We are delighted that you are interested in visiting The Woodbridge Shuck Seafood Festival and the many delights of our lovely riverside market town has to offer. This will also be an ideal opportunity to view the recently developed Woodbridge waterfront. You’ll discover an atmospheric blend of style, with both modern and period charm, around our town streets. There are an array of boutiques, cafés, and other contemporary shops alongside centuries-old architecture and a wealth of historical buildings. Best of all, there is no entry fee!
On the doorstep are miles of riverside footpaths alongside the mills and pastures edging the beautiful River Deben. Nearby is the National Trust’s Anglo-Saxon site at Sutton Hoo and the ever-changing seascapes and wooded landscapes which are lovely to explore.
To help you get the most out of Woodbridge and the surrounding area, visit the informative ‘Choose Woodbridge‘ website for details of parking, public transport and special places to visit. Uncover all those secrets only the locals know…
Woodbridge is on the Sustrans Route 1 National Cycleway and is a hub for many other cycle routes Sustrans.org.uk. Other local routes are available from the Tourist Information Centre located at the station.
If visiting The Shuck by train you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how close you are to the action! Woodbridge station is a stop on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line. At the station turn right for a short walk to Tide Mill Way (IP12 1BY). Turn in here and head towards the Tide Mill where you will then find Whisstocks Quayside.
The bus station brings you to the rear of The Turban Centre (Hamblin Road Car Park). Walk back towards the traffic lights (this will bring you onto Quayside), turn right and a short walk will bring you opposite the turning to Tide Mill Way.
You can of course pop over the railway bridge at the train station, next to the Riverside Theatre, and join the river wall for a stroll left (towards the Tide Mill) along the river Deben to Whisstocks Quayside.
For parking, pop IP12 1AA into your sat-nav and this route will bring you into the town centre where you can park in one of the main shopping car parks (New Street). You can exit the car park on foot by various walkways but they will take you either out on to the Thoroughfare or connect you to the bottom of New Street. You can also park in Hamblin Road (IP12 1AA) and Lime Kiln Quay Road (IP12 1AZ) which are also town centre locations. Have a look around the Choose Woodbridge website, a Town Guide (available from many Tourist Information Centres and local outlets), or, once you get here, just ask someone to help – we’re generally a friendly bunch.
Parking charges are (in the main) £2.50 for 4 hours parking and longer stays are up to £6. Be sure to check whether the car park you plan to use is a short or long stay. There are two key parking locations that are FREE – Broomheath and Riverside at Melton. You can park at these locations and walk to The Shuck via the Riverwall.
traveline.org.uk provides bus times and routes and routes to our beautiful town.
We are on the direct train route from Lowestoft and Ipswich and just over an hour away from London. traveline.org.uk, greateranglia.co.uk or nationalrail.co.uk can help you plan your journey and enable you to buy advance tickets. Woodbridge station has a prepaid ticket collection machine. It is also possible to take bikes on many journeys. You can also get off at Melton and enjoy a walk along the riverwall (just walk round the rear of the station and enter via the Riverside car park).
The Taxi office is at the railway station in Woodbridge:
M & R Travel Limited 01394 386 661 or Freephone 0800 169 4269 FREE
Woodbridge is on the Sustrans Route 1 National Cycleway and is a hub for many other cycle routes Sustrans.org.uk Local routes from the Tourist Information Centre. The Deben River Path is a mecca for Mountain Bike enthusiasts.
Programmes including Event Maps, Shuck Special and Pub Trawl locations and general info will be available on the day from The Tea Hut and stallholders. You can also pick up one in advance from Barclays, The Crown At Woodbridge, East of England Co-op, Ye Olde Bell and Steelyard, The Old Mariner, Woodbridge Library Suffolk, The Sandwich Shop, Woodbridge, The Tide Mill Living Museum, The Tea Hut, Woodbridge Rugby Club, The Anchor and The Table.