Every June a classical music festival takes place at nearby Snape Maltings. This festival was founded by Benjamin Britten along with Eric Crozier and Peter Pears in 1948. It has taken place ever since and is a fitting tribute to the three. For details on the Festival see Aldeburgh Music.
Created by local artist Maggi Hambling, one of the most controversial monuments celebrating the life of Benjamin Britten is ‘The Scallop’. This sea shell sculpture sits on Aldeburgh’s beach to the north of the town. There have been petitions to have the shell removed from this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but others feel it is a perfect reminder of Britten and an excellent attraction embodying Aldeburgh.