What to do?
This is a massive, wordy document but it’s the quickest way I can get lots of info on here for you about what sort of things there are to do around us. Over the next few weeks I will be working on breaking this all into separate blog posts with pictures etc but for now wade through and just email or call me if you would like any further info on any bits of it
We are less than an hour from Cambridge and Norwich, with Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich much nearer, as well as the great rural attractions on offer nearby in such places as Lavenham, Long Melford, Dedham & Flatfords’ Constable Country and the fabulous Heritage Coast with such towns as Southwold and Aldeburgh
Much closer to home are some great villages, with many beautiful country walks, not to mention the ones available right outside our front door! Needham Lake is only a few miles away and offers a very relaxing walk
Located less than a minute from the Suffolk Tourist Route, our immediate locale contains Debenham, the Stonham Barns complex with a golf course, bird sanctuary, and a variety of small craft and gift shops; Helmingham Hall, Framlingham Castle and Easton Farm Park, not to mention The Museum of East Anglian Life, a light railway, vineyards, air museums and a plethora of restaurants, pubs, historic Churches, etc
Walkin’ the Dog
The nearest pretty walk is directly out of your front door! Bear right as you leave the drive and walk a few minutes down the road to Crowfield Church on the right. It isn’t visible from the road but the sign is. It is one of the last remaining timber-framed Churches in Suffolk and is well worth a look. Two choices of public footpaths go from the Church across the fields beyond. Instead of turning in by the church you can walk straight on for miles and there are various other public footpaths across the fields so there’s plenty of exploring to do
The alternative closest walk is by bearing left as you leave the drive, up to the next house on the left and there is a public footpath next to the house across the fields to the rear
Venturing slightly further you can walk back up to Stonham Aspal and go left to the Ten Bells pub (See section on pubs). Or you can turn right, which will take you to the Stonham Barns complex, which houses the Mid-Suffolk Show Ground and the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
This is a great area for walking as is Suffolk in General. There are books in all the cottages on “Suffolk Walks” and it they are there for your enjoyment. Please feel free to use them but please make sure you leave them in the cottage for future guests
The nearest walk in most of the books is Barham, Baylham and Coddenham (Walk 21) which is 8 miles. You could cheat a little and start it in Coddenham which is only a couple of miles down the road. The walk incorporates the Baylham rare breeds centre (see section 12 of this folder) as well as taking you right past the Sorrel Horse Pub!
The next nearest one is a 5-miler taking in Cretingham and Brandeston taking you past The Queens Head – A great pub/ restaurant (you can see a theme here!)
There is also a lovely walk around Needham Lake just 4 miles away
Additional Doggy info from www.suffolktouristguide.com
Dog Friendly Pubs in Suffolk
Whether you’re visiting Suffolk for the first time, or are a frequent visitor, or resident, it’s nice to know where you can go with your pets. Suffolk has a wide range of Dog Friendly Pubs dotted all over. While some request that you keep your pets in the outside garden or terrace area, many allow pets inside the pub as well. Here is a selection of pubs across Suffolk which allows pets either in the pub or in the garden.
The Star Inn, Wenhaston, is a warm and friendly local village inn with a large garden, great food & drink and on-site camping by prior arrangement. Well behaved dogs are allowed.
The Tollgate Inn, Bury St Edmunds is a charming restaurant and bar with a large garden and seating area, and well-behaved dogs are warmly welcomed – as are humans!
The Queen’s Head, Bramfield is an award-winning family pub and they allow dogs in the garden and inside the pub.
The Sorrell Horse Inn in Woodbridge offers an open door policy to pets. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the pub, and the pub features an outdoor garden area open to both people and pets.
In Bury St Edmunds, The White Horse allows dogs in the pub and garden areas, though not in the inn rooms.
The White Horse at Tattingstone has both an open pet policy in the pub as well as featuring a garden which is dog friendly.
The Bildeston Crown allows well behaved dogs in the pub, as does The Kings Head Inn in Orford, which allows dogs in both the pub, and in rooms. The Cock Inn in Polstead is also a good place for pets, with dogs allowed in the pub.
The Cherry Tree in Belchamp St. Paul allows dogs, except during meal times.
The same rule applies at The George and Dragon in Long Melford, where dogs are allowed as long as food isn’t being served.
Crown Hotel in Southwold allows dogs in the bar areas, but not in the rooms or dining areas.
The George in Cavendish has a terrace which is pet friendly, though dogs are not allowed in the pub itself.
Woodbridge’s The Ship Inn is dog friendly, as is The Angel Inn Wangford (though dogs are not allowed in the rooms).
Finally, The Brantham Bull in Manningtree has a great garden which is pet friendly, though they do ask that you be sure and clean up after them!
With so many options to choose from, you’re never far from a dog friendly pub in Suffolk. If you’d like more information on Dog Friendly places in Suffolk, Google Dog Friendly Suffolk, or Dog Friendly Beaches in Suffolk
Also check out www.dogfriendlysuffolk.com for some extra pub & walk ideas
There’s a 15m cycle route either turning left or right out of here, known as the Gosbeck route. You can view the route on
If you click on Suffolk you can see the nearest ones to here;
They are The Stowmarket County Tour (18m), the aforementioned Gosbeck Route and the Ipswich Loop South Route (18m) – There’s also one in Southwold one there (43m!)
If you just fancy some fresh air then either turn right out of the drive and then just keep taking left turns, or turn left and keep taking right turns! You’ll end up back here
We also have some local cycle info leaflets in the cottages and ‘The Shed’
Eating & Drinking
The Highwayman, Creeting St Mary (a couple of miles down the A140) IP6 8PS
Originally built in the 1700s it has been expanded with a barn style restaurant extension. Inside you will find a cosy atmosphere amongst the exposed timbers and galleried restaurant
The kitchen uses seasonal local produce to produce British food with continental influences. Lunchtime menus also feature a selection of lighter meals and snacks
The bar provides local real ales, an extensive wine list and a good selection of malt whiskies are on offer. You will also find Aspall Cyder; you’ll see that a lot round here!
