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Local Attractions

About the Area

Chelsworth annual open gardens

The village is famous for its annual open gardens which has taken place for over 50 years on the last Sunday in June. The event is held to raise funds for the local church and is extremely successful with a very engaging village community.

For more information visit chelsworth.org.uk

All Saints Church, Chelsworth

The village Charter granted in AD 926 by King Edgar, mentions a church in Chelsworth, and a Domesday Church is first recorded here in 1086.  The church in Chelsworth has been dedicated to All Saint’s from the 12th Century at least.

For more information visit chelsworth.org.uk

Chelsworth Walks and Woodland

The area is full of walking opportunities. There are numerous local footpaths and shown on OS Maps. There are scenic walks along the watermeadows. The Chelsworth Woodland was purchased by the village in 2002 to be a space in which people can walk and relax. It runs to about two acres at the north-west end of the village. 

Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall is a stunning  moated Tudor House, set in over 25 acres of its own gardens and parkland, with numerous historic buildings. They are best known for turning back the clock and hosting re creations of history from Medieval times to WWII.

They offer visitors a chance unrivalled anywhere, to fully immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the past.

For more information about Kentwell Hall and their costumed events visit kentwell.co.uk

Hollow Tree Farm

Hollow Trees has grown significantly over the years. A roadside cart in 1986 is now a 140-acre farm with a farm trail for a great day out with the kids.

Vegetables are picked daily, the meat is home-reared and there is home-baked bread. Local and regional food are on offer. Visit hollowtrees.co.uk

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Bury St Edmunds was once the place where the Saxon kings resided.

For over 1,000 years, the site of Suffolk ’s Cathedral has been one of worship and pilgrimage.

The death of Edmund, King of the East Angles, at the hands of the Danes in 869 led to the building of an abbey to house his remains.

stedscathedral.org

Lavenham

The historic wool town of Lavenham offers a wealth of heritage with over 300 listed buildings and full of half-timbered and often crooked houses. Visit Lavenham Guildhall of Corpus Christi (owned by the National Trust) and the film locations for Harry Potter.

Lavenham features as a background for some the scenes in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Lavenham Guildhall was Harry Potter’s parents’ house and the De Vere house in Water Street also appears in the film.

Hadleigh

The Danish leader Guthrum, is said to be buried in the grounds of St Mary’s Church in the town. He was defeated by King Alfred at the battle of Edington in 878 AD.

Since 1252, a weekly market has been held.

Local Markets

Hadleigh has a regular market. Much larger market in Bury St Edmunds. Sudbury last Friday of every month.  Lavenham has a regular farmers market on the last Sunday of every month. For more information:

suffolk-secrets.co.uk