TV funnyman Lenny Henry will activate Aldeburgh’s festive illuminations.

Aldeburgh Business Association (ABA) will be creating a winter wonderland with over 150 lit Christmas trees dotted around the town.

The celebrations begin at 10am on Saturday, November 24, with a series of masterclasses in Aldeburgh High Street, where shops and businesses will host festive-themed events including wine tasting, butchery, floristry, the art of present wrapping, Christmas baking, jive dancing and more.

The afternoon will feature performances from local musicians Abbigail Harrison, Craig Cameron and Bass Line, as well as brass bands and the Aldeburgh choir.

There will be stalls with mulled wine and cider, mince pies and Christmas fare, along with street food including Munchies Barbecue and Paella, Eliza and Oh’s Thai Kitchen, a Hog Roast, and the White Lion’s festive baps and roasted chestnuts.

Father Christmas will arrive in a horse drawn carriage at his grotto, and family fun and activities will include children’s rides, traditional games, face painting, pony and trap rides, as well as street entertainers, dancers and performers. The Youth Bus will also be based in the High Street, where Aldeburgh Book Shop will also launch of the final volume of Benjamin Britten letters.

Lenny Henry will be assisted in switching on the lights by the winner of the Aldeburgh Primary School Christmas poster competition.

The evening will be rounded off with a lantern procession arriving at 6pm for the firework display on Aldeburgh beach, in front of the Brudenell Hotel.




High Street Stage Entertainment 2:00 Torwood Wheelers

2:30 Opening Ceremony of Christmas Lights events by the Mayor 2:45 Leiston Brass Band and Jive Bunnies
3:00 Father Christmas arrives in a horse drawn carriage at his grotto 3:15 Craig Cameron

3:30 Bassline
3:45 Craig Cameron
4:00 Abbigail Harrison
4:15 Leiston Brass Band
4:45 Aldeburgh Primary School
5.00 Christmas Lights are switched on by Lenny Henry 5:15 Aldeburgh Music Club choir
5:30 Lantern Procession
6:00 Fireworks on the beach in front of the Brudenell

The High Street will be closed to all traffic from 12 noon until 6pm. Free Parking in all SCDC car parks in Aldeburgh from 2pm.


High Street Master Classes & Events 10:00 Present Wrapping with Style

Burnett & Company – 46 High Street

10:15 Festive Butchery
Salters Family Butchers -107-109 High Street

10:45 Fish Extravaganza
Regatta Restaurant– 171 High Street

11:15 Christmas Wreaths Looma’s  – 183 High Street

11:45 Christmas Canapes
Lawson’s Deli – 138 High Street

12:00 Mulled Cider Tasting
Marc 1 wines – 165 High Street

12:00 Children’s  Face  Painting (Also at 1pm & 2pm) Avocet – 179 High Street

12:30 Learn to Jive!
Jive Bunnies – 152 (Arch) High Street

1:00 Festive Wine Tasting
Russell & Newnes – 186 High Street

2:00 Photography (Also at 3:30pm) Tony Pick – 127 High Street

3:15 Christmas Party Ideas Made Easy!
White Lion & Brudenell Head Chefs – High Street Stall

Street  entertainers,  magician,  children’s  rides,  pony  rides,  traditional stalls, BBQ, festive baps, hog roast, Thai kitchen, Paella, mince pies, mulled wine, festive fayre, gifts and roasted chestnuts will all be available from 2pm in the High Street. 

Aldeburgh 18th Documentary Festival 16th to 18th November 2012

Friday 16 November to Sunday 18 November
Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2012
Aldeburgh Cinema
This year’s ALDEBURGH DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL marks its 18th year as the UK’s leading public-facing celebration of the documentary film. Continuing to expand its international reach, the themes for this year’s festival weekend are Britain, the U.S., and China’s influence in the developing world.
There will be six brilliant sessions over the Festival weekend, offering delights of all sorts, from the deep humanity of Marc Isaac’s film THE ROAD: A STORY OF LIFE AND DEATH, to the extraordinary journey through model-making and photography of Mark Hogankamp in MARWENCOL, to the distinguished career that spans four generations of Leslie Woodhead whom we will celebrate on Saturday afternoon. Our other guest will be Julien Temple, who has made art films, music films as well as dramas, and investigates the collapse and rebirth of DETROIT with us on Saturday night. 
The Sunday debate on CHINA in the wider world will be chaired by the charismatic Trevor Phillips, until very recently Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and a considerable journalist and TV producer in his former life. We expect this debate to be absolutely scintillating!
The China debate is preceded by a screening of WHEN CHINA MET AFRICA, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Nick Francis.
And last but certainly not least: Bill Nighy will be presenting the Docfest”s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award!! 
To see the full line-up visit our website –
£10 per session or £45 season (6 events)
Box Office: 01728 454884 Mon-Fri 10am to 12noon
Venue Address: Aldeburgh Cinema, 51 High Street, Aldeburgh. Suffolk IP15 5AU

