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Hall Farm

Hall Farm

Brilliant Farm Shop on the Essex/ Suffolk border

If you are visiting any of our recommended places around Dedham Vale, the heart of Constable Country, then you must pop into Hall Farm for coffee or lunch and have a browse around their great farm shop

An interactive experience as there are always a handful of animals running around, from chickens and goats to pigs and rabbits

Fabulous cakes, fresh cooked breakfast and lunches and a great courtyard to soak up the sun in the kinder weather. Just a stones throw from the A12

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Go Ape

Go Ape Segway

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!

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The Crockery Barn

Crockery Barn

As the name suggests, a crockery shop. Well it is Suffolk!

The Crockery Barn is all online so visit their website HERE

They specialise in sourcing products direct so they can pass on the price advantage on to you. They stock Maxwell & Williams, Portmeirion, Bridgewater, Waltons kitchen textiles and much more. French Linens and Provence textiles are a speciality and come directly from manufacturers in France

You will also see hand made ceramics from Italy and Portugal and a selection of cream tableware from Thailand

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Crabtrees Cafe Bar in Hadleigh

Crabtrees

Great little cafe bar on Hadleigh High Street

Situated in a gorgeous old building with lots of exposed timbers and wonky walls, they serve great coffees, teas, cakes etc

They have a lovely little courtyard out the back too for the sunnier days

 

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Bridge Farm Barns

Bridge Farm Barns

A great collection of independent businesses focussing on arts, crafts, gifts and a lovely little cafe

Having spent a number of years in the past living in Chelsworth, I’ve seen this place develop and it really is a triumph of organic growth or a rural business. It now houses a variety of businesses based around the main ‘Corncraft’ shop and cafe

It’s just on the edge of a pretty little village, Monks Eleigh. It all started in 1970 and is a family concern that has grown from a small Corn Dolly making business to the collection of businesses that you see today

Free parking, and good disabled facilities

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Suffolk Food Hall

Suffolk Food 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

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Southwold

Southwold Pier

Southwold is arguably the jewel in the crown of Suffolk’s heritage coast as far as visitors to our great county are concerned

Home of the Adnams brewery, famous lighthouse and beach huts. Splendid art galleries, fine shops and pubs and the Blackshore harbourside for extremely fresh fish and the ferry across the River Blyth to Walberswick (see our separate post on Walberswick)

Jam packed with great pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, shops and a fabulous beach and pier, with some quirky old things to see and do!

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Walberswick

Walberswick

Walberswick lies on the south bank of the River Blyth, a short ferry ride across from Southwold

It is tucked away amidst a thousand acres of coast, heath and marshland listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The ferry, which transports people across the Blyth in the summer months, is rowed by the fifth generation of the same family. There is also a foot and cycle path where the old railway ran across the Bailey bridge – but the only way by car to Southwold is back up to the A12 and through Blythburgh, making a trip of some seven miles

You’ll find some great pubs around here. See our separate posts on The Anchor and The Bell. There are great little coffee and gift shops too, and rolling sand dunes for a good walk, with or without dogs

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Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh fish & chips

Aldeburgh is a beautiful seaside town on Suffolk’s heritage coast, with an eclectic mix of great beaches, family fun, music and drama, fine eating and drinking, sailing and shopping

There really is something for everyone in the friendliest atmosphere

Superb pubs, tea shops, clothes boutiques, restaurants and the most amazing fish & chip shop! There’s actually a few really good chippys but the Aldeburgh fish & chip shop is the one that people queue and queue and queue for!

Aldeburgh is real favourite with visitors to Suffolk and definitely one that our guests flock to

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Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens bury st edmunds

The extensive remains of one of the wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England, shrine of St Edmund

It’s a beautiful park in Bury St. Edmunds situated behind the Abbey

They include the complete 14th century Great Gate and Norman Tower, and the impressive ruins and altered west front of the immense church

Bury is a wonderful place to visit when holidaying in Suffolk. Lots of little lanes filled with shops, pubs, restaurants, tea & coffee shops, museums, art galleries, a grand Victorian theatre and great Wednesday & Saturday market