Woodbridge Library – Events in January 2023

Opening Hours:

Mon: 10am – 4pm

Tue: 9am – 7:30pm

Wed: 9am – 5:30pm

Thu: 9am – 5:30pm

Fri: 9am – 7pm

Sat: 9am – 5pm

Sun: 10am – 4pm


Please note the following changes to our opening times due to New Year:

New Year’s Day Sunday 1st January – closed.

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January – closed.


The Friends of Woodbridge Library

If you’re enthusiastic about libraries, would enjoy helping to organise library events and are willing to help with our fundraising activities, please ask a member of staff for more details.


Suffolk Libraries and Friends Charity Goodies

Show support for your local library with a Friends bookmark for £1 – which is magnetic, so you won’t lose your page.

Also available is a Suffolk Libraries “I’m a Borrower” tote bags for £3.50, or for £5 you can receive both the tote bag and as much fiction as you can fit inside!


Citizens Advice – Every Monday 10am – 12pm at the library

Free, confidential and impartial advice to everybody regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or disability. No booking necessary.


Open Space – Every Wednesday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

An informal drop-in for anybody interested in their mental health and wellbeing, as well as families and carers. It is run in partnership with Suffolk Mind. Discussions and activities are built from suggestions from the group. For further information please don’t hesitate to contact Woodbridge Library on 01394 330855.


Knitting Group – Every Friday 2pm – 4pm

For all types of knitters from expert to beginners, sewing to crochet, come and share your knowledge or pick up some tips.


Toddle Talk – Thursdays at 10am – 11am

Baby signing classes for babies/toddlers and their carers (4 months-3 years old)

For more information please visit


Woodbridge Board Gamers – Saturday 7th January from 1pm-5pm

Come along to play modern strategy board games, both simple and complex, with a range provided that’s suitable for all age groups. This is an open doors group where all are welcome


Woodbridge Writers Group – 4th and 18th January (First and Third Wednesday of Every Month) 10am – 12pm

Join our friendly group for reciprocal feedback, encouragement, and support regarding anything you’re writing or have written. A group of like-minded writers will be meeting in the Meeting Room.

For more information, E-mail:


Books, Banter and Biscuits’ Book Group – Thursday 12th January 2pm – 4pm

A book group that’s open to everyone, meeting on the second Thursday of every month. They will be discussing The Spy and the Traitor by Ben McIntyre


​Write Now Writing Group – Tuesday 10th January 2pm – 4pm

Are you interested in writing short stories and poetry? Looking to share your work with others and get peer support, exchange ideas and more? We would be delighted for you to join us for our friendly and informal monthly writing group!

Everyone can write – all abilities are welcome. Bring your work or come along and listen to others share their words.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, email


Woodbridge Writers’ Workshop – Tuesday 10th December 5:15pm – 7:15pm

Creative poets and budding authors alike can meet up to share their ideas and gain support from fellow writers at this informal Writers’ Workshop.

All writing abilities are welcome, for more information and to confirm your attendance please contact


Music to Enliven January – Tuesday 17th January 12.45pm for approx. 45 mins

Woodbridge Library hosts free lunchtime music sessions. In January our performers will be a much-loved local duo of Sylvia Fairley and Val Shelley who will be making their post-Covid comeback.

Sylvia is a poet as well as a musician and has entertained audiences in Woodbridge with her witty and perceptive verse. On this occasion it will be her flute playing that will delight the ear. Val Shelley enjoyed a fascinating and notable career as a pianist and nowadays keeps the congregations of St Andrews, Melton in tune! Donations to the work of the Friends of Woodbridge Library will be welcome.


Top Time Play Reading – Thursday 19th January 2pm – 4:30pm

A play reading group that reads all varieties and genres of plays in a shared format, taking place on the third Thursday of every month.


Top Time Games Club – Thursday 26th January 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Improve your vocabulary and exercise your mind muscles with Scrabble or practice strategy and balance with Dominoes.


Local Author Ruth Leigh hosted by The Friends of Woodbridge Library – Thursday 26th January 7.30pm

Ruth has spent most of the last 15 years writing for other people. During lockdown 75% of her freelance work disappeared overnight so she turned to fiction: she made up a woman who is the exact opposite of herself. Rich, posh, skinny and eye-wateringly successful, Isabella M Smugge (as in Bruges) is a starry instamum with millions of followers on social media, a swathe of successful books to her name and every fashion trend within reach of her manicured fingertips.

Ruth writes with both wit and heart. She has three published books in the Isabella M Smugge series and there is nothing she loves more than talking about writing and comedy. She also writes for a number of businesses and charities. Under the title From Downpipe to Dead Salmon she will talk about how a freelancer turned to fiction. You can meet her for an entertaining evening and you can book your place (£8) in person at the Library or by phoning 01394 330855.



Every Wednesday 10.30-10.50amBaby Bounce: Soothing songs and gentle nursery rhymes for babies and their grown-ups

Every Wednesday 11.15-11.45amTot Rock Rhyme and rhythm: music, songs and action rhymes for toddlers with their parents and carers.

Every Friday 10.30-11.00am, Story Time: Stories and more for young children accompanied by an adult.


Me, Myself and Baby (Stay & Play) – Friday 9:30am – 10:15am

A chance for new parents to meet and share experiences in a relaxed environment, gaining peer support.


Book & DVD Sale

Have a browse of the ex-stock books and DVDs for sale. All proceeds go to Suffolk Libraries.

Adult Fiction: 30p each or 4 for £1

Non-Fiction: Individually Priced

Junior Literature: 20p each

DVDs: 50p each or 3 for £1 (Box Sets £1 each)


Meeting room and display boards available for hire

Community / charity / private groups – £12 per hour (minimum booking of two hours)

Commercial / statutory groups – £18 per hour (minimum booking of two hours)

Display boards – £10 per week

Staffed table display in the main library – £10 per half day