Charity Christmas Cards
to 20 Dec

Charity Christmas Cards

We are very pleased to be offered our charity Christmas cards again this year. Available to purchase from Aldeburgh Bookshop and Snape Maltings, each pack of 6 cards features two festive water-based images.

Measuring 5’ x 7”, one of the cards is by Suffolk based artist Annabel Gault and called Stars Over Sea. The other, by printmaker Henrietta Villiers who lives in Aldeburgh, is Moonlit River. Each pack contains 3 of each design and retails for £6.00 with £1.50 from the sale of each pack being donated to The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust.

The inside of each card reads: With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Please call Aldeburgh Bookshop on 01728 452389 if you wish to purchase these cards over the telephone and have them posted out to you.

Thanks also to Orwell Press and Herring Bone Design for their support with these charity cards.

Artists from left to right, Annabel Gault and Henri Villiers.

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6:45 pm18:45

Save Our Suffolk Estuary Pub Quiz 2019

So you thought you knew Suffolk?! Let's find out! For one night only, please join us in the big Save Our Suffolk Estuary Pub Quiz, fundraising for the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust.

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Being held across 14 venues from Thorpeness to Orford, why not get together a team of friends, family or colleagues (or we can put you in a team on the night) and fundraise to help protect our beautiful Suffolk coast from flooding? With a surprise local 'celebrity' quiz master at each pub, it's going to be a jolly, relaxed evening with prizes for the winning team.

Some of you may recall the first Save Our Suffolk Estuary Pub Quiz which was held back in November 2017. Thanks to tremendous local support it was a huge success, raising over £42,000 on the night. We hope to be able to do just as well this year.

Generously sponsored by Best of Suffolk and Pinney's of Orford, this support allows 100% of the money raised on the night to go directly to maintaining and upgrading the estuary river walls.

Comedian and actor Max Norman has kindly set the quiz questions to test your Suffolk knowledge!

Book up to 8 tickets now and PLEASE give your full details, especially Gift Aid if eligible, as this gives the Trust an additional £1.25 on every £5 entry donation (suggested amount). Please provide us your team leader's name and team name too if you can, as this will help enormously with the setting up of tables at each venue.

Please also let us know, when booking, how many in your team are staying on for supper afterward. We can then give an indication of numbers to each pub. Payment for supper is to be made directly with the pub on the night and please contact the pub for details of the pub quiz menu options.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you there!


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7:00 pm19:00

The Snow Queen Gala Night at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Following on from the fundraising success of A Crag Path Christmas last December, we are working in partnership with Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall for a second year to bring you another evening of festive entertainment for all the family.

The Snow Queen is a thrilling adaptation with music and dance from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen brought to you by MTP, an award-winning professional theatre company established in 1999 and based in Suffolk since 2010.

The story….Gerda and Kai are the closest friends but when Kai is stolen away by the Snow Queen, Gerda sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue him from her frozen castle and bring him home again.

Expect sleighs, bandits, helpful reindeer, a wise old crow and the most magical story of loyalty, bravery and love.

Tickets are £21 ( U16s £14) plus £1 booking fee, with £5 from each ticket sold (U16s £3) being donated to the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign. Festive nibbles and drinks will be served from 6.30pm, with the performance starting at 7.30pm.

Book your tickets HERE.


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to 9 Aug

Siren Festival 7th to 9th August 2019

Blown away by Blue Planet? Then you will love Aldeburgh’s Siren Festival 2019, undersea experience.

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Take a deep breath - ocean science meets performance, music and art to explore our relationship with the sea. Filled with activities, you can wander into the mysteries of the deep amidst life-sized marine creatures, bones, baleen and whale song.

It’s an awesome backdrop to some dazzling sea-inspired pop up performance too. Siren Festival’s daily timetable will have brilliant musicians, movies, performers and prose to entertain and inspire you and discuss the issues that affect our young people’s future.

Raising funds for the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign on Thursday 8th August.

Click HERE for full details.

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9:00 am09:00

Aldeburgh to Orford Flotilla

Entries are now closed for our fundraising flotilla and we look forward to welcoming 116 registered participants to Aldeburgh Yacht Club this Sunday, 9am. Spectators are very welcome to come and watch.

Ahoy there swimmers, kayakers, canoeists, paddle-boarders and rowers! You are invited to participate in a fundraising flotilla in aid of The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust (AOET), starting from Aldeburgh Yacht Club, making your way along our treasured estuary to Orford Sailing Club. The distance is just under 5 miles. With help from the outgoing tide it will take a good swimmer about 1.5 hours and a recreational swimmer 2+ hours.

