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Where to see the autumn red deer rut

If you’re a fan of nature and wildlife, you’ll love seeing the red deer rut – the amazing autumn spectacle that takes place right here in Suffolk!

What is the red deer rut?

The red deer rut takes place when red deer are getting ready to mate. The males of the herds will battle it out – first with roars, and then with their antlers – to see who becomes the dominant deer.

Where can you see the red deer rut?

Suffolk has one of the highest populations of red deer outside Scotland, so you’re very likely to see the red deer rut here in autumn! RSPB Minsmere is the best location for spotting red deer, and it has now reopened after COVID-19 lockdown measures, so make sure to put a day aside to visit!

If you’re really smart, you’ll stay with us at Woodfarm Barns, or at one of our Suffolk Holiday Barges. We’re not very far from RSPB Minsmere (our Onderneming Barge at Snape Maltings is just a 25-minute drive away).

Find out even more info about the red deer rut on our Woodfarm Barges website here.

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The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2020

Aldeburgh Food & Drink

Coming to Suffolk for the famous Aldenurgh Food & Drink Festival? We don’t blame you! This event is one of the most popular foodie events in East Anglia – but there are a few changes happening this year.

There’s no escaping it at the moment; the pandemic is still affecting some of our favourite events. Luckily, however, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is still going ahead!

The committee have put together a market weekend with around 50 local food and drink suppliers, instead of the usual packed event. This will allow visitors to experience the best of Suffolk’s delicious produce, while keeping a distance from other visitors.

The event will still be located at the glorious Snape Maltings in the open air, and it will take place over 26th and 27th September. Find out more in the full blog post we’ve written about the event over on our Woodarm Barges site.

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Our Tuscan Holiday Cottage is coming together

I wrote on here just a few weeks ago with some progress, and to talk about the strange situation we find ourselves in, with that there pesky pandemic, but I just wanted to share some more photos now that things are taking shape.

I am just waiting on news now about when the railing will be finished and fitted to the Terrace, but I wanted to show you photos now that the exterior of the house has been finished. The whole place has been rendered with a thermal plaster and is now starting to look something like I’d envisaged when I bought it.

Our Tuscan Holiday Cottage is getting there!

As you can see, the house is on three levels, but for now the living accommodation is all on the top floor, which is plenty big enough. Entering the house from the terrace, you walk into the kitchen, which has a South facing window overlooking the terrace and hills, to an old church in the distance then through to the dining room with an open fireplace and the same views to the south. All of the internal floors have been ripped up, levelled, and replaced with a traditional Tuscan terracotta tile.

Our Tuscan Holiday Cottage built on the hillside

A corridor leads from the dining room right through to the lounge, with your bedroom on the left, again with those South facing views over the garden and the hills beyond. The lounge has two East facing windows, which look across the valley towards Lucca. Also leading off the corridor is your bathroom.

Garden steps leading up to your Tuscan Holiday Cottage

The bathroom has a wonderful ball and claw footed rolltop bath, where you can sit and have a soak overlooking the valley. It is also a wet room with a great two part shower.

Wet room in our Tuscan Holiday Cottage

Once the terrace is fully operational it will feature a barbecue and pizza oven, so you can let your creative culinary juices flow.

Anyway, just little update for you now the external walls have been finished with. More news soon.

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Lands End to John O’Groats. On me bike!

Lands End to John O'Groats

From lockdown to John O’Groats! I have decided to do a little bike ride to raise some money for charity. I say little bike ride, but I’m going to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Full disclaimer from the outset: I literally do not have the time now that we are so busy again after lockdown, to properly cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, however, I am going to do the distance. All 839 miles of the length of Great Britain. Start date: Saturday 22nd August 2020.

Land’s End to John O’Groats; piece of cake!