Well behaved children are welcome
Monday Closed all day
Tuesday – Saturday 12.00 – 3.00 6.30 – 11.00
Sunday 12.00 – 3.00
They have daily specials and a vegetarian board and they are happy to cater for special dietary requirements if you wish to call in advance
Your hosts are David & Olga Parry – 01449 760369
The Victoria, Earl Soham, IP13 7RL – to the East on the A1120 (About 15 minutes away)
This is a great old real ale pub that time seems to have forgotten! They have their own brewery producing Victoria and (you’ve guessed it) Albert ales. Simple wood furnishings, bare floorboards and open fire provide an effective back-drop to the excellent beer brewed a few yards away in the village. Home made, good value meals available from a very varied menu at both lunchtimes and evenings
Opening hours: 11.30-3 & 6-11; Mon – Sat, 12-3 & 7-10.30 Sun
The Black Horse Inn, Thorndon, IP23 7JR – About 10 minutes North, through Debenham
A traditional country pub with a cosy log fire
They stock local real ales including regularly changing guest ales, a good range of wines and local Aspall cider
The chefs travels have inspired his love of Asian food which is a particular feature of the menu alongside the Classic British pub dishes including his fabulous Local Steak & Adnams Ale Pie
Open every lunchtime and evening (All day Sunday)
Tel: 01379 678523
The Doberman, Framsden, IP14 6HG (10 minutes away)
Just a few miles away off the A1120. A small homely pub with a good reputation for food. No children under 14 allowed in the pub, but they may use the garden. Dating back to the 16th Century it was previously known as The Greyhound but was renamed by the current landlady, who used to be a successful breeder of Dobermans
Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 1200-1500, 1900-2300 and Sun: 1200-1500
Your hostess is Sue – 01473 890461
The Sorrel Horse Inn, Barham, IP6 0PG (10 minutes away)
A family-run pub for over 20 years. They have continually developed and increased trade through the addition of a children’s play area’s, well maintained gardens and of course traditional home cooked pub food
Your hosts are Breda, Matthew & Philip – 01473 830327
The Low House (Formerly The Kings Head) Laxfield, IP13 8DW – ½ hour East
The Low House is one of the very few pubs left in Britain that has no bar-counter. You go in the tap room at the back. Beer drinkers survey the array of barrels and request whatever takes the fancy, drawn straight from the barrel! How good is that?
Before you reach the barrels, you pass through a room dominated by an ancient fireplace. Old settles, polished in parts by the backs and bottoms of the long dead, surround it in a U-shape, with a table in the middle. Another room, also called the tap room, likewise has one large table and bench seats around. This is a social pub. If you want to be slightly less social you can go in the card room, which has small, separate tables and chairs, or the restaurant, but even there you may get into conversation with people to whom you have not been introduced
There is no pool table, no piped music, no coin-in-the-slot of any kind, no television large or small
Dogs are welcomed and given a biscuit. Horse-drawn carriage rides can be taken at weekends or booked for other times!
Your Hosts are Bob & Linda – 01986 798395
The Shepherd & Dog, Forward Green, IP14 5HN (10 minutes West on the A1120)
Shepherd & Dog in Forward Green where Food is of the Essence. Enjoy tasty, well presented food using the freshest & finest locally sourced produce prepared on the premises daily
The bar area is the perfect spot for a light snack or just a quiet drink with Friends.
Their approach to modern cuisine has been rewarded with numerous AA Rosettes, an entry in the Good Pub Guide and they are winners of the “Suffolk Dining Club Restaurant of the Year” award
Open for Lunch from 12pm (last orders 1:30) and for Dinner 7:00pm (last orders 8:45) Closed Sunday evenings and all day on Mondays
They have both A La Carte & “Pub Grub” Menu’s
The Dennington Queen, Dennington – About 20 minutes East on the A1120
Another favourite of mine; formerly The Queens Head it is now very much more a restaurant than a pub. A large timber framed building set back from road and close to church. Spacious dining areas and a small retained drinking area. Parts date from the early 16th century, others from the early 17th
Landlord Peter Mills says their ghost (nicknamed Albert) can be heard pacing around above the bar. There have also been instances where the stereo has been turned off by a ghostly hand and the vacuum cleaner switched on! Apparently
It gets extremely busy, particularly Sunday so it’s well worth booking – 01728 638241
The Crown, Bildeston, IP7 7EB – About 10 minutes South of Needham Market
A real treat located in the heart of Suffolk’s picturesque countryside, close to the wool towns of Hadleigh and Lavenham and perfectly placed for visiting the Dedham Vale and Constable Country, Gainsborough’s birthplace Sudbury and historic Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, The Bildeston Crown is an original 15th century coaching inn, which was imaginatively renovated and refurbished in 2003
This restaurant & hotel is reputed to be haunted by several ghosts. There have been sightings of old people sitting in bars, children that want to hold hands in one of the bedrooms and there’s a ghost of someone who hanged himself long ago in one of the rooms
The Crown offers fine food in splendid beamed surroundings either in the bar or in its stunning restaurant. To back this up, The Crown has awards coming out of their ears
They have a superb menu and if you’re really adventurous you could try the Chef’s Eight Course Tasting Menu to be taken by the whole table. Only available in the evening (Not Sunday)
Your hosts are Chris & Hayley Lee- 01449 740510
The Auberge – Yaxley, IP23 8BZ (20 Mins up the A140)
The Auberge is a small family owned and run Restaurant with Rooms in North Suffolk. It was once a rural public house providing simple food and drink for locals, but now, after tasteful improvements which retain the cosiness of the historic building, it offers some of the finest food in Suffolk. And I can vouch for that!
They are proud to announce that they have won Gourmet Britain’s “Best Restaurant with Rooms in the UK”!
The food, ambience and service are excellent. A real family-run place with the emphasis on quality. One of their special dining experiences is the Fruits de Mer. Sourcing the best sea food this platter can consist of Lobster, Crab, Oysters, Mussels, Crevettes, Shrimps, Prawns, Langoustine, Cray fish, Whelks, Clams and anything else that is in season. Please give them at least 24 hours’ notice
Your hosts are John and Dee Stenhouse
Ipswich Road, Yaxley, nr Eye, Suffolk IP23 8BZ
Tel: 01379 783604 www.the-auberge.co.uk
Zeera, Indian Takeaway, Debenham – A great curry and they deliver here free of charge. Best to give them your number and tell them to ring when they arrive Menus are in the cottages or ‘The Shed’ for Woodfarm Barns guests
Chinese Chequers, Chinese restaurant and takeaway, Stowmarket
Really good food to eat in or take away. No deliveries though
59-63 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1BA 01449 676788
I’ve saved the best two for last! The Four Horseshoes & 745pm……
The Four Horseshoes, Thornham Magna (15 mins up the A140)
A beautiful 12th Century pub set in the beautiful Suffolk village of Thornham Magna, with lots of original features and a roaring log fire. A family run place,
They provide an array of refreshments from early morning breakfast for both guests and visitors to light lunches or a la carte specialities in the Shire restaurant. The inn boasts a large bar with inglenook fireplaces and an extensive wine range from across the world as well as the traditional cask conditioned ales and lagers offers the visitor a selection of perfect refreshments
All menus with game dishes being a speciality, are created from fresh produce from local suppliers and with the log fires burning on a winters day or the sun shining in the large enclosed garden you can enjoy some traditional English favourites or innovative European dishes, all day, every day. Coffees and pastries add to the food and drink on offer at this beautiful inn
The Four Horseshoes offers a good, solid pub menu with high standards. In my opinion this is a great pub/ restaurant offering excellent, hearty, fresh food at really reasonable prices. To my mind, this is just a ‘pop out when we fancy a nice meal’ place, without breaking the bank
Your hosts are Tom & Martin
Tel: 01379 678777
745pm – Moat Farm, Middlewood Green, IP14, 5HG (10 mins away)
This is my favourite place to eat in the area! It is fine dining at its best but very relaxed rather than the stuffy norm that one associates with this type of food
Early in 2012 some guests in The Granary told me that they were “eating at 7.45 tonight”. My first thought was “so?” Then they explained that it was the name of a restaurant just 5 miles away. Having never heard of it I had a look at the website www.745pm.co.uk and was intrigued. Farmhouse fine dining, just two sittings a week, Friday & Saturday nights, at 7.45pm
They came back with rave reviews the next day some tried it out for myself. Essentially it is the hobby of David Wicks, who had supposedly retired but then decided to set up a little restaurant on his farm
With just 18 covers, it is seemingly packed all the time. It is a set 5 course menu plus canapés, with a charge of £33.50 per head (2012) and an excellent selection of wine is sold at retail prices, not restaurant prices
David is an excellent host and with just the aid of one waitress, he cooks and serves your meal
The food is quite simply sublime! Local, fresh ingredients, with as much coming from Moat farm itself as possible, every course is well thought out, prepared and delivered. David obviously puts a great deal of creativity into his dishes and every mouthful is sensational
The wine is in a fridge in the restaurant and you just help yourself. What a great idea as we can all open a bottle of wine, but we can’t all cook like this man!
