Woodbridge one of the happiest places to live in UK, according to poll

An iconic Suffolk scene - the Woodbridge tide mill set against blue skies

The Woodbridge Tide Mill is an iconic attraction in the market town. - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge has been named as one of the happiest places to live in the UK, according to an annual poll.

The town finished 13th in the 'Happy at Home' index, which measures happiness by looking at factors such as nature and green spaces, friendliness and community spirit, and amenities.

The market town has previously been named the best place to live in the East of England by the Times.

Woodbridge Mayor, Councillor Sue Bale, is "enormously proud" of the town and added:

"There is so much variety  - the river, the beautiful town centre, independent shops, lovely parks - and it's small enough to get around easily."

"I think residents like the sense of community, the huge variety of activities on offer, the walks, the independent cinema and the fact that you don't have to travel far outside the town for most things."

The historic riverfront town boasts a plethora of attractions, that include Sutton Hoo, The River Walk and Tide Mill as well as many independent shops and food venues.

Set on the banks of the river Deben, Woodbridge has a history that includes rope and sail making as well as boat building.   

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Councillor for Woodbridge, Caroline Page, is also "proud, but unsurprised" by the poll.

"Woodbridge is a place which is embedded in history yet keeps up with the times. We look across to Sutton Hoo, yet we are as concerned with conserving the future as preserving the past - and many, very different, groups join together in this."

Asked about what makes Woodbridge special, Councillor Page said: "The fact that so many groups of all ages and differing beliefs join together here, enthused by something even more than its beautiful architecture and scenery - its beating heart!

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Councillor Caroline Page is "proud" of the town gaining recognition as one of the happiest places to live in the UK. - Credit: Archant

"The excellent facilities, like the living High Street,  cinema, gym, theatres and bus and train stations. I think because they feel they have a stake in the town, that there are people to listen and help make things better- and also  that they can propose and do positive things to make it even better."



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