Things   to do


bounce on our giant outdoors pillow
and eat Suffolk gelato

or Inside

with our famous Escape Rooms
you'll have lots of fun following clues


Our paddocks have added bounce with the installation of a jumping pillow. 

Free for use to our diners at either the Café or Cookhouse restaurant, it sits at the heart of the paddocks overlooking the Orwell, with fresh air and space a plenty for kids to enjoy the countryside in a safe environment.

Thistle & Fern flower co.

This Christmas, Thistle & Fern is offering our rustic and romantic flowers at Suffolk Food Hall; beautiful wreaths, garlands, table arrangements and bouquets. Due to the recent government announcement, the florists would be working from behind closed doors until 2nd December, but will still be here taking your calls, emails and messages to pre order for collection. Thistle & Fern will also have pretty ‘pick me up bunches’ which are ready to grab from the Food Hall.

Thistle & Fern runs virtual wreath workshops, providing all the support and guidance you will need to create a beautiful 12” festive door wreath from the comfort of your own home! Tickets are £50 per person, and when you book Thistle & Fern will call to discuss your preferred style and colours, and will then create a bespoke wreath making kit (collected from the Food Hall two days prior to your workshop, or delivery POA). Booking essential as places are limited.

To book on to one of the Thistle & Fern workshops or pre-order flowers for collection call 07931 162034, email or message Thistle & Fern on Facebook or Instagram.

Gelato Hut

For the parents with slightly less energy to keep pace with the kids, there is an outside seating area from which to simply watch. Through the spring, summer and autumn seasons our gelato ice cream hut will open its hatch for a real treat after school.


Get outside and active with the kids, take full advantage of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Suffolk Food Hall sits in, enjoy the circular routes created, or wander and create your own. We welcome bikes and well behaved dogs too: so it really can be a family day out.

Walk the Wherstead Explorer or bike around Alton Water.


Our Farm

Whilst being home to the Food Hall, we are also a working farm. We’ve revived our herd of Red Poll cow that we cross with an Aberdeen Angus bull, which are often in the paddocks in front of the Cookhouse and we're delighted to show them off.

pilates, yoga & baby massage

The old Granary Barn behind the Food Hall has been converted into a contemporary 'well being' studio.
For more information, visit Penny Jones Pilates

Field Fit, Bootcamp, OCR, blog

Field Fit

Ultimately, Field Fit embraces a way of getting fit and having loads of fun at the same time, making the most of the great outdoors and training in a way that will motivate you every time because it’s so varied. The best thing about bootcamp’s and OCR is that it is accessible to everyone of all abilities and ages, and it gives adults permission to channel their inner child!

Orwell Fitness

Orwell Fitness is a unique community driven gym based in our barn warehouse on-site. Orwell Fitness was established in 2018 by Kirsty Turner and Darren Hotten with one goal in mind – to provide the most effective, enjoyable fitness experience in Ipswich.

Orwell Fitness has been fully fitted out with two shower and changing rooms, two toilets and an onsite physiotherapy room. The gym offers an extensive range of high end equipment including a multifunctional 34ft rig.

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