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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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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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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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Pop Up Restaurant at Woodfarm House

Pop Up Restaurant at Woodfarm

The original Suffolk Pop Up Restaurant right here at Woodfarm

Having hosted the first ever Pop Up Restaurants in Suffolk, we are now making it a regular event. The next one is 7th, 8th and 9th November 2014

Michelin Star trained Chef Mark Peters will be returning with a menu to knock our socks off again, all for just £55 per head for six courses. We have no accommodation available that weekend as it all sold out on the morning we announced the dates! We do still have dining space though if you are within reach. It’s worth the journey! Check out the details from the last event and see what some of our diners had to say on the weblink

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Stonham Barns

Stonham Barns Stonham Aspal Suffolk

A collection of independent businesses in little barns just around the corner from Woodfarm

There’s all sorts, from a ‘village shop’, garden centre, gift and craft shops, toy shop, a cracking owl sanctuary, an aquatics centre, a cafe/ restaurant and vintage furniture and clothes

There’s a craft and farmers market every second saturday of the month and also regular car boot sales

It’s also the home of the Mid-Suffolk Showground, with regular events

 

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Shepherd & Dog

Shepherd and Dog Suffolk

A fine gastro pub in mid Suffolk serving some excellent food

Taken over and re-furbed in 2013, it now has a really nice interior with very comfy surroundings

A great menu, whether it’s a snack or a full on dinner, they have some imaginative food ideas and I’ve always enjoyed it in there. It’s not cheap but then they are not trying to attract that market!

They have a Bar, lounge and a contemporary eaterie. Check their website for full food temptations

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Artisan Smokehouse

Artisan Smokehouse Suffolk

A small family-run and owned smokehouse set on the beautiful Suffolk Coast

Tim & Gill bring you a fabulous range of smoked produce, foodie gifts and delicious hampers. They have a genuine passion regarding all things food. They focus on quality ingredients and are determined to use ethically sourced products, using local suppliers where possible

Their smoked meats and fish are traditionally dry cured using maple wood. They don’t have a retail outlet just yet but you can pick up their products via a number of retail outlets throughout Suffolk, details of which can be seen on their website. They are also regularly at events around Suffolk. I know this as I keep bumping into them

And you can shop online