East of England Visitor Guide


With its coastal and country landscapes, market towns and villages, and many family attractions and events, East Anglia is the perfect destination for a holiday, short break or day out. In this guide we cover how to make the most of a trip to this beautiful region...




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Cambridge American Cemetery, Memorial and Visitor Center

Explore the Visitor Center and connect with a powerful story of courage and determination.

All visitor services free;

Cemetery and Memorial group tours available

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> Coton, 3 miles west of Children’s downtown activities Cambridgeavailable

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> By bike, use the path to Coton, then Madingley email cambridge@abmc.gov

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With its coastal and country

landscapes, market towns and

villages, and many family attractions

and events, East Anglia is the perfect

destination for a holiday, short break

or day out. In this guide we cover

how to make the most of a trip to this

beautiful region...


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Take a trip to Ampthill, a small town and

civil parish located between Bedford and

Luton. It’s best known for its regular market,

which has taken place every Thursday for


The town has several lively pubs, a wide

variety of restaurants, and a selection of

small independent specialist shops and


A trip to English Heritage’s Wrest Park is

highly recommended (www.english-heritage.

org.uk/Wrest-Park/Bedfordshire). It features

over 90-acres of historic landscapes and a

French-style mansion. Stroll in the gardens

and enjoy miles of reinstated historic pathways

as you discover the garden buildings.

Zip along to the children's play area, take

tea in the café and explore the hidden treasures

in the archaeological stores.

The annual Ampthill Festival takes place

every summer. This year’s event takes place

30 June to 2 July 2017; featuring AmpRocks,

Ampthill Park Proms, Gala Day and Ampthill



Bedford is a town steeped in history so why

not spend the day discovering some of the

delights? You can start in the town centre

where St Paul’s Church stands


dating back to the 13th century. The BBC

broadcast services in secret from one of its

chapels during the war, which you can learn

more about at the recently refurbished

Higgins Bedford Museum


The town centre has its fair share of

shopping opportunities. The town’s weekly

charter, gourmet and home and garden

markets are great for picking up local

goods, while The Arcade boasts a number of

independent retailers and the Harpur Centre

has 34 stores trading over two levels.

The Embankment is a pedestrian walk,

about a mile long, following the banks of the

River Ouse through the town and bordered

by a tree-lined public park. The gardens

are very pretty and provide a pleasant way

to view many of the main sites of the town

including the Butterfly Bridge. The town’s

War Memorial, designed by notable sculptor

Charles Sergeant Jagger, is also located

in these gardens and is well worth a look.

At the end of your walk the larger-than-life

mock-tudor Embankment pub is there for


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The town which lies between Luton and

Milton Keynes, contains a great deal of

history within its borders. Leighton Buzzard

has many old buildings, each with its own

story to tell, which together make for an

interesting visit. With many attractions, lovely

restaurants and shopping available it’s a

great place to explore.

It is well known for its beautiful parks and

gardens, including Stockgrove Country Park;

a 40-acre park situated just outside the town

at Heath and Reach. With a lake, woodland

walks, and picnic area, this park is the

perfect place to go for a relaxing day off.

The Grand Union canal runs from London

to Birmingham, and passes right through

Leighton Buzzard. For a calming feel, take a

walk along the towpath in either direction.

Canal cruises can be booked in advance,

and canal boats can be booked from Grebe

Canal Cruises.

The main market is located on the High

Street. It takes place every Tuesday and

Saturday with a Farmers’ Market visiting on

the third Saturday of every month. On the

first Saturday of every month, the council

run Pop Up markets in support of people of

all ages starting up in business.


Bedford Travel and Tourism Centre

Thurlow St, Bedford MK40 1LR

Tel: 01234 718112








Home to Woburn Abbey, a Safari Park, Go

Ape and popular family resort Centre Parcs,

it’s clear to see why Woburn has established

itself as a major tourist attraction of

the East.

Woburn Abbey is a must visit. Dating back

to 1145, it was originally a religious house

for a group of Cistercian monks. Located on

the Woburn Estate visitors can explore 22

rooms within Woburn Abbey and over 28

acres of award-winning Humphry Repton

inspired gardens, all set within 3,000 acres

of deer park.

Woburn Safari Park is an action packed

day for all the family. From the Road Safari

where you can go round as many times as

you like to the Foot Safari where you can

mingle with the animals and grab lunch

before watching the keeper demonstrations.

It’s also home to Go Ape, a thrilling tree top


Give taste buds a treat at one of the many

tea shops and cafes. Check out The Duchess

Tearoom at Woburn Abbey or Woburn

Coffee House on the Market Place for

afternoon tea. For a dinner you won’t

forget in a hurry book a table at the stylish

Woburn Brasserie on Bedford Street or at

the Michelin-starred Paris House.

During the summer months visit the outdoor

swimming pool. Woburn also has a monthly

Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday of the

month organised by the Village Traders.

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13-May Kitchen Gardening Study Day

Woburn Abbey Gardens, MK17 9WA


9 Apr / 14 May / 11 Jun / 9 Jul /

13 Aug / 8 Oct / 12 Nov / 10 Dec

Woburn Antiques And Collectors Fair

Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road

Sundays from June to September

Proms in the Park

Parson’s Close Recreation Ground,

Leighton Buzzard

15-Apr Bedford Artisan Fair

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square,

Bedford MK40 1SL


22-Apr BedPop Record Shop

The Lane, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3NT


9-Jun Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

Pavilion at the Park, Bedford


11-Jun Teddy Bear Festival

Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey


21-Jun Yoga in the Park

Pavilion at the Park, Bedford


24-25 Jun Woburn Abbey Garden Show

Woburn Abbey Gardens, MK17 9WA


30 Jun - 2 Jul Ampthill Festival



8 Jul - Taste Bedford

Mill Meadows Bandstand, The

Embankment, Bedford


8/9 & 15/16 Sep Bat Walks

Woburn Abbey Gardens, MK17 9WA


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Farmland Museum

& Denny Abbey


A family friendly museum celebrating farming & village life

in a beautiful rural setting. Explore the remains

of a 12th century Abbey.

Visit website for admission prices & details of all events.

Picnic & play area. Gift Shop. Tearoom open weekends, bank

holidays & family activity afternoons. Hot drinks available daily.

Free Parking. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Reg. Charity

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12 – 5pm weekdays.

10.30am – 5pm

weekends & bank holidays

The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire CB25 9PQ

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When you want to escape the city, head

to one of the many beautiful green spaces

Cambridge has to offer.

A stone’s throw from the city centre, Jesus

Green is a beautiful stretch of parkland

bordering the River Cam and the nearby

Jesus College. Complete with an openair

swimming pool, skate park and tennis

courts, it’s the perfect place for a leisurely

stroll at any time of year.

Any first-time visitor to Cambridge should

take a walk along the ‘Backs’ of the riverside

colleges. To really get into the Cambridge

spirit, hire a bike from one of the city’s

rental outlets and freewheel your way

around. Back in the city centre, the University

Botanic Garden is a 40-acre oasis of beautifully

landscaped grounds and glasshouses

that is home to a huge diversity of plants,

trees and bird life. The Garden offers all-year

interest and seasonal inspiration and has a

number of trails available.

You don’t have to stray far from the city to

find a wealth of natural beauty and stunning

gardens to enjoy. The nearby village of

Grantchester is a fantastic destination for a

short walk.

Much-loved by generations of Cambridge

families is Wandlebury Country Park – some

45 ha of tranquil woods and chalk grassland,

Owned by charity Cambridge Past, Present

& Future, west of the city on the edge of

Coton village is The Countryside Reserve;

a working farm, offering some 120ha of

pasture and agricultural land with diverse

wildlife habitats, routes for walkers, cyclists,

joggers and more.

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Cambridge has profoundly helped to shape

the modern world, and there is a real sense

of living history almost everywhere you look

- as you might expect from a city whose

University has produced 15 former British

Prime Ministers and 87 affiliates of the

University who have won the Nobel Prize

(more than any other single institution).

History and environment are inseparable

in Cambridge, from the descendant of the

tree outside Trinity College that inspired Sir

Isaac Newton to devise his theory of

gravitation to The Eagle pub where Crick

and Watson sketched out the structure of

DNA on a napkin.

