SUFFOLK TOURIST GUIDE

Stowmarket

Stowmarket Guide


Stowmarket is the largest town in the district of Mid Suffolk with a population of approximately 19,000 and it sits conveniently on the major trunk road of the A14 equidistant between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. With excellent rail links to London Liverpool Street (1h 25mins), Cambridge (1h 10mins) and Norwich (35mins), the town is expanding fast with the population predicted to reach in excess of 60,000 within a 10 mile radius by 2015.

Stowmarket Guide


In 2011 development work at The Museum of East Anglian Life (see above) began, as well as refurbishment work at the new John Peel Centre for Creative Arts. There are also plans to carry out major improvements in the Town Centre with a row of 1960s buildings having been earmarked for demolition to be replaced by modern, large retail units.

Stowmarket – A Brief History



Mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086 the town had a population of only 200. The medieval heart of Stowmarket lies around the parish church of St. Peter and St. Mary and in the area leading down to the riverbank. Today the town has 131 buildings listed by the Department of National Heritage as buildings of special architectural or historic interest and one, the parish church, is classified as being of “exceptional interest”. The large Town Centre Conservation Area has a predominance of Georgian architecture within it.

Edward III granted the Town a market charter in July 1347 and the market continues to serve local people every Thursday and Saturday in the Market Place. This popular traditional market is supplemented with monthly Farmers Markets and occasional continental and specialist markets.

Why visit Stowmarket?


Museum of East Anglian Life


The Museum of East Anglian Life: Stowmarket is home to the Museum of East Anglian Life where you can discover the history and natural world of East Anglia, learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with powerful engines. You can also meet the friendly animals including ‘Major’ the Suffolk Punch Horse as well as rare breeds of cattle and sheep. There are nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails and 15 splendidly restored historic buildings on the beautiful 75 acre site. You can also discover some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe.

Helmingham Hall Gardens, Stowmarket


Helmingham Hall Gardens: Helmingham Hall Gardens see a wide variety visitors, from all over the world visiting the captivating gardens each year. The gardens surround the impressive Tudor moated Hall set in a 400 year old ancient deer park. A visit to the gardens makes a perfect day out for everyone. There is a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy the serenity and tranquillity. Most groups take the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch or a cream tea in the Coach House and to visit the gift shop, produce and plant stall.

The Regal Cinema/Theatre: The Regal has had an interesting last few years; refurbished in 2007, change of management in 2008, fire damaged in 2009, refurbished again in 2010! It is the only purpose built cinema in Mid Suffolk and has enjoyed increasing attendances in recent years. The refurbishment has seen the building transformed into a classy and pleasant venue in which to enjoy a film or live show and recently hosted two comedy nights as part of the Town’s summer and winter festivals. It also features a comfortable lounge / bar area in which to relax with a drink before or after a show. The venue is set for future improvement in 2011 with the planned installation of a digital projector whilst there are future plans to install 3D projection.
For more information visit www.regalstowmarket.co.uk

Stowmarket Guide

Street Entertainment: The market place hosts a number of music acts. Stowmarket Festival was the catalyst for market place entertainment in 2010 and went on to host live music on every Wednesday during August along with an open air cafe. Please see Stowmarket Festival - Suffolk Festivals.

Stowmarket

The Town Centre including Bury Street and the Old Fox Yard: With a unique blend of national and independent retailers the compact Town centre of Stowmarket has much more to offer than you might first think. There is a blend of family run specialist stores and national chains that provide a wide range of products.

Street Markets: Stowmarket hosts a popular street market in the Town Centre every Thursday and Saturday featuring a wide range of stalls selling a variety of products. The market has grown in recent years and the Thursday market in particular is a lively and vibrant place, full of stalls and customers. A Farmers' Market is held on the first Friday of every month selling locally sourced quality produce.

Visit Stowmarket soon!

Most Read Articles

Things to do in Suffolk
You'll find lots of things to do in Suffolk to everyone’s taste and pocket.
Dog Friendly Accommodation in Suffolk
Find the perfect pet friendly place for your Suffolk stay.
May Bank Holiday Events in Suffolk
Guide to days out and activities over the long weekend in Suffolk this May!

We have a great many other interesting articles for you to read!

Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Suffolk Tourist Guide
Cottages.com, Suffolk
Cottages.com, Suffolk
Broadland Sands Holiday Park, Lowestoft
Broadland Sands Holiday Park, Lowestoft
Iken Canoe, Snape
Iken Canoe, Snape
Kessingland Beach Park Resorts, Kessingland
Kessingland Beach Park Resorts, Kessingland
Join Us Here
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
The Great House, Lavenham
The Great House, Lavenham
The Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Amber Shop, Southwold
The Amber Shop, Southwold
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Woodfarm Barns, Luxury Holiday Cottages, Crowfield
Woodfarm Barns, Luxury Holiday Cottages, Crowfield
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
Go Ape, Thetford
Go Ape, Thetford
Stonham Barns Leisure  &  Retail Village
Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Suffolk Secrets Holiday Cottages
Suffolk Secrets Holiday Cottages
RSPB Suffolk
RSPB Suffolk
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe
Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe
The Moon  &  Sixpence Holiday Park, Woodbridge
The Moon & Sixpence Holiday Park, Woodbridge
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
The Cock Inn, Polstead
The Cock Inn, Polstead
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
R3FSG – Suffolk Tourist Guide, Globe House, 24 Turret Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DL