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Directions and some extra info for your Woodfarm Barges break

Here’s some extra information such as how to get to us, links to things to do, arrival & departure info, deposit and balance info etc. You might want to save it to you your phone.

Payments
We take a deposit of £100 per Barge at the time of booking, with the balance being payable one month before arrival (extended to two months for Christmas and New year bookings). If your stay is within a month of booking (or within 2 months if for Christmas or New Year) then the total amount is due now.

Directions for our two barges;

For Onderneming
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP
From the A12 take the A1094 signposted towards Snape Maltings. At Snape Church turn on to the B1069 into the village of Snape itself before turning left into Snape Maltings. Onderneming is on the quay as you drive in. You can’t miss her!

We have reserved parking just before the slipway nearby so you can unload and park near the Barge.
For Twee Gebroeders
Bass Dock, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1BW. Use the Post Code IP12 1BP for parking (see below)
From the A12 in either direction turn off for Woodbridge and simply follow the road through the town to the riverside, keeping a lookout for signs to ‘The Tidemill’. It is so iconic, there are signs everywhere.

The Barge is moored on a public quay so we don’t have parking. You can park just a few minutes walk to the Train Station car park next door to the quay. It’s £4 per day via the RingGo app. The postcode is IP12 4AU and the RingGo location is 4415

Just walk through to the river and follow the quay around towards the Tidemill. Twee Gebroeders is the barge nearest the Tidemill itself. If you have a lot of luggage, you can drive to The Tidemill directly to drop off close to the Barge.


Arrival & Departure – we’ll be in touch a couple of days before arrival to arrange a time
Arrival whilst we are ‘under the COVID cloud’ is 4pm as we have a lot of extra housekeeping and we like to make sure your barge is ready. We do like to welcome you but we have key safes if you are likely to arriving when we’re not around. If this is the case we’ll let you have the current code for your barge. Departures are by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure so we can prepare it for the next guests. Please don’t make us send in the heavies to drag you out kicking and screaming.

Planning your stay
We have loads of ideas on our Blog Pages, plus on the Blog Pages of woodfarmbarns.com. We also have a website that we’ve developed just for you to start getting excited about your stay. ‘Where Do We?…‘ is your online guide to lots of things in  Suffolk so hopefully it’ll help.

Days Out
We also have a blog series especially for our guests that pulls together some great Days Out – so you can find out how to spend a full day out in specific parts of the local area. Visit our blog here…

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See the autumn red deer rut in Suffolk

Red deer rut

The red deer rut is a one-of-a-kind spectacle of nature and marks the height of autumn in the county of Suffolk! For everything you need to know about how to see the red deer rut in Suffolk, read on…

What is the red deer rut?

Taking place in autumn, specifically the month of October, the red deer rut is a part of the mating process for red deer.

Mating begins with the females of the species gathering in a large herd. This herd is then joined by large, fierce stags, who are ready to intimidate each other in front of their potential mates. The stags tip their heads back and roar into the air; the one with the loudest roar becomes the dominant male, and essentially wins his harem of females.

Deer in misty park
Red deer are the largest land mammals in the UK!

However – and this is where it gets really interesting – if there is another stag with a similarly loud roar and a taste for dominance, the two will battle it out using their antlers. They’ll clash together and lock antlers until one becomes injured or backs down, and the winner will take his position as the dominant male of the harem. The fight usually doesn’t last long, but it is a very exciting part of nature in the Suffolk countryside!

Incredible facts about red deer

Did you know that red deer are the largest land mammals in the UK? These majestic animals can grow to around four feet tall, minus their antlers! Although their size is rather intimidating, most red deer (even park deer) will try to escape if a human or other large animal gets too close. However, it’s important not to approach male deer, especially during mating season, as they will display aggressive behaviour. 

Deer bathing in water
Suffolk has one of the largest populations of red deer outside Scotland

Formerly extinct across much of the UK in the 1700s, conservationists have worked extremely hard to bring populations back to life. The national population has now reached 360,000, with a large percentage based in Scotland. Here in Suffolk, we’re very lucky to have one of the largest populations of red deer outside of Scottish borders!