I started cycling during lockdown as the gym was shut. I was eating too many calories and not moving enough on account of having nothing to do! Now I like to get out and ride every day, and over the last week or two have consistently started doing 25 miles each day. It was on one of these journeys that I wondered how far it was from Land’s End to John O’Groats. So I looked it up. It’s 839 miles. If I do 25 miles a day, for seven days a week, it’ll take me just under five weeks to do that journey. And with my work schedule I can do that as I tend to get out around 6am, and it takes me about an hour and a half, with a little break to enjoy the scenery and some fruit. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Land’s End to John O’Groats on ‘Buzz Lightweight’

I’ll effectively be doing a concept called ‘Everesting’, which is where you pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest. Only I’ll be ‘Landsendtojohnogroatsing’. I made that last bit up but I think you get the idea. It could catch on! Think yourselves lucky, I was thinking of calling it ‘Lycra’s End to John O’Groats’, or ‘Scotland in September in Spandex’!

It may be a walk in the park for some cyclists, but this is a fair bit for me – and kinda all I have time for on a daily basis (most of the time). I will aim to do more than 25 miles on nice days, which will make up for the occasional lazy day when it’s raining. I don’t know if you’ve cycled in the rain lately, but I can confirm that it is not fun, and I’m not doing it if it isn’t fun. And guess what? Woodfarm is pretty much half way!

Having decided to take on the challenge just for the hell of it, I also figured it would be a good idea to try and raise some money for a worthy cause. There are various statistics going around citing the numbers of people who suffered anxiety or depression as a result of this pesky pandemic, being locked down for three months. I read somewhere that something like 25% of the UK has been affected, but whatever the figure, a lot of people have had their mental, as well as physical, health affected. I don’t mind telling you that I’m one of them. 

To have my business suddenly taken away from me, and be personally placed in solitary confinement had a bigger effect on me than I could have imagined. I am happy to confirm that this was a temporary state, and now that we are back to being busy, and I am mixing with humans, I am fine. Like lots of people, I sat around feeling sorry for myself and ate too much. With the gym being closed I did quite a bit of walking, but that didn’t seem to make much of a difference, so towards the end of lockdown I started riding my bike again.

Whilst I follow predominantly a vegan diet, a calorie is a calorie. Too many calories ain’t good for you, but when you are bored it is very difficult to tell yourself that. Now that I am not bored, I am eating far more healthily and riding my bike every day, and all of this is good for my body, as well as my little brain.

That is a long winded way of telling you that I have decided to use this daft idea of mine to raise money for ‘Suffolk Mind’ in order to help people who can’t just do it for themselves, or simply need some help. I consider myself very lucky not to suffer particularly, but we are all on the mental health continuum and we move up and down depending on how we cope with the challenges of life and the stresses that it creates. Personally, I can look back and say I didn’t dip that far from ‘Wellbeing’, but it was far enough to make a difference to me and I didn’t like it. Suffolk Mind works across the continuum, from ‘Wellbeing’ to ‘severe and enduring’ mental ill-health, providing support and information for everyone. And as so many people have suffered more so during this awful pandemic, I figured it’d be a worthy cause to raise some money for.

Lands End to John O'Groats in aid of Suffolk Mind
Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of Suffolk Mind

One of the things that I do when I’m cycling is lots of maths in my head. I work out lots of statistics concerning my speed, distance, average speed, et cetera. It was on one of these journeys that I figured I should be able to do this little jaunt.

As it is 839 miles I figured that would be a good target to aim for on the money-raising front. £839 is what I want to raise. I would dearly love it if you would be so kind as to sponsor me, even if it is just a penny a mile as I only need £8.39 from 100 people. Any amount that you sponsor me above this would just be a bonus.

So please, please, please, will you sponsor me? I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I aim to make up any shortfall on the £839, so please don’t make me dig into my pocket too much, as lockdown cost me a lot financially too! Click on the ‘Suffolk Mind’ logo above or the red button below to go to my page on their website, or simply CLICK HERE. Pleeeeeeeease.

POST START EDIT…. So many kind and wonderful people ensured that we smashed through the target within 24 hours of launching this Blog Post!!! However, please don’t let that stop you as I will simply now try to raise as much money as I Possibly can. Pretty please?

