Area Focus – Beccles

 

For those who like to travel under their own steam, or who want to get in touch with nature Beccles offers a huge range of walks and outdoor activities that let you experience the unique joys of East Anglia.

The town is the ideal centre for discovering the regions delectable local produce and thriving arts scene. With a wealth of unique shops, restaurants and galleries, Beccles is sure to have something for every taste.

What’s the History?

Beccles is a market town and is on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, 18 miles away from Norwich. Once a flourishing Saxon Riverport, it lies ON the Waveny valley and the eastern counties railway.  The townscape is dominated by a detached sixteenth-century gothic bell tower, known as the Beccles bell tower, of St Michael’s church. Standing at 97ft tall, the interior of the church was badly damaged by a fire in 1586.  Beccles if thought to date back well beyond 960, when its name was first mentioned in the granting of its manor to St Edmundsbury monastery by King Eadwig.

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Attractions

If you love farmers markets, then you will be in heaven on the 1st and 3rd of Saturday of each month when Beccles Farmers Market takes place at Beccles Heliport in Suffolk.  The market has an average of 30 stalls, selling a vast array of products that include; meat, poultry (including organic), fresh and smoked fish, different types of cheese, fresh vegetables and fruit, chutneys, yoghurt, ice-cream and plenty other sugary delights for the sweet-toothed.

Places to Eat

Beccles Wine Vault is a unique restaurant and bar set over three floors, including the remarkable cellars. Great modern cuisine, including daily specials usually inspired from Lowestoft fish market, plus love music every other Sunday

www.beccleswinevaults.co.uk

Shadingfield Fox – Seven miles south of beccles is this delightful country pub and restaurant that dates back to the 16th century. Sympathetically restored by the owners, it services excellent English food.

www.shadingfieldfox.co.uk

Bear & Bells – Recently refurbished pub in the Market Place serving good traditional food, sourced locally where possible.

www.bearandbells-beccles.co.uk,

 

Shopping

Nestled in the courtyard at the old dairy Beccles lies a treat for anyone with a love of history, design, art of just a good mooch. Vintage Mischief is a wonderful shop to explore and while away an hour of two. Simon Leak and Danielle Spelman run the time machine themselves and have created a multi-roomed adventure back through the last century. Combining Vintage clothing, Mid century furniture and household design icons with some wonderful local and international art. Not forgetting a myriad of household items that will pull on the heart strings with memories of visits to your parents and grandparents homes. The shop is open between 10.00am and 5.00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with plans to open on Wednesdays and Sundays later in the year.

For further information or if you are clearing out the attic please feel free to  make contact

[email protected]

www.vintagemischief.com

07596050868

 

Swan House

“To whet the appetite, awaken the senses, to fascinate, challenge and entertain you…” Swan house is a special restaurant on a historic building, serving wonderful cuisine. With a friendly, atmospheric and intimate surrounding, the boutique and restaurant has regular music evenings, where Monday nights are enlivened by musicians of every genre.

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