Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer with a trip to Hadleigh; a pretty, little Suffolk market town close to the Essex border.
Brimming with history and character, made evident in its over 250 listed buildings, Hadleigh is the perfect destination for an afternoon of shopping or a night away. Once a Viking royal town and later a burgeoning wool trade town, it is home to some fantastic architecture, most notable in and around the High Street, Benton Street, George Street and the Market Place, where traditional timber-framed and colour-washed plasterwork buildings abound.
A few hours can easily be spent wandering the High Street, browsing and shopping its independently owned stores and boutiques. Hadleigh has retailers to suit everyone’s tastes, from the famous Partridges hardware store to a traditional toy shop, Osborne and Williams and exclusive clothing boutiques such as Girls Love Roses and Tatty Broyds. The weekly market is held on a Friday.
What’s on in Hadleigh
This month sees the Hadleigh Festival of Gardening and Art come to a close on 17 September after a summer of events since May. In the final week from 11-17 September, ‘The Big Bouquet’ event will feature a Cedric Morris exhibition plus work created by members of the public. The festival which honours artist and plan man Cedric Morris, who lived and worked in Hadleigh, is celebration of all things horticultural and artistic fused together with local stores dressing windows, floral bunting through the High Street and colourful flower displays.
At the same time as ‘The Big Bouquet’, the ‘Bra Ha Ha’ exhibition will be taking place in support of Breast Cancer Care with a display of fun and fantasy bra creations. The festival will come to a close with the Scarecrow Festival, a showcase of homemade models dotted throughout the town.