The menu for Friday and Saturday goes up on the website on the Monday and I would suggest you book in advance as they are full most of the time
Contact David Wicks on 01449 711222
Coffee Shops & Deli’s
The Coddenham Food Store, School Road, Coddenham, Suffolk, IP6 9PS
Just 3 miles South of us, down the lane
A great little deli also serving teas and coffees; they sell loads of great food and drink and try to stock as much local produce as possible
As well as everyday items such as breakfast cereals, milk etc, they have an exciting range of local bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables, jams, sauces & chutneys as well as a wide variety of local meats, pate’s and fish products. On the drink side they have Suffolk fruit juices, as well; as coffees, beers, wines and cyder, from Deepmills, Adnams, Hellhound and Aspall to name but a few
They are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm on Monday to Friday and from 8.00am to 5.30pm on Saturday. There’s a Post Office within the store too and their opening hours, as well as details of forthcoming store events can be found on their website www.coddenhamfoodstore.co.uk
Lucy Jane Flowers, Debenham, IP14 6QJ – 10 minutes away
A great little coffee shop & florist, the Garden of Deben stocks beautiful quality flowers and plants throughout the year
Set at the heart of the pretty medieval village of Debenham, they run a friendly cafe within the florists where they offer delicious light lunches, coffee, tea, homemade cakes and organic Roskilly’s ice-cream. You can eat in, or enjoy their sunny courtyard in the spring and summer
Opening hours Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9-5
Tues & Sat 9-1
Owners Lucy (obviously) – 01728 860190
The Chilli Farm, Mendlesham, IP14 5NQ – Just to the North on the A140
As seen on TV, Denise & Adrian Nutall set up the Chilli Farm to grow the very best chillies to supply their own Deli!
To bring you the very best flavours and products, they have travelled to Northern Mexico, Southern Mexico and even to the Chile Pepper Institute in New Mexico!
Along with their own range of Chilli Jam, Jellies and Chutneys they have the biggest collection of Chilli products in the UK!
The Deli has a great selection of tapas, including stuffed chilli olives, stuffed farm grown cherry bomb chillies, sun sweetened tomatoes and some great local produce including another local company made famous by the telly
The farm shop is bursting with fresh chillies during the summer and dried chillies all year round, together with some great gift ideas and locally produced gourmet sauces, salsas, jellies, chutneys & oils
Monday – Saturday
9am ~ 6pm
Sunday (and Bank Holidays)
10am ~ 4pm
Jimmy’s Farm – South of Ipswich – half and hour away
Home of the Essex Pig. They have come a long way since they started the Farm and the TV cameras started following their progress. They’ve now been going for ten years
Get up close to many farmyard favourites on the Nature Trail, build dens on the Woodland Walk, enjoy Michaela’s Herb Garden or simply relax in the Restaurant. Darwin’s Experimental Garden is also worth a visit needless to say, The Farm Shop and Butchery offers an incredible array of rare, local and seasonal produce. Open every day, there is always something going on – from activities for the children to festivals, markets, courses and evening entertainment
Jimmy’s Farm pork sausages with their Cherry Bomb chillies and beef burgers with their Habanero chilli are excellent
They have a great selection of Teas, including Chilli Tea, Coffee and Chilli Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
A selection of fresh Bread is baked every day and a range of daily homemade cakes, pastries & ice-creams are displayed on the blackboard
Their 200-year-old-barn has been lovingly restored and is now a wonderfully rustic yet contemporary timber framed restaurant.
Their Inspirational Chefs as they refer to them (one of them is my Nephew!) utilise locally sourced and grown produce to create mouthwatering breakfast, brunches and lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals. Their Sunday Roast is legendary and the Yorkshire Puddings are huge!
This is a very family friendly Restaurant and they are a popular choice for those visiting for the day or for those wishing to grab lunch or a snack or have coffee on the run!
Pannington Hall Lane
Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR
Telephone: 01473 604206
Alder Carr Farm, Needham market, IP6 8LX – 4 miles away
A great farm shop & deli with a tea room, it’s overflowing with lovely produce. You will find their own highland beef, free-range eggs and award-winning fruit ice cream as well as locally produced food and pick your own fruit and vegetables.
Why not browse the craft shops, eco-shop and the new shop in the Dovecote: The Suffolk Garden Mill? The farm animals and play area are particularly popular with children
There are monthly farmers’ markets at which local farmers and producers sell their produce directly to the public
The owners Joan & Nick Hardingham believe there is a niche market for fresh, local products – supplying unusual varieties and delivering freshness where the supermarkets have difficulty – such as asparagus and sweetcorn whose flavour deteriorates almost hourly. Also, for the high quality products of local farmers and food producers who do not wish to supply supermarkets which involves sacrificing quality to meet demands for a lower price
Food Heroes of the Year!
They have had all their hard work supporting local food recognised by being crowned ‘Food Heroes of the Year’ at the Suffolk Food and Drinks Awards. They were awarded for proving their commitment to championing Suffolk food and drink, a sustained high level of performance and service to the local food industry and for expertise in their chosen field
Alder Carr Farm Shop also feature in numerous publications
1. The Good Food Producers Guide – Over 1000 places to buy the best food in the UK by Rose Prince
Of Alder Carr Farm Rose Prince says, ‘I admire their fruit farm enormously, not just for the seasonal soft fruit, but for the ice cream made with generous quantities of fruit.’
