Get to know the towns along the Waveney Valley
The beautiful Waveney Valley is peppered with picturesque towns and villages, each with their own individual character. Discover some of their hidden treasures, locally produced food and drink, thatched cottages, ancient churches, village greens and inviting local pubs, where you will receive a warm and friendly Waveney Valley welcome.
Spend some time wandering around the historic streets of the market town of Eye. From the Norman motte and bailey castle, 15th century church with an exquisite rood screen, Victorian alms houses and Italianate Town Hall, it is a fusion of architectural delights.
Aside from stunning architecture, the town is brimming with cafés, antiques and independent shops. There is plenty to keep any shopaholic entertained in this diminutive town. Read more…
Famous for its mere, one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the country, and its lush green parkland, Diss makes the perfect gateway to the Waveney Valley. The history of this lovely market town can be traced back to the Domesday Book.
Diss has been named one of the healthiest places to live in Norfolk – only one of a handful of towns awarded Cittaslow (literally slow city) status. The aim of Cittaslow is to improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors, by resisting the day-to-day hustle and bustle of modern times encouraging people to take time over enjoyable aspects of life, including food. Read more…
Harleston is an ancient market town situated in the Waveney Valley. Old coaching inns, like the Swan Hotel, remain as a legacy from the days when the town was on the main coaching route from London to Great Yarmouth and it was an important trading centre.
Local traders have always been an important part of community life. Wednesday has been market day since 1259 when the town was granted charter status. It remains a vibrant, bustling market town and was voted Norfolk’s town of the year due to its excellent array of individual speciality shops and eating places. From butchers to bakers, women’s wear to kitchenware, it’s fair to say this town has it all! Read more…
Loddon is a pretty market town on the River Chet, which lies within the Broads National Park, Britain’s largest protected wetland. Take a stroll past some of the town’s historic buildings, protected as a Conservation Area. With its elaborate flint flush-work and fine tower, the beautiful 15th century Holy Trinity Church dominates the town centre as it has for the past 500 years.
While away an afternoon meandering through Beccles’ narrow streets, taking in the quaint architecture and historic quayside. Steeped in history, the narrow streets are home to a wealth of independent retailers offering a unique shopping experience complemented by the weekly market. For those wishing to sample some of the best local produce, the twice-monthly farmers’ market at the historic World War II airfield at Ellough is a must.
Much of the town’s architecture has a strong Flemish influence and many of the fine town houses have Georgian facades to what are in fact much older buildings. The popular quayside, once a herring port, is now home to the myriad of cruisers which moor here to take advantage of the nearby pubs, cafés and picnic area. Read more…
Situated in a loop of the River Waveney, Bungay commands extensive views over lush water meadows, often flooded in winter, but fringed with silver green willows, and grazed by cattle in the summer months.
This time capsule of a town boasts a Roman well, a Saxon church, the remains of a Norman castle and Benedictine priory, and a fine lead-domed Butter Cross. These and many other sights can be visited by following the Bungay Town Trail.
Halesworth is a charming market town, 9 miles from the seaside town of Southwold and the stunning Suffolk Coast. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and delightful villages, the town prides itself on a flourishing blend of the arts, locally produced food, wines and small independent shops.
Visitors looking for cultural delights will be impressed with the choice on offer. The New Cut, an exciting arts venue and vibrant café-bar offers a year-round programme of events, whilst the Halesworth Gallery at Steeple End is the oldest gallery in the town. Read more…