Where to stay…Hill House Hall, Woodbridge
Hill House Hall is Woodbridge’s most romantic boutique-hotel getaway. The building is steeped in romantic history. The South Hall in particular, the hotel’s most impressive suite, epitomizes the hotel’s romantic past. In Tudor times a wealthy wool merchant, who made his fortune trading with Holland, purchased the house in celebration of his marriage. This merchant was responsible for installing the upper floors of Hill House Hall and decorated his bridal suite beautifully with wedding frescoes – which are still in tact and visible in situ today in the South Hall. Lovers of history will find themselves charmed by this unique weekend getaway location.
Where to stay…The Crown Hotel
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Woodbridge. With an extremely popular bar and bistro on the ground floor, The Crown has ten individually designed bedrooms perfectly combining comfort, relaxation and style.
What to do…The Riverside Theatre
This traditional and intriguing local cinema shows a variety of films. Highlights of February’s showings include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and silent film The Artist. The Riverside Restaurant is a firm favourite with local residents and offers pre-showing suppers for those visiting the theatre.
What to do…Sailing
February is the perfect time to get out on the water and Woodbridge’s active sailing club enables you to do just that. Novices and experienced sailors alike will certainly enjoy a day out on the river Deben. Or for those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, Woodbridge Quay has a model boating lake where the Woodbridge Model Boat Club holds regular events and competitions.
Photo Credit: Martin Pettitt
What to do…Browse the Books
Browsers bookshop and cafe provides an excellent excuse for staying in the warm this February. Modern classics and books of nearly every specialism are on sale here, hours will slip by, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Where to eat…Frangipani Cafe
This wonderful family-run coffee house is perfect for lunch or afternoon tea. Hot food is often cooked to order with winter warmers including eggs benedict and winter stews. The cakes and scones are also homemade absolutely scrumptious.
Where to eat…The Galley Restaurant
This family-run restaurant in the heart of town offers a wonderful dining experience. Using only the best seasonal produce, served up in the restaurant’s unique cellar dining room, an evening at The Galley is one to remember.
What’s on near Woodbridge…Food Safaris
On Friday 24th February the Suffolk Food Hall will house a Food Safari Evening Butchery Workshop (beef). For anyone who has wanted to learn some basic butchery skills this is a great way to spend a Friday evening! These workshops take you behind the counter with Gerard King, award-winning butcher. The evening rounds off with a relaxed supper. This unique, hands-on cookery evening could be the perfect start to your weekend in Woodbridge.
What’s on near Woodbridge…Sutton Hoo
Just across the river from Woodbridge and fascinating all year round, a Suffolk treat not to be missed!
Coming up soon…Woodbridge Vintage Market
On Easter Saturday, the 7th April, this popular vintage and modern market returns to Woodbridge, taking over the market hill and Shire Hall. Visit www.debenevents.com/ to find out more.