Harleston

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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 >

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Easter Egg Hunt 2021

We had hoped to run our annual Easter Egg Hunt around town, but we are all back in self isolation. However, we have found a way to still...

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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

29 August 2021

A family from Harleston were on board the Mayflower ship which sailed to America 400 years ago. They became involved in the very foundation of America as we know it today.There are many buildings surv...

A family from Harleston were on board the Mayflower ship which sailed to America 400 years ago. They became involved in the very foundation of America as we know it today.

There are many buildings surviving today which would have been familiar to our Harleston Mayflower Pilgrims. Take a journey back in time to reveal what lies beneath the modern buildings and discover the Harleston of 1600. Watch as today’s buildings transform into their former selves. Find out why our pilgrims left Harleston and what life was like 400 years ago in the very spot where we stand today.

The ‘Mayflower 400 in Harleston’ walks are being held in conjunction with the 2020 exhibition about the ‘Mayflower Fullers of Harleston’ in the local museum. Our walks will included a special opening just for us.

This is a very special walk, showing the important role Harleston has played in the very creation of the world’s largest and most successful country.

This walks is run as part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival.  The walk is free with a bucket collection. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer.  All walks last about two hours.

Take a journey back in time to reveal what lies beneath the modern buildings and discover the Harleston of 1600. Watch as today’s buildings transform into their former selves. Find out why our pilgrims left Harleston and what life was like 400 years ago in the very spot where we stand today.

Guided Walk with Festival: Mayflower 400 in Harleston

Film Vote

The films for the Spring 2020 season, January to April, have now been released. We have chosen "Judy", the biopic of Judy Garland, for January, and would like your vote for the next three films.

Click here to register your vote.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Whats On

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

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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.

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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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