Wool Towns Events

From street fairs to carnivals, art exhibitions to literary events, the Wool Towns host a fantastic array of events for all the family, every week of the year.

The Wool Towns region offers a wealth of refined experiences from fine art galleries, concerts, museums, country houses and cultural and rural events. John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Alfred Munnings and Cedric Morris all lived and worked within the area.  The Wool Towns sit between the historic market towns of Bury St Edmunds and Colchester, and on the East/West axis, between Haverhill and Ipswich.

The Suffolk Heritage coast is within an hour and a half’s drive.

Click on the links below to start discovering all what the Wool Towns has to offer.

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Long Melford | Monthly Farmers Market

A fantastic farmers’ market has returned to this gorgeous Suffolk village, on the second Saturday of every month.

Lots of fabulous small scale local producers will be showcasing their fantastic produce including Yum Yum Tree Fudge, Cambridge cider from Brooks and Conquest, award-winning meat from Heath Farm, Suffolk honey, wild boar sausage rolls and charcuterie, award-winning bread from Wooster’s, gorgeous plants from Bellflower Nursery, local pork from Maypole, handmade candles from The White Candle Company and beautiful cards and cushions from Button Love.

Date: Held on the second Saturday of every month
Time: 9.30am – 1 pm
Location: Long Melford Village Hall (opposite The Bull Hotel), CO10 9JQ

Long Melford | Monthly Antiques & Vintage Fair

A monthly two-day Antiques and vintage fair featuring 50 tables selling Antiques, jewellery, ceramics, collectables, militaria, vintage clothing and accessories, vinyl records, ephemera, kitchenalia etc.

Catering on-site. Free parking. Dog-friendly. Wheelchair accessible.

Date: Takes place on the last Saturday and Sunday of every month
Time: 9.30am – 4 pm
Location: The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9JQ

Long Melford | Open Gardens

Long Melford Open Gardens is now in its 11h year and this year a variety of gardens from courtyard to country house will be on show, along with plants sales and refreshments.

Come and see Long Melford village with its 15th-century church, two Elizabethan mansions and timber frame buildings, said to have one of the longest village streets in the country.


Proceeds help to raise funds for Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.

Date: Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9DT

Kentwell Wool & Topiary Weekend

Watch the wool journey from sheep to cloth!

The shearer will be hard at work in the stableyard, shearing our flock of Norfolk Horn sheep, while a small number of our Tudors will be working with wool at the barns.

The House and Gardens will be open and there will be extra fun for families with our Heffalump Hunt, Storybook Trail and childrens’ games area.

Date: Sat 10th June 2019 – Sun 11th June 2019
Time: 11am to 5pm (both days)
Location: Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9BA
Number: 01787 310 207
Tickets: BOOK HERE

Other regular events in the Wool Towns area:

Lavenham Literary Festival
Month: November
Location: Lavenham, Suffolk
Website: www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.co.uk

Hadleigh Show
Month: May
Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk
Website: www.hadleighshow.co.uk

Clare Priory Craft Fair
Month: July
Location: Clare, Suffolk
Website: www.clarepriory.org.uk/CraftFair

Taste of Sudbury
Month: June
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Website: www.tasteofsudbury.co.uk

Leestock Festival, Long Melford
Month: May
Location: Long Melford, Suffolk
Website: www.leestock.org