A traditional historic coastal market town that is near Ipswich’s urban area, as well as the many shopping outlets, schools and transport links.
Woodbridge is known for its houseboats sitting in the harbour, the tide mill, its annual regatta, biannual Maritime Woodbridge Festival and wild swimming.
Add into the mix Sutton Hoo, situated just the other side of the River Debden. This is the historic Anglo Saxon site and location for Netflix’s popular film, The Dig.
There is also an abundance of walks along the Suffolk coast, as well as Rendlesham Forest and Kyson Hill, which live up to its moniker of being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Coddenham is close to the thriving town of Ipswich with all its bars, restaurants, cafes, shopping outlets and activities.
The village itself is a haven for locally sourced cheeses, meats, vegetables and breads, which can all be found at the Coddenham Food Store.
The Coddenham Country Club is the hub of the community and regularly hosts a range of events, themed evenings and an annual beer festival.
The Mill Hill Walk, which is maintained by the village’s band of volunteers, is a must in springtime for its snowdrops and bluebells.
Despite being small, Kersey is lively and vibrant with a strong community.
The local school, church and The Bell Inn are home to plenty of events and activities happening in the village.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as rare birds and wildlife, Kersey Mill is the location for local businesses, including a florist, art gallery, beauty salon and a gym.
An afternoon tea at The Copper Kettle Tearoom should not be missed either and, on sunny afternoons, there’s nothing cooler than a splash in the famous splash – small ford – that runs through the middle of the village across the main road.
This is where you should be if you want the true heritage of Suffolk.
This delightful, ‘wonky’ mediaeval village has a mix of red brick terraced houses and pretty Tudor cottages that would adorn any chocolate box.
The village community is extremely proud of the cultural heritage as a prosperous wool town, to the point that they took down many of the telegraph poles in 1967 and replaced them with wires run underground to retain the historic charm of Lavenham.
The Number 10 restaurant in a stunning 15th century building is just divine.
Meet friends and family for an award-winning coffee at Chilli & Chives, take afternoon tea at Munnings Tea Room – one of the most photographed buildings in the village – or relax and enjoy a pampered spa day at The Swan Hotel & Spa, but look out for the resident roaming ghosts!
Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds is a bustling, lively town, ideal for young families, that mixes its rich cultural history with modern amenities yet retains a strong community.
A blend of period timber-framed houses with pastel cottages and modern developments sit beside Georgian town squares and cobbled streets.
There is a great choice of schools in the area; two of particular note and both receiving ‘outstanding’ reports from Ofsted, are Sebert Wood primary school and Bury St Edmunds County Upper secondary school.
Just an hour from the coast and with excellent transport links to Cambridge, Ipswich and London, Bury St Edmunds is a popular area to live in.
With over 60% of schools in Suffolk achieving at least a Good rating from Ofsted, it’s a case of being spoilt for choice.
Many of the villages in Suffolk benefit from a local primary school that are often very much community-led.
As well as Ipswich School, there are also a range of very good secondary schools including: Ipswich High School, Woodbridge School, Debenham High School, Royal Hospital School, Culford School, St Felix School and St Benedict’s RC School.
West Suffolk College, Suffolk New College, East Coast College and Framlingham College lead the way in terms of tertiary education.
The University of Sussex attracts students from around the world and has just launched its new research and engineering facility at BT’s Adastral Park – their DigiTech Centre – for students within the School of Engineering Arts, Science and Technology (EAST).
Where to live in Suffolk
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