2. Taste Britain – A food lovers guide, which says:
‘The charming Alder Carr Farm…seems even more locally rooted than most farm shops. And yet it is patronised by foodie celebrities, such as local resident Delia Smith, who says that she no longer bothers to make her runner bean chutney when the one sold at Alder Carr is just as good
You can contact Alder Carr Farm on 01449 720820
Art- Local Galleries, local exhibitions and craft shops
The Grainger Gallery, Norwich Road, Little Stonham (A1120/ A140 Crossroads) less than 5 minutes from here
Pete Grainger was born and grew up in Nottingham but now lives in Suffolk.
Pete has always had an interest in drawing, which led him to study an art foundation course in Ipswich. The following year he enrolled at Norwich School of Art where he studied for a degree in Fine Art. He found that he could not get enough of learning and believes he did 5 years in 3 as he would invariably arrive at university first thing in the morning and would be last to leave in the evening, with the caretakers locking up behind him!
Pete appreciates all art and is never short of ideas, he makes a mental note of anything that catches his eye, from chickens and pigs to a Suffolk cottage in the moonlight, and then sketches them down to work on later. His love of art stems particularly from his liking of people whether it is a group of people laughing in a restaurant or someone stood looking in a shop window. He is extremely inventive and enjoys trying new ideas and techniques. For the last couple of years he has been experimenting with plaster, which he calls his modern day version of frescos. Pete feels quite excited and positive because when they work they are quite beautiful.
Pete is approachable, friendly and enjoys chatting. He loves to get feedback from people who come into the Gallery where there is always a cup of tea on the go!
Open Sat & Sun 10 – 5 (Closed Jan & Feb)
Tel: 01449 711813
Crooked House Gallery, Lavenham, CO10 9PR
The Crooked House is in the heart of Lavenham – a Suffolk village famous for its preserved medieval timbered buildings built by wealthy cloth merchants in the 15th century
The Gallery is in the medieval building of the Crooked House, one of England’s most vertically challenged structures! Originally built by a wealthy cloth merchant around 1395, THE CROOKED HOUSE is the service wing of his grand hall house: one of many historic homes in LAVENHAM, SUFFOLK.
THE GALLERY is run by Clare Calder-Marshall and artist/writer Alison Englefield. It is a treasure trove of original and inspiring artworks – many of which are by East Anglian artists and can be purchased by mail order
Opening hours: 10 – 5.0 daily except Wednesdays
(Summer holidays they stay open to 5.30 – 6pm)
01787 247 865
Some crafts & gifts are available at The Alder Carr Farm, The Chilli Company and the Garden of Deben (all in the food & drink section of this folder)
There are also craft items available within the Stonham barns complex just round the corner on the A1120
Other outlets nearby include;
Granary Crafts Brook Farm, Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3DH 01449 736 363
Hart Homebrews & Crafts 20-22 Bury Street, Stowmarket IP14 1HH 01449 675 918
C and S Crafts They make their products at home and sell them throughout East Anglia at craft fairs, via their website and also an e-bay shop – email@example.com – 01449 616838 or 07936 683239
Corn Hall, Diss, IP22 4LB – Half an hour away to the North on the A140
The Corn Hall is a fine example of a 19th Century corn exchange, located in the heart of the historic market town of Diss, half an hour up the A140 from here
It is managed by local volunteers, ‘The friends of Diss Corn Hall’ and stages a wide variety of theatre, music, dance, cinema and comedy
The box office can be contacted on 01379 652241
or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org Monday – Saturday 11 til 4
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR – ½ an hour away, A14 (West)
Now that the theatre is fully restored to its original 1819 glory, their Revisit programme will offer our visitors a unique theatrical and heritage experience.
As the sole surviving example of a Regency playhouse in this country, the Theatre Royal has a fascinating story to tell. A story not just about its own eventful past, but also about a previously missing link in the history of English theatre.
Under the banner of their restoring the Repertoire series, they’re going to be rediscovering much of the undeservedly forgotten theatrical repertoire of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
You can also take a guided tour of the Theatre or take a more leisurely look during one of the regular Open Doors sessions. They plan to establish a programme of lectures and workshops, as well as a comprehensive library archive
BOX OFFICE (FOR ALL TICKET BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES)
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ½ an hour away
SPINE TINGLING PLAYS, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AERIAL AND MUSIC THEATRE, COMEDY CONFECTIONS WITH SOME OF THE FINEST COMICS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND EVEN A NEW ADVENTURE FOR ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS SEASON
A full current brochure should be available in the utility room for you to have a look through as we are on their marketing mailing list
Call the Box Office on 01473 295 900 or visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Historic Towns and Villages
Woodfarm House & Barns is smack bang in the heart of Suffolk so is an ideal place to explore the many wonderful towns & villages that the County has to offer
The following are just some of those within ½ an hour or so of here that are well worth a visit. For those with Tourist Information Centres, details are given;
A highly fashionable destination for holidays or day trips. The high street boasts a number of award-winning restaurants and bistros where independent shops and galleries line the street. The TIC is situated in a listed building on the High Street beside the arch way to the beach – 152 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ – Tel 01728 453637
Bury St Edmunds
The medieval market town of Bury St Edmunds is set within some of Suffolk’s finest countryside, surrounded by attractive villages, country parks and forests. Judged ‘best little town in the world’ at the Nations in Bloom finals in 1999, it continues to be a popular destination for tourists
Tourist Information can be found at 6 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1UZ – Tel: 01284 764667
Ok, it’s in Essex but it’s only half an hour away. Britain’s oldest recorded town offers cutting-edge art & theatre, historical treasures in award-winning museums, great shopping & fun days out. It is also the birth-place of …… Me!
