A pleasant market town in Suffolk, Needham Market has a fascinating history. The town and market were founded in around 1245 to take commercial advantage of the road that goes from Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds.
By the 1400s the cloth trade was flourishing and the town remained prosperous with merchants from London and the Continent owning many of the large, timber-framed houses.
Needham Market has pubs, cafes, a farmers' market, an antiques centre and several specialist shops.
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Just outside the town is Needham Lake, which is a pretty lake and nature reserve suitable for walks and picnics and several events take place here throughout the year. Keep an eye on our events listings to find out what there is to do here and in the rest of the Heart of Suffolk.
Nearby is Alder Carr Farm with its farm shop, flower and plant centre, pottery, gift shops and cafe/restaurant selling delicious homemade cakes and light lunches.