Set along a broad, tree-lined street over a mile in length, Long Melford contains a delightful spread of 18th and 19th century fronted shops and houses, interspersed with the occasional original Tudor building. The village has become a major centre for the antiques trade and also has many lovely small shops, galleries, pubs and some fabulous restaurants.
It's a vibrant village with lots of events taking place throughout the year including book fairs, antiques fairs, farmers' markets and several street fairs. The church is magnificent and regular concerts are held there, including weekly lunchtime recitals organised by Melford Music.
These popular lunchtime recitals start at 1.10pm and last for 30-40 minutes. These events, which run from May to the end of September, are free of charge and light refreshments are available. Do keep an eye on our events list for further information.
For more information on the village, please visit the Long Melford website.
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The village is unusual perhaps, in that it has two stately historic houses open to the public. The magnificent Kentwell Hall is a moated mansion approached via a long, tree-flanked drive. Restored in the 1970s by the current owners, it is open to the public and plays host to historic re-creations, open air theatre and opera and many other events.
Melford Hall, owned by the National Trust is also in the village and is open to the public during the summer season. This too, hosts many major events throughout the year.