The Information Centre is located opposite the Castle – 1 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG –
Tel: 01206 282920
Debenham – The nearest village to Woodfarm House with shops! Debenham is a quaint little Suffolk village with a handful of coffee shops and giftwares, as well as a butcher and a baker but no candle-stick maker. There are some interesting historical buildings in Debenham so it’s well worth a look. The nearest supermarket is here too (Co-op)
OK, I know, it’s Essex again but it’s only 25 minutes away and it’s beautiful. I should know, I have a place there too and spend as much time there as I can. The Sun Inn is a great old pub, opposite the church and if you want a traditional English cream tea then look no further than the Essex Rose Tea room opposite the monument. You may well be aware that Dedham is the heart of ‘Constable Country’ so there are some lovely gift shops here as well as lots of art and crafts on offer in the Craft Centre
You can take a boat out from the Boathouse restaurant and row to Flatford, taking in many of the sights so typical to constables’ work (See the later section on Rivers)
An ideal place for discovering the North of the county, with lots of other quaint villages around, it has a rich architectural history, which you can follow using the Eye Town Trail booklet kept in the utility room. There’s also a cycling booklet in there for Eye too
Ipswich is one of England’s oldest towns. Christchurch Mansion houses important art collections and the Waterfront combines history, restaurants and quayside walks. The TIC is found in St. Stephens Church, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1DP – Tel: 01473 258070
Known as England’s finest medieval wool town. Set in the rolling Suffolk countryside, every street is lined with timber-framed buildings. There are some lovely pubs, restaurants, coffee houses and gift/ craft/ art shops here for you to spend your money in. The Information Centre is located just around the corner from the National Trust Guildhall, off the Market Place, in Lady Street, CO10 9RA – Tel: 01787 248207
A beautiful and historic Suffolk town, popular with tourists from all over the globe. It boasts a plethora of lovely antique shops, as well as restaurants, pubs and gift shops and you won’t get bored of the wealth of traditional timbered buildings
Founded in 1245 and later becoming a flourishing part of the cloth trade so prevalent in this part of Suffolk, Needham Market retains much of its historic character and architecture, now hosting several pubs, gift shops, deli’s and homeware outlets, as well as butchers and bakers. The leaflet ‘Discover Needham Market’ in the utility room will show you a nice walk through the town, taking in both the Mill and Lake
Some say it is Britain’s most quintessential holiday resort, Southwold is famous for its bright beach huts along the award winning beach, breathtaking Pier and traditional seaside atmosphere. The Tourist Information Centre is located on Southwold’s High Street, opposite the Crown Hotel – IP18 6DS – Tel: 01502 724729
An attractive market town on the River Deben. On the quayside is the famous Tide Mill, and on the opposite bank of the river, Sutton Hoo, the burial site of Anglo-Saxon kings. The TIC is situated in the Station Building backing onto the quayside – IP12 4AJ – Tel: 01394 382240
The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, IP14 1DL – Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on their beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet their friendly animals including and rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings and try some delicious food and local produce in the museum bistro – 01449 712229
Fox Fritillary Meadow – On the Suffolk Tourist route – About 10 mins away
The largest of only four remaining snake’s head fritillary sites in Suffolk, this reserve is an ancient floodplain meadow. Fritillaries thrive in land that periodically floods. In spring the emergence of the grass like foliage is soon followed by displays of up to 300,000 nodding purple-chequered and white flower heads in mid April to early May.
Eighteen fritillary sites were known in Suffolk in 1889, but sadly most have been lost through drainage or ploughing. The fritillaries bloom alongside early meadow flowers such as cowslip and cuckoo flower.
The meadow is managed by an early summer hay cut followed by aftermath grazing.
The site gets its name from the Fox family who owned Boundary Farm between 1922 and 1976 and helped Suffolk Wildlife Trust buy the meadow.
Visiting the meadow is strictly by prior arrangement only. Please ensure you contact Suffolk Wildlife Trust (01473 890089) before you visit
Dogs on leads welcome
Mickfield Meadow – Mickfield – 10 minutes away, Near Debenham
Mickfield Meadow is a stunning flower-rich hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised. As a result it contains a host of wildflowers, many of which are now scarce in Suffolk. To maintain this rich flora, the meadow is managed by a summer hay cut and then grazing the late summer growth.
The unusual mix of plants growing here adds to its botanical interest. In parts of the meadow you can see goldilocks buttercup and the low growing wood anemone – both plants more usually associated with ancient woodlands. In the wetter parts look for marshland flowers like ragged-robin, meadowsweet and the beautiful snake’s head fritillary – one of only four sites in Suffolk where it can still be found.
The boundary hedges are maintained by the traditional method of coppicing. This involves periodically cutting sections to the ground, which encourages re growth and creates a long living, dense hedge that is great for wildlife. Dogs on leads welcome
“A fantastic ancient, semi-natural woodland with superb circular walks. During spring it’s worth getting here for the dawn chorus alone!”
Bonny Wood is an ancient coppice woodland and part of the Barking Tye woods which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the quality of coppice wood habitats and in particular the ground flora. The best time to visit is from late April to late June when the coppiced areas are brimming with wood anemone, woodruff and herb-paris. Look out for orchids in the wood, you may find early-purple orchids, lesser twayblade, common spotted orchid and if you look carefully you may be lucky enough to spot a greater butterfly orchid.
Birds are plentiful with melodies from summer migrants such as blackcap and willow warbler mingling with the song of resident species. There are frequent sightings of hobby and at dusk you may catch a glimpse of woodcock performing their mating display. Evidence of a healthy badger population is reflected by the number of setts.
Again, dogs welcome on leads
There are also some expansive forest over by the coast at Rendlesham and Tunstall with a myriad of walks
There are also nature reserves at Minsmere and Dunwich, slightly further afield in the section on “Trips to the river & seaside”
Trips to the river & seaside
We are only half an hour or so from the heritage coast with such towns as Aldeburgh, Orford, Southwold, Thorpeness, Walberswick and Woodbridge all in easy reach
There are some beautiful places to visit and the best thing is these places like Orford, Mersea Island (Essex), Aldeburgh, Dunwich are all candyfloss and one- armed bandit free!
On the water – There are some great rivers around us in Suffolk
After the success of Woodfarm House and The Granary Barn in 2010 and 2011 proving such a hit with our guests, it was with the water in mind that we named our further barn development in 2012 after Suffolk Rivers. Ok, one does dip its toes into a beautiful part of nearby Essex but it starts in Suffolk!
With its source in Laxfield (Great Pub there – The Low House!), Initially a stream, it becomes tidal and widens considerably when it reaches Snape. It meanders East past Aldeburgh (You must go there!) after which this part of the river was named. The river then becomes known as the River Ore as it approaches Orford where it once entered the sea; however the mouth of the river has now been pushed some five miles further south as shingle has accumulated over hundreds of years after which it splits to form Havergate Island and is joined by its tributary, the Butley River, before reaching the sea at Shingle Street
The lower reaches of the river passes through marshland and shingle or sand beaches. The shingle spit that blocks the river, Orford Ness is now some 10 miles in length and is owned by the National Trust. The main area through which the River Alde flows is open countryside in private ownership, much of it arable farmland.