I will of course keep you posted on my progress (SEE BELOW!) and am using an app called ‘Endomondo’ that will monitor my mileage, and I will certainly keep you updated via Facebook and via our newsletters. I’m posting daily screenshots of the app (BELOW!) so you can see my progress.

Thank you so much in anticipation of any kind donations.

Kind of disclaimer thing: I may of course get injured or it might rain for forty days and forty nights. I’m not saying I will do this in four and a half weeks, but I will do it! So please sponsor me on the basis that I will get this done, however long it takes me. Thanks

Lycra disclaimer: I may have treated myself to a new bike to make life easier, but I haven’t purchased any more Lycra. I still only have my padded shorts, which are sooooo comfy and necessary. Other than my shorts, this will all be done without the influence of Lycra!

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 1 – Total mileage 31.3

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 1 – 30.1 miles. Total mileage 61.4 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 3 – 46 miles. Total mileage 107.4 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 4 – 23 miles. Total mileage 130 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 5 – 25.5 miles. Total mileage 155.5 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 6 – 30.7 miles. Total mileage 186.7 miles (£1220!)

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 7 – 25.5 miles. Total mileage 212 miles (£1220!)

One week down and I’m a quarter of the way from Lands End to John O’Groats. Very happy with that, and hoping for some better weather to let me get some extra miles in!

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 8 – 27.5 miles. Total mileage 239. 93 miles (wish I’d done the maths better in my head and gone an extra few pedals!)

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 9 – a measly 7 miles! Two punctures, a broken valve and a lift home! Total mileage 247 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 10 – 31 miles. Total mileage 278 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 11 – 69 miles. Total mileage 347 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 12 – 30 miles. Total mileage 378 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 13 – 20 miles. Total mileage 398 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 14 – 25 miles. Total mileage 423 miles. Halfway from Lands End to John O’Groats!!!

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 15 – 35 miles. Total mileage 458 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 16 – 35 miles. Total mileage 493 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 17 – 26 miles. Total mileage 519 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 18 – 40 miles. Total mileage 559 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 19 – 25 miles. Total mileage 584 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 20 – 21 miles. Total mileage 605 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 21 – 39 miles. Total mileage 644 miles

Lands End to John O’Groats Day 22 – 32 miles. Total mileage 676 miles. 163 to go

As I type this it’s 26th September and I’ve been laid up for almost two weeks with a chest infection. I had a cold for the four or five days above and did the stubborn male thing of battling through it, but it got me and chucked me in bed. I couldn’t really leave the house, let alone get on my bike. I’m feeling tons better though and hope to get back out there and finish this thing this coming week.

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Where should I go on holiday in autumn in the UK?

Thetford Forest Suffolk in autumn

With staycations becoming very much a part of our ‘new normal’, we’ve seen the UK domestic holiday industry boom over the past few months. That means there’s only one course of action – prepare now for your autumn holiday in the UK, before everyone else gets there first!

If you’ve been late booking your summer holiday, you’ve probably already experienced the frustration of trying to find the perfect staycation before the summer ends. Here at Woodfarm Barns, we’ve got barely any spaces left for the rest of the summer in our Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages and Holiday Barges, and we’re unfortunately having to turn scores of people away every day. 

If you’re planning a holiday in autumn, we recommend booking as soon as possible, as you’re bound to have the same problem if you leave it until September.

But now, the question is: ‘Where should I go on holiday in autumn in the UK?’. And we’ve got the answer:

Suffolk!

Dunwich Heath in Suffolk

Autumn holidays in Suffolk

Suffolk is a wonderfully diverse rural and coastal county where you can avoid the crowds of Cornwall and East Sussex, but still get the seaside fun and relaxation you’ve been waiting for all year. With 50 miles of coastline and iconic, chocolate-box villages, you can enjoy the autumn sun on your walks, then dive inside a cosy pub or independent cafe for a drink or some hearty, locally produced food when the evening draws in.

