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What to do in Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 13:07 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:07 19 June 2017

River Deben at Woodbridge.

River Deben at Woodbridge.

Take a stroll by the banks of the River Deben, visit the Tide Mill, and then head into town where you’ll find an abundance of independent shops and local eateries

The Cake Shop Bakery, The Thoroughfare,  Woodbridge.The Cake Shop Bakery, The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge.

What to see and do

From the beautiful River Deben, the historic Tide Mill and the thriving town centre, there’s so much to discover in Woodbridge. Situated right on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Woodbridge also makes the ideal base to stay in order to venture further afield, as the coast is just a short drive away and there are many tourist sites nearby to take advantage of too.

Just outside of the town is Sutton Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial site, excavated in 1939. A whole host of family events and historical activities are held here throughout the year. See what’s on by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk

If you’re in the mood for a bike ride or a pleasant woodland stroll, then a visit to Rendlesham Forest is an absolute must. Here you can find out all about the suspected UFO incident of 1980, and can challenge yourself with the three mile UFO trail around the site. To find out more, go to www.forestry.gov.uk

Eating and drinking

The town offers many places to eat and drink, from lovely independent cafes and inns offering good quality food to fine dining restaurants.

For freshly-brewed coffee, sandwiches and cakes head to The Firestation, which is next to the award-winning Cake Shop Bakery, as you can choose to sit inside or out in the sunshine (www.firestationcoffee.co.uk). For fine wines, cheeses, charcuterie and pies, head to Woodbridge Deli in New Street. Other independent cafes include Honey + Harvey, Christine’s Patisserie and Tearoom and The Tea Hut near the River Deben, which are all well worth a visit too.

For pubs, try The Red Lion on Thoroughfare, or for a good selection of ales head just out of the town to The Cherry Tree in Cumberland Street (www.thecherrytreepub.co.uk), where you’ll also find a great pub garden.

The Crown at Woodbridge is a great place for fine dining. You can also stay in one of the boutique hotel rooms upstairs (www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk). And The Table in Quay Street is perfect for those who love al fresco dining and a relaxed feel (www.thetablewoodbridge.co.uk).

Shopping

You can shop until you drop in Woodbridge. On the Thoroughfare you will find independent boutiques, charity shops, home interior stockists, high street chains such as Fat Face and Joules, plus art galleries selling local pieces, as well as gift shops such as Amor, for example, selling souvenirs. There is also the department store Barretts of Woodbridge, which stocks everything from rugs, to bed linen, home furniture and much more. (www.barretts.co.uk).

There are more shops on Market Hill. Head to Darcy B, Chattertons and Fanny and Frank (www.fanny-and-frank.myshopify.com) for fashion and trends.

And for home interior inspiration and unique gifts, go to Moose Lifestyle or new shop Pignut (www.pignut.co.uk).

Parking and toilets

There are plenty of car parks to choose from in Woodbridge.

If you’re heading to shops in Thoroughfare, park at Hamblin Road Car Park (IP12 1BG).

For the railway station, park in Station Road Car Park (IP12 4AU.

Toilets can be found opposite Hamblin Road Car Park just off the Thoroughfare.

You’ll find another in Jetty Lane, opposite the boat yard.

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