Visit Stowmarket by train and explore the largest town in Mid-Suffolk.
Stowmarket has much to offer visitors, including shopping, history and culture. It's also surrounded by beautiful countryside, with country parks, walking trails and picturesque villages.
From five supermarkets to High Street names and independent stores, Stowmarket has plenty of choice for shoppers. There's also the twice-weekly street market for fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, as well as a monthly farmers' market featuring high-quality, locally sourced produce.
The town's most famous visitor attraction is the Museum of East Anglian Life, where you can explore the history, heritage, culture and traditional crafts of the region. The 75-acre site has 15 splendid historic buildings, including a working watermill. A varied programme of events includes family days, an annual beer festival, steam and crafts weekends.
Also worth a visit are the ancient St Peter and St Mary Church, with its distinctive spire and tower, and the Recreation Ground – a pleasant green space with a play area, skatepark and ballpark, just a short walk from the town centre.
Playworld Ocean Adventure at the Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre has slides, soft play, cargo nets and tunnels. From April to September, there's also Summer Playworld , with many exciting features such as the Big Toppa tent with ball cannons, go-karts, a bouncy castle, trampolines and the Ball Zone, for practicing football and basketball shots.
Named after the renowned DJ, who lived for many years in nearby Great Finborough, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts features an exciting year-round programme of entertainment and events, including music, poetry, films and talks. The Regal Theatre and Cinema shows the latest hit movies, as well as featuring live theatre relays and occasional live performances.
Stowmarket is surrounding by glorious open countryside, dotted with charming, traditional villages and beauty spots. Places to visit within easy reach of the town include Woolpit Museum, which traces the history of the parish through its people, events and industry, and the Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village, home to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, as well as shops, fishing lakes, a garden centre, a golf centre and a restaurant.
For more information on Stowmarket and the surrounding area go to Visit Suffolk