This bank holiday weekend…


1. Make a splash at Beccles Lido

Re-openening for the summer on Saturday 27 May, in Puddingmoor, Beccles, by the beautiful River Waveney, Beccles Lido provides a fun filled day around a traditional open air swimming pool. There is a 30 x 15 metre pool, separate toddler and paddling pools which are all heated. Visitors to the Lido shouldn’t miss a river trip on the Big Dog Ferry, covering one of the most attractive and unspoilt stretches of the River Waveney from the quiet market town of Beccles, we travel west towards the unique riverside pub at Geldeston. See if you can spot the kingfishers, marsh harrier and otters en route along the Waveney Valley. The boat trip takes approx 45 minutes each way. More info

Beccles Lido

2. Indulge in some local refreshment

This Saturday 27th May, why not join a guided tour of some of the best producers of ales, cider and wine in the Waveney Valley. Seven drinks producers between Diss and Bungay will open their doors to visitors for guided tours and tastings between 11am and 5pm. Each producer will explain how they make their products and will take visitors on a tour, followed by an opportunity to sample and buy their produce. Download a pdf of the tours here: Waveney Valley Ale, Wine and Cider Trail

Waveney Valley Beer, Wine and Cider Trail


3. Party the day away in Loddon

Sunday 28th May sees the first Loddon Summer Street Fayre (There is a very popular Christmas one in December) and it’s set to be a cracker. Enjoy street food, live music, actors, authors, dancers, a magician, balloon modelling, face painting and free parking or catch the bus on route X2 x22 from Norwich to Lowestoft. Pubs and cafes will be open. There will also be ice creams, a brass band, cream teas, art, books, brick a brac, plants, a country market, sweets, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, a Free bouncy castle, panning for gold, big raffle, cake, picnic areas, sunday lunches, riverside bunting, community cinema and and lots of friendly people! Phew, we’re worn out just writing about it. That should be enough to keep you entertained from 12-5pm! For more info visit their Facebook page here

Street Fayre

4. Go on an adventure 

Home to insect-eating plants and Britain’s biggest spider, the fen raft spider, Redgrave & Lopham Fen is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and the source of the River Waveney. The fen is an exceptional place for wildlife, a wild watery landscape of sedge, rush, heath and hundreds of pools created over many centuries by local people as they eked out a living, digging peat for fuel and cutting reed and sedge for thatching. Redgrave & Lopham Fen is signposted from the A1066, between Thetford and Diss. Free to visit with over 16k of trails. The trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. More info

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5. Get on your bike

Cycling is a wonderful way of experiencing the delights of the Waveney Valley. With no traffic queues or timetables to keep to and a gently rolling countryside, experience a wonderful sense of freedom as you explore and enjoy at your leisure. Check out one of the cycle routes which run through the Waveney Valley passing through beautiful scenery, lovely villages with friendly pubs. Sustrans Regional Route 30 runs along the river right to the coast, passing the beautiful towns of Diss, Bungay and Beccles. There are also an abundance of short circular routes, providing you with all the guidance you need to plan your day out exploring the Waveney Valley. And if you don’t want to bring your own bike, there are a number of hire shops ready to help you. More info click here.