The historic market town of Woodbridge is a delight to visit year round. Centred around the River Deben, there is so much to do in and around the area, be it a walk along the river or some retail therapy on the Thoroughfare. Read on for our Top 10 Things to Do in Woodbridge to discover how you can make the most of your visit.
1) Take them to the Cinema
Located next door to Woodbridge Station and the River Deben, the appropriately named Riverside Theatre offers a good selection of films and theatre screenings. The small, yet comfortable theatre is well-loved in the town, partnered with the neighbouring Riverside Restaurant the pair frequently hold Fish and Flicks nights.
Prices start from £6 for matinee screenings. Tickets can be booked via the website or by calling the Box Office on 01394 382174.
2) Take them on a historical day trip
Situated on the very outskirts of Felixstowe (around a 25 minute drive from Woodbridge, but well worth it!), Landguard Fort was opened in the 18th Century in order to defend England from invading troops. The building itself is fascinating to explore, go into the dark and dimly-lit basements if you dare… Many of the rooms are set out in a traditional style, with re-enactors on hand to give you a taste of what life would have been like there in its past. Afterwards, take a stroll around the surrounding Nature Reserve complete with stunning beach and scenery.
Adults £4, Children £1.50. For a guided tour, be sure to check availability by calling 01394 675900.
3) Take them to the Tide Mill
Woodbridge was one of the first places to have a Tide Mill in the country and having operated for over 800 years, it is one of the last surviving and working. Sitting on the banks of the River Deben, the impressive structure is a well known landmark. Fully restored, visitors can experience the full milling experience, with the help and knowledge of on-site tour guides. Be sure to look out for the Woodbridge Tide Mill Wholemeal Stonegound Strong Flour on the shelves of the local shops.
Open Easter – October. Adults £4, Children £1.50. For milling and turning times, please call 01394 385295.
4) Take them for a cycle
Load up your bikes and head for Rendlesham Forest on the outskirts of Woodbridge. This impressive landscape has plenty to keep you entertained. There are two main cycle rides here; The Short Trail, lasting 6 miles and The Long Trail, lasting 10 miles. For tired little ones, The Short Trail has a shortcut should you need to halve the ride! There are various barbecue points at the start of the trails, as well as a number of adventure play parks, perfect for a day trip in the great outdoors.
For cycle hire, Suffolk Cycle Hire is just a 10 minute ride away from the forest. For enquiries, please call 01394 461166.
5) Take them for a River Cruise
A cruise along the River Deben is a must, particularly with Deben Cruises. Take a 2 hour sail through some of the most beautiful and iconic spots on the East Coast. Enjoy on-board commentary from the friendly and knowledgeable staff as well as a selection of refreshments. We recommend pre-booking a cream tea!
Available from mid-April to late October, departing twice daily. To check availability, please visit the website or call 01473 736260.
6) Take them to see a Suffolk Punch
The Suffolk Punch Trust Colony Stud Farm, Hollesley is a fun and memorable trip for all. Come and meet the historic Suffolk Punches as well as pigs, cattle and sheep. Demonstrations run throughout the day, ideal for keeping younger children entertained. The disabled friendly Visitor Centre contains a Heritage Museum and the Suffolk Punch Cafe, perfect for re-fuelling. Dogs on leads are very welcome too.
Open 10.30 am – 5 pm. £9 Adults, £5 Children. Open six days a week, excluding Tuesdays.
7) Take them Go-Karting
Put on your helmets and race around the track at Beacon Rally Karts. There’s a kart for everyone, with smaller karts for 5-6 year olds up to Adult karts to make it a family affair. The small family run business is located on the outskirts of Woodbridge. Safety is of highest priority so all taking part will be given a full safety talk.
Prices start from £9 for 10 minutes. Please note, the track does not open in wet conditions. To check availability or to book spaces, please call 01394 610066.
8) Take them Pottery Painting
Jars of Clay, Rendlesham is a small painting studio and cafe offering a range of pottery for you to paint. Pencil on your design, choose your colours and away you go! Be sure to collect your finished piece a week after, looking shiny and fabulous. Parents can sit back with a cup of Italian hot chocolate and a slice of cake, perfect.
A studio fee of £4 Adults, £3 Children applies per person. Ceramic items start from £4. To book for a group, please call 01394 460948.
9) Take them 10 Pin Bowling
Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good game of bowling? Tenpin Bowling is a 20-lane centre, including 8 fun, glow in the dark, cosmic lanes! Pick your ball and away you go! Challenge the family and see who will come out on top. Also at the centre are a number of small amusement rides and a bar area serving a selection of hot food and drinks.
Prices start from £4.50 Adults, £3.75 Children. Shoe hire is available in the price. To book a lane, please call 01473 611111.
10) Take them for a swim
Woodbridge is lucky enough to have it’s very own leisure pool and gym. Deben Pool offers a variety of classes from early birds to summer fun. Grab your swimming costumes and inflatables and come along for a dip. Why not try your hand at Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming or Diving? Bring the whole family and take part in the organised, family friendly events.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 7 am – 10 pm. Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 10 pm. Prices start from £3.50 Adults, £2.30 Child. To book onto a class, please call 01394 384763.