You will never tire of exploring the unspoilt countryside and picturesque riverside landscape that are in and around Sudbury. The town has many outstanding green spaces and Sudbury Water Meadows are the jewel in the crown, teeming with wildlife and there for all to enjoy.

It is no wonder that the Stour Valley is protected, with its unique and rich biodiversity, this world class landscape is also the gateway to Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

However you prefer to relax, the surrounding countryside will bring endless fun, inspiration and the opportunity to unwind. Here, you can enjoy life’s simple pleasures such as a stroll in the sunshine, a nature ramble or perhaps a row on the Stour. There really is something for everybody and the opportunity to make memories which will last a lifetime.


Whether you want to relax with a walk or run the pre-planned routes, meander by the river or simply wander and admire the flora and fauna in the local parks, there is plenty of choice. Belle Vue Park, with its manicured lawns, trim trails and gardens, is a mile and a half from home. The Croft is another large area of open space where children and adults can enjoy exercise or relax. The circular 3.5 mile walk on the renowned Sudbury Water Meadows is a delight you’ll love to revisit.

If you prefer to get fit on two wheels, there are fascinating cycle trails to explore. You could cycle or walk parts of the 60-mile Stour Valley Park and the many associated routes, including the 33-mile Painter Trail cycle way. Sudbury boasts an excellent range of sports clubs, catering for every interest including football, rugby, cricket, boxing, gymnastics, tennis, karate and bowls.

As you would expect for a town with a long and proud association with the River Stour, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your leisure time on the water, from rowing and canoeing to paddle boarding. At the popular Stour Valley Adventure Centre, less than three miles from Chilton Place, there are organised and self-guided activities on land and water.

Sudbury’s fitness and leisure hub and swimming pool, the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, offers exercise classes to suit everyone. Sudbury Sports Centre, which includes a gym, grass pitches and multi-purpose sports hall, is open to members.


Sudbury has its own food and drink festival, so you know the town is serious about celebrating the good things in life. Whether you want a coffee or hot chocolate in a cafe, pub lunch with friends, dinner or a cocktail, you will find the perfect venue.

The Secret Garden

Friars Street

Everything at the Secret Garden is 100% homemade, from the bread to the jam. There is a strong French influence and the owners enjoy blending food from other countries too. With an outdoor area, this is a beautiful restaurant for lunch, or try the gastronomic specials of Fridays and Saturdays. The rustic breakfasts are not to be missed.

The Riverside

Cross Street

Occupying a prime spot by the river and with a large outside dining area, this restaurant and bar is a favourite with locals and visitors to the town. Offering “the true Taste of Italy”, the Riverside has an extensive menu and also has specials for younger members of the family.


Church Street

Housed in the 16th century home of a merchant, this family-run restaurant has a cosy feel. Alaz is named after a mythological god of fire, reflecting the fact much of the food is cooked over charcoal. The Turkish cuisine can be enjoyed inside the beautiful restaurant or alfresco in a courtyard area.

The Gainsborough

King Street

This pub has local beers and also offers cocktails and a gin menu. There is an outdoor area for dining. The traditional food menu, which includes seasonal and local ingredients, also features grills and burgers made to the pub’s recipe. The Gainsborough hosts regular music events.

The Wagon

Friars Street

This stylish bar and restaurant is tucked away in the town centre. Open from morning coffee through to the cocktail hour, The Wagon’s menu includes modern and traditional dishes. The food offered changes to reflect the seasons. There is a set menu in addition to the wider choice on the main menu.

The Mill Hotel

Walnut Tree Lane

Enjoy The Mill Hotel’s award-winning take on the classic best-of-British menu, with produce sourced straight from Suffolk’s farmers and suppliers whilst in the beautifully converted watermill and surrounded by the countryside and peaceful water meadows.




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Commute, connect and explore by road, rail or air.

Sudbury’s railway station and road links mean you have a choice when you want to get out and about.

In 30 minutes you can join the A14 or the A12, and the motorway network beyond. Be at London Stansted Airport in under an hour and explore the world. London Liverpool Street is an hour and 20 minutes away by train via Marks Tey.

Neighbouring towns and cities are easy to reach, for work or pleasure. Bury St Edmunds, with its Abbey and quaint shops, also boasts The Apex venue. Historic Colchester is a vibrant town with a castle and zoo to visit, when you are not dining at its many restaurants. At Ipswich, don’t miss the exciting Waterfront area with its restaurants and bars. The City of Chelmsford has plenty of shops, including in Bond Street.