Full Steam ahead

We met Sasha French a few months ago.  Sasha has a lovely bed and breakfast in Great Glemham – Crown House (www.crownhousebedandbreakfast.com) – about 20 mins away from us.  She has created a beautiful calm place in which to stay – definitely worth checking out!

Sasha has been open for a couple of years  – about the same length of time as Five Acre Barn.  If that makes her (and us!) a B&B newbie, where she does have a huge amount of experience is staging operas.  Her CV is brim full of testimonials – from the likes of Sir Christopher Frayling, Bel Mooney, Jonathan Dimblebly and Sir James Dyson – and has created events at the River Café, Gasholders in Kings Cross and at Dodington Park in Gloucestershire. So it’s not entirely surprising that Sasha is bring her operas to Suffolk and has picked an amazing location on our doorstep – the iconic Long Shop Museum in Leiston. The event will be a fundraiser for this unsung gem.  The ‘The Long Shop’  is a very early example of a building designed for assembly-line production. It is now grade II* listed and you can see why – it’s a truly amazing space.

Of course let’s not forget about the music.  Sasha is bring in some very talented singers – Linda Richardson (soprano), Jesus Leon (tenor), Susannah Glanville (soprano), Simon Thorpe (baritone) and Steven Maughan on piano.  They will be performing scenes from Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata and Tosca.

If this has whet your appetite then keep your diary clear  Saturday 25th May 2019.  Tickets are limited to 120 (seated) stalls tickets @ £35 and 80 @ £10 standing in the gallery. Please email sasha@sashafrench.com for tickets.



Aldeburgh is fortunate in being one of the few towns that has managed to continue its carnival tradition when so many others have been forced to stop.

It has been around for 170 years old albeit under different guises over the years – if you were around in 1835, you would have known it as Ye Old Marine Regatta!

The Carnival is spread over three days – in 2018 it is Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Monday 20th August.

·         Saturday is all about music with various acts performing across different venues in Aldeburgh’s town centre.

·         Sunday is sports day – from egg and spoon to a 10k Mini Marathon taking runners through the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

·         Monday is the culmination of the three days with the Carnival Procession down the High Street.  If you fancy a dance then be sure to catch the Suffolk School of Samba.  More inclined to a good military march – then we have a military band to keep you happy.  Finally at the end of the day everyone moves through the town, lit by beautiful Chinese lanterns, and watches the spectacular firework display on the seafront opposite the White Lion Hotel.

Of course you can pick and choose what you want to see.  Simply turn up and enjoy.  If you want to stay close by (and yet still enjoy the Suffolk peace and quiet) come and stay at Five Acre Barn (as of today we have availability)!


Latitude Attitude

Most people wouldn’t associate our neck of the woods with contemporary music – for most its all about the classical music of the Aldeburgh Festival.  For four days – Suffolk 13th – 15th July 2018 – of the year Suffolk brings in the talent.  This year the headliners range from The Killers, Solange and Alt J – with everything in between.  There is a lot more than music though – poetry, stand up and even spa treatments (no wonder it also has the reputation of being one of the most ‘middle class’ of festivals).  Set in the grounds of Henham Park, part of the attraction must be that it is just such a beautiful place – grassy open areas and shady woodland.  No Glastonbury quagmires here.


Although it’s a bit late this year – tickets sell out pretty quickly – if you do want to check out Latitude next year but don’t fancy a tent then stay at Five Acre Barn.  We are only 20 mins away and can help get you there and away.