Saxmundham (known locally as ‘Sax’) is an historic market town in east Suffolk. With a population today of nearly 5,000, Sax offers an attractive range of local shops (including longstanding independents) and services, as well as two major supermarkets in the centre. The town has a primary and secondary school, library, and doctor’s and dentist’s surgeries.
Saxmundham itself has a stimulating and diverse range of buildings and sites from different eras of its past, many of which can be enjoyed if you walk the ‘town trail’.
The Market Hall on the High Street, which dates to 1846, is not only a notable building, but a valued community asset (of which the Town Council is trustee) for leisure activities and entertainments (online booking from its website).
The town has doubled in size over the last 30 years; the oldest parts of town are mainly within a Conservation Area around the High Street. Newer housing estates have been built to the west (across to the A12 bypass) and east (up Church Hill).
For outside leisure activities, the Saxmundham Sports & Recreational Club charity provides sporting facilities such as a bowls green, cricket and football pitches, tennis courts, and the site also has an adventure playground for children.
Saxmundham Town Council looks after the Memorial Field on Rendham Road with its skatepark and play facilities, and there are several other children’s play areas across the town.
You can also book the Market Hall on the High Street (held on trust by the Town Council for the community) for a wide range of leisure activities, from keep-fit or yoga to concerts, dances or quiz nights!