Where to see the red deer rut in Suffolk

RSPB Minsmere is, without a doubt, the best place to see the red deer rut in Suffolk. Following a brief closure during the COVID-19 lockdown, all trails and most hides are now open, allowing you to see the deer, as well as a huge range of autumn migrating birds and wonderful flora across the reserve. Most paths on the trails are wide enough to allow for social distancing, ensuring a safe and positive environment for visitors of all ages.

RSPB sign and robin
RSPB Minsmere: the ideal location to spot the red deer rut

RSPB Minsmere is open from dawn until dusk, with the visitor centre open between 9am-5pm from 1st February to 31st October, and 9am-4pm from 1st November to 31st January. 

Tickets are £9 per adult and £5 for children under 19 (first child gets free entrance, and children under 5 go free). Student tickets are £6 each.

Can I bring my dog?

At RSPB Minsmere, dogs are not allowed on trails or in the hides. However, maps are available for walking dogs locally in the area. We also have a selection of blog posts about where you can take your dog, on our ‘Where Do We?’ website.

Dunwich heath
RSPB Minsmere is right next to the stunning Dunwich Beach & Heath
Where to stay in Suffolk during the red deer rut

We welcome you to stay on board our unique, historic Suffolk Holiday Barges. These stunning static Barges are available for couples, families and groups of friends looking for a relaxing stay in wonderful Suffolk. Our Onderneming Barge is based in the charming village of Snape Maltings and sleep 6, while Twee Gebroeders is based in the market town of Woodbridge and sleeps 4. Both have been refurbished to a high standard, and feature their own kitchen and dining facilities, bathrooms, comfortable bedrooms, cosy living areas and central heating. 

Houseboat holiday in Suffolk - Onderneming Barge
Our Onderneming Dutch Barge is moored at Snape Malting on the River Alde in Suffolk

Onderneming is a half-hour drive from RSPB Minsmere, while Twee Gebroeders is 45 minutes away. It’s the perfect location for an autumn day out! Want to dive into a snug Suffolk pub for a drink and a hearty meal after walking around the reserve? Click here to view our favourite Suffolk pubs located near our Barges!

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The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2020 – what’s happening?

Local Suffolk produce

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is a much-loved event in the Suffolk event calendar – however, this year’s event will be a little bit different. Read on for the lowdown of what’s happening during the 2020 festival.

What is the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Widely regarded as one of the best annual food festivals in the country, this event brings together dozens of local producers of fresh food, drink, confectionery and more. It’s the place to be if you want to fill your fridge and pantry with mouth watering produce – and indulge in a cheeky, freshly-made meal while you’re browsing. 

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Not only that, but you can meet the producers themselves, and grill them about food miles, sustainable practices, and more. It’s a great way to learn about the thriving food industry in Suffolk.

The event takes place at the stunning riverside village of Snape, which is also where one of our beautiful, Historic Suffolk Holiday Barges is based! The Barge, Onderneming, sleeps six guests and up to three dogs, and features three bathrooms, two large lounge and dining areas, two kitchens and stunning river views. We clean both of our Barges thoroughly following each visit, ensuring that our guests are safe and happy during their stay.

What’s changing for 2020?

As a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is undergoing a few temporary changes this year. On 26th to 27th September, a ‘Market Weekend’ will replace the festival. Don’t worry – it’ll still take place at Snape Maltings, and there will be over 50 local producers spread across the grounds of the outdoor event area, plus entertainment and street food kiosks.

Tim Anderson and Kwoklyn Wan at the 2019 Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Tim Anderson (left) and Kwoklyn Wan on the Tiptree Stage at last year’s event

Unfortunately, this year’s event will lack the live chef demonstrations and masterclasses of previous years, but the market itself will be a wonderful experience! 

Where to get tickets for the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2020

Tickets are FREE this year! However, to enable the festival to keep going for future years and to keep bringing local producers together for the event, the arrangers are asking for optional donations with bookings. You can book your tickets via the festival website here. Be aware that festival visitor numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing measures, so make sure to book well in advance. 

