Getting to, parking and staying in Stowmarket – Traditional Music Day – 2 Sept 2023

Compiled by Jan Robinson, April 2023

Getting to Stowmarket

STOWMARKET BY TRAIN: The town centre is a short walk from Stowmarket Train Station where there is direct access from London/Ipswich/Norwich/Diss/Cambridge/Ely and Peterborough.


STOWMARKET BY CAR: The town is situated a few miles from the A14 (Junctions 49 & 50) and there are several council run car parks in the town.

*The A14 is undergoing major resurfacing works between Junctions 47a and 49 in both directions and at various times of the day this causes major delays in both directions.

Parking in Stowmarket

Click on the above link to find the council website regarding parking in Stowmarket. Scroll down the page until you reach the town. There are several mid and long stay public car parks. The general advice is if you’re staying for the day, avoid short stay/supermarket car parks. The long stay car parks cost £2.50 for over 4 hours. Parking after 6pm is FREE.

Local Taxi firms

Swift Cabs 01449 866899 (based in Stowmarket)
Kelly’s Cabs 01449 866666 (Based in the centre of Stowmarket town)
Stowmarket Taxis 01449 677777 (based at Train Station)
Arrow Taxi Services Ltd 01449 677677 (based in local Stowupland)

Getting to The Walnut – a helping hand!

Stowmarket is very fortunate to have a Rickshaw which we are delighted to have secured between noon and 4.00pm on the day. Most of the venues in the Town are within easy walking distance. The Walnut is an 8-10 minute walk from the centre of town and for those who require a helping hand, the Rickshaw will be available to book on the day. It will be based around Church Walk and a timetable of when it will be departing for the Walnut will be available on the day run to coincide with the various sessions running for the main part of the day. Thanks to our friends Communities Together East Anglia for joining us to provide this service.

Staying in Stowmarket

Camping and Caravanning

The nearest site to Stowmarket is Lakeside, Lower Road, Onehouse IP14 3BX. 01449 613770. Email: Approx 1 mile from centre of Stowmarket.

This site is beside a fishing lake.  Some electric hook ups, washing up facilities, toilets and showers. Children’s area. Dogs welcome. On site cafe open each day from 9 am till 15.30pm, but advisable to book. Arrival and departure times around 12 midday. Pitches £25 to £35 per night. £10 per person per night in a tent.

Opposite the site entrance is the Shepherd & Dog pub and restaurant – 01449 614675. 

Nashoba, Base Green, Wetherden IP14 3LS (Ivan) 01359 241104-07946701925. Approx 4 miles from Stowmarket. Very rural setting.

25 electric hook ups, washing up facilities, toilets and showers, chemical disposal unit. Use of fridge and freezer. Dogs welcome.

Pitches £20 per night, £15 without hook up.

Whitehouse Farm, Upper Town,Wetherden,  IP14 3ND.  Rob 07973 422252. 3 holiday cottages sleeping up to 4 people. 3 cosy shepherd huts and 8 basic camping spaces. Tents £25 per night.  Approx 4 miles Stowmarket. 

Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. 01449 711901. Toilets, showers, washing up area, WC disposal, shop and cafe on site. Pitch £28 with electric. £25 no electric. Approx 8 miles from Stowmarket.

Caravan and Camping Club only

**Red House Farm Caravan Site, Station Road, Haughley IP14 3QP 01449 673323  No washing or shower facilities.  Pitches £17 per night with electric hook up. Approx 3 miles from Stowmarket.

**Red House Barn have two self catering cottages.  Sleeps 2 – £174 for two nights. Sleeps 4 – £241 for two nights.

High Town House, High Town Green, Rattlesden, IP30 0SZ. 07395 272654. Adults only. Shower/toilet block, washing up area, waste disposal. Approx 5 miles to Stowmarket.

Pitches £26 with hook up £20 without

Caravan and Motorhome Club only

Goldings, East End Lane, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AS. 01449 711229. Toilets/shower, pets, waste disposal, laundry room. Pitches £20 with hook up. Approx 7 miles from Stowmarket.

Broughton Hall, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AD. 01449 711277. From £20 per night. Approx 7 miles from Stowmarket.

Hotel/ Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Cedars Hotel, Needham Road, Stowmarket, IP14 2AJ. 01449 612668. Approx 1 mile Stowmarket centre

Travelodge, Tothill, Stowmarket IP14 3PY.  0871 984 6043. Approx 2.5 mile from Stowmarket centre. For other nearby Travelodges around the area see HERE.

Pubs in Stowmarket that welcome musicians over the weekend

We are just finalising a number of local public houses who welcome musicians over the weekend. Thanks to Steve and Peter for working their way around the town sampling ale and speaking with the local landlords. It’s a tough job…

The Walnut, Violet Hill Road, IP14 1NE

The Walnut welcomes musicians all weekend in between the organised events.

On Friday 1st September, Karen & Colin Cater will be running a Song & Music session from 8pm-10pm. All welcome!

The Royal William, 53 Union St East, IP14 1HP

The Royal William welcomes musicians. On Friday 1st September, there will be a music session hosted by Katie Howson and Friends.