Needham Market area guide - Suffolk
A small, historic town set in the Gipping Valley, very accessible from the Ipswich to Bury St. Edmunds road and surrounded by beautiful countryside with plenty of walking and cycling routes.
The town and market were deliberately founded in about 1245 and many of the old timber-framed houses can be seen today. One of which is the C15th Church of St. John the Baptist, which possesses one of the most superb hammer beam roofs in England and can be found along the picturesque Town Trail.
The Town Trail starts and ends at the very attractive Needham Lake. The lake is a nature reserve and is a perfect place to spot local wildlife. There are some lovely scenic picnic sites within the reserve to sit and have lunch or if you prefer there are tearooms in the town centre offering a variety of delicious dishes.
The town boasts many unusual, independent and specialist shops and nearby is Alder Carr Farm with a farm shop, pottery, tearoom, gift shop and monthly farmers market.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015