|Date:||Wednesday, 3 October 2018|
|Pick up points:||Crab and Winkle, Werrington at 7.00, Bretton Centre at 7.15, Thorpe Meadows at 7.30. Return to Peterborough about 19.30.|
|Booking deadline:||31st August 2018|
The theme carried through this entertaining day is the life and work of composer Benjamin Britten with visits to Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and Britten’s Red House. But a particular interest in Britten is not essential but the theme gives us a splendid hook to discover some very beautiful vistas.
Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30 at Snape Maltings for morning coffee and cake(included).
In the 1960’s Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears fell in love with this striking complex of brick and slate buildings and created the concert hall in an old Malthouse against a backdrop of river, reeds and Suffolk skies. This is one of the finest concert halls in the world. Depending on who's in there on the day, we pop inside the concert hall which is used year round and which forms the very heart of the annual Aldeburgh Festival.
From Snape, by coach, to Aldeburgh where Victorian villas line the promenade and fishermen sell their catches from huts on the beach. We will visit the church where Britten and Pears are buried to see the commemorative John Piper window. There will be free time for lunch and a wander along the beach to see Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop shell.
The afternoon is devoted to The Red House where Britten and Pears lived for the last twenty years of their lives. The house is laid out as an informal snapshot of life here in the 1960’s and is though the pair have just stepped out for a moment. We visit Britten’s hayloft studio where he wrote the War Requiem as well as the library in the barn. Explore the gardens and maybe tap a croquet ball or two. There’s a cup of tea with biscuit included before we head home. (There's a short walk along the lane to and from the coach.)