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5 Reasons to Visit Beccles in Winter

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

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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

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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.

5. Antiques 

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!


Things to see and do


Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Library

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Library

One of the Visitor Information Points in Beccles is located within the town’s library, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Books

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Books

One of the Visitor Information Points for Beccles is located within the independent bookshop Beccles Books, stocking a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.


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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries

All of the county's 44 libraries provide a wide range of services including traditional library loans (books, DVDs etc) access to the internet and a range of information materials, free Wi-Fi and activities for people of all ages throughout the year.


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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Visitor Information Point Beccles - Station Cafe

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Station Cafe

One of the town’s Visitor Information Points is located within the café at the Railway Station, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

 

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Wheelchair Accessible


Visitor Information Point Beccles - Saxon Therapy

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Saxon Therapy

One of the Visitor Information Points in Beccles is located within Saxon Therapy, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Oulton Dayboats

Oulton Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 



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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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events


Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Southwold | Thu 13th - Sun 16th Jul 2017

Pack your wellies and tent and head to Latitude Festival! Taking place from 13th to 16th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.

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WHERE TO EAT


Beccles Station Cafe and Community Rooms

Beccles Station Cafe and Community Rooms

Beccles station cafe and community rooms are under the umbrella of the Beccles and District Regeneration Company which is a charity being run by volunteers for the community. The station buildings include a cafe, offices and community rooms to rent out.

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Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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where to stay


Ivy House Country Hotel

Ivy House Country Hotel

The Ivy House Country Hotel is a "Hidden Gem" nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, among 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched beautiful barns all with direct access onto the broads.

Guests can enjoy relaxing walks in the grounds or venture out onto the Broads pathways or further still, to the nearby coast.

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Cottage Holidays

Cottage Holidays

Established in 1992, Cottage Holidays has steadily grown to become the UK's largest family run and owned holiday cottage provider. Their local teams are experts in their area, ensuring your holiday is truly special.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages have around eighty properties available to rent and have been offering holiday accommodation in and around The Suffolk Coast since 1905. 

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Beach Cottage

Beach Cottage

Lowestoft

Located on the cliff top at Pakefield on the Suffolk coast, Beach Cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the sea and coastline.

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Free wifi


Holidaycottages.co.uk

Holidaycottages.co.uk

A leading holiday cottage lettings company with over a selection of handpicked cottages in Suffolk.

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Wardley Hill Campsite

Wardley Hill Campsite

Bungay

Wardley Hill Campsite is a new eco campsite offering unregimented and relaxed car free camping. Luxurious Bell Tents and a Shepherds Hut are on offer for those of you who don't want to pack your own tent pegs. Close to the Suffolk Coast and on the edge of the Norfolk Broads the site is perfectly situated for your East Anglian getaway.

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Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Dog friendly


Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Woodbridge

Suffolk Cottage Holidays aims to bring you the best choice of quality cottages and homes across the finest locations of East Anglia.

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Dog friendly


Wheatacre Hall Barns

Wheatacre Hall Barns

Beccles

Amidst the beautiful countryside under wide arching skies, amongst farmland and hidden waterways, eight luxury holiday cottages can be found. All eight barns have been sympathetically converted into modern luxury accommodation.

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Dog friendly


Pebble Cottage

Pebble Cottage

Lowestoft

Nestling on the cliff top at Pakefield, on the Suffolk coast and with stunning sea views

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Free wifi


The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

Beccles

Set in the charming Suffolk village of Geldeston on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder

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Free wifi


All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways aim to offer a more personal approach to cottage holidays, ensuring that you enjoy your holiday in the coast and countryside that we love. 

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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful Grade 2 listed Georgian home offering five star, gold accommodation on the Suffolk Coast.

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Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Kessingland

Heathland Beach is a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

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Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Saxmundham

The peace and quiet of this camp site's surroundings make this an ideal location for a 'get away from it all' relaxing break, with panoramic views over the farmland for those lazy breakfasts and stunning sunsets as a backdrop for your barbecues after a day’s fishing or sightseeing. 

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Dog friendly


Saltgate House B&B

Saltgate House B&B

Beccles

Saltgate House B&B is an elegant Georgian Townhouse built onto a former Tudor Merchants House situated in the heart of the beautiful market town of Beccles, just paces away from the centre of town and moments from the meandering River Waveney.

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