FILM & FOOD & FEELGOOD MUSIC Saturday 6 October 2012 3 to 7pm at Aldeburgh Cinema Tickets £15 (Cinema Club members £13) A special treat for all senses with a mouth-watering menu of tangy live music, tasty culinary treats, knowledgeable introductory talks, and two gorgeous films taking us from the hearty delights of the Deep American South to the heights of global culinary fame. • TANGY LIVE MUSIC from acoustic quartet INCA An exhilarating and fascinating musical journey through Native South American Folk Music — Song and Dance, Cancion and Ballecito, Bolivian, Mexican and Peruvian, brought to life by virtuoso musicians who are hotfooting it from Abbey Road Studios where they record scores for blockbuster films and major TV series. • YUMMY INTRODUCTION Jason Shaw, The White Lion (on things food) & Thomas Gerstenmeyer, Aldeburgh Cinema (on things film) • Film 1: YUM YUM YUM (U) 31 minutes, directed by Les Blank, US 1990 An exploration of the cooking and other enthusiasms of the Cajuns and Creoles in Louisiana. With Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, and other great cooks and musicians. • TASTY CULINARY TREATS Cajun Canapes and Spanish Ole Pudding! • Film 2: EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS (12A) 113 minutes, directed by Gereon Wetzel, Spain 2011 Three-star chef Ferran Adrià is widely considered the best, most innovative and craziest chef in the world. Each year his restaurant El Bulli closes for half a year – time for Adrià and his team to retire to his Barcelona cooking laboratory to create the new menu for the coming season. Anything goes – except copying oneself. Aldeburgh Cinema – 51 High Street – Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP 15 5AU Box Office Telephone 01728 454884 – Twitter @aldeburghcinema – e-mail

The Dark Knight Rises / Bat Man This Week Aldeburgh Cinema


Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5, Mon 6, Tue 7, Wed 8 & Thu 9 Aug at 7.30

Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5, Mon 6, Tue 7, Wed 8 & Thu 9 Aug at 3.00 (matinée)

Director: Christopher Nolan. Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, 
Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway. USA/UK 2012. 165 mins
Cities fall, heroes rise. .. Eight years after the Dark Knight took the fall for another man’s crimes, the troubled hero resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. Ingeniously tapping into the rich history of popular culture this is an atmospheric and multi-layered modern epic from Christopher Nolan, currently the best British director around. In Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman it also features the finest British acting talent.

Intro talk on Friday 3 August at 7.30pm: “Popular Culture, the Graphic Novel, Modern Mythologies – an Introduction to the World of The Dark Knight”. By Thomas Gerstenmeyer (approx 10 minutes). 

“The Dark Knight Rises has an intelligence, epic thrust and visual grandeur far beyond its present box-office rival, Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble.” (Philip French, The Observer 22 July 2012)

Rapunzel in the Tower on Aldeburgh Beach

A musical drama of Rapunzel is being performed at the South Lookout Tower on Aldeburgh Beach on Saturday 1st September.

The children’s performances (each approx 15 mins) start from 2pm running through the afternoon on the house and there will also be several performances during the evening by candlelight.

The music is by the young italian composer Barbara De Biasi and the drama is cast locally with Kate Hartman as Rapunzel, Michael Quinn as the Prince and Chris Newson as the witch.  The dancing children will also be cast locally and auditions will take place in Aldeburgh.  Please ring Caroline for details.  Imagery is based on David Hockney’s etchings of Rapunzel.

All are welcome, donations in aid of renovating the South Lookout Tower.   For more details or further images please ring Caroline Wiseman on 01728 452754 or email

Image Caption: David Hockney – The Enchantress in Her Garden – Illustrations for Six Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1969)

Salter’s Family Butchers – 2 August Masterclass!

Salter’s Family Butchers are holding a masterclass on 2 August 2012 at 10am.

They will be demonstrating how to do a rack of lamb as well as offering brilliant tips and techniques to sharpen knives.

Salter’s Family Butchers has been established for over 25 years and have developed  an excellent reputation across the Suffolk area – so come along and learn from the experts.

Click here to find out more about Salter’s Family Butchers.