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 planned up and coming events in and around the town.
Billingford Mill Open Day
Date: 16 September 2018 Location: Billingford Mill Each month, from April to September, Open Days include free events and mill tours plus light refreshment from the Shepherd’s Hut. Mill tours approximately 45 minutes: Adults £3; Seniors £2; Children over 3 years free. Special opening for clubs, groups etc. can be arranged
The final final opening is our traditional Celebration of Harvest with music by Diss Salvation Army Band .
Come and see the restoration progress and parts of the mill you are unlikely to see again. Further information from Julie + Herbert, Mill Custodians 01379 853967
Wortwell CORE Car Boot Sale
Date: 16 September 2018 Location: Wortwell CORE, Community Centre Sunday 16 Septembeer, 14:00 17:00
Come along and pick up a bargain, or sell your household clutter and make some money. Free Admission. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available. Pre-book private cars £5 or Vans and Trailers £8 - set up from 13:00, tabletop facilities will be available in the event of bad weather.
Contact 01986 788511 or [email protected] Visit our website www.wortwellcore.co.uk for information on all events organised at the Wortwell CORE .
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A)
Date: 27 September 2018 Location: Masonic Rooms, Harleston A writer (Lily James) forms a life-changing bond with residents of Guernsey in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. She visit the island and meets members of the eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, who formed a book club to help them survive the Nazi occupation of Guernsey.
“A richly layered film that is both uplifting and moving. It encompasses a war story, a mystery tale and a love triangle, while instilling an enticing sense of place for its stunning Guernsey setting” (Urban Cinefile)
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]
Guided Walk - Food and Drink
Date: 6 October 2018 Location: Around Town Meet at The Swan Hotel. Tours run every hour, on the hour from 10:00 until 15:00. This walk must be booked in advance. There are only 60 tickets, book early to avoid disappointment.Running alongside the annual food and drink festival this walk will add a few stops at shops to sample local produce, from chocolate, meats, cheese, beer and cider, our artisan town has it all. Cost: £8.00 to include samples of food and drink. Walks will run throughout the day and be limited to 10 people for each Food and Drink walk to permit entry to participating outlets. This walk can be booked in advance for parties of 10 people, an ideal social outing for your group or organisation. To book, or for more information, please send an email to [email protected]
Tickets £8.00 per person, there are no discounts for children on this walk. There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, full details at Harleston Walks.
Harleston Food and Drink Festival
Date: 6 October 2018 Location: Town Centre, Harleston The Harleston Food and Drink Festival will return. There will be a Street Market with stalls selling an array of locally-made products, from savoury pies to mouth-watering cakes and pastries, locally-reared meat to bottled preserves and fruit liqueurs, artisan bread to locally made apple juice and cider. There will also be games and activities.
Christmas Lights Switch On and Party
For information about all the events call Harleston Information Plus on 01379 851917, visit www.visitharleston.org.uk or email [email protected]