Wild Suffolk at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Wild Suffolk at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Where to stay

Our Onderneming Barge is moored on the river at Snape Maltings, meaning that the festival is right on your doorstep. However, the Barge is fully booked for the 2020 event, as is our Twee Gebroeders Barge at Woodbridge and our Luxury, Dog-Friendly Cottages in Stonham Aspal.

As our Holiday Barges and Cottages are so popular, we recommend booking well in advance – especially for popular Suffolk events! We do have some space available for later in the autumn and winter. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Suffolk, so book now to enjoy the beauty that our county has to offer!

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Why take a unique Barge holiday?

Onderneming at Snape Maltings

Thank you for taking the time to consider staying at one of our Suffolk Holiday Barges. Still mulling over your booking? Below are some reasons that might help you make a decision!

Please let me know if you have any queries by calling me directly on 01449 710032, or emailing carl@woodfarmbarns.com. You can even WhatsApp me by clicking below…

We’re dog-friendly

We say this on nearly every page of our website – but we still get questions about our dog-friendly status! Yes, we welcome up to three dogs on each of our Barges. Included in your holiday will be necessities to keep your dog happy, including dog treats in your welcome basket, dog poop bags, towels, and more. There are plenty of walks and activities for you and your dog to enjoy in Suffolk, and you don’t even have to venture far from your Barge!

Twee Gebroeders Barge

Fantastic reviews and awards

Our guests love staying at Woodfarm Barges, and we have many who return year after year! Guests have described our Barges as ‘authentic’, ‘unique’ and ‘exceeding all expectations’. But don’t just take our word for it! We have an entire page of reviews that you can read through at your leisure here.

We’re also the proud recipients of the Visit England Gold Awards for both our Barges and Barns, which we’ve been awarded every year since we first launched, back in 2014.

The main bedroom of our Holiday Cottage Barge

We’re constantly full!

The fact that we’re constantly taking back-to-back bookings is a testament to how popular our Barges really are! And no, this isn’t just us bragging, nor is it a sales technique – we would love to be able to fit everyone in who wants a booking, and we don’t like having to turn people away. We want you to be able to enjoy our Barges just as every guest has before you, so it’s important to book right away if you see a space in the calendar that fits your holiday dates.

Onderneming at Snape Maltings

Excellent location

Our Historic, Dutch Holiday Barges are located in blissful Suffolk, in the midst of nature but conveniently located near fabulous amenities such as riverside restaurants and independent shops. Onderneming is moored on the River Alde in the one-of-a-kind village of Snape Maltings, while Twee Gebroeders is moored on the River Deben at the Tidemill in Woodbridge.

Onderneming Barge at Snape Maltings

View before you stay

We know it can be difficult to make your mind up about where to go on holiday, as there’s so much choice out there. That’s why we’ve got plenty of info, images and videos to show you just why you should stay with us. We’ve just about covered everything you need to know about our Barges on this website, but if you have any more questions, feel free to message us at any time and someone will get back to you. Watch our videos here to find out more about our Barges.

We’re expanding to Tuscany

It won’t be long now before we can welcome guests at our breathtakingly beautiful Holiday Cottage in the heart of the Tuscan countryside in Italy. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing countryside break with warmer weather, a Mediterranean culinary exploration, picturesque views that would make any avid photographer swoon – or all of the above! – then visit our Woodfarm Tuscany website to know more and follow our progress.

FREE breaks!

We love to give away free breaks to our Woodfarm VIP Rewards Group. You don’t have to have stayed with us to become a member, and it doesn’t cost anything. All you need to do is sign up to our email list here and you could be selected to win.

We never share your info. It’s simply to keep you informed of the good stuff so that you may consider us when making your holiday and short break decisions. You can unsubscribe any time you like.

We hope that this page has provided you with all the information you need about our Suffolk Holiday Barges, but please let me know if you have any more queries by calling me directly on 01449 710032, or emailing carl@woodfarmbarns.com. You can also click here to book your holiday.

