Hadleigh is a town steeped in history with many ancient buildings and architecture and well known for its annual agricultural show.
The town features many shops, accommodation and purveyors of fine food and drink.
Hadleigh featured in many episodes of the TV series Lovejoy.
Long Melford is a large village located near Lavenham. It has one of the longest high-streets in Suffolk. The best part of a day could easily be spent wandering up and down this street browsing in gift shops, book shops and grabbing a bite to eat and drink in a cafe or maybe sustenance in a restaurant before venturing out again to wander around one of the many art studios or quaint shops selling knick-knacks.
Sights to see beyond the main long high-street are the large parish church with its impressive architecture and detail. Nearby is the 16th century almshouse. Then there is the two stately homes of Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall. Both are worth a visit and many pleasant hours could be spent at either.
Long Melford is also one of the villages featured in the popular TV show Lovejoy due to its popular antiques shops. It has also appeared in other TV series due to its quaint postcard views that take you back to the old days when Long Melford was part of the wool trade and a popular Suffolk-Essex border town.
Lavenham is a picturesque village in the heart of Lovejoy country – an area of Suffolk well known for being featured in the popular TV series. Ian McShane stayed at The Swan in Lavenham while filming, and the very last episode “Last Tango in Lavenham” was filmed here.
Lavenham village consists of a long main street with period english buildings containing shops, cafes, art studios and restaurants. There is a popular circular walk, known as the railway walk, and a 15th century church.
The village is located five miles north east of Sudbury on the A1141 and consists of narrow roads with limited parking. However plenty of parking spaces are available at a nearby car park.
If passing through, a pleasant way to spend a few hours or a day in Lavenham would be to walk main street perusing the various shops and studios and enjoying a drink and cake in a cafe or tea shop. Take a stroll along the circular walk or wander up to the church.
For those staying longer, Lavenham makes a great base for exploring Suffolk. After enjoying a hearty breakfast why not venture out to the neighbouring towns of Long Melford or Sudbury, or venture afield to see what other delights Suffolk has to offer.
Around Halloween each year there is a Ghosts, Witches and legends of Lavenham tour.
The Lavenham Farmers Market is held here on the fourth Sunday of every month.