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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Roundup!

In the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival takes place this weekend.

This year's festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, with over 90 food and drink producers from across Suffolk selling a range of breads, spirits, vegetables, meat, cheeses, milk and street food including Adnams, Aspall, Breckland Orchard, Coco & Honey, Fen Farm Dairy, Munchy Seeds, Paddy & Scotts, Pinneys of Orford, Pump Street Bakery, St Peter's Brewery, The Firestation Coffee Roasters, The Cake Shop Bakery and many more!

In addition to the huge array of produce on offer, there are two stages, each featuring a wide range of demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Highlights for 2016 include: 

- Dhruv Baker, 2010 Masterchef winner - Saturday 24th September, 2.45pm, Tiptree Stage

- Oliver Rowe, Chef, Food Stylist and Author - Saturday 24th September, 10.45am, Tiptree Stage

- Battle of the Chefs - Ben Hegarty, The Brudenell vs Daniel Perjesi, The Crown Woodbridge - Saturday 24th September, 10am - Co-Op Stage

- Emma Crowhurst, Food Writer, Chef and Teacher - Sunday 25th September, 11.30am - Co-Op Stage

- Dan Doherty, Executive Chef, Duck and Waffle - Sunday 25th September, 1pm - Co-Op Stage


You can learn a thing or two as well at one of the many masterclasses taking place in locations throughout Snape Maltings, on a range of topics.

Our Top Picks:

- Spice Masterclass with Dhruv Baker - Saturday 24th September, 10am

- Coffee Cupping, Fire Station Coffee Roasters - Saturday 24th September, 11am

- East Street, Mike Keen - Saturday 24th September, 12.30pm

- Gin Cocktail Masterclass with Adnams Head Distiller John McCarthy - Sunday 25th September, 12pm


Kids will love the Hillfarm Family Meadow; where they will be shown how to make rapeseed oil and experience the life of a farmer as they enjoy a tractor ride round a straw-baled track and climb aboard the world's biggest combine harvester! Cook With Me Kids will be running a range of kiddie cooking workshops and there will be a face painter too, all of which are free of charge!

And for a unique dining experience, make sure you book a table at the Suffolk Punch; a pop up restaurant run by the Suffolk Young Producers Group.

The 3-course menu on offer has been produced by Alex and Oliver Burnside, from the Plough and Sail Pub at Snape Maltings. All ingredients used have been sourced from group members and some of Suffolk's finest food and drinks producers; showcasing the wide variety of award-winning produce that the county offers.

There will also be a guest appearance by two of the magnificent Suffolk Punch horses themselves, although they won't be staying to eat. A donation from the proceeds will go to the Suffolk Punch Trust based at nearby Hollesley Bay Stud. 

Named after the Suffolk's famous working horse, the restaurant will also be visited by two Suffolk Punch horses themselves, with a donation from the proceeds will go to the Suffolk Punch Trust based at nearby Hollesley Bay Stud. 

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival runs from 24th - 25th September 2016, with fringe events continuing until 9th October.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

Things to see and do


Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Alde Valley Spring  Festival

Alde Valley Spring Festival

Saxmundham

A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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events


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

Framlingham | Sun 08th Oct 2017

On 8th Oct 2017 from 10am to 4pm, Framlingham hosts its annual celebration of all that is great about the British banger. 

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Milling Demonstrations

Milling Demonstrations

Woodbridge | Sat 24th Sep - Sun 09th Oct 2016

Come to Woodbridge Tide Mill, Suffolk for demonstrations on how flour is slowly stone milled as part of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Fringe Events Programme between 24th September - 9th October 2016.

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Wine and food pairing evening at The Westleton Crown

Wine and food pairing evening at The Westleton Crown

Southwold | Fri 07th Oct 2016

Come along to The Westleton Crown and try wines from all over the world which will be paired with an inspired 3 course menu. 

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Community Garden Market

Community Garden Market

Ipswich | Fri 14th Oct 2016

Head to Ipswich, Suffolk to enjoy the delights of this wonderful Community Garden Market on 14th October 2016.

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A Feast of Local Food: The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

A Feast of Local Food: The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

Woodbridge | Fri 30th Sep - Sun 02nd Oct 2016

The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back for a fifth year, from 30th September to 2nd October. 

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Lane Farm Meats and Suffolk Salami

Lane Farm Meats and Suffolk Salami

Woodbridge | Tue 27th Sep 2016

Sample the county’s best pork products and learn how to use them in your own dishes.

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An Evening with Forrest Wines

An Evening with Forrest Wines

Woodbridge | Wed 12th Oct 2016

Doctors John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest, a small, very much 'hands-on" producer of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Harvest Past 2016

Harvest Past 2016

Leiston | Sun 25th Sep 2016

Come on down to the beautiful setting of Peak Hill Farm on Sunday 25th September for an autumn festival with a jam-packed programme for the whole family.  

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Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh | Fri 04th - Sun 06th Nov 2016

The 22nd Aldeburgh Documentary Festival is a distinctive combination of world-class documentaries, illuminating discussions and debate which has seen audiences increase threefold over the past four years, making this weekend one of the most successful public-facing celebrations of the art and craft of documentary film making in Britain today.


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! Cornucopia ! 2016 Exhibition

! Cornucopia ! 2016 Exhibition

Saxmundham | Sat 17th Sep - Sun 02nd Oct 2016

This is the third year of the autumn ! Cornucopia ! autumn exhibition. 

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Suffolk Coast Conservation Holiday - Dunwich and Minsmere

Suffolk Coast Conservation Holiday - Dunwich and Minsmere

Dunwich | Sun 09th - Sat 15th Oct 2016

Come and join the Wild Days Conservation Team for a working holiday on The Suffolk Coast at Dunwich and Minsmere,  Sunday 9th October - Saturday 15th October 2016.

