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5 reasons to spend Christmas on The Suffolk Coast

Celebrate the festive season this year with Christmas on The Suffolk Coast; from Christmas markets and fine foods, to coastal retreats and boutique hotel stays; there's something to suit all tastes at this special time of year..

1. Christmas Markets

Visit The Suffolk Coast during December and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas food and craft markets. 

On Saturday 1st December, Felixstowe will be switching on their Christmas lights whilst hosting a traditional Christmas craft market on Hamilton Road and under the Felixstowe Triangle Canopy. 

With over 100 festive stalls selling everything from chutneys, fruit and vegetables, breads, confectionery, Christmas wreaths and crafts, the Bungay Christmas Market on Earsham Street takes place on Sunday 2nd December and is not to be missed. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and be sure to stop in at the many independent shops including Moth Crafts for stocking fillers and Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers for your Christmas dinner sprouts!

In Woodbridge on Sunday 2nd December, the Christmas Street Fair takes place from 10am - 3pm in the Thoroughfare, with craft, food and gift stalls, roast chestnuts and Christmas wreaths all for sale. 

On Sunday 9th December, the market town of Halesworth will be hosting their annual Traditional Christmas Market. Take a step back in time and buy items from years gone by from Truly Traceable Venison & Game Pies, Opa Hays Brewery and Valley Farm Vineyard along with pastries, cakes, cider, beer and cheeses. 

Just before Christmas on 22nd December, be sure to pop along to the Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers Market where there will be an array of local meats, bread, cheeses, fruit and veg, fudge, Christmas Puddings and crafts all on offer. Whilst there, check out the shops including homewares, deli, children's clothes and toys, antiques and artwork.

For all festive events this December, visit our 'Events Guide'

2. Cosy Inns and Boutique Hotels

If you would prefer to put your feet up and be waited on this Christmas, then a stay in one of The Suffolk Coast’s boutique hotels and cosy inns is just for you.

Sit back, relax and indulge in a hearty breakfast and sumptuous Christmas lunch before heading out for an afternoon walk to make room for coffee and Christmas cake. At the end of the day, head to your room for a peaceful night’s sleep, ready to explore our beautiful coastline on Boxing Day.

To book a stay at a hotel or inns this Christmas, click here.

3. Festive Fayre


Locally roasted coffee from The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters, wines, spirits and ales from Adnams, smoked fish and oysters from Pinney’s of Orford, fresh fruit and veg from Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers and mouthwatering ham for your Boxing Day buffet from Emmett's are just some of the fantastic foods you can take home with you to make a rather special Christmas feast.

For chocolate and pastries for Christmas morning, buy the delicious bean to bar chocolate from Pump Street Bakery and for pannetone, hot chocolate, crackers and pickles, stop by the food hall at Snape Maltings.

If you would prefer to dine out, then book a table at one of The Suffolk Coast’s award-winning restaurants – serving delicious dishes made with locally sourced produce, you and your family can tuck into a Christmas dinner or a boxing day buffet, taking the stress of cooking off your hands!


4. Quiet Coastal Retreats

If getting away from it all is top of your Christmas wish list, then The Suffolk Coast is the place for you!

Spend the festive season tucked up in a quiet country cottage, complete with roaring fire and countryside walks on your door step, or perhaps you would prefer a coastal retreat; with sea views and a windswept beach to wander along on Christmas morning. 

There’s a huge selection of self-catering accommodation to choose from; from stylish apartments for two to large country pads for groups of family and friends. Don’t forget your pooch too as many of the places to stay on offer allow dogs, and there’s accessible accommodation too; so the whole family can come along. 

Take a look at our Top 20 Places to Stay at Christmas to see accommodation with availability this Christmas holiday!  


5. Christmas Day Coastal Walks

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What better way to walk off your Christmas lunch than with a brisk walk along the beach on Christmas day. Remember to pack your walking boots and binoculars to spot some of the UKs rare wildlife on your travels or if you’re brave enough, take a dip in the north sea and take part in one of the many Christmas Day swims!

If Father Christmas treats you to the latest camera or smartphone, then a walk in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is sure to provide you with that memorable shot. 

For walking routes and maps, check out our Walking Guide. 

