Things to do in Woodbridge
Woodbridge is a beautiful market town that lies along the River Deben in the Suffolk Coastal district, it is about 8 miles from the idyllic Suffolk coastline. It is a thriving Suffolk community made up of a mixture of local businesses, historical architecture and the amenities of modern day living. In 2008 Woodbridge became a fair-trade town, so whilst browsing the shops you can rest assured of finding ethically traded goods. There is a fortnightly farmers market at market square along with other events such as popular antiques and vintage markets.
Woodbridge Town has a population of around 11000 and has something to cater for everyone, from boating on the river to exploring the rich history of the Town at the museum. There are many iconic landmarks and sightings of interest in and around Woodbridge, promising a rewarding and enriching experience.
It is hard to define only a few things to do when Woodbridge offers such an array of activities, there really is something for everyone. After careful consideration the top 5 have been shortlisted below:
- Sutton Hoo: Overlooking Woodbridge lies the estate where you can see the excavations of a Royal Anglo Saxon burial ground. The excavations are of upmost importance and signify one of the greatest finds in history for completeness and size. Visitors are able to walk around the mounds and discover the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon King as well as other treasured finds.
- Tide Mill: A visit to Woodbridge would not be complete without taking a trip to the Tide Mill. Having been restored with lottery funding it is now an iconic symbol of Woodbridge and the River Deben. It is believed to be one of the earliest Tide Mills in history with records dating back to 1170. This was also the last commercially working Tide Mill in the country, since being fully restored it is possible to watch it in action milling the grain to produce flour.
- The Riverside Theatre: Located on the Quayside this quaint little theatre is the perfect place to catch a film. It is has an excellent reputation with comfortable seats and a friendly feel to it. The Michelin award winning Riverside restaurant that is also listed in the Good Food Guide is adjacent and you can get a meal and cinema ticket deal to combine.
- Rendlesham Forest: heading towards the coast just a few miles from Woodbridge lies a tranquil and refreshing 1500 hectare forest. At the visitor centre there are numerous children’s activity areas with playground equipment. There are also a variety of sign posted trails, one in particular is the UFO trail dedicated to the unexplained sightings in December 1980 at Rendlesham forest. Cycle hire is available for the more energetic forest visitors. Throughout the year there are also a variety of open air events and activities.
- Suffolk Punch Trust: The Suffolk Horse is the oldest breed of Heavy Horse in the UK, dating back to the 16th Century, having been bred around Woodbridge. It is very fitting that the Suffolk Punch Trust is located at Hollesley Bay Stud. The heritage visitor centre was opened in 2010 and is proving to be hugely popular, once meeting the horses it would be hard not to be in awe of their strength and kind noble spirit. They truly are a part of Suffolk history.