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WILLIAM KENDALL As the driving force behind brands such as Green & Black’s organic chocolate and New Covent Garden Soup, social entrepreneur and organic farmer William Kendall is modest about his acumen, describing himself as someone who loves selling and making things happen. As a committed and campaigning organic farmer, and one of the founder members of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, he is as close to the Suffolk food scene as you can get. “I’m an advocate of Suffolk and the opportunities it gives to businesses. If you’re thinking of opening a business in the county, I would say it’s a good place as it’s an affordable location

for start-ups. There is an amazing atmosphere, offering a combination of both rural and urban. It also has a dynamic entrepreneurial food-anddrink scene. “I’d like to see Suffolk standing up on its own more. Dealing with smaller organisations at a local level is the way forward and we should have more independence and greater control of our own destiny. I like the growing trend in the UK for more devolution. “We also shouldn’t wish too much for what we haven’t got. Let’s celebrate the wilderness of Suffolk, together with its food and farming. The things


that are becoming more important to people, we already have here: the pace of life, the surroundings and the landscape and we should give some thought to the fact that once they’re gone, we will never be able to get them back. “Suffolk’s in good shape. It hasn’t got lots of big businesses and it isn’t blighted by one dinosaur industry. The schools and infrastructure are improving fast and it’s a healthy place to be.”

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Bury St Edmunds is quite simply a shoppers paradise with chic, independent outlets and a colourful market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A lively music and arts scene, a world famous brewery and the only surviving regency theatre in Britain also put it on the cultural map. For excitement head to Newmarket, the home of royal horse racing with its world famous racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the July Course.

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SUFFOLK WOOL TOWNS We don’t expect you’ll need much convincing to come to Constable Country. With its stunning landscape this AONB in the south of Suffolk has drawn people to it for centuries. Long Melford is in the lush Stour Valley, the landscape that was the subject of many of John Constable’s paintings. It is a village full of heritage, and people visit to enjoy its historic buildings and interesting shops. Like Clare, Lavenham, Kersey and the other Suffolk Wool Towns, it became wealthy during the height of the Tudor wool trade.


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IPSWICH Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, located on the meandering River Orwell and is the perfect place to stay, live and explore. The Waterfront is the town’s wonderful ‘jewel in the crown’ and seamlessly blends moored yachts, the iconic university building, a working port, modern apartments and the nationally renowned Jerwood Dance House – home to DanceEast – alongside a lively mix of retail bars and restaurants. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 4

WAVENEY VALLEY Take advantage of a well-positioned Beccles for great access to destinations like Lowestoft, Oulton Broad and Kessingland. It’s also home to the world-famous Latitude Festival. The nearby town of Bungay nestling on the River Waveney and surrounded by willow-strewn meadows boasts a Roman well, the remains of a Norman castle and a Benedictine priory.


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Giant pebbles on a shingle beach, art galleries galore, flag-strewn gift shops, quaint fishermen huts and awarding fish and chips. Suffolk simply wouldn‘t be the same without Aldeburgh which positively oozes with history. But if you’re looking for the quintessential English seaside town look no further than Southwold with its pretty pastel-painted beach huts, award-winning pier complete with Tim Hunkin’s under the pier show.

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GATEWAY TO THE HERITAGE COAST Abutting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast is an area filled with picturesque market towns and historic villages that are mentioned in the Domesday Book and hidden gems like the wildlife and botanical wonders of Snape’s enchanting estuary on the River Alde. Discover the remains of Framingham Castle, believed to be the founded by King Raedwald, and enjoy dramatic views along the windswept marshes.


Forward - William Kendall  2 County of Suffolk map  4 Welcome7 The Gateway to the Heritage Coast  8 Best of Woodbridge  10 The Market Hill Experience  12 Found on Church Street  14 6 Best Cultural Visits  18 Yoxford, Sibton & Peasenhall  20 Best of Framingham  26 4 Ecclesiastical Treasures  28 The Heritage Coast  30 Best of Aldeburgh  34 Best of Afternoon Tea  36 Pickle & Pip’s Best Big Suffolk Adventures  41 Best of Suffolk’s Antiques  45 Best of Thorpeness  46 Best of Southwold  48 6 Best Suffolk Beaches  52 Walberswick & Dunwich  56 The Best of Ipswich – Suffolk’s county town  58 Found on St Peter’s Street  60 Suffolk’s Best Independent Cafes  62 The Best of the Wool Towns  64 The Clare Experience  66 Best of Hadleigh  70 Best of Lavenham  72 Found at Bridgefarm Barns  78 Best of Long Melford  80 Found in Sudbury  84 Best of Suffolk’s Fine Art  85 The Best of West Suffolk  88 Best of Bury St Edmunds  90 Found on Hatter Street  94 Found at St John’s Street  96 Suffolk’s Best Homes and Gardens  103 Best of Newmarket  104 Best of Suffolk Food  107 Best of Farm Shops  120 The Best of Waveney Valley  122 Found on Earsham Street, Bungay  124 Best of Beccles  126 Suffolk’s Best Experiences  130 The Outdoors  132 Suffolk Best Drive  134 Suffolk’s Best Festivals  137 Suffolk Pub Walks  144 National Trust Attractions  147 The Best of Homes & Interiors 148 Best of Suffolk Schools  156 Children’s Suffolk  167 Holiday Accommodation  168 Across the Border  174 List of Advertisers  176 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 6

Publisher Jonathan Tilston Tilston Phillips Magazines Ltd Editorial Director Deanna Tilston Sales Marina Jacobs Design Rachael Batley | Editorial Contributors William Kendal, Ottilie Tilston, Pickle & Pip Photographic Contributors ©VisitBritain – Rod Edwards, Simon Kreitem. Britain on View, Ian Shaw, Daniel Bosworth, James Barnes, Pawel Libera, Simon Kreitem, Joanna Henderson, Jack Barnes, Grant Pritchard, Richard Surman, Adrian Houston, Tony Pleavin. With thanks to Justin Mimms for the key photography in this guide. p 2,7 Warren Page | p 11 | p 18 | Flickr Bridge Cottage Flatford Ade46 p 35 | Landmark Trust p 46 | Flickr Thorpeness 13-05-2004 Karen Roe p 48 | Sailors Reading Room © Stephen Wolfenden p 49 | Chris Hill p 52 | Clouds over the Sea Nick Rowland p 53 | Kessinglan Beach Distillated p 53 | Fujifilm Summer - Shingle Street, Scott Wylie p 73 | Little Hall | Martin Pettitt p 78 | Falconry Bill Hiskett p 80 | Flickr Everyone in the Courtyard Paul Matthews p 88/89 | The Gallops Discover Newmarket p 92 | Thurlow Champness Claudia Gannon p 121 | Laura Hammick p 122/123 | Roland Blunk p 143 | Flickr Golfing Tord Sollie p 147| National Trust imagery Maps p4, 5, 144 Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown Copyright and database rights 2016 p144/145 © Crown Copyright Suffolk County Council Additional map information ©Tilston Phillips Magazines Ltd Maps created by Oxford Cartographers Cover photography Justin Mimms

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SUFFOLK Whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, it’s always a good time to visit Suffolk. Whether you’re a local resident, or a first-time visitor, you’ll never be short of things to do!

With the Best of Suffolk in your hand, the county’s leading annual visitor guide, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to what’s on and where to go. Even if you’ve lived here all your life, you may still be surprised at some of the hidden treasures on your own doorstep. It’s time to put down your smartphone, forget the stresses of modern-day life and re-connect with your surroundings. Suffolk offers visitors and locals alike the chance to enjoy all of the wonderful attractions on offer in this beautiful part of the country. Suffolk is a fabulously picturesque location, with its huge open skies, breathtaking coastal views and beaches, contrasting wonderfully with a gently undulating inland landscape, making it ideal for exploring. Perfect if you enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as cycling or coastal walks. Choose from plenty of footpaths, through terrain as diverse as riverside paths, open meadows, forest trails and cliff-top paths. Check out our ‘Best Suffolk Experiences’ on page 130 for lots more outdoor ideas.

There are also numerous country pubs for refreshments en route! Suffolk prides itself on serving good food, prepared with locally-produced ingredients. In fact, there are many farm shops, delis and independent butchers and fishmongers, providing award-winning food to suit all tastes. If your passion is retail rather than relaxation, there are plenty of excellent places to shop. In addition to Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, Suffolk has an array of charming market towns, with Clare, Woodbridge, Southwold and Framlingham being famous for their independent shops. With a perfect mix of bespoke boutiques and cafés, all pride themselves on excellent customer service. Whether you’re looking for a special item of local craftsmanship, interested in the arts, looking for award-winning fish and chips, planning on visiting a lively market selling local produce, or you’re simply seeking a crackling fire and locally-brewed pint, Suffolk has it all.


A lot of visitors to Suffolk enjoy the experience so much, they want to come and live here! We’re very proud that Suffolk offers a happier, healthier way of life, with its great outdoors - and it’s also bursting at the seams with history and culture. Whatever your passion, we hope you enjoy discovering it as much as we do.

Jonathan Tilston Publisher



HERITAGE COAST 10 Best of Woodbridge

18 6 Best Cultural visits

12 the Market Hill experience

20 Yoxford, Sibton & Peasenhall

14 found on Church Street

26 Best of Framlingham


THE TIDE MILL The Tide Mill was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK, and is a rare surviving example. It has recently been fully restored to working order and now houses a fun museum with milling demonstrations held periodically.


WOODBRIDGE The restored 800-year-old picturesque Tide Mill is the town’s star attraction, but there are plenty more gems to feast upon – including a museum, traditional boat-building at the quayside, independent shops and a cinema with a restaurant attached. The Anglo Saxon ship burial site at Sutton Hoo is nearby. RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT & THEATRE Built over 100 years ago this is a well loved Woodbridge venue and well worth seeking out. The cinema programmes the latest popular films and with digital projection, live broadcasts operas, concerts and even gallery events from around the world. With the restaurant attached, it offers a variety of tasty film and dine experiences, such as Dinner and Film or Fish and Flicks offers – a welcome visitor distraction particularly on inclement days!  @theriversidecinema  @_theriverside 01394 382174 To check out local events THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 10

RIVER WALK A pleasant walk with views along the Deben will take you past a children’s play area towards Kyson’s Hill, owned by the National Trust, and once a favourite spot of Victorian landscape painter, Thomas Churchyard. If you keep going, you can walk over the hill and all the way back into the town centre.

DON’T MISS The wide range of local produce at the Farmers Market – at Woodbridge Community Centre on the second and fourth Saturday every month

KATIE'S GARDEN PLANT CENTRE An independent, family run nursery located a stone’s throw from Woodbridge. Whether gardening is your passion, or you just want something simple and easy to brighten up the patio, they have a fantastic range plants for you. Most of their stock is grown by them on their two-acre site, so you can be confident that the plants they sell are strong and healthy and should thrive with the right care. Unlike garden centres, their focus is firmly on the plants - with the exception of compost and a small choice of pots they sell nothing else! Susanna and her knowledgeable staff offer a friendly, helpful service and buying direct from the grower means you save money without having to compromise on quality. | 01473 736717  @katiesgardenplantcentre

WOODBRIDGE ANTIQUES CENTRE Based in the heart of the town, just a stones throw away from the train station. Inside you will find over twenty showcases full of beautiful items from dealers, selling a diverse variety of antique pieces that reflect their own tastes, passions and field of expertise. This variety includes silver, fine and costume jewellery, watches, ceramics, glass, treen and other interesting items from times gone by. A selection of items stocked can be seen on their website. | 01394 387210  @woodbridgeantiquescentre  @antiqueswbridge

THE UNRULY PIG An award winning 16th century Suffolk Inn, located in neighbouring Bromeswell, that serves some of the best food East Anglia has to offer. It has log burners, original oak beams, sloping ceilings and an eclectic mixture of pop and local art (the owner’s collection). It’s a traditional pub with a very contemporary feel with a cosy ambiance. It is known for its friendly welcome and relaxed but busy vibe.  @theunrulypig  @theunrulypig 01394 460310

WOODBRIDGE DELI A traditional delicatessen selling cheese, charcuterie, pies, fine wines, Italian pastries and more. Open 09:30-17:00 Monday - Saturday Closed Sunday & Bank Holidays 01394 386620 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 11


EXPERIENCE For centuries, Market Hill with four sides of shops surrounding the Shire Hall was the nucleus of the town and here you will find an attractive cluster of independent shops and tempting eating places. Visit on a Thursday to experience the weekly local food market. BLUE BAY “What a lovely shop” is a frequent customer comment when going into Blue Bay. Established over ten years ago by owner Alison Cook, Blue Bay offers the best in women’s casual flair from Brittany’s nautical coast. Main brands include Mat de Misaine, St James and Armorlux. These have beautiful colourful fabrics of quality, including Liberty print blouses. As an experienced buyer, Alison brings to Market Hill some of the latest and best in women’s Breton casual clothing for every season. 01394 610325

WOODBRIDGE MUSEUM You can discover more about Thomas Seckford and other famous townsfolk at Woodbridge Museum, which also records the finds at the nearby Anglo Saxon ship burial site Sutton Hoo.

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UĞUR VATA | THE GALLEY One of the town’s leading restauranteurs, a great personality and menu await those that venture into this haven of anglo-Turkish fusion. People often wonder how to pronounce Uğur’s name, as there’s a upside-down hat on the letter. This makes it a soft or silent g so Uğur is actually pronounced “Oo-wer”. Think of Matron in the Carry On movies and you’re on the right track! 01394 380055

FANNY AND FRANK Visit the flagship Fanny & Frank boutique store occupying two of the Market Hill’s beautiful buildings. Inside you’ll find a gorgeous selection of luxurious ladies clothing, shoes, boots, bags, gifts and fragrance. Described as “Suffolk’s Mini Liberty” a shopping visit to this fabulous store and a cup of delicious coffee can’t fail to make you smile. Fanny & Frank's friendly and knowledgeable team of girls will give you a warm welcome, show you around and help put together a perfect outfit just for you. 01394 384723

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Did you know that built into Shire Hall are two historic gaol cells, see if you can spot them.

CHENEVIX JEWELLERY Full of beautiful gemstones and glamorous pearls from far flung oceans, this serene jewellery shop in the Historic Medieval Market Square oozes glamour and is a delight to browse around. Dividing her time between London and Suffolk, owner Susannah Chenevix-Trench, pearl expert, qualified gemmologist and well known designer with over 20 years’ experience, continues to expand her specialist re-design and bespoke jewellery brand. Her unique designs and ability to resculpt older family pieces into modern day heirlooms has garnered an enviable reputation with a loyal and impressive client list worldwide. Online shopping is available 24 hours a day or pop into the shop, they would be delighted to see you. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays or by appointment. 01394 384053 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 13


CHURCH STREET 10 CHURCH STREET This artisan interiors boutique set in a beautiful Woodbridge townhouse showcases a range of unusual and one-off pieces hand-picked by owner Lisa. Visit for an eclectic mix of both painted and bleached antique furniture, contemporary homewares and art. Lisa is always on the look-out for unusual, practical and striking pieces which aren’t normally found in the UK and she champions the talented artists she works with. There is also a brilliant selection of dog and cat products. In addition to the shop, Lisa offers a design consultancy service by the hour or day. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment 01394 384949

BATHSHEBA Annie Averdieck opened Bathsheba Spa three years ago creating a ‘little haven of calm’ in the centre of Woodbridge. Small, but perfectly formed... the salon offers luxury REN facial and body treatments as well as professional ‘no nonsense’ beauty maintenance in beautiful surroundings. The interior was inspired by Annie’s favourite beach, the breezy, white washed surf village of Bathsheba in the Caribbean. We endeavour to go the ‘extra mile’ for our clients making each appointment as comfortable and relaxing as possible… comfy armchairs for pedicures, cushions and blankets, delicious refreshments, fresh flowers, music and the scent of REN Moroccan Rose all go towards making our clients feel relaxed and spoilt.   

VANIL Vanil is an ever-evolving, eclectic mix of Scandinavian inspired design. In-fact, every encounter with them is a world of discovery. Every six weeks you will be able to explore and purchase a carefully selected range of products which owner Mandy Leeson feels particularly passionate about. From the shop, she curates a unique assortment of accessories, gifts and home décor which are selected from designers she loves. As Mandy says: “I feel passionately about championing partnerships with designers and artists who share my belief in slow design, which is all about taking time to create designs you’ll cherish for a lifetime.”


Bathsheba is a modern, boutique day Spa in the heart of Woodbridge. An oasis of calm, self spoiling and femininity in a warm, welcoming environment - a little bit of luxury just of the High Street. Bathsheba Spa offers ‘sensational’ REN massage and facial treatments, accurate and defining threading and tinting, Perron Rigot hot wax, luxury manicures and pedicures, gel nails and IBX, salt or sugar body scrubs, detox wraps and Mother-to-be treatments. “Summer Prep Package” now available please call for details. We also offer half day and overnight Spa packages in conjunction with The Crown Hotel, Woodbridge.

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Discover. Visit this remarkable collection of redeveloped Victorian industrial buildings for distinctive independent shops, cafés and galleries located on the Suffolk Coast. Come and visit us.

“We just love to visit Snape Maltings. There’s so much to see and do. All-in-all a special day out.”

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THE UNRULY PIG, WOODBRIDGE The only UK top 50 gastropub in East Anglia. A 16th Century country Inn that is cutting new swathes through the Suffolk dining scene Named as Best Suffolk Pub 2016/17, it is also the only Estrella Damm UK Top 50 Gastropub in East Anglia. It is recommended by The Good Food Guide, Michelin and Harden’s Guides, the Sunday Times, Financial Times and many other national and local newspapers as well as foodie publications such as ‘Delicious ‘and ‘Olive’ magazine Whatever comes in fresh from the coast or from the wealth of local suppliers influences the daily The Unruly Pig. The a la carte menu changes every six weeks and the set menu changes daily (sometimes twice daily). The set menu is a veritable bargain for cooking at this level (2/3 courses for £16/£19). There’s something for everyone at The Unruly Pig. Those with dietary needs should make a detour to Bromeswell to sample the separate Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegetarian menus (with vegan options) that are always available. Over 50 wines (to include fine wine) are offered by the glass, as well as amazing cocktails. Cask Marque accredited ales are supplemented by bottled craft beers. The Unruly Pig is particularly proud of their home-made cordials, local organic fruit juices and range of ‘Drivers’ Drinks’ to include non-alcoholic spirits. A bit quirky, certainly different, superb food, lovely wines, warm and genuine welcomes… and a lot of fun!

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Think Suffolk’s past is just centuries of little England? Sutton Hoo will prove you wrong. This spectacular undisturbed ship burial site dates back to a time when East Anglia was a vital link in the Scandinavian network of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Located in Woodbridge, it is a great family day out with a variety of handson kid’s activities with a Nordic theme. IP12 3DJ 01394 389700



It is hard to think of a figure more central to Suffolk’s cultural life than Benjamin Britten: outstanding composer, creator of the Aldeburgh Festival and founder of Snape Maltings. Today, the house he shared for nearly two decades with his lifetime partner Peter Pears has been lovingly re-created as it was during his career. Arranged according to a 1965 room inventory, you get the feeling that they’ve just popped out!

Few artists have been as married to their subject matter as the iconic Romantic painter John Constable. His best-known works are his landscapes of Dedham Vale, an area so synonymous with his style that it is now known as ‘Constable Country’. A walk along the River Stour is like strolling through his canvas, still the spitting image of when he rendered it in 1821. This is the place for unbeatable dog walks and picnics.

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As the leading equestrian artist of his day, collected by the Royal family and high society, Munnings was the epitome of respectability in the 20thcentury establishment. Castle House in Dedham now houses a charming museum containing over 600 of his paintings, around 100 of which are usually on display. Rather incredibly, the vast majority of his pictures were created after he lost sight in one eye at the age of twenty.

Thomas Gainsborough was astonishingly successful in his time, contributing to the rise in middle class domestic portraiture by replacing stiff, formal poses with scenes of affection and intimacy. The birthplace of this great artist on Gainsborough Street in Sudbury is now open to the public, and displays the largest collection of his work in Britain. A fascinating array of paintings that beautifully illustrate bourgeois society.

Every summer an enchanting spot of Suffolk woodland is transformed into a stage and brought to life by Shakespeare. Red Rose Chain, the independent theatre and film company behind this annual season of shows, has created highly original and accessible Shakespeare adaptations year on year, resulting in a steady increase in popularity. A guaranteed open air hit with families, but don’t forget your waterproofs!

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RIVER CRUISE RESTAURANTS What could be more delightful than to cruise the tranquil Suffolk rivers, whilst dining from an Ă la carte menu, with everything cooked on board an historic World War II wooden vessel with only twelve passengers. Brunch, lunch, supper and candlelit dinner are served all year round, with a cosy coal fire in winter. This is a unique family business established 25 years ago with the Lady Florence sailing from Orford Quay. After ten years, the Allen Gardiner was converted in South Africa, and successfully operated there for the next ten years, before

being brought to Ipswich in 2013, from where she operates from the Waterfront. The menus exceed expectations, and include specialities such as Beef Wellington and Lamb Shank. Allen Gardiner, having a bigger galley, prides herself on offering all menu items with a gluten free option. The cruises are up to three hours duration and are ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, birdwatching and viewing the fascinating Suffolk countryside from the decks of characterful historic vessels.


YOXFORD, SIBTON & PEASENHALL Slightly inland from Suffolk’s heritage coast you will find an area sometimes known as the ‘Garden of Suffolk’. YOXFORD


Yoxford’s quaint main street incorporates a mix of architectural styles, and is a good deal quieter now than it was a couple of centuries ago when all the London-to-Yarmouth traffic came this way, providing coaching inns with a roaring trade. Yoxford has a church with a spire and good brasses, this is where Elizabeth I had her cousin Katherine Grey (younger sister of Lady Jane) placed under house arrest following her stretch in the Tower of London. She died soon after and is buried here.

In Yoxford’s High Street is the ‘Best Tearoom in Suffolk’ as awarded by the EADT in their 2017 Food & Drink Awards.

As well as local shops and a bustling café the village is well know for its antiques. It is surrounded by swathes of parkland forming Wilderness Reserve, a 5,000 acre estate with a unique collection of manors, farmhouse, and holiday cottages that provides an ideal base from which to enjoy unspoilt country walks via a network of footpaths through the Yox Valley and across into the adjacent Blythe and Alde Valleys.

Passionately run by Gina and Thalia, this cafe is really heart of the community, offering fantastic homemade food, local coffee, delicious evening dinner, feature nights and more. Cakes are really their strong point and they cater for all dietary requirements. If it's not on the menu then don't be afraid to ask as they love what they do and go the extra mile. Make sure not to miss their summer garden - a wilderness of tranquillity…  @gandtscafe 01728 668009

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Rowe & Williams is an exciting new gallery that recently opened in Yoxford, the Garden of Suffolk. Founded by husband and wife team, Matthew Rowe and Hilary Williams, the gallery specialises in modern (20th century) and contemporary art and applied art which is inspired by Suffolk and East Anglia. Driving through the village on holiday themselves a few years ago they fell in love with the landscape and buildings. Now their beautiful gallery celebrates the environment, people and place of Suffolk, an area that has long attracted artists of note such as John Nash, Mary Newcomb and John Piper – all of whose work the gallery regularly shows. The gallery also displays contemporary artists who continue this tradition in innovative and often surprising ways. Rowe & Williams have both been museum directors with each over 20 years of experience, and it is this knowledge of art and applied art that they share at their relaxed, friendly gallery. Opening hours (2017). Please check our website for opening times 2018. Thursday – Monday 10.30 – 5.30 And by prior appointment at other times Rowe & Williams Gallery, High Street, Yoxford, Suffolk IP17 3EP 01728 668027 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 20

THINGS TO DO AND SEE A stone’s throw away from Yoxford, the smaller village of Peasenhall is also interesting. It has an industrial as well as an agricultural past, having become a major production centre for the early nineteenth-century seed drill invented by James Smyth. The church is right next door to where the Suffolk Seed Drill Company used to be. Today it is very much a foodie village with the excellent local butcher JR Creasey and Emmetts flying the food flag.



