The 6 Best Things to Do in Stowmarket, England

Stowmarket (/ˈstoʊˌmɑːrkɪt/ STOH-mar-kət) is a small market town in Suffolk, England, on the busy A14 trunk road between Bury St Edmunds to the west and Ipswich to the southeast. The town is on the main railway line between London and Norwich, and lies on the River Gipping, which is joined by its tributary, the River Rat, to the south of the town.

1. Museum of East Anglian Life

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Museum of East Anglian Life

Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet our friendly animals including rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings, including the newly restored Abbot's Hall and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe.

Reviewed By GremAndTabs - Burnham, United KingdomBurnham, United Kingdom

Lots to see and plenty of walking

Even though it is apparently in the middle of Stowmarket, the site is pretty large! The buildings all have many things on display - not just empty like some other heritage sites - and there is plenty to do for adults and children alike. Easy route looks s

2. Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Brockford Station | Wetheringsett, Stowmarket IP14 5LY, England Museums, Art Museums
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Located in the heart of the countryside, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is Suffolk's only standard gauge steam railway. Known locally as the 'Middy', this quaint little line running from Haughley to Laxfield opened in 1904, firstly for freight and later for passengers. The line closed in 1952 and the track was lifted; however in the early 1990's a group of enthusiasts decided to revive this forgotten piece of Suffolk history, firstly as a museum and later by adding a demonstration line for visitors to experience rural travel on vintage trains. The work of the museum was recognised when the Middy was declared the winner of the Suffolk Museum of the Year Award for 2014. Today the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is a registered charity and while the museum may be small, visitors can look forward to a big welcome from our voluntary staff. Upon purchasing your ticket you are able to ride the trains as many times as you wish, and being a season ticket this also allows you to return free of charge throughout the year (except special events days). We have a well-stocked shop, real ale bar, and tearoom serving beverages, home-made cakes and hot snacks. We look forward to welcoming you to the Middy very soon, for more details about our events and opening times.

Reviewed By SophiaMarrakech - Marrakech, MoroccoMarrakech, Morocco

Fabululous Atmoshere

This is a superb place to visit, especially with the family. It is very similar to a movie set and you can, with very little imagination, believe you are back in more elegant times.

3. Flo-ridaz Hovercraft

Memorial Farm Norwich Road, Stowmarket IP14 5LZ, England Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
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5 based on 140 reviews

Flo-ridaz Hovercraft

Reviewed By zvra123 - Oxford, United KingdomOxford, United Kingdom

Fantastic fun!!!

We had a brilliant time at Flo-ridaz - instructor was friendly and patient with us total beginners and gave great advice to help us get better and have lots of fun!It cost us £100 for 4 people to have an hour on the track, which was absolutely worth it!!

4. The Regal Theatre

Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1AY, England Concerts & Shows, Theaters
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

The Regal Theatre

Reviewed By SuzeSuffolk - SuffolkSuffolk

Great local cinema.

Although we visited on one of the hottest days of the year and this theatre does not have air conditioning it was still a pleasant visit. Up to date films in a lovely venue. Polite helpful staff,easy to book in advance online or in person. Comfy seats onl

5. Granary Crafts, Buxhall

Brook Farm, | Buxhall, Stowmarket IP14 3DH, England Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Granary Crafts, Buxhall

Reviewed By suffolkmayhew - Felixstowe, United KingdomFelixstowe, United Kingdom

Amazing

Only open on bank holidays and most weekends in season, so phone first before visit. This place is a secret gem , full of nostalgia and memories. Very suitable for all ages particularly those of a certain age who can remember the 40s, 50s and 60s. Great h

6. John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts

Church Walk, Stowmarket IP14 1ET, England Concerts & Shows, Theaters
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts

Reviewed By Ormstein - Dudley, United KingdomDudley, United Kingdom

A brilliant place for rock n roll

Attended for the first time to catch the East Town Pirates' album launch. From the outside it looked like any of the " converted church" venues that have appeared around the country. However once inside its clear that a whole other level of attention to d

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