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Suffolk Yurt Holidays is the perfect place from which to experience beaches and nature reserves, walking, cycling, music, food, literary festivals and much more...  

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This area of Suffolk has an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Please see Suffolk Coasts and Heaths for more info.

Captain's Wood
Managed by the excellent Suffolk Wildlife Trust, this is one of our favourite woods in the area. It has a light, airy, peaceful atmosphere with ancient trees, fallow deer and one of the greatest expanses of bluebells in the county. 

Snape Maltings
Famed for its music, Snape also has cafes, shops, galleries, beautiful nature walks (simply following the signposts) and river trips through the spring and summer. There is also a monthly farmers market.

Rendlesham Forest 
Rendlesham Forest Centre
 is the main recreation area for the Sandlings Forests, Heaths and the connected Sandlings Walks stretching from Bixley near Ipswich all the way up to Southwold

There are many events throughout the year which are listed on the website and there is play equipment and circular cycle and walking routes through the forest

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserves
With it's wild landscapes and open skies, the Centre has many special events and choice of circular nature walks and birdwatching hides. You may even see the semi-wild horses and red deer. Binocular hire is only £2.50 + deposit t: 01728 648281

Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre and Beach, Dunwich

This is a huge area of beautiful coastal heath land with well sign posted walks through the purple heather and along the cliff tops, with great views over the North Sea. There's also a long pebble beach, great for a walk to RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve or to the village of Dunwich.

The Cafe at Dunwich Heath - A National Trust owned cafe serving hot foods and ice creams in the old coastguard cottages on the cliff above the beach.

Near Dunwich is RSPB Dingle Marshes    

Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy's Farm

Red Rose Chain  -  a magical, not to be missed experience


Invitation to View
Visit some of the most beautiful, private, historic houses and gardens in East Anglia  t: 01206 57348 (Mercury Theatre box office) 3 working days in advance to book. 

The Walled Garden

A traditional nursery, crammed with lovely plants, and situated in an old idyllic walled garden  t: 01728 602510

The Beth Chatto Gardens

Some of the most beautiful and inspiring gardens in the UK
Elstead Market, Colchester  t: 01206 822007

Shawsgate VineyardsShawsgate Vineyards

One of East Anglia's oldest commercial vineyards with free admission to explore the vineyards and try the wine. There are also wine tastings including local cheeses and Experience Days, which includes a tour of the vineyard, lunch and wine   t: 01728 724060

The Suffolk Punch Trust
Cafe, displays, animals and walks preserving Suffolk Farm heritage Hollesley,
Nr Woodbridge
t: 01394 411327

Baylham Rare Breeds Farm & Cafe

Baylham Rare Breeds Farm & Cafe

Award winning Best Visitor Experience in Suffolk for the last few years and well worth a visit    
t: 01473 830264


Woodbridge is rich in history, picturesque views and welcoming atmosphere. Nestling near the head of the tidal reaches of the River Deben, Woodbridge has a host of independent shops, pubs and restaurants

Landmark sights include the much-photographed historic and working Tide Mill and Buttrum's Windmill. Across the river is the Anglo-Saxon burial ground of Sutton Hoo operated by the National Trust.

During the summer months all these attractions are linked by an open top bus service on Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a Farmers Market 9am - 1pm 2nd and 4th Sat every month at the Community Centre.

There are also several delightful walks around Woodbridge and the surrounding villages.


The attractive market town of Framlingham is dominated by a Norman castle which was the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk 

English Heritage
The Mere alongside the castle is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and a circular footpath enables visitors to appreciate the abundance of wild flowers and wildlife. The Town Trail is a great way of finding out more about the town's history and interesting buildings.

Shawsgate Vineyards
  are nearby

Set on the serenely unspoilt Suffolk coast, Georgian town of Walberswick is a sepia-tinted, English seaside dream. It's a great place for time on the sandy beach, walking, bird watching and cycling.  