At the heart of the small village of Sibton, a stone’s throw from Peasenhall, is this two AA rosette rated 16th century inn, the kitchen excels in modern local seasonal cooking and has won a heap of awards. Accommodation is also four star rated. A great choice if you are keen to explore the area.

Emmett’s village stores, trading here since the 1840s, Emmett’s sells all sorts of delicious treats but is most famous for its traditionally produced bacon and hams - in particular its Suffolk black ham. 01728 660250 01728 660337



Half a mile through the village on the A1120 stands Yoxford Antiques Centre, offering an enormous range and variety of antiques and collectables to suit all budgets in light and airy premises. The courtyard houses a row of brightly painted beach huts, which stock craft goods of all kinds, as well as The Flying Goose Cafe. There are also five acres of gardens and field where you can visit the Centre’s three resident alpacas.

Suffolk House Antiques caters to the quality end of the trade. If you are interested in early furniture and works of art, a visit here is a must. The seven rooms are beautifully laid out with the sort of pieces often only seen in museums and the proprietor, Andrew Singleton, is always happy to advise. | 01728 668844 | 01728 668122

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For further information, please visit our website www.suffolk-house-antiq or contact Andrew Sing by telephone or email.

SUFFOLK HOUSE ANTIQUES Established over twenty five years ago in

the pretty village of Yoxford, Suffolk House High Street, Yoxford, Antiques has one of the largest selections of Suffolk IP17 3EP high quality early oak and country furniture High Street, Yoxford, Suffolk IP17 3EP and associated works of art in the UK. 01728 668122 Tel: 01728668122 Email: For further information, please visit our website, or contact Andrew Singleton by telephone or email.

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Visit our Arts & Crafts Beach Huts and The Flying Goose Café. There are five acres of open gardens and fields to enjoy and ample free parking. We are open 6 days a week: Monday to Saturday – 10.00am to 5.00pm Sundays – 10.00am to 4.00pm Bank Holidays – 10.00am to 5.00pm Closed Tuesdays.

Over 80 antiques dealers under one roof selling a wide range of antiques, collectables and vintage items.

01728 668844 Find us on the A1120, between Yoxford and Peasenhall (IP17 3JW).


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In today’s all-too-often soulless retail world Emmett’s food store stands out as a beacon for top-quality, traditional produce. Still trading from its original site in Peasenhall – where it has been curing its legendary ham since 1820 – some customers have been on the books for a generation. In 1970, Emmett's was awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen Mother for its Suffolk black ham, a testament to the high esteem of one of the longest-surviving retail companies in the UK. The store remained in the same family until 2000, when Mark Thomas bought the business, developing its position as a world-class food producer and supplier. With such an impressive heritage, it is not surprising the hams and bacon are exported as far afield as Asia. Emmett's remains a family business, and Mark is personally responsible for all the processes that go into making the renowned products. All the meat is locally sourced and the curing and smoking take place on the premises. Emmett's has always been in the same location in Peasenhall, one of Suffolk's most picturesque villages – close to Halesworth and Framlingham, and a few miles inland from the coastal towns of Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh. The shop is in the centre of the village on the A1120, a popular tourist route between Stowmarket and Yoxford. Emmett's welcomes visitors all year. A recent addition is a small café with a real Swiss espresso machine, ice-cream and other treats. You can even check your email there! The St, Peasenhall, Saxmundham IP17 2HJ 01728 660250


Corporate Retreats at Wilder ness Reser ve

The place for cor porate retreats, with space to breathe in the pr ivacy of a 5,000 acre Suffolk estate, easily accessible from towns & cities in Norfolk & Cambr idgeshire . Venture outside for team building activities in the parkland or on the lake, enjoy meetings in drawing rooms, dining halls or cavernous kitchens or host a screening or presentation in the cinema room. The Orangery at Sibton Park is the ultimate workshop, retreat or party venue and will even be able to accommodate cars for a launch. High-speed Wi-Fi and presentation capabilities are a given. There are plenty of ways to unwind during enjoy your incentive trip or press launch. Take a dip in the chlorinefree pool or hot tub, take Pashley bicycles around the estate or enjoy a ‘friendly’ tennis tournament on the hard court open year-round. After dinner, which can be a casual or a more formal affair, settle in for the evening by open fires with hearty reds and Suffolk cheeses before dispersing to the 42 en suite bedrooms across the estate featuring Hypnos beds and underfloor heating. SU FFO LK I P 17 2LZ 020 7 4 8 4 5 70 0 BO O K @ W I LD E RNESSRESE RV E . CO M THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 24


RUBY TYGER Ruby Tyger is a thriving lifestyle shop set up five years ago by Susie and Sarah. It has grown organically and developed a loyal following. Old and new customers always receive a warm welcome, leaving them free to browse the Italian clothing, Havaianas, Victoria shoes, jewellery, handbags together with a variety of interior accessories. Their ethos is that you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to look great. They choose beautiful pieces that are floaty, flattering and chic. Tucked away, off Market Hill , there is always something new to look at. Definitely worth a visit.

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FRAMLINGHAM Voted one of the best places to live in Britain, Framlingham has been described as ‘the essence of the English market town’. FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE Framlingham’s biggest visitor attraction is its wonderful 12th-century castle, which could be an illustration from a children’s picture book and is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind. Built by Roger Bigod, one of the Earls of Norfolk, it has been adapted and used as many things over the centuries, including a poorhouse and a court. Today it is in the care of English Heritage and hosts a programme of events and re-enactments. A brand new café and retail space have been added to the Workhouse at Framlingham Castle and an original mezzanine level has been reinstated to house a new exhibition which tells the stories of the historic property and its former residents, including Mary Tudor. 01728 724922


THINGS TO DO AND SEE Once you have explored the castle, head for the Market Square, which forms part of a conservation area at the heart of this thriving community. Here you will find quality shops to explore and eateries that range from a café to a coaching inn. The mixture of independent retail caters for the needs of the locals as well as for visitors keen to spend their money on something to take home. On your way out of the town, pay a visit to Shawgates Vineyard and winery on Badingham Road. A quick tour of the town includes everything from a ducking pond and Tudor almshouses to a Victorian pillarbox, which is still in use. Also not to be missed is the beautiful church of St Michael’s with its magnificent tombs and effigies. Market days are on Tuesday and Saturday and take place on Market Hill.

OLIVIE With a collective love of interior design and travel, the team at Olivie have curated items to create a fusion of different cultures that both compliment each other and stand alone as functional art. Their philosophy is all about merging the artistic creations from traditional craftsmanship with up and coming designers from Suffolk, the Middle east and Africa. Each piece is either individually sourced or designed by Olivie and is available at their attractive and engaging store on Market Hill. A selection of beautiful rugs, ceramics, cushions, throws and jewellery are available to buy at the Market Hill shop. 01728 768052  @oliviestudio

FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE The area surrounding the castle, Framlingham Mere, is another Bigod legacy and makes for a lovely walk. It provides a haven for wildlife as well as offering views of the castle and of Framlingham College. It is one of Suffolk’s leading public schools was founded in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert in 1864. Former pupils include the artist Alfred Munnings. 01728 723789

DON'T MISS A VISIT to nearby Saxtead Green

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TREASURES 1 JACK WHO STRIKES THE BELL You will need to walk up the aisle of this vast and beautiful church on the Blyth estuary to encounter this fascinating little fellow in his sentry –box. He wears armour of the mid 1500s, although some date him as late as the 1680s. His axe used to strike the bell on the hour but now simply announces the beginning of services. Blythburgh Holy Trinity, IP19 9LP


THE MERRY WIDOW Among the shiny black marble ledger slabs at Bramfield St Andrew you’ll discover a fascinating example near the sanctuary step on your approach to the altar. It dramatically describes the demise of Bridgitt Applewhaite, nee Nelson, in 1737, aged 44. If you read the inscription aloud, you can get a real feeling for the attitudes of the time. Bramfield St. Andrew, IP19 9HT


A LABOUR OF LOVE In 1859, Mildred Holland, wife of rector William Holland, recreated the splendour of a medieval roof in the chancel to awe and inspire the congregation. The church was closed for eight months from September 1859 to April 1860 while she completed her task. In 1863 she started on the nave roof, featuring the 12 apostles, a labour of love that took a full three years. She worked alone, apparently lying on her back on scaffolding, and this in spite of the style of the tight corsets and many petticoats favoured by Victorian women. Huntingfield St Mary the Virgin, IP19 0PR


GARLAND FOR A TRAGIC MAIDEN The unusual wooden medallion in the nave of Walsham le Willows in St Mary records the death of Mary Boyce aged 20 in 1685. Below the name is a heart pierced by an arrow as it is said that, tragically, Mary died of a broken heart. The ancient custom was to hang a garland in the church as a funerary memento for a chaste young women cheated by death of her marriage. The practice occurs in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ophelia is denied the full funeral rites’ ...yet here she is allow’d her virgin crants, her maiden strewments’ (strewn flowers) Walsham le Willows St. Mary, IP31 3AB

This is an edited extract from ‘100 Years, 100 Treasures: A Celebration of Suffolk Churches.’ The book is available from The Cathedral Shop, Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, St. Nicholas Centre, Cutler Street Ipswich and local book shops. Pictures and book extracts by permission of the Editor of 100 years, 100 Treasures


SUFFOLK’S CROWNING GLORY Bow down to the splendour of Mary Tudor’s 16th century refuge.

Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9BP

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HERITAGE COAST 34 Best of Aldeburgh

46 Best of Thorpeness

36 Best of Afternoon Tea

48 Best of Southwold

41 Pickle & Pip’s Best Big Suffolk Adventures 52 6 Best Suffolk beaches 45 Best of Suffolk’s Antiques

56 Walberswick & Dunwich



FRIDAY STREET FRIDAY STREET CAFÉ The jewel in our crown... the cafe restaurant at Friday Street is a (badly kept) local secret. Nearly all our food is made on site. The few dishes that aren’t, we source locally. Our sausage rolls are a great example. Produced in small batches, the pastry is made and rolled by hand in our kitchen. The meat is from pigs weaned just a few miles from our farm. This is a truly great Suffolk product. Our desserts are made on site – fresh cream roulades, trifles, éclairs and a mountainous lemon meringue pie. For something a little smaller, but equally delicious, try our Friday’s Mess – an exclusive ice-cream using raspberries grown on our farm, milk from Suffolk dairies, real pieces of meringue and made by local producer Suffolk Meadow. As the weather turns colder, we will be cooking an extra hot dish each day alongside our winter warming soups

FRIDAY FARM STREET We pride ourselves on supplying the highest quality foods. We are a genuine farm shop on a working arable farm and stock our own potatoes, asparagus, strawberries and raspberries. We work closely with local suppliers – with products from around 100 passionate food producers. Many are small, family businesses that have evolved alongside Friday Street. We are proud to support Suffolk business enterprise

FRUIT & VEGETABLES Surely the most important part of any farm shop? As you enter the shop, you will find our new fruit and vegetable stands. In addition to standard lines, we have more unusual produce, such as purple carrots and Jerusalem artichokes.

FINE WINES, CIDERS & BEERS We have a wide selection of alcoholic drinks – ciders from Aspall, beer from Adnams, St Peter’s and Greene King plus lagers from Calvors. Also wine for every occasion.

EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS For many tourists we have become “part of the holiday” so we stock key grocery items.

HOLIDAY COTTAGES In 2008 we converted farm stables into five cosy holiday cottages. Situated minutes from Friday Street, they provide an ideal location. The sympathetic conversion incorporates original features. The courtyard offers a fantastic social area – the seating and barbecues ensure you can savour outdoor living. And enjoy 10% off at the farm shop!


THE BARN Tony and his collective of avid collectionists promises to deliver a unique shopping experience, providing bespoke furniture for the home, office, and garden, as well as trinkets, gifts, and soft furnishings produced from up-cycling and eclectic craftsmanship.

FRIDAY STREET BUTCHERY Having spent 20 years as a local butcher (14 at Salter’s in Aldeburgh) Ian Manthorpe has been here at Friday Street as our traditional butcher for more than three years. We always wanted a butchery, but we needed to be sure we could find a partner with the highest reputation who shared our exceptional standards and work ethic. Ian has brought us a wealth of skill and knowledge, offering customers the finest of the best-quality meat available in Suffolk. Our butchery has been a major success and Ian’s new and regular customers come from far and wide. Along with his team – Darren, Peter and apprentice Toby – Ian’s reputation for providing superb meat and outstanding service are great reasons to come to Friday Street. Open every day 8.30-5.30pm; Sunday 8.30-1pm. For orders, call Ian direct on 07985 257321. To find the latest special offers visit the Friday Street Butchery Facebook page.  @fridaystreetbutchery

MAXIMUS FISH After 20 years of sustainable fishing and enduring increasingly difficult trading conditions for our fish, we found ourselves frustrated by the supply chain from boat to the public. Why was it that the wonderful day-boat quality was not making it to the public in the same great condition? After being disappointed with the offering at local supermarkets, we decided to try our hand at running a fish stall at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. We had such a great response from this event that we then approached Friday Street Farm shop to see about setting up our own fish shop. As they say, the rest is history, and here we are today with our own little shop, smokehouse and website – trying to ensure that we bring you the very best fish we can find. Sustainable, fresh, tasty and very good for you. Simple really. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 33

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SCALLOP Hambling's Scallop stands on the north end of Aldeburgh beach. It is a tribute to Benjamin Britten and is pierced with the words "I hear those voices that will not be drowned" from his opera Peter Grimes.


ALDEBURGH Composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears were Aldebugh’s most famous residents and an international music festival is held every year. The seaside town is also noted for fish and chips and for artist Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop sculpture on the beach. Thorpeness, with its famous House in the Clouds, is only a walk away. THE ALDEBURGH BOOKSHOP No town is complete without a good bookshop and in this, Aldeburgh excels. The Aldeburgh Bookshop is an independent shop that was founded almost 70 years ago. Its current owners, John and Mary James, have been in charge since 2000. Apart from a wonderful collection of books, a reading group and winning awards, they also founded the Aldeburgh Literary Festival, which attracts a wide range of writers giving a variety of talks and bringing together people from all over the UK. 01728 452389


MUNCHIES Munchies commitment to providing great value, local, freshly-made food and drink as well as a professional and friendly service has seen it become one of Aldeburgh’s most well know independent café’s - it’s not hard to see why The Independent and Waitrose Magazine have recommended it to their customers. 01728 454566

O&C BUTCHER Having the right sartorial gear for your holiday is a must and visitors need look no further than O&C Butcher, which has stood on the same spot on the High Street for the past 130 years. For many a trip here is actually obligatory and a key part of their holiday experience. James Stacey and his team of knowledgeable staff are on hand to kit you out whatever the weather. It’s an Aldeburgh institution, not to be missed. 01728 452229

ALDEBURGH CONTEMPORARY ARTS 2018 sees the 16th anniversary of Andrew and Julie Knibbs gallery. Situated on the High Street it shows leading artists from all parts of the UK and features regular exhibitions, the gallery is now established as a great destination to view affordable, colourful contemporary art. From traditional linocuts, woodcuts, screenprints and etchings, to large scale original oil and acrylic on canvas paintings, with a range of glassware and ceramics there is plenty to inspire. 01728 454212

DID YOU KNOW? Benjamin Britten’s top tip for creativity was to take a cold bath every morning and be at your desk by 9am!

MARTELLO TOWER Aldeburgh’s Martello Tower isn’t far to the south of town and offers a delightful focal point for a short coastal walk. It is the largest and most northerly of a chain of towers designed to keep Napoleon from invading Britain. Situated at the foot of the Orford Ness peninsula, between the sea and the River Alde, it is a lovely quatrefoil building and is available as a really special holiday rental from the Landmark Trust.

RILEY & RILEY Riley & Riley have become one of Suffolk’s favourite jewellers, renowned for their approachability and expertise. They are independent specialists in contemporary and traditional jewellery and owner Mark, a highly experienced jeweller in his own right, is often found behind his bench here in Aldeburgh or in their Ipswich showroom. Read more about his unique cast beach pebbles on page 43. 01728 452431



AFTERNOON TEA THE ICKWORTH Enjoy a classic afternoon tea in the elegant surrounds of The Ickworth Hotel, set in 1,800 acres of National Trust grounds. Served in our stunning conservatory, it’s equally suited to a special occasion or simply ‘just because’. At The Ickworth, afternoon tea is done in true style with homemade treats depending on the season and a generous tea menu (or a glass of fizz, if you prefer). The Ickworth Hotel, Horringer, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE 01284 735350

HINTLESHAM HALL Available: Daily, 2pm - 5pm Booking: Essential Menu: Traditional £18, champagne afternoon tea £36 Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3NS 01473 652334

THE SWAN LAVENHAM An indulgent afternoon tea with traditional, savoury and high tea options is offered by the. Each menu is served on bespoke Royal Worcester china in the hotel’s AA two rosette Gallery restaurant with a choice of 22 fine teas. Served Monday to Saturday, noon to 5pm, prices are £22.50 for the Traditional and Savoury afternoon tea and £26.50 for the high tea. High St, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9Q 01787 247477

G&T'S The ‘Best Tearoom in Suffolk’ as awarded by the EADT in their 2017 Food & Drink Awards and certainly seek them out on a summer afternoon to experience their secluded garden, hidden away on Yoxford’s High Street. Described as a wilderness of tranquility the location is a sea of calm and coupled with an award-winning cream tea it’s a real delight. G&T’s is passionately run by Gina and Thalia, cakes are really their strong point so you’ll be sure to find a delicious array. Celiac? No worries and they cater for all dietary requirements. G&T's Cafe, The Post Office, High Street, Yoxford IP17 3EP 01728 668009 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 36




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THE WENTWORTH HOTEL AND RESTAURANT Aldeburgh’s only truly independent hotel – No.1 in Aldeburgh on Tripadvisor Good Food, Good Value Two course lunch (Mon – Sat) £16.00 Dinner in the restaurant – two courses £21.50 – three courses £27.25 (Mon – Sat) Sundays – three course lunch £24.00 – three course dinner £17.40 Booking advisable Telephone 01728 452312





Let’s face it, us Suffolk dogs have got it pretty good. Why settle for being hauled around the block when there is a whole county of canine excitement out there? Whether you are large and slobbery or small and yappy (like ourselves), there is no end to the off-leash fun you’ll have off the beaten track. BEST FOR WILD SWIMMING

BEST FOR BREAKFAST SAUSAGE BEST FOR COW CONFRONTATIONS There’s something so classic about Constable Country, the idyllic rural landscape named after the painter it inspired. The riverside walk from Flatford from Sudbury is timeless, complete with thatched cottages, bridges and authentic bovine companions. If you don’t know how you feel about cows, you soon will.

A pub that is perfect for guests with paws, The Westleton Crown has a number of dog friendly rooms, and a warm doggy shower for muddy paws. They serve a delicious sausage for breakfast to every furry guest in the morning. The pub has a terraced garden where we are free to walk or play anytime. Just a short stroll away there’s a stunning Suffolk countryside and a selection of fabulous long walks on heaths and in forests or on the all-year-round dog friendly Dunwich beach - yippee! Remind your lardy owners to pick up a leaflet on the 8.5 mile round trip walk to their sister pub, The Ship at Dunwich.


Whether you prefer dipping one paw or jumping right in, nothing gets tails wagging like encountering waterways on a walk. Suffolk has plenty of gentle streams that are perfect for a splash about. Try the River Waveney at Outney Common or the River Ouse at Santon Downham and Knettishall Heath.

BEST FOR LIFE OFF THE LEASH... Suffolk’s forests give you so much freedom to run, dig and chew away from concrete and cars. The rich wildlife really gets our wolf radars going, as my pup and I jet off in all directions to chase squirrels or rabbits. We love Thetford Forest and Rendlesham Forest, where we both feel like pint-sized beasts of mass destruction – despite having never caught a single thing.

THE BEST SELECTION OF STYLISH HOLIDAY COTTAGES ON THE SUFFOLK COAST AND BEYOND Contact us now to book your perfect Suffolk coastal break!

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M A RK RI L E Y Mark Riley’s distinctive ‘pebbles’ are a wonderful way to capture your individual memories of Aldeburgh.Working from his workshop within his Aldeburgh shop and literally a stone’s throw from the sea, all ‘Hand made by Mark Riley’ Aldeburgh Pebbles are totally unique. Cast from real pebbles that he specially selects from the beach, or pebbles brought in by customers, they are solid sterling silver - although if you are feeling more extravagant they are also available in gold. Mark’s inspiration came from walking along the nearby beach road and seeing children painting pebbles from the beach. This caught his imagination and he set about creating unique pieces of beautiful and tactile jewellery that are not only inspired by nature, are almost created by nature. He makes a mould from an actual beach pebble and casts a facsimile in solid silver, which he then makes into a piece of jewellery that is totally unique

and imbued with the romance of the sea shore and the creative nature of the environment. ‘Each piece also bears my individual R&R hallmark!’ Mark is a qualified gemmologist and makes all his pieces in the Aldeburgh store. He says of Aldeburgh, ‘it is and has been home to so many creative people, that its inspiration goes before it!’ The newest part of their handmade range is the new ‘CreoDesign Personalised’, as Mark explains: “We hand forge rings and discs and make multi-layered circle pendants and bangles. The pieces can be personalised with names, dates or a short message, which are handpunched into the metal and included in the price. Riley & Riley also have a full repair service and undertake everything from simple sizings through to complete restorations and remodels.

RILEY & RILEY 01728 452431



INSPIRATION Opened in 2002, Aldeburgh Contemporary Arts offers quality art at affordable prices in relaxed surroundings. Visit the gallery, situated prominently on Aldeburgh High Street and prepare to be inspired with contemporary art by more than 60 artists.

‘Crag Path Summer’ Etching by Derek Chambers

‘Lining Up on the Spinnaker Run’ – Acrylic by Janet Nelson

‘Birdsong & Bluebells’ – Acrylic by Paul Evans

‘Midnight in Birdland’ – Gouache by Adam Yeldham

‘Vintage 7Up Cap’ – Acrylic by Graham Spice

Glassware by Catherine Shilling

CONTACT Aldeburgh Contemporary Arts can be found at 187 High St, Aldeburgh. Open five days a week (closed Tues/Wed) 10am-5pm. 01728 454212 ‘Avocet’ Linocut by Richard Allen

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SUFFOLK ANTIQUES YOXFORD ANTIQUES This increasingly popular venue is set in several acres of natural gardens. It houses over 70 independent dealers offering countless eclectic objects from the past; you’ll almost certainly take something unexpected home. Closed on Tuesdays.

BED BAZAAR, FRAMLINGHAM If you are in the market for an antique bed this is the place to visit. Bed Bazaar is one of the leading antique bedstead retailers in the UK with over 20000 beds to choose from. Here you’ll find the best range of four poster beds, brass and sleigh beds and more.

In addition for being renowned for its seaside towns, medieval villages and music, Suffolk can also boast of having many fine antique shops including one of the country’s leading dealers in early furniture and works of art. SUFFOLK HOUSE ANTIQUES One of the country’s leading dealers in early furniture and works of art. Suffolk House Antiques, set up by Andrew Singleton a quarter of a century ago in the pretty village of Yoxford, is a treasure trove of wonderful pieces where anything from a 15th century carved oak angel to a 17th century yew wood joint stool can be discovered.

CAMPSEA ASHE THE MONDAY SALE For a traditional country auction, nothing tops the weekly events at Campsea Ashe. Every Monday the stalls fill to the brim with everything from Victoriana to poultry, game and produce. You can browse the catalogue in advance online or onsite from Saturday morning before the sale takes place on Monday from 11am. Look out for their domestic and rural bygones sales which are run regularly.

MANDER AUCTIONEERS, SUDBURY If you’re interested in decorative items and fine art, Mander Auctioneers is the place to go. They hold auctions throughout the year and specialise in rare antiques such as silver, ceramics and jewellery. The auctions are held on Saturdays, with viewing days taking place the Friday before.

