Five reasons to visit Harleston

Harleston is a gem hidden in the heart of the Waveney Valley on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. If you haven’t visited yet, then why not? We’ve got five good reasons to add a visit to this ancient market town.

A street in Harleston

  1. The history. Voted Norfolk Town of the year on several occasions, this historic town features historic buildings packed with character. Old coaching inns remain as a legacy from the days when the town was on the main coaching route from London to Great Yarmouth. Enjoy a wander around the town and take in the sights of the historic town.
  2. Cultural events. Harleston prides itself on its wide range of cultural events, many of which revolve around its vibrant arts community. The annual Harleston & Waveney Art Trail takes place over three weekends in late spring and sees more than 30 professional artists open their studios to the public, showcasing their work and discussing their techniques and approaches.In October ‘A Taste Of Harleston’ takes over the market place with an array of locally-made foodie treats including artisan cheese, pies, cakes and pastries and more. There’s also the chance to enjoy street food such as pulled pork, chilli nachos and hot dogs. Live entertainment and craft activities are also on offer and two local farms open their doors for the day.
  1. The markets. The market which began back in 1259 continues to run on Wednesdays in Harleston from 9am until 1pm. There’s also the Harleston Farmers’ market which is held at the Swan Hotel from 9am until 1pm every third Saturday. You’ll find a range of exciting stalls showcasing locally sourced food and drink as well as a range of household items.
  2. The local countryside. Harleston is surrounded by beautiful countryside, so why not make the most of it by enjoying one of the three circular walks which start and end in Harleston, taking in some beautiful views. There are also plenty of cycle routes to enjoy in the area.
  3. The Beer. Enjoy a visit to one of the local award-winning microbreweries in the area including Grain Brewery and St Peter’s Brewery and try some delicious beers. Visit and to find out more.

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