Things to Do and See in and around Harleston

Harleston is an ideal centre from which to explore the beautiful Waveney Valley, an area of great beauty and tranquillity and an unspoilt haven for wildlife. There is plenty here to inspire artists, photographers, walkers and cyclists. With a diversity of artists, writers, actors and musicians living in the area, Harleston has a vibrant arts community.  Being centrally located, all these attractions are either in the immediate vicinity or within a 45-minute drive from the town centre.

There is a wide range of things to do and see to please all tastes. 

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

Housed in the original airfield control tower and other atmospheric buildings 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum is a moving testament to the Americans who came to Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk to fight alongside the allies during World War Two.   Read more...

Africa Alive

Africa Alive

Africa Alive is an African themed park with over 80 species of African wildlife. Set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside. The spectacular centerpiece of this beautiful park is the ’Plains of Africa’. The perfect place to spot five species of African savannah ... Read more...

Angles Way

Angles Way

The Angles Way is a long distance walking trail running close to the River Waveney and River Little Ouse following to the county boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk between Great Yarmouth and Thetford. There are a selection of circular, short and long walks available on ... Read more...

Banham Zoo

Banham Zoo

Banham Zoo is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country. With over 2,000 animals from around the world and set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. Read more...

Billingford Mill

Billingford Mill

A five storey brick tower mill, built in 1860, with a boat-shaped cap winded by a fantail. It has four double Patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft. The two pairs of millstones are overdrift. A third pair is housed on a hurst frame on the ground floor of the mill and Read more...

Castle Hill and Darrow Wood

Castle Hill and Darrow Wood

This one is for the archeologists. Darrow Wood is now a small, hedge-enclosed, lightly wooded pasture field. Hidden in the clumps of trees are a number of earthworks including the remains of one of the few well preserved small motte and bailey castles in Norfolk. They have ... Read more...

Community Leisure Centre

Community Leisure Centre

The Community Leisure Centre has a range of activities and classes such as cycling, Pilates and yoga which are available to non-members, details are available on the website. Tennis – two outdoor hard surface courts can be hired by both members and casual users on a pay as ... Read more...

Cycling in Suffolk

Cycling in Suffolk

Riding at your own pace there is no better way to experience the real beauty and diversity of Suffolk than cycling. Cycling is not only healthy for you and good for the environment, it is an excellent form of aerobic exercise. Read more...

Discover Suffolk

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk inspires everyone, from George Orwell who adopted the name of one of our rivers, to bird watchers and nature lovers who come to see the unique landscapes. Exploring Suffolk’s coastal villages, the Brecks, ancient woodlands and the glorious countryside will ... Read more...

Earsham Hall

Earsham Hall

Earsham Hall is one of the finest country mansion houses in Norfolk.  It has a rich and varied history dating back in part to the 15th century, with later additions, and then a brick facade so that it looked more in keeping with its different parts.  A series of guided walks Read more...

Eye Castle

Eye Castle

Eye Castle is one of the few surviving motte-and-bailey castles from the early Norman period.  Built shortly after the Norman conquest of England in 1066, the castle was sacked and largely destroyed in 1265 but was probably used as a defensive site for many centuries before ... Read more...

Fishing

Fishing

The Harleston, Wortwell and District Angling Club owns and manages 7 well stocked fishing lakes in the Waveney Valley on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, together with some stretches of the River Waveney itself. The lakes – also known as Weybread Pits – offer some of ... Read more...

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard’s Bacchus 2017 was named by The Independent as Indy Best Buy English Still Wine 2018 and included in The Times Top 50 White Wines. Winemakers Tour Starting in the tasting room, with a glass of sparkling Rosé, you will be guided through the vineyard by our ... Read more...

Grain Brewery

Grain Brewery

Grain are proud producers of a wide range of national award-winning beers in both keg and cask Take a tour of the brewery, visit the shop, and enjoy a drink at the Taproom Bar at one of our Open Days. We often have live music and street food during the summer, and dogs and ... Read more...

Harleston Cider

Harleston Cider

​Come and meet a craft cider maker at one of our Open Days!  You can discover how we make craft cider, Ice Cider and Fire Cider Vinegar. The shop will also be open should you wish to purchase any of our products. Come for a tour of our production facility and try an all ... Read more...

Harleston Museum

Harleston Museum

The Museum displays artefacts relating to the life and times of the people of Harleston and the immediate surrounding parishes from pre-historic times to the present day.  Items on display illustrate; personal and domestic life, working life, costume, recreation, ... Read more...

Harleston Walks

Harleston Walks

There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, normally on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.  There will usually be one general walk covering the history of the town through its buildings and local stories, and one special walk ... Read more...

Homersfield Bridge

Homersfield Bridge

Homersfield Bridge was built in 1869 across the River Waveney between Norfolk and Suffolk, and stands partly in the civil parishes of Alburgh and Wortwell, Norfolk and partly in Homersfield, Suffolk. It is a very early example of the use of concrete and the oldest remaining ... Read more...

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum is a museum collection of aircraft and aviation-related artifacts, located near the former RAF Bungay airfield.  Formed in 1972 by local enthusiasts, there are over 60 aircraft and more than 30,000 smaller artifacts displayed in large ... Read more...

Oasis Camel Park

Oasis Camel Park

The Camel Park is almost certainly the only place in Great Britain where you can touch and see the camel and their relatives close-up.  If you like animals that are friendly and have been brought up like pets then the Camel Park is the place for you. It’s not just ... Read more...

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings rescue abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses and donkeys from across the UK.  Giving them a safe place to live and providing essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation, and lifelong care.  Redwings Caldecott is our largest visitor centre and currently home ... Read more...

Round Tower Churches

Round Tower Churches

Round tower churches are a Saxon and Norman cultural legacy, and feature round, rather than square, towers.  There are about 185 surviving examples in England, of which 162 are in Norfolk and Suffolk.  The reason for the design is shrouded in mystery but is thought to be due Read more...

Short Walks to Nearby Villages

Short Walks to Nearby Villages

The full booklet from the Norfolk County Council contains many walks, there are three based in Harleston. Take a short walk to the surrounding villages and build up a thirst and an appetite. Starston: 2.8 miles: Quiet rural walk out of the town; at one point no houses or ... Read more...

St Peter’s Brewery

St Peter’s Brewery

St. Peter’s Brewery is based at St. Peter South Elmham, near Bungay in Suffolk. Brewery Tours take place from Easter until the end of December, on Saturdays & Sundays at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm, £10.00 per adult including a bottle of beer to take home. Tours include the ... Read more...

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary operates a comprehensive facility for the care and rehabilitation of owls from the region, and the promotion of owl conservation throughout the UK and beyond. Flying demonstrations and talks take place throughout the day from April to September, ... Read more...

Trelawn Alpacas

Trelawn Alpacas

A small and perfectly formed herd of nine alpacas that live in the wonderful surrounds of the South Norfolk countryside, a lovely permanent home and sanctuary for the family of fleeced creatures. This small herd are very sociable and they love to have visitors, especially if Read more...

Valley Farm Vineyard

Valley Farm Vineyard

Valley Farm Vineyards is set in an idyllic corner of Suffolk where mature vines produce quality grapes. You can take the self-guided tour – map and notes are available; but call beforehand to check opening times to avoid disappointment. Afterwards enjoy a chat and a ... Read more...

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