NEWMARKET RACECOURSE ANTIQUE & 20TH CENTURY FAIR The fantastic horse racing setting makes this a great day out. With over 220 inside stands as well as many outside antiques, art deco and collectables, you’ll find it difficult not to take it all home! They also run an antique valuation roadshow with free valuations. £4.00 entry 9am-4pm. 22nd October 2017

LONG MELFORD ANTIQUES FAIR A traditional fair with professional dealers, no reproduction or modern items sold. The longest running and only midweek antiques in Suffolk It is held the first Wenesday of every month open from 9.30 -3.30 pm Easy Parking The Memorial Hall, Long Melford CO10 9LQ THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 45

DISS AUCTION ROOMS Hold weekly sales plus 20 special category Saturday sales, in addition to diverse specialist auctions

WOODBRIDGE ANTIQUES CENTRE Woodbridge Antiques Centre has a beautifully displayed selection of antique and vintage items, especially jewellery, silverware, glassware, porcelain, pottery, watches, clocks and postcards. A wide variety gives you plenty to choose from, whether you are a collector, in the trade, want to treat yourself or are looking for a birthday, wedding, christening or anniversary gift. If you need advice, you will find the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Woodbridge Antiques Centre 7 Quay Street, Woodbridge IP12 1BX 01394 387210

THE HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS An architectural folly which disguised the water tower that used to contain 30,000 gallons of water. It’s now a unique family holiday home, with fabulous views over the surrounding area.



Thorpeness was promoted as The Home of Peter Pan. The author, JM Barrie, was a friend of the Ogilvies and regularly visited the village. His characters inspired the magical islands in the centre of the Meare. The landings are still marked with names from the book, and you can find locations such as The Pirates Lair and Wendy’s Home, to play on. THE KITCHEN Work your way through the carefully crafted menu of seasonally sourced cuisine from breakfast through to dinner during the summer months. Free wifi and complimentary newspapers. With modern light rooms just 50 metres from the beach

___ DON'T MISS THE PARROT Come and visit The Parrot, the sister pub to The Dolphin in nearby Aldringham.



Grade II listed, this windmill was built in 1803 and then moved in 1923, when it was converted to a water pumping mill for the nearby water tower, the House in the Clouds. It’s now privately owned and you can arrange to visit between Easter and September.

A wide range of boats are available here including dinghys (generally suitable for one to two people), larger rowing boats, punts, sailing boats, canoes (for 2 or 3 people) and kayaks (one person).


THE DOLPHIN INN Formerly known as the Crown Inn, the original building was attached to six cottages. The inn was renamed when the cottages were demolished and the building extended with bedrooms to become The Dolphin Inn.  Parts of the village, then known as Aldringham-cum-Thorpe, date to Tudor times, but in 1910 the village was renamed Thorpeness when landowner Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, a barrister and playwright, began to create a unique and quirky seaside holiday village.  In 1995, the Dolphin was consumed by fire. Having been rebuilt, it was reopened in 1998 by Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels.  David James, along with daughter Kerry, took it over in 2007 and made an immediate impact, ensuring the pub became an important part of the community.  Situated in the heart of the village, the Dolphin is popular for its relaxed, friendly service and delicious seasonal food, most of it sourced from the immediate area.  Head chef Chris Theobald is passionate about local produce. The kitchen not only creates a seasonally changing menu for the restaurant but supplies the Village Store (attached to the Dolphin) with chutneys, jams, pies and pastries. As a free house, the bar dispenses award-winning real ales from local, independent producers including Adnams, Lacons and Woodfordes. In winter, the pub has a roaring log fire while in summer barbecues beckon in the huge garden. With four-star, en-suite bedrooms, this remains a genuine pub where you can expect great food and beer served in a warm, friendly environment. This year they were delighted to start on their restaurant extension. Part of the brief was to involve as many local tradesmen as possible. Happily, they managed that and M&B builders have done a fantastic job. After careful consideration of the  immediate environment, they came up with the “garden room” – a light, beautiful space topped off with a wildflower and grass roof. They have planted 21 types of grass and flowers on top of the extension, creating an organic feel to the room, complemented by the pergola, which will host wisteria and hops.  The wildflowers and grasses throughout the garden have provided a dramatic boost for wildlife – attracting many more birds along with butterflies and other insects. They strongly believe that not only should they grow and use their own produce where possible, we should be a little more protective of our environment, helping to create our own micro-ecosystem. 

The staff have been included in this project – planting, painting and doing some serious lifting.   This reflects the strength of the Dolphin and who they are – as an established team of nine years. They take enormous pride in the impact they have on the community – hence the annual beach clean, attracting around 200 people.  In addition, Kerry holds an Easter Egg Hunt and the annual village fete takes place in August, along with coffee mornings, quizzes and other events raising money for local schools, churches and projects.  They are proud The Dolphin and Village Store continue to be the heartbeat of the village, bringing enormous value to Thorpeness.  

THE DOLPHIN INN Peace Place, Dolphin Cl, Thorpeness, Leiston IP16 4FE 01728 454994 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 47

SAILOR'S READING ROOM Known for their heavy drinking when not at sea, the Sailors’ Reading Room was built in 1864 in an attempt to encourage Christian ideals and keep sailors from the many pubs of Southwold. Now, it’s a fascinating seafaring museum focused on Southwold’s maritime history.


SOUTHWOLD The town’s seafront landscape with the iconic lighthouse poking its head above the rooftops has remained unchanged over the years and evokes the simple seaside pleasures of a bygone age. The Adnams brewery goes from strength to strength and the welcoming pubs are all within walking distance of each other. COLLEN & CLARE

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This successful Suffolk womenswear and menswear boutique, located in Southwold’s Market Place, was founded in 2002 by Vanessa Collen. The ethos of Collen & Clare remains the same today as it did on opening - to offer an edited selection from some of the most coveted designer collections in the fashion industry in an environment that is utterly relaxed. C&C has grown to become a destination store, which has been listed among the best 50 independent boutiques in the country. Merchandised like a department store, a relaxed ambience emanates throughout. Strategically placed upholstered chairs and the daily papers provide the perfect distraction for the family whilst you take time to browse. 01502 724823


To complete the Southwold experience why not rent a beach hut, they cost from £25 a day.

If one picture on a postcard could sum up an idyllic English Seaside destination it would have to be Southwold Pier. This pillared walkway has a magnetic attraction and something for everyone to enjoy! There’s so much to do a whole day can drift by while you walk the planks and explore this historic icon. 07842 528164 01502 722105


DID YOU KNOW? There is a Ferry from Southwold to Walberswick from Easter to October. Fare £1 per person dogs welcome and free of charge.

The Crown in Southwold... Perfectly positioned on Southwold High Street, The Crown is an old coaching inn with lots of personality. It boasts outstanding food and wine, a cosy back bar for a relaxing drink and sumptuous bedrooms too. To find out more, visit or call 01502 722275.

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BEACHES NORTH FELIXSTOWE This has a two mile promenade gently sloping towards the sea in a sheltered bay. European Blue Flag.  No lifeguards

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Suffolk’s picturesque coastline stretches for 39 miles, starting at Felixstowe and extending to its most eastern tip at Lowestoft. The beaches are perfectly suited to a classic bucket-and-spade day out or a variety of activities from fishing, swimming, wind surfing and sailing to just relaxing with a book.

WALBERSWICK Walberswick’s lovely dunes and coarse, orange-tinted sand are ideal for building sandcastles. Don’t miss a trip on the Walberswick-toSouthwold Foot Ferry, a traditional rowing boat that crosses the River Blyth. At just £1 a person it’s a steal, and dogs are also welcome.  No lifeguards

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___ DISCOVER MORE BEACHES COVEHITHE (Four miles north of Southwold) is a quiet beach with a fast-eroding stretch of coastline.

ALDEBURGH BEACH IP15 5BD Shingle beach with fisherman huts where freshly caught fish are sold daily



Shingle beach located next to RSPB Minesmere

These traditional seaside beaches are home to a mix of sand and shingle, backed by wooden chalets and a genteel promenade. An amusement pier, putting greens and boating ponds make it a good option for families. European Blue Flag. Lifeguards. Or the more secluded The Denes Beach at Southwold IP18 6HQ for a quieter, more secluded beach away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

NESS POINT, LOWESTOFT NR32 1XQ The most easterly point in the UK

HOPTON–ON-SEA NR31 9SE (across the border) A sandy beach with views of the curving coastline.

 Lifeguards daily July - September

IP18 6BN

KESSINGLAND BEACH A huge unspoilt beach with a wide stretch of sand and sand hills.  No lifeguards

NR33 7RW

SHINGLE STREET (10 miles from Woodbridge) is an isolated beach where you can see seals basking at the estuary entrance.  No lifeguards



DENNY OF SOUTHWOLD Called a mini Liberty’s this store is truly an Aladdin’s Cave. Denny’s has a fascinating history it has been in the same family since 1851. It started after Robert Denny gambled away his vast inheritance and moved to Southwold with his wife and family. His son William decided to try his hand at tailoring, and after a five year apprenticeship he opened his own tailoring business, clothing the rich and famous, George Orwell, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, the local aristocracy and many other famous people had their clothes hand tailored at Dennys. During a stay in Southwold, King George VI, had a pair of grey flannel shorts made, all of the 26 tailors taking turns to add some stitches so they could say they had made the shorts for the King!

as other shows in London, we enjoy the buying and finding different things. Lyn adds we buy a wonderful selection of quality clothes in the finest fabrics which would suit us both, therefore we actually give our customers of all ages a huge choice of different styles to choose from. Hazel adds: “We’ve had lots of positive feedback and we’ll continue to look for new and exciting brands for Denny’s. Our more recent brand acquisitions include Lulu Guinness, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino and Cath Kidston, as well as stocking longstanding favourites such as Barbour, Saint James and Sebago.” Lyn and Hazel’s choice of high quality, colourful, casual men’s and ladies’ clothes is clearly just right, with this popular place welcoming customers all the time.

Dusty ledgers dating back to 1899 show the famous customers, the prices they paid for their clothes, and their measurements. This history is absolutely fascinating, especially the prices they paid. In the 1900’s a man’s suit cost £1.17.00 (the same price of a loaf of bread today). Made out of the very best woollen fabrics available, silk linings, horn buttons, and of course the tailor’s wages were costed into the price of the suit, which took 70 hours of hand sewing. This was considered extremely expensive and not many people could afford such a luxury. Over the last few years this beautiful oak panelled shop has been enlarged, portraits in oils, and antiques nestle amongst colourful casual clothes for both ladies and men. Lyn Knights says “We search all parts of the globe for quality clothes, paying the greatest attention to detail whilst buying. We are constantly looking for new brands, which are cleverly sourced by Lyn, a fifth generation Denny, and her manager Hazel Saunders. We aim to have something fresh for each season to add to our large selection of clothes. Hazel says we attend fashion shows Pure, Jacket Required, Scoop as well Lyn Knights, a fifth generation Denny THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 54


Hazel explains: “We’ve got a lovely, hard-working team of eight ‘Denny Girls’; we really pride ourselves here on our customer service.” It’s no surprise to hear that Denny’s has plenty of regular customers, with the smart clothes store having gained a place in the affection of so many locals and out-of-towners. Lyn says: “We have quite a lot of regulars and lots of people from London; we go across the board really with customers of all ages!” Celebrating 166 years, clearly this is a business that will continue to go from strength to strength, with plenty more significant milestones to come. A must visit if you are in sunny Southwold! 11 Market Place, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6EA

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DUNWICH & WALBERSWICK Swathes of marsh and sandy heathland rich in wildlife create the backdrop to this corner of Suffolk, much of it protected and designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. marks on the door. The village itself is bisected by the busy A12 – church on one side, pub the other.

HISTORY Farther along the coast from Walberswick you will find the tiny town of Dunwich – or what is left of it. Much of the thriving medieval township famously disappeared under the sea. The rot set in after a devastating storm in 1328, when 400 houses and a number of churches were destroyed. Dunwich lost its harbour and its trade to Walberswick and, as coastal erosion continued to set in, the town was slowly reclaimed by the sea. There is a small museum where you can discover more about this lost town

WE RECOMMEND TAKE IN breathtaking coastal

surroundings at nearby Dunwich Heath, conserved by the National Trust. STEP BACK into medieval times during a visit to Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh. CHILDREN WILL LOVE crabbing

off the bridge near the car park in the summer.



Blythburgh lies a little farther inland, along the River Blyth. You cannot miss its church, sometimes known as the Cathedral of the Marshes. Vastly out of proportion to the size of its surroundings, Holy Trinity manages to distinguish itself in a county full of special churches, and is truly worth a visit. The devil himself is reputed to have called here, hotfooting it from Bungay during the awful storm of 1577 and leaving tell-tale scorch-

If you head off towards the coast you will find you are not far from Dunwich, the once great town famously lost to the sea, and Minsmere, the nature reserve run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.


THE SHIP AT DUNWICH The Ship at Dunwich introduced their new Head Chef, Liam Davison, in February 2017. Suffolk-born and raised, Liam brings creative energy and infectious passion to The Ship’s kitchen. He started cooking at the age of 16 and since then has worked in a number of local restaurants. His cooking can be described as a modern take on traditional flavours. Liam’s favourite dish on the new menu is pan-fried Lowestoft cod fillet, where diners can enjoy a combination of classic and modern cookery skills with the freshest of local ingredients. Liam has said, “This is a great opportunity for me to develop myself as a chef, to improve my style and put my stamp on The Ship’s menus. My passion is to produce excellent, top quality plates of food, using the best ingredients that Suffolk has to offer.

WALBERSWICK Pretty Walberswick, beloved of artists and writers, lies on the coast, across the river from Southwold. You can easily walk between the two, the only decision being whether to cross the Bailey bridge or secure a passage on the tiny foot ferry (June-September daily). Arriving by boat and passing the harbour huts, you can either follow a path through the sand-dunes to the beach, or continue up the main street to the village green, where you will find arts and crafts shops, a tea shop and visitor centre. Farther into the village, you can enjoy a drink at the Bell and some tasty lunch at the Anchor.






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THE WATERFRONT Don’t miss a stroll along the Waterfront - well worth a meander particularly in the summer months when it is bustling with folk.


IPSWICH The county town, birthplace of Cardinal Wolsey – Henry Vlll’s powerful chancellor – is rich in history with the Elizabethan Christchurch Mansion and park at its very heart. The town is also experiencing a vibrant retail and leisure revival with a 12-screen cinema and a host of restaurants and shops.


GET YOUR BEARINGS One of England’s oldest towns, Ipswich took shape in Anglo-Saxon times around the dock. This area has become a key part of the fabric, past and present and its history evident in much of the architecture. Cardinal Wolsey was born in 1475 and lived in Ipswich during his childhood. Wolsey is Ipswich’s most famous son. He was a Roman Catholic Cardinal - with precedence even over the Archbishop of Canterbury - as well as being Archbishop of York and was the Lord Chancellor of England for Henry VIII for 14 years. Next to Henry VIII himself, Wolsey was the most powerful man in the kingdom in Tudor times. By the 16th century, Ipswich was declared a King’s Port – one of only eleven in England. Christchurch Park, an unexpectedly vast green space in the middle of town, comes complete with its own Tudor mansion, children’s play area, arboretum, tennis courts. Many events are held here through through the summer. Within the park is Christchurch Mansion that has period-room settings and a gallery displaying the town’s renowned collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Constable. Ipswich Museum, in the High Street,

View of Ipswich from Christchurch Park c.1746-9 Thomas Gainsborough

also has much to see, including a lifesize recreation of a woolly mammoth and a Victorian natural history collection complete with a (real) 17ft giraffe in a towering glass case. On the edge of town is the volunteer-run transport museum.

DID YOU KNOW? Silent Street in Ipswich is named because more than half of its 64 inhabitants died in just one week during the Plague outbreak in 1665-66

DANCE EAST Dance East is a great cultural asset to the Ipswich waterfront that puts on performances but also runs a variety of dance workshops throughout the year for children and adults. Check out the Pay as you Dance lessons (£7 adults. £6 concessions).


intlesham Hall is a Grade 1 listed country house hotel, set in peaceful, extensive grounds and renowned for its superb and convenient location, the 32 individually designed bedrooms, its team of friendly, professional staff and its award-winning cuisine. It boasts AA four red stars, AA two rosettes for culinary excellence for the fourth-year running and is The Inspector’s Choice Hotel in Britain and Ireland and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence.




S T PETER'S STREET Arguably the beating heart of independent retail in Ipswich, the St Peter’s Street connects the main town to the waterfront, and although the town’s shopping experience has been significantly improved over the years, it’s here that you’ll find an enthusiast and knowledgeable variety of shopkeepers and their wares…

ROSE HOUSE BUTCHERY With a passion for rare and native breeds, exceptional flavours and quality meats, this butcher celebrates British produce and traditional skills. It is also the home of the Artisan Butcher, who offers a range of food skills courses. 01473 213869  @rosehousebutchery  @artisanbutcher

LOVE ONE Loveone is Ipswich’s most unique gift shop. If you are looking for a gift with a bit of quirk and a whole lot of zest then they are the shop for you! Curated with passion and humour by owner, Cathy Frost, their eclectic blend of products includes Jellycat, True Grace and Parkminster scented candles, they have quirky homeware, and are stockists of Nkuku together with beautiful accessories from Black Colour Dk and One Hundred Stars. Plus they have a large stock of items from talented local artists and makers. There’s a great selection of cards, wrap and ribbon and they are happy to gift wrap for you. Whatever the occasion they will have a gift for you - it’s boutique style shopping at its best. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. 07711 517787  @shoploveone  @shoploveone


CAKE & CATWALK Owner Lynn Turner’s shop, Cake and Catwalk, is a real ‘tour de force’, she takes enormous pleasure in searching for beautiful and unusual designer-led jewellery, scarves and bags. Her energy is boundless and she is adept at sourcing fashion accessories that look expensive but are very affordable, indeed it’s her ‘USP’ stocking fabulous fashion for less! Packed with fashion and accessories, a selection of greeting cards and candles are also available. It’s the best place to buy the perfect gift wrapped present.   Lynn is also very active on social media and she often hosts fabulous fashion shows and events in her secluded walled garden at the rear of the shop 01473 871566  @cakeandcatwalk1  @cakeandcatwalk

JENNY WREN'S YARNS Great yarn and wool shops are increasingly rare, despite a resurgence of passionate knitters. St Peter’s Street is very fortunate to have Jenny Wren’s Yarns, which stocks a wide range of knitting and crochet yarns including West Yorkshire Spinners, Fyberspates, Debbie Bliss, Katia, Wendy and Rico. It’s one of the best selection of wools in the area and well work a visit. To complement their lovely yarns they have knitting and crochet patterns and books and a range of accessories including Knit Pro needles and crochet hooks. They also stock a selection of buttons. If you’ve got the knitting bug, look no further, alternatively why not start a lifelong interest with one of their knitting and crochet kits, which are also available. They have social knit groups and classes as well details of which are on their website. 01473 805208  @jennywrenyarns

MAUDS ATTIC Mauds Attic is an eclectic mix of jewellery and gifts, furniture, lighting, and much, much more. An independent retailer trading from a centuries old building in the historic centre of the town, owner Wendy is a selective user of social media and her Facebook page gives a taste of her extensive stock. She very much of the opinion that visiting her shop offers the most authentic experience, she’s friendly and knowledgeable and more than happy to spend time with you discussing her exciting range of items and giftware 01473 221057  @maudsattic


HONEY & HARVEY Coffee + Kitchen + Cocktails… Recently voted one of ‘The Independent’s’ top 50 coffee shops in the UK. They use Suffolkbased roaster Butterworth’s beans, and offer loose leaf teas and great homemade food. Ask Harvey, Carmen or Dan about the technology behind the brew, you’ll be amazed at the care they take to create the perfect cup for every customer. 56 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL 01394 548161




PUMP ST CAFÉ Popular bakery/café in the village of Orford with amazing sourdough bread and Monmouth coffee – so worth the detour. Wednesday to Friday 9.00-4.00 (lunch 12-3pm; coffee and tea until 3.30pm); Saturday 9.00-4.00 Sunday 10.00-4.00. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 1 Pump Street, Orford IP12 2LZ 01394 459829




Ipswich’s first family-orientated vegetarian café. Bikes more than welcome – you can even buy one here. A unique café with relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Great for children of any age with Lego, toys, drawing stuff and magazines – and newspapers for the adults. Heaps of activities, from baby yoga to a knitting group.

Winner of the EADT food and drink awards for Best Café 2016. Coffee house with its own four-bean, house blend. They also source, monthly, single-origin guest coffees. Great food, too. Occasional events on offer – check website for details:

Their Cafés are popping up all over Suffolk. You can find them in Bury St Edmunds, Framingham and Hadleigh. You can expect a generous regular-size cup of coffee from a range of six house coffees – from morning coffee to a fullshot, whole coffee bean.

Monday to Friday 8.30-4.00 Saturday 9.30-4.30.

51 Abbeygate St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1LJ

Open Monday to Saturday. 17 Tower Street, Tower House IP1 3BE

19 Saint Peter’s Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF

Check on Facebook – La Tour Cycle Café. 01473 808142


64 The Best of the Wool Towns

78 Found at Bridge Farm Barns

66 The Clare Experience

80 Best of Long Melford

70 Best of Hadleigh

84 Found in Sudbury

72 Best of Lavenham

85 Best of Suffolk’s Fine Art



WOOL TOWNS The Wool Towns describes those towns and villages in rural Suffolk and North Essex that share a common heritage, as demonstrated by a number of wonderful wool churches. This common history goes back over half a millennium to a time when this was a thriving manufacturing area. Before the industrial revolution, or the railways, the production of woollen cloth and associated trades took place in homes right across the region. Today these communities still work together, with a rich offering to those looking for a short break or holiday in wonderful rural communities. The Wool Towns offer an abundance of things to see and do, great hospitality and exciting events. For more information, visit or follow  @wooltowns





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EXPERIENCE Be sure to take time to visit the ancient town of Clare, the former stronghold of one of the richest women in British History, Elizabeth de Clare. It also played an important party in the history of the Magna Carta.

mother house of Britain’s’ Augustinian Friars. Founded in 1248, its grounds and ruins are open to the public. Remarkable for its many listed buildings from all periods, including the Ancient House Museum which dates from 1473,

Today, Clare Castle Country Park boasts the only railway station in a castle - now a stylish café - and the view from the top of the keep is definitely worth the climb. A town trail and circular walk tempt you to stay longer; Clare Priory is home to the

Clare also has an Iron Age Hill Fort. The town is home to antique shops, an auction house and a wonderfully rich collection of independent shops, a contemporary art gallery and several quality cafes pubs and B&Bs.

CLARE PARK GOLF COURSE Their par 3, 9-hole parkland course beside the river Stour provides challenges and interest for all levels of play and is open to everyone. Enjoy the comfortable clubhouse and Tee Room with a panoramic view over the lake serving fresh all day snacks and homemade cakes. The new bespoke meeting room for up to 20 delegates is now available for hire. 01787 278693

HONEYHILL CAFÉ Offering some of the best coffee around with the help of their friends at Frank & Earnest, the Suffolk based Artisan Coffee specialists, the cafe sits within a wonderful Grade II listed building that has been many things over the past few hundred years; an antique shop that featured in the Lovejoy TV series, a dress shop, a butchers, and now a friendly cafe. Owners Graham and Dina offer a full menu throughout the day, very much in the brasserie style, and you are encouraged to relax and watch the world go by. They are fastidious about their ingredients and using dry cured Suffolk bacon, Dingly Dell sausages and lovely fresh free range eggs along with a selection of cakes baked freshly every day. Their eggs benedict and eggs royale are simply delicious as is their super fresh seasonal seafood, which includes Cromer crabs, Brancaster mussels, and impressive seafood platters. 01787 278332 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 66

SEA PICTURES GALLERY Sea Pictures Gallery in Well Lane, Clare is a wellestablished contemporary art dealer and sponsor of an annual prize at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London. Originally based in London and dealing over the internet, the owners, Sarah and Alaric Pugh, relocated to picturesque Clare in Suffolk in 2008 and opened a high street gallery. In this listed building in the centre of the town of Clare interesting exhibitions change every 6 weeks. Original, affordable work in all media is offered in themed exhibitions which feature professional artists from around the UK, often established members of long established art societies. Sea Pictures Gallery is also the home of Suffolk Framing meeting a wide variety of framing, conservation and restoration requirements. In March and November each year the gallery runs specialist linocut courses, details of which are on the website. 01787 279024

PLATFORM ONE CAFÉ Located in the original 1865 bookings hall of Clare Railway Station, this is an atmospheric new café in the heart of the Clare Castle Country Park. Open seven days a week it offers delicious freshlymade coffees, teas, and a large selection of homemade cakes and scones as well as light lunches and snacks including home-made soups, quiches, tarts and a range of vegetarian dishes. The food and service is first class and they strive to only use the best locally sourced ingredients creating the majority of dishes on site. The interior of the café is in keeping with the original station and they have installed a cosy log burner to greet you on cooler days. A two minute walk from the Clare Castle Country Park car park with full disabled facilities. Also worth a visit is Number One the Delicatessen and Cafe within Clare, located in the old post office on the High Street. Platform One | 01787 277850 Number One Delicatessen and Café | 01787 278932

HARRIS & HARRIS BOOKS Harris & Harris Books is at the heart of the community of Clare, an enjoyable shop to browse in, it reflects the diverse interests of the people living in the local area. However, owner, Kate Harris is not shy of making innovative stock choices selected to engage and thrill her customers, so expect the latest Booker prize-winners next to a solid line up of local interest titles. 01787 277267


Clare Antiques & Interiors “One of the largest antique warehouses in Suffolk” 100 dealers on 4 floors, providing antique and modern furniture, pictures, mirrors, antique jewellery, rugs, books and collectables, etc. Vintage Tea Room with “The best cream teas outside Devon and Cornwall” Open Mon - Sat 9.30 - 5.00 Open Sun 11.00 - 5.00 Ample parking opposite 01787 278449

The Mill, Malting Lane Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NW

maison de clements French and English country furniture, antiques & vintage kitchenalia and interior design pieces for the home and garden. Don't miss our 'Man Cave'.

