Set in the heart of the Stour Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the market town of Sudbury is an ancient market town dating back to Saxon time.

For centuries the weaving and silk industry has prospered here and many great houses and churches have been built, giving the town a major historical legacy. Sudbury has been used for television locations, most significantly for BBC’s Lovejoy. It is surrounded by the attractive countryside so often painted by Constable and Gainsborough and by quintessentially English villages. It is an ideal base for a walking holiday. Gainsborough House

The painter Thomas Gainsborough was born here, and a fine collection of his paintings can be seen in his house, which also has a contemporary art gallery and a print workshop offering summer courses.

The Quay theatre puts on a lively programme of events and nearby, visitors can enjoy a lazy boat trip on the River Stour followed by a cream tea at the restored 18th century granary.

Visitors will need plenty of time to explore this ancient market town; there is still a traditional market on Thursdays and Saturdays, a farmers´ market on the last Friday of each month plus a lovely range of shops to explore. Tea shops, restaurants and pubs are plentiful and for something a bit different, there are boat trips on the River Stour and cream teas at The Granary on summer Sundays.

Next to The Granary is The Quay – an intimate, atmospheric theatre in a building dating from 1792 which used to be the town´s grain warehouse. The Quay has a lively programme of events and has also recently started showing films. For the more energetic visitors, The Riverside Walk and water meadows offer an opportunity for a relaxing change of scenery.

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