Great big warehouse full of fabulous antiques
One of my favourite, if not the fave in the area. Lots of different dealers (over 70 of them) with tons of quirky bits and pieces, including home, craft, outdoor and garden stuff. Set in several acres of natural gardens, it offers a wide and interesting range of antiques and collectables in a light airy environment, with new stock arriving regularly
They have arts & crafts Beach Huts, which offer an extra dimension to the Centre, with stylish hand-crafted furniture, decorative pieces for home and garden, gifts, cards, plants and much more
The Flying Goose Cafe is open for drinks, cakes and light meals
The whole place is manned a really friendly team
Wyken is a 1200-acre farm that was once occupied by Romans, with a 7-acre vineyard producing award-winning wines. On site they host weekly farmers markets, a shop, gardens, vineyard walks, and a restaurant and cafe.
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Henry Watson’s Potteries – Does what it says on the tin
Now this is what I call a family business. Now in its 6th successive generation! My business is in its 1st!
You’ll have seen their products all over the country (I know, because I have) but may not know that are all made here in sunny Suffolk. Still based in a small pottery on the A143 Bury to Diss road they typify traditional Suffolk kitchenware, as well as having evolved into more contemporary styles now too
They make everything you’ll need in kitchen ceramics and terracotta, such as crocks, jars, teapots, clocks and other storage containers, as well as a huge range of homeware decorative items & gifts. You’ll recognise them as soon as you see them
A very well-laid out but unspoilt woodland walk just off the A140 in near Eye
Having held the leaflets here for our guests since we opened, I never managed to get there myself until 2012 and now I keep going back!
It’s 12 miles of waymarked footpaths on the Thornham Estate along the A140, just ten minutes from us in Stonham Aspal. It’s managed and funded by Mid Suffolk District Council and it’s a real triumph in developing an area of natural beauty without over-developing it, which often happens
Alder Carr Farm has been established since 1981, and is home to a fantastic farm shop, cafe, plus several gift, arts, and craft stores.
The farm shop stocks a large variety of fresh local produce, plus a range of fair trade, vegetarian, and vegan products. They also sell kitchen and bathroom essentials, including no-packaging refills. A treat not to be missed is their multi-award winning ice-cream, Alder tree, made on the farm using simply fruit, cream, and sugar.
The Barn Cafe serves breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks all day. All of their dishes are made from scratch, and where possible using produce grown locally or from the farm.
After visiting the shop and a bite to eat in the cafe, complete your visit to Alder Carr Farm with a short walk around their farm nature trail; past the grazing farm animals, and then through fields, wet meadows, and woodland. Please note, unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the farm nature trail.
Baylham House Farm is set in acres of Suffolk farmland, owned by the Storer family since 1985. They are passionate about breeding traditional varieties of farm animals, to protect them against the detrimental effect of commercial pressures on the industry.
The animals have a natural, stress-free habitat and great living conditions, which is so evident just wandering round the place. It’s a family-run, family-orientated farm, with a great little tea-shop at the entrance, but you don’t need to take kids with you to fit in!
It’s a fantastic day out, with opportunities to meet the livestock, feed the goats and let the kids loose in the play area whilst you settle into the calm surroundings with a piece of homemade cake or a cream tea.