Wickham Market guide

Wickham Market is a thriving town just a 20 minute drive from the sea!

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success!

Offering a variety of independent shops selling everything from general hardware, home furnishings to food, giftware and clothing, a Post Office, pharmacy, tennis courts and multi-use games area, a skate park and two well established bowls club - something for every member of the family. 

Not forgetting the great choice of places to eat, with two cafés on the square, fish and chip takeaway, Chinese and Indian restaurants and the nearby Greyhound Inn in Pettistree.  Looking for something more active?  Valley Farm Riding & Driving Centre is close by, with its own café, and Glevering Mill golf course.

Ideally placed to explore many of the Suffolk Coast's highlights including the nearby Easton Farm Park, Snape Maltings, Framlingham Castle, Orford Castle, Woodbridge Tide Mill and the National Trust Sutton Hoo. A perfect destination for those all important weekend getaways!

Did you know?

Wickham Market has a rich history, once a pivotal point for access to Framlingham there was a weekly market and two fairs that were granted by Henry VI in 1440. The village continues to supply all the needed provisions locally, more from its' quality local shops!

In the recent past there was an iron and engineering works producing steam engines, water wheels, windmills and machinery especially for corn and flour mills.?

On the outskirts of the village there are spooky encounters at Dragarse Hill. There you will find the remains of Potsford Gibbet last known hanging here was April 1699. The ghost of Jonah Snell is reported to frequent the area. Snell was guilty of grizzly murders and was dragged naked, on his backside up the hill to the gibbet - it is where the name for the hill came from.


    Location


    WICKHAM MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

    1.  All Saints Church with its octagonal tower and 137.5 feet tall lead spire!

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    Come and take a closer look at this beautiful 700 year old church with its elegant octagonal tower, the only example of its type in Suffolk complete with lead spire that dominates the skyline and is visible for miles over the surrounding countryside. The church has beautiful stained glass windows, a 600 year old font with 6 bells in the tower and a Sanctus Bell turret on the eastern gable of the nave.


    2. Bangers on the High Street!

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    A visit to Wickham Market isn't complete without a trip to the award winning butchers 'EW Revett & Son', the birthplace of the famous “Revett’s” Sausages - a delicious traditional sausage made from locally sourced pork! People keep coming from far and wide to stock up on these beauties!


    3. Rackham’s Mill

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    This iconic quintessentially English mill, set in beautiful water meadows, sets off the surrounding landscape and history perfectly. It was established as an animal feed business in 1855 by Reuben Rackham and is still being run today by the same family. Well worth a browse through its vast range of miscellaneous products!

     

    4.  Open Air Market 

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    An open-air mini market is held every Wednesday on the Market Hill from 8.30am to 2.00pm. Stalls include fresh, local seasonal fruit and vegetables, cheese and pies, fresh fish and more. Fair Trade goods, clothing and plants also join the weekly stalls on the third Wednesday of each month.


    5.  Area Archive Centre

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    If you are interested in genealogy and local history then The Archive Centre is a must. It has the largest collection of records outside Suffolk County Council, having information about 23 local parishes.  Visit https://wickhammarketaac.onesuffolk.net to find out more.


    Useful Information

    Check out the Find My Nearest website for helpful information on parking, public toilets, leisure centres, libraries, train stations, cinemas, theatres and museums.

    Further information can be obtained from The Wickham Market Partnership and a map of the town is available here:

    How to get to Wickham Market - Public Transport

     With Suffolk on Board you can plan journeys using public transport from and to a town or village, named station or stop, or point of interest.

    As many destinations along the Suffolk coast are rural there can be limited public transport services on many routes, but there are journey solutions through various local community transport services that will get you to where you want to go/your final destination. These tend to need to be booked in advance but you can find out more and plan your journey at Suffolk on Board. 

    By Bus:

    Local bus services run from Ipswich via Woodbridge 64/65.Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

    By Train:

    With services from Greater Anglia to London Liverpool Street to Ipswich, change there for Lowestoft bound trains alight at Campsea Ashe. Complete the journey by taxi which is about a 10 minute trip. Greater Anglia operates frequent train services. All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website.

    Katchalift:

    A new on-demand taxibus service is running between Framlingham, Wickham Market and Wickham Market Railway Station. Fully electric vehicles pick up from fixed stops around the towns and available on demand 7 days a week. 

    Return journey - £7 (adult) £3 (children)

    Single journey - £4 (adult) £1.50 (children)

    Car Parks in Wickham Market

    The most convenient ways to find parking places in East Suffolk are either via Find My Nearest, and where parking fees apply the council’s RingGo parking service .

    The free RingGo app allows drivers to locate a parking place before starting their journey, receive navigation to it, see how busy car parks are within an area, pay for your parking session and extend it if you need to. Signing up to RingGo is as easy as entering your car’s registration and your payment details.  Find out more about registering and using the service on the RingGo how it works page.

    Crafers car park (rear of 46-50 High Street), Wickham Market, IP13 0QS - Long stay parking and Pay & Display. First half hour is free but you must take a ticket. 

    The Hill car park (on the square) IP13 0RA - Short stay parking and Pay & Display.  First half hour free but you must take a ticket. 

    Chapel Lane car park (near the Medical Centre & Library) IP13 0SB - Short stay parking and Pay & Display. First hour free but you must take a ticket. 

    Travel Information & News

    For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

    For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.

    Covid-19 testing in Suffolk

    You can find useful information on Covid-19 testing on the Government website here;

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

    Local information on how and where to get a PCR test if you have symptoms can be found on Suffolk County Council’s website here;

    https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-testing-in-suffolk/

    Local information on how and where to get a rapid lateral flow test if you do not have symptoms can be found on Suffolk County Council’s website here;

    https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a-test/covid-19-asymptomatic-testing/