The University of Cambridge is home to 31

autonomous colleges. Each has its own

distinctive atmosphere and rich history

to soak up and enjoy - from the medieval

Peterhouse to the 20th century Churchill


No trip would be complete without gazing

upon the majestic King’s College Chapel

- the picture postcard symbol of the city

and its University that is known around the

world. The Great Court at Trinity College,

founded by the infamous Henry VIII, offers a

scene that has remained virtually

unchanged for centuries.

The most idyllic way to see the city has to

be by drifting slowly down the River Cam

on a punt - a flat-bottomed boat steered

and powered by a pole. Once on board, see

history pass before your eyes as you take in

‘The Backs’ of the Colleges and glide under

the famous Bridge of Sighs (St John’s

College) or the Mathematical Bridge

(Queens’ College).

Not forgetting Corpus Christi College,

founded by members of the Town Guilds

of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin

Mary, the College houses a collection of

Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

Old Court is the finest surviving early

medieval court in Cambridge and famous

members have included the dramatist

Christopher Marlowe.

To satisfy your thirst for culture, Cambridge

has everything from paintings by Titian

and Picasso through to World War II fighter

planes, to fossils dating back 550 million

years. Its museums house some of the most

fascinating and diverse collections in the

world - and best of all, most are free to enter.

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There are exhibits to excite and inspire

visitors of all ages and interests. The

Fitzwilliam collection includes antiquities,

applied arts, illuminated manuscripts, and

paintings by Constable, Hogarth, and

Gainsborough. Gaze upon a masterpiece by

Rubens in King’s College Chapel, visit

Concorde at The Imperial War Museum

Duxford, take a trip to the North and South

Poles at the Scott Polar Research Institute,

and still have time to see the specimens

Darwin gathered on his famous trip on the

Beagle at the Museum of Zoology.

The world-famous Fitzwilliam Museum has

been described as ‘the finest small museum

in Europe’ and is an essential stop on any

cultural itinerary of Cambridge. The diverse

collection includes antiquities from ancient

Egypt, Rome and Greece and illuminated


For something completely different, try

Kettle’s Yard - formerly the home of Jim Ede,

a curator at the Tate Gallery, London, whose

private art collection has been preserved

and opened to the public in this beautiful

house, alongside his furniture and

household objects. Just next door is the

Kettle’s Yard Gallery of Contemporary Art,

and just around the corner is the Cambridge

and County Folk Museum.

Further afield, visitors to Cambridge are

also spoilt for choice with beautiful

stately homes such as Anglesey Abbey

and Wimpole Hall and just 15 miles north of

Cambridge is Ely, Britain’s second smallest

city and home to an awe-inspiring cathedral

dating back nearly 1,000 years.


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With a tantalising array of independent

eateries, including a two-star Michelin

restaurant, Cambridge is a haven for

anyone who just wants a good bite to eat

and is an ideal destination for the more

discerning restaurant connoisseur.

If you are looking for a quiet lunch

overlooking the River Cam, an

excellent gastro ‘pub-grub’ or wish to

dine al fresco, there is plenty of choice

to serve your needs. The city has an

assortment of tea rooms offering a tempting

range of cakes and treats and the cafés and

brasseries provide a welcome break from

shopping and sightseeing.

As well as the usual chain restaurants

Cambridge boasts a diverse mix of

independent restaurants. Meat lovers

should try The Pint Shop on Peas Hill,

which serves up chargrilled meat dishes,

real ales and a great selection of gin.

For rustic Italian snacks visit Aromi. The

popular establishment now has three

restaurants in the city. Or for dinner with

a view, book a table at SIX, at the Varisty

Hotel, where you can enjoy great food and

panoramic views of the city.

If you want to experience the best of the

Cambridge food scene book onto the

Cambridge Food Tour. A number of tours

are available to help you taste first-hand

some of Cambridge’s finest food.

If you would rather just get away from it

all, the surrounding villages are home to

country pubs serving quality foods

and sumptuous real ales.


Cambridge is fortunate to have an exciting

and brilliant mix of independent shops that

should not be missed, often hidden away

down beautiful winding lanes and side

streets. The ‘Hidden Gems’ of the city are

well worth exploring to find style and individuality

in an attractive historic setting.

Down by the beautiful and undulating River

Cam you’ll find a mix of specialist shops,

bars and restaurants scattered around the

Quayside area.

Between 10am-4pm opposite the Guildhall,

every Monday to Saturday, you’ll find the

famous and historic market boasting a wide

array of stalls. These offer everything from

fruit and vegetables to clothes and gifts.

The Market Square changes character on

Sunday as it hosts the weekly Arts, Craft

and Local Produce Market. Again, trading

between 10am-4pm, this popular market is a

showpiece for some of the region’s most

talented artists, craftspeople, photographers

and esteemed farmers.

Also not to be missed is the All Saints Garden

Art and Craft Market, held every Saturday, in

a beautiful garden just across the road from

Trinity College. This market has earned itself

a justified reputation for quality handmade

products at affordable prices.

Cambridge also offers a number of exciting

shopping areas in and around the city

centre. These include: The Grand Arcade,

with over 60 shops, including a five-storey

John Lewis Store; Lion Yard, a vibrant and

cosmopolitan mix of high street names in

the heart of the city centre; Christ’s Lane

with numerous trendy stores; and the

Grafton Centre, which features well-known

brands, restaurants and a cinema. Rose

Crescent offers a combination of independent

retailers and brands such as Molton Brown

and there is also a selection of food outlets.

Green Street and Sussex Street hosts

a collection of independent shops and

boutiques. For more on Cambridge’s

independent stores visit


Mill Road is renowned for its diverse

range of restaurants and food shops,

and hosts regular events throughout

the year.

With independent boutiques, open-air

markets and household brands,

Cambridge has everything you could

need for an unforgettable city

shopping break.

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ADC Theatre

The oldest University playhouse. Its resident

company is Cambridge University

Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) whose

alumni include Sir Derek Jacobi, Griff Rhys

Jones and Stephen Fry. Park Street,

01223 300085. www.adctheatre.com

Anglia Ruskin University Mumford Theatre

Here you can enjoy an arts programme

which includes a free series of Friday

lunchtime concerts, the on-campus Mumford

Theatre and Ruskin Gallery, and concerts and

productions in the City. East Road,

01223 352932. www.anglia.ac.uk

Arts Picturehouse

Three-screen cinema showing a wide range

of films spanning art-house, independent,

classic, documentary and world cinema, as

well as Hollywood blockbusters.

38-39 St Andrew’s Street

0871 9025720. www.picturehouses.com

The Backs

The Cambridge Backs is a stretch of

reclaimed land, which runs along the

back of the riverside colleges. It provides

stunning views throughout the year, and

is covered with a blanket of daffodils and

crocuses during the spring.

Queen’s Road. 01223 457000

Cambridge American Military Cemetery

The hallowed grounds on which are buried

or commemorated 8,939 men and women

of the American Armed Forces who lost their

lives in Britain during the Second World

War. Visitors can learn more with its many

displays and exhibitions. Coton

01954 210350. /www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-me


Cambridge Arts Theatre

A 666-seat theatre that attracts some of the

highest-quality touring productions in the

country, as well as many shows direct from,

or prior to, seasons in the West End. Its

annual Christmas pantomime is an

established tradition in the City. 6 St

Edward’s Passage, 01223 503333


Cambridge Bike Tours

Cover the city, more of the river and get

off the beaten track on an antique British

bike. Your eccentric guide takes you round

the city and out into the countryside at a

leisurely pace to really soak up the

atmosphere. 6 Elm Street, 01223 366 868.


Cambridge Chauffeur Punts

Chauffeured punting, self hire punting,

guided river tours, weddings, conferences,

hen parties, school groups and exclusive

chauffeured punts with a Thai meal,

strawberries and Champagne or

entertainment. Silver Street, 01223 354164


Cambridge Corn Exchange

Situated within the heart of the city,

Cambridge Corn Exchange is Cambridge’s

biggest venue for music, comedy, shows and

entertainment playing host to around 280

different events every year.

