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
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
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
A social enterprise sharing the history of life in East Anglia through historic buildings, collections and landscape
This is largely done through active participation and education. It’s a fabulous place to have a look round and you’ll be amazed by the sheer size of it. It looks on the face of it just like a large Tourist Information centre next to Asda in Stowmarket. However, it’s a real ‘Tardis’ and opens up behind into acres of space in which to delve into the history of the area
One of the most beautiful, historic villages in England, let alone Suffolk!
Jam-packed with quirky, wonky timber-framed buildings, antique shops, craft shops, art galleries, tea rooms and pubs, it’s a really popular tourist destination for all visitors to Suffolk and still a regular for us locals too!
Owning a wonky old timber-framed Suffolk house, you think I’d tire of the sight but I don’t! I stare at the Crooked House every time I go past it
There are lots of places in Lavenham covered on here so have a good root around
A stunning country estate in the heart of Suffolk
Grade 1 listed moated hall with beautiful gardens, open from the beginning of May to the end of September every year. The historic home of the Tollemache family for over 500 years
Regular events throughout the season including walks, music, classic car shows and the home of the Suffolk Dog Day
Adventure playground par excellence set in Thetford Forest, just half an hour from Woodfarm
Winner of Suffolk Tourism Awards – Best Tourism Experience 2011
With centres around the country, Thetford is their original and still the best. It features 30 miles of bike and walking trails from
which to explore 50,000 acres of forest. You can just have a wander or a meander on your bike or go ape on their classic Tree Top
Adventure or Forest Segways
Perfect day out for adventurous kids of all ages!
A beautiful Wild-Flower Meadow on the edge of the village of Cotton in the heart of rural Suffolk
Given to the village around the turn of the millenium; it was a four acre site that they have worked on as a community over the last dozen or so years and turned into a stunning beauty spot. They get together a working party each month to maintain pathways etc in between large areas of a plethora of wild-flowers, many of which have been planted and nurtured.
They have some cracking little areas that have been really well though out, proving areas of flora and fauna, as well as amazing spots for critters to inhabit the place in completely natural surroundings, particularly down by the little pond
Does what it says on the tin – It’s a guided walk around Needham Market; a pretty little town on the A14 in the heart of Mid Suffolk
Taking in lots of historic buildings, this can easily be combined with a wander round Needham Lake (see our separate post)
Begin your walk at the Station approach and consider the Victorian Railway Station, designed in 1849. It was built on land bought from the Theobald Foundation for £275. As originally built with curved Dutch gables it was a miniature Blickling Hall
Probably the most ambitious retail and restaurant project that any farm in the UK has undertaken!
That’s what the National Farm Shop Association said in 2013. And they’re not wrong! This really is an amazing place to shop for food, homewares, kitchen ware, garden and plants
Not far from Jimmy’s Farm so a nice little day out to visit both, Suffolk Food Hall is a fantastic destination for all foodies. There are loads of artisan suppliers of food and drink and you can now try much of it out in their fabulous restaurant overlooking the River Orwell and bridge