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4 Market Hill, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NN


Open everyday 10:00 - 4:30 except Wednesday & Sunday

MAISON DE CLEMENTS Linda Dabbs is the owner and curator of Maison de Clements, she has been collecting and trading for over fifteen years and you can tell it's a real passion for her. She has a fantastic eye and really enjoys helping people find what they are looking for. If you are searching for that something special why not give her a call and she will try her best to find whatever item you are seeking. She sources a wide range of vintage and antique items from all over the UK and Europe bring these to her Clarebased shop where you will find a unique and timeless ever changing collection at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for antique French linen or have a passion for kitchenalia you will not be disappointed.   Upstairs in the Man Cave there are a variety of enamel advertising signs plus car memorabilia along with the intriguing taxidermy and antique tools. Every antique and vintage item tells a story from its long and interesting past. You will find so many interesting and quirky items at Maison de Clements, there’s something for everyone and you will always receive a warm welcome. 07950 767674

RIPPINGDALES ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Rippingales Antiques and Collectables situated in the High Street in Clare has been called a ‘little gem’. Known particularly for its range of childhood collectables it also carries an eclectic mix of stock. From Georgian ceramics to Advertising to Hornby trains there is always something new to see and buy. You will also always find examples of cottage furniture, silver, jewellery, and garden items, as well as anything that catches the eye of owner Paula Rippingale Mills. Trading in Antiques for nearly 15 years Paula is a member of trade body The Essex Antique Dealers Association Having a special interest in childhood collectables Paula always has a selection of antique and vintage dolls, teddies, toys, books and items such as samplers relating to the history of childhood. Rippingales loves to welcome visitors and is always interested in sharing a passion for Antiques with its many customers from across the world. 01787 278165

CLARE ANTIQUES & INTERIORS One of the biggest antique warehouses in Suffolk, The Clare Antiques and Interiors warehouse has four floors of exhibiting space, housing unique furnishings, objects and collectables for the home and garden - provided by over 100 individual dealers from all over the UK. There is always an amazing variety of antiques for sale at the warehouse and expert advice is always available from our team of experienced and friendly staff. Clare Antiques and Interiors is an ideal destination for a day out. The warehouse is also yards from the heart of this historical, picturesque market town. In earlier times, the warehouse was a grain storage mill, then known as Byford's Mill which was built in the early part of the last century. 01787 278449


HISTORY Seek out St. Mary's Church, which understandably attracted the artistic attentions of Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. You will also find the town's picturesque Guildhall and Tudor redbrick tower.


HADLEIGH An East Anglian town that made its name during the golden age of the wool and cloth trade, Hadleigh boasts a 15th-century, timber-framed Guildhall among many other listed buildings. The town’s long high street presents an intriguing mix of independent businesses but is now know for its range of independent craftsmen including Jayrest Interiors, a family owned business that designs and makes hand built furniture with a lifetime guarantee and interiors specialist Jim Lawrence, now a national brand, whose showroom houses their entire range of over 3,000 items.

NEVELI In a world where mass produced radiators are the norm, it’s great to learn that in this small corner of East Anglia, exists an amazing radiator showroom where a vast range of designer and traditional radiators and towel rails, are displayed from around the globe.

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On a fine day, a stroll should take in Toppesfield Bridge (one of Suffolk’s oldest) and the town’s pleasant riverside walk which is ideal for a picnic.


GUILDHALL The Guildhall owned by the National Trust is one of the finest timber-framed buildings in England. The building dates from around 1530 and was built on the back of the boom of the cloth industry in the early 16th Century.



LAVENHAM Lavenham’s claim to be England’s finest medieval town is upheld by its unrivalled collection of perfectly preserved half-timbered houses – built during the prosperous Middle Ages wool trade. The church of St Peter and St Paul has the tallest tower in Suffolk. Nearby Kersey will be recognised from countless calendars and paintings – ducks at the ford helpfully posing for photographs. ICE CREAM PARLOUR Enjoy Handmade by Hadley’s delicious, Great Taste Award Winning Ice Creams, Sorbets and Hot Chocolate at The Parlour on Lavenham’s historic High Street. Made using fresh milk and cream from a nearby farm, free range eggs and ingredients from small artisan producers around the world, there are many interesting flavours to choose. The majority of flavours are gluten free, and all sorbets are dairy free. Seasonal specials include Plum, Rhubarb and Elderflower & Lime; while ever popular Honeycomb and Salted Caramel are always available. Heavenly Hot Chocolate served with handmade marshmallows is made with a choice of Pump Street Bakery’s Bean to Bar Chocolate. Gaining a growing reputation on cooler days this is truly a ‘chocoholics’ treat! Choco Melts and Gift Hampers make great presents, along with The Parlour’s very own Gift Vouchers. | 01787 249001  @handmadebyhadleys  @hadleysdairy

THE SIX BELLS In the nearby village of Preston St Mary is this fantastic little pub, complete with large outdoor garden for those sunny days. Open for lunch and dinner, it specialises in British seasonal produce from local farms, niche producers and the day-boat fish from nearby Leigh-on-Sea. Great for a traditional Sunday roast too. 01787 247440   @the_six_bells

DON’T MISS The award-winning farmers market is held here on the fourth Sunday of the month at the village hall


LITTLE HALL A late 14th Century Hall House on the main square, first built in 1390’s as a family house and workplace. It is now a museum where you can discover its quirky history and art.

LAVENHAM GREYHOUND Don’t miss the impressive outdoor seating area at this stylish pub, offering an extensive restaurant menu, food is available all day from 10:00am to 10:00pm served by knowledgeable and attentive staff. Top Tip: They serve sweet & savoury waffles every day 10am-12pm. 01787 249553

POSY Posy is a stylish, independent and individual shop showcasing a handpicked, eclectic mix of home ware, original artwork, jewellery, accessories and unusual gifts. Posy prides itself on creating a shopping experience for all of the senses, with attention to detail being of the essence.

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Owner Lienne grew up in Lavenham, so its the perfect place for her lovely shop, which is clearly put together with a lot of heart. Lienne is an artist and paints in the studio at the back of the shop. She makes seasonal jams and scrumptious fudge too which are all exclusive to Posy. If you are in Lavenham and are looking for a shop that’s one of a kind, a friendly, happy hello awaits you. Bespoke commissions are welcome. 01787 248080

LION HOUSE GALLERY The friendly Lion House Gallery has been established now for almost six years, this artist-led gallery has gained a reputation for showcasing the very best in professional British arts and crafts from East Anglia and beyond. Carefully chosen by owner Lizzi Stevens, a stable of artists has been gathered together, making unique and highly desirable work in a variety of media - paintings, original prints, ceramics, glass, wood and silver. The emphasis is on top quality contemporary work which is quirky and unusual, and the gallery is proud to exhibit work by both established and up and coming artists. 01787 249616  @thelionhousegallerylavenham


LINGER A LITTLE LONGER IN LAVENHAM… Bespoke Facials Relaxing Massages Recovery Treatments Afternoon Tea 2 AA Rosettes Restaurant Perfectly Appointed Bedrooms A haven of tranquillity, luxuriate in first-class pampering and state-of-the-ar t facilities at Weavers’ House Spa. For pure indulgence, couple your spa experience with scrumptious Afternoon Tea at our adjoining hotel The Swan at Lavenham. And with charming bedrooms to rest your head, you can linger in Lavenham as long as you like…


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One of Suffolk’s finest places to dine & stay In the Michelin Guide & awarded with 2 AA rosettes, the Long Melford Swan offers formal & informal dining in two designated restaurant areas, or private tasting room. Stay the night in an individually designed 5-Star boutique room or family suite. Outside there is a spacious garden for al fresco dining. Guests can now also take home delicious products from The Swans delicatessan, Duck Deli.

An historic English inn for comfortable & refined boutique dining Modern restaurant & bar featuring relaxed, yet semi-formal dining areas with exposed timber beams & an open fireplace. Diners can choose between 3, each slightly different, areas. There’s also a sunny cour tyard and self contained private dining area perfect for par ties or business meetings. Bottomless Brunch, with unlimited Prosecco is available ever y day.

Stylish country dining with great beers & wines Famous for its unique menu, daily fish specials & delicious alternative to brunch - sweet or savour y waffles. The Greyhound ser ves food all day from 10am to 10pm. Guests can relax, drink & dine in the bar area, the hidden snug, or the fabulous new barn extension with bi-fold doors onto a beautiful decked terrace. With regular theme nights, house ales & an extensive gin list, be prepared for a lively atmosphere!

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It doesn’t matter what time of the year, Lavenham based artist Paul Evans has a gift for effortlessly capturing the light on the landscape, and evoking atmosphere as well as a deep sense of place.

bright light bouncing off the snow filled fields and margins. The creeping grey shadows from the now bare trees, distorted by the drifts and the furrows or the single set of tracks left by the farm vehicles.

Much of his work centres on Suffolk. Springtime woodlands depicting vast swathes of bluebells, transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary by a pool of sunlight. Summer fields of wild flowers, sometimes with a church or a thatched home glimpsed in the distance.

Paul is fascinated by the countryside detail - he is familiar with the wild flowers that grow there, the species of butterflies, the birds and the pollinators - the whole Eco-system that contributes to the well being of the land.

The there’s autumn light on the harvest landscape, the light catching the stubble on the freshly-cut fields, the “swiss roll” bales standing like soldiers in a row. The vividly coloured sunsets - slashes of paint in shocking oranges, beetroot reds and hazy blues dissecting the evening skies. And who says winter can be soulless? His cold month landscapes really showcase his skills. Fresh falls of snow creating new soft edges, accentuated shapes, and bringing a bright-white brilliance to old familiar scenes. Slate blue winter skies, the

It is this passion, this love of the seasons, the landscape and of the nature it contains - a lifetime of learning, of understanding, of being “in” the landscape and appreciating how it works, lives and breathes that makes his work such a remarkable and unique achievement Paul Evans at Lavenham Contemporary 70-71 High Street, Lavenham Suffolk, CO10 9PT 01787 249451  Paul Evans THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 77


MONKS ELEIGH Between Lavenham and Kersey lies the beautiful village of Monks Eleigh. The 14thcentury flintstone church looks down over the picturesque village green, which is bordered by a collection of fine, typically Suffolk thatched cottages. As a small village, Monks Eleigh has two main destinations to visit: The Swan Inn, renowned for its award-winning cuisine, and Bridge Farm Barns, where you can stop for a traditional cream tea or light lunch and browse the unusual crafts on show in the barns. LAVENHAM FALCONRY & SCALES, TAILS AND TALONS ZOO Lavenham Falconry takes pride in offering a friendly and hands on Falconry Experience which get you closer to majestic birds of prey in a way that is truly exciting. Visit us whist you are in Suffolk for an experience you won't forget; we offer guests the opportunity to fly a number of different birds of prey including hawks, owls, falcons and eagles. We also offer educational visits, school displays and corporate events. All of our Experience Days can be purchased as gift vouchers online, a maximum of six participants and six non-participating guests. Also this year a new zoo open at the Lavenham falconry site, Scales, Tails and Talons. Visitors have the chance to handle and learn about these exotic species right here at Bridge Farm Barns 07960 879 600

BRIDGE FARM PLANTS Whether gardening is your passion, or you just want something simple and easy to brighten up the patio, we have the plants for you. 01449 740502



BRIDGE FARM BARNS Nestling in the picturesque village of Monks Eleigh, in-between Hadleigh and Lavenham, Bridge Farm Barns is a collection of unique, independent retail businesses and a tea room, each offering the visitor an unparalleled selection of distinctive products and good Suffolk service. Visit for more information. CORN CRAFT LIFESTYLE & HOME Opened in Summer 2016, this shop is full of stylish accessories and furniture for the country home. You can find natural wood and painted furniture, including some unusual design pieces. Throws, cushions, linens, gorgeous ceramic lamps, clocks, and so much more. It is well worth a browse around especially if you’re re-decorating or looking for something unusual.

CORN CRAFT GIFT SHOP This delightful family run gift shop offers one of the area’s most extensive ranges of unusual cards and gifts. Situated in a restored granary, the shop is an “Aladdin’s Cave” of distinctive products including jewellery, ceramics, stationery, scarves, handbags, preserves, candles, corn dollies and so much more! Their selection of cards is second to none with friendly staff who are very happy to help visitors with their gift purchases. 01449 740456

CORN CRAFT TEA ROOM This homely, family friendly tea room welcomes visitors for breakfast, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas. Everything is freshly prepared on the premises and the menu is extensive and varied with children’s options available. Open since 1990, this lovely tea room is well supported by locals and visitors alike. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

BRETT GALLERY This tranquil gallery showcases the work of local Suffolk artists and crafts people. Opened in Summer 2015 by Win Gage, who established the Corn Craft Gift Shop & Tea room, the gallery is full of gorgeous individual pieces. This is a truly unique gallery and a real gem of a place to find. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 79

DON'T MISS Sarah's Attic - stylish shabby chic furniture, vintage, collectibles, gifts, up-cycled, curiosities and much more. Oliven – patchwork and quilting workshop. Supplier of fabrics and sundries for quilters.

KENTWELL HALL Kentwell is the originator of historical live Tudor events.Their Tudor days are unrivalled in scale, visitors immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century - starting over 30 years ago they offer an authentic Tudor experience


LONG MELFORD Art, antiques and books provide an upmarket feel to Long Melford shopping and its lengthy main street displays a wealth of fine facades representing Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. Neighbouring Cavendish is a magnet for photographers seeking scenes of idyllic English country life, while nearby Sudbury played a historic part in the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt.


THE FAMOUS OLD HOUSE GALLERY ART FOR THE DISCERNING BUYER The Famous Old House Gallery is located in a beautifully restored Grade II listed, timber framed building dating back around 500 years There are six galleries that show original fine art masterpieces and a further light and airy room reserved to show more modern and contemporary pieces. The work displayed is mainly from the 19th and 20th century and has been carefully selected to showcase leading and highly regarded artists. The ethos of the gallery is to display fine art paintings and sculptures in surroundings where serious art buyers can enjoy and purchase a mix and variety of artwork to start or add to their collections.

BRITISH FINE ART Landscape painters include: Sidney Richard Percy, Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO, PRA, Edward Seago RBA, ARWS, RWS and Sir John Arnesby Brown RA,

FRENCH & CONTINENTAL FINE ART Iconic French scenes: Edouard Leon Cortes, Antoine Blanchard, Marcel Dyf, Jules Rene Herve and Eugene Galien-Laloue. Venetian scenes by French painters Antoine Bouvard Snr and his son Noel Georges Bouvard

CONTEMPORARY GLASSWARE & BRONZE SCULPTURE Rish Gordon: unique glass etched bowls Gordon Glassblowing studio from Red Hill, Australia. UK stockists of a full range of glassware Works by French sculptors: Auguste Moreau, Hippolyte Moreau and Pierre Louis Detrier. There are around 200 paintings in stock and on view at any one time, a real treat for any serious art collector! Appointments are preferable so we can ensure that the works you wish to see are available and on view. Please view our website and check if travelling any distance to avoid disappointment.

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Specialists in handmade rugs and carpets The Rug & Carpet Studio was established in 1991 and is the finest showroom in the UK specialising in handmade rugs and carpets. We pride ourselves on offering a high level of personal service and expert advice to all our customers. n


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Extensive collection of traditional and contemporary rugs, runners and room size carpets Sourcing service for unusual and higher value items Try the rug at home before buying Home consultations Care and cleaning advice

CUSTOM RUGS Have your own design made into a custom rug, bespoke to your measurements in your choice of colours and shape. Our team of weavers in Nepal and India can knot or hand-tuft a rug to any requirement.


The team of highly skilled restorers provide an excellent restoration, conservation and cleaning service for all hand-made oriental and European rugs, whether modern or antique. Free repair or cleaning estimates. If you require a home visit please contact Jo Nears on 01787 882214.

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LONG MELFORD SWAN & DUCK DELI One of East Anglia’s finest places to drink, dine and stay. In the Michelin guide and awarded with 2 AA rosettes, The Long Melford Swan offers formal and informal dining in two restaurant areas, private dining and chef’s table. Stay the night in one of the individually designed 5-star boutique rooms or family suite. Guests can now purchase delicious items used and made in the kitchen from The Swan’s very own delicatessen, Duck Deli.  @duckdelilongmelford  @duckdelilm

LIME TREE GALLERY Lime Tree Gallery has brought many exciting and influential artists to Long Melford over the last 10 years, specialising in the painterly use of colour and light. They believe that good technical skills do not automatically lead to conservatism, and they show works from abstract through landscape to figurative, all underpinned by real drawing and painting ability. These strong, colourful and varied works are always on show and offer something for all discerning lovers of painting.

DID YOU KNOW? Long Melford has one of the longest High Streets in the UK. The walk from the Rug & Carpet Studio to Kentwell Hall is just under two miles.

RUG & CARPET STUDIO TRINITY CHURCH Worth a visit, Trinity Church is one of the great Suffolk wool churches and was built almost entirely in the 15th century at a time of growing prosperity among the local cloth merchants. It was completed in 1484 - the medieval stained glass is outstanding. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 83

Have your own design made into a custom rug, bespoke to your measurements - you can also visit their skilled restoration workshops on site.


S UDBURY For centuries the weaving and silk industry has prospered here and many great houses and churches have been built, giving the town a major historical legacy. Sudbury has been used for television locations, most significantly for Lovejoy. It is surrounded by attractive countryside often painted by Constable and Gainsborough and by quintessentially English villages. It is an ideal base for a walking holiday.


Follow the Talbot Trail to discover interesting episodes in the towns history. Look out for the bronzes on dark red bollards.

Stephen Walters have been silk weavers for nine generations, weaving the highest quality fabric since the 1720’s. They have a mill Shop in the town, and is well worth a visit if you have an interest in fabric

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SUFFOLK'S FINE ART ROWE & WILLIAMS Rowe & Williams is an exciting new gallery that has recently opened in Yoxford. Founded by husband and wife team the gallery specialises in modern (20th century) and contemporary art and applied art which is inspired by Suffolk and East Anglia Through a series of themed displays throughout the year they show modern and contemporary art in their beautiful gallery set over two floors. The gallery celebrates the ‘sense of place’ of Suffolk, an area that has long attracted artists such as John Nash, Mary Newcomb, John Piper, Mary Potter, Robert Sadler and Margaret Thomas, to name a few of the artists that have featured in opening displays. Rowe & Williams have both been museum directors with each over 20 years of experience, leading award winning capital developments at Towner Art Gallery and Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, and it is this knowledge of art and applied art that informs what you can see and buy at their relaxed, friendly gallery. High Street, Yoxford IP17 3EP 01728 668027

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THOMPSON'S GALLERY EDWARD SEAGO Established in 1982 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk by John and Sue Thompson, Thompson's Gallery began to build the enviable reputation that it has today. In September 2001, Thompson's opened an additional gallery venue in London which is now located in Seymour Place, W1. The Galleries deal in 20th and 21st Century paintings and sculpture, specialising in contemporary British and Scottish art. They hold mixed and solo exhibitions in Aldeburgh and London annually and are proud to represent some of the finest modern British artists. 175 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 ANT 01728 453743

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THE LION HOUSE GALLERY ROSIE HARMAN Essex girl Rosie Harman, 22, creates hand thrown domestic ware that is hand-painted with unlikely images of figures, creatures, mangled parts of the human body and anything else absurd that pops into her head. Her ceramics toy with the tradition of decorative pottery by unsettling the viewer with explicit and playful interpretations of the world. After studying an art foundation course, Rosie came across renown ceramicist Pru Green, who at the time needed help setting up The Sentinel Gallery, which is now in its third year and thriving. It is through their close working relationship that Pru introduced Rosie to studio ceramics; and she has been addicted ever since.

The process of the making and style of decoration that Pru has developed over the years suits the ideas Rosie wishes to depict because of the level of detail that can be achieved by using coloured slips and scraffito. Both artists are planning to move on from The Sentinel Gallery, and Rosie then intends to improve her making skills by studying ceramics full-time, eventually setting up her own studio pottery and exhibiting in the fine art world. Her work can also currently be found at the Lion House Gallery in Suffolk. 12 High St, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9PR 01787 249616

ALDEBURGH CONTEMPORARY ARTS ADAM YELDMAN Adam Yeldham studied at the London College of Printing, before embarking on a successful career in commercial design. In the 1970's he worked for EMI designing long player album sleeves and promotional work for top musicians. He then worked in publishing designing book covers before going freelance to give himself the time to paint. His music industry experience is evident in his distinctive and beautifully detailed figurative landscapes of retro America. 187 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AL 01728 454212

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FAMOUS HOUSE GALLERIES EDWARD SEAGO Seago’s subjects range from equestrian, rural, urban, marine and even still life. He travelled widely during his life visiting Venice, Northern France, Holland, Hong Kong, Antarctica and Africa. Edward Seago is undoubtedly one of the most popular and talented British artist of the last century, he developed a strong and dedicated following throughout his career including that of the Royal Family. His paintings were exhibited in the Royal Academy, other British exhibiting societies and the Paris Salon. He was elected RBA in 1946, ARWS in 1957 and RWS in 1959. Hall St, Long Melford CO10 9JR 07572 903363

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LIME TREE GALLERY JOHN BUTTON Our 'One to Watch’ this year is a Suffolk boy! (Admittedly he moved away) John Button was born in Lowestoft in 1966 and grew up on the Suffolk coast. After studying Architecture in Brighton he worked for many years with exhibition design, interiors and illustration. He had always loved painting and drawing but it wasn't until 2002 and moving to Sweden with his young family that John began painting and exhibiting more actively. In his paintings, he explores landscape and seascape through its patterns and textures, attempting to trigger a memory or a sense of place and ignoring conventional rules of perspective along the way. In his still-life studies, John tries to tease something extraordinary out of his everyday surroundings. Lime Tree Gallery met John in Sweden and started to exhibit his work early this year. He has proven to be deservedly popular. Proper painting and very affordable! Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JF 01787 319046

SEA PICTURES GALLERY JOHN SCOTT MARTIN PPRBSA FRSA John Scott Martin is a professional painter and printmaker with a passion for sailing. His work is often based on fast moving events that he is involved in and his photographic records help bring his experience to life for others. In printmaking he works extensively with collage, producing one-off linocut prints of yachts in full sail, often racing to the finish. His paintings, too, convey light and movement, weather and the state of the sea. John is a sailor’s painter and the spirit of the moment often breaks free from the frame. In Suffolk he exhibits exclusively with Sea Pictures Gallery. Well House, Well Lane, Clare CO10 8NH 01787 279024

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WEST SUFFOLK 90 Best of Bury St Edmunds

104 Best of Newmarket

94 Found on Hatter Street

107 Best of Suffolk Food

96 Found at St John’s Street

120 Best of Farm Shops

103 Suffolk’s Best Homes and Gardens



BRITAIN’S SMALLEST PUB The Guinness Book of Records lists The Nutshell as the smallest pub in Britain.


