Diss town focus
PUBLISHED: 11:55 18 January 2011 | UPDATED: 11:58 28 February 2013
Ten reasons to visit Diss
Ten great reasons to visit Diss
It is a town packed full of gems. Adam Gretton explores the sights of this historic town.
1 The stunning Diss Mere has been the focal point of the town for centuries and is a popular place with walkers, fishermen, and families feeding the ducks. Just dont feed them bread! Blue-green algae friendly pellets are available from the tourist information centre. Diss Park is also a hive of activity on a sunny day and is poised for further improvements following the opening of a new childrens play area last year.
2For years it was a white elephant, but the 19th century Diss Corn Hall has been turned into a vibrant entertainment venue this year. Ambitious plans are in the pipeline for the regeneration
of the impressive former trading hall and Old Stables, off St Nicholas Street, which already hosts a busy programme of live music, theatre, cinema, comedy and
3 The TW Gaze auction rooms, off Roydon Road, have been part of local life for more than 150 years. Pick up a bargain on a trip to the weekly auctions on a Friday where a host of antiques, furniture, machinery, and garden ornaments are on sale.
4 Hustle and bustle comes to the Market Place every Friday when
a host of stalls can be found selling a variety of goods from fruit and veg to plants, clothes, and hardware. On the second Saturday of the month, Diss hosts a farmers market from 9am to 1pm featuring many Norfolk and Suffolk producers.
5Caf society is alive and kicking in Diss where a host of independent cafes can be found down Mere Street, including Mere Moments, Caf Culture, and the Diss Publishing caf. A banoffee waffle at Mere Moments is the perfect remedy after a long day.
6 For centuries, Fair Green was the centre of the towns cock fighting and bull baiting pastimes, but nowadays it hosts more family-friendly events such as funfairs and travelling circuses. The four-acre site is a popular place for families when the sun is shining, and the historic Cock Inn is a favourite of many locals who sit and enjoy a pint outside at sunset.
7 The town has four courtyard shopping areas Cobbs Yard, Norfolk House Yard, Hales Yard, and Wills Yard that are home to a number of unique independent stores such as delicatessens, boutiques, sweet shops, restaurants and gift stores.
8 Diss Museum, in the Market Place, is packed with changing displays on the towns rich history and gets involved in many a cultural and heritage celebration including last years Thomas Paine bicentenary. The museum is open from March to October.
9 Quaker Wood is the latest addition to the towns natural features. It was opened to the public by nature writer Richard Mabey earlier this year. The five acre community woodland, off Factory Lane, was bought for public use two years ago and a band of volunteers have planted saplings and established a pond.
10 A short distance away from the town is Bressingham Steam and Gardens, which is home to a variety of steam engines, Dads Army vehicles and beautiful gardens. Keen gardeners will also find a large range of hardy perennials and grasses for sale at the neighbouring Blooms of Bressingham.