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Wildwood Supper and Feast of St Gobnait

Wildwood Supper and Feast of St Gobnait

Saxmundham |

Three course candle-lit suppers celebrating wildfood and seasonal produce (6th Oct) and St Gobnait, the patroness of bee-keepers and bees (13th Oct)

Prepared by chef Peter Harrison and served at farm house refectory tables.

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ship Inn, Levington

The Ship Inn, Levington

Ipswich

Idyllic country pub situated on the banks of the River Orwell, with a delicious local menu and an excellent range of Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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Free wifi


Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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The Sweffling White Horse

The Sweffling White Horse

A traditional pub in the village of Sweffling near Saxmundham and East Anglia Pub of the Year 2015

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Free wifi Dog friendly


farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms

Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

The Adnams Crown Hotel is situated in The High Street, in the heart of Southwold. The atmosphere is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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Free wifi


The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

The restaurant offers a more traditional dining experience with fresh local produce complimenting the daily changing menu.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Executive Chef Rory Whelan and the team have a great relationship with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the menus are fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced. 

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, 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.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

Woodbridge

Situated at the top of the bustling Thoroughfare, in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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Free wifi


Two Magpies Bakery

Two Magpies Bakery

Southwold

Situated Southwold’s High Street, The Two Magpies Bakery has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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Dog friendly


The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

Aldeburgh

Inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food and impeccable service, offering freshly prepared dishes in contemporary surroundings. 

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds is a family run business based in Suffolk and has been the highest profile brand in the UK's roasted, flavoured and coated seeds market for 16 years. 

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The Cake Shop Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery

Woodbridge

Award-winning family run bakery set in the historical town of Woodbridge baking fresh bread and creating beautiful cakes using the best ingredients available and designing cakes that are visually stunning and taste delicious.

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The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

Woodbridge

A small cafe and bar serving delicious coffee, cocktails, snacks and rather impressively roasting their own coffee!

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Free wifi Dog friendly

where to stay


Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Yoxford

Oak Tree farm is set in six acres just outside Yoxford, surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a few miles of many of the attractions and lovely places in the area including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Framlingham.

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Dog friendly


School Farm Cottages

School Farm Cottages

Halesworth

Plenty to see and do in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, within easy reach of the Suffolk Coast.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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Free wifi


Alde Garden

Alde Garden

A tiny site with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation, set in the garden of an award winning pub

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Free wifi


All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Secret Meadows

Secret Meadows

Tucked away at a 115-acre wildlife site, Secret Meadows takes glamping to new heights. 

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Free wifi


Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages

With its sleepy waterways, wide sandy beaches, quiet coastal towns and lively cathedral cities, thousands of holidaymakers have discovered the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Suffolk through Sykes Cottages. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell epitomises the perfect seaside hotel; beach chic, friendly and informal service, award-winning food and the tranquil beachfront setting all blend effortlessly with indulgence and relaxation.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Dog friendly


Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Woodbridge

Suffolk Cottage Holidays aims to bring you the best choice of quality cottages and homes across the finest locations of East Anglia.

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Dog friendly


Best Of Suffolk

Best Of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk offers a hand-picked selection of over 300 stylish, self catering holiday cottages in Suffolk, offering guests well-appointed properties in prime locations and pets go free.

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Dog friendly


Hare Lodge Holidays

Hare Lodge Holidays

Peasenhall

Peasenhall is a pretty Suffolk village with several good local pubs and restaurants nearby and many local attractions within easy reach.

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Mollett’s Farm

Mollett’s Farm

Saxmundham

Mollett’s Farm is a family-run haven of peace and tranquility near Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. With new custom-designed holiday studios and cottages, it’s a home away from home.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

The Granary and the Dairy are two beautifully converted self catering barns offering luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on a family arable farm close to the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft.

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Free wifi


Run Cottage Touring Park

Run Cottage Touring Park

Woodbridge

Run Cottage offers peace and tranquility, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s busy lifestyle and is the perfect base to see the sights of Suffolk.

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Dog friendly


Happy Days Retro Vacations 

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Saxmundham

A slice of vintage Americana has arrived in Suffolk. Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small campsite where visitors can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer.

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Dog friendly


Kenton Hall Estate

Kenton Hall Estate

Framlingham

Kenton Hall Estate offers unique glamping accommodation set in heart of the Suffolk countryside.

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Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways aim to offer a more personal approach to cottage holidays, ensuring that you enjoy your holiday in the coast and countryside that we love. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Haw Wood Farm

Haw Wood Farm

Winners of the AA’s Most Improved Campsite 2017! Haw Wood Farm is a peaceful site near Darsham for touring caravans and tents known for their spacious pitches and friendly service. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Easton Farm Park Cottages

Easton Farm Park Cottages

Wake up to the sounds of rural Suffolk, pull on some clothes and head out to help feed the bunnies and the chickens on the farm. The Farm Park is open from 10:30am (check opening dates) with two indoor playbarns and lots more fun on the farm, all of which help to entertain the whole family.

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Free wifi


The Grove Cottages

The Grove Cottages

For nearly 20 years, the aim of The Grove Cottages has been to create the perfect setting for a romantic break; with five star authentic charm inside and idyllic rural setting outside.


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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Gooda's Barn

Gooda's Barn

Sleeping up to 18 people in four family rooms, Gooda's Barn is ideal for a large family or group of friends looking for a holiday close to the Suffolk Coast, however it is not suitable for Stag or Hen parties.


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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible