The longshed Woodbridge Riverside Trust

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.

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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

Great News; The Longship and Woodbridge Tapestry.

It is critical that in order to protect and display our amazing tapestry panels, each one, as it is completed, will be placed in it’s own box frame. To allow us to purchase the first six frames the Trust is delighted to have been granted a generous donation from the “Arts Society Woodbridge”, a gift…

John Gibbins Gallery Update March 2021

The work to complete the screen wall between the Gallery and the main wokshop is now complete. The new Air conditioning units have been purchased and are on site awaiting the date when they can be installed. Two units required for the installation one of which has been funded through “The New Anglia Visitor /…

Stair Safety Evac+Chair

To further enhance our commitment to the safety of all of visitors to the Longshed Woodbridge Riverside Trust have purchased and installed an Evac+Chair. Funds for the purchase were granted by National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with The Local Connections Fund. The chair will allow the safe evacuation of disabled persons from the John…

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”..

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The Longshed, Tidemill Way, Woodbridge, IP12 1FP

Contact Us

Phone : 01394 610983

Email :

Our Hours

TUES, WEDS, FRI: 11:00 – 13:00

SAT, SUN: 11:00 – 13:00