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
Lavenham Contemporary is a modern gallery at the end of the high street in Lavenham, showcasing the beautiful work of Paul Evans, one of the most successful landscape artists in the UK.
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Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is situated just around the corner from Woodfarm, and is home to a collection of unique and independent business units. They hold regular events, have a great restaurant on site, plus many shops to visit. It is a lovely day out during your stay at Woodfarm.
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The Thorpeness Emporium sits within the heart of village; it is a vintage, antiques, and collectibles market comprising many stalls, tables and cabinets. They have an ever-changing selection which has been collected together by over 30 traders.
Many treasures to be found include a lovely selection of jewellery and accessories, homewares and furniture, pictures and prints, clothes, ornaments, glassware, collectibles and so much more!
The Thorpeness Emporium is easily accessible and situated on one level, it is staffed by friendly traders, and is open 7 days a week.
Next door to the emporium is The Kitchen@Thorpeness, the perfect place to grab a light lunch, cake, cream tea or hot drink.
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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