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The Suffolk Ski Centre near our barges

Suffolk ski centre

The mighty peaks of the mountains of Suffolk loom like gods over the country. The ever white snow covered tops of the Suffolk ski centre calling skiers from all around the world to compete on their dangerous and challenging pistes, each more exhilarating and beautiful than the last…well no actually.

Suffolk Ski Centre near our holiday cottage bargesSuffolk is actually quite a flat county and not at all well know as a Ski destination, this is what makes Suffolk Ski Centre so unique and important to the area. 

Conveniently situated just on the outskirts of Ipswich and only a couple of miles from the town’s stunning marina, the Suffolk Ski Centre makes the perfect diversion from a relaxing time chilling out on a Woodfarm Barge as it is only ten minutes from Onderneming and fifteen from Twee Gebroeders.

Who would ever dream you could go skiing whilst on a holiday to the waterways of Suffolk?

The Suffolk Ski Centre is great fun for all the family. Offering a wide rage of activities and lessons covering everything from Skiing, Snowboarding and Tobogganing to a Climbing Wall, High Ropes and even Golf!

If, like me, just thinking about all that activity makes you feel like a good long rest then thankfully there is also ‘The Lodge’ Bar and Restaurant, where theres a wide variety of food and drink on offer.

Outdoor fun at the Suffolk Ski CentreSo if you’re planning a getaway on a Woodfarm Barge and fancy something completely different for a day then the Suffolk Ski Centre offers some excellent confidence building activities for children and adults alike. There’s nothing better than having a great deal of fun whilst also learning to do something new or developing a new skill.

Interested? Then you can find out more about The Suffolk Ski Centre by visiting their website for opening times and prices etc here, or you can keep right up to date with all the latest news and events from them by connecting with them on Facebook.

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Jimmy’s Farm in the heart of Suffolk

Jimmy’s Farm became a household name when the BBC made a documentary about Jimmy Doherty’s farm near Ipswich in Suffolk. 

Jimmy Doherty of Jimmy's FarmIt’s easy to see why Jimmy’s Farm has proven to be such a popular destination for local residents of Suffolk as well as visitors from all around the UK and beyond. There is so much on offer there for children and adults alike. 

This rare breed’s farm is open to all and offers a wonderful taste of the rural life that Suffolk is so famous for. 

Visitors to Jimmy’s Farm are able to feed the animals from bags of food provided by the farm. This is an excellent opportunity to get up close to the sheep, goats, donkeys, chicken, rabbits, ducks, cows, pigs and many more who live on the farm. Making the place a must visit for any animal lover!

Lambs at Jimmy's FarmThere is also a stunning butterfly house, in which beautiful colourful tropical butterflies delight visitors, a fine restaurant, fishing, farm foods, a giant sandpit, climbing pyramids and play vehicles. Everything needed for a truly fantastic day out for all the family. 

Jimmy's Farm restaurant near our Suffolk holiday barges and cottages

And all within 20 minutes of all of our Holiday Cottages and Barges!

Jimmy’s Farm even hosts an annual festival of music food and drink in July. This popular event has been growing year on year and has become a highlight of the calendar here in Suffolk. Well worth checking out if it coincides with your visit to us. 

You can find out more about Jimmy’s Farm by visiting their official website here, or connecting with them on Facebook here, or you can find out what other people have made of their visits by looking on TripAdvisor here.

So if you’re thinking of joining us on a Woodfarm Barge and you’re also on the look out for fun for all ages then Jimmy’s Farm could be the place for you.

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Fabulous local produce at the Suffolk Food Hall

Suffolk Food Hall entrance

The Suffolk Food Hall has developed a well earn’t reputation as the ‘Champion of champions’ for local  Suffolk food.

The Suffolk Food HallWe think this makes Suffolk Food Hall an ideal spot to visit when exploring our county staying aboard a Woodfarm Barge. Just ten mins from Onderneming and around fifteen from Twee Gebroeders.

By providing a permanent famers market with all the convenience of a supermarket it’s not hard to see why The Countryside Alliance judged it to be the best Local Food venue in the entire UK & Ireland when they compared all the pervious winners over the past ten years! Check it out here. Highest praise indeed.

In 2013 The National Farm Shop Association (FARMA) called Suffolk Food Hall “probably the most ambitious retail and restaurant project that any farm in the UK has undertaken”. We would agree wholeheartedly with that assessment and add that it’s probably one of the most successful too. Not only in terms of popularity but also in the way it succeeds so completely in it’s vision as a hub for local produce. We’re so lucky to have it right on the doorstep of our holiday cottage barges, and within easy reach of our other holiday cottages at Woodfarm Barns too!

Suffolk Food Hall restaurant near our holiday cottage bargesThere’s plenty in the way of wonderful local sourced Suffolk food for all tastes on offer. Including all kinds of baked good from their scratch bakery (which operates seven days a week), a traditional style ‘carcass to customer’ butchery, a fully equipped fishmonger and a delicatessen, as well as a chocolatier, wine & beer merchant and greengrocer. What more could you want? And all under one roof too. They also have a fabulous restaurant with stunning views of the River Orwell too.

You can connect with Suffolk Food Hall on Facebook and keep up to date with all the events and latest news from this fantastic local treasure. Or visit the official website here for more information including opening times etc.

So come and experience a literal ‘real taste of Suffolk’ at Suffolk food Hall whilst you enjoy the tranquillity of Suffolk’s rivers on a Woodfarm Barge. 