BURY ST. EDMUNDS The abbey, with its stunning gardens, was a shrine to St Edmund, the martyred king of East Anglia. Next door is the impressive St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The town is famous for visits by Charles Dickens and for Britain’s last surviving Regency playhouse. The shopping is good, as Bury offers a broad mix of well-known high street names and smaller independents. Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days when lots of colourful stalls fill the Buttermarket.


DON'T MISS The Theatre Royal, one of the few surviving Georgian playhouses in England. Sneak a peek behind the scenes on a back-stage tour.

ABBEY GARDENS Wander around its ruins where the Abbey Gate and Norman Tower are the most complete surviving parts of the original vast complex. The gardens are now an attractive public park, renowned for its bedding displays. It includes a children’s play area.

CATHEDRAL Hard to miss is the neighbouring St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the county’s only Anglican cathedral, lately crowned with a magnificent 140ft-tower, which now dominates the skyline. A little farther along the street – and worth the walk – is another of the town’s fine churches, St Mary’s, where Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Rose Tudor, is buried.

ROMARK JEWELLERS Antique & Modern Jewellery

To view our extensive range of antique and pre-owned jewellery, please visit our website. Specialist in repair & restoration Old jewellery bought for part exchange or cash 45 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LB 01284 704977


“Without doubt one of the most customer-focused retailers in Bury St Edmunds. The attention to detail by all of the staff is a credit to the high level of training. Clearly a high quality jewellers. We have no hesitation in recommending this family business.�


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There has been a purveyor of luxury items under the clock at 14 Abbeygate Street since 1815, and the tradition for elegant and timeless designs continues today. Thurlow Champness strength lies in their dedication to maintaining the trust and confidence of their customers by providing exceptional personal service and unrivalled expertise. Over the years, Trevor Salt, the current managing director has worked with his brother-in-law Alan Daniels, and his sister Pippa Daniels, and during that time they have seen the company’s success and reputation grow exponentially. They have developed and expanded the range of fine jewellery since they began their partnership with Rolex over twenty years ago. Their selection and range of diamonds has always been very strong. They now offer Portfolio of Fine Diamonds, a range of award-winning diamond rings, this has enabled them to reach a much broader audience through their fully integrated website. At Thurlow Champness they take great pleasure in bringing you treasures that you will value forever in an environment that will make you feel very special. As Trevor says “Whether you are old friends or recent acquaintances, we look forward to seeing you in the future…” 14 Abbeygate Street Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP33 1UN 01284 754747 Opening Times: Mon - Sat – 09:15 to 17:00

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HATTER STREET Independent retail excels in this Suffolk Cathedral town, Hatter Street is one of the most stylish and far more rewarding than a trip to mainstream retailers. ANNA White washed floor boards emphasize the bright colours of the stock which hangs on long wall rails either side. As you reach the middle of the shop, there are white washed shelves full of accessories along with a table of folded knitwear, all opposite an old oak counter. Two fitting rooms are lit-up by a large window in the roof of the building. Small wicker rails are dotted about showing smaller collections, and a court yard garden is situated at the back of the shop, which is opened up during the summer months. A delightful shopping experience and not to be missed.

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CHICA SHOES Chica Shoes is a well established independent ladies shoe shop in the heart of medieval Bury St Edmunds which has been trading for over twenty-five years. This great independent shoe shop stocks a wide range of affordable stylish quality footwear from Italy, Spain and Germany. Carolyn Sennett, the founder of Chica Shoes, is passionate and prides herself of knowing exactly what styles and trends her customers desire. They have been the main stockists of H.B Shoes since they first started trading, the brand is known for their wonderful loafers and court shoes. Customers visit from all parts of the U.K. when looking for shoes and handbags for weddings and that special occasion to compliment their outfits. Carolyn believes in giving her customers a friendly and personal shoe shopping experience. Opening times: Mon-Sat 9.30am - 5pm

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CABANA Cabana is East Anglia’s first one-stop holiday boutique. Jackie Over opened this colourful oasis over ten years ago, prompted by the surge in people taking sunshine breaks all year round. With swimwear in every shape and size (sizes 8-26, cups A-I) plus mouthwatering cotton and silk kaftans, dresses, linens, beach bags, flip flops plus roll-me-and-go hats. Cabana is confident it can make every lady feel fabulous on the beach Cabana also stocks a full range of luxury lingerie, nightwear and leisurewear. Swimwear from numerous leading brands including: Maryan Mehlhorn, Prima Donna, Lidea, Gottex, Seafolly, Roidal, Heidi Klein, Biondi. Hats and bags from Helen Kaminski, Beach shoes from Pia Rossini. Luxury lingerie from Aubade, Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Empreinte, Mimi Holliday and Felina. Silk Nightwear from Marjolaine and Cottons from Hanro, plus exercise wear from Bjorn Borg and Seafolly. Come in for a bra fitting today. We are happy to help. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

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THE BRIDAL EXPERIENCE ON HATTER STREET There are very few towns in the UK that can offer such extensive bridal expertise on one street. The key elements of any wedding are the bridal gown and the rings and it’s here on Hatter Street that you can be confident that you are viewing some of the finest gowns and receiving some of the best advice and craftsmanship on offer.

YOUR GOWN | HOUSE OF SNOW Choosing your perfect wedding dress is a wonderful, emotional, life experience. Your bridal gown will reflect the real you, for all to see and admire on your special day and for years to come after. At House of Snow, Bury St.Edmund’s leading boutique bridal shop they are there to make one of the most important shopping events of your life, perfect. Their super stylish - but slightly quirky bridal studio offers friendly expert advice and owner Harriet, after a career designing and making costumes for television and theatre in the UK and USA, prides herself on her knowledge for bridal design and style. She is proud to showcase some of the finest and most fabulous designers in the industry, including Pronovias, Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Justin Alexander and Watters Wtoo. The initial step is a consultation appointment, something that can be combined with a visit to the studio and showroom of Michael Bernie Jewellers.

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YOUR RINGS | MICHAEL BIRNIE JEWELLERS Award-winning bridal jewellery designer Michael Birnie is principally known for his fine jewellery and in particular his bridal and anniversary ring collections. Michael has won numerous awards including the prestigious UK Jewellery Designer of the Year Award and been shortlisted twice for Best Bridal Collection in Platinum. His individual style is one of clean lines and contemporary settings, where each piece is made to exacting standards of craftsmanship ensuring that your ring is a perfect fit, he also specialises in making fitted wedding rings for any engagement ring. Michael believes that choosing your ring should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, where the final piece of jewellery is the ring of your dreams. Evening appointments are offered by both businesses for those clients who are unable to visit the store during normal hours or who simply prefer this option.

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� S . JOHN’S STREET St John’s Street is another key destination to find vibrant independent shopping, a quaint cobbled street full of fabulous businesses. The four featured on these pages indicate the street’s variety and are our top recommendation of the best shops in the street. You are sure to find knowledgeable staff where a great retail experience awaits. ELIZABETH GASH Originally a knitwear designer Elizabeth started her knitting career with a stall in Covent Garden, and as her following grew, she took on more knitters and sold her knitwear to other select shops and a knitwear catalogue ‘Penny Plain’. This is Liz’s second shop, the first was opened in Laverham and the third, four years ago in Saffron Walden. Most of Elizabeth’s knitwear is inspired by the beautiful designs of eastern nomadic textiles and rugs. Her distinctive graphic patterns and deep rich colours owe much to traditional kilim designs. The range, which can be made to measure, includes jackets, waistcoats, hats, bags, scarves and cushions, and each piece, no matter how small, is imbued with Elizabeth’s trademark flair for colour and pattern. All of Elizabeth’s work is undertaken in Suffolk: Elizabeth designs and makes the swatches on her knitting machine, and then the garments are hand framed locally in beautiful Scottish silk and lamb’s wool yarn This veritable treasure trove of gorgeous knitwear has become a showcase for leading British textile designers. Read more on page 100 01284 766045

COPELAND INTERIORS Copeland Interiors is an independent interior design business, working from their beautiful 15th century showroom located about half way down St John’s Street. Clare has owned the family business since 2000, and regularly can be found working in the showroom either designing or working directly with customers. She and her friendly, professional team offer an exciting and inspiring range of fabric and wallpaper books from leading suppliers, as well as paints, carpets, rugs, furniture and accessories to meet all your home furnishing needs. Clare has extensive experience, producing both traditional and contemporary projects from initial concept to completion. Customers are welcome to come in and browse, they are always able to help, whether its searching for an elusive match for an existing room or creating a whole new scheme. See the full picture on page 154 01284 754388  @copelandinteriors  @buryinteriors


THE SHOP BY JUST OUR STALL Tim and Liza take pride in sourcing the best quality eco-friendly A-Grade sheepskins, cowhides and other animal hides such as reindeer and goat. All their hides are byproducts of the food industry; they do not sell anything that is farmed for fur and make sure that their suppliers adhere to the highest possible animal welfare and ethical standards. They support local British farmers as well as indigenous tribes such as the Sami people, who have been herding reindeer in Scandinavia for centuries.

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The Shop stocks an extensive range of sheepskins including English Rare Breeds, Herdwicks, Leicesters and Jacobs, Swedish Gotlands, Icelandics and Tibetan lambskins and a seasonal range of sheepskin hats, gloves and other accessories. In addition they endeavour to find new, innovative and interesting products for their customers, curating their unique collections with this objective in mind: children’s puppets and animal rugs hand-felted in Nepal, luxurious British wool blankets, throws and scarves of silk, cashmere and mohair, Indonesian rattan baskets and vintage style lanterns - Tim and Liza go out of their way to find the best quality products from around the world. You can also check out their range of homewares online. 07854 889228

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After finding it increasingly difficult to buy shirts that lasted and were made using real luxury fabrics, Paul Brown decided to create a company and to launch his first capsule men's shirt collection in September 2010. The shirts were designed by Paul and manufactured initially in Northern Italy. The collection used fine 100% Egyptian cotton fabrics and detailed in such a way to set it apart from the competition. It proved very popular among all age groups and was quickly followed by a ladies range. As output grew, he needed to expand and five years ago took the decision to open his own shirt manufacturing facility in Suffolk. With all the shirts now being both designed and made in England, new shirts were added more frequently during the year along with a made to measure service starting from just £99. There’s a great range on display at the St John’s Street shop and Paul is very proud that all the shirts and coats are all designed and made in England. As he says: "We are one of only a few English manufacturing companies left". 01284 724222 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 97


THE STORE Nicola Sexton opened its doors on the prestigious Abbeygate Street in Bury St Edmunds in 2010, as a shoe boutique offering exlcusive brands such as Luciano Padovan, Loriblu, Nila & Nila.


THE BRANDS Having sourced high end unknown Italian and Spanish brands, Nicola soon saw a gap in the market and began designing her own collection. Manufactured in Italy the Nicola Sexton collection offers quality, comfort and of course great Italian styling. Nicola now wholesales her collection in some of the most prestigious Ladieswear Boutiques throughout the UK, Ireland and USA.

DID YOU KNOW? In 2016 Nicola was asked to design for a well known Spanish Brand, and launched Sachelle Couture by Nicola Sexton.

THE TEAM Nicola’s team for this small intimate boutique includes her daughter Charlie. along with Heather, and Megan on a part time basis. Between the four of them it’s quite amazing what this Bury St Edmunds based business is able to achieve!

THE EXPERIENCE Last year, Nicola began offering a few key pieces of clothing including Salsa Jeans, and Access clothing from Greece. The boutique now stocks a variety of carefully selected labels from casual through to the odd piece of occasion wear. Nicola is looking to provide her customers with exclusive labels as she does with her shoes, so be assured you will find something with a difference! Clothing Brands include Salsa, Genses London, Extenzo Paris and Access to name but a few.

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ELIZABETH GASH KNITWEAR ELIZABETH GASH TWO DANES MASAI POMODORO SHEPARDS GRIZAS SEA SALT FLAX BACKSTAGE ADINI CAPRI 86 St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds 01284 766045 36 Market Place, Lavenham 01787 248561 13A Hill St, Saffron Waldon, Essex 01799 510879 Open 10.00am-5.00pm daily (Bury St Edmunds, closed Sundays)


THE STORE Sitting on Lavenham’s picturesque market place in a pretty timber framed building, is knitwear designer Elizabeth Gash’s eponymous first shop. Her second opened only three years ago on Bury St Edmunds’ St John’s Street and a third opened in Saffron Walden in 2013.


KNITWEAR The success of the shops in Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and Saffron Walden is the culmination of more than 20 years’ hard work. Elizabeth started her knitting career with a stall in Covent Garden, and as her following grew, she took on more knitters and sold her knitwear to other select shops and a knitwear catalogue ‘Penny Plain’. It was over ten years ago, after encouragement from a friend, that the first shop was opened in idyllic Lavenham, a short drive from her home in Rattlesden. All of Elizabeth’s work is undertaken here in Suffolk: Elizabeth designs and makes the swatches on her knitting machine,  and then the garments  are hand framed locally in beautiful Scottish silk and lamb’s wool yarn. This veritable treasure trove of gorgeous knitwear has become a showcase for leading British textile designers. Having sold from a stall for so many years, Elizabeth’s aim in opening a shop was to create a thriving outlet for unusual, beautiful garments made by talented designers living in the UK. Stocking a carefully-chosen selection by Sophie’s Wild Woollens, it has become an absolute must visit for wool lovers everywhere.

THE SHOPS Step inside any of Elizabeth’s shops and you enter an Aladdin’s cave of colour, texture and pattern. The shops have traditional oak beam interiors with shelves stacked with knitwear and clothes in jewel-like colours, the urge to forage is irresistible. Most of Elizabeth’s knitwear is inspired by the beautiful designs of eastern nomadic textiles and rugs. Her distinctive graphic patterns and deep rich colours owe much to traditional kilim designs. The range, which can be made to measure, includes jackets, waistcoats, hats, bags, scarves and cushions, and each piece, no matter how small, is imbued with Elizabeth’s trademark flair for colour and pattern.


WOOL LOVERS As well as a fantastic array of knitted designs, Elizabeth has included clothes by Two Danes, Masai, Pomodoro, Shepards, Grizas, Sea Salt, Flax, Backstage, Adini, and Capri all hand-picked to complement her own range perfectly. And even accessories are catered for: she has got a great range of bags, scarves and gloves, and a beautiful display of semi-precious and silver by jewellery designer Siren Silver.

Where else can you go that offers so much in the way of luxurious surroundings, outstanding facilities, exquisite cuisine and all-round family friendly activities? The Ickworth Hotel is unique, nestled in National Trust parkland and occupying the East Wing of the house. Children can play outdoors until the sun goes down and you can relax with the peace of mind that the whole family are taken care of. Afternoon Tea Pamper Treatments Birthday Celebrations Accommodation Team Building Activities Exclusive Use Private Lunches & Dinners Meeting Rooms Weddings Tel: 01284 735350 | Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk | THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 102



These impressive grounds are famous for their large herds of red and fallow deer and classic moated hall. The 400 acres have been excellently kept and developed by the Tollemache family for centuries, so there is loads to explore, from the fragrance of the herb garden to the distinctive topiary of the ‘knot’ garden. Open May – September 12 – 5pm Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday



This is the garden to visit for active, outdoorsy types. Set around a TudorJacobean mansion, there’s never a dull moment between rowing on Fritton lake, golfing, horse riding or even hot air ballooning on the grounds. For the young visitor, there’s a maze, Viking fort, pony treks and a cycle trail. Open March – September 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Thursday During high season also open Wednesday & Sunday

Family-orientated landscaped gardens that are filled with tales of former visitor Beatrix Potter. During August kids can enjoy outdoor theatre and on rainy days there are more than enough activities to keep them occupied, from bug hunting to the ‘Spot It’ quiz. If not, the mile-long walk through the former hunting park is a perfect stroll. Check website for opening hours



Surrounding a Grade I Jacobean manor built in 1620, these 200 acres of sumptuous parkland are made for picnics. During spring, the bluebells create a pretty floral carpet, as well as azaleas and rhododendrons. Open May – September 2 – 5.30pm every Tuesday

Neatly maintained gardens that are crammed with fruit trees and flowers. A serene atmosphere is created by the Elizabethan manor house and the occasional wandering peacock. Best visited as part of a day trip as there is plenty more to explore at Wyken including the stunning vineyards. Open Easter to September 2 – 6pm (closed Saturday)



A grand country estate in Bury St Edmunds, which makes for a fun packed day out. You’ll find one of England’s earliest examples of an Italianate garden, as well as an innovative display of servants quarters in the Rotunda basement. Bring your bike as the grounds are expansive. Check website for opening hours

For a calm moment of reflection and contemplation, look no further than Fullers Mill. The seven acres of dappled woodland on the banks of the River Lark has a year-round selection of rare and unusual plants. Open April – September 2 – 5pm Wednesday, Friday & Sunday


Right in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, this is ideal place for a break. Contemplate the ruins of the C11th Benedictine Abbey which lie within the garden while small children will also enjoy the play area and aviary. Free entry, open year-round

PLANT CENTRES AND NURSERIES Looking to take home a little piece of Suffolk to grow and nurture at home? These three plant centres are easily accessible from the A12.


Darsham Nurseries grow and supply plants that they know to be garden-worthy and easy to care for. They aim to provide a range that, in combination, can create year-round interest in your garden. The nursery shop is worth a visit too.


Katie's Garden Plant Centre is an independent, family run nursery in Suffolk; read more on p 11. Whether gardening is your passion, or you just want something simple and easy to brighten up the patio they are well worth a visit. Unlike garden centres, their focus is firmly on the plants - knowledgeable staff offer a friendly, helpful service.

THE WALLED GARDEN, SAXMUNDHAM A plant nursery and garden situated in Benhall, near the Suffolk Coast. they specialise in perennials but also grow shrubs, climbers, roses, bedding, herbs and vegetables.


MARTHA V Martha Fraser has built an enviable reputation as Newmarket’s leading womenswear shop. Located at the top of the High Street, her shop, Martha V invites women to explore the world of fashion and accessories within. Showcasing some of the industry’s leading designers, browse through over 30 different brands in a single visit.


NEWMARKET Horses and horse riding dominate Newmarket hardly surprising as it is regarded as the British headquarters of the sport of kings.



Discover Newmarket is the central point for tourist information in Newmarket and the town’s official tour guide. They offer visitors a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at racing’s headquarters to see equine stars at work and learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the town. Whether you are an avid racing fan or someone who just loves art and history, their tailored itineraries ensure that you get everything you want out of your visit and more.

Early birds can watch the horses exercise on the heath between 6.30 - 9.30am

THE PANTRY The Pantry Fine Food Shop and Eatery is a local favourite for foodies, with a well stocked deli, specialising in locally sourced food.


Museum | Art Gallery | Live Horses Shop | Tack Room Restaurant | Exhibitions

OPEN DAILY 10am - 5pm Explore the world of horseracing in the Royal Palace of Newmarket: • • • • •

Meet racehorses Explore the museum Discover a gallery of Sporting Art Ride the racehorse simulator Children’s activities and crafts

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SUFFOLK SPAS  If you’ve come to Suffolk to have a break from the daily grind, there’s no better way to relax and revive than in one of our great spas. They all offer a number of packages and special deals during the year so it’s worth checking out the website beforehand. The prices below give an indication of their rates. BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL 


This spa boasts a wide selection of facilities in addition to a myriad of beauty treatments you can indulge in. Highlights include the outdoor rooftop hot tub, experiential showers, and thermal area. Also includes hydrotherapy pool and relaxation room.

With our Day Spa Packages, you can choose from a 2 hour ‘Discover’ package through to the ‘Full Day Luxury Experience’ for the ultimate in pampering. The Thermal Suite Spa is a tranquil space designed to encourage deep relaxation with its impressive hydro pool, specialised steam rooms, sauna and ice fountain. The Twilight Spa package starts from £25 per person. Gift vouchers are available all year round for our experiences and beauty treatments.

Packages start from £69

BATHSHEBA SPA Modern day spa and treatment rooms with an intimate feel, Bathsheba offers massages and beauty treatments using REN products as well as manicures or pedicures. Half day spa breaks and packages are available with The Crown Hotel combining treatments with a delicious breakfast, brunch or cream tea.


Packages start from £70

Wind down at Milsoms, where you can enjoy access to the outdoor pool which is heated to 85° all year round. Packages start at £70

ALSO DISCOVER HIGH QUALITY SPA & BEAUTY TREATMENTS AT: Weavers House Spa  Seckford Hall  Hintlesham Hall

LUXURY SPA DAYS & BREAKS The perfect way for friends or couples to relax and unwind. All Spa Breaks include a spa day at our luxury onsite spa, dinner in our 2AA Rosette Squires Restaurant, overnight stay and breakfast in our 4 Red Star hotel.


A tranquil, award-winning escape

SQUIRES RESTAURANT Delectable Suffolk fine dining


Beautifully crafted rooms and suites

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MUSINGS OF A SUFFOLK CHEF been there and as intrepid travellers appreciative of cuisines from all over the world. Today what has changed is the food on offer and everyone’s attitude towards dining out. The restaurant scene is also about atmosphere, service and eating out is now a social affair. People choose somewhere depending on their mood, the service they want or how much time they have available.

AS MY WIFE AND I CELEBRATE 32 YEARS OF OWNING THE GREAT HOUSE IN LAVENHAM, I PAUSE FOR THOUGHT AND REFLECT THE CHANGES IN THE FOOD SCENE HERE IN SUFFOLK AND LOOK FORWARD… Martine and I arrived in England from France to learn English before moving on to America to forge our careers in the hospitality industry. However, we were asked to take over The Great House and so loved the ambience and the character of this glorious 15th century building, that we bought it and never left! Then there were very few restaurants serving classical French food and eating out wasn’t a regular past time so it was hard work to attract customers – nowadays of course there is plenty of choice and a very sophisticated audience, so it is still hard work!

The British today are proud of their cuisine - they are interested, engaged and knowledgeable. England is now a world market with many different styles of foods, where ingredients and influences come together in the most exciting of combinations and flavours. Television and media too have contributed in inspiring creative chefs. Hopefully though the future will not be style over substance as we see social media drive young chefs to cook food for good pictures rather than good taste. Over the years, our style of cooking has evolved but my principle that food is not about fashion is the same – it is about quality of ingredients and taste, three or four different flavours on a plate is enough. There is no need to

In the early 80s, the food wasn’t bad in terms of quality but it was basic and uninspiring – who’d go out to eat honey roast ham nowadays? Likewise, fresh produce was very limited and expensive. I’d travel monthly to the Rungis market in Paris – at 550 acres still the largest covered one in the world - to stock up on everything from fresh fish to vegetables and cheese. The British have always liked good food though, their palate has always THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 108

make a dish complicated for it to be good. Delicious simple dishes often reveal the skill of the chef. My menus are based on classic French cooking but we are developing, experimenting and adapting with styles from different countries or continents. We have just returned from Australia inspired with new ideas. Their style of marinating, smoking and drying creates light clean food that is quickly seared or served raw. This wouldn’t have been eaten thirty years ago – now people love it. Locality and provenance is of increasing importance and here in Suffolk we have a wealth of fantastic ingredients and reliable suppliers. We can source the best to maintain high standards and consistently deliver quality dishes for our customers. I still also look to the Parisian markets for my cheeseboard! Bon Appetit!



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THE ICKWORTH Grand architecture, a stunning setting and impeccable hospitality. The Ickworth Hotel, set in 1,800 acres of National Trust grounds has all the ingredients to make your dining experience perfect. Our food is cooked to perfection in our two rosette awarded restaurants based on seasonal ingredients from local and artisan suppliers. Take a table overlooking the Italianate gardens and dine by candlelight in Frederick’s Restaurant, if you’d like a custom wine list to complement your food, our Sommelier can help you with pairings. In the Conservatory Restaurant we make family meal times easy and convenient, with menus geared-up for children: whether they favour mocktails and macaroni cheese or boiled eggs and burgers. For private dining Chef can create bespoke menus, whether you’re celebrating a birthday with a big lunch party or an intimate anniversary dinner with friends and family. Whatever the occasion, we’ll make it special.

