Situated in heart of the Waveney Valley, this market town is a thriving centre of traditional food shops, arts and music festivals. This is a perfect base for visiting the local countryside; there are 3 circular walks from the town and numerous cycling routes. A great starting point to exploring the town is by setting off on The Discovery Trail which will lead through all the distinctive winding streets and historical buildings. Every Wednesday a market is hosted, selling local produce and bric-a-brac. At the Corn Exchange is the quirky Cornucopia, selling vintage goods and with its own themed street scene and tea rooms. The venue is a wonderful variety of galleries, museum areas and shopping.
Local breweries include St Peters and the Grain Brewery where visitors are welcome to a tour upon request. Also just a short drive from the town is the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum which has an impressive collection of memorabilia and aircrafts externally and within the hangers. The Harleston Museum has fascinating exhibits of artefacts from the past times and working life of the town.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens is a fun and unique day out, there are 20 acres of gardens and four railway networks which take visitors through the parkland and woods. There are vintage steam exhibits, restoration projects and fairground rides.
Located on the east coast of England, facing Europe across the North Sea, Norfolk is one of the UK's most rural counties, with over forty percent of its population living in just four towns – Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Thetford. Adjacent to The Wash, in whose mud the medieval King John famously lost the Crown Jewels in 1216, Norfolk's geography is that of low plains or “fens”, which makes it along with neighbouring Suffolk feel more like northern countries of European mainland (Belgium and Holland) than the rest of England which is predominantly hilly.
In a similar way to that of the “low countries”, erosion and land reclamation have changed the coastline over the centuries, so that several towns (King's Lynn, for instance) which were once on the coast are now to be found several miles inland! The whole set-up makes for some very interesting topography as well as history and Norfolk is, for this reason, an interesting county to visit, almost as if it was a different country altogether!
East of England
This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.