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Melford Hall

Melford Hall

An impressive 16th century stately home in the village of Long Melford in Suffolk

Historically it’s the ancestral seat of the Parker Baronets. All I know is, we go there a lot and it’s a huge hit with our guests here at Woodfarm

It’s also now the home of the annual Leestock Music Festival, of which we are a corporate sponsor and I have also played at, in 2013 & 2014, with my band Elephant in the Room with my musician’s hat on!

Steeped in history, much of which can be found on the National Trust website or Wikipedia!

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Lavenham

Lavenham

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

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Marlesford Farm Cafe’

Farm Cafe Marlesford

Excellent farm shop and cafe’ right on the A12 so easy to get to for anyone visiting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast

The owner sources the best ingredients and strive to produce the best roadside food possible. It’s had high praise in many national newspapers including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and many others. They use fresh, local produce, using over 100 local suppliers

Not only a great stop off for a cuppa or to pick up some food for supper, they also sell a range of gifts here too

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The Lighthouse in Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Lighthouse

Superb restaurant right by the beach in beautiful Aldeburgh

A firm favourite with visitors to Suffolk for over 15 years, including our guests at Woodfarm. Freshly cooked seasonal produce, perfectly executed in a great atmosphere

The last time we went I had the fabulous meze’, followed by a superb duck salad. A delicious lunch, walked off on the beach afterwards

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Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmys Farm

You know what this is surely? It’s been all over the telly for years now. However, if you’ve never been you are in for a treat!

Superb farm shop, restaurant, butchery, clothes & gift shops and farm trail

Famous for being a mate of Jamie Oliver, Jimmy has built a phenomenal empire here, attracting hundreds of visitors to Suffolk every day

You must eat in the restaurant whilst you are there because a) It’s good and b) My nephew is one of the chefs!

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Ickworth House & Gardens

Ickworth House

Ickworth is a National Trust property; an amazing house set in 1800 acres of stunning woodland

The origins date back to 1253 with a timber house that no longer exists. What is here now is an impressive house dating back 100 years, with its centre-piece, the incredible ‘Rotunda’ providing an imposing sight as you approach

This in 2012 from our first of many visits;

We toured the house, starting in the basement, which is ‘staged’ as it would have originally been, with the finishing kitchens, the pump rooms and some of the servants’ quarters. It’s very life-like, giving us a real sense of how life was 100 years ago for the working classes

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Hollow Trees Farm Shop & Trail

Hollow Trees

Fabulous Farm Shop, Farm Trail and Plant Centre in Mid Suffolk

I use to live round the corner and remember this place as a big old shed selling a small range of farm produce. It then grew organically (scuse the pun) into  what it is today, which is a triumph of rural business development/ agricultural diversity

A brand spanking new, purpose built complex selling a range of local produce, including much of their own, as well as a huge range of other locally sourced products. The food is always of a superb quality and not overly priced at all!

They have a great little cafe’ / restaurant in there too, as well as a really interactive farm trail, which is a big hit with kids

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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 Crown in Nayland

Crown Inn Nayland

Privately owned village inn, in a lovely old Suffolk building

The menu changes every five weeks and they embrace seasonally available produce. They have a bar, restaurant and terrace, all of which are very comfy. Extensive wine list and cask ales, including the traditional Suffolk favourite Adnams

The food is superb at the Crown and they are open for breakfast, lunch and supper

Well worth a visit. A firm fave with our guests at Woodfarm