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

20 May 2021

‘These Poor Fruits of My Pen’ will be presented by Dr Sarah Hall, a historian of the early modern transatlantic world, with a particular focus on puritanism in England and New England. Sarah’s researc...

‘These Poor Fruits of My Pen’ will be presented by Dr Sarah Hall, a historian of the early modern transatlantic world, with a particular focus on puritanism in England and New England. Sarah’s research interests lie in community, correspondence and social networks in the seventeenth century. She is particularly fascinated by the histories of ‘ordinary’ people and their lived experiences. Sarah is further interested in pursuing digital humanities methods, and exploring what new light can be shed on historical questions by combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is currently based at the University of York, working on the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project.


This is a FREE event but donations would be appreciated.  You must register:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/150227814437


This presentation is part of our Mayflower 400 in Harleston Lecture series where are running monthly lectures on the third Thursday of each month.  Look out for future presentations.

*** FREE event **
A talk presented by Professor Geoffrey Plank and guest speaker from the University of East Anglia. ‘These Poor Fruits of My Pen’ will discuss transatlantic print.

Mayflower Lecture Online: Transatlantic Print

10 July 2021

Ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Harleston 400 years ago? Who were the Fullers and why is there a road named after them? What would it have been like to visit The Swan Hotel when ...

Ever wondered what it would have been like to live in Harleston 400 years ago? Who were the Fullers and why is there a road named after them? What would it have been like to visit The Swan Hotel when it was a coaching in on the road to London? 

Stroll through Harleston and discover what life was like here in 17th Century. 

Actors from Harleston Players will bring to life local residents from the era in outdoor locations around the town centre. The detail of their life stories have been unearthed by the 1600s Historical Research Group from wills and inventories at the Norfolk Record Office as well as books and research documents. 

No need to book -  just come across the characters and listen to their stories and conversations. Stay as long or as short a time as you like. Look out for fliers with details.

Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure social distancing to keep everyone safe as we enjoy these outdoor performances and local colour. 

The community play about the sailing of the Mayflower and life in the new colony in Virginia due to take place this July will now be staged in July 2021. Casting took place just before lockdown, but if anyone would like to get involved please contact us.

Actors from Harleston Players will bring to life local residents from the 1600s in outdoor locations around the town centre.

Mayflower Play and Walk: Living History Re-enactments

15 July 2021

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 an...

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 worship as they please after years of meeting in secret? Liberty to govern themselves, far from King and State? And what about the local people who join them at this iconic meal, the original Americans who had watched the Mayflower sail into Cape Cod Bay the previous year? 

Join us as we follow the motley assortment of passengers boarding the Mayflower four hundred years ago, among them two brothers - Edward and Samuel Fuller - from a certain market town in Norfolk, called Harleston. 

A community heritage project led by Harleston Players with financial support from Norfolk County Council, Harleston’s Future, and others.

Thursday 16 July – Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm, and Sunday 19 July at 3:00pm

Tickets: £9 adults, £8 over-65s and claimants, £4, 10 to 18 yrs (under 10s free) available in advance from Robinson’s Traditional Stationers, 5 The Thoroughfare, Harleston. Limited number on the door.

Subsidised transport from outlying villages and Harleston available for Sunday afternoon performance. Call 01379 855235 for details.


Join us as we follow the motley assortment of passengers boarding the Mayflower four hundred years ago, among them two brothers - Edward and Samuel Fuller - from a certain market town in Norfolk, called Harleston.
A community heritage project led by Harleston Players...

Mayflower Play: A New World Odyssey

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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