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.
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Great big warehouse full of fabulous antiques
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
The whole place is manned a really friendly team
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.
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Henry Watson’s Potteries – Does what it says on the tin
Now this is what I call a family business. Now in its 6th successive generation! My business is in its 1st!
You’ll have seen their products all over the country (I know, because I have) but may not know that are all made here in sunny Suffolk. Still based in a small pottery on the A143 Bury to Diss road they typify traditional Suffolk kitchenware, as well as having evolved into more contemporary styles now too
They make everything you’ll need in kitchen ceramics and terracotta, such as crocks, jars, teapots, clocks and other storage containers, as well as a huge range of homeware decorative items & gifts. You’ll recognise them as soon as you see them
Great little antiques place in Needham Market
Featuring a handful of exhibitors, focused on providing good friendly service and customer satisfaction
They stock a selection of the following china, glass, jewellery, vintage clothing, postcards, stamps, books, ephemera, automobilia, furniture and militaria
They also provide a bespoke framing service
Wine Tasting with DJ Wines – A Suffolk Winery
DJ Wines is a small, intimate winery set in an idyllic rural location overlooking the historic village church at Monk Soham, just 15 minutes from Woodfarm Barns. Here you will find Derek Jones making delicious hand crafted wines and liqueurs from local fruits. Edged by an avenue of cherry trees the building is only about the size of a tennis court, but he produces 10,000 bottles per year!
Being a winery only, no rows of vine will be found here as all fruit is bought in, mostly from local growers. He will take you step by step through the process to making his delicious range of seven wines, seven liqueurs and my Monks Mead. He uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques, many of which a home brewer will recognise, but on a much larger scale. The small on site laboratory helps Derek control quality. During the visit he will also share some of the more humorous moments and the many trials and tribulations of setting up, what many people claim, is a dream business
Alder Carr Farm has been established since 1981, and is home to a fantastic farm shop, cafe, plus several gift, arts, and craft stores.
The farm shop stocks a large variety of fresh local produce, plus a range of fair trade, vegetarian, and vegan products. They also sell kitchen and bathroom essentials, including no-packaging refills. A treat not to be missed is their multi-award winning ice-cream, Alder tree, made on the farm using simply fruit, cream, and sugar.
The Barn Cafe serves breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks all day. All of their dishes are made from scratch, and where possible using produce grown locally or from the farm.
After visiting the shop and a bite to eat in the cafe, complete your visit to Alder Carr Farm with a short walk around their farm nature trail; past the grazing farm animals, and then through fields, wet meadows, and woodland. Please note, unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the farm nature trail.
Suffolk Deli/ Village Stores/ Post Office
A great little deli also serving teas and coffees, Coddenham Food Store was re-opened in 2010 by Julia and Jane. They sell loads of great food and drink and try to stock as much local produce as possible.
As well as every day items such as breakfast cereals, milk etc, they have an exciting range of local bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables, as well as a wide variety of local meat and fish products. As I write I can still taste the amazing smoked ham that I just picked up, supplied by a local butcher