Made in Suffolk
For many people Suffolk is a bit of a secret gem but we want to show you how sensational Suffolk is, and surprise and delight you with the variety and quality of what's Made in Suffolk!
Suffolk is home to several world class manufacturers of high quality products including Jim Lawrence.
Jim Lawrence provide handcrafted home furnishings direct from Suffolk. This family run business has a beautiful showroom in Hadleigh
, where the craftsmanship of our products can be seen. With a range of products from bespoke lighting, wrought ironwork, home furnishings and curtain poles there are plenty of items to enhance your home. See Jim Lawrence
Bosch, Dulux & Maltesers - Made in Stowmarket
As well as being a market town, Stowmarket has a strong manufacturing and industrial history which is reflected by the world famous brands such as Dulux and Bosch whose products continue to be made in Stowmarket today.
Stowmarket was once one of England’s major producers of malt with over 70 different maltings and the canalization of the River Gipping in 1793 allowed its products to be transported to Ipswich and then London. Even today the malt for the centre of every Malteser comes from the Muntons factory in Stowmarket – a major employer within the Town.
Greene King Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk is famous for its wonderful selection of traditional British pubs and country inns, and a firm favourite with many a patron is Greene King IPA. Greene King has operated pubs and brewing for over 200 years. The Greene King Brewery
is based in Bury St Edmunds
, and the Greene King Visitor Centre
is located next door. Visitors are invited to track the history of brewing at the museum, see how real beer is produced using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods, and (best of all!) sample the different beers in the Brewery Tap.
Another top UK brewer is Adnams. Based in Southwold
, Adnams talents do not cease at ale - in addition, Adnams is a hotelier, wine & kitchenware merchant, and proud owner of around 70 pubs. Visitors to Southwold can have the full Adnams experience by taking a tour of the Adnams Distillery for £10.00 per person (over 18s only) which includes the tour, tasting and a discount on your first bottles of spirits to take home with you. You can then take some refreshment in an Adnams pub and spend the night in great Adnams hotels.
If cider is your beverage of choice, Aspall's
will tantilise your tastebuds! The Chevallier family has lived at Aspall Hall Farm in the parish of Aspall in Suffolk since 1702. In 1725, Clement Chevallier set about making cyder that was not available in Suffolk at that moment in history. Today, the business produces a range of award-winning apple juice, ciders and vinegars, each widely available throughout the country in local stores, delicatessens, many leading supermarkets and national health food stores. Aspall Cider can even be found in Australia and on the west coast of America!
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James White Drinks Ashbocking
We also produce non alcoholic drinks in Suffolk and James White Drinks Ltd, Ashbocking
is our top producer, offering a great selection of soft drinks and delicious fruit juices. These include freshly pressed apple juices, Big Tom spicy Tomato Juice and the Great Uncle Cornelius collection of traditional non-alcoholic drinks. James White products ae available in supermarkets and local shops across Suffolk, as well as through mail order.
Copella is a British fruit juice company based in Boxford, Suffolk, founded in the 1930s. Copella juices are made from 100% pure pressed apples and apple juice blends. Copella's name and success stems from the late Devora Peake, who set up home in the heart of the Suffolk countryside in the 1930s and started a farm handling and selling soft fruits. After 30 years she began producing juice which was not made from concentrate and contained no added water. Originally the juice was sold as a premium healthy drink in green glass bottles through delicatessens and health food shops. Over the years the business grew steadily with Copella launching its own chilled range in 1994. It was also made available in clear plastic bottles with a new logo which became instantly recognisable.
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We love our food and drink here in Suffolk so you won't be surprised to see that we also produce top quality biscuits, sauces...
Stokes Sauces, Suffolk Mud & Staverton Ewe - Essfoods
Essfoods was founded by Rick Sheepshanks at Rendlesham Hall, near Woodbridge
in May 2004. Born from the belief that food should be honest, clean and taste delicious, rather than quality being compromised in order to reach a price point. “The best you can buy in a jar” summed up Rick’s vision in reviving favourite British sauces, chutney, jams and curds using traditional methods and the finest ingredients such as unrefined raw cane sugar, dead sea salt and Freedom Food free range eggs. Stokes Sauces
is their main brand and products can be found in independent fine food retailers such as delis & farm shops with a growing distribution of a limited number of products via the fine food shelves of larger multiple retailers.
Rick Sheepshanks and his team at Stokes won “Producer of the Year” at the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards 2010
Contact Essfoods, Rendlesham Hall, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2RG
Jimmys Farm, Ipswich
The popular TV show, 'Jimmy's Farm', was a documentary series in 2002 on BBC2 featuring the story of Jimmy Doherty setting up the 'Essex Pig Company', a rare breeds piggery on the outskirts of Ipswich. Today, families are invited to visit Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich
to meet the animals and learn all about about farming, food and nature. There is an adventure playground, a Farm & Nature Trail, a farm shop, a garden shop and The Barn Restaurant all on-site.
Blythburgh Free Range Pork, Blythburgh Found on the menu at The Ivy, no less!!
The pigs that create Blythburgh Free Range Pork
are born on the sandy soils of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, on the outskirts of Halesworth
. The pigs have large paddocks giving them the freedom to roam and play. This extra space and activity not only ensures a vastly improved standard of living and welfare, but it also results in the pigs growing at a slower rate and burning off more calories than a pig in a concrete pen, resulting in a premium pork product.