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What to bring for a beach day with your dog

What to bring to a beach day with your dog

As spring and summer approach, what could complement the warmer weather more than a trip to the beach with your dog? Just like humans, many dogs will adore the fresh air and the chance to run around – and if your dog is a strong swimmer and the current isn’t strong, maybe even a dip in the sea!

However, it’s important to be prepared when going to the beach. Just as you wouldn’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen, you should also bring a few items for your dog’s wellbeing. Read on to find out what to bring (aside from the standard collar, leash, poop bags, etc.)!

But first, a brief note about Suffolk’s beaches

We know many people love going abroad for their holidays, especially to beachfront locations where the weather is much hotter and ‘all-inclusive’ is the name of the game. However, there are many reasons to take a holiday in the UK: it can be far more cost effective, it’s better for the environment and it’s a great way to visit areas that you might not have thought about before.

What to bring to a beach day with your dog
A local holiday with your pup is easier on the pocket and the environment!

If you’d love to go on a local holiday, but you still like the idea of being at the beach, then Suffolk is the place to go. Our beaches are very clean and, if you have a dog, many are dog-friendly at certain times of the year. Suffolk Coasts and Heaths is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which lines our county; this means that our beaches are untouched by development and maintain a healthy flora and fauna population. There’s so much to see here – and all just a stone’s throw away from our Dog-Friendly Dutch Barges!

5 things to bring to the beach with your dog

Plenty of water

Even though you’re by the sea, it’s essential to bring clean water for your dog to drink during your beach trip. A few gulps of sea water can cause diarrhoea, and any more than that could cause vomiting and dehydration, which is dangerous for dogs. If your dog is running around in hot weather, they will need plenty of hydration. Bring a bottle or two with you; some popular beaches offer communal taps for refilling bottles.

Towel

Whether or not your dog is going in the sea, beaches can be messy places, with sand, seaweed and other substances sticking to your dog’s fur. An old towel is a simple but very handy item to help you keep your dog clean.

Beach umbrella

Did you know that dogs can get sunburnt, too? Their noses and ears are the most sensitive areas, and it can be quite painful for them to get burnt there. Dogs can also get heat stroke from being in the sun for too long, and this can be very dangerous. A beach umbrella will provide some sun relief for both you and your pup – so take one during your next visit!

Floating toy

Bringing your dog’s favourite toy to the beach is nice – but what if it disappears under water?! Balls, ropes and other toys can quickly disappear if dropped in the sea, and this can result in a distraught doggy! Floating toys stay on the surface, allowing your dog to easily locate their toy. Take one along to the beach for a game of fetch.

Small first aid kit

Accidents do happen, whether your dog has stood on a piece of broken shell and cut themselves, or they’ve been stung by a wasp. A small first aid kit filled with essential items will help you keep your dog safe until you can get them home and make them comfortable again. A couple of bandages, dog-safe antiseptic towelettes and scissors can come in handy (always read the labels before using any products on your dog’s skin).

What to bring to a beach day with your dog
Stay with up to three dogs on our holiday barges, which are close to Suffolk’s beautiful beaches

Dog-Friendly Suffolk Holidays with Woodfarm Barges

We hope that you and your dog have a waggly tail of a time at the beach! If you are thinking about coming to Suffolk for a holiday, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our two historic, Dog-Friendly Dutch Barges are situated at Woodbridge and Snape Maltings, and both can accommodate up to three dogs each. We also have a set of Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages further into the Suffolk countryside, but also not far from the beach.

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Get your fill of classical music at Snape Maltings

Violins in an orchestra

Love classical music? Or just want to try something different? Not only is the Suffolk music scene bursting with life in the genres of pop, rock, jazz and more, it’s also a hub for classical music – and arts complex Snape Maltings is the number one place in the county to get your fill.

The history of Snape Maltings

Built in the 19th century by entrepreneur Newson Garrett, the maltings were originally intended for converting barley into malt for beer production. Snape, the village in which the maltings are situated, although small, had a bustling inland port in the 1800s. Through this port, malted barley, fertiliser and sugar beet were exported to London and the rest of the UK. However, as production in other towns grew, output in Snape declined and the maltings closed in 1960 as a result.

