An aerial view of Suffolk.

Top 6 Reasons to Holiday in Suffolk

Looking to escape somewhere that boasts plenty of leafy countryside, is fringed by a beautiful coastline, is of historic significance and is full of great places to eat and drink? It sounds like you might be looking for a holiday in Suffolk. 

To help explain exactly what makes the county a cut above the rest, we’ve assembled a list of six reasons to visit Suffolk.

1. The Unique Collection of Attractions  

Some holiday spots have beaches, others have quaint country pubs, some have towns that feature in history; Suffolk just happens to have all of them.

From the nearby Framlingham Castle to the Suffolk coastline only a short drive away, guests at Woodfarm Barns & Barges are able to easily access all of the attractions that make the county so special. Surrounded by historic villages like Debenham and Stonham Aspal, our guests are never far from listed buildings, early-century churches and sites of historical importance.  

It’s important to note that it’s not just history buffs and fans of the seaside that get taken care of in Suffolk – adventurers are able to get their thrills at Thetford Forest, foodies can dine out at the various traditional and modern restaurants in Bury St Edmunds, and ale aficionados are welcome to take a tour of the Greene King brewery.

2. The Food and Drink

Home to a number of world class breweries and more than a few remarkable restaurants, Suffolk serves up plenty of great food and drink to its visitors. Proud to call them our neighbours, there’s a host of pubs nearby Woodfarm Barns & Barges that we recommend our guests head to if a great meal and a pint of Suffolk ale is to their fancy. Just round the corner (quite literally) from Woodfarm Barns is the Crowfield Rose. Refurbished in 2019, this British pub has a fine selection of real ales and a food menu sure to please any appetite.   

If a more traditional country pub is more to your liking, the Crown in Stowupland is only a short distance away. Complete with thatched roof, slate floors and an open fire, it’s a quintessentially Suffolk pub in every respect. In addition to its old time charm, the Crown also boasts a stonebake pizza oven that comes highly recommended. 

Another traditional Suffolk pub with its own spin is the Black Horse in Thorndon. Fifteen minutes from Woodfarm Barns, this cosy establishment serves a range of curries as well as outstanding pub grub. Should you decide to swing by on a Sunday, it’s also possible to enjoy a delectable carvery made up of local meats.
We also have a host of excellent pubs within a short walk of both Barges.

3. The Coast

As well as being home to some of the finest British countryside, Suffolk also has miles of  coastline and various beaches that are well worth a visit. From Felixstowe down to Lowestoft, there’s a range of destinations offering traditional seaside delights. Indeed, whether it’s crabbing, amusements or swimming that draws you to the beach, there’s somewhere in Suffolk that will tick your boxes.

If you like your fish and chips by the sea followed by up a bit of sightseeing, you won’t go wrong by visiting Aldeburgh and Southwold. Each boasting a unique array of things to see and do, these destinations have rightfully earned a reputation for being must-visit places along the Suffolk coastline.     

It’s worth pointing out that the fifty miles that make up the Suffolk coast have been officially named as an “Area of Outstanding Beauty”. Such an honour should leave little doubt about the appeal of the beaches nearby Woodfarm Barns & Barges.

4. The Arts and Culture

When it comes to the arts and culture of Suffolk, it’s no big surprise that the conversation often starts with the mention of Ed Sheeran. As a Grammy-winning songwriter with a slew of best-selling records under his belt, the Framlingham-born superstar has no doubt earned his place at the top of Suffolk’s arts and culture scene.

However, there is so much more to discover in Suffolk when it comes to music, painting and festivals. Indeed, Suffolk is the birthplace of painters John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and composer Benjamin Britten.

Honouring this long tradition of artists and musicians, Suffolk has a range of museums, theatres, and literary festivals that take place throughout the year. Celebrating the works of fiction, music and poetry inspired by the landscape, it’s easy to become fully immersed in Suffolk when visiting the county.

Of course, should you decide to visit Woodfarm Barns or Barges in July, you could always enjoy a day out at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park. Bringing together some of the world’s most exciting acts as well as a collection of local artists, the festival is a treat that’s not to be passed up. 

And if that isn’t enough there is the annual Aldeburgh Festival, with a plethora of world-class performances right on the doorstep of ‘Onderneming’, our Barge at Snape Maltings.

5. The Activities

Whilst Suffolk is a veritable paradise for those who enjoy the quiet life, there’s also plenty to keep adventurers and explorers busy. From the kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding available along the coast to the segways and treetop activities on offer at Thetford Forest – not to mention the off-road tracks at Red Lodge – thrillseekers won’t struggle to find something to excite them in Suffolk.    

All conveniently located close to Woodfarm Barns & Barges, our guests are able to get out and enjoy all of the activities Suffolk has to offer with ease.

6 The Countryside

It would be remiss to summarise the standout attractions of Suffolk without mentioning its wonderful countryside. 

Overflowing with greenery and populated by a generous share of wildlife, it would be no exaggeration to suggest that the countryside of the county possesses a rare beauty. An object of fascination for artists for centuries now, the forests, rivers, and fields of Suffolk offer everything a guest could ever want from a rural getaway.

Guests at Woodfarm Barns & Barges will find themselves nicely nestled in the Suffolk countryside. With a selection of walks, cycle paths and wide open fields a literal stones throw from their accommodation, our visitors will have no difficulty in immersing themselves in the picturesque surroundings of Suffolk.   

Ready to explore Suffolk?

If all or any of the above have inspired you to visit Suffolk for your next holiday, why not give us a call or make a booking today? Here to provide the perfect retreat for singles, couples and families, Woodfarm Barns & Barges are perfectly positioned to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy everything that makes Suffolk fantastic during their stay.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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