A trip to the north of the county will have you falling in love with the timeless beauty of the Waveney Valley. You will discover an unspoiled haven with idyllic villages and unique market towns including Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Oakley, Eye, Diss and Harleston. There is something for everyone in this hidden yet tranquil part of Suffolk

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The area is home to several historic market towns that are brimming with character and charm.

Beccles, with its picturesque quay and handsome Georgian architecture, is a delightful town to explore.  Bungay boasts a rich heritage, with its medieval castle ruins and bustling market square. Harleston offers a traditional market town experience with its attractive buildings, independent shops, and regular farmers’ markets.  These towns provide a glimpse into the region’s history and offer opportunities for shopping, dining, and immersing oneself in the local culture.

 The historic ruins of Bungay Castle and the grandeur of Somerleyton Hall provide a glimpse into the region’s past.

The Fisher Theatre in Bungay offers a vibrant program of live performances, ranging from plays to music concerts, while Beccles Lido is a unique outdoor swimming pool that hosts various events throughout the summer months.  Explore the region’s museums and art galleries to uncover the stories and artistic talents that are deeply intertwined with the valley’s history.

 

 

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy in the Waveney Valley.

The river offers opportunities for boating, canoeing and fishing, allowing visitors to appreciate the tranquility of the water and the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Cyclists can explore the region’s picturesque trails, including the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail, which combines art with outdoor exploration.

Man fishing at sunset.
River boating on the Norfolk Broads.

Explore the region’s pubs and restaurants to sample hearty dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

Discover award-winning ales from the area’s famous micro-breweries, to earthy mushrooms, fresh pressed cider and apple juice, rare breed meats and artisan chocolates – you will be spoilt for choice!  Each year the Waveney Valley Food and Drink Festival celebrates this wonderful diversity of food and drink from the heart of the Waveney Valley. Be sure to plan your visit!

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