Luckily, for us and many other music and art lovers out there, legendary British composer Benjamin Britten was on the lookout for the perfect location for a concert hall. Britten had already established the Aldeburgh Music Festival in 1948 in collaboration with singer Peter Pears and writer Eric Crozier; however, its new 832-seat home in the largest malthouse at Snape Maltings was far more suitable than the various churches and town halls in which it was previously hosted.

The concert hall was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1967. Its popularity with both the public and renowned and aspiring musicians prompted Britten and Pears to convert further disused buildings on the site into rehearsal spaces and teaching rooms, cementing Snape Maltings as a centre for music on the Suffolk coast.

The next big revamp came in 2006, when Aldeburgh Music purchased a 999 year lease on the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The organisation invested around £14m into the venue, which, three years later, became the ‘Creative Campus’ with four performance venues and many rehearsal and public spaces.

Snape Maltings
Snape maltings hosts the annual Aldeburgh Festival, launched by legendary composer Benjamin Britten

The Aldeburgh Music Festival

Despite its name, Aldeburgh Music Festival’s permanent location is Snape Maltings, which is a 5-mile drive from Aldeburgh town centre. The festival takes place over two weeks in June each year, and hosts dozens of classical musical acts from around the world. 

During this time, there are also various art exhibitions taking place in the galleries around the maltings. These exhibitions showcase a range of artists working in an assortment of mediums, from photography to moving images, to paintings and sculpture.

Snape Proms

Snape Proms takes place each August and welcomes musicians from around the world, from solo artists to orchestras. Make sure you get tickets early to this intimate event, which offers floor seating (bring a comfy pillow!) to provide a close-up view of the action.

Britten Weekend

Don’t think that all the classical music fun takes place in summer! Britten Weekend happens over a weekend in autumn, and celebrates Snape Maltings’ founder and his impact on the world of music.

Visit Snape Maltings’ website to find out more about these events, including dates, dress code, ticket prices and more.

Houseboat holiday in Suffolk - Onderneming Barge
Our Onderneming Dutch Barge is moored at Snape Malting on the River Alde in Suffolk

Staying in Snape

Snape is such a unique and inspiring part of the country (which is one of the reasons why Britten wanted to move the Aldeburgh Festival here!), so why not stay inspired by booking accommodation right outside Snape Maltings on a historic Dutch barge? Our spacious Onderneming barge is no more than a two minute’s walk from the concert halls, and we provide all the luxuries that you might need to enjoy a culturally fulfilling stay in Suffolk. Find more about Onderneming here.

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Where to see wildlife in Suffolk

A barn owl

Thanks to Suffolk’s varied landscape, a huge range of wild animals call the county ‘home’, including rare birds, mysterious marine animals and even snakes!

However, you don’t have to go aimlessly traipsing around in the depths of Suffolk to spot these creatures – there are dedicated nature reserves all around the county, managed by specialist charities who maintain natural habitats so that our wildlife can thrive.

If you’re staying in Suffolk to spot a skylark or an adder (we weren’t joking about the snakes!), there’s no better location to rest your head than our historic, dog-friendly holiday barges. These ‘cottages on water’ can be found in stunning river settings in the quintessential village of Snape Maltings and bustling Woodbridge. Both of these locations are close by to nature reserves, and you can even spot a range of birds and other wildlife from the windows of the barges! Take a look at each barge here.

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite nature reserves and wildlife experiences in Suffolk:

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere
Spot birds amongst the flora at RSPB Minsmere

A coastal nature reserve that’s perfect for family days out, Minsmere is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. This means that you’re likely to spot a huge array of birds, from avocets to bitterns.

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

Dunwich Heath

Adder at Dunwich Heath
Want to spot an adder?

