1. Get on the River
Miles of beautiful river under the big East Anglian sky provides spectacular scenery through which to enjoy the water. Much of the gentle River Waveney is accessible for boats and canoes. If you prefer a more leisurely trip on the water, then why not take a relaxing tour by boat. Waveney River Tours
offer conducted river tours and boat hire, and Hipperson's Boatyard
provide day boats for hire. For a unique and truly magical experience, try a week of swimming and sailing in some of England’s cleanest waters.
2. Arts and Culture
Arts and culture in the Waveney Valley are as vibrant as they are varied. Waveney & Blyth Arts connects creative people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border and promotes the distinct cultural identity of this beautiful area through exciting arts events and activities. Theatre and cinema lovers will delight at the wide choice of entertainment on offer at an array of stunning historic venues from a 16th century barn, regency assembly room and Victorian water mill. The Fisher Theatre in Bungay, New Cut in Halesworth, Corn Hall Diss and Beccles Public Hall offer lively programmes of high quality entertainment, from comedy, theatre, film and music. There is also a wide selection of galleries providing a range of exhibitions.
3. History and Heritage
There are Norman castles, ancient churches, intriguing local museums and rich wartime heritage hidden in the Waveney Valley. Explore Bungay’s Norman history at Bungay Castle dating from 1165, or take a stroll to the top of Eye Castle. For a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived and worked here, why not visit one of the district museums. Or, learn about the Waveney Valley’s intriguing wartime heritage. World War II saw American servicemen arrive in East Anglia in large numbers in what would become known as the ‘friendly invasion’.
With miles of tracks through scenic nature reserves, picturesque market towns, and stunning waterways, walking in the Waveney Valley is a joy. Tackle one of long distance routes; the Boudicca Way runs for 36 miles from Diss to Norwich or from Great Yarmouth to Thetford, the Angles Way passes round tower churches, wind and water mills and picturesque villages along its 93 mile route. Click here for downloadable maps of the Waveney Valley!
5. Food & Drink
The Waveney Valleys is home to some of Suffolk's top food and drink producers. Just outside the town of Bungay you will find Fen Farm Dairy; the home of Baron Bigod Cheese and a delicious range of raw dairy products, including raw cream, buttermilk, free range eggs and raw cultured butter.
Inside the town, there's a selection of cafes, pubs and delis including Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers; selling a range of fresh and locally grown fruit and vegetables or travel a few miles to Earsham to Flint Vineyard; enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and state-of-the-art winery and stay for their 15 Mile Lunch, paring the finest local produce with our award-winning wines.