Wheeler Street, 01223 357851


Cambridge & County Folk Museum

Discover the real story of Cambridge and

its people through this fascinating Museum

of Cambridge life. Housed in a 17th century

timber framed building which was the

White Horse Inn for more than 300 years,

this family-friendly museum displays a

wealth of Cambridge tradition and history.

The museum hosts a number of temporary

exhibitions and events throughout the year

and offers regular family and children’s

activities and trails. Castle Street,

01223 355159. www.folkmuseum.org.uk

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Cambridge Leisure Park

Cambridge Leisure is home to a nine-screen

Cineworld cinema, 28-lane Tenpin bowling,

the Cambridge Junction, gym, café, wide

range of restaurants and bars. There is also

a large Travel Lodge hotel. Clifton Road.


Cambridge Museum of Technology

Based in the original sewage pumping

station the Museum exists to preserve and

exhibit material that is relevant to the

Cambridge area, either by its use or its

invention. Cheddars Lane. 01223 500652.


Cambridge University Botanic Garden

John Stevens Henslow, professor of Botany,

founded the Botanic Garden which develops

and displays over 8,000 different plant

species in 40 acres of beautiful landscaped

gardens, with many fascinating features

including a lake, glasshouses, winter garden,

rock gardens, and a superb collection of

mature trees. The garden holds nine

national collections, including Geranium and

Fritillaria. Bateman Street, 01223 336265


Cambridge University Library

The University Library is a copyright library,

which holds over seven million books and

periodicals, and a million maps. The library

has an exhibition centre in which members

of the public can enjoy the riches of its

collection. Exhibitions run throughout the

year. West Road, 01223 333000.


Cambridge University Press Bookshop

The Cambridge University Press Bookshop

is located on the oldest bookshop site in

England. Books have been sold here since

1581. 1 Trinity Street, 01223 333333.


Christ’s College

Founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, whose

coat of arms and statue grace the

gatehouse. This was the college of the

famous poet John Milton and Charles

Darwin was a student here between 1828 &

1831. St Andrew’s Street, 01223 334900.


Christ’s Pieces

The council purchased Christ’s Pieces in

1886 from Jesus College; it covers 10 acres

and is one of the most important formal

parks in the city. Centrally located, it is

visited daily by thousands of shoppers as a

thoroughfare between the city centre and

the Grafton Centre. The seasonal display

beds are extremely colourful both during

winter and summer.

Emmanuel Road, 01223 457000.


Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The architecturally stunning round church

is Cambridge’s second oldest building. The

Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of only

four round churches in England. It is based

on the Church of the Resurrection, which was

consecrated in Jerusalem in 335.

Cambridge’s Norman round church was built

in 1130. Regular guided walks on Monday,

Saturday and Sunday. Bridge Street,

01223 311602. www.christianheritage.org.uk

Clare College

The second oldest college in Cambridge,

with the oldest surviving river bridge. The

old court is built in the renaissance style

and could easily be mistaken for a palace.

Former students include Hugh Latimer, the

Protestant reformer who was burnt at the

stake by Mary Tudor. Trinity Lane,

01223 333200. www.clare.cam.ac.uk

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi contains the finest surviving

medieval court in Cambridge. The college

is also home to the impressive Grasshopper

Clock. King’s Parade, 01223 338000.


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Emmanuel College

The college chapel was designed by Sir

Christopher Wren, and completed in 1674. It

contains a plaque to John Harvard, a former

student of Emmanuel. St Andrew’s Street

01223 334200. www.emma.cam.ac.uk

Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam museum is one of Britain’s

earliest public museums. The present

collections contain: European paintings

ranging from the 14th Century to the

present day; Egyptian, Greek and Roman

antiquities; and the applied arts of

Western Europe and Asia including

sculpture, ceramics, furniture, coins and

medals. A wide range of temporary

exhibitions are also on offer, as well as an

annually-changing display of contemporary

sculpture in the Museum’s grounds.

Trumpington Street, 01223 332900.


Grasshopper Clock

The fabulously terrifying “Grasshopper

Clock” on the corner of Corpus’ Taylor

Library is a must-see for any Cambridge

visitor. Unveiled to the public in September

2008, this extraordinary feat of new

technology now stands proudly facing onto

King’s Parade; its shining, 24-carat gold dial

and gruesome time-keeper is a dazzling

addition to the historic city centre. Corpus

Christi College (view from corner of King’s

Parade and Benet Street).


Great St Mary’s Church

Great St Mary’s is the university church. Its

tower was completed in 1608 and provides

excellent panoramic views of the city and

and University Colleges. Market Square,

01223 741720. www.gsm.cam.ac.uk

Jesus College

Founded by John Alcock, Bishop of Ely, on

the site of a 12th century nunnery in 1496.

The college has spacious grounds and

pretty 16th century cloister court. Former

students include Thomas Cranmer the first

Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, and

Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen

Elizabeth II. Jesus Lane, 01223 339339.


Jesus Green

This riverside park is the perfect venue

to relax, picnic, walk, or play sport. Jesus

Green’s outdoor swimming pool is situated

in idyllic surroundings and close to the river.

There are floral displays and an Avenue of

London Planes, planted in 1890, which

dominates the central walkway.

Chesterton Road, 01223 457000.


The Junction

One of the most diverse cultural venues in

the UK, presenting 100s of performances

each year, The Junction has three

performance spaces that cover clubs,

comedy, dance, live music, theatre and

events for young people. Clifton Road,

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

Kettle’s Yard

A fine collection of modern art in a unique

and beautiful domestic setting and a gallery

showing regular exhibitions. Castle Street,

01223 748100. www.kettlesyard.co.uk

King’s College

The Chapel is the grandest and most

beautiful building in Cambridge and ranks

amongst the most important examples of

perpendicular (late gothic) architecture.

Visit the College grounds and Chapel and

attend choral services in the Chapel.

King’s Parade, 01223 331212.


New Hall Art Collection

A permanent collection of contemporary

art by women artists. With more than 350

artworks it is the largest and most

significant collection of art by women in

Europe. Murray Edwards College,

01223 762295. www-art.newhall.cam.ac.uk

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Parker’s Piece

Parkers Piece is one of Cambridge’s most

significant open spaces. It was named after

Edward Parker, a cook who leased the land

from Trinity College in Cambridge. Its

greatest claim to fame is that it was where

basic football association rules were formed.

It was in 1863 that these ‘Cambridge Rules’

became the defining influence on football

association rules, many of which still apply

to this day. Parkside, 01223 457000.


Pembroke College

The third oldest Cambridge College, founded

by a French lady, Marie St Pol de Valence,

the widowed Countess of Pembroke.

The chapel was the first completed work of

Sir Christopher Wren. Delightful gardens.

Trumpington Street, 01223 338100.



Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded

Peterhouse, the first Cambridge College,

in 1284. The Hall, which is the oldest in any

Cambridge College, has work by William

Morris, Burne Jones and Madox Browne.

Former students include Charles Babbage,

the inventor of the early mechanical computer,

and Sir Frank Whittle, who invented

the jet engine. Peterhouse was the first

Cambridge College to introduce electricity.

Trumpington Street, 01223 338200.


Queens’ College

Queens’ College is home to the famous

wooden Mathematical Bridge. Silver Street,

01223 335511. www.queens.cam.ac.uk

Riverboat Georgina

Enjoy a luxury river cruise along the Cam.

Public trips are available throughout the

year. Also available for private charter.

01223 929124


St John’s College

The annual Cambridge and Oxford boat

race began in 1829, when St John’s College

challenged Oxford. St John’s Street,

01223 338600. www.joh.cam.ac.uk

Scott Polar Research Institute

Learn about the expeditions of Captain

Scott, and other polar explorers. Lensfield

Road, 01223 336540. www.spri.cam.ac.uk

Scudamore’s Punting Co

The largest selection of boats in Cambridge

with a choice of both chauffeured punt tours

and self-hire craft. Mill Lane & Quayside,

01223 359750. www.scudamores.com

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

The museum houses a spectacular collection

of fossil animals and plants of all

geological ages from all over the world.

Downing Street, 01223 333456.


Sidney Sussex College

Sidney Sussex was the college of Oliver

Cromwell, the great Lord Protector who was

born in the nearby town of Huntingdon, and

came up to Cambridge to study in 1616.

