Places to Visit

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.

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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.

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.

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.
Community Leisure Centre

For all your health, fitness and leisure needs!

- A 50+ station gym with a combination of cardio & resistance equipment including an extensive free weights area.

- 20+ Fitness Class timetable from Indoor Cycling to Yoga.

- Fully qualified staff ready to provide Personal Training, Nutritional advice, personalised programmes and more (Induction and personalised programmes inclusive of membership).

- Racket sports; 2 x sprung floored squash courts with viewing balcony, Table Tennis and 2 x hard surface outside Tennis courts.

- Outdoor Facilities Include; Football pitch, Bowling green, BMX circuit track, Children’s play area, Green Gym, FISA (family inclusive sports area) and an open grass picnic area.

- Function room and small meeting room available for hire.

- A range of sports nutrition supplements available.

Pay As You Go options for the gym, classes and racket sports.

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 animals, including graceful giraffe and heavyweight rhinos.Enjoy a bird’s eye view of magnificent lions from the viewing point ‘Lookout Lodge’ and visit ‘Lemur Encounters’, which offers you the chance to get right in with the action – as you walk-through the lemurs’ enclosure!The park is also home to some other amazing primates including bushbabies, king colobus monkeys, drill and the rare golden-bellied mangabeys.

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 can be driven by the engine..Please note: Opening dates may be subject to change due to the ongoing restoration at the mill.  Please check with the website before visiting.

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 enthrall and delight you.  The dry climate and low-lying landscape makes Suffolk a great place for walkers of all abilities and ages. Whether you're an adventurous walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, there is a walk to suit you.  Each of the walking leaflets have a map and a detailed description of the route. Many include advice on travel, where to park, points of interest and places to eat. The walks range from a one mile short stroll to the more challenging 18 mile routes.Look for the nearby walks of: Earsham, Eye Airfield and Hoxne.

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 Angles Way which start in Harleston. There is something for everyone, whether you want to exercise the dog or simply fancy a stroll through beautiful countryside before relaxing in a welcoming pub with a drink and a bite to eat.

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 been known for over a century yet who built them and when or why they were constructed remains a mysteryThe site is located near to Darrow Green Road on the West side of the parish.The nearest postcode is IP20 0AY.The easiest approach is via the public footpath leading due East from Darrow Green Road near to Darrow Green Farm.Please note that roadside parking is very limited.

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 operate throughout the year ending with tea being served in the Hall itself. Historical Tour A two hour guided tour and a visit to the Showrooms before Afternoon Tea being served in the Tearooms. Home Tour This is for those people who have been on a Historical Tour of Earsham Hall already, but would like to see more and has been created due to popular demand.  Find out more about what it is like to live at Earsham Hall day to day, how history and modern living mix and just what it means to live in a house which has such a fascinating past…and present.  The tour concludes in the family kitchen where Tea and Cake will be served.