Now, if you really want to see an adder, Dunwich Heath is the perfect spot. These non-aggressive snakes feast on small birds and lizards, so there’s plenty for them to choose from at this beachside paradise. Plus, it’s dog-friendly.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

Alde-Ore Estuary

Alde Estuary
Take a trip down the river Alde with Iken Canoe

A 2,534 hectare biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, Alde-Ore Estuary stretches along the Suffolk coast between Aldeburgh and Bawdsey. We recommend going on a walk along the Iken Cliffs footpath for uninhibited views of the Alde Mudflats and its undisturbed wildlife reserve, or taking a trip down the river with Iken Canoe. Keep an eye out for otters!

https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/aldemudflats

Orford Ness

Birds at Orford Ness
Visit the natural wildlife haven at Orford Ness

The habitats here range from vegetated shingle to brackish lagoons, and reed marshes to mud flats – a haven for coastal wildlife. You’re just as likely to see hares darting across the landscape as you are oystercatchers and migratory waders feeding on shrimp from the lagoons.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve

Owl Sanctuary

A barn owl
See a variety of owl species at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is a registered charity which cares for injured owls and other birds of prey at its facility in Stonham Aspal (which happens to be right near our luxury, dog-friendly cottages (on dry land) at Woodfarm Barns). There are flying demonstrations throughout summer, and you can also visit the Meerkat Kastle to feed the meerkats!

https://www.owl-help.org.uk/

Easton Farm Park

Baby goats
Head to Easton Farm Park for family fun

For a classic, family-friendly farm experience, Easton Farm Park is a must-do. See and feed lambs, baby goats, piglets and more, and say hello to the county’s famous Suffolk Punch horses. Here, you’ll also find a cafe, large play area, shop and lots of other wildlife experiences for children of all ages.

https://www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk/

Jimmy’s Farm

A tapir at Jimmy's Farm
Embark on a ‘wildlife trail’ at Jimmy’s Farm

The recently introduced wildlife park at local-food-hotspot Jimmy’s Farm features a wide range of animals for children to learn about and engage with, including reptiles, farmyard animals and more exotic mammals such as coatis, capybaras and tapirs.

https://jimmysfarm.com/farm-wildlife-park/

Lavenham Falconry

Falcon
Get up close and personal with birds of prey at Lavenham Falconry

Based in the village of Monks Eliegh, Lavenham Falconry offers avian experiences like no other. From a one hour session with super intelligent and mischievous ravens, to a full day with mighty hawks, owls and falcons, there is plenty on offer for those who want up-close encounters with birds.

https://www.lavenhamfalconry.co.uk/

Staying in Suffolk

We would love to welcome you to our Onderming and Twee Gebroeders barges, where you can find plenty more information on Suffolk’s wildlife, as well as the best places to eat, shop and walk your dog(s) during your stay with us. We count ourselves extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country, and we can’t wait to share the magic with you!

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Adnams Brewery Tour

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If you’ve heard about Suffolk’s rich and varied food and drink offerings, you’ve probably heard of Adnams Southwold (very often shortened to ‘Adnams’), one of the county’s much-loved, historic breweries.

Adnams Brewery
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Adnams is proud of the fact that beer has been produced on the same site of its Southwold brewery for over 670 years. The brewery’s history began in 1345, when Johanna de Corby and 17 others were charged in court for serving illegal measures; however, it wasn’t associated with Adnams until 1872, when brothers George and Ernest Adnams purchased it.

Beer bottling at Adnams
Beer bottling at Adnams in 1947 (@adnams)

Since then, the brand has been making iconic beers, popular spirits and delicious wines for distribution all over Suffolk and the world, with Adnams products reaching as far as South Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

For this blog post, however, we wanted to bring it back home to where it all started: the Southwold brewery. Here, you can take a tour of both the brewery and the recently introduced (in comparison to the age of the brewery) distillery. However, the brewery tour is a really immersive way to find out about the company’s vast, colourful history – so we do recommend it if that’s what you’re into!

Adnams Brewery
Adnams Brewery from the outside (@adnams)

On the tour, you’ll be able to see a huge collection of Adnams memorabilia, including photos, vintage beer mats, discontinued bottles and more. Your tour guide will take you through the raw ingredients that go into making Adnams beer, before walking you around the brewhouse itself and filling you in on how Adnams is really made. As you’d expect, there’s lots of neat, shiny brewing machinery and equipment to gawk at!