Cromwell’s skull was buried in the college

ante-chapel in 1960. Sidney Street,

01223 338800. www.sid.cam.ac.uk

Trinity College

The wealthiest college founded by Henry

VIII towards the end of his life. Trinity is the

college of Sir Isaac Newton, who had rooms

between the chapel and gatehouse in the

17th century. Here you can see an apple tree,

a descendant of Newton’s tree in

Lincolnshire, which inspired his work on

gravity. The college library was designed by

Christopher Wren and completed by 1690.

Trinity Street, 01223 338400.


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‘One of the Medieval

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Acknowledged as one of the

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building offers daily tours

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Ely has a beautiful waterside, seen best in the

summer months, when you can enjoy a boat

trip or a riverside walk. As well as an art gallery

and the region’s largest antique centre,

the riverside is home to a variety of eateries.

With the city centre only a two-minute walk

away, your trip can be completed with a visit to

one or more of the key visitor attractions such

as the impressive Cathedral or Oliver

Cromwell’s House. Not forgetting a visit to the

many quaint and traditional shops selling a

variety of unusual gifts to remember your visit by.

Your first port of call will no doubt be the

medieval Cathedral. It is easy to see why it is

Ely’s top tourist attraction. Wander around this

magnificent building famous for its octagon

tower or take advantage of having a more

informative experience with a guided tour.

Tours also include optional visits to the

octagon and west towers where the

spectacular views make it well worth the climb.

Whilst in the Cathedral, don’t miss the chance

of visiting the Stained Glass Museum, housed

in the South Triforium. Regular tours and

events are held throughout the year so you

can get a better understanding of the history.

Before leaving the city centre, take the time

to visit Ely Museum. Discover the story of Ely

from prehistoric times to the 20th century set

in the city’s former gaol.

Oliver Cromwell’s House is one of the only

remaining home of Cromwell’s with the

exception of Hampton Court Palace in

London. The house has been transformed to

give you an insight into 17th century life. It

hosts a range of fun ‘hands on’ activities for

the whole family. The house also doubles as a

tourist information centre.

Ely’s Waterside is a hotspot for visitors

wishing to relax and enjoy afternoon tea

or to take a boat trip. Stop off at one of the

traditional tea rooms or restaurants or take a

trip along the Great River Ouse on board the

Liberty Belle, Ely’s Fenland Cruiser (Easter to

October) and enjoy the live commentary.

For those with an interest in retail therapy or

those looking for something a little different,

the area offers an extensive range and mix

of traditional and contemporary gift, craft

and antique shops along with a variety of art

galleries. For those who love a bargain, Ely

holds three different sorts of markets - from

its award-winning Farmers’ Market on the

second and fourth Saturday of every month

to its regular General Market and Saturday

Craft and Collectables Market.

The city’s heritage public art Eel Trail is an

excellent way of seeing the historic city at its

best. This circular walk, self-guided by brass

waymarkes set in the ground, takes you past

the oldest parts of Ely and down to the

beautiful riverside.

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Forest Heath has a wonderful variety of

landscapes to explore, from the chalk

downlands of Newmarket, through to the

rich agricultural fenlands in the west and

the sandy brecklands in the north with its

large lowland forest.

The largest town in the district, Newmarket,

is the international home of horseracing

and attracts visitors from all over the world.

While they may initially come to Newmarket

for the racing, they discover that

Newmarket has much to offer both new and

returning visitors.

With magnificent buildings, wonderful

views and an excellent location (with historic

Cambridge and Ely on the doorstep), it is

the perfect place to explore this region.

Brandon, the gateway to the Brecks, has

a long and fascinating history. Brandon

Country Park boasts 30 acres of space to

enjoy, including a delightful walled garden,

forest walks, picnic area and visitor centre.

Mountain biking is very popular in this area

and there are trails both in the country park

and High Lodge Forest Centre just a short

distance down the road.

rebuilt in the 15th century, yet retains many

features dating back to the 12th and 13th


The parish of Mildenhall is one of the

largest in Suffolk and the town boasts a

rich history remembered in the Mildenhall

Museum. Here, you can see a replica of the

Mildenhall treasure and learn about the

great Mildenhall to Melbourne air race. RAF

Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath are still

operational as part of the United States Air


As well as the three market towns, Forest

Heath has 22 villages. Scattered around the

outskirts of the towns, and linking the three

main centres together, the villages are well

worth visiting and many have local pubs

and shops for you to visit.

As you pass through each you will

experience the changing landscapes

around you; fen, heath, chalk and downlands,

from the flat, panoramic views over

dark peat fields, to rolling countryside, and

woodland areas covered in wildflowers -

you will discover magical, isolated places,

known only to a lucky few.

St Mary’s Church and the Market Pump sit

in the heart of Mildenhall. The church was

For more information visit the tourism

pages at www.forest-heath.gov.uk

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Huntingdonshire is centred around the

beautiful River Great Ouse and has

fascinating historic market towns to explore.

The four towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester,

Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots have

long and wonderful histories.

Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots nestle on

the banks of the River Great Ouse, while

Ramsey is in a glorious setting on the edge

of the fens, offering the visitor a warm


Huntingdonshire also has a wealth of stunning

villages tucked away down country

lanes, with charming stone buildings and

tranquil waterside settings.

Kimbolton is one of the larger villages in

the area, with its historic High Street and

medieval castle which was the final home

of Queen Katherine of Aragon, wife of King

Henry VIII.

Retrace the steps of more famous people.

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England,

was born and educated in Huntingdon. His

former grammar school is now a museum

recording his life. He was also a tenant

farmer in St Ives where his statue still stands.

Visit the wealth of other heritage attractions.

There’s Elton Hall with its beautiful

gardens and Gothic orangery, and the 18th

century mansion of Island Hall in Godmanchester,

with its serene riverside setting. The

Manor in Hemingford Grey, on which the

Green Knowe children’s books were based,

is one of the oldest continuously inhabited

houses in the country, and Houghton Mill, the

last working water mill on the River Great

Ouse, is also well worth a visit.

Huntingdonshire is also lucky to have a wide

range of wildlife sites, from the large and

rambling parks of Hinchingbrooke, Paxton

Pits and Grafham Water to the meadows of

Portholme, Houghton and Upwood.

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Offering an exciting mix of culture,

countryside and city attractions,

Peterborough is in its prime.


You can enjoy lazy afternoons among acres

of rolling countryside and miles of

waterways or full days out visiting

Peterborough’s museums, stately homes

and varied visitor attractions.

By night, the city really comes to life with

theatre productions at the Key Theatre,

greyhound racing, scores of bars and

restaurants. After a successful shop, take

time out to rest your feet at one of the

many cafés. During the summer months,

dine al fresco so you can soak up the

atmosphere while relaxing with a drink and

a bite to eat.

Peterborough Cathedral is situated in

beautiful surroundings in the heart of the

cosmopolitan city centre. As well as still

operating as a thriving Christian Church,

today the cathedral offers a wide array of

activity including an interactive exhibition,

fascinating historic and Cathedral tower

tours, an exciting mix of arts and crafts

based events, and a popular coffee shop.

Only a few minutes from the city centre is

the glorious Nene Park. Stretching out for

over six miles along the River Nene, this is

the perfect spot for picnics, bird watching,

walking, cycling, riding, sailing and golf.

Not far is Peterborough’s wonderful outdoor

Art Deco Lido; great for a splash around on

a hot afternoon.

Annual events include a Dragon Boat Race,

Beer Festival, Cheese Rolling and the famous

Burghley Horse Trials. Don’t miss the

arts and cultural festivities in Peterborough

and the surrounding smaller towns and

villages. There is the Peterborough Festival,

the Green Festival and a host of arts, music

and drama events throughout the year.


Set in 350 square miles of fantastic cycling

and walking countryside, the district of

South Cambridgeshire offers the perfect

opportunity to relax and explore.

With its historic monuments, houses and

museums set in the tranquil and rural

landscape of rolling chalk hills covered with

beech woods and flat fertile land, South

Cambridgeshire provides a great location for

everyone, from the lively and adventurous

to those who want to unwind and get away

from it all.

