At the heart of the Waveney Valley, Harleston is an ancient market town, full of historic buildings, and having an array of individual speciality shops.

With historic coaching inns, cosy tearooms, traditional bakers, butchers and delicatessens serving delicious Norfolk foods, you're sure to find plenty on the menu when visiting this traditional market town.

Harleston museum has displays relating to the life and times of the Harleston area from pre-historic times to the present day. This free museum is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to the end of September and is located next to King George's Hall, Broad Street, Harleston.

The town's free audio trail provides a guided walk around the town. Local people provide commentary guiding you around the town, giving a potent mix of history, memory and gossip... Read more >

Halloween Trail

With Halloween 2020 being a bit different this year, we have come up with some different ideas Join us for a FREE spooky treasure hunt ar...

Upcoming Events

22 October 2020

We will have a Mayflower Halloween Pumpkin Trail around town.  Can you help the Pilgrims search for discover the hidden pumpkins using pictures in shop windows around town and solve the Halloween ridd...

Mayflower: Halloween Pumpkin Trail

31 October 2020

Halloween, fancy dress, fun games for the  children and scary historic walks through the eerie times that  Harleston has been through, be prepared to get a shock.


19 November 2020

*** FREE Event ***
Our Mayflower lecture series continues with a presentation by Rita Cruise O'Brien, Mayflower historian and author.  The Mayflower and the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ began to be held in rever...

Mayflower Lecture Online: The Making of America’s Foundation Myth

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Things to Do and See

Harleston is an ideal centre from which to explore the beautiful Waveney Valley, an area of great beauty and tranquility and an unspoiled haven for wildlife.

Places to Shop

Local traders have always been an important part of Harleston’s rich community life. Wednesday is still market day as it has been since 1259.

Places to Stay

Whether you are looking for a hotel, bed and breakfast of caravan park.  Harleston and the nearby area has accommodation to meet all requirements. 

Whats On

There is always something going on in Harleston and the surrounding area.  There are regular events and activities throughout the year.

Places to Eat and Drink

Harleston has a full variety of places to eat or pick up a snack. Whatever you want, from a full sit down meal, a light bite at lunchtime or a lovely coffee.

Mayflower 400

2020 marks the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Harleston will join the national celebrations based on our local connection.

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