Welcoming everyone back to Orford in Suffolk

Hooray… we are looking forward to welcoming you back to Suffolk

Oh what a start to the year! Who would have thought we would all be experiencing a world lockdown?

We are still waiting for final government guidance, but believe that we will be able to open our doors to welcome guests back to the Wood Store from the beginning of July.

In anticipation of you coming to Suffolk, I’ve pulled together some of our highlights. Remember to look at previous blogs, where I talk about many of the wonders and things to do in our beautiful county.

Things to try in Suffolk

Photographic Course – Tony Pick Photography  – Tony is based in Iken and runs  one to one courses along with masterclasses.

Website: https://www.tonypickphotography.co.uk/training

Bread Making Course – visit the Taste Academy in Ipswich, the course includes worksheets, ingredients and refreshments.

Website: http://breadworkshops.co.uk/bread-workshops-at-suffolk-food-hall/

Bread making course
Enjoy making bread in Suffolk


Learn to sail – a range of courses from Dingy sailing through to full blown racing.

Sailing with East Anglia Sailing Club
Sailing with East Anglia Sailing Club

Website: https://www.eastanglianseaschool.com/

Are you are interested in the Arts? – the Lettering Arts Trust have a range of courses, calligraphy, lino cutting, letter carving, letterpress and journal making. The Lettering Arts Trust are always adding new courses, so check their website for the latest details.

Website: https://www.letteringartstrust.org.uk/workshops

Flowers your thing?  – The Southwold Flower Co have a range of courses in September, October, November and December – take a look at the website to see what they do and when the courses are running.

Website: http://www.thesouthwoldflowercompany.co.uk/workshops-2020/

Places to visit in Suffolk

Aldeburgh – Known for its shingle beach and The Scallop by Maggi Hambling is just 20 minutes away from us. Its a lovely walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness. Looking for something to do in the evening, the  traditional Aldeburgh Cinema is a good place to go, they have been screening films since 1919.

Beccles – a delightful market town on the river Waveney. You will find a wonderful range of independent stores, cafes and a thriving market square. Famous for its antique dealers you will find 100’s of dealers at the Beccles Antiques Street Market https://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique_fair/beccles_antiques_street_market/af1643 next fair is on 9 August.

Dunwich – Discover the history of the lost village, visit the museum for the great reveal. If you love Fish and Chips – The Ship is the destination for you.

Dunwich Greyfriars gateway
Dunwich Greyfriars gateway

Minsmere – Famous for the RSPB Nature reserve there are several trails around the reserve start at about a mile, so take it easy and remember to take you binoculars. They also run a series of courses check out the detials on the website.

Bird watching on holiday in suffolk
Bird watching in suffolk

Website: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/

Framlingham – The Norman castle is the “Castle on the Hill” that Ed Sheeran sings about! A market town with independent shops, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs.  Saturday morning is the key day as its market day where local farmers sell their products.

Sizewell – please dont be put off! We love to visit on a Sunday morning, the beach goes on for miles, and has a great cafe that serves real tea and the best bacon sandwiches.

Southwold – all you would expect to see in a seaside town. Walk along the pier and soak up the atmosphere, Southwold has a fabulous range of cafes and pubs all adding to a great day out. Whilst in Southwold a tour of Adnams is another option – its best to book ahead if you do fancy a tour – https://www.adnams.co.uk/experiences#

Seafront Southwold
Seafront Southwold

Thorpeness – in 1910 Stuart Ogilvie developed Thorpeness into a private holiday village, today you will find an accessible golf course, a delightful cafe and several lovely walks. The Golf club welcomes ‘casual’ visitors – simply book up ahead of your visit.

Walberswick – one of our favourite places to visit, its very small yet perfectly formed. Seek out the dunes, shingle beach and heathland. Also Walbersick has a nature reserve, where if you are lucky you may see otters. We try to eat at https://www.solebayfishco.co.uk/ you WILL need to book before you go to avoid being let down – its super popular.

Further links for Suffolk Walking and Cycling

Walking – https://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/visiting/visitor-guides/walk-guides/

Cycling – https://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/visiting/visitor-guides/cycle-guides/


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