Latitude Festival

Henham Park is just over 30 minutes away from Broadland Sands in the car and is home to the Latitude Festival which kicks off for three days on 17th July for its 9th annual event.


Latitude has something for the whole family whether you attend for the day or the whole weekend! This is more than your average festival which offers a broad spectrum of entertainment, covering music, film, literature, poetry and art.

This year’s line-up sees Damon Albarn headlining on Saturday with The Black Keys headlining on Sunday, as well as hundreds of other acts covering a multitude of musical genres.

The award winning Kids Area (Best Family Festival Award – UK Festival Awards) offers an array of activities and will keep the children occupied throughout the day and into the evening – arts, crafts, pizza making are just a few of the things to do and be sure to try and catch this year’s theatre offering of The National Theatre’s production of Cat in the Hat!

For the older kids who are just that little too old for the Kids Area, Latitude has The Inbetweeners’ Teen Area; here they can enjoy music, media, fashion and various workshops ranging from technology to beat boxing, comic book design, silk screen printing etc. If your teenager prefers the outdoors there are also wildlife survival lessons and assault courses, designed only for the brave!

If you want to enjoy some Festival Fun – Latitude is a must!

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

27 May 2014

stately-homeThis stunning 5,000 acre estate features a classic example of British architecture and is situated in the village of Somerleyton near Lowestoft. It is only a 10 minute drive away from Broadland Sands and offers something to do and see for everybody.

Somerleyton Hall has been owned by the Crossley family (the internationally renowned manufacturers of Crossley Carpets) since 1862 and is open to the public between 1 April – 30 September (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday only – adding Wednesday’s to the timetable between 16 July – 10 September*) and gives visitors the chance to view one of Britain’s most popular stately homes along with its beautiful gardens.

Start your visit at the house itself which is steeped in history and boasts numerous lavish rooms to include: The Entrance Hall, The Ballroom, The Library and The Dining Room.

Once you have walked around the interior of the hall, the gardens are a delightful experience, with an abundance of beautiful trees, flowers and plants as well as the yew hedge maze, which constantly challenges every visitor to complete it’s 800 yard route to the centre without getting lost or stuck!

The Estate has plenty of activities for all ages – the children will enjoy the adventure playground, Viking fort, pony treks and farmyard as well as the wellie walks and cycle trail!

For the grown ups there are also a wide variety of activities available to include rowing and guided boat trips along Fritton Lake, a nine-hole golf course, horse riding, football and croquet.

If you are looking for something to eat there is the Kitchen Garden Restaurant which offers a choice of hot and cold sandwiches, home made soup with crusty bread, a choice of cakes and beverages to include a Suffolk Cream tea. For something more substantial, The Dukes Head is a great Gastropub offering a wide variety of reasonably priced meals such as fish and chips, steak and chips, Sunday Roast lunch etc.

Bank Holidays and special occasions also seem to feature on the Somerleyton Calendar with free admission offered to all accompanied Dad’s on Fathers Day and the increasingly popular “Jazz on the Lawns” on August Bank Holiday (25th) where live music is provided between 2 – 4.30 pm along with a BBQ*.

For a great way of absorbing some local history whilst enjoying the view, Somerleyton Hall makes a lovely day out.

*Best to check their website for current dates and events.