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
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
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
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!
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