WOOD­BRIDGE

There are many rea­sons to visit this won­der­ful town by the River Deben

EADT Suffolk - - Woodbridge -

WOOD­BRIDGE is a beau­ti­ful river­side town, full of things to see and do. The town’s his­tory of boat­build­ing, sail and rope mak­ing, dat­ing back to the Mid­dle Ages, has been shaped by its po­si­tion on the River Deben, and the river still pro­vides a fo­cus. Boating, ca­noe­ing, and walks along the river are all great ways to dis­cover Wood­bridge.

His­tory comes alive at Wood­bridge Tide Mill, an his­toric 800-year-old wa­ter mill still where you can dis­cover what life was like for a miller and his fam­ily, and on cer­tain days watch flour be­ing milled in the tra­di­tional way by a wa­ter­wheel and mill­stones.

Just across the river is Rendle­sham For­est, lo­ca­tion of the in­fa­mous Rendle­sham UFO In­ci­dent of 1980, and Sut­ton Hoo, the site of a 7th cen­tury ship burial. When un­earthed in 1939, the Sut­ton Hoo ship was found to con­tain a horde of An­glo-Saxon trea­sure, lead­ing ar­chae­ol­o­gists to be­lieve it was the fi­nal rest­ing place of King Raed­wald of the East­ern An­gles. To this day Sut­ton Hoo re­mains the most im­por­tant An­gloSaxon dis­cov­ery in the coun­try.

Re­lax­ing in Wood­bridge is easy. It has lots of in­ter­est­ing independent shops, restau­rants, pubs and cafes, quirky out­door mar­kets packed with vin­tage traders and fab­u­lous finds, and don’t miss the Wood­bridge Shuck, an an­nual fes­ti­val of de­li­cious seafood.

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