Like many modern companies, Adnams has refined their processes in order to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes recycling water and heat – two major benefits of the massive 2006 refit of the brewery. You’ll find out all about these processes before you head to the last part of the tour – the tasting session! Your tour guide will offer you samples from Adnams’ diverse beer portfolio, including the more unusual flavours, such as Earl Grey Lager.

Handy details

  • The tour lasts between 1h30 and 1h45, depending on how long you want to spend tasting beers at the end of the tour
  • Tours cost £20
  • Pre-booking online is recommended, especially around busy periods like Christmas and summer
  • The tour is over 18s only
  • There is some stair-climbing, which may not be ideal for those who are less mobile
  • We recommend booking on a weekday, as this is when the brewery is functional

Adnams visitor centre
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Southwold is a 45-minute drive from Twee Gebroeders at Woodbridge’s Tidemill Yacht Harbour, and 33 minutes from Onderneming at Snape Maltings. Not only can you enjoy the experience of the brewery tour, but you’ll also be able to explore Southwold, one of Suffolk’s most renowned beach towns.

Book an Adnams Brewery Tour here.

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Suffolk pubs near Woodfarm Barges

The Plough & Sail

What’s more British than heading to the pub for a spot of lunch on your staycation? 

At Woodfarm Barges, we’re in two prime locations for some of the best pubs in Suffolk: Onderneming is moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings and Twee Gebroeders is at the Tidemill in Woodbridge. Both of these locations feature an array of delicious local cuisine and cosy pub atmospheres within easy reach.

The Anchor, Woodbridge, IP12 1BX

5 minute walk from Twee Gebroeders

25 minutes from Onderneming

The beer garden... The Anchor at Woodbridge, Suffolk
‘Proper’ pub just five mins walk from ‘Twee Gebroeders’

The Anchor is a great pub, with a buzzing atmosphere. Just a five minute walk from ‘Twee Gebroeders’. It’s a vibrant place with a varied menu. Clearly an old sailor’s pub as it’s a stone’s throw from the river.

Local chef Vernon Blackmore and his hard-working team have been at the Anchor for over a decade. They want you to enjoy the history of The Anchor’s interior so they have been very careful not to remove the pub’s old charm and character. The antique floor tiles may have been professionally cleaned but they are still wonky and remind you of all those sailors and their spilt beer from centuries past.

They have a bar and restaurant, and are open and serving food every day.

The Grundisburgh Dog
Dogs are welcome at The Grundisburgh Dog – if you can believe!

The Grundisburgh Dog – IP13 6TA

11 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

26 minutes from Onderneming

The Grundisburgh Dog is a self-dubbed ‘proper pub’, featuring a tiled bar and a restaurant with a log burner to provide a warm, snug undercurrent. Choose from an excellent wine list or a fantastic selection of real ales to enjoy while you sit back and relax inside this spacious tavern, or saunter over to the Mediterranean garden in the summer.

As its names suggests, dogs are very much welcome at this pub – it has even won UK Dog Friendly Pub of the Year! Your pups can stay by your side whether you’re seated outside, enjoying a pint at the bar or demolishing a meal in the restaurant area. 

If you visit during Tuesday to Friday, you can experience one of the Dog’s themed nights and get a taste of the award-winning chef’s take on a particular cuisine. Alternatively, stop by on a Sunday afternoon for a hearty roast. 

The Turks Head
This pub is known for its excellent service

The Turk’s Head, Hasketon – IP13 6JG

10 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

23 minutes from Onderneming

Winner of ‘Outstanding Customer Service’ at the Suffolk and Drink Awards, The Turk’s Head is one country pub where you’ll be well looked after – as well as your dog! 

With many local ales, gins and wines to choose from, you’ll be able to get a real taste of Suffolk’s brewery and vineyard offerings. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a wonderful menu full of seasonal dishes and fine local ingredients.

Stop by for the increasingly popular ‘Indulgent Brunch’ between 10am and 2pm on a Saturday for a relaxing late-morning filler. It’s the perfect way to kickstart the day before a walk with the pooch!