Check out loads more things to see and do this Christmas in the list below!




Things to see and do

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is an independent retailer providing a diverse selection of quality gifts, souvenirs, collectables, jewellery and home fragrancing and is perfectly based in the beautiful surroundings of Oulton Broad in Suffolk, which is part of the Broads National Park.

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Events

Birds by Barge Cruise  on the River Stour

Birds by Barge Cruise on the River Stour

Ipswich | Sun 16th Dec 2018, Sun 30th Dec 2018, Sun 13th Jan 2019

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of East Anglia’s finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds on a magnificent estuary.

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Christmas at Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Kessingland | Sat 15th - Sun 16th Dec 2018, Thu 20th - Mon 24th Dec 2018

See Santa Claus at the park and enjoy some festive fun in the Discovery Centre.

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Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Sat 15th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Following on from the huge success of last year The Suffolk Punch Trust are running Santa's Grotto again!

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Christmas Spectacular! 2018: The Nutcracker

Christmas Spectacular! 2018: The Nutcracker

Snape | Fri 07th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Presented by The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company

A magical musical version of Clara and The Nutcracker

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Christmas Party Night at High Lodge

Christmas Party Night at High Lodge

Halesworth | Sat 08th Dec 2018

Perfect for a Christmas works do or grab your friends and family and party the night away on one of our two Christmas Party Nights. Two Course Meal & Disco

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Christmas Casino Party Night

Christmas Casino Party Night

Halesworth | Sat 15th Dec 2018

Three Course Meal, Casino & Disco-Dress To Impress

Perfect for a Christmas works do or grab your friends and family and party the night away on one of our two Christmas Party Nights.

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Jimmy's Christmas Fayre

Jimmy's Christmas Fayre

Ipswich | Sat 01st - Sun 02nd Dec 2018

Jimmy's Farm Christmas fayre on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2018 10am-4pm

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Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Bawdsey | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Bawdsey beach is beachcombing heaven: a cracking example of our Suffolk shingle and its plants, full of shells and full of sea glass.

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Big Band at Christmas at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Big Band at Christmas at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Sun 09th Dec 2018

Swing ‘n’ sing-along into Christmas - A Five Star Swing Big Band!!

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As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need” .Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment

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Discovery Session: A Ceremony of Carols and A Hymn at The Red House

Discovery Session: A Ceremony of Carols and A Hymn at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Wed 28th Nov 2018

The ever popular sessions led by Britten Pears Foundation's Lucy Walker.

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Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols at The Red House

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 07th Dec 2018

Go along to The Red House, Aldeburgh and sing Britten's festive choral work.

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Mini Music Makers Christmas Party at The Red House

Mini Music Makers Christmas Party at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

A special Christmas event for the little ones. (suitable for 0-5 years)

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A Christmas Recital at The Red House

A Christmas Recital at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

Get in the festive spirit with a Christmas recital featuring soprano Nazan Fikret.

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Christmas Carols at The Red House

Christmas Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Join The Red House for a festive sing-a-long of Christmas carols!

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New Year's  Family Disco at Ufford Park

New Year's Family Disco at Ufford Park

Woodbridge | Mon 31st Dec 2018

Start 2019 with family and friends.

Perfect for families wishing to celebrate together!

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Fawlty Towers Christmas Special at Ufford Park

Fawlty Towers Christmas Special at Ufford Park

Woodbridge | Thu 06th Dec 2018

A great night not to be missed!

Join Ufford Park for the dinner event of the year which combines a sumptuous three-course meal and classic comedy action.

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Christmas Memories at The Marina Theatre

Christmas Memories at The Marina Theatre

Lowestoft | Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Neil Sands Is Back With An Afternoon of Festive Nostalgia

Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back with the 2018 production of their hit show, taking us all back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year.

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Christmas Tours at Otley Hall

Christmas Tours at Otley Hall

Ipswich | Thu 13th - Fri 14th Dec 2018

Looking for something different to start your Christmas Celebrations?

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Snape Maltings Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Farmers' Market

Snape |

Snape Maltings 'popular Farmers' Market happens on the first Saturday of every month, 9.30am - 1.00pm.

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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Snape Maltings' Christmas Farmers’ Market offers locally sourced fresh produce and treats for Christmas.

