The illustrations in the Woodbridge Town Guide visibly demonstrate what an attractive town Woodbridge is.
These illustrations include a painting by Woodbridge artist, Michael Coulter. The painting, The River Deben at Woodbridge, pictured below, captures the excitement of feeding birds on the river walk, one of the many wonderful walks described in the guide. Michael’s view on the town is summed up by what he wrote in the guide: “Everything you need and enjoy can be found in Woodbridge.” His watercolours are also available as cards. For more information, go to www.coultercards.co.uk.
Painting by Michael Coulter
The Woodbridge Town Guide also contains descriptions of the places to eat and drink and the numerous independent shops to visit in the town. To make sure you know where you can collect one of the guides, shops at all four corners of the town – plus one in the middle – have stocked up with them.
Approaching Woodbridge from the Ipswich direction, pop in to Notcutts garden centre at the end of Cumberland Street. Here you can browse the plant displays and the new show garden. Notcutts is a family owned business rich in heritage and history which started here in Woodbridge in 1897.
At the easterly point of the town, by the railway station, you can collect the guides from the florist Lilac Thyme. Its owner, Patti Mulcahy, invites you in to see where she creates beautiful flowers for all occasions. You can tell her what you want in a bouquet, or leave it to her inspiration and experience.
If you park in the main car park off Station Road, behind the Co-op, and turn right as you go through the pillars by the Thoroughfare, you will come to two ladies’ boutiques opposite each other that both have a good stock of the town guides.
Adams Apple has provided ladies’ fashion in Woodbridge for 45 years. The boutique offers a full range of quality, casual, smart and special occasion clothing at affordable prices, with a range of accessories to complement any outfit.
Holly Blue Boutique has knowledgeable staff supplying clothes and accessories for all ages. As they say in the guide: “Visit us for your retail therapy.”
If you approach the town from the west, via the Market Square, Woodbridge Violins has guides for you too. The timber-framed shop is worth a visit in its own right. Its owner, Russell Stowe, optimises the creative talent operating in Woodbridge. He is a violin maker of rare distinction.
In the centre of town, just off the Thoroughfare and opposite the Cake Shop, is Gobbitts Yard, the creative hub of Woodbridge. Here Fiona’s Fabrics stocks a wide range of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery to meet your every need. The on-site workroom offers a range of classes to suit everyone. To book, call 01394 387593.
To find out about other independent outlets, collect a copy of the Choose Woodbridge Town Guide or visit www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk where you also find the best places in town to eat or drink.