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Population: 10,123

Nearby Towns: Bungay, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft

Beccles is situated inland on the River Waveney, and sits at the southern point of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. With its own quay, the town draws in lots of tourists, and provides the perfect setting for a stroll by the river with fantastic views of the countryside and wildlife.

Beccles has been a Fairtrade Town since 2008 and Fairtrade goods can now be bought in all the supermarkets and some of the smaller shops. The main town centre combines independent shops and restaurants with some bigger, national names.

Beccles Lido, the town’s outdoor swimming pool, opens daily throughout the summer months, and is a big hit with local families.

The town has many historical landmarks including Leman House in Ballygate, which is home to Beccles Museum, and was once the local school. It also has the bell tower which stands detached from St Michael’s Church, and at 97ft tall offers spectacular views from the top across the Waveney Valley.

The town hosts a number of big events throughout the year including Beccles Carnival, Harvest Moon Free Music Festival, Beccles Duck Race, Antiques Market and a late night shopping event and Christmas lights switch on.

Bus users on the coast will need to check timetables after changes were announced by First Norfolk and Suffolk.

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“If someone had told me 20 years ago this is what I was going to do, I would not have believed them.”

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Meet the new mayor of Beccles

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The new mayor of Beccles is hoping to improve the town’s facilities for younger generations while also recognising its past accomplishments during her year in office.

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The UK’s largest fishing tackle retailer has hailed a “transformational year” in its first set of results since making a splash on the stock market.

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Two Rotarians were presented with special awards for their dedication at the Rotary Club of Beccles’ 69th charter night celebrations.

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Italian restaurant chain Prezzo could be the latest business to close sites after reports emerged of a restructuring plan.

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A stalwart of the Beccles community has seen his years of dedication pay off as he was installed as the new rector of the town.

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A foster mother received a rare moment in the limelight as she was made an MBE for three decades of devoted care-giving.

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Members of the public will be trained to become special police informants as part of a new trial scheme across Suffolk.

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Some of the region’s most historic mills, marshes and waterways which make up Norfolk Broads’ rich landscape could be lost without action to protect them for future generations.

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Construction workers have moved in on Beccles fire station, as the first stages of expanding the site get under way.

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Traffic on the A146 has returned to normal after a crash caused major delays this morning.

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An armada of the region’s boating businesses are heading to the capital for the annual London Boat Show, hoping to take a slice of the £3bn market.

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It was a little more than three and a half years ago that Miles Weston first came to the Broads to look at a boat his father was interested in buying.

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The year 2017 will always be a memorable one for Beccles-based photographer Joe Brady.

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Community spirit is alive and kicking with over 30 organisations and charities across Norfolk spreading some Christmas cheer this year.

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Community heroes have been honoured for their incredible contributions to groups and projects in Beccles.

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A business support organisation is bringing back a popular range of skills workshops for start-ups in Suffolk and Norfolk.

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In a time of uncertainty for the high street, a Beccles department store has bucked the trend with the addition of two big retail names.

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First snow comes and goes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

East Anglia has welcomed the first snowfall since last winter, but it is not expected to stick around.

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A man has spoken of the surreal moment he awoke to find a lorry with a load full of pigs crashing into his house.

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Jumping Jaz skydives in a flash for charity

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A college student took to the skies in aid of a cancer charity.

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The future of a popular public space looks certain to have been settled after an agreement was put in place for it to be taken over by the town council.

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A volunteer-led charity is celebrating 25 years of making one of the East’s most well recognised landmarks even more accessible.

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Bells will toll for a fallen Beccles ringer next month, as the 100th anniversary of his death is marked.

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Construction will begin this week on a long-awaited road for Beccles, which will remove heavy traffic and enhance the local economy.

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An artist known for capturing breathtaking scenes of the seas and the skies has died after battling cancer.

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The East Suffolk rail line is to be closed between Ipswich and Halesworth for nine days to allow a team of engineers to install five miles of new track.

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A fishing tackle retailer is hoping to reel in £9m when it floats on the stock exchange.

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A retired GP who realised her dream of opening a jewellery shop after 35 years is breaking even after just eight months.

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We asked the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them today. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

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We asked the general election candidates in Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:

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A day centre which provides services for adults with disabilities is in desperate need of a volunteer minibus driver.

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