Woodbridge Riverside Trust The longshed

A thriving community space at the heart of the Woodbridge waterfront


The Longshed hosts an impressive range of events throughout the year.


We run a range of projects which provide valuable opportunities for students and volunteers of all ages to engage with maritime heritage.

About Us

The Longshed has been leased on a long-term basis to WRT by Woodbridge Town Council, and is the focal point of the Trust’s activities.

Welcome to the Longshed

Sae Wylfing Maritime Heritage Centre Skiff Building

The Longshed is a multi-purpose community resource in East Suffolk celebrating our outstanding maritime heritage and riverside environment. The Longshed is home to an exciting range of events and long-term projects, from boat-building and tapestry-making to festivals, exhibitions and performances. This vibrant waterside space enables people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to engage with local history and traditions, develop new practical skills, and shape our waterfront future.

We are normally open to visitors from 11.00-13.00 each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, On Saturdays and Sundays we are open from 10.00am till 3.00pm throughout the year.

 The Anglo-Saxon ship reconstruction in the Longshed is a unique project set up by our sister charity the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company.

Why not get in touch?




Woodbridge Riverside Trust

Our Team

Bryan Knibbs

Chairman and Trustee / Director

Pat Clark

Officer /Associate

Mike Sutton

Trustee / Director

Malcolm Hodd

Trustee / Director

Samantha Simpson

Trustee / Director

Nancy Clay

Trustee / Director

Bradley Higgs


Clare Perkins

Events Administrator


From our blog

“Opera In The Park”on September 12th

Woodbridge Riverside Trust are pleased as “Good Neighbours” to promote the Opera in the Park on the 12th September. To be performed in Elmhurst Park Woodbridge. Director,Adaptor & Narrator; Nick Fowler Producer; Caroline Blois Costumes; Siobhan Chapman Soloists; Lynsey Docherty, Soprano; Anthony Fluam, Tenor; Philip Smith, Baritone; Rob Gildon, Bass. Sponsored by Suffolk County Council,East…

The 10-10-10 Challenge

Nick Cottam, author of Walking the Deben: 10 Walks from Source to Mouth invites a small number of socially distanced walkers to join him for the 10-10-10 Challenge in support of the Woodbridge Riverside Trust. From the 10th to the 19th of September, starting at 10am each day, Nick will be walking all 10 of…

Celebrate Suffolk Day

Suffolk Day 21st June 2020 This year because of the Covid 19 restrictions people won’t be able to enjoy the many celebrations of our beautiful county. There will be a lot less joining with friends and families for parties and visits to places of interest. Not least of all “The Longshed” has its doors closed…

Our supporters

Skiff Building

One of the first projects in the Longshed workshop was a 6-month community skiff-building project (running alongside but separate from the project to reconstruct the full-size replica of the Sutton Ship). The first skiff “Whisstock” was launched in May 2019. A team of local volunteers is now building a second skiff – which will be called “Whisper”..

Get in touch


The Longshed, Tidemill Way, Woodbridge, IP12 1FP

Contact Us

Phone : 01394 610983

Email : woodbridgeriversidetrust@gmail.com

Our Hours

TUES, WEDS, FRI: 11:00 – 13:00

SAT, SUN: 11:00 – 13:00