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Holidays in Stowmarket

A market town at the heart of Suffolk known for its gypsy heritage

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Stowmarket is a small sunny market town at the heart of Suffolk with excellent rail links to London, Cambridge and Norwich. Mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086, the town is centred around the church of St. Peter and St. Mary which has been classed as a building of “exceptional interest”. There are also another 131 buildings of special architectural or historic interest listed by the Department of National Heritage.

Edward III granted the town a market charter in 1347 and to this day there is a market on Thursday and Saturday in the market place. Try to pop along to one of the monthly farmers markets as well, or one of the special continental markets also held in the square.

One of the most popular places to visit is Helmingham Hall Gardens – an abundance of beautiful gardens lead up to the Tudor Hall, complete with its own moat. Finish off with a cream tea in the Coach House and perhaps buy some plants or gifts from the gift shop to take home.

Another magnificent property is Haughley Park, filled to the brim with bluebells during May and a wonderful day out at any time of year – just make sure that there is an event on when you visit.

Nearby Flatford Mill

You won’t want to miss the Museum of East Anglian Life which gives you an insight to the fascinating Gypsy culture as well as the opportunity to check out the steam engines. Say hello to the animals – rare breeds of cattle and sheep as well as Major, the famous Suffolk Punch Horse are there to welcome you.

You can walk around the nature trails on the river or explore the woodland as well as see the many beautifully restored buildings. There is also a café where you can sample some of the local produce. Granary Crafts in Buxhall and the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts are also worth a visit.

The area is full of pubs, inns and restaurants that you can dine out in as well as cafes where you can stop off for a coffee.

"Get an insight into the fascinating Gypsy Culture at the Museum of East Anglian Life..."

When evening calls, head to the Regal Cinema and Theatre where you can be sure to catch the latest movie or one of the comedy nights they put on.

The market place is also home for musicians plying their trade, especially during the summer when it counts on an open air café as well during the various Stowmarket Festivals. There are lots of shops – both national retailers and quaint little boutique shops selling arts and crafts.

For a bit of fun, have a go on the Hovercrafts at Flo-ridaz Hovercrafts, although if you prefer something a little more tame, take a trip on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway and admire the beautifully restored carriages.

While you’re there

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Hop on to one of the beautifully restored carriages to see the area.

Helmington Hall Gardens

A moated Tudor Hall with an abundance of beautiful gardens to inspire you.

The Museum of East Anglian Life

Gain an insight to the fascinating Gypsy culture of the area.

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