Stowmarket is a market town and centre of trade for the surrounding area, providing a full range of shopping and banking facilities. The shops are friendly and individual, with a focus on quality and customer care. There is a unique blend of national and independent retailers in the Town centre, with a blend of family run specialist stores and national chains that provide a wide range of products, meaning you can buy anything from a walking stick to a unique gift or outfit. Stowmarket is a pleasure to visit and shop in at any time of year.
Local street markets take place on a Thursday and Saturday which further enhance the unique shopping opportunities provided. Within easy walking distance of the main street there are also high quality visitor attractions, such as the Museum of East Anglian Life, entertainment venues, including the John Peel Centre and Regal Cinema and a number of eating establishments including locally run restaurants, larger chains and pubs.
Town Centre WiFi
Stowmarket Town Council has launched free town centre Wi-Fi. The investment offers a significant development for retailers and business owners, along with the town’s residents and visitors.
Access to the new wi-fi service is free and unlimited to all. Once connected, users will be taken to a landing page which will contain links to useful sites for visitors, residents and businesses.
The free Wi-Fi service covers most of Ipswich Street, the Buttermarket, Wilkes Way and the church yard.
Provision of the Wi-Fi has been made possible by the sponsorship provided by local businesses:
House of Flowers
House of Flowers design and deliver flowers for all occasions in and around Stowmarket in Suffolk, established in 1987 they are well known locally for both quality and customer care. Whether you’re looking for a same day delivery, wedding flowers or floral tributes you’ll always find a fast, friendly service waiting for you.
Baldwins Department Stores are an independent department store chain based in Stowmarket, Ipswich, Dovercourt and now Mersea. Each store has its own abundance of exciting and different products to suit all tastes. The owner, Kevin Baldwin, and his friendly staff have over 100 years combined experience in the retail trade.
PJ’s Barber Shop opened in March 2011 with a goal of providing the most affordable and best barbering service in the Stowmarket region. They now have many loyal customers coming from all over Suffolk and the business continues to grow.
QD Stores are an independently owned chain of discount retail outlets situated throughout the East of England. QD Stores represent the very best in ‘value retailing’ – offering customers constantly changing quality stock at the very lowest prices.
The mix of goods is forever expanding as QD looks to satisfy all customer requirements. Constant improvements in product quality and better sourcing from all over the world coupled with QD’s very low profit margins means it is striving and succeeding to achieve ‘Good Value Always’.
The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts is an ambitious project to provide a lasting tribute to the life and career of the much-loved broadcaster and create a high quality, community-owned, Arts Centre. As well as providing somewhere for the community to come together the team at the centre has, and will continue to bring high-quality acts and performances to the area to inspire people and show what can be achieved. Parking There is one space for blue badge holders outside the
building. Access The entrance is level and wide enough for wheelchair users. There is lift access to the first floor and the centre has an accessible toilet within the building.