You can buy Blythburgh Free Range Pork in many of our Suffolk Farm Shops
Silver Spoon from British Sugar
Did you know that much of the sugar beet grown around Suffolk is processed in Bury St Edmunds for Silver Spoon? Unlike many other leading 'UK' brands, Silver Spoon sugar is actually produced in the UK. In fact all their White Granulated and baking sugars are supplied by East Anglian farmers and produced in Bury St Edmunds, and their sugar beet is grown an average of only 30 miles from Bury St Edmunds! So please support our local industry and buy Silver Spoon in your supermarkets
Newmarket RacesNewmarket Racing
is one of the most exciting and most popular racecourses in the UK. Over 2,500 racehorses, 70 licensed trainers and more than 60 stud farms reside in Newmarket
You can join a tour of The National Stud, Newmarket
, to find out what the business of bloodstock is all about, and visit The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket
to discover the origins of racing at Newmarket as well as its modern day heroes.
So as you can see we have a strong Food and Drink offering and we love our animals too so you can find plenty of Dog Friendly places in Suffolk
, and opportunities for horse-riding
However we also have a vibrant cultural and Festival offering too -
Aldeburgh Music - Aldeburgh Festival
The Aldeburgh Festival was founded in 1948 by the composer Benjamin Britten, the singer Peter Pears and the librettist Eric Crozier. The original intention was to provide a home for their opera company, the English Opera Group, but the vision was soon widened to include readings of poetry, literature, drama, lectures and exhibitions of art.
Today, the Festival is managed by Aldeburgh Music in the Snape Maltings
Concert Hall. The Aldeburgh Festival retains a unique character, mostly due to its location in rural Suffolk. It also continues to emphasise the presentation of new music, new interpretations and the rediscovery of forgotten music.
Aldeburgh Music also organise the yearly Snape Proms in August plus a full programme of events throughout the year - discover something fresh and wonderful, like a new work by a young composer or an installation on the beach; or experience the creative process itself by attending an open masterclass or open session - please click on the link for more information.
Another great festival that originated and is still held in Suffolk is the Latitude Festival
. Held every summer in Henham Park Estate on Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast, the festival celebrates the very best from the worlds of music, theatre, comedy, literature, film, poetry, dance, art, fashion & cabaret, and is amongst the most popular festivals held in the UK.
For full details on all festivals held in Suffolk please see Suffolk Festivals
As you would expect from the homeland of Gainsborough and Constable we have a strong arts offering with many local artists inspired by the wonderful open skies and expansive coast. Please keep an eye on current Art Exhibitions
to see contemporary art by our artists
Gainsborough and Constable - Gainsborough's House and Constable Country
Taking the term 'made in Suffolk' quite literally, two of Britain’s greatest painters, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, were born in Suffolk - around 10 miles of each other. Each were deeply inspired by their surroundings, and a large part of South Suffolk around Flatford Mill
is known as ‘Constable Country’ as much of the area is reflected in his work.
Gainsborough also left a strong legacy. Situated in the house where he was born in 1727, Gainsborough's House, Sudbury
is a museum and art gallery that displays a large collection of the artist's paintings, drawings and prints as well as temporary exhibitions.
For more information please see Gainsborough and Constable
Maggi HamblingMaggi Hambling
is another well respected artist who was born in and still retains many a connection to Suffolk. Born in Hadleigh
in 1945, Maggi trained at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing and then at the Ipswich School of Art. Today, Maggi's work is world-famous and can be seen in the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Collection, and many other public collections. Maggi created the Scallop sculpture (pictured above) on Aldeburgh
beach, and her studies of dawn in the Orwell Estuary recall the luminous visions of the 19th-century English masters J. M. W. Turner and John Constable.
For more information on other celebrities and public figures who were born or now live in Suffolk please see our article on Famous Suffolk Residents
The Port of Felixstowe
is the largest container port in the UK and one of the largest in Europe - it is also therefore the UK's busiest container port, dealing with approximately 35% of the country's container cargo. In 2005, it was ranked as the 28th busiest container port in the world and the sixth busiest in Europe.
For more details including shipping information please see www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk
Lowestoft Wind Farms
A large wind turbine, named Gulliver, was built in December 2004 and is located near Ness Point in Lowestoft
. It was the first commercial wind turbine in Suffolk. Lowestoft Harbour is the operations centre for the 500 megawatt Greater Gabbard Offshore Windfarm which will be the world’s largest offshore windfarm when the project is complete (expectd 2011). The turbines are located 15 miles off the Suffolk coast, and Lowestoft’s Outer Harbour is used to house the necessary operational support facilities.
Did you know that the Radar was developed in Suffolk between the two World Wars? RAF Bawdsey, operational in 1937, was the first of a chain of radar stations to be built around the coast of Britain. Today you can visit Bawdsey Radar
, where much of the ground breaking work in radar technology took place. Bawdsey Radar was formed by a group of local people in 2003. Its aim is to restore the Transmitter Block and create a permanent exhibition to provide a fitting tribute to the work done at Bawdsey that made radar an operational reality. Bawdsey Radar is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers.
Suffolk Crafts & Courses
Suffolk is fortunate to have many a skilled local craftsmen producing thatched roofs - see Suffolk Thatch
You could go home and thatch your own cottage if you go along to Assington Mill
where they run a range of fantastic courses from straw bale building to Loom-weaving & fabric design - and just about everything in between!
If you fancy applying the 'Made in Suffolk'
label to something you've created yourself, come along to one of the fantastic courses on offer in the county -
There are a number of courses on offer in Suffolk ranging from an afternoon's tester to several days residential courses to really build up your skills. Whatever course you choose to come on you're sure to enjoy your surroundings here in Suffolk. Please see Courses in Suffolk
for more information.
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