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Del Boy's Christmas at The White Lion

Del Boy's Christmas at The White Lion

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

Party games, Pantos and Presents, Crackers Carols and Karaoke await you at 'Del Boy's Christmas' hosted by The White Lion. Aldeburgh

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Create Luxury Wreaths in the Jungle - at Urban Jungle

Create Luxury Wreaths in the Jungle - at Urban Jungle

Beccles | Sat 15th Dec 2018

Create Christmas Wreaths with warm spiced cider and sweet treat in the cosy Suffolk Jungle.

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Lantern Walk 2018

Lantern Walk 2018

Ipswich | Sat 24th Nov 2018

This magical Christmas lantern walk starts at Dance East then carries on along the waterfront to the Sea Cadets Hut and back to Dance East for some Christmas entertainment and refreshments.

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Orford Festive Makers Market

Orford Festive Makers Market

Orford |

This is a great opportunity to meet and buy directly from the makers themselves.
Fifteen local makers will be presenting their wares and discussing them at this very casual event.

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J.S.Bach: Christmas Oratorio - St Michaels Church - Beccles

J.S.Bach: Christmas Oratorio - St Michaels Church - Beccles

Beccles | Sun 25th Nov 2018

Beccles Choral Society presents Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' at 4.30pm on Sunday 25th November 2018

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Initial Ideas - the Christmas Showcase at the Lettering Arts Centre

Initial Ideas - the Christmas Showcase at the Lettering Arts Centre

Snape | Fri 23rd Nov - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

A fantastic selection of unusual and original gifts for Christmas- this year make it personal.

The Lettering Arts Centre at Snape Maltings presents its Christmas showcase. It is a stunning collection of hand-made works designed by the UK's leading lettering artists. There is a wide selection of unique hand-made pieces with inscriptions to amuse and uplift.

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Supper and Carols by Candlelight at The Urban Jungle

Supper and Carols by Candlelight at The Urban Jungle

Beccles | Fri 21st Dec 2018

Join The Urban Jungle for Christmas songs, carols and a few of your year-round favourites too. Get cosy amongst the leaves, with lights and candles whilst the Hand in Hand ladies a cappella quartet and friends meander the sofas and seating areas.

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EACH Woodbridge Carol Service 2018

EACH Woodbridge Carol Service 2018

Woodbridge | Tue 04th Dec 2018

Oh come all ye faithful, EACH volunteers and supporters! Join them for a wonderful Christmassy evening at the EACH Carol Service at St John's Church on St John's Hill in Woodbridge on Tuesday 4th December 2018

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EACH Ipswich Carol Service

EACH Ipswich Carol Service

Ipswich | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Oh come all ye faithful, EACH volunteers and supporters! Join together for a wonderful Christmassy evening at the EACH Carol Service at St Augustine's Church on Bucklesham Road in Ipswich on Tuesday 18th December.

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Chrissy at Christmas at  Aldeburgh Parish Church

Chrissy at Christmas at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Aldeburgh | Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Internationally acclaimed soprano Chrissy Johnston is coming home to bring you the magic of Christmas in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust.

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Christmas Comedy Lunch in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Christmas Comedy Lunch in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Enjoy a Christmas party in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall with a delicious lunch and entertainment from impressionist Mike Osman and comedian Nick Page. Tickets are £55 per person, call 01473 333741 to book.

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New Years Eve at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

New Years Eve at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich | Mon 31st Dec 2018

Celebrate the start of 2019 at the fabulous Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

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Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

This December, find your Christmas spirit at Snape Maltings. Pick up unique gifts and decorations, discover delicious new food and drink, and enjoy the bundle of seasonal concerts and family activities on offer throughout the festive period.

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Christmas Wreaths & Foodie Gifts

Christmas Wreaths & Foodie Gifts

Framlingham | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Christmas wreath and foodie gifts is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations. Start the day with tea, coffee and mince pies before a hands-on cookery course followed by a light lunch and then an afternoon of flower arranging, creating a wonderfully festive wreath.

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Christmas Chocolate Workshop

Christmas Chocolate Workshop

Framlingham | Sat 08th Dec 2018

Master the art of chocolate making and learn how to create your own delicious delights using the best quality ingredients for your family and friends to enjoy over the festive season.

