Sounds of The Ness on BBC Radio 3 Slow Radio

Posted on June 11, 2019


In Orford Ness: A Post-Apocalyptic Walk – an episode of BBC Radio 3’s Slow Radio series, broadcast in June 2019 – composer Iain Chambers takes a sound recording field trip around Orford Ness.

Ian writes, ‘Today, Orford Ness gives an insight into what a post-apocalyptic built environment might look and sound like. Air ducts once used to ventilate missile laboratories now burst open, exposing the packed nests of roosting birds. This programme takes listeners into buildings that are otherwise out of bounds, revealing the abundant wildlife now ruling the roost in the bomb ballistics buildings – we hear seagulls “playing” the buildings with their cries; bees and skylarks; baby jackdaws duetting with the crunch of gravel footsteps; external metal stairwells transformed into aeolian harps: giant wind chimes peacefully intoning their pentatonic melodies towards the slow-moving vessels on the horizon.’

The programme can be heard at and a podcast version is also available for download.

Pump Street Bakery refurbishment completed

Posted on June 3, 2019


After eight and a half successful years of service the bakery interiors have just had a new lease of life. Pump Street’s renovation will improve customer experience and quality of service. 

We now have a water filling station in the courtyard – always open for everyone to use.

The new interior space has maintained a café with a seated area where customers can sit and enjoy a new simplified breakfast menu and seasonal sandwiches, there is a larger offering of outdoor seating for customers wanting to take their coffee and pastries outside; a takeaway service is also available. 

The design retains a focus on the 15th century heritage building and utilises natural materials throughout the space. One of the ways this is demonstrated within the bakery is by commissioning local artisans to create unique and natural products that are showcased. One example is that of Steven James Will, who creates unique and natural porcelain tableware on the Suffolk coast. 

We pride ourselves in offering outstanding bread and handmade pastries, all made daily in the village. We showcase our bread and pastries in our intimate café by serving breakfasts, sandwiches and savouries alongside the best directly traded, artisanal tea and coffee.

Opening Hours (after 15th June)

  • Tuesday 9am – 4pm (Take Away  Bread, Pastry & Drinks Only)
  • Wednesday 9am – 4pm
  • Thursday 9am – 4pm
  • Friday 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 10am – 4pm