With its busy shopping streets and winding lanes full of shops, cafés and restaurants, Woodbridge has all the hustle and bustle of a market town, with the charm of a village where people stop to say hello and shopkeepers know you by name.

Like many market towns, Woodbridge has its own rhythm during the week, including market day, when the town is full of people buying fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cheese.

People flock to the fine art and antiques auctions that take place once a month on a Wednesday and to the regular farmers markets, which create an additional buzz in the town.

Home to many artists and writers, Woodbridge has a thriving arts scene and there's always something going on, with classes and groups for everything from creative writing to painting, together with exhibitions, performances and shows. The town also has numerous sports clubs, including bowls, tennis, golf and sailing.

The shopkeepers and café owners are helpful and friendly, and many organise social events during the week. Jars of Clay invite you to bring along a craft project you're working on for Craft, Coffee, Cake, & Chat every other Wednesday, and Browsers, the town's independent bookshop and café, hosts a regular book club, poetry evenings and author events.

Woodbridge offers a fabulous choice of restaurants, such as The Crown and the Table. The Riverside restaurant is perfect for dinner before seeing a show next door or attending the Woodbridge Film Society – it meets at the Riverside Theatre on the first Monday of every month.

There are some great cafés and restaurants on Market Hill, including the family-run The Galley restaurant, which regularly holds its own lobster weeks and offers a special festival menu that's worth looking out for.

As well as the independent shops and boutiques, Market Hill is home to the Woodbridge Museum, run by a team of volunteers and telling the story of the town from its beginnings as an Anglo Saxon settlement.

In the Thoroughfare, you'll find Honey + Harvey, where the baristas take their coffee very seriously.

The staff in Paul's Fish Box in the nearby Turban Centre recommend dropping in on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, when there's plenty of fresh fish to choose from.

It's also worth popping into the other small independent shops, including Les Chocolats Belges and the Cake Shop Bakery, to pick up something special to take home.

The banks of the River Deben are perfect for a stroll and there's plenty to explore along the Quayside, a charming and historic part of the town, home of the popular Tide Mill Living Museum.

Woodbridge is also perfect for exploring further afield in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and many walkers visit the Orford Ness National Reserve.