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  • Beccles - Towns and Villages - River Waveney - (c) Peter Eyles
  • Beccles - Towns and Villages - Beccles Quay - (c) Peter Eyles
  • Beccles - Towns and Villages - Beccles Church - (c) Peter Eyles
  • Beccles Lido on the edge of the River Waveney

Beccles guide

A charming market town, as peaceful as it is popular

Beccles town is made up of small market squares and winding streets nestled by the River Waveney. Around every corner you’ll find quirky, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Look out for a host of community events, festivals and entertainment held throughout the year.

Things To Do in Beccles

1. The River Waveney

There are plenty of opportunities to take to the river when you visit Beccles. Hire a canoe, kayak, or day boat and explore on your own or climb aboard a skippered boat and take a guided tour of these placid waterways.

Beccles Lido  is one of those 'must see and do' experiences for the spring/summer, this traditional outdoor heated swimming pool sits right alongside the river, with plenty of paved and grassy places to sunbathe!

If riding on top of the waves is more your style than getting wet in the water, you can hire a canoe or day boat from the lido. Or let a skipper take control and take a beautiful boat trip with Waveney River Tours, you can wend your way up to Geldeston Locks taking in the beauty of the river banks on your way! The Big Dog Ferry also runs river trips from the pontoon right next to the Lido. 

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2. Riverside Walks

If you’d prefer to stay on dry ground, there are plenty of walks to take you through the lush Waveney Valley. Follow the river as it meanders through the pretty Suffolk countryside, or head northwards and explore the Beccles Marshes.

3. Shopping in Beccles

A unique retail experience! Beccles town is home to some fabulous independent shops from designer fashions, and delicatessens to exclusive gifts and ‘nik naks’.

4. Karting Experience

Beccles isn’t all calm and serene. If you’re someone who likes an adrenaline kick then head off to Ellough Park Raceway on the outskirts of the town. Here you’ll find East Anglia’s only championship karting circuit. As well as the karting they also run thrilling Ellough Park Combat Games.

5. Parachuting

For something even more extreme, Ellough near Beccles, is also home to UK Parachuting. Not for the faint hearted, you’ll be flown up to a height of 13,000 feet for 50 seconds of freefall before you drift back down to earth.

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

Blyburgate Car Park, NR34 9TB - Disabled toilets

Hungate Car Park, NR34 9TT - Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities

Old Market, NR34 9AP

Beccles Quay, NR34 9BH - Disabled toilets


Visitor Information Points (VIPs) are located at:

Beccles Books, 1 Exchange House, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HH

Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9TB

Saxon Therapy, 35 New Market, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HE


Useful Links

Visit the Beccles Business Association's website for more useful information about this beautiful town.

You can also visit the Waveney Business Forum website for further useful local information about the area in general.


How to Get to Beccles - Public Transport

By Bus: Local bus services leave from Beccles Bus Station, to Lowestoft, Waveney and Norwich.

Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Train:

The town's rail station is located on Station Road, Beccles, NR34 9QW

Direct train services by Greater Anglia travel to Lowestoft and Ipswich with on-going connections to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.

Greater Anglia operates frequent train services. There are many great value fares available such as Advance tickets which start from Just £9 one way (available on certain routes), and Groupsave where 3 to 9 adults save 1/3 off the Off-Peak Return train fare.  Anglia Plus day rover tickets are also available where you can have unlimited travel within certain zones.  Perfect for exploring the beautiful Suffolk coast.

All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website or the app.

 

How to get to Beccles - By Car

From Norwich, follow the A146

From Ipswich follow the A40 and A143

From Cambridge, take the A11 and A146

From London follow the M11, A11 and A146

Car Parks in Beccles

Hungate – 66 spaces, NR34 9HG – Pay and Display

Blyburgate – 255 spaces – NR34 9TQ – Pay and Display

Newgate – 75 spaces – NR34 9QA – Pay and Display 

Quay South – NR34 9BT – First half hour free

Quay North – 270 spaces - NR34 9BH – Free

Kilbrack – 3 spaces – NR34 9SH –Free

Waveney Meadow – 6 spaces – NR34 9PW - Free

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Things to do in Beccles