Keen birdwatcher Dominic Huxley moved to Beccles from London a year ago, and he tells us that he’s fallen in love with our little town. We asked him to tell our readers just what it is about Beccles that has captivated him, and why holidaymakers should make sure their next holiday is a Beccles holiday. Take it away, Dominic:
Sitting in the midst of picturesque surroundings close to the Suffolk-Norfolk border, the delightful market town of Beccles is the perfect base for holidaymakers who want to explore the incredible natural beauty of East Anglia. From rural rambles to unique dining experiences and even go-karting, this unassuming village is filled with wonderful holiday activities for every member of the family.
Beccles is famed for its charming holiday accommodation, which includes stunning holiday cottages as well as welcoming traditional guest houses and inspiring hotels. Whether you want to enjoy a self-catered break or be pampered in a sumptuous hotel, Beccles But despite its sleepy appearance and laid-back pace of life, Beccles is also at the centre of the region’s tourist attractions and opportunities for adventure and exploration.
Ramblers will love the unspoilt countryside that borders the village, while those searching for more excitement will find that the seaside towns of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth are a short, convenient train ride away. Thanks to the fast, regular services between Beccles and Lowestoft, it’s easy to treat your kids to the traditional delights of the Great British seaside, including arcades, ice creams, sweets and all kinds of entertainment.
For those who come to East Anglia to enjoy the finer things in life, Beccles is the ideal centre for discovering the region’s delectable local produce and thriving arts scene. With a wealth of unique shops, restaurants and galleries, Beccles has something for every taste. More adventurous types will love the Ellough Park Raceway just outside the village, which offers the East of England’s fastest, most exhilarating go-karting experience.
Thanks to its idyllic position on the historic East Suffolk Line, it’s easy to embark on day trips from Beccles to other delightful towns and villages in the area, including Halesworth, with its wonderful arts centre and ancient cobbled streets, and Campsea Ashe, with its historic auction house. By changing at nearby Lowestoft, visitors can also explore Norwich City and enjoy its incredible shopping and entertainment opportunities.
For those who prefer to travel under their own steam, or who want to get in touch with nature, Beccles offers a huge range of walks and outdoor activities that let you experience the unique joys of East Anglia. The Beccles Marsh Trail is a particularly relaxing and informative trek through the marshes that surround the village, and is great for both walkers and cyclists. Birdwatchers will be in heaven, as the area is home to several unique species, and the nearby nature reserves of Berney Marshes, Breydon Water and Buckenham Marshes mean that you can spend hours in the company of the region’s incredible bird life.
With all these amazing attractions and activities, it’s no wonder that Beccles is fast becoming one of the region’s most popular holiday spots. A trip to Beccles lets you enjoy the unparallelled peace and tranquillity of rural Suffolk as well as letting you dive in to the region’s incredible tourist attractions and leisure activities. So if you’ve been looking for the perfect destination for a uniquely East Anglian getaway, why go anywhere else?