Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Heritage coast, has a particular charm that has attracted visitors from all over the world. Some have stayed, adding their own stories to the long history of the town. The composer Benjamin Britten settled here, his opera Peter Grimes was inspired by local poet George Crabbe and the town itself. The annual Aldeburgh Festival at nearby Snape Maltings was developed by Britten, the site being transformed from disused malthouses into a concert venue of international acclaim that now hosts a year-round programme of musical events.
Fishing and boat building are the foundations of the town and both trades still thrive. The sailing boats dotted along the river at one end of the town, the fishing huts, sheds and working boats scattered about the beach at the other all carry on as they have throughout the years and provide endless subject matter for painter and photographer alike.
Take a walk along the unspoilt sea front, little changed since Victorian times, its uneven row of individual houses each seeming to have a character of their own. The wide atmospheric East Anglian sky, the shelved shingle beach, the rugged North sea, the wildness of the marshes and the stillness of the wide, winding river Alde, separated from the sea by a single path and some fortuitously placed shingle.