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.

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Woodbridge Riverside Trust

Our Team

Bryan Knibbs

Chairman and Trustee / Director

Annie Leech

Trustee / Director

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

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Join our e-mailing list for e-news here.. IN OUR E-NEWSLETTERS YOU WILL DISCOVER: Progress: We have now achieved our first aim: to secure a community-owned multi-purpose boat shed on the old Whisstocks site. You can find out what will happen next – the news will come thick and fast now that WRT has possession of…

Temporary closure of the Longshed

The Longshed is closed to the public following guidance on reducing the spread of the Covid 19 virus. We aren’t able to keep running practical projects but we are looking at ways of keeping things going using digital media for talks, sharing information and research. We will let you know what’s going on through the…

Yachting on film

Maritime Film Festival – January 2020 Sailors are used to getting windswept, wet and cold, but even we sometimes draw the line at doing this in mid-winter and can be reluctant to venture outside in the midst of winter gales. So what better than watching other doing it on film? To enable sailors to get…

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 : woodbridgeriversidetrust@gmail.com

Our Hours

TUES, WEDS, FRI: 11:00 – 13:00

SAT, SUN: 11:00 – 13:00