Lavenham Guildhall

More about this place

Lavenham Christmas Fair with lovely multicoloured lit Guildhall behind

Lavenham Christmas Fair 

There’s lots going on at the Guildhall in the run up to Christmas. Our Lantern Walks have proved extremely popular this year and the three day Lavenham Christmas Fair, centered on the Market Place and the Guildhall, is just around the corner on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Bring the family, there‘s something for everyone to enjoy.

Lavenham Station on last day of service 10th April 1961

History and nature on the same track 

Amazingly there were trains running between Melford and Lavenham and beyond for more than one hundred years until its closure in the 1960s. The arrival of the railway brought great change to both communities, and was vital during the war years. Discover the rich legacy of steam and learn about the flora and fauna that have taken over the tracks. Click through to read more.

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What's on 

Lavenham Guildhall Table of battery lanterns turned on with window behindL

Lavenham by lantern 

November sees the return of our popular Lantern Walks; a chance to experience our village in a different light. Strange, engaging and fascinating stories from the past await you on our tour by lantern light.

Upcoming events

Spinning Demonstrations

Thu 21 Dec 2017
11:00-16:00
Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of our spinning Thursdays and see our wonderful volunteers in action; demonstrating the traditional art of spinning wool into the yarn we see and recognise today.

Discover Lavenham's Secrets

Sat 10 Mar 2018
10:30-13:00
Join us for a short talk about the Guildhall over coffee and biscuits before enjoying a guided walk around historic Lavenham uncover secrets and hidden tales. Lovely light lunch included.
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History

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Our work

Lavenham Guildhall front in market square in the sunshine

Conservation on a grand scale 

As part of our work at the Guildhall, we inspect the outside of the building as well as the collection inside. Everything is regularly looked at, inside and out by our building surveyors and conservators. We check for insect and pest damage, wood, brick and plaster deterioration and of course wear and tear in the exhibits themselves.

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Eating and shopping

Tearoom at Lavenham Guildhall Suffolk

Eat in or take something away 

Treat yourself to a cuppa and a freshly baked cake in our Tudor tea-room or take home a souvenir from our shop which has a fine selection of gifts and cards. Or how about a locally grown plant?

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Get involved

Volunteer Room Guides at the Guildhall Lavenham

Join our team 

Volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds help us look after our special places. Whatever you'd like to achieve whether it is a one-off or a longer term commitment for yourself, or with friends and family, we'd love you to be part of it.