Published: 17/11/2021 By Freya Crossley
Woodbridge is one of Suffolk's most popular market towns. The town centre is host to many independent shops, cafes and restaurants whilst the quay boasts excellent views over the River Deben to Waldringfield and beyond. This makes the town popular with holiday makers and weekend trips for Londoners with its convenient train station, connections into London Liverpool Street from Ipswich.
The Market Square hosts fortnightly farmers markets and the occasional antiques market. Make sure to check out New Street Market which is an ‘inspiring mix of locally sourced handmade clothing and home wares combined with exclusive brands from around the world’. You can also grab a spot of lunch at Canteen which serves delicious locally sourced food. Located at 70 New Street.
Woodbridge is home to one of the only two remaining work Tide mills in the UK. The earliest record of the tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170. It opened to the public in 1973, today you can still tour the mill (£5 for adults £2 for 5-15 year olds, under 5’s go free) to learn about its unique historic significance.
Woodbridge is also a highly sort after residential area, “properties had an overall average price of £422,283 over the last year.” “Overall, sold prices in Woodbridge over the last year were 22% up on the previous year.”
If you are headed to Woodbridge for the evening, you can catch a screening of a classic or new film at The Riverside. It is the perfect date night option when you can enjoy a pre or post screening meal at the restaurant which is currently playing host to a pop up by Channel 4’s hotel inspector Andy Lister.
Editors Woodbridge foodie picks: Honey + Harvey (Woodbridge High Street or Melton) / The Unruly Pig, Melton (awarded the best pub for food in the Great British Pub Awards 2021) - Woodbridge was voted by Country Living in April 2010 as one of only six top Foodie Town’s in the UK.
Nearby, you will find Orford, home to Pump Street Bakery and Pinney’s of Orford, definitely a destination if you are a foodie. The family-friendly national trust site at Sutton Hoo, exhibited most recently in the film The Dig which was based on the novel by John Preston. Sutton Hoo is an ‘awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site’. If you are visiting, you can not only see the royal burial but also an exhibition and venture into Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty (open weekends only) to find out more about her life and the work she undertook whilst living there.
The quiet Shingle Street is the perfect place to watch a summer sunrise, it has been featured in the film Yesterday and in the Channel 4 programme Extraordinary Escapes, check out the amazing Martello tower ‘Found Tower’ that you can stay in.
The lesser known Newbourne is also a fantastic village to visit. Known for its produce growing power, you will find lots of seasonal fruit and veg stalls, with rural woodland walks towards the River Deben. Stop off for a coffee & cake at Nourish Café, with plenty of outdoor undercover seating, this busy family run, wooden built, brunch spot gives off Kiwi vibes and is very child/dog friendly.
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