Clare, Wood­bridge and Mid Suf­folk

Take time out by the River Deben

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TO fully ap­pre­ci­ate just why Wood­bridge draws vis­i­tors from across the county and fur­ther afield, you have to visit the beau­ti­ful river­side town for your­self. With deep con­nec­tions to the River Deben, the busy market town is full of things to see and do – both on land and on wa­ter – as well as quaint cof­fee shops, well es­tab­lished restau­rants to while away some time, and a wide se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dently own bou­tiques to find some­thing stylish.

Wood­bridge is not short of his­tor­i­cal sites ei­ther. Across the River Deben the road takes you to Rendle­sham For­est, the lo­ca­tion of the fa­mous UFO in­ci­dent of 1980, and Sut­ton Hoo, the site of a 7th cen­tury Saxon ship burial.


What­ever type of item you’re look­ing for, Wood­bridge will have a shop that sells it, from DIY and craft sup­plies to wool shops, out­door cloth­ing, bou­tiques and delis.

In the town cen­tre, the Thor­ough­fare is lined with bou­tiques, each filled with beau­ti­ful cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for all ages. These in­clude Laura Jane, Ninny Noo Bou­tique and Holly Blue Bou­tique.

When it comes to shop­ping for food, you’ll also be spoilt for choice. The Cake Shop Bak­ery is a fam­ily run busi­ness that has been lov­ingly bak­ing hand crafted bread and cakes since 1946, while butch­ers shop J.R. Creasey has been an in­te­gral part of Wood­bridge for over 100 years.

“What­ever type of item you’re look­ing for, Wood­bridge will have a shop that sells it, from DIY and craft sup­plies to wool shops, out­door cloth­ing, bou­tiques and delis”


Wood­bridge is the per­fect place to sam­ple a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of eater­ies, from fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to tra­di­tional pubs, and from farm cafés to cute and quirky tea rooms.

The Crown, on the Thor­ough­fare, makes the most of lo­cal pro­duce, serv­ing up a rus­tic din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in four dif­fer­ent din­ing ar­eas, while the restau­rant at The River­side, which also has a cin­ema and the­atre, of­fers

de­li­cious mod­ern dishes. The set menu even in­cludes the price of en­try to a film. Or you could try The Gal­ley or the Kings Head, up on Market Hill.

If you’re af­ter a sweet treat to sat­isfy sugar crav­ings, the wide se­lec­tion of cafes and cof­fee shops in the town will not dis­ap­point. The Firesta­tion, has tasty cakes and bakes, which can be en­joyed with tea, cof­fee and cock­tails. The cof­fee shop even roasts its own spe­cial­ity cof­fee in its roast­ery out back.

A slice of the ac­tion can also be had in other in­de­pen­dently owned cof­fee shops too, in­clud­ing Honey + Har­vey, The Ge­or­gian Cof­fee House and the Wild Straw­berry Café.


There’s been a mill of op­er­at­ing on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years, har­ness­ing the re­li­able and green en­ergy of the tide. The cur­rent Wood­bridge Tide Mill, built in the 18th cen­tury, is now one of only two tide mills in the coun­try still pro­duc­ing stone ground whole­meal flour.

Since it was un­earthed in 1939, Sut­ton Hoo has been said to be one of the great­est ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies of all time. Found to con­tain a hoard of An­glo-Saxon trea­sure, it is be­lieved to be the fi­nal rest­ing place of the East Anglian ruler, King Raed­wald.

The award-win­ning ex­hi­bi­tion, the full­size re­con­struc­tion of the burial cham­ber, stun­ning replica trea­sures and orig­i­nal finds from one of the mounds make Sut­ton Hoo a fan­tas­tic place for a fas­ci­nat­ing and ed­u­ca­tional day out across the river, in and around Wood­bridge.

Wood­bridge tide mill set against blue skies

Market Hill , Wood­bridge.

Market Hill , Wood­bridge.

The Wild Straw­berry Cafe, Wood­bridge. Left, Char­lotte Bones and Suzy Sled­mere.

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