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.
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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
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)
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
Literally next door to us at Woodfarm, Suffolk Surplus is a fantastic place to root around and hunt for bargains. Opened in 2012 by two school friends, they source their goods from job lots, clearances and auctions, so they always have an eclectic range of items for sale!
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!
Walberswick lies on the south bank of the River Blyth, a short ferry ride across from Southwold
It is tucked away amidst a thousand acres of coast, heath and marshland listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The ferry, which transports people across the Blyth in the summer months, is rowed by the fifth generation of the same family. There is also a foot and cycle path where the old railway ran across the Bailey bridge – but the only way by car to Southwold is back up to the A12 and through Blythburgh, making a trip of some seven miles
You’ll find some great pubs around here. See our separate posts on The Anchor and The Bell. There are great little coffee and gift shops too, and rolling sand dunes for a good walk, with or without dogs
Aldeburgh is a beautiful seaside town on Suffolk’s heritage coast, located right by a shingle beach, dotted with colourful boats and the iconic Scallop sculpture. There really is something for everyone, with an eclectic mix of family fun, music and drama, art galleries, fine dining and drinking, sailing, and shopping.
One of my favourite, if not the fave in the area. Lots of different dealers (over 70 of them) with tons of quirky bits and pieces, including home, craft, outdoor and garden stuff. Set in several acres of natural gardens, it offers a wide and interesting range of antiques and collectables in a light airy environment, with new stock arriving regularly
They have arts & crafts Beach Huts, which offer an extra dimension to the Centre, with stylish hand-crafted furniture, decorative pieces for home and garden, gifts, cards, plants and much more
The Flying Goose Cafe is open for drinks, cakes and light meals
Wyken is a 1200-acre farm that was once occupied by Romans, with a 7-acre vineyard producing award-winning wines. On site they host weekly farmers markets, a shop, gardens, vineyard walks, and a restaurant and cafe.