Situated on the banks of the River Waveney, we've listed just a few reasons you should put the pretty market town of Beccles on your 'must-visit' hit list this winter...
1. Independent shops and boutiques
The town hosts a plethora of independent shops and boutiques selling everything from designer clothes, artisan jewellery and homewares to cosmetics, natural products, art and antiques.
For ladieswear, be sure to stop by Lady Marmalade on Blyburgate and MEA Boutique on Exchange Square or for something sparkly, The Jewellery Room on Blyburgate sells a beautiful range of bracelets necklaces earrings and engagement rings.
A wide selection of homewares are on offer in Beales Department Store, and a few doors down children can be treated to some new togs in OddSocks or a toy from The Toy Box on New Market.
Natural and organic products from brands such as Neal's Yard, Di Paloma and the English Soap Company are available from Saxon Alternative Therapy on New Gate and for foodie treats check out Baileys Delicatessen on Hungate.
2. Cafe Culture
You won't go thirsty, or hungry for that matter in Beccles. Twyfords Cafe located on Exchange Square serves a wide variety of coffees from their very own roasters, Harris & James, the Beccles Blend comes highly recommended too!
Just across the road you will find Baileys; serving delicious homemade cakes, pastries and light lunches during the day and an a la carte menu in the 'Upstairs at Baileys' restaurant in the evening.
Tucked down a small alleyway just off New Market, don't miss the Market Row Cafe, which serves homemade sausage rolls, mouth-watering cakes and steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
You don't need to have travelled by train to enjoy the delights on offer at Beccles Station Cafe! Serving Paddy & Scotts coffee and a delicious array of home made cakes, sandwiches and pastries, you won't be heading off on your journey home hungry that's for sure!
3. Suffolk History
Spend an hour or so wandering the winding streets of the market town and viewing the pretty Suffolk architecture on offer.
Starting in the town centre at New Market head down towards Saltgate making sure you stop to peek through the houses for views of the Waveney Valley.
Or visit Beccles Museum, located in Leman House, the Grade I listed building has a collection of agricultural, industrial and domestic items, including collections of tools, boat building, printing, costumes and natural history.
If you feel fit enough, climb up the 122 steps to the top of the Bell Tower, where at the top, you are treated to panoramic views of the Waveney Valley and beyond.
4. Riverside Walks
A walk along Beccles Quay is tranquil throughout the year, but in the winter the quietness of the river and sound of bobbing boats sets the scene for a place to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
Follow the footpath for a stroll along the River Waveney and rest your feet afterwards with a pint and meal at the Waveney House Hotel.
You may find a hidden gem or work of art in one of the many antique shops in Beccles. Visit Blyburgate Antiques for jewellery, glassware and art and make a stop at Fauconberg's on Smallgate for paintings and furniture.
Step back in time and pick up a vintage find at Vintage Mischief on Hungate Lane. Retro lighting, desks, chairs and tables are crammed into the shop, which used to be a dairy in days gone by.
And don't forget to put the 30th April in your diary, as the bi-annual Antiques Street Market takes place in the town centre.
For where to stay, where to eat and how to get there information on Beccles, check out our Beccles Town Guide!