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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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Wildlife Art Gallery in Lavenham

Wildlife Gallery Lavenham Suffolk

Pretty self explanatory – Art. Wildlife. Lavenham

Established in 1988 and specialising in 20th Century and contemporary wildlife art. They have also held retrospective exhibitions as well as those by current artists form the UK and abroad

They also have a strong representation of paintings depicting the countryside, its landscape and work and they have published several books including a number in the Artists for Nature Foundation series

With exhibitions throughout the calender, go to their website for current details

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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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The Beauty Barn Suffolk

Beauty Barn Suffolk

Exactly what you think this is! Beauty stuff. In a barn

Literally round the corner from Woodfarm, they have very kindly put together some packages just for our guests!

Debbie, the owner has had a good nose around Woodfarm to get a feel for what experience our guests have here, so she can understand what they would want from her and has put together some great ideas for those that love a bit of pampering (see below)

It’s even in our Take the Dog section as your pooch can sit and watch if they are well behaved!

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Thorpeness Emporium

Thorpeness Emporium Suffolk

An antiques and collectables ‘Emporium’ overlooking the beautiful Meare

In the heart of Thorpeness, they have loads of displays and rooms with outside areas offering a wide selection of

Bygones and collectables

Architectural fittings

Antique (and not so) furniture

Old jewellery etc

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Serena Hall Gallery

Serena Hall Gallery

Serena Hall is a professional artist, resident in sunny Southwold, Suffolk since she was twelve

She opened her first gallery in 1999 and now has her well-established, Serena Hall Gallery in the popular seaside town. Her style is very recognisable, with broad brush strokes and vibrant colours, the subject matter inspired by Southwold

In addition to her own work, the gallery also plays host to other artists, the full details of which can be seen on her website

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Persian Carpet Studio

Persian Carpet Studio

A shop bursting with gorgeous Persian rugs & carpets, in Long Melford

The leader in their field and one of the largest showrooms dedicated to traditional and contemporary rugs and carpets in the UK. They have an on-site rug and carpet restoration and repair workshop

All their rugs are unique, from relatively inexpensive kilims to antique carpets and beautifully made more contemporary carpets

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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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Museum of East Anglian Life

Museum of East Anglian Life

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

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Long Melford Antiques Centre

Long Melford Antiques Centre

Antiques Centre in historic Long Melford

Over 40 dealers under one roof representing Pre-Georgian, Georgian, Regency, William IV, Victorian, Edwardian and Post Edwardian eras

I picked up a couple of pre-Georgian pieces for Woodfarm House here