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]

Please see the Twining 2018 brochure for more details


Halesworth Honoured with a Street Name in Eitorf

On the 27th April, Dean and Linda from Halesworth travelled to Eitorf for the inauguration of the path.  Also in the photo are Andrea from Bouchain, Marianne, Wolfgang & Elke, Walther from Eitorf.  The main committee in Eitorf decided at their meeting on 27th March 2017 , to name a new path “Halesworth Path.” The path is used by pedestrians and cyclists as a shortcut from the station, over the new Eipbach Bridge to the Siegbalkon, and is intersected by the street “Am Eichelkamp.” This will indicate the connections between Eitorf and Halesworth. Bouchain is honoured by the “Bouchainer Platz”.

Halesworth & District Twinning Society – forthcoming events

28th & 29th April Eitorf Visit

Visit to Eitorf to attend the Frühlingsmesse.
This is a trade fair where we operate a pop-up pub to raise funds for twinning activities.
Your help in running the pub for a few hours is needed.
This visit will require you to organise your own transport arrangements (drive or fly to
Cologne-Bonn), however the Society can arrange hosts.
Contact Dean on 01986 873283 for more details.

20th May
Minibus trip to Bouchain, France.
Pick up 06.30hrs Saturday 19th and return 22.00hrs on Sunday 20th May.
£50.00 per person, payable in advance.
This covers return transport costs plus the Eurotunnel crossing and will take you to the centre of Bouchain where we will be met by our pre-arranged host families.  It is customary to offer a small gift to your hosts, but no other payment is required.  Money will be required for meals and drinks etc. during travel. As you will be staying en-famille, your accommodation and
meals will all be provided by your hosts.
During our stay we may have the opportunity to visit places of local interest, take tours and a meal together in the evening – it all depends on what our French hosts organise for us!
This trip is open to new and existing members of the Society – knowledge of French beneficial, but not required as host families will be arranged according to your fluency.
Accompanied children are particularly welcome and encouraged; host families are selected where there are children of similar ages.
If this trip interests you, but you are unsure about staying with another family,  please ask for an existing member of the Society to contact you who can discuss their own personal experiences.
To book a place email: [email protected]

23rd and 24th June
Our turn to host…..
Visit from French twinning town families for the Halesworth Midsummer Fair, Walpole village barbecue and Halesworth Open Gardens on the 24th.
Helpers and host families needed.

9th and 10th September
Eitorf Surprise Tour to Bouchain (France)….. such a surprise that we don’t even know what it is yet!

8th and 9th December
Visit to Bouchain to attend their Marché de Noel.
This is our main fundraising activity of the year, where we have a stall selling Christmas cakes, marmalade, hot toddies and whisky mac.  A real opportunity to meet the locals and be part of the community.
Stay en-famille with a group meal on the Saturday evening and enjoy a traditional Christmas market on the Sunday.
Minibus travel for this weekend may be available subject to interest levels.
Help with the stall always appreciated (and its great for your French trying to explain what a Whiskey Mac is!)

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.

Dance troupe3

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.