The town’s backbone, is the high street, with just the right eclectic mix of shops, services, restaurants, cafés and pubs. Known for their individuality, quality and care, within a naturally contemporary environment.

All nestling among countryside to take your breath away. Unassuming, yet often spectacular scenes that inspired 18th century painters, Constable and Gainsborough.

Twentieth century artist Cedric Morris spent forty years in Hadleigh. A post impressionist and pioneering gardener, he founded a school with painter and sculptor Arthur Lett-Haines, whose students included Lucian Freud and locally raised Maggi Hambling.

While local hero Oswald Gayford a fearless long-distance flyer, held the world record in 1927, 1933 and 1938.

Sitting on the River Brett, established as a market town in 1252, there is a gentle and yet lively bustle with its population of approximately 9000.

Looking restfully idyllic, the homely atmosphere is testimony to the many families and individuals remaining residents through several generations.

Hadleigh is central to; Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Colchester and Sudbury – and noteworthy villages such as; Clare, Dedham, Kersey, Lavenham and Long Melford.

Social and cultural activities keep this community celebrating their collective wealth.

Expect a friendly welcome and relaxed hospitality wherever you go.




PHOTOS OF HADLEIGH 2017: Hadleigh_2017_photos.PDF


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Wellbeing Walks

May 25 @ 14:00 - 15:00

Digital Cinema – The Light between Oceans

May 25 @ 19:30 - 22:00
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May 26 @ 11:00 - 12:30

Town Tour Past and Present

May 26 @ 11:00 - 12:30

The Great Garden Trail

May 26 @ 13:00 - 17:00
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Three major concerts have been announced as part of the All Hadleigh Music Festival 2018.


Sally Ironmonger performs at the Hadleigh Folk & Acoustic Music Club Night.

On Friday 6 July at the Ansell Centre at 8pm, £5 on the door.

If you can relate to the playful words of Jake Thakray, working class roots of Billy Bragg and rangy vocals of Kirsty McColl you’re going to adore Sally Ironmonger …teasing, thought-provoking, foot-tapping, belly-laughing, ale-swigging, murdering, tear-inducing wordsmith. Also appearing: singer and guitarist Paul Riley who sings and plays folk/near-folk/non-folk and blues.


Hadleigh Community Choir Present Rhythm of Life.

On Saturday 7 July at the United Reformed Church at 730pm, £8 on the door or from John Turnbull 01473 823791 or Stella Scanlon 01473 823477

An exciting mix of popular summer music for all ages and tastes.

After the concert Refreshments in the Ansell Centre (included in ticket price).


Summer Swing and Jazz with the Three Chordettes.

On Sunday 8 July at the Old School Bridge Street at 3pm, £10 tickets in advance from the Idler bookshop or email

Vintage Swing and Jazz from 3 singers based in Suffolk and Essex. Over two acts they will present a programme of popular hits with a repertoire ranging from ragtime to the modern day, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, to All About That Bass.

Ticket includes interval refreshment.


In addition buskers are invited to perform alongside Hadleigh’s Friday market on the morning of 6 July, Felix Simpson will play at 11am, and, the Marketplace will again be the location on Saturday 7th at 1pm enjoy the dancing of the newly formed Boudicca Border Morris.  Please come along to show your support.

Thank you to the Hadleigh Thrift Shop for a generous donation towards Festival expenses.





What book are you reading?
“No time, unless I’m on holiday”

First record you bought?
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross 

Favourite place to visit in Suffolk?

What’s top of your bucket list?
An exotic holiday – a long haul still to come

The last film you saw?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Where do you like to go on holiday?


Working for thirty years selling every clothing brand from designer labels through to high street brands, redundancy became an opportunity, leading in May 2013 and Sue launching Labels to Love. In turn, this becoming three businesses in one. A lot more than might appear from outside is packed into this relatively small premises. A classic boutique and some…

Originally, pre-loved clothing taken in on a commision basis gave the shop a roaring start. Designer labels looking as-new — which is sometimes, literally the case. To complement this, a selection of new stock adorns the racks. One snazzy evening dress surprised me in how inexpensive it was considering its tasteful glamour. On one side Mulberry handbags leap out with their luxury at amazing prices, on another; swish jewellery and shawls.




Top photograph by Peter Cutts