Anchor Pub has an award winning wine list, delicious food and hosts great events with Food Safari 

There is a small ferry boat to take foot passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold Harbour. (April onwards)   t: 01502 478712

Southwold Coastal Voyager
 sea and river boat trips including seal watching   t: 07887 525082

The angling boat Panther Charters  m: 07710 224165 or h: 01473 890058 can be chartered from Walberswick mainly cod and bass

Traditional Charter offer bespoke birdwatching tours, seal trips and wildlife tours tailored to suit your requirements - day trips or longer   t: 07811 469505

The village of Bawdsey is sited at the end of a long road at the mouth of the River Deben. Although slightly remote, the village attracts the holiday visitor because of its location to the waters edge and its wonderful views out across the estuary.

Bawdsey is very much a place to go to get away from it all. One can get homemade and locally sourced lunches and teas from the Boathouse Cafe 

There are an extensive network of cycle paths and walkways, which can be followed on the Ordinance Survey Explorer Maps numbers 212 and 231 (available from us on loan or to buy). It's lovely to combine a walk or cycle with a trip on the Deben Ferries with harbour master John White. Deben ferries cross the river from Felixstowe Ferry to Bawdsey Quay.

The ferry runs seasonally, carrying foot passengers and cycles from Easter to April at weekends only, 10 am to 5 pm, and daily from May to October, 10 am to 6 pm. Wave the bat at the end of the jetty to call the ferryman. The ferry links the Bawdsey with Old Felixstowe, the fishing boats, seafood sheds and Felixstowe Ferry Cafe.

An exciting visitor centre with many interesting events on the site of a famous ship burial of an anglo-saxon king and his most treasured possessions   t: 01394 389714


One of the most delightful villages on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and a true historical gem. In the Middle Ages it was a thriving sea port from where Eleanor of Aquitaine set off to ransom her son Richard Coeur de Lion.

The rivers Alde and Ore still flow past the quay and are home to fishermen, boats and birds. Across the river is Orford Ness National Trust Nature Reserve, the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and a former military test site; downstream is Haversgate Island an RSPB Bird Sanctuary, famous for the avocet.

The village is less than five miles from the Snape Maltings world class concert hall, home to the Aldeburgh Music Festival.

Orford has something to offer to everyone; walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers, those interested in history and food, or simply wanting to relax.

Lady Florence lunch and dinner River Cruise from Orford Quay on the Alde and Ore Rivers and passes several historical landmarks and well-known wildlife spots   t: 07831 698298

1 Hour River Trips on Regardless from Orford Quay to see wildlife conservation areas and the rspb Bird Reserve at Haversgate Island   t: 07900 230579

There are Boat Trips to Orford Ness National Nature Reserve off Orford Quay from 29 June - 2 Oct  
t: 01728 648024 

RSPB Havergate Island can be visited by boat from Orford. It's famous as a nesting site for avocets, terns and being able to get in close proximity to its brown hares There are Boat Trips which depart hourly from Orford Quay 9:30am to 1:30pm Sat 15 Aug - Mon 17 Aug booking advised t: 01728 648281

RSPB Boyton Marshes


A highly fashionable destination, Aldeburgh remains largely the same as it has been for decades. While fishermen still sell their daily catch from huts on the beach, the high street boasts a number of award-winning restaurants and bistros.
Independent shops and galleries line the street

Aldeburgh provides the backdrop to a rich musical heritage, with Benjamin Britten's world renowned Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts held in June, plus many other musical experiences throughout the year   t: 01728 687100 and there is also much wildlife to see in the area too

RSPB North Warren, Aldeburgh

RSPB Snape



There are many wonderful walks in this part of Suffolk with its Nature Reserves (see Nature section above), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and from the historic villages of the Suffolk Heritage Coast (see Towns, Villages & Historic Sites section above). 

