As a thriving local centre, Harleston has around a hundred shops to meet the needs of its 4,600 population as well as the surrounding villages. It has a vibrant and active community which has given rise to ‘Harleston’s Future’, a body which organises many events within the town. There are also numerous local organisations with regular activities for all age groups, a small town with a big heart! Harleston Information Plus is a local volunteer organisation and registered charity which provides services and information for the local community click here for more information.
Harlestons Future runs an annual programme of flag displays in the town centre. Making use of the holders for the Christmas trees above shops along the main streets, these provide a continual use for an otherwise once a year display. The programme has been so successful it has encouraged other towns to follow the lead. Come and see the original and largest annual display of flags. Read more >
Harlestons Future has established a local group called Swift Action as part of the national Swift conservation project. These amazing birds have shared our buildings ever since the Romans came to Britain. They still breed in our eaves and gables, but not for much longer, as modern and renovated buildings exclude them – we have lost half of our Swifts in just the past 20 years. Harleston encourages the comunity to provide a safe haven for these wonderful migratory bird during their visit to these shores.