Welcome to Harleston a Small town with a big heart and a warm welcome.
There are many reasons to visit Harleston – a great range of well-established and new independent shops and businesses provide everything from brass screws to hat hire, handmade chocolates to eco-friendly paints, fine antiques to the latest electrical gadget.
Then there are the six tearooms and cafés, four restaurants, three pubs, two bakeries, two butchers, and a delicatessen, not to mention the Cellar Shop. There are dozens of historic buildings including the impressive coaching inn and Italianate clock-tower, a medieval street plan complete with picturesque yards and hidden alleys; a tiny Museum and a fantastically well-equipped children’s play area.
Uniquely, Harleston still has free parking throughout the town. That means there is time to wander, discover new corners, stop for a while for a cuppa or a meal before enjoying the beautiful countryside, charming villages and fine churches that pepper the Waveney Valley.
The town has a reputation for its colourful bunting and display of flags which are put up to celebrate everything from the annual return of the much-loved swift population, to the frequent street markets and annual Art Trail.
What's on in Harleston
This is a list of the recent and planned up and coming events in and around the town.
An Evening with Danny Fisher
Date: 10 November 2018 Location: All Saints Church, Dickleburgh Saturday 10th November at 19:30
Tickets £10 per person (unreserved seating) from Janet 01379 740642 or [email protected] (includes nibbles and complimentary first drink)
Singing hits from the 1950s and early 1960s - the mellow side of Rock'n'Roll - a foot tapping, hand clapping, evening of music for the whole family.
A special performance to raise funds for the church.
On Chesil Beach (15)
Date: 22 November 2018 Location: Masonic Rooms, the Thoroughfare, Harleston Based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan, and starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson.
Screened at 2pm and 7.30 pm (doors open half an hour before) Ice creams at the interval, bar in the evening
Seats are £4, pay on entry but please book at Harleston Information Plus, 01379 851917, or by email to [email protected]
Dick Turpin: the Myth and the Man
Date: 25 November 2018 Location: Waveney Heritage Centr, Grove Road, Brockdish Sunday 25th November at 14:30
A talk about England's most notorious Highwayman by Stephen Poulter
Admission £5 (£4 Waveney Heritage members)
Date: 1 December 2018 Location: St John's Church, Harleston Saturday 1st December, 10:00 - 16:00
Stall of crafts, tombola, raffle and cakes, refreshments all day, light lunches 12:00 - 14:00
Do your Christmas shopping here
Christmas Lights Switch On
Date: 1 December 2018 Location: Market Place, Harleston Organisers of Harleston’s Christmas lights switch-on are putting the finishing touches to their big day on Saturday 1 December. Ben Langley, comedian, writer and performer, best known as a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2018, and shortly starring as Wishee Washee in Aladdin at Norwich Theatre Royal, will officially switch on the lights on the Christmas tree and around town at 18.20. On stage to help him will be Beth Goodswen of JD Young in Harleston, who have sponsored this year’s Christmas tree.
The event, which is jointly organised by Harleston’s Future and Redenhall with Harleston Town Council, is a highlight in the local calendar, attracting several thousand people from the town and surrounding villages. From 9.30 onwards there will be a Christmas Market with 30 stalls selling fruit liqueurs and preserves, cakes, pies, bread and pastries, locally reared meats, cider and apple juice, wreaths and plants, handmade craft items, and jewellery. Woodbine Alpaca Farm will also bring a couple of their alpacas as well as products. A wide range of hot drinks and street food will be available as well as seasonal songs from Too Many Cooks singing group. Father Christmas will be welcoming young visitors to Santa’s Grotto at Harleston Information Plus during the afternoon. From 14:00 to 14:30 there will be quiet time for children with special needs and access requirements, and then it will run through till 5pm. Over at St John’s Church there will be a Christmas Fayre from 10:00 to 16:00. .From 16:00 The Thoroughfare will be closed to traffic but many shops will stay open late as families come to enjoychildren’s rides and other entertainments. There will be an inflatable Snow Globe, ideal for family photos as well as letting off steam, traditional street organ, fire-juggling performance from The Thundermentals and The Grinch will be trying to spread mayhem. From 17:30 players from the East of England Cooperative Society Brass Band will playlots of familiar and seasonal tunes.The event has been supported by East of England Co-op and local businesses Daisy & Co and Harleston Bathroom & Tile Centre.
There is a full programme of related events which are listed in the brochure, click here.
Harleston Choral Society Christmas Concert
Date: 8 December 2018 Location: St John’s Church, Harleston Saturday 8 December at 19:00
The society will be signing Handel’s Messiah Part I, followed by Telemann’s German Magnificat and carols (some with audience participation)