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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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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!)

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Thorpeness Emporium

Thorpeness Emporium Suffolk

An antiques and collectables ‘Emporium’ overlooking the beautiful Meare

In the heart of Thorpeness, they have loads of displays and rooms with outside areas offering a wide selection of

Bygones and collectables

Architectural fittings

Antique (and not so) furniture

Old jewellery etc

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Serena Hall Gallery

Serena Hall Gallery

Serena Hall is a professional artist, resident in sunny Southwold, Suffolk since she was twelve

She opened her first gallery in 1999 and now has her well-established, Serena Hall Gallery in the popular seaside town. Her style is very recognisable, with broad brush strokes and vibrant colours, the subject matter inspired by Southwold

In addition to her own work, the gallery also plays host to other artists, the full details of which can be seen on her website

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River Stour

River Stour Suffolk

My favourite river in Suffolk

The Stour stretches all the way from Sudbury, out through the meandering Suffolk countryside of Bures, Wormingford, Nayland, Stratford St Mary, Dedham and then to Mistley and Manningtree where it heads out to the sea. Admittedly it’s now ventured across the border into Essex but it’s still beautiful. The river path is full of stunning landscapes and the river itself makes for some wonderful boating. This stretch is my favourite kayak route

Possibly the most breathtaking part of the journey and closest to Woodfarm is the bit between Dedham and Flatford, with beautiful scenery and old houses, culminating in the National Trust site at Flatford

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River Orwell

River Orwell Suffolk

From its source river, the Gipping, Orwell heads out to the sea on the Suffolk coast

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour. The River Gipping is the source river for the River Orwell (the barn next door!), and also hooks up with the river Stour

Charles Dickens wrote about the Gipping and Orwell rivers and the latter is where the writer Eric Blair took his pen name ‘George Orwell’ from after his love of the river and the area

 

 

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River Deben

River Deben at Woodbridge Suffolk

The river Deben gives nearby Debenham its name, where it starts its journey through 25 miles of Suffolk to the sea near Woodbridge

Debenham is a quaint little village and a popular place to visit, as many of our guests do. And yes, it is where the department store gets its name as the founder lived here before setting off some 300 years ago to London to set up his high class haberdashery. He did quite well!

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour

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Richardsons Smokehouse

Richardsons Smokehouse Orford Suffolk

Superb traditional smokehouse by the quayside in Orford

They smoke two types of cheese for six days; mature English Cheddar and Long Clauson’s blue Stilton

Garlic Bulbs, locally made sausages, including Pork and Venison, Pork and Garlic and a very hot Chorizo, three different type’s of Pate, Salmon, Kipper and Mackerel as well as Salmon Fish Cakes

My personal favourite is their smoked Hock of Ham, which is phenomenal. They marinate them in a mixture of Cider and Black Treacle, boil them for hours, cover them in Brown Sugar and flash roast in the oven until they are black and crispy! Wow!

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The Regatta Restaurant in Aldeburgh

Regatta in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Fabulous restaurant in the heart of historic Aldeburgh

Under the same ownership for 20 very successful years. Robert, the head chef and co-owner, trained at the Connaught Hotel and La Gavroche in London before peddling his wares back here in sunny Suffolk

They have a daily specials board and a varied menu. During the Spring and Summer the emphasis is on locally caught fish and seafood but they always have vegetarian, poultry and meat dishes and kids menu available all year round