Halesworth is an attractive small market town (population of just over 5,000) in the Waveney District, south-west of Lowestoft. It stands on a small tributary of the River Blyth, 9 miles upstream from Southwold. The town is served by Halesworth railway station on the Ipswich–Lowestoft East Suffolk Line
A Roman settlement, Halesworth has a medieval church, St Mary's, with Victorian additions and a variety of houses, from early medieval timber-framed buildings to the remnants of 19th-century prosperity, when the town was a centre of malting and brewing. Former almshouses are now used to house the Art Gallery and Halesworth & District Museum is situated at Halesworth Railway Station. There are several Town Trails including one on the Town’s history and one on the botanists and explorers Sir William Jackson Hooker and Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, former Directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The latter trail has been updated this year to mark the Bicentenary of Joseph’s birth here in in 1817.
Halesworth Town is centred on a pedestrianised shopping and Café area - the Thoroughfare and the old Market Place which have been transformed by Community Action and 100% engagement of businesses and residents initiated by Anglia In Bloom activity and strongly supported by Halesworth Council. Each year Halesworth now hosts many fairs and festivals. It is also the home of the New Cut Arts Centre and the acclaimed annual Halesworth Arts Festival.
Halesworth has a lovely Town Park awarded a Community Green Flag in 2016/17. This leads into the largest Millennium Green in the UK, with 55 acres of grazing marsh providing a stunning haven for wildlife close to the town centre. The rivers and old Navigation in this area are home to kingfishers, herons and otters.