The Trail is coming…….

It’s that time of year again… Artists are dusting out spiders,  sweeping floors and weeding paths ready for………

The 2019 Harleston & Waveney Art Trail.    (May 18th – Bank Holiday Monday May 27th)

Some of our Artists studios will remain open throughout the entire period.All Artists will open at the weekends and Bank Holiday Monday, 11 – 6pm. 

Our Textile group who are ultra keen,  are open a day ahead of the rest Fri 17 May. Using this extra day to offer you a hands on experience of their various crafts, including batik, silk painting, rag-rugging, felting, patchwork, fabric book making and fabric printing.  

Look out for this years brochure which contains all the information you’ll need. It’s bright orange this year so very hard to miss. Now available at multiple businesses, shops, libraries in and around Harleston and Bungay. 
Or down load from our website 

This year as usual our artists have been busy producing a whole range of fascinating creativeness in their studios and you lucky people are invited to see what they have all been up to. 

This is our 15th year and we have Artists who’ve been opening their studios since 2005 plus new Artists, returning Artists and altogether new this year,  Emerging Artists. 

Textile Day


Friday May 17th 2019, 11am -5pm.

Seven textile artists who are taking part in the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail will be opening their studios a day early for visitors with a special textile interest on Friday 17 May

Each of these textile artists have developed their skills over many years, and between them cover a wide range of textile disciplines. 

Their studios are within a short distance of each other, between Pulham and Bungay:

Rose Martin (painting on silk) Needham, studio 3

Isobel Auker (wool and silk felting) Pulham St Mary, studio 6 

Dinny Turner (rag rugs and collage) Starston, studio 8

Caryl Challis (contemporary batik on paper and cloth) Harleston, studio 9

Ingrid Duffy (textile collage and stitch) Homersfield, studio 16

Lin Patterson (piecing, colour and construction) South Elmham, studio 17

Diana McKenna (printing and surface decoration on cloth) Bungay, studio 26 

Visitors will be offered a unique chance to see and experience a variety of processes and techniques with fibre, cloth, colour and stitch, and also to find out about textile workshops available throughout the year. We hope you will manage to make your way round a;ll the demonstrations, you will find plenty of places for coffee and lunch in both Bungay and Harleston and at the Farmers Kitchen on the A143 midway between them. 

For directions to studios, to view the on-line brochure and more information about the artists see website: 

HWAT Open Studios 18 & 19 May and 25, 26 & 27 May 2019

HWAT 2019: Call To Emerging Artists aged 18-30!

HWAT Call To Emerging Artists aged 18-30!

Call To Emerging Artists aged 18-30!

Are you at the beginning of your artistic career and looking to explore what it is like exhibiting your work as part of a group of like-minded individuals?

Would you like to be a part of an Art Trail but don’t yet have your own studio to open to the public?

Have you just graduated from college, sixth form or University and are looking for some guidance?

This opportunity could be exactly what you’re looking for!

The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail are looking for creatives near the mid-Waveney Valley area* who are interested in exhibiting their work in a group space as part of the May 2019 Art Trail.

If you are aged 18 – 30** and looking into pursuing a career as an artist, this is a great opportunity to gain experience from peers and more experienced artists, as well as the general public. Whether you are a painter, sculptor, jeweller, printmaker, or any other creative, HWAT welcomes you to apply.

The exhibition will be held in Spring 2019 alongside the Art Trail for these two weekends:
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May; Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019.

You will need to be present throughout the exhibition and available in the week beginning 13th May to set up your work, then again on Tuesday 30th May to take your work down.

The exhibition venue is in the very centre of the trail, next to the Farmers Kitchen in Alburgh. It is also the home and studio of three artists, including ScribblyRoo who is running this scheme. She will be on hand to help and advise throughout the trail.

For further details and to apply, you can complete a HWAT18-30 application form online (link opens in new window) or download an application form (PDF, 400KB) and return by post. The closing date for completed application forms is Saturday 1st December 2018.

All questions and applications should be sent to

We look forward to receiving your application!

* The 18-30 group does not have a strict catchment area. If you live in South Norfolk or North Suffolk and can easily access the area between Harleston and Bungay then you are welcome to apply.

** This is not a strict policy. If you are over 30 but fit the other criteria then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Please note, however, if you would like to become a full member of HWAT, there is a specific catchment area. See How to Join HWAT for details on how to apply as a professional artist.

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HWAT : country walks & cycle rides in the Waveney Valley

The Waveney Valley covers the region of North Suffok and South Norfolk, the two counties that border the beautiful river Waveney.

We hope you will visit us during the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail and enjoy the small wonder of the Waveney Valley, a special place that provides a wealth of inspiration for all of our artists.

There are many walking routes in South Norfolk (link to South Norfolk Council’s list of walks & cycle routes) including the historic Angle’s Way. Also, check out these two local maps of country walks & cycle rides to take around Harleston (courtesy of the Harleston Development Partnership). In neighbouring North Suffolk there are even more walks to follow, such as Mendham by the river and Bigod’s Way near Bungay (links to Discover Suffolk’s list of Suffolk walks). Just follow the links to find out more, where you can download & print off any of the walking maps before your visit to the Waveney Valley.

We pride ourselves that all our artists’ studios are situated within ten miles of the market town of Harleston so that each artist’s studio is not more than a brisk country walk or a bicycle ride away from the next artist. Of course, you just might need to travel by car if you wish to buy some of our art! There is something for everyone and entry to all the artist’s studios is free!

Are you planning to visit the Waveney Valley? If so, there is some excellent B&B holiday accommodation in and around Harleston, Bungay and elsewhere along the Waveney Valley. We have compiled a list of some places to stay in the Waveney Valley. There are also many places to eat & dine and some charming watering holes too.