Where to stay in Suffolk in autumn

If you’re thinking about heading to Suffolk this autumn, you’ll feel right at home at Woodfarm Barns and Barges, with our selection of tranquil holiday cottages in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. 

Woodfarm Barns

Cosy-up in countryside cottages

At Woodfarm Barns, we have six Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages. Each of these sleep two guests and up to three dogs. For larger groups, we also have a beautiful 15th century farmhouse which sleeps seven guests and up to three dogs. 

Gipping Barn holiday luxury hot tub

Why they’re perfect for autumn

Each of these cottages has a log burning fire and underfloor heating for those cool autumn evenings. Five cottages have Hot Tubs, which are perfect for relaxing under starry Suffolk skies. Other luxuries include Nespresso coffee machines for comforting hot drinks. To find out more about our Cottages and book a stay, click here.

Onderneming Barge at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Relax on riverside barges

At Woodfarm Barges, we have two Historic Dutch Barges that have been converted into stunning Holiday Cottages. Onderneming is moored at Snape Maltings on the River Alde and sleeps up to eight, while Twee Gebroeders is moored at the Tidemill in Woodbridge on the River Deben and sleeps up to four. 

Log burner on Onderneming

Why they’re perfect for autumn

Enjoy a relaxing and cosy environment with full insulation and central heating (and a log burner aboard Onderneming), in excellent locations where autumnal events, such as food and craft fairs, take place throughout the season.

We hope you enjoy your autumnal holiday, wherever you decide to stay! If you have any questions about our Luxury Suffolk Holiday Cottages, don’t hesitate to contact us; however, we do have lots of information here.

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WIN! as we celebrate 400 Five Star Tripadvisor reviews

Woohoo!!! We’ve hit 400 Five Star Tripadvisor reviews! Why don’t we celebrate with a little competition then, just cos that’s what we do? (EDIT: THIS HAS NOW CLOSED AND WE HAVE A DELIGHTED WINNER. DO READ ON THOUGH DEAR READER)

400 Five Star Tripadvisor reviews now!

Due to a pesky pandemic, life hasn’t been a picnic for most of us lately, so we figured we’d set one lucky winner up with an awesome picnic to make up for it. 

Our friends at Earsham Street Deli have done what they do best and come up trumps yet again, with the most fabulous picnic for one of you. It just screams ‘British Summer’ and the Great British ‘Staycation’. We went into lockdown with 392 Five Star Tripadvisor reviews under our belt, and now just a few weeks back in the game we’ve smashed through the 400 milestone thanks to our lovely guests. I still open each one with trepidation, as you have no idea what people are going to say about you. I was so chuffed when we hit 100, yet that seems like a lifetime ago.

We have 400 on Tripadvisor, 152 on Facebook, and 92 on Google, so a total of 644 altogether, which we are absolutely over the moon about! It’s all very well thinking you’re doing a good job, but it’s great when your guests tell you that you are! So just because we’ve hit 400 Five Star rviews on Tripadvisor, we thought we’d say a bit ‘Thank you” by giving away a yummy picnic to one lucky winner.

“If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise” as the old nursery rhyme goes. So all you have to do to WIN this fabulous spread is to tell us who was having their picnic today? That’s it!

Please enter your answer below, and then share the Facebook Competition Post, and like our page.

Here’s the form to enter. Once you press submit, it will record your entry. You just need to scroll back up to the post if you want to afterwards.

Terms & Conditions;

The prize for this Competition is a fabulous picnic from Earsham Street Deli. Contents may vary from the photo, but it’s kinda that. We are going to run it for a few weeks and pick our winner on Friday 28th August, then ship it off to you! (if it’s you!)

Please note that we cannot technically announce the winner first on Social Media, it has to be by email. If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours of notifying you that you have won, we will pick another correct entrant and so on until someone responds. By entering you do consent to us announcing your name on Social Media though. We won’t divulge any personal info of course. 

We’d obviously really appreciate it if you could then shout it from the rooftops!

There is no cash alternative.