The many footpaths throughout the area, are covered in the 212 & 231 Explorer & 156 Landranger OS Maps (available from us on loan or to buy). There are also more than 70 FREE Suffolk walks available from Walking in Suffolk 

This is the perfect place for Suffolk Cycling Holidays, with Bredfield being on the National Route 1, which can link up with the on road National Cycle Network along the Coast.  This passes through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The quiet country lanes and off road routes provide a delightful cycling experience (Suffolk Cycle maps are available from us on loan or to buy) .  Alternatively, plan a route online with Cycle Streets .

For those who want to bring their bikes for the excellent cycling in the area, one of our stables has lockable bike storage. There is also bike hire with a delivery and collection service and guided day cycle routes from our site for Guests through Steve at East Coast Mountain Biking   Pre-booking is advisable.

Much of the character of the area is influenced by the sea and rivers and there are boat trips taking place from Orford, Walberswick (please see towns and villages section).

There are also delightful trips with "The Oystercatcher" and  "The Jahan" from Waldringfield Boat Yard from April - Sept  t: 01473 736260 on the tranquil , wildlife rich (kingfishers, otters and seals have been seen, plus a wide array of birdlife) Deben River to Ramsholt, Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge and Sutton Hoo.

For those with their own sailing dinghies and canoes, there is a wealth of beautiful unspoilt estuaries and rivers to explore: and 

For the more active learning sailing experience there is; 

Alton Water Sports Centre, Stutton
Based in 400 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, Alton Water offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing for members and day access for visitors.  They also have an excellent RYA training centre   t:  01473 328408
towns, villages & historic sites
Deben Water Sports Centre, Woodbridge

located on the idyllic tidal waters of the river Deben at Woodbridge; the small centre offers personal safety equipment, changing facilities and teaching area    t:  01394 388682 

Bawdsey Quay Leisure Centre
t: 0774 7847263



The Anchor
Great gastro food and atmosphere, well located near the historic town centre of Woodbridge and the tranquil Deben River with it's delightful walks.
Quay Street, Woodbridge    
t: 01394 382649
The Greyhound
Highly recommended by several of our Guests and a lovely 1 hour'sh country walk or 25 mins cycle  each way to the picturesque village of Pettistree.
t: 01728 746451  

Ramsholt Arms 
A lovely spot on the beautiful and tranquil River Deben. Good food and well worth the visit. 
Ramsholt, Woodbridge  IP12 3AB  
t: 01394 411209 

The Firestation Cafe 
Delicious  vegetarian cafe next to and a part of The Cake Shop Bakery, which won Britain's Best Bakery a couple of years ago.   
21A The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AA 
t: 01394 382515

White Horse Inn
A delightful cycle ride of some 14km round trip to a beautiful coaching inn with great food.
The Street, Easton  IP13 0ED
t: 01728 746456 
The Aldeburgh Market
170 - 172 High Street, Aldeburgh    
t:01728 452520
A high quality deli, fishmongers and cafe with a great atmosphere 

The Lighthouse,
High Street, Aldeburgh  
 t: 01728 453377 

Fish & Chip Shop
Famous in East Anglia and beyond, thanks to high praise from the likes of Rick Stein and Nigel Slayter
226 High Street, Aldeburgh
t:01728 4522 

Dancing Goat Cafe
Great atmosphere and on a sunny day, take a table outside
33 Market Hill,  Framlingham  
t: 01728 621434

Pump Street Bakery
Fabulous baking, delicious fresh seasonal food and amazing high quality fairtrade artisan chocolate.  It has even had a mention at this year's Oscars.  A great favourite with our Guests.
Market Hill, Orford  
t: 01394 459829

Pinney's of Orford
Lovely fresh seafood cuisine.  Their own smokehouse next door is also worth a visit    
Market Hill, Orford
t: 01394 450277

Boathouse Cafe

The Quay, Bawdsey  
t: 07900 811826
The Boathouse is run by Diane Clouting, whose passion for home cooking and locally sourced food has made it into a favourite haven for Bawdsey regulars and visitors

Nearby you can charter a fishing boat Warrior Charters  
t:07941 916243



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