The traditional market town of Beccles is a great place to spend some time during your holiday to the Norfolk Broads, as it offers a selection of interesting shops, many of which are independent, a popular farmers market, a selection of lovely restaurants and an all round peaceful atmosphere.
The town sits on the edge of the River Waveney in the Waveney Valley, giving you the chance to enjoy some time on the river and a selection of scenic walks, which includes the increasingly popular Angles Way walk, which runs 93 miles from the town of Great Yarmouth to the town of Thetford. The best way to experience everything that Beccles has to offer is to explore the streets and discover for yourself why this lovely town remains so popular with both tourists and locals.
If you love sampling local produce when on holiday then you are sure to love the Beccles Farmer’s Market, which is held on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9am until 1pm. The produce on offer includes local meats such as poultry, pork, beef, lamb & game, as well as fresh fish & smoked fish. Try the locally produced ice cream, cheese & yoghurt or pick up some chutneys, jams and pickles. Fruit & veg are also available, as well as cake, bread, fudge, chocolate truffles and much more. This is the ideal place if you want to stock up on fresh food that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch & dinner throughout your holiday.
A great way to learn about some of the local history is to pay a visit to the Beccles & District Museum. Here you will find a selection fascinating photographs taken in the local area and also a number of archaeological artifacts from the Saxon & Roman period but most of the collection housed here dates back to Victorian times.
Where is Beccles?
Beccles is 10.8 miles to the west of Lowestoft and 18.4 miles from the city of Norwich.
Where can I stay at Beccles?
Beccles is only around seven miles from Waveney River Centre, a multi award-winning holiday park on the edge of the River Waveney where you will have a great choice of accommodation including a selection of luxury lodges. Some of these are designated as pet friendly and there are also lodges with hot tubs available, which are ideal for use all year round whether you’re chilling out under the summer sun or keeping warm in the middle of winter. There are also two luxury penthouses overlooking the river, a choice of cottages, riverside camping & touring pitches and increasing popular glamping pod Escape Pods, which are built on site by the parks very own boat builders.
Day boat hire is also available from here allowing you to explore the area on the water. If you head east you will find Oulton Broad and if you head west along the river, you will eventually reach Beccles itself, which also sits on the edge of the River Waveney. If you love walking then don’t forget to try out the Angles Way walk, which will also lead you straight to Beccles.
If you don’t mind the additional travelling then Horning Ferry Marina is also ideal for accommodation, as it offers a selection of luxury holiday homes and an impressive fleet of holiday cruisers. Located towards the northern Norfolk Broads, Horning Ferry Marina is close to Wroxham, Salhouse Broad, Ranworth Broad and almost right next door to Bewilderwood.
What else is nearby?
If you fancy a day at the beach you won’t be very far at all from one of the regions most popular coastal towns. Lowestoft can be found a short distance by road & by river from Waveney River Centre to the east of Beccles and this lovely town is where you will find a lovely stretch of golden sand and some fantastic entertainment, with something for the whole family.
On your way to Lowestoft, why not stop off at Oulton Broad and enjoy a peaceful stroll through Nicholas Everitt park, which leads to the waters edge and offers many prime spots for fishing and places to sit where you can watch the sailing boats when the sailing competitions are taking place. Somerleyton Hall & Gardens are just to the north of Oulton Broad and these are ideal for a day out in the sun.
A Norfolk Broads holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the northern broads, which includes Hickling Broad, Salhouse Broad, Malthouse Broad, Martham Broad and Hoveton Great Broad. Take advantage of the many scenic walks and activities such as kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Wind surfing lessons are also available at Whitlingham Country Park, which is just outside the fine city of Norwich, so you won’t be short of things to keep you active & feeling great.