The entry fee donation is £50 per swimmer (maximum 100) and £30 for each kayaker, canoeist, paddle-boarder and rower (maximum 50). The entry fee donation is refundable if, through sponsorship, each swimmer donates £50 or more and each kayaker, canoeist, paddle boarder or rower donates £30 or more to AOET.

There will be two classes of swimmers, elite and recreational. The elite swimmers will be timed and use to swimming long distances (3+ miles) in open water. All swimmers will be provided with a numbered, high-vis swimming cap and recreational swimmers will be provided with a towable swimming float which must be used. Non-swimmers will be expected to provide support and act as safety vessels to swimmers if required in light of reduced entrance fee and will be provided with a numbered baseball cap to be worn throughout the event. 

Our fundraising target for this event is £6,500 so please support us as much as you can. Matched funding is available to help us reach £13,000.

Please note, in the event of the flotilla being cancelled due to bad weather or unsuitable conditions, no entry fees or sponsorship will be reimbursed.

Before entering the flotilla, please read the following two important documents below. By signing up to the flotilla you confirm you have read and understood the information provided on this website page, in the two documents below and the terms and conditions of participation. Thank you.

Swimmers Information Sheet

Health & Safety Policy

Book your place in the fundraising flotilla online HERE

Download our Sponsorship Form here.

If you would like to walk this route on the day, please contact the Alde & Ore Association.

If you have any flotilla questions, would like to be a sponsor or get involved as a volunteer we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch by emailing us HERE.

With enormous thanks to all our sponsors and supporters whose generosity has ensured all funds raised from the flotilla will be used to maintain and upgrade the estuary river walls.

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to 20 Feb

Aldeburgh Marmalade Competition 2019

Craft butchers, Salter & King are hosting Aldeburgh’s marmalade competition again this year and we’d love you to get involved.

Entry costs £5 and the closing date to get your jar of marmalade to Salter & King is Wednesday 20th February. The winner’s prize includes a champion cup together with a gammon joint.

Seville oranges are available to purchase in the shop and all proceeds are being donated to The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust. Good luck!

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9:00 am09:00

Four Ferries Cycle Ride

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Following its enormous success last year, a four ferries bike ride is being arranged for Saturday 22nd September 2018 as part of the Trust’s work in raising funds for the river defences. The ride of some 42 miles will cross all of the four Foot Ferries of Suffolk, including the Association's Butley Ferry.

The Four Ferries Bike Ride is a charity ride with a difference, taking you along small roads and tracks and potentially using four ferries. Harwich Ferry (you can get there by train) runs across busy shipping lanes with a great view of the port. Next Bawdsey at the mouth of the river Deben, a fast flowing, ever changing river mouth. Then ride on to the peaceful, beautiful Butley Ferry where one is likely to see avocets, marsh harriers and seals and where cyclists are rowed across by volunteers. Last but not in anyway least, Walberswick Ferry crosses the River Blythe, again very tidal and narrow and a real fun experience within easy reach of ice creams and pubs in Southwold. The route can be ridden in either direction.

Please come and enjoy this ride through the Suffolk countryside and help the Trust's work in raising funds for river defences on the Alde and Ore Estuary. Please book early to avoid disappointment as a maximum of 100 cyclists can take part.

To download a registration form please click here.

To book online please click here.

 For guidance notes with more information please click here.

If you would like to raise more money for the Trust to help river defences, please click here to download a sponsorship form. 

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11:00 am11:00

The Authors Cricket Club Fundraising Match

The Authors Cricket Club, a wandering cricket team of writers will be playing Sudbourne Hall Cricket Club in a fundraising match in aid of the Alde and Ore Estuary Trust on Sunday 2nd September.

Some of our best-known authors including Sebastian Faulks, Anthony McGowan, Richard Beard, Ben Falk, Matt Thacker, David Owen, Tom Holland, Jonathan Wilson, Jon Hotten and Andrew Lycett, captained by Charlie Campbell, will be taking on Sudbourne Hall Cricket Club.

All welcome, with proceeds from the afternoon tea going to The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust. 

Anyone who would like to donate a cake or sandwiches, kindly contact Clare Greenwell 01394 450440. Thank you.

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to 6 Jul

Curlew Coast Book Publication

Curlew Coast - Diversions on Maritime Suffolk by Judith Ellis.

£14.99, complimentary P+P

Donation of £1 to Alde & Ore Estuary Trust with each book purchased directly from Judith (please mention AOET in your order). 

Contact details: 01263 734770 or email

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Partnership Annual Community Meeting
10:30 am10:30

Partnership Annual Community Meeting

The Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership will be holding their Annual Community Meeting at Snape Maltings Recital Room 14th April 11am-1pm.  Coffee will be available from 10.30 am. There will be a number of presentations to inform everyone of the flood defence upgrading schemes and the timetable of events over the next few years.   

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