The tidal reaches (below Snape Bridge) are within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as being a Site of special scientific interest, a designated Special are of conservation and a Special Protection Area. An RSPB reserve, Boyton Marshes, is situated between the River Ore and the Butley River. A registered charity, the Alde & Ore Association, exists to “preserve and protect for the public benefit the Alde, Ore and Butley Creek rivers and their banks from Shingle Street to their tidal limits”]
During Tudor times, the river served as a port from which four ships were launched to fight against the Spanish Armada]. The river no longer serves as a port but as an area for yacht club members to gather to sail
The River Deben is a tidal estuary in Suffolk, flowing through largely unspoilt countryside for nearly 25 miles from its source near Debenham (Yes, it is where the department store got its name from) to the North Sea at Felixstowe Ferry. The Deben is tidal for about 13 miles, from Bromeswell, just upstream from Woodbridge
Have a look at www.riverdeben.org for more info and to find out about the work they do
The River Gipping Trust is preserving the historic heritage of the Stowmarket Navigation by restoring the structures that enabled navigation of the River Gipping from the docks in Ipswich to Stowmarket and caring for the flora and fauna of The Gipping Valley. Go to www.rivergippingtrust.org for lots more info
Charles Dickens is known to have visited the area and written about fishing on the Orwell and Gipping Rivers;
We have details of the Gipping Walks for you to enjoy
Its source river, above the tidal limit at Stoke Bridge, is the Gipping and it broadens into an estuary at Ipswich where the Ipswich Docks have operated since the 7th century and then flows into the North Sea at Felixstowe after joining with the River Stour at Shotley
Daniel Defoe refers to the Orwell and the Stour in his tour through England and Wales and indeed the writer Eric Blair chose the name by which we all know him, George Orwell because of his love for the river
There is some excellent sailing to be had on the Orwell at Levington, Woolverstone and Pin Mill
For a great day out have a look at www.orwellrivercruises.co.uk
Orwell River Cruises Limited was specifically formed in 2001 to bring back the pleasure of river cruising to the River Orwell after an absence of such facilities for several decades.
A Suffolk businessman, with strong links with the maritime scene, is the driving force behind the family owned Orwell River Cruises. It had long been an ambition to provide a traditional professionally run river cruise service locally, so that more people could experience the wonders of the River Orwell and Stour estuary, including the very impressive Port of Felixstowe. The River Orwell is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in the country, and has been officially voted by the RYA as the second most beautiful river in England.
Using its purpose built vessel, ~Orwell Lady~, the company runs regular, scheduled cruises for up to 118 passengers per trip, leaving from Orwell Quay in Ipswich Wet Dock, along the River Orwell and into Harwich Harbour. There are daytime public cruises, Theme Night evening cruises and Cream Tea afternoon cruises to either Harwich Harbour or Pin Mill. (Click on the relevant link to the left in the index for full details).
Tel: 07734 875887
My favourite place around here to get on the water is on the River Stour at Dedham. It’s only 25 minutes away and you can either hire a little rowing boat and go crashing into the banks or take it easy on a little motorised boat, which won’t crash into the banks
If you have a roof rack and have experience then I’m happy to let you borrow my Kayak and equipment by arrangement
If you really want to go for it then visit www.riverstourboating.org.uk and look at taking one of their one or two day trips!
Based on the River Stour in the Suffolk village of Bures St Mary, they provide a variety of small craft services on the river including two day guided trips by Canadian canoe along the navigable length of the river from Sudbury in Suffolk to Cattawade near Manningtree on the Essex coast.
The journey of some 25 miles meanders through some of the most beautiful and famous Suffolk scenery including Stratford St Mary and Dedham in Constable country.
There is much to see on the quiet stretches of river including Heron, Kingfisher, Coot, Swans and many varieties of Duck. The fields along the route in most cases are not accessible to the public and apart from the occasional fisherman, the journey along the river by canoe is peaceful and tranquil (Nearby Dedham and Flatford though are very accessible on foot
Available for individuals, family groups, corporate weekends, work colleagues and clubs. A maximum of eight people per trip. Special rates for group bookings.
Tel:- 01787 375377 or go to their website
A great favourite, and an absolute must if you have a dog is Minsmere; you go to Dunwich where you can pick up the best Fish & Chips there right on the beach, maybe buy some fresh fish from the fishermen’s huts and then drive 10 minutes down the coast to Minsmere ‘Look out point’ which is owned by the National Trust and has a Gastro cafe at the lookout tower – amazingly good value and great food which they cook all themselves
At Minsmere you can see the most unusual bird in the sanctuary or just enjoy the wonderful walks where the heathland stretches down to the beach and back round the marshes through the woodland paths – even a great foodie pub on the way at Eastbridge – a day you will enjoy and remember forever
Dunwich is just out of picture to the North about 5 miles, this beach runs for about 20 miles and lots of it has heath-land running straight down onto it
Minsmere ‘Look out point’ is on this headland, there are a lovely cafe and a NT car park
To walk on the heath, the old ruins and beaches at Minsmere is great and if you like Nature reserves there is a very good wetlands one there
You could take in Walberswick and then walk to Southwold as well. Try to pop into the Low House pub at Laxfield on your way back (see Pubs section) It is well worth the visit; it won the regions Pub of the Year by CAMRA (Real Ale organisation) and is a charming old fashioned pub with no bar – just a tap room where you pick up a jug of ale to take back to the big wooden settle in front of the open fire.
A trip to Aldeburgh is interesting and the seaside village is a cultural centre with lots of activities to offer there and at Snape Malting’s just round the corner. Also Thorpeness is worth a visit
You can also visit the old Viking burial grounds on the heathland at Sutton Hoo which is in the neighbourhood. The finds at this famous Viking location have been considered so important that they are now housed in a brand new extensive exhibition hall at the site
The pretty town of Woodbridge is also in this neck of the woods and here you can visit the picturesque quay and the unique ‘Tide Mills’
Pin Mill harbour on the Orwell Estuary is very pretty and has a great pub with good food and lovely walks
The Butley Oysterage at Orford is really great, it has a lovely selection of local oysters, crabs, lobsters and fish all completely fresh plus a great smokery and wonderful quirky restaurant / cafe where you can just as easily wash down your oysters and brown bread with a cup of builders best tea or a bottle of Dom Perignon, all very unpretentious and very good value
Orford has an imposing castle, a couple of excellent Gastro pubs and is a pretty tiny harbour village at the end of the world where you can get ferry trips over to the mysterious MOD Pagodas on the Massive Orford Ness Nature Reserve opposite
A special Tip: The Lady Florence – 50 foot wooden supply boat – sails all year round from Orford harbour – trips up to 4 hours include dinner on board – brunch cruises and Champagne tea time trips. Very cosy atmosphere with a coal fire in the comfortable businesslike saloon
Call 0831 698 298 – 07831 698 298 for details or www.lady-florence.co.uk
Here is a quick rundown of the Local beaches near Woodfarm House
Felixstowe – 30 mins
An Edwardian resort with Shingle and Sandy beaches for 4 miles, safe bathing. beautiful gardens. Beachuts for hire, good for kids
A pretty resort with a small sandy beach and boat jetty, quiet.
