The town of Sudbury prospered from its medieval woollen cloth industry and in the 19th century its silk industry, which explains the many three storey weavers cottages, where the weavers worked at their looms, lit by the large first floor windows.
Sudbury has a good range of independent shops as well as a local
market, with a Farmers Market held in the town on the last Friday of
Boat trips are available on the River Stour; including the River Stour Trusts electric launch called Rosette, which takes visitors down the river to a riverside pub.
In addition to both angling and coarse fishing, there are some lovely
riverside walks. For golf enthusiasts there is Newton Green Golf Club or
the Stoke By Nayland Golf Course. Also down by the river is 'The Quay'
an old warehouse that has been converted into an intimate theatre
in a building that dates from 1792. The theatre has an upstairs bar with
fine views over the river. Open during lunchtimes and evenings for
drinks, as well as putting on interesting productions throughout the
The large church of St. Peters at the eastern end of the market place is used as a venue for concerts, craft fairs and other events.
Outside on the north side of the church is the famous drinking trough where, in the book "101 Dalmatians", Pongo and Perdita took a drink at midnight.
The Kingfisher Leisure Centre is an indoor water based leisure centre with a wave machine, sauna, spa bath and fitness gym. There is also a ten pin bowling at Sudbury Bowl.The Valley Walk for walkers and cyclist offers good views of the town and river. The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership operate a rail route between Marks Tey (Essex) and Sudbury. Named "The Gainsborough Line", it starts in the village of Marks Tey, travels through the village of Chappel through to the Hamlet of Bures before finishing at Sudbury.
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