1. Walk the historical trails
Two official walks are available to take – The Bigod Way Trail and the Town Trail. The Bigod Way Trail is a series of walks all centred on Bigod’s Castle, the remains of a large Normal castle dating back to 1165 that nestles in the centre of Bungay. The Town Trail includes most of Bungay's historic buildings and churches along with the River Waveney. The route is ideal for visitors to the town and offers you the chance to explore the 'old world charm' of Bungay.
2. Visit the theatre
The Fisher Theatre, built relatively recently in the nineteenth century, is one of the oldest provincial theatres in the UK, but still acts as a hub for social events such as films, plays, exhibitions and other gatherings. Bungay is a town with a strong literary tradition, modern writers such as Elizabeth Jane Howard and Louis de Bernières have lived in the town as well as classic novelist H. Rider Haggard. It’s also home to 'Clays' – established in 1795 – one of the largest printworks in the country, and the reason why Harry Potter first saw the light of day in this quiet corner of Suffolk!
3. Browse the independent shops
Plenty of independent local stores to browse, selling everything from arts and antiques to cutting edge fashion and stylish jewellery. And of course, being a Suffolk Coast town there are some wonderful places to eat and drink.
4. Hunt for the mysterious Black Shuck
Visit St Mary’s Church whose large tower dominates the skyline. This redundant church is the site of one of East Anglia’s most enduring legends – that of Black Shuck, the devil dog!
5. Enjoy Bungay's wonderful artisan food and drink producers
Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional wine making techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. Not only can you enjoy drinking this delicious wine but you can experience the whole process from vine to bottle on one of their brilliant wine tours!
Fen Farm Dairy makes the most delicious, beautiful handcrafted raw dairy products, made on the farm from the milk of the herd of happy Montbeliarde cows.
The home of Baron Bigod Cheese, nestled in the elbow of the beautiful Waveney River Valley! Pop in any day of the week and fill up a bottle of their delicious raw milk from the vending machine!
You can also get your taste buds into the beautiful selection of raw dairy products, including raw cream, buttermilk, Baron Bigod Cheese, free range eggs and their raw cultured butter, which is made to an unusual 300 year old recipe!