Opened in August 2015, gallerytwentythree is the brainchild of Form_art Architects.

The gallery is a continuation and expansion of Form_art’s practice of working with artists, set in their own gallery environment. The gallery brings together works including paintings, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and furniture, which are displayed in collections or groups of art and objects, offering a re-working of the traditional gallery environment.

Form_art Architects admire those artists and makers who share the passion of producing well-executed pieces of design and artwork.

See the gallery for yourself, right on the Aldeburgh seafront at gallerytwentythree.

Immerse yourself in the variety of galleries and cultural events in the region, at The Suffolk Coast.



The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchants and their market towns. The League dominated Baltic maritime trade from 1400-1800.

The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system, and furnished their own armies for mutual protection and aid, and could be found across Northern Europe, from the Baltic to the North Sea.

King’s Lynn, in Norfolk, whilst not a full Hanseatic city, was a trade outpost until 1751 and traces of this heritage can be seen today. Today, its Hanseatic roots remain: from England’s only remaining Hanseatic warehouse, to the annual Hanse Festival which takes place in May each year.

To learn more about Hanseatic King’s Lynn, head to Visit West Norfolk.

Walk in the footsteps of the league, and explore other Hanse locations in the region (including Great Yarmouth) at Visit Norfolk.

Photo: Adam Bowie
Aldeburgh Music


Santa on a barge!

Christmas time at Aldeburgh Music is quite special. Not only does St Nick eschew his reindeer and sleigh for a sedate trip up the river, there are always a host of traditional and not so traditional concerts during the month of December.

Christmas Weekend is when the seasonal fun really starts, with carol concerts, Cathedral choristers and special events for children.

You can discover this year’s programme by visiting the official Aldeburgh Music website.


Photo: Lee Barrett (Twitter)


It’s hard to think of Suffolk without considering the wonderful food on offer.

Each year, at FolkEast festival, The Imagined Suffolk Food Village highlights the finest food from local producers. The village is the brainchild of David Grimwood, owner of The Froize near Woodbridge, Suffolk. Of 2015’s village, Grimwood said:

“We have taken some of the best local producers, suppliers and restaurateurs and brought them together as ‘The Imagined Suffolk Food Village’ – to provide a daily changing feast from the bountiful Suffolk larder to stimulate and nourish festival-goers throughout the whole festival. It’s reasonably priced, unpretentious, tasty, amazing local food”.

There are so many stars of the Suffolk food scene that it’s impossible to pick a headliner!

To get to FolkEast and explore the food village, visit the festival’s website.

The Suffolk Coast is full of foodie gems, discover them here.

Photo: FolkEast

folkeast tree


The annual tradition of dressing the dead oak on the Glemham Hall Estate started in 2013 and has now become a recognised totem heralding the six week countdown to FolkEast Festival.

Conceived to grab the attention of the thousands of people that use the A12 each day, the tree undergoes a startling makeover each year.

Each edition brings three days of live music, spoken word, local food and much more to the Glemham Hall Estate.

To find out more, and become one of the East Folk for the next Festival, visit FolkEast.

Explore all of the hidden gems along the A12 at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: FolkEast

strangers hall


The East was once big in textiles, making this one of the wealthiest, most influential parts of Britain. But by 1565 skills had started to become a problem: Norwich dealt with the issue by inviting thirty Flemish master weavers and their families to move to the city. These – the first of a number – became called The Strangers, and in time grew to become a third of Norwich’s population.

These families were made successful and wealthy by the arrangement, and when Queen Elizabeth I visited Norwich in 1578 she was greeted by a pageant staged by the ‘artizans strangers’. To understand the importance of this to those Strangers, it’s important to know that, in making the move to Norwich, they had also been seeking asylum, escaping religious persecution and a suppressive regime.

Find out more about The Strangers, and other aspects of Norwich’s social history, in Strangers Hall

And as for you – don’t be a stranger! Plan a trip to Norwich at



Aylsham, a thriving market town midway between Norwich and the popular Norfolk coast, was one of the founding towns of the British Cittaslow Movement. Cittaslow was founded in Italy, inspired by the Slow Food movement, and celebrates towns that let life, and traffic, flow more tranquilly than has become the norm.

Aylsham takes this seriously – it became plastic bag free eight years ago, and nine years ago built public loos with sedum roofs, sunpipes and waterless urinals. Now twice-weekly markets and a successful annual show continue Aylsham’s proud tradition of celebrating real food, pausing for thought and nurturing the good life. Daniel Defoe stayed here in 1732: he’d probably recognise it still.

You can find out more about the Aylsham show – which usually takes place over the August Bank Holiday – here

If you want to emulate Defoe, Visit Norfolk



The original Leiston Abbey was built in 1182 by Ranulf de Glanville, but the original site was prone to flooding so it was moved to a new site three kilometres away.

The new abbey, pictured here, was built in 1365 using many of the same materials from the original abbey. The remains include the walls of the abbey church and associated buildings, with earthworks and a moat. The most impressive remains are probably the 16th century brick gatehouse. The original Lady Chapel has been restored and is occasionally used for worship.

The nearby RSPB reserve, Minsmere, which was the home of the 2015 series of BBC’s Springwatch, offers perfect viewing of the abbey and its surrounding area.

If you’re interested in exploring the region (and are an avid birdwatcher), visit Minsmere.

Explore the rest of the coast at The Suffolk Coast.



The village of Wighton in North Norfolk is home to this school house, which regularly had a notable visitor.

The house has links to the family of celebrated sculptor Henry Moore. In the early 1920s, Moore spent holidays here with his headmistress sister who taught here year round. It was during these holidays that Moore discovered the sculptural form of flint nodules, which were used in a lot of his work, including the 1922 piece Dog.

Examples of Moore’s work can be found across the region, most notably at Snape Maltings, the temporary home for Moore’s own copy of Large Interior Form.

The school house was occupied by American artist Alfred Cohen until his death in 2001. It now houses regular public exhibitions of his work as the ‘School House Gallery’.

Learn more about the variety of art and culture across Norfolk at Visit Norfolk.

Explore the areas that inspired Henry Moore with Visit North Norfolk.



Orford Castle, in the heart of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has one of the most complete keeps in the country. Built by Henry II between 1165 and 1173 to consolidate royal power in the east, it has been described as ‘one of the most remarkable keeps in England’ due to its unique, Byzantine-inspired architecture.

The fact that the castle is still intact allows visitors to explore a maze of tunnels and passages across a number of floors, from the basement to the roof, where there are magnificent views of the nearby Orford Ness.

To explore the keep, including the original chapel and kitchen, visit Orford Castle.

Discover a multitude of historic sites around the county at Visit Suffolk.

Photo: Jon Mitchell