A visitor's guide to Woodbridge
PUBLISHED: 13:24 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 03 October 2016
There are many reasons to visit this wonderful town by the River Deben
Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival adds even more to the menu
The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back for a fifth year, from September 29 to October 2.
The festival is an exciting programme of foodie offers and events to celebrate local shellfish and other local produce. Organisers Simpers Silver Harvest LLP, Somerleyton Private, The Crown at Woodbridge, The Tea Hut, The Bridge, The Anchor, and Bubble & Squid bring together local produce, chefs, musicians and more to create a special celebration of the River Deben and the delicious produce found in and around it.
The festival begins with a new event for 2016, The Pub Trawl on Thursday September 29, when pubs in the area will be serving up Shuck themed beer and bar food, and fizz and nibbles. The popular Shuck Shack, a pop up restaurant at The Tide Mill will take place on the evenings of Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1. Catered by Stephen David and Rebecca Mackenzie of Somerleyton Private, diners will enjoy a beautifully prepared, locally inspired menu.
The Shuck Weekender takes place in and around The Tea Hut on October 1 and 2, from 11am to 6pm, with live music all weekend by the Deben Collective and other artists. Visitors can feast on de-constructed moules frites, fresh fish from the Deben, squid, pasta and paella while enjoying something cold from the bar. There will be ice creams and non-fishy options too such as burgers served up by Woodbridge 5th Sea Scouts. For kids there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend as well as a kids’ menu.
Families can book children between the ages of one and eight onto one of the Splat Messy Play sessions. They can also visit Suffolk Wildlife Trust for a Marine talk and family quizzes, and join in with games and giggles at the various stands.
Throughout the Shuck Weekender at The Tea Hut, there is the opportunity to buy freshly caught fish from Simpers and take it to The Crown’s adjoining stall to have it cooked to your liking right then and there.
The celebration of local seafood spills from the river right through the historic market town, with Shuck Specials on the menus at the town’s many restaurants, pubs and cafes.
The Festival concludes with the highly anticipated annual ‘Safari Supper’ on October 2 at The Crown, The Table and The Anchor.
Supported by sponsors, East of England Co-op, Adnams, Gotelee and Infotex. For the latest news, menus and events follow the festival on Twitter @ShuckFestival or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShuckFestival. For more information, visit www.thewoodbridgeshuck.org.uk or text SHUCK to 66777.
The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is an official Fringe Event of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.
Woodbridge is a beautiful riverside town, full of things to see and do. The town’s history of boatbuilding, sail and rope making, dating back to the Middle Ages, has been shaped by its position on the River Deben, and the river still provides a focus. Boating, canoeing, and walks along the river are all great ways to discover Woodbridge.
History comes alive at Woodbridge Tide Mill, an historic 800-year-old water mill still where you can discover what life was like for a miller and his family, and on certain days watch flour being milled in the traditional way by a waterwheel and millstones.
Just across the river is Rendlesham Forest, location of the infamous Rendlesham UFO Incident of 1980, and Sutton Hoo, the site of a 7th century ship burial. When unearthed in 1939, the Sutton Hoo ship was found to contain a horde of Anglo-Saxon treasure, leading archaeologists to believe it was the final resting place of King Raedwald of the Eastern Angles. To this day Sutton Hoo remains the most important Anglo-Saxon discovery in the country.
Relaxing in Woodbridge is easy. It has lots of interesting independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, quirky outdoor markets packed with vintage traders and fabulous finds, and don’t miss the Woodbridge Shuck, an annual festival of delicious seafood.
Things to do . . . .
The River Walk and Tide Mill
Voted by residents as the most loved element of Woodbridge. Many people love to enjoy a coffee on the Quayside, stroll along the riverside paths admiring the working Tide Mill and soaking up the views across the river – maybe even spotting the local seal.
The Explorer Walking Guides called Woodbridge Explorer Guide-AONB, and Woodbridge and the River Deben Walk will help you on your way – download them at www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org and click on publications.
Woodbridge has lots of independent shops covering every type of item including DIY, furniture, craft supplies, wool shops, outdoor clothing, boutiques, delis, cook shops, tailors, and even a violin shop. Some we’ll mention . . .
10 Church Street, antiques, interiors, art and gifts, 10 Church Street
Barretts of Woodbridge, department store, 40 Thoroughfare
Browsers Bookshop, Thoroughfare
Darcy B, boutique, Market Hill
Fanny and Frank, Market Hill
Happiness Store, homeware and gifts, Thoroughfare
JR Creasey, butcher, Hamblin Walk, Turban Centre
Paul’s Fishbox, The Kiosk, Turban Centre
The Cake Shop bakery, Thoroughfare
Woodbridge Antiques Centre, Quay Street
Vanil, Scandanvian inspired, Church Street
Bathsheba Spa, Church Street
Frequent markets are held on Market Hill – seasonal food, vintage, craft and many more. Meet local producers and try their wares. The farmers market in the Community Hall, Station Road, is on the second and fourth Saturday each month.
One of the greatest archaeological discoveries, the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.
Full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, replica treasures and original finds from one of the burial mounds.
Opposite Hamblin Road Car Park (IP12 1BG)
Jetty Lane, opposite the boat yard (IP12 4BB)
Station Road Car Park, behind community centre (IP12 4AU)
CAR PARKS IN WOODBRIDGE
Theatre Street – IP12 4NE
Oak Lane – IP12 1AA
Station Road – IP12 4AU
The Station – IP12 4AU
Hamblin Road – IP12 1BG
Lime Kiln Quay – IP12 1AZ
The Avenue – IP12 4BA
10 places to eat and drink in Woodbridge
The Crown Hotel, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge
The Table, Quay Street, Woodbridge
The Anchor, Quay Street, Woodbridge
The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, near Woodbridge
The Galley, Market Hill, Woodbridge
The Tea Hut, River Wall, Woodbridge
The Wild Strawberry Cafe, Market Hill, Woodbridge
The Kings Head, Market Hill, Woodbridge
The Fire Station, The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge
Whistle Stop Cafe, Station Road, Woodbridge