Diss is a bustling picturesque Norfolk market town, close to the Suffolk border. Diss is the truest form of a market town, as it still has a thriving market at its heart that has traded for well over 500 years. With excellent links via train or a short car journey, the major towns of Ipswich and Norwich offer plenty more to do, including beautiful landscapes, large shopping centres and a plenty of restaurants serving delicious food. What with restaurants, country walks and a choice of nights out and a pretty Norfolk holiday house to come home to, its no wonder that Diss appeals to those looking for a romantic escape or weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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Frenze Bech Nature Reserve lies on the bank of the River Frenze, and is a great place to spot many rare species of bird in the 1.5 hectares of reed beds and ponds. There’s also Diss Park, with a huge open area for organised activities throughout the year or a simple peaceful picnic in the sun.
Diss has a good choice of supermarkets and independent high street stores, making it the ideal town for stocking up your cottage kitchen. The market takes place every Friday selling local produced fruit and veg, fine cheeses, local fish and other culinary ingredients perfect for preparing a romantic dinner for two in the evening. A large and popular farmers market is also held every month.
The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum just outside of the town, is a moving testament to the Americans who came to Norfolk to fight alongside the allies in World War Two. There is plenty to see and do, including a museum shop and café in one of the iconic buildings. For a museum that presents local history, try the Diss Museum that is situated in the market place of the town. It contains a wide collection of artefacts and displays about the town and surrounding East Anglian countryside.
Leave the car at your cottage: The Railway Station at the edge of town has direct links to the Ipswich and Norwich. Ipswich is regarded as one of the oldest towns in Britain and located on the River Orwell, offering beautiful architecture and a vast maritime history. Alternatively, if you’re looking for some retail therapy head to Norwich which has some excellent department stores and a huge range of independent shops too. The narrow alleys and beautifully historic buildings contain some exquisite galleries and quaint coffee houses too. In the evening, the bustling art-house cinemas, theatres and restaurants come to life and offer a fantastic night out to complete your holiday.