Stowmarket is an ancient town, although its exact origins are impossible to date. Its name has pre-Saxon roots and evidence of a Roman settlement has been found close to the town centre.
A town trail is available from the Tourist Information Centre, which is based at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Crowe Street.
The Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Mary is part of the Church of England and has stood in the centre of Stowmarket for over 700 years, although there has probably been a Christian Church here since 637AD.
Stowmarket also has a wide selection of shops, cafes, restaurants, a railway station, pubs, cinema, a leisure centre and the River Gipping walk. It is also home to the John Peel Centre for Performing Arts, which has a programme of music and other arts events throughout the year. The centre has been developed in memory of the late John Peel, who lived near Stowmarket and it houses his vast collection of records.
Traditional and farmers markets take place throughout the month.
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Stowmarket is home to The Museum of East Anglian Life. Occupying a site of 80 acres, the museum has lots of great displays including steam traction engines, reconstructed, historic buildings and lots of farm animals, including two Suffolk Punch horses.
There is also a 3km riverside and woodland walk and the newly refurbished Abbot's Hall which has a range of fascinating display about various aspects of life in East Anglia.