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Carnival, Sat 19 - Mon 21 Aug 2017

Aldeburgh Carnival

Aldeburgh Carnival

Look forward to seeing you here


Box Office

01728 687110


IP17 1SR


Aldeburgh Carnival, as it is more generally referred to nowadays, is thought to be at least 170 years old. It has had various titles over the years, but was known as Ye Old Marine Regatta as long ago as 1835.
Aldeburgh is fortunate in being one of the towns that has managed to continue the carnival tradition when so many others have been forced to give up.
The earliest programme we have been able to find was for 29 August 1892 when 15 events were held – 12 sailing races, 2 swimming races and a Greasy Pole competition. One of the big attractions of the day was a race for the East Coast Lifeboats from Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Dunwich. The coxswain of the Aldeburgh boat in those days was James Cable. The swimming races were for the trophy known as the Aldous 20 Guinea Challenge Silver Cup, which is still being competed for 100 years later. No doubt it is worth a lot more than 20 guineas today. Visitors were entertained by the Aldeburgh Town Jubilee Band, sadly no longer in existence.
The fireworks are a big feature of present day carnivals, but in 1892 there were two displays, one, of Japanese fireworks, in the afternoon, and another in the evening. In 1927 a carnival was added to the long established Olde Marine Regatta. The procession was lead by Father Neptune and his entourage – Queen Neptune, two Sharks, a Captain and six Sons of the Sea.
Now, we are approaching the 75th Carnival in 2017 in its current format. Bigger, better and more colourful than ever, but still organised by a dedicated team of volunteers! For a grand three days out at the seaside, come to Aldeburgh Carnival.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 19 - Mon 21 Aug 2017

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 1 Aug - Fri 1 Sep Snape Proms
Sat 19 - Mon 21 Aug Aldeburgh Carnival
Fri 15 - Wed 20 Sep Chain Reaction
Fri 22 - Tue 26 Sep A Feast of Colour
Fri 6 - Sun 8 Oct FlipSide



See location of Snape Maltings on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 393574  Lat: 52.16348 Long: 1.49776

By Road:
Snape Maltings is on the B1069 just south of Snape village and well signposted from the A12.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Saxmundham station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu