• River Deben at Ramsholt - (c) Gill Moon Photography

Suffolk Coast Winter Bucket List

A visit to The Suffolk Coast in winter is a truly unique experience; as the crowds seeking sunny days by the sea have headed home, it becomes a place to get away from it all, experience something new, and recharge the batteries.

Whether you travel from afar or are just a short drive away, make sure these things to do are on your bucket list!

1. Walk the historic scores in Lowestoft

A walk up and down the historic scores is the ideal way to discover Lowestoft's maritime history. A series of narrow lanes created over time by the fishermen and women bringing their catch up from the beach village to the High Street.

Take the steps at a gentle pace or if you're feeling particularly energetic, pop on your running shoes and follow the route of the annual Scores Race; the course takes you from the High Street, along the sea wall and back up and down the scores; including 401 steps!

2. See migrating birds over the Orwell Estuary

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Experience one of East Anglia’s finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds flying over the magnificent Orwell estuary, aboard the Thames Sailing Barge Victor. The half day excursion is hosted by an on-board expert who provides a continuous informative commentary to help you get the most out of the bird-watching and environment. 

For more information, visit www.sbvictor.co.uk/

3. Go to a winter concert at Snape Maltings

TTDA - Snape Maltings Concert Hall - (c) Jeremy Young

The world-famous concert hall at Snape Maltings plays host to a range of concerts this winter; with everything from classical and choral to percussion and jazz. 

The winter programme includes Richard Alston Dance Company, Magnard Ensemble, Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and Mozart Divertimento. Later in 2020, the Easter Weekend, Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Proms are a must!

For more information, visit snapemaltings.co.uk

4. Eat steaming hot fish and chips on the beach at Aldeburgh

FD - Aldeburgh Fish and Chips - chips on beach

After a bracing walk along the beach, stopping en route to admire Maggi Hambling's sculpture The Scallop, head into the town to peruse the independent shops, boutiques and cafes before paying a visit to Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop. Choose your steaming hot cod and chips to go, and walk through the historic buildings onto the beach, where you can find a spot to listen to the waves crash, watch the boats go by, and tuck in to the 'world's best fish and chips'. For more information, visit www.aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious fish & chip shops on The Suffolk Coast, click here to take a look at our favourites!

5. Amble up the Deben Estuary

Woodbridge Tide Mill

One of the most picturesque walks on The Suffolk Coast, start in Woodbridge and follow the River Wall, past the boats and out along the banks of the estuary. Remember to pack the binoculars too and look out for Redshanks, Curlews and Oyster Catchers to name but a few.

Afterwards, head into the town and pay a visit to one of the many cafes and bakeries (our favourites are The Tea Hut, The Firestation Cafe and The Cake Shop Bakery) or make a weekend of it, and book a stay at The Crown at Woodbridge; complete with dinner in the award-winning restaurant, followed by cocktails in the stylish bar. 

Download the route map here:

6. Stroll along Southwold Pier

TTDA - Southwold Pier - Water Clock

Southwold's historic pier plays home to a cafe and restaurant plus Tim Hunkin's Under the Pier Show; collection of hand-built, utterly silly, totally potty machinery, the Wacky Walk of Mirrors, the Waterclock and The Quantum Tunnelling Telescope; demonstrating the latest advances in particle physics and quantum dynamics focusing on time and space to bring you everything that could possibly happen in the North Sea... including nuclear explosions and singing mermaids!

After a stroll along the pier and out to sea, enjoy locally caught fish and chips or a heart roast dinner in The Boardwalk Restaurant, pastries, cakes and coffee in The Clockhouse Cafe or a full English breakfast in the Beach Cafe. 

For more information, visit www.southwoldpier.co.uk

7. Get muddy in Rendlesham Forest

Young explorers will love hunting for UFOs in Rendlesham Forest; the setting for the well-known UFO incident which occurred on 26th December 1980. It's reported that Servicemen who were stationed at RAF Woodbridge saw lights in the trees and discovered a conical object the size of a car, floating in a forest clearing. 

After completing the UFO trail, head to the giant play area; complete with tube slide, obstacle course, zip line and swings. The forest is a favourite of dogs too, with miles of woodland pathway to sniff and run along.

If you prefer to travel at a faster pace, then hop on your bike and whip along the Rendlesham to Shingle Street Explorer cycle route.

8. Watch the Old Glory Molly Men

The Old Glory Molly Men

Molly dancing traditionally only appeared during the depths of winter as a means of earning some money when the land was frozen or waterlogged and could not be worked. East Anglia's 'Morris Dancers', the Molly dancers of Old Glory are all men, whilst the musicians are all women playing a variety of instruments, which may include at least one four-stop melodeon in the "Suffolk key" of C, concertina, recorder, drums, trombone, “tea-chest” bass and rommelpot.

This winter, they will be heading to The King's Head, Laxfield on 14th December, The Locks Inn, Geldeston on 22nd December, The Red Lion, Southwold on 24th December, The Bell Inn, Middleton on 26th December, The Oddfellows, Pakefield on 4th January, The Rumburgh Buck on 13th January and The Sweffling White Horse on 23rd January. 



Things to see and do

High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

When in Ipswich, why not take a tour of the Briarbank's microbrewery and learn all about how and where their beer is made.

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) 

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

IBTC in Lowestoft offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.


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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

2019 is a momentous year for Aldeburgh Cinema, as August 9th is the Centenary of the Cinema's opening.  

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Wonderful Beast Theatre Company

Wonderful Beast Theatre Company

Wonderful Beast is the touring theatre company of myths, legends, folk tales and stories for all ages.

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Electric Picture Palace

Electric Picture Palace

The Electric Picture Palace is a small but perfectly formed, 70 seat cinema in Southwold on The Suffolk coast.

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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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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Fun family day out on the farm.  Home to plenty of farm animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

The Marina Theatre is proud to be Lowestoft’s not-for-profit professional theatre. Their charity number is 1149133. 

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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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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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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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Sailing Barge Victor 

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Ufford Park Golf Club

Ufford Park Golf Club

The complete golfing experience; An award-winning 18 hole, par 71 golf course - perfect for all intermediate and experienced players.

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Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room is situated in the unique location of an original war time Nissen Hut on the edge of an American style Trailer Park immersing 2-8 players into an Area 51 themed experience.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

National Trust Sutton Hoo will be gradually revealing the new Sutton Hoo experience this year as they complete a multi-million pound project.


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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Red Rose Chain

Red Rose Chain

Award-winning Independent theatre company based in Suffolk with community at the heart of all they do. Creators of Theatre In The Forest, East Anglia's largest outdoor theatre event, and home to Suffolk's newest creative venue The Avenue Theatre.

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Southwold Arts Centre

Southwold Arts Centre

The premier entertainment venue in the popular Suffolk coastal town of Southwold; presenting a year-round programme of events including music, theatre, film, comedy, craft and antique fairs, art exhibitions, workshops, community events and outdoor events. Southwold Arts Centre also offers a number of spaces for hire; suitable for live events, meetings, family celebrations and exhibition space.

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Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

The newest member of the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café Group offering indoor and outdoor exotics, gifts and beautiful things for the home. 

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

One of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.30am till 4.45pm, costing £100 for the day, part days are available on request. 

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MTP Presents Theatre on the Coast

MTP Presents Theatre on the Coast

Presenting theatre, music and events in Southwold and Aldeburgh, mtp is an award-winning professional theatre company established in 1999 and based in Suffolk since 2010. 

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the first operational radar station in the world where radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain.

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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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The Lettering Arts Centre 

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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The Red House, Aldeburgh 

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.


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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous British Seaside and Mediterranean-style fish, meat, pizza, pasta & grill menu. 


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Choose Woodbridge 

Choose Woodbridge

Choose Woodbridge is the business and tourism association for Woodbridge, Suffolk. Its website is a hub for the latest information, events, news, offers, jobs and much more to help visitors to plan their trips and locals to stay informed.


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Eastern Angles

Eastern Angles

Eastern Angles Theatre Company combines heritage with theatre to make regional stories and hidden histories come to life on stage. The company are based at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich but tour across the county to villages, towns and quirky outdoor locations.

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Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Join Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at their private nature reserve at Bawdsey Hall on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums incorporates three historical venues in Ipswich; Ipswich Museum - a fascinating Victorian museum; Christchurch Mansion - a magnificent Tudor building; and Ipswich Art Gallery - a unique contemporary gallery.

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The recently restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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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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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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WHERE TO EAT

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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Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Traditional family run fish and chip shop since 1967, offering Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Scampi and more with chips made from locally sourced potatoes. Located a short walk from the beach to enjoy fish and chips 'The Aldeburgh Way'.

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The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

Woodbridge

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

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The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn

The Bell offers no shortage of Suffolk character with beamed ceilings, open fires, quirky snugs, hidden alcoves and worn flagstones floors. Well known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, The Bell is a perfect all year round destination. 

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The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut cafe/restaurant sits on the banks of the beautiful River Deben in Woodbridge. 

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where to stay

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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