The Table Woodbridge
The Table’s menu features cuisine from around the world

The Table, Woodbridge – IP12 1BX

5 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

20 minutes from Onderneming

Each visit to The Table in Woodbridge presents a unique dining experience. The ever changing menu showcases the talents of the brasserie’s chefs in the form of stunning world cuisine. One visit might proffer a perfectly light souffle, while the next might introduce you to an aromatic chicken curry.

The Table works closely with local suppliers to ensure the freshest ingredients for these beautifully cooked dishes. Even though you might be eating a fantastic Moroccan spiced lamb, it’s likely that the ingredients will have been sourced from a farm just down the road!

It’s central Woodbridge location makes it easy to access – especially from our Onderneming barge, which is just a five-minute walk away.

The Plough & Sail
The Plough & Sail is a two-minute walk from Onderneming!

The Plough & Sail, Snape Maltings – IP17 1SR

20 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

2 minute’s walk from Onderneming

Owned by twin brothers Alex and Oliver Burnside, The Plough & Sail is a delightful pub with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and first-class customer service.

Located in the heart of the small village of Snape, just a two minute walk away from the gangplank of Onderneming, this friendly pub is ideal for any time of day, whether you’re in the mood for a light meal or something a little more formal. The menu consists of a brilliant range of upmarket pub favourites, with plenty available for those with special dietary requirements.

Dogs are welcome in the old part of the pub, which includes a cosy snug and intimate balcony area. The courtyard at the back of the pub is also very enjoyable on a summer evening!

The Duck Campsea Ashe
You’ll find lots of duck-themed decor at the dog-friendly Duck at Campsea Ashe

The Duck, Campsea Ashe – IP13 0PT

13 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

11 minutes from Onderneming

To truly get away from the hustle and bustle, visit The Duck in the beautiful village of Campsea Ashe. A stylish pub with duck ornaments abound, you’ll find yourself lingering in the inviting atmosphere long after you’ve finished eating.

The well-stocked bar features the best of Suffolk’s breweries, alongside popular spirits and wines. Continuing the ‘local’ theme, The Duck sources local and seasonal produce for preparation onsite, with plenty of options for those who are gluten intolerant, vegan and more.

This is a great place to visit if you want to try the county’s famous Gressingham Duck. The pub has a great relationship with the supplier and produces a number of dishes centering around this delicious ingredient.

The Kings Head
The Kings Head has a menu for dogs!

The Kings Head, Woodbridge – IP12 4LP

11 minute’s walk from Twee Gebroeders

21 minutes from Onderneming

Settle into this 15th century pub in the heart of Woodbridge, little more than a 10-minute walk from our Twee Gebroeders barge. 

Dog owners will love The Kings Head; dogs are welcome in the pub, and even have their own ‘Mutt’s Menu’, which features snacks such as pig ears and knotted bones to enjoy while you grab a pint or choose a delectable, locally sourced dish from the main menu. Owners Mike and Lucy Ball have two labradors themselves, so they know a thing or two about catering for dogs!

This is the perfect place to stop for some grub after a scenic walk along the river – especially when the fire’s roaring in winter!

There are also plenty of fantastic pubs near our luxury, dog-friendly holiday cottages at Woodfarm Barns. To find out about these, read our blog post here.

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Our new dog passport

Woodfarm Dog Passports

At Woodfarm, we’ve always made it clear that we don’t just tolerate dogs – we welcome them! That’s why we’ve designed a dog passport for you and your pup, full of handy info, tips and recommendations, and a very special offer…

The next time you and your dog(s) come to stay with us, we’ll provide you with your own ‘Principality of Woodfarm’ dog passport. We recommend personalising it straight away with your dog’s info on the profile page! Then you can have a flick through and read about all the special dog-centric features at Woodfarm and in the surrounding area.

What’s this offer we’re talking about then? 

After you stay with us and your dog receives their passport, they’re then qualified to stay for free on your next visit! We usually charge £15 per dog with each booking, but you’ll get this charge taken off your booking if you quote the offer found in your passport.

Want to find out more? Head to the post on our Woodfarm Barns site here.