Leiston Town

Leiston cum Sizewell is a rural town with a population of just 5,400 residents. It is situated one mile from the Suffolk Coast and is included in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with Suffolk Sandlings and RSPB Minsmere being close by. This area is a haven for walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the Suffolk coastline.

Steeped in fascinating history, the town is famous for its industrial heritage, primarily as the home of the world famous Garrett works – one of Great Britain’s finest agricultural and steam engine production lines, opened in 1852 and celebrated today at the town’s Long Shop Museum.

Located in peaceful open fields, on the outskirts of town, the striking and impressive ruins of the 14th century, Leiston Abbey can be visited for free at any time. Owned by English Heritage, the Abbey is one of Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins and is home to Pro Corda, a music organisation, providing education through the medium of chamber music.

Leiston is a interesting town, proud of its working class roots, where residents take time to chat in the bustling high street of useful, independent traders.

Leiston features a variety of eateries, including award winning delicatessens, cafes, Chinese and Indian cuisine as well as delicious traditional fish and chips, with various menus of home cooked food and fine Suffolk ales also offered by the numerous public houses in and around the town.

Leiston is also the home of Suffolk’s oldest purpose built cinema, opened in 1914. Saved from closure by the Town Council in 1976, the versatile Leiston Film Theatre screens the latest films and is equipped with digital sound, digital projection and even 3D cinema – an absolute must for anyone visiting the area.

Surrounded by an array of charming villages, from sleepy hamlets to quirky resorts, Leiston and district boasts many popular attractions worthy of day out in this somewhat undiscovered corner of the Suffolk countryside.

Although Leiston-cum-Sizewell is not generally recognised as a seaside town it is only a short walk to the beach at Sizewell which has always been appreciated by resident and visitor alike.  Ample provision has been made for parking of cars on the cliffs at the seafront, and for coaches alongside the refreshment kiosk.  The long length of beach is excellent for bathing and enjoyable walks can be experienced southwards under the cliffs to Thorpeness or northwards to Dunwich taking in the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere.


November 8th 2015: The Royal Britsh Legion, Leiston Branch, lead the memorial parade through the town.

Leiston has a new Pump Track

What is a Pump Track?

A pump track is a continuous loop of round bumps and banked turns that you ride not by pedaling, but by “pumping.”

What is Pumping?

Pumping is the art of managing pressure to minimize impacts and generate propulsion. Basically, you get heavy on the backs of bumps and light on the fronts of bumps. If you’ve ever skateboarded in a bowl or skied moguls, you’ve pumped.

So now you know..!

Leiston gets fit.

New fitness equipment installed on Victory Road Recreation Ground

Moment of silence

In many parts of the world, people observe a one or more commonly a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time as a sign of respect in the first minute for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living left behind, generally understood to be wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.

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Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group