Halesworth is primarily centred on a pedestrianised shopping street known as the Thoroughfare.Each year the Thoroughfare hosts a popular food, drink and craft fair, termed the "Thoroughfair", to raise money for good causes.The Ipswich Museum houses replicas of the Roman Mildenhall and Sutton Hoo treasures.A gallery devoted to the town's origins includes Anglo-Saxon weapons, jewellery and other artefacts. Towards 700 AD, Frisian potters from the Netherlands area settled in Ipswich and set up the first large-scale potteries in England since Roman times.She said: “It caused me mental problems, having to hide.I was in and out of hospital with depression – in the end I had to come out (as transgender), if I hadn’t I would have killed myself.The modern town took shape in Anglo-Saxon times (7th–8th centuries) around Ipswich dock.As the coastal states of north-western Europe emerged from the collapse of the Roman Empire, essential North Sea trade and communication between eastern Britain and the continent (especially to Scandinavia, and through the Rhine) passed through the former Roman ports of London (serving the kingdoms of Mercia, the East Saxons, Kent) and York (Eoforwic) (serving the Kingdom of Northumbria).
The event was organised by Gender Xplored, the trans support group within Suffolk, with support from Suffolk County Council staff.
It is located 15 miles (24 km) south west of Lowestoft, and stands on a small tributary of the River Blyth, 9 miles (14 km) upstream from Southwold.
The town is served by Halesworth railway station on the Ipswich–Lowestoft East Suffolk Line.
Halesworth is twinned with both Bouchain in France and Eitorf in Germany.
A Roman settlement, Halesworth has a medieval church; St Mary's with Victorian additions and a variety of houses, from early timber-framed buildings to the remnants of Victorian prosperity.