Skip surfing and the village show: what a lovely day

In his element

In his element

We had the most fantastic day today in Suffolk, one of my favourite counties and just up the road. We decided to drive out to a little traditional village show, but stopped off in Ipswich to eat our picnic by the marina.

We idly looked in a skip on our way past a restaurant – well you have to, don’t you – and couldn’t believe what we saw. About 100 or so large white restaurant quality plates of various shapes and sizes and in perfect condition had been chucked in there! No one else appeared to have spotted them, so we picked out 6 round dinner plates, and 12 bowls, 6 round and 6 square. We would have taken more, but they were heavy and we had to lug them back to the car, and by then a crowd had gathered and started picking bits out. No one could believe they had just been dumped. The restaurant was closing down but it would have been a criminal waste to send them to the tip.

Can you believe what people throw in skips??

Can you believe what people throw in skips??

The marina has been hugely regenerated and is very smart these days, so it was a lovely place to watch the boats whilst we picnicked. We left in driving rain thinking the village show would be a wash out, but as we neared Butley, where the show was, it was suddenly dry!

We looked at the flower and produce show, watched an assortment of dogs running riot in the arena, bought some plants and a lovely Pyrex casserole dish on the WI stand, and finished it off with a cream tea, which at £2.75 each was an affordable treat.  I love these traditional shows, and wish we had more in Essex!

Village show veg

village show flowers



We decided to drive onto Orford Ness – what a beautiful Suffolk village this is, with its own castle, lovely pubs, picture box cottages and it’s own RSPB reserve. We plan to go back to have a proper look when we have more time.

So a successful and enjoyable day :-).

0 thoughts on “Skip surfing and the village show: what a lovely day

  1. meshelle

    Hi, take the small boat to Orford Ness and spend the way walking round the outpost with its redundant nuclear bomb, test shelters, wildlife, look out tower and lighthouse its a great day out. But be warned, no food or drink to buy and its a good hard 5 mile walk round, Best day out in my eyes and the views are spectacular.

    1. ChickenladyJane Post author

      That’s exactly what we plan to do. We always go out with plenty of food and a flask anyway, but thasnks for the tip. we will wear our walking boots!


    We were fine all day here too – the Suffolk coast, not only beautiful but dryer than everywhere else too 🙂

  3. samantha shearing

    skip surfing, local building site I have enough wood for the log burner for years and I have about 10 village show in a 10 mile radius of me (Cornwall)

  4. Julia

    Wow, what a find! 🙂
    The only show I’ve spotted where I live is the Lambeth Country Show!
    Country??? It’s in south London and backs onto the Thames (ie London Eye) and probably hasn’t seen countryside since the 1700s!! 😀 😀 😀

  5. Pamela

    Suffolk is a lovely county, a little bit gentler than my home county of Norfolk. I used to live in Fressingfield and spent lots of weekends exploring.