The village has a population of some 600 full time residents as well as a number of second home owners. Affordable housing schemes provide the opportunity for local people to remain in the village although the cost of houses in general is above both the local and national level. It has a very good primary school, a doctor’s surgery with its own pharmacy, a fire station and a very sheltered housing scheme.
Orford provides much of interest to residents and visitors.
The River Ore, the Salt Marshes and Havergate Island are all havens for serious bird watchers.
The National Trust Site on the Ness provides a fascinating insight into some of the activities carried out during the Cold War, including nuclear detonator test sites.
The River offers good fishing for Cod, Bass, Herring and Lobster as well as sailing and general exploring.
The impressive Castle housing the Museum captures the imagination of thousands of visitors each year.
A well restored Norman Church and a Methodist Chapel provide opportunities for quiet contemplation away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Local well marked and varied walks and rides for both for horse and cycle.
Orford is famous for its local oysters and smokehouses and has two shops selling a wide range of smoked produce. There is a well stocked village shop, a butcher, an award winning artisan baker, an antiques shop with an estate agency, a village newsagent who delivers house to house and two gift and craft shops. There is also an hotel, the world famous Oysterage Restaurant, two wet fish shops and two pubs. Fresh fish caught by local fishermen are sold on the foreshore. Orford’s economy is increasingly dependent on its tourist trade although it continues to be an active and vibrant community.
Orford has Tennis Courts and a Recreation Sports Ground with its own Clubhouse and children’s play area. Football is played on the Recreation Ground, which is also the site of the Annual Flower Show in August. Other sports and societies thrive including Bowls, Sailing and Badminton.