Victor Meldrew clause; If all that doesn’t suit you or you are of the opinion that “no-one ever wins these” then feel free to not enter, but gaze at your navel instead. We have given away so many things over the years, including free holidays, to some very happy people, but you’ll never be one of them if you bumble through life with Meldrew shaped chips on your shoulders.

GDPR gubbins;

Please don’t click ‘No’ to the question about us being able to contact you, otherwise you reading all this and entering will have been in vain as we will never be able to contact you again. We simply have to delete your entry because you didn’t give us permission to contact you. Simples. You will never win this prize if you tick ‘No’. So please don’t. And yet still people will blindly tick ‘No’. They will have wasted their time and ours, because we can’t contact them even if we pick em outta the hat! It’s a pickle Terry, but it’s what makes us human.

We absolutely never share your info and we retain it purely and simply so we can keep you informed. Informed of our regular Competitions (like this one), Exclusive VIP Offers, Cancellations, Events, Places of Interest to you, and News from around the beautiful County of Suffolk. It is called Marketing. We keep you informed of the good stuff so that you may consider us when making your holiday and short break decisions.

If you do not wish to hear about the things I mentioned you can opt out at any time simply by unsubscribing. Or, and I’m going out on a limb here, don’t enter and we won’t have your details to pore over in our evil lair in the first place.

We do not bombard you. This is just a small, independent business, working hard to promote escapes from the norm in Suffolk; that’s all. We are not out to get you, some things are just nice.

We would love to stay in touch with you but it is your choice. We have built our database in a very professional and responsible way and continually give you the opportunity to not hear from us again. If you choose to ‘leave’ us then I wish you all the best for the future and hope you have enjoyed reading what we have had to say in the past. Miss you already x.

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Holiday Cottage in Tuscany update

Okay, let’s talk about Italy. Prior to a pesky global pandemic, our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany, aka Woodfarm Tuscany was due to be finished and ready for you to go and stay at the end of May 2020. However, as we all know the brakes went on for a few months. It is all very much moving towards completion again so I thought I would bring you up to speed.

Before I go any further I will explain why I have been quiet on the subject until now. The thing is, nobody is going to want to go there just yet. I for one I am not ready to sit in a pressurised metal tube with 300 others for a couple of hours at 30,000 feet, and I don’t suppose you are. Not only has the coronavirus pandemic cost me a fortune in lost revenue here in the UK, it has also put me well behind in my beloved Tuscany. But I’m still not moaning. There’s nothing any of us can do about what’s happened, so we just need to “stai calmo e vai avanti”, or as they say in Blighty, “keep calm and carry on”.

The fact of the matter is that it will be safe for us to travel at some point, and we will wish to do so. But as I write this at the beginning of August, now is not that time. However, work is progressing nicely, and we are heading towards a lovely finished Holiday Cottage in Tuscany.

For those interested in a future stay I thought it might be nice to bring you up-to-date with what’s happening. The interior is pretty much done, with the exception of fitting a kitchen, the exterior has all been treated with a thermal render to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and the wiring is all in for the air conditioning system, which will also act as heating. The bathroom window has been lowered to enhance the views across the valley, which you can now enjoy from the comfort of your roll-top bath, and the wet room looks fabulous.

Photo of our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany
The wet room at our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany

As you will know by now I bought this house for the views, and in order to fully appreciate the Vista that this house enjoys, my intention from day one was to build a large terrace in order for my guests to chill out with a morning coffee or a home-made pizza in the evening. I am very excited to be able to report to you that that terrace is now a reality. Work on the railings will begin soon. As you can see from the photo, steps lead down to the rest of the garden. You’ll notice the photos aren’t the best; My builders are good builders, not photographers!

The exterior of our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany
The terrace steps at our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany

So that’s about it for now. I had intended bringing you more regular updates but I didn’t allow for a pandemic in that plan. I hope by the time that we will want to start going abroad again, that the house will be ready. My focus since June, as we planned to reopen, has solely been on Woodfarm Barns and Barges, and the safety and security of a Staycation as a well earned break away from lockdown. I am very pragmatic about our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany and the adventure, as I really bought this house to fulfil a personal dream. It makes absolute sense bearing in mind what I do for a living, to share it though, as I can’t use it all of the time.