The Ickworth Hotel, Horringer Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE 01284 735350

THE UNRULY PIG The Unruly Pig’s uses the very best, quality ingredients (local wherever possible) to deliver fresh, seasonal, British food that has an Italian influence. Unfussy Britalian food cooked with care, skill and passion. Head Chef Dave Wall has an impressive track history of gourmet cooking, having previously worked at Bibendum, Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café, Claridge’s and Le Talbooth. Named as Best Suffolk Pub 2016/17, it is also the only Estrella Damm UK Top 50 Gastropub in East Anglia. It is recommended by The Good Food Guide, Michelin and Harden’s Guides, the Sunday Times, Financial Times and many other national and local newspapers as well as foodie publications such as ‘Delicious ‘and ‘Olive’ magazine.

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The Unruly Pig Orford Road, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AS 01394 460310




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THE CROWN & CASTLE We offer authentic, unpretentious Italian and British food in our lively restaurant with rooms. Listed In all the major guides, we were particularly thrilled by Sawday’s giving us their award for Fabulous Food this year. The 21 guest rooms have super king beds and modern en-suite bathrooms, perfect for a comfortable night’s stay after a good meal. Neither a hotel, nor a pub, we open at 12.15pm for lunch every day, with last orders at 2.00pm. In the evening we open for an a la carte dinner at 6.30pm with last orders at 9.00pm in summer and 8.00pm in winter. The proprietors, Ruth and David Watson and Tim Sunderland, as well as our young team look forward to welcoming you. The Crown and Castle Orford, 50m from the Castle, Suffolk, IP12 2LJ 01394 450205

SIBTON WHITE HORSE INN Owned and run by Neil and Gill Mason since August 2005, in that time they have built an enviable reputation for the pub which continues to receive high acclaims.

At its heart it’s a cosy gastro boozer. There’s a feeling of warmth and conviviality about the place and the kitchen’s established a great reputation, you can pull up a stool too, engage and enjoy a drink or two at the bar. Recently the Telegraph commented that it’s ‘A cosy village pub in a prime Suffolk location, offering nice peaceful rooms, most notable for its impressive food’. Indeed few pubs gain two AA rosette recognition, awarded for greater emphasis on precision cooking, flavour combinations, sympathetic use of fresh high quality ingredients, much of which comes from their own garden; it’s not difficult to see why. Recognised by the ‘The Good Pub Guide as Suffolk Dining Pub of 2018’, an accolade they have held on three previous occasions. Sibton White Horse Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr Saxmundham, Suffolk. IP17 2JJ 01728 660337


MILSOM HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Le Talbooth in Dedham is justifiably the flagship of the group, and sits in an enviable position on the banks of the river Stour on the Essex/Suffolk. A visit to this fabulous listed building is a treat any time of the year. So too, is the cooking of head chef Andrew Hirst with his skill and passion for great food. Maison Talbooth serves lunch and a delicious afternoon tea every day in the Garden Room. This room spills out onto the terrace during the warmer months and has wide views over the Dedham Vale and is a perfect place to relax after a visit to the spa. Also in Dedham is Milsoms, a contemporary bar/brasserie with one rosette, where you can dine outside for most of the year under a huge architectural sail. The full menu is available throughout the day from

12 noon at Milsoms, with no need to book so there’s no rush... The Pier at Harwich is a small hotel and a special destination for lovers of great food and drink. The first floor restaurant is a stunningly redefined brasserie, open all day (all year round) overlooking the harbour and its ships and working docks and is only a stone’s throw from the estuary where the fresh fish is landed daily. On the ground floor, just 20 metres from the harbour wall is the NAVYÄRD bar and terrace a continentally inspired bar with a enviable drinks and gin list, serving a Nordic-inspired small-plate bar menu. Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, is a magnificent Georgian mansion set in acres of lawn and woodland. The open plan restaurant has plenty of theatre with guests getting a good view of the ‘engine room’ while they dine! The kitchen champions all that is great about local Suffolk produce THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 111

and the restaurant is open all day from noon with the full menu. In the summer guests can dine on the terrace under the sail overlooking the lawn. Six fabulous restaurants all with individual style and character with real synergy of food, atmosphere, service and true hospitality – where you can also stay! Milsom Hotels & Restaurants, Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 2PU 01473 333741

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THE TABLE Our relaxed brasserie style restaurant is a lovely setting for hosting light lunches, family gatherings, romantic dinners, street food events, coffee and cake, celebrations and more. 3 Quay St is a building of great character in the centre of Woodbridge and for over 50 years was the home of the very successful Captains Table restaurant. So with a nod to the past and a welcome to the future the Table opened in the spring of 2012 and we quickly established ourselves as an informal eatery serving quality food with great flavours. With good service, a varied drinks offer and a wonderful courtyard for outside dining there are many reasons to come to the Table. The Table 3 Quay Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 IBX 01394 382428

THE ANCHOR The Anchor is a traditional quayside pub run by a tight knit team more like a small family.


The building dates back to the 18th century and has an old-world charm with dark wood furniture, flagstone floors and roaring fires.

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We produce all our food freshly on the premises, sourcing as much of our ingredients as locally as possible. We are happy to cater for large groups to individuals and can provide bespoke menus on request; all you need to do is ask. The Anchor 19 Quay Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 IBX 01394 382649




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THE GALLEY The Galley is run by people who are passionate about food and who come from a long tradition of offering hospitality in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Set on historic Market Hill within Woodbridge. The menus for lunch and dinner are created by the owner and chef Ugur Vata, daily specials and light lunches are on offer and lobster is now available every day! Seven dish Mezze and Turkish Delight ice cream are just two of the unique dishes on offer. A private dining area is available at no additional cost for celebratory meals and all the family is made welcome. Live jazz evenings, wine samplings and special menu nights are all part of the excitement of dining at The Galley. "Best International Restaurant" EADT Food & Drink Awards 2017 The Galley 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LX 01394 380055

THE RIVERSIDE The Riverside Restaurant, which is included in The Good Food Guide and is Michelin listed, sits close to the River Deben in Woodbridge. It is open from 12.15pm to 2.30pm for tapas and light lunches along with the a la carte menu, which is also available in the evening from 6pm. It also offers a pre-show meal when live or recorded broadcasts are streamed into the cinema. The bread and pasta is freshly made by The Riverside chefs with menu's full of local produce whenever possible. Some favourite dishes are butternut squash, chilli and coconut soup, chargrilled Dedham Vale ribeye steak, wild mushrooms, pancetta, artichokes, red wine jus and Sunday roast followed by Nanny Joy's Sticky Toffee Pudding - a firm favourite with everyone.

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Highly recommended by The Financial Times, “great food and good heart”. The Riverside Quayside, Woodbridge IP12 1BH 01394 382174




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UPSTAIRS AT BAILEYS Upstairs at Baileys offers diners a real taste of modern Spanish cuisine. For many, Spanish food consists of tapas and very little else. However, there is a whole wealth of food experiences from all corners of Spain that will surprise and delight you! The restaurant specialises in delicious Catalan cuisine, executed perfectly by Chef Patron Xavier Esteve. Dishes are created with the best of local and imported ingredients and can be complimented with a selection of some of Spain's best wines. Lunch time, from Monday to Saturday, they offer a light, appetising well priced ‘Menu of the Day’. On Friday and Saturday evenings they offer à là carte dining with a menu designed to give a choice of the delicious Catalan cuisine, from starters to mains, fish or meat, and desserts. Spend an enjoyable and relaxed evening in a this little Spanish corner of Suffolk…

Upstairs at Baileys, 2 Hungate, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9TL 01502 710609

THE PLOUGH & SAIL Enjoy delicious food and drink in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you choose a light, casual meal or a formal dinner in our restaurant, the menus feature traditional favourites, the best of modern British cuisine and dishes influenced from around the world. Every dish is cooked and presented with flair and imagination and is accompanied by a superb wine list, emphasising our passion for quality, seasonal food, using produce from local suppliers wherever possible. We also offer a range of draught lagers and ales, soft drinks and a fantastic wine list. The Plough and Sail comprises of a spacious restaurant, a cosy bar and an intimate balcony area, perfect for private parties. There is also seating at the front of the pub and a courtyard area at the back where warm summer evenings and lazy Sundays can be enjoyed. We hope to see you soon!

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THE SHIP AT DUNWICH The Ship at Dunwich, a traditional pub and restaurant on the Suffolk coast, is a relaxed and unfussy place to unwind and enjoy scrumptious, seasonal menus accompanied by a range of local ales and beers or good wines. Head Chef, Liam Davison, has a great passion for wholesome food, done well and served with a touch of flair. When visiting The Ship you will always find your favourites and new, more adventurous choices on their menus - all local and fresh. Don’t forget to check the daily changing specials for freshly caught and skilfully prepared oysters, lobster or crab. The Ship also offers the perfect spot for a hearty Sunday lunch and serves some of the best roasts in Suffolk. Whether you’re here for a delicious feast or simply a round of drinks in front of the roaring fire, it’s the kind of place that offers a very warm welcome for all.

The Ship, St James Street, Dunwich, Suffolk, IP17 3DT 01728 648219

DARSHAM NURSERIES Serving breakfast and lunch every day, brunch on Sunday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, most of the fresh produce is grown on site - including heritage and rare vegetables, herbs and fruit - chosen by the chefs and our dedicated growers. These are complemented by sustainably caught fish and high quality ingredients, either imported or from local smallholders using free range, slow grown meat and rare breeds. The menu is seasonally driven, with the chefs drawing from their own tastes and travels to produce unfussy, modern dishes with southern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.

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THE PARK RESTAURANT The Park Restaurant and Bar at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa overlooks the spectacular 120-acre historic parkland golf course and gardens. It is easily accessible from the A12 and has over 200 free onsite parking spaces, making it convenient for all visitors Owned and family-run since 1992 both the restaurant and bar are open to members and non-members seven days a week. Head Chef Paul Flowerdew regularly refreshes the restaurant menu to offer fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients giving guests a wide selection of choice, and catering for dietary requirements.  Our menus are complimented with an extensive wine list. The restaurant is open every evening, and for Sunday Lunch between noon and 2pm.  It is also available for private lunchtime bookings. Bar snacks are available all day long in a relaxing and friendly environment. Why not try the Afternoon Tea?

Ufford Park, Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW 08444 776498

STUART INNS A trio of family-run restaurants and pubs, and a delicatessen. The Long Melford Swan is a boutique restaurant with two rosettes, offering refined, contemporary British food.

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The menus are created, crafted and prepared with culinary passion by the talented chefs using only the best fresh seasonal ingredients sourced locally and nationally. The Swan also has seven individually designed, luxury boutique, 5-star rated, en-suite bedrooms, including one family suite, and serves an award winning breakfast every morning. Like The Swan, The Hadleigh Ram prides itself on sourcing the best ingredients as locally as possible. Listed in the Michelin Guide, The Ram has a fresh contemporary feel to it with a central bar, perfect for pre-dinner cocktails. The Lavenham Greyhound, a fine Suffolk pub, offers informal, yet comfortable dining areas where visitors can enjoy food all day from 10am to 10pm. An exciting expansion was completed in early 2017, including a beautiful new restaurant area in the barn at the back of The Greyhound with bi-fold doors onto a spacious decked terrace.

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THE WESTLETON CROWN At The Westleton Crown, we are passionate about the quality of our food. If there are two words to describe the food, they would be ‘hearty’ yet ‘sophisticated’. Head Chef, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation. All of our meals, from fish and chips through to the finest of our à la carte dishes, are prepared on the premises, using local suppliers wherever possible. The same level of care goes into the preparation, whether it’s a hearty breakfast, a simple lunchtime snack, a relaxed meal with friends, indulgent dinner or traditional Sunday roast. Our breads are baked daily in the kitchen; the soups, pâtés and all of our delicious desserts are homemade – even the ice cream.

The Westleton Crown, The Street, Westleton, Nr. Southwold, IP17 3AD 01728 648 777

TUDDENHAM MILL Combining years of history with a chic yet sympathetic refurbishment, Tuddenham Mill is an intimate boutique hotel and restaurant set in 12 acres of rural Suffolk countryside near Newmarket and Cambridge. This traditional watermill brings together an exceptional environment, a genuine passion for great food and wine, the ultimate in bedroom comforts and discreet yet attentive service. From its exposed beams and water wheel to the contemporary elegance of the bedroom furnishings, Tuddenham Mill offers a unique mix of influences to excite the senses.

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In the restaurant, Chef Patron Lee Bye and his talented team have created exciting, contemporary menus reflecting their passion for fresh food and local produce. Each dish on the menu has been carefully thought-out and temptingly presented. Tuddenham Mill was awarded the coveted 3 AA rosettes for food and service, making the Mill’s restaurant one of only two establishments in Suffolk to hold this accolade.

Tuddenham Mill, High Street, Tuddenham, nr. N'market, IP28 6SQ 01638 713552



SUFFOLK FOOD You needn’t look far to find world class products on the Suffolk food scene- here’s are favourites.

PINNEY’S MACKEREL This wonderful whole-smoked fish has a soft creamy texture that melts in your mouth. It is a world away from its competitors as the flesh has a very subtle, delicate flavour that can’t be found anywhere else. Tastes like heaven with the accompanying sweet mustard sauce. Available from selected outlets and farm shops and of course from their shop in Orford

BLYTHBURGH FREE RANGE PORK By growing at a much slower, more natural rate. Blythburgh free range pork acquires a traditional flavour and succulence that has been largely forgotten in today’s mass produced pork. The fresh sea air provides ideal conditions for free range pigs, who are able to roam their whole lives and have around 80 times the amount of room that an indoor pig has. Their website lists the full range of suppliers

MAXIMUS If you are looking for some of the best locally caught fish look no further. Maximus Sustainable Fishing provides fresh fish caught just off the coast of Lowestoft using only sustainable fishing methods, such as longline techniques and fish traps. Read more on page p33 | Found at Friday Street


WOODBRIDGE DELI Woodbridge Deli is home to the “World Famous Pie”, baked daily on the premises - Pork, Pork and Stilton or Chicken and Ham, with Free Range Pork & Chicken. (No MRM or Preservatives are used)

BARON BIGOD A creamy white cheese made in the Waveney Valley, this cheese is handmade on a fenland farm Jonny, using milk from his own Montbeliarde herd. One of the UK’s only traditional raw milk Brie- de-Meaux style cheese. It is made in the morning, when the milk is at the perfect temperature. Available at selected outlets check the website for retailers



The streets of Suffolk may not be paved with gold but they are lined with fruit trees. combined with a long country walk or cycle ride, gathering ingredients for a seasonal dinner is the perfect way to spend an autumn day. Tou’ll be sure to come across wild fennel, walnuts and ceps on woodland pathways. Fantastic jams and jellies can also be made from damsons or blackberries, but nothing beats homemade sloe gin!

These are plentiful along the Suffolk coast in summer, you can find samphire, sea purlane, sea kale and sea aster.

our d e t i s i v u o y e v Ha ? e r o t s d l o w h t u So Situated on Victoria Street, our iconic building is a showcase of everything Adnams, with a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and gifty bits too. Our tasting bar boasts an interesting selection of our daily favourites, and there is even a café to relax and recharge in before more retail therapy.

We look forward to welcoming you, Dan & the team Adnams Southwold Store, 4 Drayman Square, Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6GB

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Hollow Trees Farm is a small mixed farm that offers big experience. On site is a Farm Shop, Butchery, Farm Café, Plant Centre and Farm Trail. The farm’s emphasis is on home-grown produce with vegetables, beef, pork and lamb all produced and sold onsite as well as pies, quiches, desserts and more. The home produced products are complimented by a wide range of local and regional fayre. This wealth of quality foods changes with the seasons as does the Hollow Trees experience.

Friday Street Farm is a thriving arable farm situated just inland from Aldeburgh. Friday Street Farm prides itself on supplying foods of the highest quality to their customers. A genuine farm shop that stocks their own home-grown potatoes, asparagus, strawberries and raspberries. The jewel in their crown is The Cafe Restaurant, where nearly all of the food is made on site and the few dishes that aren’t are sourced locally.

At Hall Farm they sell high quality local produce at reasonable prices. Their extensive range of excellent products has become the perfect place to do your holiday or weekly shop. We have a butchery department retailing our prize winning beef and lamb, deli counters including freshly prepared produce, a large range of vegetables, fruit and not forgetting our giftware. On site café/restaurant and free farm trail.

Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, Ipswich Suffolk, IP7 6HX 01449 741247

Friday Street, Farnham , Saxmundham IP17 1JX 01728 602783

Hall Farm Stratford Rd, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6LS Shop – 01206 322572 Café – 01206 323600 (booking advised)

FARMERS MARKETS Farmers’ Markets in Suffolk are some of the best in the UK, thanks to their long agricultural history. Aldeburgh Church Hall 3rd Saturday 9am – 12noon.



Literally in the Maple Farm farmyard, a worthwhile stop off if you are in the area. Visit for the best seasonal produce, the majority of which is grown at the farm and harvested only hours before it goes into the store.

A friendly farm and garden nursery situated in the Suffolk countryside. We specialise in pick-your-own strawberries and other soft fruit including raspberries.

Grown to Soil Association standards, look out for: delicious eggs, winter and summer salads, fresh seasonal vegetables, Maple Farm honey and their full range of flours. Open daily from 9am-6pm  Maple Farm, East Green, Kelsale, Saxmundham IP17 2PJ  01728 652000

The shop has a plentiful range of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as cheeses, cakes, apple juices, raw and cooked meats, pastries and fish and more. All our products are sourced from local independent suppliers as much as possible. Goslings Farm, High Road, Trimley St.Martin, Felixstowe IP11 0SG 01394 273361


Beccles Beccles Heliport 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am – 1pm Halesworth The Old Print Works 2nd Saturday 9am – 1pm Lavenham Village Hall 4th Sunday 10am – 1.30pm  Long Melford Village Memorial Hall 3rd Saturday 10am – 1pm Snape Maltings First Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm Stanton Wyken Saturdays 9am – 1pm  Sudbury St Peters Last Fridays 9.30am – 2pm  Southwold Adnam’s Cellar and Kitchen Shop Fridays 9am - 1pm  Woodbridge Community Centre  2nd and 4th Saturdays 9am – 1pm 

Tosier is a new bean-to-bar craft chocolate, hand-made in small batches. Our chocolate is made using the highest quality cocoa, sustainably-sourced from the world’s top 5%, so our farmers get their fair share. All our bars are made with 70% cocoa to enable you to compare and appreciate the delicate and distinctive flavours of the beans and their varieties. Handcrafting our chocolate in six kilo microbatches, we only make a limited number of bars from each harvest. Like wine, each harvest is unique and the delicious flavours of each variety are enhanced by individual roasting profiles.

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EARSHAM STREET If you only have time to visit one small street in one small town to stock up on groceries and homewares, then make sure it’s Earsham Street in Bungay. Compact it is, void of excellent experiences it isn’t. Just half an hour from Southwold, on the way to Norwich, it’s well worth a trip to find some of the best examples of Suffolk’s produce and well-curated homewares. Bungay is a quintessential Suffolk market town, it is also the only one in the country to still have a Town Reeve - an ancient civic office that has survived from Saxon times! It is certainly a town in touch with its past, and for a taste of this local history you can visit Bigod Castle. Much ruined over the centuries, it is now administered by a trust and happily brought to life by its own visitor centre and welcoming café. Earsham Street is tucked away, but a real find, come on a Thursday if you want to experience the hundred’s year old weekly market held at the Buttercross or come to one of the special street garden, antiques or Christmas markets held during the year.


MOUSE DESIGN Michele Holland’s shop, Mouse Design, is the epitome of a creative space. An imaginative and inventive designer she creates individual and distinctive furniture as well as stocking ceramics, textiles and lighting. She also offers interior design and up-cycling services. Pop in to experience her world, that also includes a passionate promotion of local designers. She additionally stocks Authentico Paints, probably the best chalk and lime paints available. 01986 948060  @Mouse Design

EARSHAM STREET DELI Winner of this year’s EADT Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer award, Earsham Street Delicatessen champions small and artisan producers. They pride themselves on offering an outstanding range of foods from the local area and beyond. Everything in the store is individually selected for its taste and provenance. They offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, alongside personal and knowledgeable service. Customers are always encouraged to take their time in choosing, or to ask for recommendations  - there’s also the option to sample new foods at their regular tastings.  @earshamstreetdeli



Julie Phipps is a charismatic stockist of contemporary and vintage homeware from around the world. She stocks unusual mosaic pieces, hand made glass,beaded necklaces and fabrics, as well as clothing from Italy. Located in delightfully airy shop which is a joy to browse in.

If only all greengrocers could be like this… Fabulous fruit and vegetables plus fresh herbs. Fresh, seasonal and local wherever possible. Simon and Chris are even happy to deliver within the Bungay area. Don’t forget to ask about their wonderful veg and gift baskets.

01986 892875

01986 897944

 @juliephippsshop

 @giddensandthompson

EARSHAM STREET FISH COMPANY Owners Cliff and Lucy opened Earsham Street Fish Company in 2015 and here you’ll find a fabulous selection of fresh, high quality fish and shellfish, much of it landed local on the Suffolk coast. They are passionate about seafood, offering advice and inspiring customers to cook. Don’t forget to pick up some local samphire whilst you are there - a real delicacy! 01986 896512  @earshamstreetfishco  @earshamfish THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 125

BIG DOG FERRY Take a relaxing trip on Big Dog Ferry from the Lido to the historic Geldeston Locks Inn. Enjoy the wildlife en-route and a meal, drink or music at the Locks Inn or stay on board for a round trip. Or take a one-way ticket, walking back on delightful footpaths. Request stops at Geldeston Marina or Three Rivers Campsite, for the Wherry Inn and Mandy’s famous pickles! Open to October. 07532 072761


BECCLES Right at the top of the county, Beccles lies on the River Waveney, at the southernmost tip of the Broads. The quay is a lively spot especially in summer, with daily boat trips and its own visitor and information centre. BECCLES LIDO The heated open-air pool and separate toddler pool has a slide, springboard, giant inflatable aquarun, outdoor exercise equipment and kiddies adventure play area. There are grassy areas, sunloungers, picnic tables and an all-weather eating and spectating area, with a café serving hot and cold snacks, drinks and ices. Canoe Hire also offered (advance bookings only). Open to 10 September 01502 713297


MEA BOUTIQUE MEA boutique has been established for over ten years. This family run business offers designer clothing brands, jewellery, footwear, leather handbags, accessories and giftware at affordable prices. Their aim is to create a shop with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, that not only offers a personal service, but one with a unique individuality and where new styles are introduced every few weeks. Opening hours are 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday 33a, Newgate, Beccles NR34 9QB (opposite Tesco) 01502 715212

AUBURN Lauren is a young woman in business, only 23 she established Auburn in 2016. She has a great eye for selecting ranges with that latest look. The new shop on Blyburgate is light and airy and stocks the fabulous NICHE brand together with Danish and Italian designer labels: GARCIA, ICHI, Freequent, B-Young. Also it’s worth making a bee-line to her store to check out her range of Italian denim jeans which start from £45… Did we mention they stock handbags and accessories too? Auburn is an independent boutique teaming the luxury with affordable.  @auburnboutiquebeccles  @aurburnboutique  @auburn_boutique

BAILEY'S DELI At Baileys they love great food so much that they have created a small emporium for the food lover. During the day they offer lovely traditional fare from around the world in their Deli. If you go upstairs to the Bistro you can eat superb lunches with a definite Spanish influence. On Friday and Saturday nights they transform themselves in to a wonderful fine dining experience. Or if you want something more relaxed you can simply have a Tapas meal in the bar at the Deli. 01502 710609


CORIANDER HATS Coriander was founded seven years ago by Lesley Dumphie and it’s the place to go if you need to transform an outfit into something special and unique. Rare as hen’s teeth - a good milliner like this is well worth the trip.