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Lowestoft Carol Service to help the community ‘remember together’ this Christmas

Lowestoft Carol Service to help the community ‘remember together’ this Christmas

Lowestoft | Thu 13th Dec 2018

'Tree to Remember' provides local people with the opportunity to share treasured memories, both at East of England Co-op Funeral branches and at special carol concerts and services, whilst raising money for local good causes.

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Art and Design Fair

Art and Design Fair

Aldeburgh | Tue 18th - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

Contemporary work from Suffolk artists & designer makers items include jewellery, ceramics, paintings, prints, bags, furniture and home wares.

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Festive Afternoon Tea at The Swan Southwold

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Swan Southwold

Southwold | Sat 24th Nov 2018 - Fri 04th Jan 2019

Get into the Christmas spirit with Festive Afternoon Tea at The Swan Southwold.

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Christmas at the Pier 2018!

Christmas at the Pier 2018!

Southwold | Sat 01st - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

Come and partake in a fabulous feast of festive treats on Southwold Pier at Boardwalk Restaurant.

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Meet Father Christmas!

Meet Father Christmas!

Dunwich | Sat 08th - Sun 09th Dec 2018

Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Dunwich Heath! Meanwhile, Rudolph and his friends are hiding out on the heath! Can you find them?

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Christmas Shopping Day at Flint Vineyard

Christmas Shopping Day at Flint Vineyard

Bungay | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Join Flint's first ever Christmas Shopping Event. Festive tastings, mulled Pinot Noir and mince pies, plus your last chance to buy wine from the 2017 vintage before it sells out!

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Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge | Sat 01st - Mon 24th Dec 2018

Christmas at Easton Farm Park is a real treat for all the family, a very special Christmas experience for a special time of year.

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Christmas Lunches(organic and vegetarian) at The Maharishi Peace Palace

Christmas Lunches(organic and vegetarian) at The Maharishi Peace Palace

Woodbridge | Fri 14th - Thu 20th Dec 2018

Arrive at 12.30 for a welcome spiced apple juice in the grand hall with lunch served at 1.00pm. Then enjoy an optional tour of the building and carols round the grand piano. £20 per person. Available every day Friday 14th to Thursday 20th December.

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Deck the Halls at The Long Shop Museum

Deck the Halls at The Long Shop Museum

Leiston | Sat 01st Dec 2018

A truly Victorian Christmas experience, with a recital of "the Christmas Carol" followed by a professional choir leading all in festive songs and carols.

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Cafe Bencotto Christmas

Cafe Bencotto Christmas

Felixstowe | Fri 30th Nov - Mon 31st Dec 2018

Offering Mediterranean style fare, Café Bencotto’s sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared by our brigade of chefs in the open plan kitchen.

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Come and see Father Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Come and see Father Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge | Sat 01st - Fri 21st Dec 2018

Come and See Father Christmas, see the elves work shop, join in the story time and see all the animals - so much to do at Easton Farm Park

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Frank, Dean and Judy

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Frank, Dean and Judy

Bungay | Thu 13th Dec 2018

The magic of Las Vegas comes to Bungay this December as The Strictly Theatre Company return to The Fisher Theatre on Thursday 13th December.The show is a night not to miss, featuring the very best Christmas songs and traditional festive and Holiday favourites, and promises to have you singing and laughing in your seats!

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Frank, Dean and Judy

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Frank, Dean and Judy

Lowestoft | Fri 07th Dec 2018

The magic of Las Vegas comes to Lowestoft this December as The Strictly Theatre Company return to The Seagull Theatre on Friday 7th December.

The show is a night not to miss, featuring the very best Christmas songs and traditional festive and Holiday favourites, and promises to have you singing and laughing in your seats!

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Halesworth Community Choir Christmas Concert

Halesworth Community Choir Christmas Concert

Halesworth | Sat 15th Dec 2018

The ‘a cappella’ singers of Halesworth Community Choir and the Harleston-based singing group ‘Too Many Cooks’ would love you to join them for a fabulous evening of seasonal songs and poems.

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WHERE TO EAT

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.

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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

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