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Local Markets

Guide to local markets

Hadleigh has a regular small market. Much larger market in Bury St Edmunds. Lavenham has an excellent french market periodically, and regular farmers markets. See the link above for details of these and all the other local markets.

There are excellent farm shops locally, Hollow Trees is very nearby and offers a very wide range of produce, a cafe, farm walks and lambs / piglets etc. to see:

Hollow Trees Farm Shop - multi award-winning in Semer - 1 mile
Hedgerows Farm Shop - Brent Eleigh - 2 miles
Bushy Ley Farm Shop - Elmsett - 4 miles
Alder Carr Farm Shop - 9 miles


The area is loaded with walking opportunities. There are a large number of ancient local footpaths, well signposted and clear shown on OS Maps. The village has a particularly scenic walks along the watermeadows - so it all starts right outside the door!


Take a look at our new Local Walks page - with htree great walks in the immediate vicinity.


Local Walks:EADT Chelsworth walk- this a long standing online article describing one of the prettiest walks around the village area.

Guide to Suffolk walks

Another guide

Books on walking in Suffolk

Horse Riding

There are plenty of horse-riding opportunities in the area. The Essex and Suffolk Hunt operate in the area and can frequently be seen in Chelsworth Park across the river or in the village (and occasionally coming straight through the garden!)

Local Stables:

Swifts Manor Farm - Preston St Mary / Kettlebaston - 2 miles
Boyton Hall Equine Centre - Lindsey (1 mile)
Benton End Stables - Hadleigh
French's Farm - Hadleigh

Click here for guide to Horse Riding in Suffolk


There are innumerable places to fish inland in Suffolk. Coastal sea fishing is popular too. Visitors to the Pottery have free access to several hundred yards of private fishing on the banks of the River Brett in the grounds of The Grange. The river has Chubb, Roach, Perch, Pike, Carp, Bream etc. The fishing is good enough for the local fishing club to hold competitions here 2-3 times per year. All subject to season / rod-license etc.

Click here for general information on fishing in Suffolk

Sailing and Windsurfing

With a long history of sailing, Suffolk has many possiblities for sailing, windsurfing etc. There are many marinas on the Orwell / Stour rivers e.g. at Woolverstone, Levington etc. Large range of inland water activities also at Alton Water

Live Music

There are many nearby venues. Bigger venues are in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester and Snape but many local pubs have regular music nights.

The White Horse at Edwardstone Has Folk and Blues nights about three times per month - bring an instrument if you wish

The Fleece at Kersey: A well-known venue on the UK Jazz Circuit, now in the Mill at Kersey on the River Brett

Aldeburgh Festival / Snape Maltings: long associated with Benjamin Britten, Snape hosts the internationally famous music festival.


Ipswich has a large multiplex and and three multiscreen smaller cinemas. Bury and Colchester have similar. Stowmarket and Sudbury both have small cinemas.


Wolsey Theatre - Ipswich
Theatre Royal - Bury St Edmunds
Quay Theatre - Sudbury
Regent Theatre - Ipswich
Regal Theatre - Stowmarket
Headgate Theatre - Colchester

The Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds is a heritage site in itself. It is the sole surviving example of a Regency playhouse in this country and is particularly worth attending.

Shopping back

Hadleigh and Lavenham have many interesting small shops. Hadleigh residents particularly love Partridges which sells everything from knitting patterns to tractors! Ipswich, Colchester and Bury St Edmunds have a wide range of shops. Further afield Cambridge has an excellent range. No shortage of antique shops locally too!


Cycling Suffolk is a relatively flat county and the driest in the UK. This combined with winding country lanes, old villages, poppy-filled fields and clear skies makes it perfect cycling country. The Suffolk cycle route A1 passed straight by the door and National Cycle Route1 / North Sea Cycle Route pass through Bildeston, 1 mile away. There are good cycle routes in Thetford Forest and around Alton Water.


Cheslworth is not that near any beaches but the Suffolk Coast between Aldeburgh and Southwold is about 35 miles away. These two small towns and the coast between them have a lot to offer with Southwold famous for its beach huts (above).

Need more facts? - Click here for a fascinating (but useless) lot of facts about Suffolk.