GRAZE AT THE WHITE HORSE A bar and grill that opened in 2015 and has been gaining a great reputation as a relaxed and funky venue that offers dishes from all around the world. Owners Kevin Wainwright and David Little previously owned the award-winning Satis House Hotel and bring casual fine dining to Beccles at an affordable price. Graze also offers sandwiches and snacks at lunchtime and a traditional Sunday roast on Sundays. Private dining room available too. Well worth a visit! 01502 715974  @grazewhitehorsebeccles

Coriander From timeless classics to catwalk couture, Coriander's hats and accessories are the perfect finishing touch to any dress or party gown.    Located by the clock tower, the shop is open 10.30am-5pm everyday except Wednesday and Sunday. For appointments outside these hours, contact Lesley directly.   37 New Market, Beccles NR34 9HE, UK 07747 796796


An idyllic day out at Somerleyton Hall & Gardens Amazing maze ■ Kitchen Garden Café ■ Willow play area ■ Restored Nesfield parterre ■ Sunken white garden ■ Working kitchen garden ■ Children’s trail ■ Restored and restocked Victorian aviary ■ Arboretum with magnificent Victorian specimen trees and new planting for 2016 ■

Open from Easter to the end of September. For opening days, times and prices please visit or call 0871 222 4244 30 minutes from Norwich, 15 minutes from GreatYarmouth, 15 minutes from Beccles and 10 minutes from Lowestoft.

Somerleyton Hall Gardens, Somerleyton NR32 5QQ  @SomerleytonHall  /SomerleytonHall  /somerleyton_estate




EXPERIENCES Suffolk’s big skies have long been an inspiration for artists and photographers. Visitors wanting to get out and about in the wide open spaces can choose from a multitude of activities.

WALKS Discover easy routes (circular, so no worries about collecting the car) – conveniently based around great foodie pubs. Or get aboard one of several foot ferries – ideal for exploring coastal areas (hire bicycles often available for venturing farther afield).

VISITS Numerous National Trust attractions, such as Sutton Hoo (one of the world’s most important archaeological sites) and Lavenham Guildhall (possibly the finest timber-framed building in England). Moated Helmingham Hall,

set in 400 acres, has herds of red and fallow deer. Or Ickworth’s Italian-style architectural gem and gardens.

BIRDWATCHING Suffolk’s diverse habitats include RSPB hotspots offering a glimpse of black terns, marsh harriers, avocets, bearded tits, nightjars or even rare golden orioles.

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GETTING ACTIVE For those seeking more energetic pursuits there is a host of activities – horse riding, clay pigeon shooting as well as water-based options such as windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, power boats or simply relaxing in a rowboat – all at the large Alton Water reservoir. For golfers, Suffolk provides a stunning selection of 18-hole championship courses alongside less challenging nine-hole, pay-and-play venues.


BRESSINGHAM For where else would you be able to ride on a Victorian roundabout, indulge a passion for all things steam driven, wallow in nostalgia for one of the television's best-lobed comedies and glory in gardens that offer a glimpse of horticultural heaven? Add a couple of railways running around the across the site, a genuine old signal box, a museum, restaurant and picnic place, the mix soon promises something for everyone. Privately owned by the bloom family. Adrian Bloom and his father Alan each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with the other linking gardens, there are now over 8,000 species and varieties on display. Alan Bloom's other passion - for steam led to Bressingham becoming home to a fine collection of traction engines and locomotives. The Dad’s Army Collection is another piece of serendipity. Some of Bressingham’s vehicles were used in

the much-loved sitcom when it was filmed around Thetford. Bressingham has extended the wartime spirit by recreating Walmington-on-Sea in its museum. Situated close to the town of Diss, Bressingham’s main season runs from Easter to the end of October, with steam and nonsteam days throughout. There is also a special events programme running throughout the summer. Visitors can ride through the glorious gardens on one of the four working railways or step back in time on the working Victorian steam carousel ‘the Gallopers’, the beautiful painted horses that eternally travel ‘up and down’ and three-abreast around Bressingham’s restored steam carousel. There is always something for all the family at Bressingham. You can even stay as a bed-and-breakfast guest in Alan Bloom’s old home of Bressingham Hall. Or failing that, take home a Bloom’s bloom from the adjacent garden centre.

Low Road, Bressingham, Diss IP22 2AA 01379 686900 | |


THE OUTDOORS Rural Suffolk is notorious for its lack of phone signal, but what initially appears a curse may end up being a blessing. The great outdoors is right on your doorstep here, so why not make the most of being offline and get exploring. From the chocolate box villages surrounded by glorious English countryside to the 50 miles of unspoiled Blue Flag beaches, this is the ultimate unwind destination. And what better way to de-stress than by learning a brand new skill or practising an old one. Embrace the slower pace of life and enjoy going back to basics- you won’t even notice your phone signal is barely filling one bar!

FISHING They say one of the most relaxing hobbies anyone can take up is fishing and in Suffolk you are spoiled for choice. Hanningfield Reservoir is a wonderful place to get to grips with coarse and fly fishing. A full day’s tuition covers casting, tackle, knots, techniques, trout behaviour, safety, rod hire and lunch with an opportunity to try your hand at fishing in the afternoon. If you enjoy sea fishing Aldeburgh’s steep shingle access to deep water makes it Suffolk’s star spot for beach fishing. You can park at Fort Green and head to North Warren beach, or Martello tower which is a great night time spot. Cod feed better in coloured or dark seas, so the best time to fish is at night, but whatever bait you use make sure it’s at least half the size of your fist!

You can also fish off Southwold Pier where you’ll find a very active angling club who enjoy fishing from the end of the Pier. Southwold is in the top five locations for cod in the UK but you’ll also find Whiting in the autumn, Codling in the winter and Dover Sole and Bass in the summer months.

HORSE RIDING Forget going for a drive, the best way to take in the Suffolk countryside has to be on horseback. At Valley Farm near Woodbridge you’ll find everything you need whether you’re an experienced rider or a complete novice. The farm is a first class equestrian centre which also contains a campsite. It’s the perfect place to get hands-on with horses, whether it is for a day or short break.

COUNTRYSIDE COURSES Assington Mill, nestled in the heart of the county, is a picture perfect, lovingly restored watermill. There’s a whole raft of countryside short courses to try here from introductions to bee-keeping and falconry to butterfly spotting and foraging for wild food. The range of workshops is so broad you’re bound to find something to suit every family member. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 132

OUTDOOR EXTREMES De-stressing from the modern world doesn’t need to involve relaxing pursuits either; sometimes getting your heart racing is the only way to get that release. And that’s where Alton Water comes in. Set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside this manmade reservoir is the largest in Suffolk and is perfect for water sports. Take to the waves in a powerboat lesson, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or windsurfing session, or simply relax and enjoy your own rowboat. Booking is advisable. | 01473 328 408

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING Finally, what about Clay Pigeon Shooting? This may not be a question you have asked yourself before, but this archaic activity is guaranteed to make for a memorable experience. Have a Go Days are ideal if you’re not sure where to start and they take place on the second Saturday of every month. All Clays, Cartridges and equipment are included in the price of booking. So whether you’re winding down or revving up for action, Suffolk is the place to swap screen time for something new.


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SUFFOLK'S BEST DRIVE Any road trip in Suffolk can get you from point A to point B. The question is: why would you want it to? Especially when the merest meander might bring you to the perfect place to explore, eat, shop or stop over. Our route through Suffolk begins just across the Essex border and runs all the way up the coast to the most north-easterly corner of the county, before heading west and back again. Yes, it will get you from Colchester to Lowestoft, Newmarket and back. But that’s not the point. There is so much else to enjoy en route. So fill up the tank, open the roof, ignore your watch and succumb to the serendipity of Suffolk. The first thing to appreciate as you set off is that all around you lies

the Dedham Vale and the kind of quintessential English landscape made famous by artist John Constable. Pay a visit to Flatford Mill to spot scenes immortalised by his work (and the zillions of chocolatebox reproductions that followed). If it’s an early stop you fancy, factor in another small detour off the A12 to Maison Talbooth at Dedham. But be warned, the chances are you will want to come back here for a more protracted sampling of the alluring Milsom dining options. Once you return to the A12, a diversion into Ipswich could take you to Christchurch Mansion, which houses a fabulous collection of Constable’s works. The town’s waterfront area also makes an attractive pit stop. A little farther north, Woodbridge makes another

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delightful diversion, why not visit the Tide Mill? It was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK and is a rare surviving example. It has been recently fully restored to working order and now houses a fun museum with milling demonstrations held periodically. A stroll through the town is definitely recommended. Alternatively, save your energy for a walk by the sea at nearby Aldeburgh, famed, among other things, for its fish and chips and annual music festival (although, technically, that is at nearby Snape). There are lots of lovely little shops, galleries and attractive eateries to entice you, but the Wentworth Hotel has a particularly pleasing prospect and occupies the ideal position for a spot of tea if you are trekking along the pebble beach to see Maggi Hambling’s sculpted scallop shell

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– homage to composer Benjamin Britten. Just inland is Wilderness Reserve a manor house and collection of luxury cottages to rent for weekends, special celebrations, corporate events and weddings.


This is where we turn the corner in our travels and head along the A143 towards Diss. Strictly speaking, this little market town, with its hidden “lake” (known as the Mere), is in Norfolk, as is the neighbouring visitor attraction of Bressingham Steam and Gardens. But it’s hard to keep track of the county border hereabouts and your next destination should be historic Bury St Edmunds. Here you will be spoilt for choice with the glorious cathedral and surrounding Abbey Gardens to wander around, enticing shopping streets and treats, a great little museum, famous local brewery, wonderful Regency theatre and any number of restaurants, cafés, bars, and pubs – including one that ranks among the smallest in the world. If time allows why not visit Tuddenham Mill for lunch - or even a spoil yourself with a truly relaxing spa treatment! As and when you can drag yourself away, it’s time to head along the A14 to Newmarket, wonderful new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in the former Palace House (beloved of


Charles II) and Palace House Yard. On the outskirts of town, Bedford Lodge and Spa makes a refreshing place to recharge your batteries, whether that’s with a light or full afternoon tea! Next stop is Lavenham, chock-ablock with timber-framed houses and utterly picturesque in the full sense of the word. Lavenham Guildhall and intriguing Little Hall are both worth a visit before you seek out rest and refreshment at the Great House, a class-act boutique hotel with inviting rooms and gourmet dining. The Swan Hotel and Spa also presents an attractive dinner, bed-and-breakfast proposition. If there’s anything better than travelling hopefully, surely it’s got to be arriving at this kind of choice! And, after all, there’s always tomorrow...

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SNAPE PROMS 1 August - 1 September 2018 30 Great Summer nights out in Aldeburgh ranging from folk and jazz to world music, classical, comedy and poetry. tickets.

FOLK EAST August 2018 This laid back, camping weekender has an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional music as well as art & heritage craft to get involved in.

HIGHTIDE FESTIVAL 12 -17 September 2017 An exciting platform for new writing, HighTide discovers new playwrights and produces their plays. This year, the Soho Theatre will provide a collaborative comedy strand as well as free workshops and masterclasses in Suffolk Schools.

Suffolk’s pedigree shines through with a feast of festivals. A second-to-none, tear-around programme that boasts an eclectic smorgasbord everything from theatre to dance, classical  music to community arts through to contemporary poetry and experimental theatre.



30 September - 2 October

31st May - 2 June 2018

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in July in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, near Southwold. It was first held in July 2006. Latitude is similar to continental European festivals; as well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages - the Obelisk Arena, the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, the i Arena, and the Lake Stage the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature.

This trendy weekend offers the best musicians of Rhythm and Blues, Americana, Soul, Roots and Country. Enjoy a bourbon on the rocks as the polished line-up of performers create the relaxed atmosphere of the deep south.

SPILL FESTIVAL 2016 October 2018 SPILL is an artist-led biennale of experimental theatre and radical live art. The work is risk-taking stimulating and uncompromising check it out this year.



May - June 2018



Enjoy local oysters and mussels from the River Deben in this weekend of riverside feasting. BookIng ahead is recommended.

12 -15 July 2018 will be the 13th edition of the Festival which will once again set the bar high with a line up brimming with huge names and exclusives across all stages

Making great use of a farmyard barn and pastures, this event showcases paintings, sculptures and furniture. Also don’t miss the growing programme of Farm Suppers incorporating locally produced food.

29 September - 1 October 2017

Pick between countryside, coastal, children or dog friendly walks for your perfect day in the Suffolk outdoors. Either 1-5 miles or 5-10 miles length, all excursions are led by knowledgeable guides.

April - May 2018


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3 - 5 Novemeber 2017 Luring inspiring filmmakers for more than 16 years and attracting sell out audiences, this DocFest takes place at the historic Aldeburgh Cinema.


HARWICH HARBOUR FERRIES The ferry is popular with visitors and anyone wishing to enjoy the beautiful scenery and birdlife along the Stour and Orwell rivers, with many footpaths and cycle routes directly accessible from the ferry departure points. It also provides a unique way to arrive for those visiting the historic Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, or those planning a leisurely lunch at the exquisite Pier Hotel in Harwich.

The bustling stretch of water where the Orwell and Stour rivers meet is separated by Harwich Harbour – dividing Suffolk and Essex. The Harwich Harbour Foot and Bicycle Ferry has been connecting the two counties since 1912. On the Essex bank is Harwich while Shotley and Felixstowe lie on the Suffolk side.

The ferry – which runs from April 1 until the end of December – provides a frequent service for tourists, for people with business between the ports and for the general convenience of local residents. It can carry 58 passengers, which means there is generally plenty of space. For additional peace of mind, however, you can buy tickets online.


There is a range of facilities at each of the three departure points – at Shotley (outside Marina Pontoon), Harwich (Ha’Penny Pier) and Felixstowe (beach at Viewpoint Café). They are all marked with ‘Ferry’ flags. Parking is available at each location and the ferry connects with local bus services for onward travel. Cyclists and dog walkers are very welcome on board. The Orwell and Stour estuaries are a hive of nautical activity and many visitors enjoy close-up views of the massive vessels alongside Europe's fifth largest container terminal at Felixstowe, the towering passenger ferries arriving from Holland and hundreds of yachts heading for marinas up-river.


Since 2017 the ferry has run a popular daily sealwatching trip from Harwich. On some days there are as many as 70 seals on the mud. The trip takes around 90 to110 minutes, depending on the tide and other vessels. Up to 12 passengers can go at a time. To reserve a seat please call 01728 666329, select number 4 for seal watching or email us with one or two days that suit you best and we can arrange to take you to see the seals. Seal-watching trips need to be booked.

In its former life the ferry was a lifeboat on the luxury cruise liner SS Canberra. It is strongly built with two-inch thick fibreglass, wood and metal. There is a 65-passenger liferaft and lifejackets on board. The ferry offers an hourly service from each departure point – between April 1 and October 31 and at weekends in November, December and school holidays. Passengers who don’t wish to disembark can enjoy a 57-minute round trip of Harwich Harbour, with close-up views of the big ships.

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HIGH LODGE If you are looking for a stylish destination for a day of activity with family and friends or a place to escape and unwind for a short break or main holiday on the Suffolk Coast then look no further than High Lodge. Created 25 years ago by shooting’s eight times Sporting World Champion, John Bidwell, and run with his family, High Lodge nestles among 120 acres of tranquil countryside and woodland on the Suffolk coast. It is home to an array of first-class facilities, including luxury lodges with private hot tubs, and some unique sporting activities including world-class clay shooting, golf, fishing, inviting restaurant and clubhouse to name a few.

LUXURY HOLIDAY LODGES For those looking for the ultimate break away from it all either to relax or enjoy some of the activities on site, High Lodge offers luxury holiday lodges (some with private hot tubs) the self-catering accommodation – sleeping two, four or up to six people have scenic views over a lake and open countryside. They create a peaceful retreat within easy access of the clubhouse and other facilities and are available for short breaks and full weeks.




The activities that the venue offers include the clay shooting which boasts one of the best facilities in the country, with a large variety of sporting stands, skeet ranges and a 120ft-high tower, offering practice clays for the experienced shot as well as instructional packages for shooters to improve their technique or for the complete novice and groups to be introduced to the sport – whether for a family day out, group of friends, corporate event or even hen and stag packages, the shooting is available to all.

A well-stocked fishing lake provides excellent sport for the keen angler throughout the year.

GOLF There is a nine-hole golf course set in 50 undulating acres. This covers 2,500 yards, with a par-33 challenge consisting of six par-four holes and three par-threes. It welcomes all levels of golfer, whether regular and requiring a season ticket or one-off visitors on a pay-and-play basis.

ARCHERY & AIR RIFLE SHOOTING Archery is offered for groups and organised on days throughout the year. The air rifle range is available for those with their own equipment seven days a week, instruction is also available for those wanting to try the sport.

FOOT GOLF The latest game to be introduced to the site is foot golf, this can be enjoyed by all the family regardless of whether you are a golfer or a keen footballer, it challenges all ages and abilities and is extremely fun.

CLUBHOUSE After a day in the fresh air, customers can satisfy a healthy appetite at the clubhouse, which provides a café and restaurant with a tantalising selection of mouth-watering breakfasts, lunches, snacks and refreshments. Or enjoy a delicious Sunday carvery. We are open to the public seven days a week. For further information visit or call and speak to a member of the High Lodge Team

Haw Wood, Hinton, Nr Darsham, Suffolk IP17 3QT 01986 784347




HALESWORTH GOLF fit you the perfect set of golf clubs to suit your game. For more information on any offers or getting custom fit using the GC2 please do not hesitate to contact us on 01986 875567 ext 24.

RESTAURANT Our modern lounge, bar and restaurant provides a wonderful relaxing space to enjoy quality food and a range of refreshing beverages. The spacious lounge and restaurant enjoys unrivalled views over the course and adjoining countryside. Breakfast available from 8am and lunch from 11.30am - 3.30pm all week.

Halesworth Golf Club is situated just a few miles from the beautiful Heritage Coast and is set in 190 acres of stunning undulating countryside. We offer a wide range of top class facilities, including an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole pay-and-play course, a 10 bay floodlit driving range, a practice chipping and putting green and a very well stocked golf shop. Our lounge, bar and restaurant provides a wonderful relaxing space to enjoy food and drink with unrivalled views over the course and adjoining countryside.

EVENTS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS GOLF SHOP  Our golf shop is situated in the main clubhouse and stocks a wide range of golf equipment to suit both the beginner and the more accomplished player, and a clothing and accessory range that suits all tastes. We are able to offer services from re-spiking golf shoes to re-gripping clubs, trolley, buggy and club hire at very competitive prices. We have demo days throughout the year, with the latest technology available the GC2 Richard (a trained fitter)  can custom

Our modern clubhouse can accommodate your every need with options for conferencing or a private bar, dance floor, disco area and dining facilities.  Our dedicated Events Manager would be delighted to show you the facilities at Halesworth Golf.

MEMBERSHIPS A variety of memberships are available including tuition and beginners courses plus Pay and play - 9 Holes from £10. 01986 875567  @HalesworthGolfClub  @halesworthgolf  @HalesworthGC




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Located on the historic Market Hill, The Kings Head offers real beer, real food and a real welcome. In winter you can while away the hours in the beautiful 16th century oak beamed pub in front of a roaring log fire, or in Summer enjoy the attractive beer garden and outdoor dining area.

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The Kings Head, 17 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4LP

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A wide range of Adnams beers and spirits are served alongside dishes from the classic pub menu, including: Beer battered haddock, mushy peas and hand cut chips or exciting daily specials using fresh, local, seasonal produce and a variety of delicious homemade pies served with chips or mash and mushy peas or fresh vegetables. The Kings Head prides itself in being the most dog friendly pub in Woodbridge, boasting the ever popular "Mutts Menu".

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EEL'S FOOT INN A warm welcome is guaranteed at this delightful village inn on the doorstep of RSPB Minsmere. Recently featured in “The Telegraphs Top 10 Best Beer Gardens in the UK,” “Adnams Best Presented Pub” for two consecutive years and the winner of EADT Food and Drink Awards “Pub of the Year 2016.”

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Offering a traditional pub menu complimented with modern European influenced daily specials served Monday-Thursday 12:00-14:30 and 18:0021:00, and all day Friday-Sunday. There are plenty of options for those with any food allergies, not forgetting children and of course plenty of treats available for dogs! We have an exciting new addition of a wood fire pizza oven in our garden for those warmer days. Takeaway is available.



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The routes for these four circular walks can be downloaded for convenience when walking. All are situated along the Heritage Coast and offer a great opportunity to experience the county's heathland, on path or track, with short stretches of road and occasional taking you through farmland. The added advantage is that they are circular, so there's no doubling back half way to collect your car! Being based around four exceptional hostelries means that you are also guaranteed delicious refreshment either at the start or finish of your walk.


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THE OYSTER INN The Oyster Inn at Butley locals and visitors to the 400 years.


woodland remains. Today’s landscape shows the huge changes agriculture has brought, bringing the haslight been welcoming fertile soils into high Suffolk coast for productivity withover the help of extensive irrigation.

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A fabulous little spot in Old Felixstowe hides a gem of a pub in The White Horse.  Located in Church Road, off High Road East the pub boasts a large bar area with restaurant and a lovely secluded garden to the rear of the property. Finely kept real ales and a wide selection of delicious wines are on offer.  We are open seven days a week from noon, serving food till 2.30pm and 6pm until 9pm daily and all day at weekends, Sundays are popular for our scrumptious roast dinners. The pub is dog friendly. A warm welcome awaits. 



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The White Horse, Felixstowe, 33 Church Road, Old Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9NF 01394 277496 bookings@

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with each visit we secure the inspiration for future Go crunching through fallen leaves and discover a forest generations teeming with wildlife and autumn colours, with walking routes for all ages and abilities.

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DISCOVER CONSTABLE’S RIVER JOIN the River Stour Trust to help preserve, protect and celebrate the beautiful River Stour Navigation. TAKE a trip back in time on an original Stour barge, like those painted by the artist John Constable. ENJOY a river trip in one of our silent electric launches at Flatford, Dedham & Sudbury. VISIT our unique riverside venue, The Granary at Sudbury, CO10 2AN Tea Room open on Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays, Easter – October.

The River Stour remains largely unchanged from the 1800s and the scenes depicted in the paintings of John Constable. All the locations of his most famous works still remain – Flatford Dry Dock, Willy Lott’s Cottage, the Mill his father owned and Flatford Lock. The River Stour Trust is dedicated to preserving the river, and maintaining the right of navigation for all to enjoy. Our trip boats run throughout the spring and summer months. They are the perfect way to experience the river and its surroundings. Book the John Constable Lighter for a unique corporate day out.


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River Stour Trust

The Granary can also be privately hired for up to 100 guests for a variety of functions including weddings. Wedding packages start from as little as £560 and our boats make a wonderful addition to any celebration.

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NATIONAL TRUST ATTRACTIONS SUTTON HOO Often referred to as the ‘first chapter in English history’, Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The 7th century burial mounds, excavated from the late 1930s onwards, have revealed items including the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet. Cared for by the National Trust, visitors today can discover the history of King Raedwald and more about this Anglo-Saxon site.

MELFORD HALL A family home with a rich naval history, Melford Hall in Long Melford was also the holiday home of children’s writer Beatrix Potter, who was related to the family there. Open to visitors until the end of October, the Hall is this year hosting a unique new exhibition about Beatrix Potter following the discovery of a series of secret sketches found hidden in books – it’s a must see!

ICKWORTH An Italian-style masterpiece in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Ickworth is the result of the flamboyant vision of the 4th Earl of Bristol, who had it built in the 18th century. With its striking rotunda flanked by two wings, Ickworth is home to multiple collections from art to silver and boasts beautiful gardens and a large estate cared for by the National Trust that just ask to be explored.

LAVENHAM GUILDHALL Nestling amongst the famous ‘wonky’ buildings of Lavenham is The Guildhall, one of the finest timber-framed buildings in England. Dating from around 1530, The Guildhall was built following the boom of the cloth industry in the early 16th century. Its exhibition spaces were completely remodelled by the National Trust in 2015, making it a fascinating part of a trip to Lavenham – and don’t miss the delicious treats in the tea-room!

ORFORD NESS Somewhere that can truly lay claim to being unique, Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast is one of the most unusual places looked after by the National Trust. A former atomic weapons testing facility and now one of the most highly prized nature reserves in Europe a visit here is quite unlike any other. Open until October with limited tickets each day, do check availability before your visit.





