What's on in Harleston

This is a list of the planned up and coming events in and around the town.  Click here for the annual calendar of key events.

Another Mother's Son (12A)

Date: 23 November 2017
Location: Masonic Rooms, Harleston

Film starts at 2pm and 7.30pm (doors open half an hour before)

The extraordinary true story of Louisa Gould: a tale of defiance, bravery and betrayal set against the backdrop of Nazi occupation on the Channel Islands during WWII. When a Russian soldier escapes the labour camps, seeking shelter, Louisa decides to offer her help, and by doing so, risking the lives of her friends and family who are party to the secret and facing the prospect and deportation to Germany.

Seats £4.00, book at Harleston Information Plus, 01379 851917
Refreshments at the interval, bar at the evening screening

Mendhan Christmas Fair

Date: 25 November 2017
Location: All Saints Church, Mendham, IP20 0NH

Saturday 24 November: 10:00 - 15:00

Start your Christmas shopping at the Mendham Christmas market with a variety of stalls selling handmade cakes, preserves, wreaths and gifts.

There are cakes, savouries and hot light lunches available at the cafe.

Weybread Christmas Fair

Start Date: 25 November 2017
End Date: 26 November 2017
Location: Weybread Hall Farm Barn and Church, Weybread, IP21 5TR

Stalls with Christmas decorations and gifts, Alpaca wool, wood craft, knitted items, gifts for babies, stained glass, fairies, cards, Fair Trade, decorated bottles, painted furniture, pocket money priced gifts and more. There will be crafts, a quiz and competitions specially for the children.

Refreshments: homemade soup, cakes, tea and coffee.

St John's Christmas Fair

Date: 2 December 2017
Location: St John the Baptist, Broad Street, Harleston

Saturday 2 December: 10:00 - 16:00

An exiting range of stalls and games providing festive fun for all ages. Raffle and tombola. Meet Santa'a special elf.

Free entry. Refreshments all day.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Date: 2 December 2017
Location: Market Place, Harleston

Put Saturday 2 December in your diary and combine stress-free Christmas shopping with family fun? Not only does Harleston have an impressive array of independent shops but there will also be a street market with scrumptious food and drink, unique crafts and Christmas gifts, festive wreaths and Christmas trees.

The Lost Elves and The Grinch will be causing mayhem around town whilst Too Many Cooks will provide pop-up entertainment with festive songs and carols.  Santa will be welcoming children to his grotto at Harleston Information Plus in Exchange Street (from 13:00 to 16.30, £3.00 per child) and St John’s Church in Broad Street has a Christmas Fair.

From 15.30 The Thoroughfare will be filled with fairground rides, community stalls and activities. Shops will be staying open late and there will be surprise snow showers to delight kids of all ages. The Loddon Brass Band will be playing festive favourites from 16.30, and the lights switch-on will be preceded by a parade of colourful paper lanterns and fire performers The Thundermentals.  The Christmas lights around town and the Christmas tree (sponsored by Tudor Bakehouse and The Rustic Catering Company) will be switched on at 17.30 by a surprise guest.

There is a full programme of related events which are listed in the brochure, click here.

Quiz Night

Date: 8 December 2017
Location: The Swan Hotel, Harleston

Friday 22 September, 19:00.

It looks easy on the television. But how would you do under the pressure of the competition? Put your general knowledge to the test.

Tickets £2.00 per person, maximum 4 people per team.

Spring Fair

Date: 28 April 2018
Location: Market Place, Harleston

The Spring Fair replaces the Easter Market which Harleston's Future have run in the past.

There will be lots of stalls selling plants, produce, crafts and food, as well as cheery street entertainment. Too Many Cooks will be singing a medfley of songs in the Market place and Spring will be welcomed with music and dances.

Harleston and Waveney Art Trail

Start Date: 19 May 2018
End Date: 28 May 2018
Location: Around Town and Surrounding Area

The Harleston and Waveney Art Trail Collective (also known as HWAT) is a diverse and lively community of professional artists who live and work in the beautiful Waveney Valley, all within reach of Harleston, a small market town on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk. The HWAT has taken place every summer since 2005. Each year the artists open their studios and workshops for two or three consecutive weekends.

In 2018, the two HWAT Open Studios weekends are: 19 – 20 May and 26 – 28 May 2018.

Entry to all studios and workshops is free, browsers are very welcome, and work can be purchased direct from the artists. All the studios are within ten miles of Harleston: you can tour by bike, on foot or by car. Two bicycles are available to hire from the Swan Hotel in the centre of Harleston.

Antiques Market

Date: 17 June 2018
Location: Town Centre, Harleston

This will be the fifth year the town hosts a massive antiques and vintage street market from 9.00 am till 3.00 pm. Over 70 stalls will be selling antiques, distressed and painted furniture, vintage clothes, medals and other priceless memorabilia, curios and all manner of collectibles. It will be a great day to wander, browse, buy or barter, greet strangers and meet friends. The traditional rural crafts tent outside St John’s will return with demonstrations of crafts such as spinning and weaving, longbow making, and blacksmithing. 

Street Party

Date: 17 June 2018
Location: Market Place, Harleston

In the evening the roads will stay closed for families to come out and enjoy a free party in the Market Place and be entertained by singer and performers. There will be a variety of food stalls and the every popular Pimms tent.

Harleston Food and Drink Festival

Date: 6 October 2018
Location: Town Centre, Harleston

The Harleston Food and Drink Festival will return. There will be a Street Market with stalls selling an array of locally-made products, from savoury pies to mouth-watering cakes and pastries, locally-reared meat to bottled preserves and fruit liqueurs, artisan bread to locally made apple juice and cider. There will also be games and activities.



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