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River Deben

River Deben at Woodbridge Suffolk

The river Deben gives nearby Debenham its name, where it starts its journey through 25 miles of Suffolk to the sea near Woodbridge

Debenham is a quaint little village and a popular place to visit, as many of our guests do. And yes, it is where the department store gets its name as the founder lived here before setting off some 300 years ago to London to set up his high class haberdashery. He did quite well!

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour

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Rendlesham Forest

Rendlesham Forest Suffolk

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?

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Ramsholt Arms

Ramsholt Arms - Suffolk

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

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Melford Hall

Melford Hall

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!

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Otley Hall

Otley Hall

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!

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Museum of East Anglian Life

Museum of East Anglian Life

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

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Lavenham

Lavenham

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!

Owning a wonky old timber-framed Suffolk house, you think I’d tire of the sight but I don’t! I stare at the Crooked House every time I go past it

There are lots of places in Lavenham covered on here so have a good root around

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Lavenham: St Peter and St Paul’s Church

Lavenham Church

Crowning the hill at the top of the historical village of Lavenham, sits this happily situated Grade 1 listed church. 

The St Peter and St Paul’s church dates back to the 15th century, and is a popular destination for visitors to Lavenham and Suffolk.  

The church is open daily and they welcome in visitors, however please note that visiting may be restricted during services on Wednesdays and Sundays

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Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmys Farm

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!

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Ickworth House & Gardens

Ickworth House

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