Quality & Craftsmanship PROVIDE THE BENCHMARK FOR SUCCESS Situated just north of Ipswich, Ashbocking Joinery is a familyrun company which aims to combine traditional workmanship with todays precision computeraided drawing systems. Employing qualified and skilled workmen and using environmentally friendly methods in our 2,500sq ft joinery workshop, the company maintains the highest standards. They cater for domestic orders as well as commercial and their experience and traditional woodworking skills mean they undertake specialist jobs including work on listed buildings and churches. A friendly and welcoming company, their door is always open to people who want to discuss their joinery needs - whether they are an architect or someone who just want a replacement window. Nothing complements a home more than a hand-crafted door and while replacement windows are a considerable expense to any homeowner Ashbocking joinery Ltd produces handmade windows that are not only affordable but made to last. Manufacturing and fitting quality staircases is another of their specialisms and the company can also supply a variety of purposes made internal furnishings, ranging from wine racks to reception desks.

Ashbocking Joinery Ltd, Commercial Barns, Helmingham Road, Ashbocking 01473 890018 | THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 149

Hopkins Homes, fusing Exceptional Design with Superior Build


o craft beautifully designed homes of character, style and substance that blend seamlessly with their surroundings whilst creating desirable and sustainable communities is the passion out of which every Hopkins Homes and sister company Hopkins & Moore development is born.

From cottage to country house, contemporary city apartment to opulent restoration, every Hopkins home has been individually designed with sensitivity, flair and panache. Locations are carefully chosen to complement the lifestyle requirements of discerning buyers resulting in exceptional developments amidst some of East Angliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest settings. Established in 1985 and starting with a single renovation project in the village of Halesworth, Hopkins Homes has continued to grow and is now East Angliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest independent homebuilder with developments throughout Suffolk and Norfolk and with a growing number in Essex and Cambridgeshire. Last year the company reached the

milestone of building over 1000 homes in a single year but their commitment to high quality design remains fundamental to their approach. The multiple-award winning homebuilder has a reputation for creating new homes and developments that blend into the landscape of the area. Taking inspiration from the local vernacular, features and finishes will be incorporated into the overall design scheme that include details such as multi-paned sash windows, traditional renders, decorative pargetting,


weatherboarding, a range of brick colours, fanlights, dovecotes and varying roof lines – ensuring a Hopkins’ home is distinguished whilst complementing the developments locality. Green space is a prominent feature in Hopkins Homes’ developments with generous gardens creating some private outdoor space along with careful landscaping which includes mature trees and shrubs so that new developments quickly look and feel established. Developments also offer ample garaging and off-road parking minimising congestion and keeping the street scene uncluttered. This emphasis on design extends to the interiors too with great efforts made to maximise the use of natural light and create a layout that meets the needs of modern lifestyles. A high specification throughout includes a fully fitted kitchen that includes a cooker,

hob and extractor fan fitted as standard and a choice of cupboards and counter tops. Bathrooms and en-suite showers are fitted with classic white sanitaryware and chrome-effect fittings. Both kitchen and bath/shower rooms can be personalised by the buyers with a selection of stunning floor and wall tiles in accordance with the standard specification, subject to the stage of construction. Open plan kitchen and dining areas are always popular with buyers and with the rise of more flexible working arrangements many of the homes have a dedicated study – although if homeworking isn’t a priority this can easily be transformed into an extra living space or snug. In their show homes Hopkins Homes favours natural finishes for the hallways which creates a rich, warm first impression whilst kitchens and bathrooms are kept light and airy with elegant tiles and finishes. Depending on the stage of construction at reservation, Hopkins Homes offers a full variations service whereby items such as granite worktops, downlights, integrated appliances, carpets and turf can be purchased and installed prior to completion – making a house a home from the very beginning. In all cases, Hopkins Homes believes that given their build quality, flexibility and bespoke choices, they achieve a timely delivery of not just a house but a superior home; a haven that reflects your personality that will be a joy to own, live in and come home to.

To find out more about all Hopkins Group developments visit or call 01394 446860. Images of previous Hopkins Homes Show Home. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 151

GERALD WEIR furniture Modern Dining Chairs in both Ash and an Ash and Walnut Combination.

Blonde Cherry Wood Dining Room Table with ebonised detailing.


Handmade dovetails on every drawer.

Visit the riverside workshops and showroom and choose from a tried and tested array of furniture items all made to order from our new extensive brochure, or imagine your own ideas... built bespoke just for you. Having over sixty years experience our family run company has much inspiration to draw upon with an extensive photograph archive of previous projects.

Wegner Inspired Oak Table and Benches with solid brass supports.


QUALITY FURNITURE MADE TO MEASURE Unit One, Sun Wharf, Deben Road, Woodbridge, IP12 1AZ | 01394 610900 | THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 153


Designer Radiators Towel Rails Contemporary or Traditional Cast Iron Radiators Aluminium designs Electric Options Bathroom Accessories Bathroom Taps

Nevelli Designer Home Heating 12 High Street, Hadleigh IP7 5AP 01473 828914 www.

Nevilli Designer Home Heating - one of the country’s only specialist radiator shops. In a world where mass produced radiators are the norm, it’s great to learn that in this small corner of East Anglia, exists an amazing radiator showroom where a vast range of designer and traditional radiators and towel rails, are displayed from around the globe. At Nevelli Designer Home Heating, you will find only the best radiators and towel rails available today, no matter what the style or design, the quality also for Nevelli is paramount. Stock is available to view at the stylish Nevelli Showroom in Hadleigh. Nevelli has been trading very successfully for the last seven years and look online at where their complete range of the different models can be viewed together via images or through a video of the showroom. A number of tempting offers can always be found as well.

All Nevelli designer radiators and towel rails are made to the highest standards and are fully tested to meet the current UK and European EN442 standards and regulations. Nevelli deal direct with the top brands and leading radiator design companies including Reina, The Radiator Company, Zehnder, Bisque, MHS, Vogue and Apollo Radiators and consequently the models are on offer at very affordable prices, and much like John Lewis, they are never knowingly undersold, so if you are shopping around give them a call as they will price match any ‘like for like’ product! The shop is owned and run by Bev Neville whose welcoming and professional knowledgeable is unmatched in the industry. Bev will show you the latest trends in radiator and towel rail design and valves, including the many bespoke options which are now available, not forgetting the numerous amounts of special finishes and colours which can be selected, and most importantly, help you decide on the best radiator or heating options that are most suitable for your home. Currently cast iron radiators are extremely popular and Nevelli stock an impressive range, alongside new THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 155

contemporary minimalist appearance radiators, flat coloured radiators or even aluminium radiators which have the highest outputs in the market. Whatever you are looking for, Nevelli Designer Home Heating, have a complete range of radiators and towel rails for all rooms in the home, and maybe something special for you which you may not be aware of. Bev reminds me of the most important element to her business, “We pride ourselves on great service, so if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask, we are open six days a week and a visit is well worthwhile, particularly if you are shopping around? Why not combine a trip to our showroom with other leading Hadleigh interior specialists Jim Lawrence and Jayrest? They are both located nearby and don’t forget I’ll match the price of any ‘like for like’ product! Pop in, give me a call or e-mail, you will not be disappointed. Bev Neville Nevelli Designer Home Heating 12 High Street, Hadleigh Suffolk IP7 5AP 01473 828914



Finding a school that is the right fit for your child can be one of the more challenging aspects of parenting. Fortunately, East Anglia has a broad range of independent schools that provide the perfect environment for young minds to develop academically and creatively. The benefits of an independent education are many, but these six advantages are among the most prominent.


PERSONALISED APPROACH Specialised teachers and lower student-teacher ratios mean close, individualised attention for each student, resulting in better outcomes. Your child will be given the guidance he or she needs to bring out their fullest potential and, if they are struggling in a particular area, help will be provided to get them through the toughest subjects.

SPECIALISED EXPERTISE You have the choice among a wide variety of options and approaches to education from independent schools. Whether you’re looking for a focus on sport, music, languages, science or more there are a range of single sex, co-ed and boarding schools available that make finding the right fit for your child easy.

TOP QUALITY TEACHERS In Suffolk’s independent schools you will find teachers that have the freedom to pursue innovative approaches to learning, who are passionate about education and take great pride in seeing their students thrive.

PARENT PARTICIPATION Independent schools are also engaged with a committed community of parents which is beneficial not only to the success of their own children, but to that of the whole community of students.

LATEST TECHNOLOGY These schools employ the most cutting edge technologies that are, after teachers, the most important weapon in the arsenal of education today. Technology is the enabler of vast learning, and literacy in this area is a fundamental driver of success in the digital age.

HAPPY STUDENTS We cannot underestimate the value of happiness as it relates to success, especially at the critical learning stages of a child’s life. Being able to choose a school that best fits your child’s personality and interests puts them at an advantage, and will help to build confidence and love of learning that will help form a bright future. Read on for detailed listings of Suffolk independent schools For further information contact THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 157

For more information, or to book a personal visit, please contact our admissions team:

01394 615041 A Co-educational Independent School in Suffolk for ages 4 to 18

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A 21ST CENTURY EDUCATION The world of work is changing at a fast pace and the speed of this process is only going to accelerate. Many jobs, including professional ones, are being automated, while new roles and responsibilities are being created. Neil Tetley, Headteacher at Woodbridge School, explains what this means for young people today and how his philosophy has evolved to create the kind of education which

is preparing pupils to be strong and resilient for a rapidly changing world. “While academic achievements and results remain important, that may not be enough in the competitive future job market. Therefore, it is vital that young people develop the skills and attributes needed for the modern world. Skills such as creativity, problem solving, leadership and resilience will help to prepare young people for life beyond education. These can be developed through a traditional range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities, but I believe that schools can do more and do better which is why we are adopting a new approach. “At Woodbridge, we are looking to develop these vital characteristics in a much more explicit way through coaching and mentoring each pupil throughout their life at the school. Our pupils are enriching their education through developing independent confidence, problemsolving and creativity skills as part of the everyday experience at Woodbridge School. They are growing these attributes through activities both inside and outside the classroom. For example, in biology lessons pupils will look at photosynthesis and discuss resilience i.e. what do we do when we are stuck? And in drama, pupils will produce a devised piece and think THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 159

about the nature of collaboration. It is our belief that education needs to evolve. “A modern education with a focus on the individual is something we are very passionate about delivering at Woodbridge School. We help pupils to flourish and enjoy their education, whilst discovering and developing their individual talents and exploring new skills. We are very proud of our recent achievements with pupils of all ages flourishing in sports and music at a national level. It is fantastic to see young Year 6 pupils taking their first steps in business with a Market Day, and sixth-form language pupils have recently enjoyed an immersive Spanish exchange trip, living and working in Salamanca. “At Woodbridge School, we aren’t just ‘doing what we’ve always done’, but adapting while retaining academic rigour to meet the demands that young people will face in 2025, 2030 and beyond.” Woodbridge School is a leading independent school in Suffolk for pupils aged 4-18, which develops inquisitive and resilient young adults who are prepared for modern life. To find out more visit


BOARDING & DAY SCHOOL FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGED 2-18 Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision. Do you follow the crowd and send them to that school down the road? Or do you stop and really think about what makes your child tick? What sort of environment will bring out the best in the them, make them believe in themselves and help them develop essential personal skills so crucial for this ever-increasingly competitive world. In the last few years Framlingham College is emerging as one of the real quality independent schools in the East of England and not just for its phenomenal sports results. The school is absolutely thriving both at the prep school based 4 miles down the road at Brandeston (2-13) and at the College site (13-18) which is set in stunning surroundings overlooking that famous “castle on the hill” in the market town of Framlingham. Being a split site allows the children to grow up at their own pace in a safe and inspiring environment. The school offers outstanding provision from Nursery and Early Years right through to A levels, with an innovative and creative curriculum that seeks to create a genuine love of learning among all pupils. Framlingham College prides itself on producing rounded, decent, articulate and very well-educated young men and women, who leave

the College both well-qualified and well-prepared (the two are not the same) for the world that awaits them.

our lives revolved around the school but here the school revolves around our lives!’.

Framlingham is a strikingly modern and forward-looking school where emphasis is placed on educating the whole person as well as (not, note, instead of) the examination candidate. The school embraces a wide range of abilities, believing that breadth and diversity builds a richer environment, and every pupil has a role to play in the community. The teaching is excellent, and with mentoring programmes for the gifted and talented, success at Oxbridge and top overseas universities shows that the brightest student will do as well here as they will anywhere. The strong focus on pastoral care and the individual management of pupils combines with an extraordinarily rich, varied and successful range of co-curricular activities to make this school a vibrant, outward-looking and dynamic community.

Above all, Framlingham College is a happy school with a wonderful ‘can do’ outlook on life. As Headmaster Paul Taylor explains, ‘Framlingham works - with parents - to create balanced, happy and resilient human beings; ones that have achieved academically and in other areas at the top of their potential, but who also have a sense of self, an innate sense of right and wrong and the moral courage to do something about the difference.’

More importantly than ever, the right school has to also be a good fit with your family’s hectic lifestyle. The flexible start and end to the day together with the numerous boarding options (flexi to full) really shows that Framlingham College recognises the demands placed on modern parents. As one parent said recently, having moved from London, ‘In London THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 160

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I n London ou r lives revolved around the school but here the school r evolves around our lives!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - a Framlingham parent who recently moved from London

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“ An Adventure in Education” A Childhood to Remember

Never a Dull Moment

OBH is everything you would expect from one of the Country’s leading Prep Schools over the last 150 years but is also so much more. It is a very special blend of a traditional and modern dynamic education where Swallows and Amazons meet the age of the ipad. OBH is a journey that not only challenges children greatly, it also puts a smile on their faces and gives them lots to talk about when they get home.

Whether it is portraiture or pottery, rugby or riding, monologues or musicals, oboes or orchestras an OBH child can try each and every one. In every aspect of extra-curricular life excellence sits alongside participation for all. From Forest Schools in Pre-Prep to the Old Buckenham Explorers Gold award in Year 8, OBH is an adventure in education.

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From show stopping weekend events such as the Masquerade Ball and the Medieval Banquet to tramping through the school’s woods or camping on the island in the middle of the OBH Lake there are always opportunities to play and to learn new skills but best of all to enjoy laughter amongst friends. OBH is full of boarders and day children. All play a full and equal part in a busy and immensely fulfilling day. Those who stay, end each day with a big mug of hot chocolate, chatting in lovely, cosy dormitories or settling down with a good book. The exceptional pastoral care provided by the whole staff team ensures each child is supported and nurtured, and grows to be confident, independent, tolerant and ready for the wider world.

When you have talented staff who love teaching, lessons are exciting and challenging, and children develop not just an interest in learning but a passion and a love for it. This desire to learn is the reason OBH children are both successful and happy. Whether it is preparation for a scholarship to one of the Country’s top Public Schools or a pre-prepper mastering the three times table, every child is individually supported to be the best they can be. Use of the very latest technology enhances many lessons but will never replace the inspiring teacher we all remember.


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Discover what makes St Joseph’s feel different Register today for one of our Open Days, or book in for an individual tour, by contacting our Admissions Team on 01473 694575 or email The independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3 to 18.

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CHILDREN Suffolk is a real playground of children - it’s packed with adventure to suit all ages and interests

BRESSINGHAM Bressingham has over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four magnificent journeys to choose from. The long track of the Nursery Railway (2ft gauge) leaves from the museum building and passes locomotive sheds and a lake before crossing over the Waveney Valley Line. Don’t miss a ride on the Gallopers good for both young and old. Check the website for the daily timetable. IP22 2AA 01379 686900

THE SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY A great place for youngsters to visit - over 80 beautiful owls and other birds of prey including meerkats, red squirrels, chipmunks and a discovery centre with a whole host of other fun activities. They are open all year round with three flying displays daily between Easter & September and stage a variety of special events that include a Mediaeval Weekend – for further details check their website. IP14 6AT 0345 680 7897

BECCLES LIDO & BIG DOG FERRY Perfect for a family day out, the heated open-air pool and separate toddler pool has a slide, springboard, giant inflatable and kiddies adventure play area, with a café serving hot and cold snacks, drinks and ices. Canoe Hire also offered (advance bookings only). Open to 10 September 01502 713297 Or take a river trip to Geldeston. Enjoy the wildlife en-route - such as otters, kingfishers and marsh harriers and a meal, drink or music at the Locks Inn. Or stay on board for a round trip. Open to October 07532 072761

FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE Discover Framlingham Castle’s vast and colourful past as it became home to the most powerful people in Tudor England. Delve into the troubles of Bloody Mary, meet the vagrants of the Elizabethan prison, and find out more about this sanctuary for the poor. Get hands-on with the interactive exhibition and reveal Framlingham’s stories before you embark on a journey of discovery around the magnificent wall walk; look down if you dare! IP13 9BP 01728 724 922



Suffolk Leisure Park offers a range of outdoor experiences, including Snowsports such as:- Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ringos, Climbing Wall and High Ropes Experience. There's also Golf with the Ipswich Golf Driving Range, Mini Golf Course, and putting green.

This museum has a large collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines to touching mementoes of the lives of the working people of the town. The Richard Garrett & Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here, and this is a great throwback to those days. The Long Shop itself – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II listed engineering workshop full of fascinating exhibits.

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SUFFOLK'S HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION Whether you are looking for a cosy cottage in the countryside with an open fire, a seaside holiday home or a modern, stylish studio apartment – there are lots to choose from in Suffolk. Location is everything and when it comes to spectacular scenery a cottage in Suffolk is hard to beat.

The fact that holiday cottages are self-catering is the single biggest advantage for many holidaymakers, giving you the chance to try local produce at your own pace as well as eating out in some of the county’s great restaurants and eateries. Holiday cottages are ideal for groups and large families – family and friends can get together around the dinner table at night, relax in the garden during afternoons or play board games during the evenings. Many holiday cottages allow pets, so there is no need to confine Stig to kennels while the rest of the family enjoys a week or two away. Renting a self-contained holiday cottage means there’s little chance of your dog disturbing other guests and many places have a garden or outside space for pets to enjoy. For those who don’t have children, the extra space that staying in a holiday cottage provides can be a life-saver. Being able to spread out means you can really relax and enjoy your stay. It’s true that there won’t be someone on hand to change your towels or make your bed every day – but why worry? You’re on holiday after all!

FERRYWAY Ferryway is a truly stunning, architect-designed beach-side house in the vibrant seaside town of Southwold on the Suffolk Coast. Boasting superb views over the sand dunes and across the marshes, Ferryway accommodates four guests in luxury and comfort and features an impressive open plan living space and two stylish double bedrooms. The unique contemporary design of this holiday home and use of light and space makes the most of the breathtaking coastal setting. 01502 724782



Find your perfect hideaway whatever the season Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. Its charming villages and medieval towns make it an ideal holiday destination.

Suffolk Hideaways are pleased to offer a fantastic and ever-growing selection of cottages throughout this glorious county – from little places, perfect for a romantic weekend for two, to larger properties for family holidays. The cottages, many of which are dog-friendly – and locations – vary; but what they all offer is a warm welcome, and a chance to relax in total comfort. Your Hideaway heaven awaits... or call us on 01728 666 300


DANES HOUSE Suffolk Hideaways manage two amazing properties in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, both just a short walk from the high street and the beach. Danes House, sleeping up to eight people in very stylish accommodation, is set in a peaceful location within the heart of the town. The four sophisticated bedrooms consist of two king sized double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom plus a further double bedroom and a twin bedroom. With a fully equipped kitchen, refined sitting room and an outdoor breeze hut and barbeque, Danes House is a perfect holiday property for a group or family gathering. 01728 666 300

NUMBER 25 PARK ROAD Number 25 Park Road is a charming, dog-friendly cottage, also in the heart of the town. Tastefully furnished, with a cosy sitting room and light and airy kitchen/diner, this property sleeps up to 4 people with a spacious master bedroom and 2 single bedrooms. Outside there is a pretty paved garden area to the front, the perfect place to sit and relax! 01728 666 300


HERON HOUSE Heron House in Southwold is a traditional Victorian seaside holiday home. Sitting in an excellent location and just a stone’s throw from the beautiful beach and vibrant town centre. The iconic lighthouse of Southwold is next door and the market square is just minutes walk away. Heron House has been renovated and furnished to an extremely high standard and can accommodate eight guests in style and luxurious comfort. With four generous sized bedrooms and three bathrooms, Heron House has been beautifully renovated and stylishly furnished, retaining a wealth of original Victorian features, including refurbished sash windows and feature fireplaces, combined with contemporary furnishings, to provide quality accommodation for two families or a group of friends.  Heron House is available for bookings through Best of Suffolk who have over 360 stylish holiday cottages across Suffolk. 01728 638962

THE GREAT HOUSE The Great House is a beautifully and sympathetically restored Grade II listed family home in the centre of Orford. The Great House is midway between Orford’s quay, castle, church and Market Hill- a fabulous Big House Holiday home with a 5-star finish. Perfectly located within a couple of minutes walk of the shops, pubs, castle and quay at Orford on the Suffolk coast this superbly refurbished self catering property is perfect for a large group of friends or family gathering. The dining table seats 20, the kitchens well equipped, the wine cellar stocked with fine wines and the games room set up for snooker or a round of bridge. The large, elegant gardens are gated so great for children and dogs and outdoor games are provided. You can even book a day's sailing along the Suffolk coast, captained by the owners, on their lovely yacht. 01394 389189


Whether you are looking for contemporary chic or classic comfort, Suffolk Cottage Holidays’ stylish, luxury cottages are the very best in Suffolk. Choose from around 200 charming self-catering holiday cottages and houses in beautiful coastal and countryside locations throughout Suffolk including Aldeburgh, Orford, Southwold, Woodbridge, Lavenham and Harwich. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable, dedicated and friendly Suffolk Cottage Holidays team are on hand to help you find your perfect self catering holiday property in Suffolk and East Anglia. A team of local experts; they have walked the paths, cycled the country lanes, photographed the wildlife, barbecued on our beautiful beaches and tasted Suffolk’s superb local produce, fine wines and outstanding beers to provide in depth knowledge of Suffolk and all that it has to offer the visitor. They visit our portfolio of properties regularly and will share their knowledge to help you choose the holiday that is right for you and your family or friends from our wonderful selection of holiday cottages in Suffolk.

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THE CHEQUERS INN IN THORNHAM A delightful inn on the North Norfolk coast Dating back to the 16th century, this pretty village inn on the North Norfolk coast is a welcoming sight for visitors wanting somewhere enticing to stay, relax and enjoy a great meal in comfort. Combining rustic charm and contemporary style, The Chequers Inn has a compelling atmosphere making it popular with both locals and visitors from further afield. Inside you will find a traditional bar with a warm country feel, a vast open fire and low beamed ceiling. Enjoy a pint of real ale and a pub meal by the crackling fire, or try the a la carte menu with daily changing specials in the contemporary dining room. If you are looking for a unique setting for a group gathering, celebration or party their charming courtyard with two cedar wood pavilions offers one of the best al fresco dining experiences on the Norfolk coast. There are also 11 stylish bedrooms, recently refurbished with a coastal theme. The luxurious rooms and ensuite bathrooms offer contemporary 21st century comfort and style to relish in. All the bedrooms are stylishly appointed with designer furniture and have smart TVs, coffee and tea making facilities and fluffy bathrobes, some come with double ended baths or comfy seating areas. All the bedrooms at The Chequers Inn have lavish en-suite bathrooms with ESPA complimentary toiletries.

Dogs are welcome to stay in a number of dog-friendly rooms at The Chequers. The team at the inn knows just how much dogs and their owners love walking on the beaches, marshes and exploring the beautiful countryside around Thornham. No one will frown over at muddy paws when visiting The Chequers Inn, you can dine with your dog in the cosy bar, snug or outside in the sunny courtyard. The Chequers Inn is perfectly placed for exploring the subtle beauty of the North Norfolk coast. The stunning beaches of Brancaster and Holkham are close by, as are the nature reserves at RSPB Titchwell and Holme or visit numerous historic houses, including the royal estate at Sandringham. Try the art galleries and delicatessens of Burnham Market or the craft shops and local food stores of Wells-next-the-Sea. High Street, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY 01485 512229 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 174


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