A quiet resort with a mainly shingle beach, it has a desolate but magical quality and is designated as a place of special scientific Interest because of the rare plants and flowers that survive in this wind-swept beach. The wild activity of the river Ore meeting the sea will keep you fascinated for hours
Aldeburgh 35 mins
Visited by masses during the summer, the beach is long and shingly with sandy areas at low tide; it is still very much a fishing town with a large marina ending in a massive Martello Tower
There are a number of excellent pubs and a couple of outstanding restaurants plus a lovely walk past the salt marshes along the coast to Thorpeness
Aldeburgh is a great centre for the arts and the famous Snape Maltings is just on the inland side of the natural harbour
Thorpeness 35 mins
Perhaps one of the most picturesque resorts of them all with its pretty clapboard houses overlooking the sea. Thorpeness has a sheltered beach and is in its own time capsule!
Dunwich Heath 40 mins
See above – a mass of heathland that stretches down to the sea, wonderful trails and woodland with hidden valleys and rivers
Walberswick 40 mins
A quaint village on the other side of the river from Southwold harbour, you can get someone to row you across the river for a few pence to the old working harbour where you can get local fish and smoked fish straight from the fishermen
There is a lovely sandy beach across the dunes and the kids will love the local sport of ‘crabbing’ here – just bring a length of string and some bacon as bait, drop it into the harbour or off the tiny foot bridges and 20 crabs will immediately grab on – the trick is to see how many hang on until you have them up and over your bucket 100 is a pretty usual score!
The village is really lovely with a good pub and an unspoilt fell about it – kids; make your parents take you here!
Southwold 40 mins
This is a pretty busy seaside town; it has lots of stunning houses and an old centre with many interesting shops including one just selling local amber
There are a couple of great ‘old style hotels where you can take tea or drink in real style and a few antique shops to nose around in. At one end of the town is the beach hut & pier attraction and at the other there is the grand house quaint harbour. A town of many variations
Have a look into the old Seaman’s missions reading room – it’s free and is filled with many odd museum pieces, living and dead!
Maybe you will find some amber treasure on the beach yourself
Manningtree – 30 mins
Into Essex again, the picturesque villages of Manningtree and Mistley are at the mouth of the river Stour, along which you will pass by all of John Constables famous locations like Willy Lotts cottage and The Haywain. This is also the start for a number of great long distance walks up the coast or along the River Stour
Mersea Island (45 mins away, the other side of Colchester)
Famous for The Mersea Island Pirates and Nature Reserves and the great ‘Company Shed’.
Back to Essex, this is a lovely place and again at the end of the world, only accessible at low tide. At first is seems a bit normal, but check out the wonderful salt sea marshes with their eerie bird calls and the seals and wildlife that abound there and see the most amazing sunrises and sunsets
Visit the excellent Nature reserve at Cudmore Grove which stretches down to the sea; there are wonderful walks along the marshes edge or beside the cliffs and as you get to the other end of the small island past the tiny breweries, vineyards and gastro pubs you come into the fishing harbour area where oystermen bring the famous Blackwater oysters – see www.richardhawardsoysters.co.uk
At the very end of the harbour you come into a jumble of boats being repaired and right in the middle of them is the renowned ‘Company Shed’ – yes it is a shed and you have to buy your booze and bread and butter from the local village stores (excellent choice of white wine strangely enough) but this shed has been written up glowingly in just about every national newspaper and Good Food Magazine, talk about out of the sea and onto the plate – this is what it is all about!
Investigate further down this dead end lane and you will find even more pretty views and hidden treasures – lovely!
Stonham Barns – The fishing lakes are set in a tree lined corner away from the rush of everyday life. There are two fishing lakes, and both contain a mixture of Carp, Tench and Bream, weighing up to 25lbs! They are open to fishing 7 days a week. At the fishing lakes there is a very small shop which provides and sells a small selection of drinks and snacks, as well as tackle and bait – 01449 711901
Lakeside, Onehouse, nr Stowmarket (15 minutes away) lake set in 8 acres including cafe’ and toilets 01449 613770
Braziers Hall, Creeting St Peter, Stowmarket, IP14 5BW
Day ticket venue with three lakes set in Suffolk countryside. Ideal for match or pleasure anglers. New 3rd Carp lake with Carp from 7lbs up into the twenties. It’s open every day from 6am to dusk – no night fishing. Toilet on site – 01449 6123642
Course Fishing on the River Gipping at Bramford – Go to www.gippingaps.co.uk
Stonham Barns Golf Centre
9 hole golf course, 28 bay floodlit driving range, mini-golf putting, Golf Direct UK golf store and PGA professional golf tuition – 01449 711545
Stowmarket Golf Course
A mature course, with a wide variety of trees that provides a wonderful spectrum of colour throughout the changing seasons. A course set amongst trees with an array of wildlife that makes one feel part of nature. At 6107 yards, Stowmarket is a par 69 that is rarely beaten, even by the most accomplished of players.
It is challenging enough for the English Golf Union to designate it as a “Centre of Excellence” to use on a regular basis to develop and train the county’s best Junior Golfers
You do need to be a member of another course to prove you are ‘serious’ enough to play – 01449 736473
There are lots of riding schools and liveries nearby. The following is a list of those within 10-15 minutes of Woodfarm House;
Grove Farm, Debenham Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6BX
Tel: 01449 711962
Contact: Mr Nigel Foulger
Clint Farm Livery
Clint Rd, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7JE
Tel: 01379 870659
Contact: Mr R Owen
Clint Farm Riding School
Clint Rd, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7JE
Tel: 01379 870303
Contact: Mrs H Gould
Copdock Riding Centre Mace Green Stud Farm, Wenham Rd, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3EY
Tel: 01473 730678
Contact: Mrs A Withy
Birds La, Framsden, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6HR
Tel: 01728 685717
Contact: Mr R Haag
Hawkins Farm Riding Stables
Hawkins Farm, Mendlesham Green, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5RB
Tel: 01449 766264
Contact: Mrs F Harrison
Ashbocking Rd, Henley, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 0SA
Tel: 01473 785055
Contact: Ms Sarah Cole
High House Riding Centre
High House Farm, Mendlesham Green, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5RQ
Tel: 01449 766716
Contact: Mr D Nunn
Debenham Leisure Centre
Leisure centre and community hall, facilities include a multi-use sports hall, squash courts, dance and fitness studios, sauna, bowls green, football pitches, astroturf tennis courts, and a lounge bar with satellite television. The centre also offers a range of regular sports and fitness, and cultural and social activities.
