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The local area guide to living in Diss

The market town of Diss sits in the electoral ward of Norfolk, in the South East of England. The town is famously known for its market, which has been in operation for over five hundred years. A quaint town with charm and history, Diss contains historic buildings spread over the area, as well as a stunning six-acre lake knows as The Mere. These features add character to the town of Diss, and undoubtedly contribute to what it is today.

With the weekly market, varied selection of shops, and access to good schools, Diss is a suitable location for families of all ages. The mix of families and retirees in Diss are well catered for, thanks to the availability of a range of organisations and activities.

Information about the local residents

The 2011 Census indicates that Diss has a population of around 7,572, of which 70% are aged between 16 and 74, and 17.2% are retired. The average age of the population is 44, as is the median age. The number of retirees in Diss is slightly higher than the national average of 13.7% that is found in other UK towns and cities.

The employment statistics collected at the time of the 2011 Census revealed a working population similar to other towns. 64.5% of those of working age were in employment and just 3.7% were unemployed. Whilst there is a variation in the industries that people work in, the most popular are Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles, Manufacturing, and Human Health and Social Work Activities.

Nearby schools

Parents of children of all ages are guaranteed to find a good school in Diss. All primary and secondary schools have a stellar reputation – as reflected by their Ofsted reports. Roydon Primary School, Palgrave Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, and Bressingham Primary School all received a ‘Good’ assessment from Ofsted, whilst Wortham Primary School has been rated as ‘Outstanding’.

In terms of secondary education, the market town only has one school on offer – Diss High School. It was rated ‘Good’ in its Ofsted report, which also noted that the proportion of school leavers with five GCSE passes at grades A* to G was above average. There are also a variety of schools nearby if you wish to explore other options, one of which is Hartismere School in nearby Eye. It acquired an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, who also reported that the school produces students who attain above the national average in a range of subjects at a consistent level.

Getting around

Whether you’re walking, cycling or driving, getting around the market town of Diss is easy. The town is small enough to walk around but there are plenty of cycle-friendly routes too. The cities of Norwich and Ipswich are also closely located, at under 35miles away.

For public transport services, head to the local bus station. Regular bus services run throughout the town and country, and you’re sure to find a route to meet your requirements. The railway station in Diss also sits on the main London Liverpool Street to Norwich line, with frequent services that operate seven days a week. Norwich International is the nearest available airport, from which there are flights to a number of European cities.

Local shops

Diss is home to all the usual shops you’d expect to find in a small market town. Local supermarkets include Tesco, Morrisons, and Aldi. Local produce can be purchased in the town centre. Along with independent shops and bakeries, you’ll also find a Costa Coffee, Boots the Chemist, and a number of charity shops. The main retail feature in Diss is evidently the market, given its longevity and reputation.

If you’re looking for something a little different, be sure to watch out for pop-up markets that arrive throughout the year. Speciality, flea, and Farmer’s markets are all held regularly in Diss. For high street shopping, head to Norwich or Ipswich – intu Chapelfield and Castle Mall in Norwich are both easily accessible for you to shop your favourite brands with ease.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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