Halesworth’s town centre is home to many independently owned businesses housed in buildings dating back as far as the 16th century. There are over 100 businesses along the semi-pedestrianised Thoroughfare and Market Place with a selection shops selling homewares, clothing and accessories, jewellery, gifts, crafts, antiques and vintage items, pet supplies, flowers, groceries and locally reared meat from our independent butcher. We have a wide range of places to stop for a drink and a bite to eat with freshly prepared home-baked treats and meals at our cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town centre is also home to a number of health and beauty businesses and other professional service businesses serving the local community. Our Market Place is host to a long-established weekly market every Wednesday morning (except bank holidays) with regular stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and bread among others.
If shopping is not reason enough for a visit, we also have the lively New Cut arts centre and over 50 acres of accessible greenspace a stones’ throw from the Thoroughfare. The arts centre offers an eclectic mix of entertainment from live music and theatre, children’s cinema, art exhibitions and weekly classes and workshops, whilst the Millennium Green and newly developed play area in the town park are a perfect place to explore with all the family, even the 4-legged ones.
Less than 10 miles from the Suffolk Heritage coast, Halesworth is one of Suffolk’s prettiest market towns with a history of brewing, malting and agriculture there is plenty of character, including the carved Gothic House, a Tudor Rectory and Elizabethan almshouses. Our town prides itself on offering traditional values, focusing on friendliness and helpfulness, we’re here to help even if you only need directions! So, whether it’s experiencing the unique, independent shops and eateries of the town centre, or exploring the green spaces and rich culture of our historic market town - we hope you will be glad you took the time to escape the rush, and that you too will lose your heart to Halesworth.