Newton Green Golf Club is a few minutes drive along the A134 beyond the Wyevale Garden Centre; turn right after The Saracen's Head. An 18 hole par 69 course, flat with interesting features. There is a restaurant and bar; green fees welcome on most days. 01787 313215
Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club - Two 18-hole championship golf courses in a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and providing some of the finest golfing facilities in the East of England.
Old Joe's Driving Range Little Cornard, also off the A134 (turn right after the Wyevale Garden Centre, then first left into Joes Road.) Choose from a 9 hole Pitch and Putt course, 18 hole Putting Green or the Driving Range itself then relax in the coffee shop afterwards. 01787 374807
Wheldons Farm Shop - On Joes Road, just beyond the Driving Range, there is the turning to and PYO. Fruit and other local products are available in the shop throughout most of the year and in summer and early autumn you may pick your own soft fruit; what better way to spend a leisurely hour or so. 01787 374322
Spencers Farm Shop - Whickam St Paul CO9 2PX. With coffee shop, campsite and 'pedal tractor grand prix track for kids! 01787 269 476
The river is a lovely location for angling and offers good coarse fishing. Fishing season 16 June to 14 March. A fishing permit is needed from Sudbury Angling Centre, 40 North Street. 01787 312118
Sudbury is at the heart of excellent cycling country although it is not quite as flat as newcomers to East Anglia might imagine. There is a signposted Millenium network of South Suffolk Cycle Routes. Sudbury is at the start of both Route A and the two Loops to Lavenham (A1) and Bures (A2). Cycles hire - www.coolpedals.co.uk 07766 747497
The special atmosphere of the River Stour can be best appreciated from out on the water. The river downstream from Sudbury is eminently suitable for exploring in manually propelled craft, light enough to portage round locks and weirs or negotiate occasional shallows or areas of weed. The River Stour Trust run boat trips from the Granary in Quay Lane, CO10 2AN (see Places To Visit) www.riverstourtrust.org. The Stour Trust is happy for visitors to launch their own light craft from their private slipway by The Granary but you will first need a permit to use the river from The Environment Agency, currently £3.40. 01733 371811
Cricket & football
In summer the Cricket Ground in Quay Lane is a delightful place to sit and watch a weekend game. Sudbury Cricket Club has being playing here since 1891.
AFC Sudbury, the town football club play their Jewson League matches at their ground in Brundon Lane, Ballingdon CO10 7HN.
01787 376213 www.afcsudbury.com
Tenpin bowling and Laserquest
Sudbury Strikes Bowl - a modern ten lane venue with adjacent 'Laserquest' - a bit like paintball but with laser guns!, is in Byford Road, CO10 2YG, just off Northern Road. 01787 312288 www.sudburystrikesbowl.co.uk
Kabookee's Indoor Adventure Playground offers fun for young children. Also toddler area and refreshment facilities. Addison Road CO10 2YW 01787 311143
Belle Vue Park
CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED
Drop in centre for 13-18 year olds
Eden's 45 Club Gainsborough street - Cafe-Bar upstairs serving delicious and affordable alcohol-free cocktails and an atmospheric Screenzone Bar downstairs. Office open during day, Bars on Friday and Saturday evenings. 01787 375247
Sudbury has two nightclubs:
• Eastern's Cafebar Nightclub, 31 Station Road. 01787 374241
• Vita Nightclub, East Street. (Converted from the former Gainsborough Cinema). 01787 371144
Shopping in Sudbury
Sudbury's town centre is a delightful place to shop, with many independent retailers; access is easy, traffic queues are rare and there is plenty of parking, all free. The principal car parks are marked on the accompanying map. Those closest to the town centre have a three hour parking limit but there is usually plenty of space in the unlimited free car parks adjacent to The Kingfisher and the Railway Station. These are only a few minutes walk from the centre.
Events marked with * are held in St Peter's Church:
• February - March: Festival of Music, Speech and Drama
• June: Rotary Prom*; St Peter's Day Service*
• June - early August: Sudbury in Bloom
• July: Summer Horticultural Show*; Street Fair (2nd Friday)
• August: Rowing Regatta and Dragonboat Races (first w/e)
• August: Raft Race (Bank Holiday Monday)
• September: Organ Marathon*; Autumn Horticultural Show*
• October: Model Railway Exhibition*
• October - December: Christmas Card Shop*
• November (last Friday): Street Fair & Christmas Lights switch on
• December: Primary Schools Carol Service*
There is certainly plenty of choice for the visitor. The Tourist Information Centre has a free list available of 8 coffee or tea shops,10 pubs serving food, 5 hotels and restaurants and 19 fast food or takeaway outlets.
Where to stay
Again the TIC Guide 'Where to Stay in the Heart of Suffolk and South Suffolk' gives information on hotel, bed and breakfast and self catering accomodation in Sudbury and the local area. However, there are other hotels and pubs which do not choose to register their accomodation with the Tourist Board; these include The Black Boy, The Hill Lodge Hotel, The Mill Hotel and The Waggon and Horses.
The Suffolk County Council 'Suffolk Area - Comprehensive Timetable Guide' covers both road and rail services in this area. Available from the TIC.
• Rail: The First Great Eastern pay train service operates along the Gainsborough Line to connect Sudbury with the main line into Liverpool Street at Marks Tey.
• Bus: Local services from the Bus Station in Hamilton Road.
• Taxis: The taxi rank is in East Street, opposite the Post Office.
Public toilets can be found at Gaol Lane (behind the Town Hall), Burkitts Lane, The Bus Station and Belle Vue Park.
• Suffolk Free Press. 01787 375271
• Sudbury Mercury. 01787 882272
Sudbury TIC Town Hall, Market Hill. 01787 881320