Suffolk towns are proud of the number of independent retailers they have. With good cause. In Suffolk there are many opportunities to escape the chaos of city shopping. Here are some of the lovely places to idly wander around shops during your stay at Woodfarm Barns.
Scroll down the page until you find something that tickles your fancy, then click the title for more information.
Award winning family run vineyard near Bury St Edmunds
If you’re visiting Suffolk and having a day out around the Bury area then why not pop along when they have one of their regular open cellar door days? Full details on their website
Selected products are available to purchase on their website. They have a range of vineyard products including grapeseed oil soaps and bath oil, candles, corkscrews and walking sticks made from antler and vine stems and also offer fruit wines and liqueurs, beeswax products and greetings cards
If you really fancy a day of Suffolk vineyards they’re not too far from Wyken (see separate post) who are open daily
As the name suggests, a crockery shop. Well it is Suffolk!
The Crockery Barn is all online so visit their website HERE
They specialise in sourcing products direct so they can pass on the price advantage on to you. They stock Maxwell & Williams, Portmeirion, Bridgewater, Waltons kitchen textiles and much more. French Linens and Provence textiles are a speciality and come directly from manufacturers in France
You will also see hand made ceramics from Italy and Portugal and a selection of cream tableware from Thailand
A great collection of independent businesses focussing on arts, crafts, gifts and a lovely little cafe
Having spent a number of years in the past living in Chelsworth, I’ve seen this place develop and it really is a triumph of organic growth or a rural business. It now houses a variety of businesses based around the main ‘Corncraft’ shop and cafe
It’s just on the edge of a pretty little village, Monks Eleigh. It all started in 1970 and is a family concern that has grown from a small Corn Dolly making business to the collection of businesses that you see today
An online bead shop stocking an eclectic mix of beads, buttons, findings, tools, gemstones and pearls. If you are new to jewellery making and have no idea where to start, then why not join one of their many classes. For just £25 you can learn all the basics, skills and techniques in just three hours and make your own masterpieces from scratch
They also host children’s parties, ladies days and hen parties too. So if you have a special occasion coming up and would like to do an activity completely out of the ordinary then do get in touch with them
Their website has been built with you the beader in mind, to give you clear images and inspiration, so visit their FREE projects page or try a jewellery making kit from just £4. The choice is endless and the creations are limitless
A bright and welcoming space to view a striking collection of contemporary art
The work of leading artist Paul Evans inspired owners, Andrew and Julie Knibbs to open their gallery in 2002. Today Paul’s dramatic seascapes and vivid landscapes can be seen alongside the paintings of many other respected artists including Robert Greenhalf, Susie Perring, Derek Chambers and Christopher Osborne to name but a few. Examples of their work can be seen within the ART section of their website
Does what it says on the tin – It’s a guided walk around Needham Market; a pretty little town on the A14 in the heart of Mid Suffolk
Taking in lots of historic buildings, this can easily be combined with a wander round Needham Lake (see our separate post)
Begin your walk at the Station approach and consider the Victorian Railway Station, designed in 1849. It was built on land bought from the Theobald Foundation for £275. As originally built with curved Dutch gables it was a miniature Blickling Hall
Probably the most ambitious retail and restaurant project that any farm in the UK has undertaken!
That’s what the National Farm Shop Association said in 2013. And they’re not wrong! This really is an amazing place to shop for food, homewares, kitchen ware, garden and plants
Not far from Jimmy’s Farm so a nice little day out to visit both, Suffolk Food Hall is a fantastic destination for all foodies. There are loads of artisan suppliers of food and drink and you can now try much of it out in their fabulous restaurant overlooking the River Orwell and bridge
From shabby chic to retro and vintage, this is a great place for antiques and secondhand bits n bobs
Literally next door to us at Woodfarm, this is a fab place to root around and hunt for bargains. If you are currently on the lookout for the front end of a cadillac then you’re in luck as they have one! Everything from previously loved kitchenware, homewares and garden items; there’s an ever-changing stock of really interesting stuff to discover
We even got Daisy, our Tandem there
Oh and they’ve even been on the telly! – Featuring on Kirsty Allsop’s Channel 4 programme and also Living etc magazine
Southwold is arguably the jewel in the crown of Suffolk’s heritage coast as far as visitors to our great county are concerned
Home of the Adnams brewery, famous lighthouse and beach huts. Splendid art galleries, fine shops and pubs and the Blackshore harbourside for extremely fresh fish and the ferry across the River Blyth to Walberswick (see our separate post on Walberswick)
Jam packed with great pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, shops and a fabulous beach and pier, with some quirky old things to see and do!