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Wonderful food & drink at The Crown Woodbridge

The bar of the Crown Woodbridge

The Crown Woodbridge is an excellent place to stop in and ‘refuel’ after a long day’s sightseeing around Suffolk.  

The Crown WoodbridgeWhen you’re enjoying the river Deben aboard our historic Dutch Sailing Barge ‘Twee Gebroeders, you’re very likely to find yourself ambling through this quaint little town, looking for somewhere to eat or drink and the Crown Woodbridge is just minutes away.

Woodbridge is only a 25 minute drive from ‘Onderneming’ at Pin Mill too and well worth a visit!

If you’re keen on somewhere to fill your belly that offers the finest locally produced Suffolk food and drink with a modern, fine dining twist, then The Crown Woodbridge could well be the place for you.

It is a 2AA Rosette restaurant and is recommended in the Michelin Guide, proving popular with visitors and life long Woodbridge residence alike. 

They pride themselves on taking good care of their diners and  “making the most of Suffolk’s natural larder to create Great British menus with a difference” so a visit there is unlikely to disappoint, as attested to by their many glowing customer reviews on TripAdvisor

Great food at the Crown WoodbridgeNot satisfied with excelling only at producing food, The Crown Woodbridge also puts a great deal of effort and thought into drink preparation too. They offer a wide variety of expertly mixed cocktails alongside ales, wines and ciders as well as barista coffee and a variety of soft drinks. Something to quench everyone’s thirst. 

Located centrally on Woodbridge’s main thoroughfare (a street simply called The Thoroughfare) The Crown is excellently situated as a jumping off point for exploring the historic market town of Woodbridge. 

So when you’re in Woodbridge you could do much worse than paying a trip to this wonderful restaurant and bar conveniently located in the centre of one of the most popular towns in Suffolk.  

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The Butt and Oyster on the River Orwell

The Butt and Oyster pub in Pin Mill Suffolk

The Butt and Oyster is one of Suffolk’s favourite and most well known pubs. And it’s just yards from Onderneming, our fabulous Dutch barge moored at Pin Mill

The Butt and Oyster pubNamed after the part the pub played in the old oyster trade in Suffolk, The Butt and Oyster is part of the Deben Inns Group and typifies what they do so well. Great pub, great food and great beer. The Butt & Oyster is one of their two best locations (in my opinion, other opinions are available, but wrong)

They also have The Maybush at Waldringfield, near Woodbridge, which is my other favourite of theirs and nice and handy for our other Dutch Sailing Barge ‘Twee Gebroeders’. You can read all about the Maybush here

The Butt and Oyster is down the end of a tiny lane down a hill, leading to the equally tiny hamlet of Pin Mill, in Suffolk. There’s very little at Pin Mill; a sailing club, two boatyards, a scattering of houses, fabulous walks along the River Orwell, a ceramics workshop, some houseboats, our Dutch Sailing Barge Onderneming, and The Butt & Oyster. Oh, and some of the most breathtaking views in the country!

The Butt and Oyster pub in Pin Mill SuffolkThe Butt and Oyster sits right on the River Orwell, with the tide coming up to it’s feet at High Water. It’s a gorgeous old proper Suffolk pub, with barrels of (mostly) Adnams stacked up behind the bar, serving some of the best beer in the country (again, in my opinion, other opinions are available, but wrong)

It’s very much a mish-mash of lovely old wooden furniture and bare floorboards that could tell a tale or two I’m sure. They do have a number of tables with river views but these are very hard to get hold of. There’s plenty of seating outside overlooking the river too though, for the warmer weather.

They have an incredibly busy kitchen, dishing up some amazing seafood, as well as other pub favourites and all really reasonably priced.

This is very much Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ Country too!

So do try the Butt and Oyster when you’re in the neighbourhood, or better still, book a break on Onderneming and you can try the pub a lot!

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The Anchor Woodbridge near our holiday cottages

The Anchor Woodbridge, near our luxury holiday cottages

The Anchor Woodbridge is just minutes from Twee Gebroeders; it’s the ideal place for quick pint or home-cooked meal. 

The Anchor Woodbridge, near our luxury holiday cottagesIf you’re staying on the beautiful river Deben here in Suffolk then there’s a very strong possibility you’ll be stopping into this delightful market town for a drink at some point and the Anchor Woodbridge is a proper old pub!

One of the most popular watering holes in the town, as well as the most convenient to the quayside.

When you first enter the pub you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a tiny place. But you’ll soon discover that the inside opens out TARDIS like to reveal a ‘smugglers warren’ of rooms with plenty of space for drinkers and diners. 

The clientele is a perfect mix of locals and tourists, making The Anchor Woodbridge a superb destination for a few pints of locally produced ale or cider after a long day relaxing on the Deben or visiting the many other attractions in the town and the surrounding area. 

The Anchor WoodbridgeThe Anchor Woodbridge hosts many evenings of local music (including a popular open mic if you fancy giving performing a go yourself!) making it a vibrant hub for entertainment in the town. 

In terms of food on offer the pub provides a rich mix of traditional English staples, such as Gressingham duck breast and slow roast pork belly, and more exotic dishes such as seared wood pigeon and Istana lamb curry. So there should be something on the menu to delight all tastes.

You can discover more about The Anchor Woodbridge by paying a visit to their official website, or you can find out what others have to say about the pub on TripAdvisor 

Interested in paying a visit to this wonderful little pub whilst taking a well-earned break on a Woodfarm Barge? Then you can keep up to date with all the latest happenings there by connecting with them on Facebook