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Twee Gebroeders. Dutch Barge @ Woodbridge. Sleeps 2 (+2)

Twee Gebroeders @ The Tide Mill, Woodbridge

Twee Gebroeders is one of our two beautiful, Historic, Dutch Barges. Sleeps 2 (+2)

Moored on the Quay by the iconic and ubiquitous Tidemill in Woodbridge, she is the perfect place for a unique, romantic getaway. She does have a twin cabin as well as a double so you could have a couple of kids tag along too.

She has an open plan saloon, which is a a seating/ dining/ kitchen area, as well as the two cabins and a shower room. She is fully insulated and has a domestic central heating system, so she’s fine for a break any time of the year

Do have a look at lots more information, photos, video and virtual tour on our website woodfarmbarges.com

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Onderneming. Dutch Barge @ Snape Maltings. Sleeps 6-8

Onderneming @ Snape Maltings

Onderneming is one of our two beautiful, Historic, Dutch Barges. Sleeps 6-8

Moored on the Quay at the iconic Snape Maltings, she offers a truly unique getaway for family or friends. She sleeps 6-8 adults across 3 double bedrooms and a double sofa bed in one of the large saloons. She has three shower rooms too, as well as two fitted kitchens and dining areas. Fully insulated and installed with a domestic central heating system, as well as cosy log-burning stove, she is perfect for a relaxing break all year round.

Snape Maltings offers the very best in leisure and retail, with a range of independent boutique shops, a choice of three coffee shops, an amazing food hall, as well as a superb home and gardens place, not to mention the fabulous Plough & Sail dog-friendly Pub

Check out the full details, availability and prices on our website woodfarmbarges.com

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RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere is a fabulous popular destination for twitchers and non-twitchers alike

There’s tons to see (and hear) with stunning coastal scenes accompanied by rare birds breeding and calling in on their annual migrations. There are also otters to be seen in the reedbeds if you look carefully and a plethora of wild flowers and plants

It’s a great place all year round and the visitors centre is free, with helpful staff and volunteers. They also have a great little RSPB shop and café, serving teas and light meals using locally sourced ingredients. There’s also their Discovery Centre and Wild Zone for families, and they have guided walks throughout the year

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Suffolk Coast and Heaths – AONB

Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB

One of England’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We are lucky enough to have two AONB’s in Suffolk! See our other post here on the Dedham Vale AONB 

Back to the coastal one! This stretches all the way from Lowestoft down to the River Sour, meeting up with the Dedham Vale, providing us with stunning heathland, reed beds, salt-marsh and mud-flats

It’s landscape also features the estuaries of five Suffolk rivers; four of which we named Barns after here at Woodfarm; Alde, Deben, Orwell and Stour, as well as the river Blyth

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Dedham Vale – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Dedham Vale Stour Valley AONB

We are very fortunate to have not one but two of Englands 33 AONB’s right on our doorstep

The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley sits on the Suffolk/ Essex border. The gentle River Stour (so good we named a barn after it) and its hedged water meadows, copses and riverbank willows, form a landscape, widely thought to represent the best of the farmed English countryside

Lots of rambling meadows, rolling fields and abundant open marshland, many of which are recognised the world over as ‘Constable Country’ with nearby Flatford and Dedham, arguably being the jewel in the crown of this beautiful area

The designated area goes from Manningtree, through the aforementioned, to Bures

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Mickfield Meadow

Mickfield Meadow Suffolk

Mickfield Meadow is a stunning flower-rich hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised. As a result it contains a host of wildflowers, many of which are now scarce in Suffolk. To maintain this rich flora, the meadow is managed by a summer hay cut and then grazing the late summer growth.

The unusual mix of plants growing here adds to its botanical interest. In parts of the meadow you can see goldilocks buttercup and the low growing wood anemone – both plants more usually associated with ancient woodlands. In the wetter parts look for marshland flowers like ragged-robin, meadowsweet and the beautiful snake’s head fritillary – one of only four sites in Suffolk where it can still be found

Dogs on leads welcome

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New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich Suffolk

A 400-seater theatre in the heart of Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town

The New Wolsey Theatre was established in 2000, building on the foundations of the regional repertory company that had opened the theatre in the late 1970s

They have a varied programme right throughout the year from art, music of all kinds, theatre productions etc ending the year in panto. Oh yes they do!

 

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Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds

Fern Teather rehearsing at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Beautiful old Grade 1 listed Regency Theatre

Owned by the National Trust it’s one of the last surviving Regency playhouses. I’ve been to countless panto’s there but eventually my daughter decided she was too old and I no longer had an excuse!

A brilliant, year-round programme of drama, music, dance and light entertainment, featuring many of the country’s leading companies and performers. They have built a fabulous reputation producing their own productions including the ever popular annual pantomime that I mentioned

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Corn Hall Theatre in Diss

Corn Hall Diss

Ok, it’s just over the border in Norfolk but only just!

Music, Dance, Comedy, Theatre, Spoken word, Cinema, Community events, Workshops, Exhibitions, Art and a museum!

The box office is located in The Old Stables beside the Corn Hall. Check out their website for full programme of events

 

 

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The Crown in Southwold

The Crown Southwold Suffolk

Another Adnams eaterie on Southwold’s High Street in Suffolk

The Crown is just a hop , skip and jump from the seaside. They have a lovely snug ‘Back Bar’ where you can sample a range of fabulous Adnams famous beer, as well as a more formal restaurant

The food is famously good and the wine list wonderful, not to remind you of their well-known beers. 2014 saw them win Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year for the 2nd year in a row by The Good Pub Guide and a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence (like us then!)