I know it still looks like a building site, but I hope that you can begin to get some sense of what we are going to achieve out there. Once we are in a position to share the house with you, I hope that many of you can fall in love with the views, just as I did at first sight.

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Looking for a more unique kind of holiday?

dog friendly holiday barge in Suffolk

We all love telling our friends back home about our fantastic holiday experiences, and it’s even better when we’ve stayed somewhere really unique! If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind holiday experience, we’ve got just the ticket.

Our Historic Dutch Holiday Barges in Suffolk are just like our beautiful cottages – but floating! They’re moored on two of Suffolk’s most beautiful waterways, and they make ideal locations for those in search of a more quirky holiday style.

Complete with all the home comforts you need, our Barges don’t force you to compromise. They’re comfortable, spacious and relaxing, with plenty of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom space. We actually accommodate four guests and three dogs aboard our Twee Gebroeders Barge in Woodbridge, and eight guests and three dogs aboard our Onderneming Barge at Snape Maltings! Both Barges are also a two minute walk away from independent shops, restaurants and beautiful walks encapsulating the Suffolk countryside.

Want to know more? We’ve written a blog post about all the reasons you should take a unique Barge holiday, here.

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Charge and recharge at Woodfarm HQ

Electric car charging at Woodfarm barns

We now have electric car charging capabilities at Woodfarm HQ! Stay with us and you can charge your car (for free!), while recharging yourselves in one of our Luxury Holiday Cottages.

Electric cars are much more common these days (in fact, the UK Government plans to ban sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035!), but places to charge them are few and far between in the countryside – so we decided to change that.

We have just installed outdoor sockets so that you can charge your electric or hybrid car at no extra cost during your stay. Although these aren’t dedicated electric car charging stations and thus take slightly longer to charge, they still allow you to leave your car charging overnight so that it’s ready for driving in the morning.

It’s another thing we’ve introduced to become a little bit more eco-friendly, as well as providing convenience to our guests. Some other courtesies we offer include offering all our guests reusable travel cups which you can use while you’re out and about in Suffolk before taking home at the end of your holiday; biodegradable poop bags to pick up after your dog while being environmentally responsible; and our Woodfarm Bins, which encourage guests to separate their rubbish so that it can be recycled to avoid landfill (you can read about more ways to reduce plastic waste on your Suffolk holiday here).

Although we continue to welcome our guests with diesel and petrol cars, we like to ensure that all our guests feel equal, welcome and well-catered to. Our outdoor sockets for electric and hybrid car charging help us achieve this!

If you’re intrigued by our new feature and you want to know more about the benefits of electric cars, here’s some handy info:

1. They’re cheaper to run

According to Car Magazine, a Tesla Model S can cost £12 to fully charge on a home electricity supply (or free if you’re staying at Woodfarm). You can drive for around 250 miles on a fully charged Model S, whereas a typical petrol/diesel car might go for 500 miles on a full tank, but even if you fully charged your Tesla twice, it would still be cheaper than a full tank of fuel.

2. They’re better for the environment

This is one reason why many people opt for an electric car, and why the Government is placing importance on phasing out alternatives. Electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their life than their petrol or diesel counterparts. This is even after production and consideration of the electricity required to fuel them.

3. You can get a tax credit on certain models

If you buy an approved electric car, the Government is offering a tax credit up to £3,000 to use against its purchase. You can also get up to £350 (including VAT) off the cost of installing a charger at home.

4. Health benefits

Reducing emissions and air pollutants isn’t just good for the environment – it’s good for our health, too. Air pollution caused by transport has been shown to cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Conversely, just one electric car on the roads can save an average 1.5 million grams of CO2 per year. So making the change to an electric car can protect not only your health, but the health of others, too.

