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The local area guide to living in Mildenhall

A well-preserved market town in Suffolk, Mildenhall is well known for the Royal Air Force base located just to its north, RAF Mildenhall. Yet, this charming town has a lot to offer aside from its RAF connections, including a rich history spanning several centuries. By the end of the 16th century, Mildenhall included not only its main town but also a ring of settlements along its outskirts. Today’s town centre is notable for its hexagonal Market Cross dating back to this time period as well as a historic Town Pump.

There’s a strong sense of community in this welcoming town, with a lively market held every Friday since its beginnings by Royal Charter in 1412. Residents still gather here to trade wares and gossip alike. Mildenhall’s St. Mary’s Parish Church is another distinctive feature in the town centre, with ornate carvings and medieval features. Climb up to the top of the church’s tower to enjoy panoramic views of the River Lark and Suffolk countryside, another one of the area’s big draws.

Information about the local residents

The local airbase is the biggest employer in town, and it impacts the local demographics because the United States Air Force also uses its facilities. As a result, Mildenhall has the highest population of American residents in the UK, with 18% born in the USA at the time of the latest census. The population is roughly 10,000 in total, giving the town a small and intimate atmosphere. Unemployment rates are lower in Mildenhall than the rest of Suffolk, as well as the UK in total. However, the percentage of residents who own their own homes is also lower than the national average.

Nearby schools

There are three schools located within Mildenhall, including two primaries and one secondary school. Mildenhall College Academy is the secondary school, also containing a sixth form in a specialty centre. The co-educational school was awarded Technology, Applied Learning, and Science school statuses in 2002. In 2015, 97% of students achieved the L1 threshold of 5 or more GCSEs at A-G, and 62% achieved the L2 threshold. The school was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted as of March 2015.

At the primary school level, residents are in the catchment areas for St. Mary’s and Great Heath. Great Heath Primary School was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in every category. St. Mary’s Church of England Academy is a Christian school founded in the 1860s by Sir Charles Bunbury, set in the Suffolk countryside.

Getting around

Mildenhall’s central bus station was completed in 2005. It now serves as a transport hub for the town, with regular bus services connecting Mildenhall with its neighbouring towns including Bury Saint Edmunds, Newmarket, and Brandon. There are also National Express services which operate daily to destinations like London and airports including Gatwick and Heathrow. The railway station was closed in 1962, so the closest train station can be found 7 miles away in Kennett. It’s an hour and a half drive to central London via the M11 motorway, or an hour up the A11 to Norwich.

Local shops

Mildenhall and its surrounding villages offer no shortage of independent retailers to explore. Shop like a local at the Mildenhall Friday Market, held every week at the central Mildenhall Market Place from 8am to 4pm. You’ll find a selection of fresh groceries and various products from suppliers throughout the region. Fashion-forward favourites on the high street include Charles Stebbing Shoes and Jackie’s Fashions, while Cherrytree Butchers and a Greengrocers offer fresh meat and produce. Residents can also find gift shops, florists, home and garden stores, and cafes along the traditional town centre streets of Mildenhall.

For a wider selection of brand-name retailers, the Arc Shopping Centre is housed in a futuristic building in nearby Bury Saint Edmunds. Just a 25-minute drive from Mildenhall, here you can find retailers from Clarks to Costa in modern surroundings.

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