From our Suffolk In The Cold series.
The temperatures are beginning fall, the leaves are dropping from the trees, and the ice cream stand is shutting up. Winter is coming!
But sunny days on the waters and picnics in the park aren’t all that our delightful riverside town has to offer. In the colder months, Woodbridge transforms into a cosy paradise of open fires and warming cafes, and there’s a wealth of indoor attractions to explore.
Here’s our pick of what to do in wintery Woodbridge!
You might have spent summer feeding the swans and splashing about in canoes on the lovely River Deben, but when the weather starts to get a little colder, there’s another riverside institution to take advantage of.
The Riverside is Woodbridge’s local theatre and cinema. With a host of great films being screened throughout the year - from newly released blockbusters to live screenings of opera and Shakespeare performances - there’s something for everyone. And, the traditional theatre hosts performances from local amateur dramatics companies too - look out for the annual Christmas pantomime!
Also onsite is the Riverside Restaurant, for pre-show dining and drinks. Listed in the 2015 Good Food Guide and by Michelin, the restaurant serves (amongst other treats) delicious homemade breads and pastas that are to die for!
Take some time out for yourself! Warm away the winter blues in a bubbly jacuzzi, or get away from it all with a relaxing massage. The Woodbridge area has a wealth of wonderful spas and treatment rooms.
In the town centre you’ll find Bathsheba, a modern boutique day spa offering facial and body treatments.
Just a short drive away in Ufford is the Ufford Park Health Club & Spa, where you can book some time in the luxury spa suite, complete with steam rooms, hot pools and saunas, and enjoy a range of massages, facials and other beauty treatments, followed by a visit to the bar and restaurant.
Also offering spa packages is the magnificent Seckford Hall, an elegant Tudor hotel just a couple of miles from the town centre.
Woodbridge and the surrounding areas really are beautiful in all seasons! And what better way to appreciate the landscape than to wrap up in your cosiest coat and scarf combo and experience it on foot.
Take the simple riverside path from the historic Tide Mill out to Kyson Point for lovely views of the Deben river, or head out to the heathland across the river. Rendlesham Forest has walking and cycle tracks that begin from its car park (charges apply) and picnic area, but many walkers opt to park up in one of the many gravel laybys on the roads around the forest and explore the tracks that lead from there. Daisy’s Walk is a popular, waymarked route; it starts from a small car park off the B1084, between Bromeswell and Butley. Alternatively, head towards Sutton Hoo then continue past the National Trust site to reach the popular Sutton Heath walk; this simple circular walk also begins from a car park off the straight road (B1083) beyond Sutton Hoo.
We could write an entire essay on the many many top notch pubs and eateries around Woodbridge. As the cold creeps in, who wouldn’t want to cosy up near an open, roaring fire to feast on locally-sourced, traditional fare with a glass of wine or ale?
Try The Cherry Tree in Woodbridge, The Coach and Horses in Melton, The White Lion in Lower Ufford, The Elephant and Castle in Eyke, The Sorrel Horse in Shottisham, The Easton White Horse, or The Ramsholt Arms, to name but a few.
(But, there really are too many to mention, so see full listings here!)
Discover the history of Woodbridge
An old market town, steeped in history, take advantage of colder winter days to explore Woodbridge’s fascinating heritage at the variety of museums and visitors centres around.
Of course, Sutton Hoo should be near the top of your list; this ancient Anglo Saxon burial site is one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time! Visit the fantastic information centre on site. There are special family-friendly, educational events going on throughout the year, so be sure to keep an eye on the events pages!
Woodbridge is home to the first and last working tide mill in Britain! Head over to the Tide MIll Working Museum to see what it’s all about.
Head to the Woodbridge Museum on Market Hill to learn about Saxon kings, shipbuilding (of vessels that took on the Spanish Armada!), the home of radar, and one of the most famous UFO landings of the 20th century! All part of Woodbridge’s diverse heritage.
Information on all of these and even more sites of historical interest in Woodbridge can be found here.
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