Woodfarm Barns  dog-friendly holiday cottage

So there you have it, a little bit of info about why electric cars are so popular and why we’ll all be driving them in 2035, and yet another reason to stay at Woodfarm! If you’d like to know a bit more about our wonderful Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages, click here. We also have two beautiful Historic Dutch Holiday Barges available for your Suffolk holiday (also Dog-Friendly), if you want an even more unique experience.

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Pub Quiz @ The Woodfarm Arms

Pub Quiz @ The Woodfarm Arms

At the start of lockdown in the UK in March 2020, I somehow stumbled into doing an online Pub Quiz at our virtual pub that I sort of made up, the Woodfarm Arms. And it kinda snowballed into an ongoing thing.

It was a very strange few months for all of us, and as I write this in the middle of July I am sure it is by no means over yet. For over 100 days I had no business to run, as it had disappeared overnight. So my little brain went off at a tangent and ended up deciding to do a Pub Quiz on ‘Facebook Live’ once a week just for fun. It was, and is, aimed at anyone finding them self at a loose end for an hour or so and just wanting to have a laugh. From the beginning it has been shambolic at best, and in no way is it meant to be taken seriously. Fun is the name of the game, and the only win is having a good time.

Pic of Carolyn & Neil with their Pub Quiz T-Shirts
Carolyn & Neill with their Pub Quiz T-Shirts

Having now come out of lockdown at the start of July, and hoping that we never go back into it, I decided to keep the pub quiz going on a monthly basis, so do join us on Facebook Live at 6:30 PM on the first Sunday of every month when you can. I had to switch it to a monthly one, as I got busy again! CLICK HERE to go to our Facebook Page.

Our Pub Quiz consists usually of four rounds, incorporating a load of general knowledge, song lyrics, some sort of picture round, and a round with a theme, sent in by one of our regular guests Neill Brinklow (pictured). That theme varies depending on the direction that Neill’s brain goes in.

If you’re not familiar with our Pub Quiz then one thing to mention is the collective term for our participants. At the start of lockdown, I began posting on Facebook in the form of a daily diary that rambled and ranted in all manner of directions, ending up at 193,000 words after 101 days. Lots of people followed my meandering mind and commented on my thoughts. In the main we all seemed to be of a similar mindset, with the same opinion on most of the subjects, which I spouted on about. Near the beginning we discussed the notion of a collective name for those taking part, and the name Woodentops was chosen, stuck with us, and now lives on. So it’s the Woodentop’s Pub Quiz as opposed to the Woodfarm Quiz really.

Pic of Janet with her Pub Quiz T-Shirt
Janet with her Pub Quiz T-Shirt

Whislt at the time of writing we find ourselves back in business again, hopefully on a permanent basis, we are endeavouring as a collective to keep the Woodentop train choo-chooing along. I am still posting random thoughts on Facebook, and whilst I’m attempting to make some of it relevant to the marketing of my Barn and Barge business, it has definitely taken a slightly different direction than in the days B.C (before COVID).

The Pub Quiz does include prizes, but it is never for actually winning. We are all winners for taking part as the cliché goes. I started giving away our mugs and travel cups to the first person who could answer a spot question, or make me laugh the most on a particular topic, or simply because I wanted to. I then had the idea of giving away T-shirts as you can see from the photos of various Woodentops with their much prized and proudly displayed prizes. Is it the Pub Quiz to end all Pub Quizzes? Probably not, but a whole bunch of us have had a whole lot of fun and will continue to do so.

Pic of the Quizmaster hard at work at the Pub Quiz
Your Quizmaster hard at work at the Pub Quiz

I do hope that if you haven’t joined us yet, that you will come and take a look sometime soon. You don’t even need to say anything if you don’t want to, you can just sit in the background and watch as the shenanigans unfold. However, if you’d like to just type a comment to say “hello”, then feel free, we are quite a welcoming bunch. I hope to see you on Facebook Live on the first Sunday of every month from now until the end of time.

Stay safe x