Eight miles south west of Cambridge,

Wimpole Hall and Home Farm is

Cambridgeshire’s largest stately home

with 18th century gardens designed by

the famous historical gardener Lancelot

‘Capability’ Brown. As well as its impressive

grounds, Wimpole Hall is also home to a

working farm where visitors can take part

in a variety of activities such as grooming

donkeys and ponies, collecting eggs and

experiencing the wide range of pigs, sheep

and cattle that live there.

The Imperial War Museum Duxford


is Europe’s premier aviation museum,

offering visitors an array of the finest

historic aircraft in seven acres of exhibition

space. The summer months see the skies

come alive with dramatic air displays.

Take in a winery tour at Chilford Hall’s working

vineyard, lying in 18 acres of rural countryside.

East Anglia is one of England’s main

wine-producing regions and the district

boasts a number of vineyards, benefiting

from long hours of sunshine and low rainfall.

Not far from Chilford Hall, the award-winning

Linton Zoo offers children and adults

alike a wealth of rare and exotic creatures,

while Shepreth Wildlife Park, just 8.7 miles

south of Cambridge, houses a famous collection

of wild and domestic animals.

Travel north to Grantchester with its idyllic

water meadows and The Orchard Tea

Gardens, made famous by poet Rupert


A warm welcome is awaiting at the many

hotels and guesthouses which are ideal

bases from which to enjoy all that the

region has to offer.

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The historic riverside market town on the River

Great Ouse is a wonderful place to visit. For

over 900 years St Ives has been attracting

visitors to its traditional fairs and markets.

The 600-year-old stone bridge with its

chapel built in midstream is one of only three

such buildings in the whole of the country.

The statue of Oliver Cromwell in the market

place recalls the time when the future Lord

Protector lived here before rising to power.

Nowadays a few stone walls are all that remain

of St Ives Priory, built on the spot where

the bones of the mysterious St Ivo were

unearthed by a ploughman in the year 1001.

The parish church of All Saints stands in a

tranquil churchyard on the riverbank. The

church is 15th-century but its interior is a

feast of colourful Victorian decoration by the

famous architect Ninian Comper. The spire is

even more recent than that, built to replace

the original steeple destroyed by an aircraft

in a tragic accident during World War I.

St Ives has many elegant houses of the 18th

century, when the town was rebuilt after a

disastrous fire. From the 19th century come

the remarkable New Bridges, the longest

brick viaduct in the country when they were

built in 1822. Close beside them is the seven-storey

Old Mill, originally a corn mill but

in the 1970s the place where Clive Sinclair

invented the world’s first pocket calculator.

St Ives specialises in its hospitality and the

streets are thronged with teashops and cafés,

pubs, hotels and restaurants. All set in the

lovely riverside scenery of the Great Ouse

valley, where you can cruise the waterway in

a narrowboat, explore the countryside on foot

or by bike.



The attractive market town of St Neots is

home to many listed buildings, and much of

the town is a designated conservation area.

No visit to the town is complete without

taking time to enjoy the river, and the

Riverside Park and restaurant. The

meandering River Great Ouse, with its huge

weeping willows is a great draw for visitors.

The park offers several places to enjoy a

picnic and there are pleasant walks across

the parks’ many bridges.

St Neots still retains its character as a country

market town and the Market Square is one of

the largest and most ancient of its kind in the

country, dating back to the 12th century.

A market has been held upon this square

every Thursday since its foundation.

In the centre of the square is the Day Column,

which was erected in 1822 by John Day, a

local brewer. At one time during the 19th

Century, it dispensed medicinal water

piped from the local spa.

Visitors can explore the history of St Neots on

foot, taking either a guided or a self-guided

tour of the town. Alternatively, visit the town’s

Museum. Housed in the former magistrates’

court/police station it tells the story of St

Neots from prehistoric times to the present


There is a wealth of wildlife to enjoy all year

round, and a network of marked paths.

During May there are large numbers of

nightingales, and many species of orchid

can be found in the meadows.

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Fenland is a beautiful landscape formed by

nature and shaped by people over more

than 6,000 years. It consists of four historic

market towns and a wealth of stunning rural

villages situated in the peaceful countryside

with more than 200 miles of rivers and

drains. The four main towns of Chatteris,

March, Whittlesey and Wisbech all have

charm and interesting histories to discover.


Chatteris would have been a seaside

town in Neolithic times, it perched on the

edge of a vast tract of salt marshes, with

the sea just to the east. Today, there is

not a bucket and spade in sight - in fact

this busy little town is 50 miles from the

nearest beach.

The town we see today grew around the

abbey of St Mary from around 1010. A

market place formed in front of the abbey

and streets evolved to connect to the

other settlements in the Fens. Although

there is little sign of the abbey remaining,

Chatteris is still well connected and is an

ideal base for touring the Fens and south



March was once an island surrounded by

marshes. As the land was drained and

made more fertile the town grew and

prospered. Today the town is a pretty

market town, offering all the delights you

would expect to find in a place such as

this. The River Nene winds its way through

the town centre, past the park and pretty

riverside gardens.

The river is often busy with colourful boats

cruising the Fenland waterways. The

town is a popular stopping-off point for

boaters with free moorings in the town

centre, close to shops and places to eat.

The town centre has the unusual Broad

Street lined with shops and headed by

an elaborate fountain which was erected

to commemorate the coronation of King

George V.

There is a good variety of shops, from

well-known high street names to small

independent stores. A number of specialist

markets are held throughout the year.

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Whittlesey sits on the very western edge

of the Fens, close to the cathedral city of

Peterborough. The town has an interesting

maze of streets with a mix of architecture

spanning several centuries.

The Buttercross in the Market Place is

one of the most striking buildings and a

reminder of Whittlesey’s rich trading and

agricultural history. The market is in town

every Friday.

Whittlesey has two churches, both close to

the town centre. The Church of St Mary is

famous for its glorious spire supported on

elegant flying buttresses from the massive

tower below.


Wisbech the Capital of the Fens, is the

perfect place for a day out or a break

to get away from it all. There is plenty

of accommodation choice, from historic

town centre hotels to attractive B&B’s in

rural settings and charming self catering


It’s renowned for its elegant Georgian

architecture. Stroll along the Brinks or

round the Crescent to see some fine

Georgian houses. Then visit Peckover

House on North Brink, now in the care of

the National Trust and open to visitors

from spring to autumn three or four

afternoons a week.

A little further along North Brink is a

completely different example of Georgian

architecture. Wisbech has two museums;

the Wisbech and Fenland in the Crescent

and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House on

South Brink. Wisbech also has one of the

oldest surviving Georgian Theatres in the

country, The Angles.

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that lies east of Peterborough and north of Cambridge, and shares

boundaries with Lincolnshire and Norfolk.


1-May Annual Stilton Village Cheese Rolling

Stilton Village. www.stilton.org/cheese-rolling

6-7 May Newmarket 2000 Guineas

Newmarket Racecourse


23-30 May Peterborough Wildlife Festival

Ferry Meadows www.neneparktrust.org.uk

22-27 May 44th Cambridge Beer Festival

Jesus Green


27-May Watch Out Festival

Cambridge Junction www.junction.co.uk

3-Jun Strawberry Fair

Midsummer Common


4-Jun The Cambridgeshire County Show

Wimpole Home Farm


10-Jun Dragon Boat Racing and the

Peterborough Festival


17-Jun Bloom Concert: Jazz in the Gardens

Wimpole Estate


21-26 Jun Midsummer Fair

Midsummer Common


17 Jun - 1 Jul The Cambridge Roar

Various venues in Cambridge


24 Jun - 9 Jul (weekends only) Peterborough

Artists’ Open Studios

Various venues www.paos.org.uk

28 Jun - 1 Jul Wisbech Rose Fair

Peckover House and Gardens NT


1-23 Jul (weekends only) Cambridge Open



7-9 Jul Ely Folk Festival


7-9 Jul The Big Weekend

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge


8-9 Jul Flying Legends Air Show

IWM Duxford www.iwm.org.uk

27-30 Jul Cambridge Folk Festival

Cherry Hinton Hall


28-30 Jul Sausage and Cider Music Festival

Elton Hall, PE8 6SH


9 & 16 Aug Teddy Bears Picnic

Easton Walled Gardens


19-Aug St Neots Dragon Boat Festival River

Great Ouse, Regatta Meadow, St Neots


22-26 Aug 39th Peterborough Beer Festival

The Embankment

2-3 Sep Classic and vintage vehicle show

The Embankment, Peterborough


9-Sep Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

River Cam, Fen Ditton, Cambridge


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The town of Braintree is famed for its

Freeport Shopping Village, however there’s

so much more to be discovered. Venture into

the great outdoors and explore the town’s

gentle rolling countryside, which has been

home to some less than gentle crusaders,

famous explorers, ground breaking scientists,

the American air force and world-changing

industrialists over the years.

