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 >


A new website has been developed by Harleston Town Council to help keep our community informed of what is going on in relation to Coronavirus.  These are very worrying times for everyone, we must all work together as a the wonderful community of Harleston.

Please look to this website for regular updates

Upcoming Events

11 July 2020

Encounter working men and women from Harleston’s 17th century history in some of the yards and alleys around the town centre. Hear them talk about their life and occupation, the state of the nation and local gossip about the ‘Founding Fathe...

Mayflower Play and Walk: Living History Re-enactments

15 July 2020

Come and find out about how the American and local East Anglian dialects and languages have evolved since the departure of the Mayflower pilgrims.
Tickets £5 per person (£4 concessions) and can be reserved at info@harlestonsfuture.org.uk  (...

Mayflower Lecture: Old East Anglian Dialect: CANCELLED

16 July 2020

The first Thanksgiving, New England, 1621. Fifty men, women and children from the Mayflower voyage gather for a grand feast. But what are they celebrating? Survival after a gruelling ocean crossing and a merciless winter? The freedom to wor...

Mayflower Play: A New World Odyssey: POSTPONED

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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.

Things to Do and See

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 Shop

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

Places to Stay

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

Whats On

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.

Places to Eat and Drink

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.

Mayflower 400
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