Twin Towns

We have been twinned with Bouchain [France] since 1982 and Eitorf [Germany]. Each year both countries are represented at the Thoroughfare Food Drink and Craft Fair to promote and sell their national produce. The Halesworth contingent reciprocates and travels to Bouchain for their Christmas Market.

Over the years many friendships have been formed facilitating formal and informal exchanges, with previous members from all three towns still hosting.

For more information, please contact: [email protected]


Halesworth & District Twinning Society – forthcoming events

After a successful 35 year anniversary party hosted by Walpole and Cookley Playing Fields Association, our French and German twin towns have invited us to come to the following events:

September 9 (Saturday) Eitorf Visit

A sightseeing trip to the beautiful Rhine valley nearby to Eitorf. We will visit a brewery in Westerwald, where light refreshment will be offered. The journey will then continue to visit a ceramic workshop and museum and the Surprise Tour will be concluded with a meal in Eitorf.

October 14/15 weekend Bouchain Visit

The French have organised a return celebration of 35 years with a gala dinner, a trip to the EDF power station and a famous museum of glass art objects near to Bouchain.

Please note – Places for the power station tour are limited, so please book without delay if you wish to attend.

December 9/10 Bouchain Christmas Market

The annual Christmas market in Bouchain is on December 9th/10th. Here we have a stand selling seasonal drinks and food.

We’re hoping for enough interest in these events to take a mini-bus which will allow people who wouldn’t otherwise come, to travel economically and easily to these interesting and enjoyable events.

If you’re interested in the first two events we need numbers by Friday 28th July latest please. Thank you

Please contact

Dean Price: [email protected]

Tel: 01986 873283

Michelle Rolph: [email protected]

Tel: 01502 478052

Halesworth 3rd Day of Dance

There was a visit from a dance troupe from Eitorf with their dance teacher Mary Kollack.  The girls performed outside the Swan pub with a Can-Can and Charleston.  The visit also included bell ringing at Wenhaston and a day at a beach hut at Southwold.

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Visitors from Bouchain and Eitorf  – Summer 2016

A recent visit to Halesworth of delegations from Bouchain and Eitorf saw a total of 18 French and Germans visitors stay with host families in and around Halesworth. On Saturday evening the Halesworth and District Twinning Society held a party in Holton village hall, with a BBQ and buffet of home made salads and desserts. The U3A ukulele band provided some musical entertainment. On Sunday visitors spent the day with their hosts, and the delegation returned home on Monday morning.  The next event is the visit to the Christmas market in Bouchain, where the English delegation will sell marmalades, Christmas puddings and hot toddies!


Eitorf Spring Trade Fair Trip – April 2016

Six people recently went to the Eitorf Spring Trade Fair in Germany – the Eitorfer Frühling. This took place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2016. Bouchain and Halesworth had stands next to each other in the middle of the pavilion. Visitors were hosted by local families and there was a lovely evening get-together and dinner with the French visitors and German hosts on Saturday night.

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