Here you’ll find miles of stunning scenery,

wonderful walks, cycling routes and golf.

Braintree Golf Club is currently ranked 9th

place in the top 100 golf courses in Essex.

You’ll find fascinating exhibitions at the

Braintree District Museum, which change

regularly so there’s always something new

to learn and discover. Interesting talks and

workshops on local history and creative

crafts take place throughout the year.

The hub of modern entertainment is of

course, Braintree Freeport. The popular

retail outlet, features over 85 stores offering

up to 60 per cent off designer brands –

definitely a place to visit for the shopaholics

among you. The area is also home to a

cinema and a selection of restaurants.

Antiques are a local speciality and you’ll find

offerings at Bocking Antiques Centre and

Finchingfield Antiques Centre, and nearby

Gosfield Shopping Village. If you are after

something more unusual, the specialist

shops of Braintree, Coggeshall, Halstead and

Witham are all within easy reach.


Home to one of the UK’s biggest summer

festivals, shopping centres and glorious

parks, Chelmsford has established itself as

one of the most popular places in Essex.

The city has grown immensely over the last

few years with modern property developments

and improvements to the town centre

including the newly opened Bond Street

Shopping Area, which makes a pleasant

addition to the retail scene. It’s home to a

number of high street stores, a cinema and

John Lewis’ first Essex-based store.

Hylands House is a stunning Grade II listed

property, spectacularly restored to its former

glory and situated in 574 acres of historic

landscaped parkland. With events and shows

on all year round, it is the perfect day out for

all the family.

Chelmsford Museum is set in a lovely Victorian

house in Oaklands Park. There are temporary

exhibitions and family activities such

as interactive displays and dressing up, along

with special events and open days such as

the Wildlife Fun Day. Check out

www.chelmsford. gov.uk/museums

Chelmsford is home to three theatres; The

Civic Theatre, Cramphorn Theatre and Old

Court Theatre. All offer a diverse range of

performances throughout the year. Keep

up-to-date with the latest productions at


Chelmsford bars and restaurants offer

something for everyone. You’ll find the usual

chains scattered throughout as well as independent

cafes, bistros and pubs, Riverside

dining, arts, history and nightlife make

Chelmsford a great place to visit.

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With one of the best climates in the UK, a

summer visit to the Essex Sunshine Coast is

a must. Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town

on the Tendring Peninsula and was founded

in 1871. It is a seaside resort that attracts

many visitors. The seafront gardens are a

carpet of glorious colour throughout the

season and provide a backdrop for miles of

golden sandy beaches and the town’s fun

packed pier. The town and its beaches are

popular with visitors in the summer, and

there is a packed annual entertainment


This summer the popular Clacton Air

Show takes place 24-25 August. The

award-winning seafronts and greensward

are transformed over the two days into a

fun filled events site and viewing area.

Impressive aerobatic displays take to the

skies whilst a whole host of exhibitions,

trade stands, food court and on-site

entertainment are available at ground level.

Clacton is also home to the Princes Theatre,

located at the Town Hall on Station Road.

Here you’ll find a fantastic programme of

performances including drama, comedy

and live music.


This elegant seaside town was developed

from a small village in late Victorian times

into an exclusive resort. By the first half of

the 20th century Frinton-on-Sea had great

appeal for its high society visitors who

came to enjoy the secluded sandy beach,

golf course (frequented by the Prince of

Wales) and tennis tournament, the classy

Esplanade hotels, the lido and Connaught

Avenue, ‘East Anglia’s Bond Street’, named

after the Duke of Connaught and opened by

his wife.

Developer R Powell Cooper bought out the

original developer of the town in the 1890s

and prohibited boarding houses and pubs.

Frinton’s first pub, The Lock and Barrell,

opened in 2000. Relaxed and sophisticated,

Frinton retains an atmosphere of the

1920/30s. Tree-lined avenues sweep down

to the elegant Esplanade and cliff-top

greensward, with its colourful Victorian-style

beach huts. The sandy beach is

quiet and secluded and one of the best

on the Sunshine Coast.

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Great Notley

Danbury & Little Baddow

Mill End, Bradwell-on-Sea

Old Moulsham


Little Waltham


Sunday 28 th May

Sunday 28 th May

Sunday 4 th June

Sunday 11 th June

Sunday 11 th June

Sunday 18 th June

Sunday 18 th June

Sunday 25 th June

Sunday 2 nd July

Enjoy an unforgettable day of colour and fragrance in

beautiful Essex gardens, opening to the public through the

summer in support of Farleigh Hospice. For more information

or to book your ticket, please call 01245 457352 or visit


It is because you care that we can


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from £12!

Outstanding theatre for the whole family in the heart of Essex

Balkerne Gate

Colchester, CO1 1PT

Call 01206 573948



The Colne Valley, an area of beauty in the

heart of North Essex, has something for everyone;

rolling countryside walks, villages rich in

history and even great shopping experiences.


Britain’s oldest town is home to some of the

region’s most interesting heritage and history.

From Saxon to Medieval, Tudors to Stuarts

and Georgian to Victorian, each era has

shaped the town in some way. Today it’s not

just Colchester’s vast heritage that attracts

over 4.5 million visitors every year. The

thriving and modern town is home to family

favourites such as Colchester Zoo and

Colchester Castle. Colchester tourist

attractions make the town great for both a

day trip or weekend break.

It’s a great location for a spot of shopping.

Colchester’s Charter Market dates back close

to a millennium and continues to be a vibrant

place to shop alongside Culver Street West,

Long Wyre Street and Culver Street East,

every Friday and Saturday. The town centre

is also home to two large, indoor shopping

centres, Culver Square and Lion Walk, that

between them house many of the country’s

most popular high street retailers from Debenham’s

to H&M, alongside local businesses.

Art lovers should head to The Minories Art

Gallery, Firstsite and the Mercury Theatre, all

of which offer a vibrant calendar of

exhibitions, events and performances

throughout the year.

Earls Colne, named after the flowing River

Colne, offers a 13th Century church and many

17th Century houses to admire, and the nearby

Chalkney Wood is a popular destination

for walkers. Using Earls Colne as your base,

heading south will lead you to the beautiful

village of Coggeshall, where you can find the

family-run West Street Vineyard for a glorious

vineyard walk and a bite to eat at the on-site

restaurant, which serves brunch to dinner and

even afternoon tea.

Back at the starting point of Earls Colne, if you

head north towards Bures and Sudbury you

are treated to the magnificent views that the

Stour Valley has to offer. Once in Sudbury,

Clare Castle Country Park provides much to

learn about the 13th Century stone castle

remains that overlook the town.

Just outside the nearby town of Halstead

you’ll find Hedingham Castle, where you’ll

discover one of the country's best preserved

Norman keeps with medieval re-enactments

loved by children and adults alike. Also near

the castle within the village of Castle

Hedingham is the Colne Valley Railway

heritage railway, with its short running line

and activities for families including demonstration

train rides.

Nearby, the Layer Marney Tower, built around

1520, is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England.

The house came to the Charrington

family in the mid 20th century and has been

occupied by the Charrington family ever

since. The 80ft tower is well worth the climb

for a spectacular view of the Essex


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Enjoy the excitement of flumes,

wild water rapids, waves and more

in our family fun leisure pool.

+ relax in comfort in

our stylish coffee shop

New for 2017! brand new fun water features

and refurbished changing rooms


Described as ‘Notting Hill with a seafront’ Leigh-on-Sea

boasts an historic Old Town and buzzing Broadway. Cool

bars and chic boutiques strive for your attention, along

with traditional pubs and cockle sheds.

