A visitor’s guide to Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 13:24 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 03 October 2016

Woodbridge lorry drivers route. The Market Hill.

Woodbridge lorry drivers route. The Market Hill.


There are many reasons to visit this wonderful town by the River Deben

Woodbridge on a summer's day.Woodbridge on a summer's day.

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.

Woodbridge on a summer's day.Woodbridge on a summer's day.

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.

Visitors enjoy the Shuck Seafood Sunday in Woodbridge.Visitors enjoy the Shuck Seafood Sunday in Woodbridge.

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.

Spoil yourself

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

Local markets


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.

National Trust Sutton Hoo

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.


Public toilets

Opposite Hamblin Road Car Park (IP12 1BG)

Jetty Lane, opposite the boat yard (IP12 4BB)

Station Road Car Park, behind community centre (IP12 4AU)



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

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