Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham rainy day

One of the most spectacular timber framed buildings of medieval England at the heart of village life

Lavenham Guildhall Table of battery lanterns turned on with window behindL

Lavenham by lantern light 

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

Lavenham visitor studying text

Priests, Policemen, Cloth, Magic, Soup and stories 

As the seasons change we’re delighted to present a fascinating series of four lecture lunches within the atmospheric setting of the Guildhall. Discover medieval tales of rags to riches and back again, Victorian stories of arson, lawlessness and policing and buildings protected by magic!

Image showing the display of the Taylor family clothing in the Community Room at Lavenham Guildhall

You may not know the name, but you’ll most definitely know the rhyme 

One of Lavenham’s more celebrated transient residents was Jane Taylor. Who was Jane Taylor you might ask? Well you probably won’t know her name, but you’ll most certainly have heard of the famous poem and nursery rhyme she wrote: Twinkle, twinkle little star. Come and see her life celebrated in a new exhibition at the Guildhall.

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 

Ann Baker exhibition

Human Cargo at Lavenham Guildhall 

We will be hosting this sold out evening mixing the spoken word with folk music, telling historic tales of hardship, slavery and transportation as performer Matthew Crampton brings Human Cargo to the Guildhall.

Upcoming events

Spinning Demonstrations

Thu 27 Sep 2018
11:00-17:00
Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of our spinning days 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 13 Oct 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.

Halloween Walk

Fri 26 Oct 2018
16:30-18:30
Come and join us this Halloween for a special ghoulish family walk around Lavenham.

Lavenham by Lantern Light

Sat 03 Nov 2018
18:30-20:00
See the medieval village of Lavenham in a whole new light on our Lantern Walk. The beautiful timber-framed buildings will come alive as you listen to the history of this hidden gem.

Arson and Poaching: Policing West Suffolk in the mid-nineteenth century

Tue 13 Nov 2018
10:45-12:30
Join us for coffee and an informative illustrated talk by Bob Ward; followed by lunch in our lovely beamed tea-room.

Pageants, Priests and Purgatory - Lecture Lunch

Tue 27 Nov 2018
10:45-12:30
Join us for coffee and an informative illustrated talk by Jane Gosling; followed by lunch in our lovely beamed tea-room.
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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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Lavenham Christmas fair at the Guildhall 

Take a trip to Lavenham at the beginning of December and you'll discover the Market Square transformed into the annual Lavenham Christmas Fair, with the whole village coming together to welcome visitors from all over East Anglia and beyond.

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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.