A great back to nature walk near the Suffolk coast
Miles and miles of footpaths through a fabulous forest as well as lots of ‘off-piste’ rambling
You can even follow the UFO trail! In December 1980 several sightings of a UFO were reported and there is much specualation and controversy surrounding this story. Many people think these ‘mysterious’ events are the most significant UFO incident in the UK. Unbelievably there is no actual evidence but check out the trail and decide for yourself!
I’m no expert but there is an old air force base next door. Hmmmm?
Great riverside pub near Woodbridge, re-opened in 2013
It’s out on the Bawdsey peninsula, miles from anywhere but worth the trip!
The building was originally called Ferry House and dates back around 350 years. It has a large walled garden and the garden has great views of the River Deben and across the adjacent peninsula to Felixstowe
They are very dog-friendly and have a great menu with many fresh fish dishes and as well as offering the obligatory traditional Suffolk Adnams ales they regularly have guest ales too. Main dishes average around a tenner and they also have a good wine selection
An impressive 16th century stately home in the village of Long Melford, 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!
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A beautiful 16th century moated, Grade 1 listed Hall in the heart of Suffolk. It’s still a family home and is set in 10 acres of magnificent gardens in the tranquil Suffolk countryside
Although a prviate residence they welcome bookings for tours of the Hall and Gardens throughout the year. There’s a ‘check availability’ link on their website so you can see if your preferred date is available. The Gardens and their popular Cafe are also open on a Wednesday from May to September
PLEASE do not visit without making an appointment!
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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Crowning the hill at the top of the historical village of Lavenham sits this Grade 1 listed church. Arguably one of the most happily situated churches in the area, and only a short walk from the Lavenham high street.
Continue reading Lavenham: St Peter and St Paul’s Church
You know what this is surely? It’s been all over the telly for years now. However, if you’ve never been you are in for a treat!
Superb farm shop, restaurant, butchery, clothes & gift shops and farm trail
Famous for being a mate of Jamie Oliver, Jimmy has built a phenomenal empire here, attracting hundreds of visitors to Suffolk every day
You must eat in the restaurant whilst you are there because a) It’s good and b) My nephew is one of the chefs!
Ickworth is a National Trust property; an amazing house set in 1800 acres of stunning woodland
The origins date back to 1253 with a timber house that no longer exists. What is here now is an impressive house dating back 100 years, with its centre-piece, the incredible ‘Rotunda’ providing an imposing sight as you approach
This in 2012 from our first of many visits;
We toured the house, starting in the basement, which is ‘staged’ as it would have originally been, with the finishing kitchens, the pump rooms and some of the servants’ quarters. It’s very life-like, giving us a real sense of how life was 100 years ago for the working classes
Fabulous Farm Shop, Farm Trail and Plant Centre in Mid Suffolk
I use to live round the corner and remember this place as a big old shed selling a small range of farm produce. It then grew organically (scuse the pun) into what it is today, which is a triumph of rural business development/ agricultural diversity
A brand spanking new, purpose built complex selling a range of local produce, including much of their own, as well as a huge range of other locally sourced products. The food is always of a superb quality and not overly priced at all!
They have a great little cafe’ / restaurant in there too, as well as a really interactive farm trail, which is a big hit with kids
A stunning country estate in the heart of Suffolk
Grade 1 listed moated hall with beautiful gardens, open from the beginning of May to the end of September every year. The historic home of the Tollemache family for over 500 years
Regular events throughout the season including walks, music, classic car shows and the home of the Suffolk Dog Day