Surrounding Area

Woolverstone is situated on the Shotley Peninsula which is formed by the Rivers Orwell and Stour. It is approximately a fifteen minute drive to Ipswich Town centre; the nearby towns of Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Sudbury, Colchester can be reached by car in a little over thirty minutes. Woolverstone is the home of the Ipswich High School, The Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone Marina and Maytrees Bed and Breakfast!

There are many footpaths and bridleways nearby and the country lanes around Maytrees are relatively safe for family cycling. The nearby villages of Freston, Holbrook, Stutton, Tattingstone, Harkstead, Erwarton (Arwarton) Chelmondiston, Pin Mill and Shotley are all easily accessible by cycle and feature on the Cycle South Suffolk leisure route; we are also within ten miles of National Cycle Route Network Route 1. The world renowned Royal Hospital School is less than a 10 minute drive away sitting beside the river Stour.

Alton Water reservoir is a twenty minute cycle ride away boasting an exhilarating four and a half mile circular route around its perimeter, some of this is off road terrain whilst other is tarmac. Alton water is also home to a water sports centre where wind surfers, canoes and boats can be hired, along with bicycles. There is a nearby dry ski slope at the Suffolk Ski Centre and a number of horse riding centres within a ten mile radius of Maytrees.

Shotley Gate has views across to Felixstowe and Harwich and there is a foot ferry available during the summer months to these places. Shotley was the home of HMS Ganges and there is a museum near to Shotley Marina which can be visited. The Church at Shotley has a naval cemetery which includes the dead of HMS Ganges and the war dead of both allied and German forces.

The Suffolk Show is held in June each year at Trinity Park near Ipswich, again just a fifteen minute drive from Maytrees. Jimmy’s Farm is approximately ten minutes drive away, as are Fox’s Marina and Oyster Marina. Ipswich Speedway, Stock Car and the World Hot Rod championship are held at Foxhall Stadium which is about a fifteen minute drive.

Further afield there other attractions including bird watching at RSPB Minsmere, forty five minutes by car, the Ipswich Transport Museum, Museum of East Anglian Life, East Anglian Railway Museum, many local golf courses, Newmarket Races, Sutton Hoo, Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, The Greene King visitors Centre, Go Ape, Suffolk Punch Trust, Thetford Forest, Music at High Lodge, Snape Maltings Music Venue, Framlingham Castle, Kentwell Hall, St Edmundsbury Cathedral.