Gracechurch Street, Debenham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6BL
Tel: (01728) 861101
Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre
Leisure centre with swimming pool, spa bath and sauna, well equipped fitness studio, climbing wall, squash courts, indoor bowls and a selection of exercise classes. Centre facilities also include registered creche, cafe, licenced bar
‘Ocean Adventure’ indoor play centre for children
Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1LH
Tel: (01449) 674980
Ten-pin Bowling – Solar Bowl – Sproughton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 5AQ
Colchester Zoo – 35 mins away – CO3 0SL
A brilliant day out for all the family. The zoo has had millions spemt on it over the years and a great deal of emphasis has been placed on animal welfare
Tel; 01206 331292
Banham Zoo – Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE (45 mins away)
Tel: 01953 887445
Crazy Golf @ Stonham Barns round the corner
Suffolk Ski Centre, Ipswich,
The focus for Ski & Snowboard Activity in Suffolk, South Norfolk and North Essex with their main slope at 180 metres long incorporating a contoured ‘red’ run, a softer ‘blue’ run; and a new 40m junior slope they can accommodate beginner’s improvers and experienced skiers & boarders The main slope is serviced by 2 lifts, and all slopes are fully floodlit…..
If you want the chance to try something fun, fast and fabulous then tobogganing has to be it. Their plastic toboggans are great fun especially for kids, and are used on a safe carpeted slope away from the ski slopes, close to the ski lodge.
Learn to Ski & Snowboard
Whether you want to learn or improve your skiing or snowboarding they have a course to meet your needs, availability and skill levels, all provided by a first class team of qualified and certified instructors.
Closed on bank holidays.
Telephone 01473 602347
Easton Farm Park, Grundisburgh, IP13 0EQ – East along the A1120 (25 minutes)
There are lots of animals to see: kid goats, bunnies, guinea pigs, little piglets and two new Suffolk Punch foals to meet. Activities take place every half hour and are included in the entry price, including pony rides, cart rides, hug a bunny, hold a chick, pig fun, barrel bug ride and the family train.
Easton Farm Park is open every day from 10:30am to 6pm – 01728 746475
Carters Teapot Pottery, Debenham, IP14 6QU (10 minutes away)
Enjoy Painting at the Teapot Pottery and relax in a friendly atmosphere and create your own design. They will glaze and fire it for you, simply return in a few days and collect your creation. The Studio Fee is around £5 per person and the pots range from £3.00 – £50.00. Booking is not normally essential but preferable!
Please call Anita with any questions 01728 860475
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm – voted Suffolk’s Best Visitor Experience 2006 & 2007, in 2008 and 2009 voted Runners Up
A wonderful day out with all the family. Spend a day in the country by a lovely river and a lake and enjoy feeding their friendly animals. Have a light lunch or bring a picnic and why not indulge yourselves with a Suffolk clotted cream tea or homemade cakes. You can meet breeds that were well known 80 years ago, White Park, Old Gloucester, Shetland, Berkshire, Middle White, Large Black, Norfolk Horn, Greyface Dartmoor, Balwen, Llanwenog, Herdwick, Ixworth, Scots Dumpy, Scots Grey. Meet the foreigners; the Kune pigs and the Ouessant sheep and let the children spend their pocket money in the Visitors Centre
General Places to visit
There are some quaint little villages around including Stonham Aspal, Coddenham, Debenham and Needham market, as well as many others dotted around the County. Woodfarm House & Barns is ideally placed in the heart of Suffolk from which to explore so do have a read through and decide where you fancy going
Stonham Barns – Round the corner on the A1120
Stonham Barns offers a variety of retail shops and leisure facilities to ensure you enjoy your visit
Admission to the complex is free and there is free parking. Much of the complex is pedestrianized so it makes for a safe place to bring the family. The majority of facilities are open 7 day a week, though some offer limited opening hours at certain times the year – see each page for full opening hours and contact details.
There are also a number of Special Events taking place at Stonham Barns throughout the year and depending on the wind direction we can sometimes hear their PA system
For further information, please contact the General Manager on 01449 711755
Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, IP13 9BP – East along the A1120 (About 20 minutes away)
The walls of this historic building are built with flint and is unusual especially for a castle built in this time period. It is believed that the castle was founded by Raedwald, who was one of the most powerful kings of the East Angles sometime between A.D. 599 and 624.
Framlingham Castle is an excellent example of 12th century engineering and was built by one of the most powerful people of that century.
Tickets to this attraction are available from the English-Heritage society and start from as little as around £3 for a child up to around £6 for an adult. Of course this attraction is free for English Heritage Members.
Open most of the year 10am til 5pm – 01728 724 189
Otley Hall, Otley, IP6 9PA (About 10 minutes away)
Otley Hall, a grade I listed historic house in Suffolk, has a long and distinguished history and is situated in ten acres of beautiful gardens. They are open all year for private tours of the house and garden by appointment. And the gardens are open every Wednesday afternoon 12-5pm from May until September. Entrance is only a few pounds
They have just three public open days each year on the first and last Sunday in May and the last Sunday in August – Check for details – 01473 890264
Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, IP14 6EF (10 minutes away)
Steeped in history and with Royal connections Helmingham was ‘started’ in 1480, it was built in traditional half-timbered style with an overhang to the upper floor both outside and inside the courtyard. It has remained in the Tollemache family ever since and there have been a number of changes in external appearance, but the basic form of a courtyard manor house has never altered, and many of the brick chimneys arc original, although all have had to be repaired over the last two centuries. The gardens are open between May & September each year and as it is literally 10 minutes round the corner it is well worth a visit
Call Helmingham Hall directly on 01473 890799
Massages available during your stay
We have a lady by the name of Anna Cornford who is a qualified Holistic Therapist and member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists. Her ethos is simple; rebalance, relax, revive
It is her aim to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible by offering many relaxing treatments to help you unwind, de-stress and really make the most of your getaway. She will come to your cottage so you can relax in the comfort of your own space and there is no worry about finding her clinic. A treatment can make a lovely surprise and start to your romantic break. Treatments include:
This is a rebalancing treatment, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. These reflexes are massaged to stimulate the body’s own natural healing ability, release energy blockages and restore balance. Reflexology reduces stress and tension, encourages deep relaxation and can help many conditions.
This relaxing treatment blends essential oils that have been selected depending on your specific requirements. They are then massaged onto the body. This treatment promotes total relaxation and helps clear the mind, making it the perfect start to your holiday.
Full Body Massage
This full body treatment uses a variety of massage techniques to release tense and knotted muscles and boost the body’s lymphatic and circulation systems.
30 mins £20
60 mins £40
90 mins £60
Treatments can be combined for total relaxation. For example, an hour of reflexology followed by a 30 minute back and neck massage really complement each other. Discounts are available if more than one booking is made.
Decoy Farm, Old Church Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP13 6DH
Tel; 01394 462365 or 07771 971791