It’s hardly surprising that a town with such a close proximity

to London (less than an hour by train), instantly

strikes you as ‘comfortable’. Stock brokers, solicitors and

successful entrepreneurs’ sports car and luxury saloons

vie for parking spaces on and around Leigh’s natural

epicentre, the Broadway. But like Notting Hill, which is

home to a similar demographic, there’s a laid-back but

well-heeled vibe that many of the locals will refer to as


If you’ve not been, or not visited for a while, Leigh really

does reward you for jumping into the car or onto a C2C

train for a day out. Alternatively, indulge yourselves in a

weekend with a difference. Among the City slickers you’ll

find a wealth of artists and creative types, while down in

the atmospheric Old Town, the original wealth creators

of Leigh, the fishermen, still ply their trade. For lovers of

fresh seafood, Leigh’s Old Town is fabulous.

The Old Town features a cobbled street which leads to

Cockle Row, where you can buy all manner of bivalves

drawn from the estuary waters. They don’t worry about

food miles here because much of it has travelled no

more than a handful of yards on its way from boat to

plate. The friendly, traditional pubs of the Old Town are

also popular with locals and tourists alike. The Mayflower

on the High Street is a multi CAMRA award-winning pub

that will delight fans of real ale, while the Crooked Billet

is another traditional waterside establishment with a big


A short walk or drive up the cliffs takes you into the

heart of Leigh and onto the Broadway. Again, pubs and

restaurants abound, with a wonderful supporting cast of

cool bars and relaxed cafes. Leigh is chock-full of

fabulous independent, quirky fashion boutiques,

dedicated antiques stores, and home-ware emporiums,

elegantly placed alongside the big names and

high-street classics. (Words courtesy of Visit Essex).


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The ancient Essex town of Maldon has a

rich and varied history waiting to be

explored. It’s a pretty town on the Essex

Blackwater estuary, and is the seat of the

Maldon district, which includes the starting

point of the Chelmer and Blackwater

Navigation at Heybridge Basin.

Salt has been made on the East Coast of

Essex for over 2,000 years. The remains

of Roman salt works can be found dotted

along the north and south banks of the

Blackwater Estuary. However, there is much

more to Maldon District than its salt. The

River Blackwater and its surroundings has

long been a tourist attraction. In Edwardian

times visitors came for the ‘bracing air’ and

healthy saltwater bathing. Now the activities

on offer are sailing trips, wildlife watching

and leisurely strolls along the sea wall.

Maldon has a rich history and is packed

with places to visit. If you are making a

day trip to Maldon there are a number of

Museums within walking distance. The Moot

Hall opens for guided tours and visitors are

taken onto the roof to view the rooftops of

the town and the River Blackwater. A short

walk down the High Street takes you to The

Maldon Museum, which houses the Fat Man

of Maldon’s waistcoat and a Penny Farthing,

and there’s the award-winning Combined

Military Services Museum, which displays

the history of the armed forces in uniforms,

weapons and other artefacts.

Generations of families have enjoyed the

fun of the award-winning Promenade Park

on the bank of the River Blackwater. Bring

a picnic and enjoy the boating lake, splash

park, adventure play and orienteering trail.

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For epicures and bon viveurs crossing the

Strood - the ancient Roman causeway that

leads onto Mersea Island - is something akin

to an act of pilgrimage. The tiny estuary

island is home to vineyards, apple orchards

and the finest seafood – where food miles

are measured in yards.

If you want polish and bling, then Mersea

might not quite be for you. Alternatively,

if ramshackle and eccentric floats your

fishing boat, then you’ll never want to leave.

The island is awash with character and old

world charm, exemplified by The Company

Shed. Long-hailed by restaurant critics as

a culinary gem, this black-painted, weather-boarded

institution sits just a handful of

yards off the beach.

Palm trees may front parts of Mersea’s

waterfront but regarding this as the Essex

Riviera might be stretching one’s imagination

a little far. Those expecting miles of

golden, sandy beaches might have a bit of a

lip wobble. Don’t despair however, the wonderfully

named Monkey Beach is a cracker

and arguably the island’s best.

Children will love exploring the island’s myriad

creeks and scampering over the boardwalks

that interconnect the marshes, while

parents will revel in the simple pleasures of

watching little ones collecting sun-bleached

oyster shells to decorate their sandcastles,

crabbing and splashing about in the water.

With its broad expanses, unrivalled seafood,

excellent local wines and beers and

cute cottages, Mersea is a beguiling place.

Terrific for chucking the kids or your mates

into the car and heading off for a day trip,

Mersea also rewards those who linger!

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Kelvedon Hatch


Nuclear Bunker

Come and witness the three lives of

the bunker starting with its role as an

RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief

period as a civil defence centre through

to its most recent life as a Regional

Government HQ. Designed for up to

600 military and civilian personnel,

possibly even the Prime Minister, their

collective task being to organise the

survival of the population in the awful

aftermath of a nuclear war.

Adults £7.50,

Child £5.50,

Family (2 plus 2) £18.00


More Than Just A Train Ride

1-mile length of line in North Essex with full-size

steam and diesel train rides, ride-on railway, garden

and model layouts. Visit a working signal box,

Travelling Post Office, museum, buffet & shop.

Large free car park.

Open on selected dates from 2nd April 2017

Tel: 01277 364883 Email: mike@japarrish.com


please call 01787 461174 or visit our website


for full information.



Saffron Walden is a delightful medieval market town located in

North-West Essex. It has a rich heritage of old buildings,

including St Mary’s Church, the largest and one of the most

beautiful parish churches in Essex.

The town also has a friendly, award winning museum.

Market days are Tuesday and Saturday.

On the North Side of town is Bridge End Garden, a recently restored Victorian

Garden of great charm, which contains a wonderful yew hedge maze and sunken


For further information about how to get here, places to visit, where to stay,

local events and activities, please contact:


1 Market Place, Saffron Walden,

Essex, CB10 1HR. Tel: 01799 524002

Email: tourism@saffronwalden.gov.uk



Saffron Walden combines the best of both

worlds. It’s where old meets new. You can

often feel as though you’ve been transported

to a time gone by while doing your grocery

shopping. A wander around the cobbled

streets, while popping into independent boutiques

and admiring the historic architecture

is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

The market takes place on Tuesday and

Saturday and offers a delightful mix of local

produce, furnishings and crafts. After a

browse during the summer, buy some of

the local produce and have a picnic on the


town, the grade II listed space consists of

seven interlinked gardens and popular hedge

maze. The Turf Labyrinth, another maze

which twists and turns, is sure to be a hit

with children.

Popular with both adults and children is the

magnificent Audley End House & Gardens

just outside Saffron Walden. Wander around

the immaculately kept grounds, explore the

Victorian service wing and visit the horses in

the stable yard. There’s also a play area to

keep the little ones entertained. The English

Heritage site hosts a fantastic calendar of

events throughout the year.

It’s quite easy to spend a whole afternoon

simply eating in Saffron Walden. Timber-clad

buildings host modern pubs and restaurants,

while there’s the opportunity for tea and

cake on almost every corner.

Surrounded by beautiful Essex countryside,

Saffron Walden has plenty of footpaths and

country walks to offer. However, if you don’t

fancy pulling on your wellies and trekking

across the fields, pay a visit to Bridge End

Garden. Hidden in the back streets of the

Make the most of the day with a visit to the

Audley End Miniature Railway, located opposite.

A massive hit with families, the railway

trails through the forest where children can

spot teddies that live in the woods. There’s

also a Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk and

picnic and play area – great for the when

warmer weather arrives!

Saffron Walden hosts the ‘8 Day Weekend’

every three years. Make sure you visit this

summer for the event from 7-15 July.





The Premier Outlet in Essex

*Car Parking charges apply after 6 hours but remain free for

Freeport Braintree shoppers. See website for further details.



Southend became a seaside resort during the

Georgian era, attracting many tourists in the

summer months to its seven miles of beaches

and sea. To this day it attracts around

over six million tourists every year.

You’ll find all the traditional seaside

pleasures along the seven glorious miles of

seafront; but you won’t find a Pleasure Pier

like Southend’s anywhere else. Thrill-seekers

rejoice with their vast range of water

sports at the Marine Activities Centre. Ride

the rollercoasters at Adventure Island or

discover a world of watery wonder at the

Sea-Life Adventure, which has undergone a

£680,000 redevelopment.

