Needham Market is more than a village - more a small Suffolk market town - with Hamilton Smith its leading estate agent. And while there is no denying that Ipswich leads the area for shopping and leisure, Needham more than holds it own.
Unlike many a town, Needham's High Street has retained its traditional butcher, baker, Post office and banks. And there is plenty to do, from the regular farmers' markets to the annual Easter Art Show, August Bank Holiday Fete and a splendid Firework Display in November. Other events are advertised in the free Needham Market Newsletter.
One of the town's most popular attractions is Needham lake. Well stocked with fish and a splendid venue for bird spotters, its surrounds have also been used for Open Air Theatre, Local Dog Shows and a Pitch and Putt golf course, open in the summer months.
If you're looking for a period property in Needham Market, most are located around the High Street area, dominated by attractive timber-framed buildings, mostly with Georgian facades. The remaining housing stock tends to be to the South, principally late '60s to early 80's built, though exceptions do exist, of course.
Mid-Suffolk schools have a 3-tier system, with older children travelling to the High School in Stowmarket.
You can visit the Town Council website for more information www.onesuffolk.co.uk/NeedhamMktTC/