If you love to shop, the town centre features

a variety of quirky independent boutiques

and the usual ‘big name’ high street

stores. With over three hundred mouth-watering

places to eat plus a dazzling live

music and nightlife scene, you really are

spoilt for choice. All of this is just an hour’s

train ride from London.

The seaside resort has a rich ‘feast’ of

festivals and events all year round, which

means there’s always something great to

see and do.


A traditional seaside town on the Essex

Sunshine Coast, Walton-on-the-Naze’s

golden sands have been attracting visitors

for generations. It’s home to the second

longest pier in England, and rows of

colourful beach huts.

Throughout the town you’ll find classic

tea rooms, fish and chip shops and stores

selling bucket and spades.

The 86 foot octagonal Naze Tower,

overlooking the coastline, is currently used

as a gallery and hosts a number of

exhibitions throughout the year.

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3 & 4 March

Join us in the Victorian Goods Shed for a wide range of beers, ciders

and perries, including some rarities from small local breweries.


2 April

Try your hand at being a guard, signalman, crossing keeper or

experience a ride on the footplate of a steam engine (over 16’s only).

OPEN DAILY FROM 10:00 TO 16:30


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A striking heritage landscape in Coggeshall,

Essex with an enviable collection of mature trees,

woodland and leafy paths. Enjoy home cooked


food and browse the plant centre & gift shop.

Feel inspired. Access is available to all buildings however, you will however

need a vehicle to gain full access to both sides of the museum.

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and settle in for our special OF screening ENGLAND of ‘Britain on Film, Railways’.


Dance along with Fox, Wiggle & Sass who will be serving up their

usual combination of great, wartime songs with attitude!



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5 to 9 September

One of the largest beer festivals in the region, with live music, great

food and over 400 varities of beer, run in association with CAMRA.


From tiny model railways and gauge one layouts, to full sized steam and

diesel train rides, there is something for everyone!




13-14 May Essex Fine Food Show

Chelmsford City Racecourse


1-Jul The Fling Festival

Hylands Park, Chelmsford


21-May Saffron Walden Emporium -

Collectables, Crafts

Saffron Walden Town Hall

21-May A Vintage Affair

Hedingham Castle


28-May Outdoor Cinema Evening

RHS Garden Hyde Hall


8-9 Jul Tractor & Country Show

Blake House Craft Centre, Braintree

14-16 Jul Brentwood Festival

Brentwood Centre


22-29 Jul Brentwood Children’s Literary


Various locations


2-4 Jun Le Weekend - French Market

Market Place, Saffron Walden


29-20 Jul Family Medieval Weekend

Cressing Temple Barns


7-10 Jun Chelmsford Film Festival

Cramphorn Studio (and elsewhere)

10-17 Jun Leigh Art Trail

Various venues


10-Jun Essex Book Festival

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome


22-25 Jun Leigh Folk Festival

Various locations in Leigh


23 June - 16 Jul Thaxted Festival

Thaxted Church


27-29 Jun 3foot People Festival

Hylands Park, Chelmsford


30-Jul Artisan & Vintage Fayre

Market Place, Saffron Walden


4-6 Aug Brightlingsea Free Music Festival

Various locations, Brightlingsea


13-Aug Classic VW and Vintage Fair

Museum of Power, Langford


19-20 Aug Smoke and Fire Festival

Promenade Park, Maldon


10-Sep Military Vehicle Show

Saffron Walden Common


17-Sep Apple Day

The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Great Dunmow


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Clacton Factory Outlet, Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 4TL

Contact us or visit us online to get more news on events, store offers and much more!

01255 479595 www.clactonfactoryoutlet.co.uk



Map courtesy of Visit Essex


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Town Hall, Station

Rd, Clacton-on-Sea

CO15 1SE

01255 686633

Maldon District

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01621 856503









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Castle Park,

Hollytrees Museum,


01206 282920



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Centre 1 Market St,

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The two Hertfordshire towns have grown enormously over recent years, and offer everything

you’d expect from a modern town. Standing side by side in the same borough, it’s easy to

visit both in one day, here’s how to make the most of your trip:



The town has largely grown up around the

gates of its most famous attraction, Hatfield

House. The Jacobean house is great to explore

and is an ideal family day out with its

gardens, play area and park farm. Stop by

the Stable Yard Shops which features a wide

range of exclusive retailers. The stores have

been lovingly created from an area of Hatfield

House which used to play home to the

stables. Hatfield House hosts regular events

so check what’s on before visiting. An

Antiques Market is held on the third Saturday

of every month and a Farmer’s Market is

held on the third Sunday of each month.

There are also the Art and Design Gallery,

The Weston Auditorium and music venue

The Forum at the University of Hertfordshire.

In addition to the town centre, shopping can

be enjoyed at The Galleria, an outlet

shopping centre with 80 stores.

Welwyn village is often referred to as ‘Old

Welwyn’ to distinguish it from the newer

settlement of Welwyn Garden City. One

of the main attractions is The Hawthorne

Theatre (www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk), which

is also home to The New Maynard Gallery.

The theatre is a fully appointed, 370 seat

live arts venue and hosts some of the finest

professional theatre, live music, dance and

comedy in the South Herts region.

When the weather warms up head to

Stanborough Park, a beautiful countryside

park, covering an area of 126 acres, on the

outskirts of Welwyn Garden City. Awarded

the prestigious Green Flag Award, it is a

great place for a family picnic, leisurely stroll

or enjoy the rowing boats and pedalos on

the lake.

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Hertfordshires Leading Art Gallery

Gallery 1066

Make a fabulous statement in your

home with a stunning work of art from

our portfolio of award winning artists.

We are passionate about finding the

right piece to suit your personality

and to enhance your living space.

Please come along to the gallery to view

our new collection or call to arrange a

personal consultation.

We look forward to welcoming you soon



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Imagine the scene; 18th century riverside gazebos,

rustic listed buildings with a roman heritage;

you have found yourself in Hertford and Ware,

two picturesque towns nestled in the heart of


Hertford’s weekly market takes place every

Saturday, while the farmers’ market is held on the

second Saturday of every month. Visitors should

stop by Hertford Castle, which hosts regular

exhibitions and events.

Art lovers will adore Hertford’s choice of galleries.

Courtyard Arts is a small but lively community

arts centre on Port Vale in Hertford. It offers term

time art and clay classes for adults and children

alongside a vibrant programme of changing exhibitions.

It also has artists’ studios, a small cafe

and a gift shop showcasing work by local artists.

In addition to the gallery at the Centre, Courtyard

also curates the gallery at Hertford Theatre.

Ware is a busy high street with old world charm.

Some of the timber framed buildings that are still

standing along Crib Street, have been restored

since the 1970s, as part of an ongoing project

to keep the town true to its history. You’ll find a

number of independent boutiques and high street


Ware’s main attraction is Ware Museum, which

takes visitors back in time to the ghostly goings

on in the town. Head to Hanbury Manor or

Fanhams Hall for afternoon tea.

The towns are ideal places for a day trip, located

off the A10, and close to the M11. There are beautiful

spots by the River Lea, which passes through

the towns to sit and eat a picnic and take in the

peaceful scenery, so don’t forget your flask and

picnic blanket for those sunny days.

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Steeped in history, Hitchin has established

itself as a popular market town within North

Hertfordshire. A trip to the town will provide

an interesting and enjoyable experience.

Hitchin plays host to one of the most beautiful

gardens in England. Nestled in Cadwell

Farm are acres and acres of fragrant Hitchin

Lavender. Lavender was introduced to Cadwell

Farm in 2008, and has flourished to 17

miles of lavender rows for visitors to wander


In the 17th century barn, a variety of food,

refreshments and lavender products are sold

so visitors can bring home a piece of their


The British Schools Museum is set in school

buildings that developed in the site between

1837 and 1905. The classrooms are open to

the public and the hands-on museum allows

visitors to try dipping their pen in an inkwell

and writing in a sand tray or slate, and play

with early toys, games, and puzzles.

Hitchin is most famous for the Hitchin Markets.

This award-winning market is open every

Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.

In nearby Baldock, 1066 Gallery (www.

gallery1066fineart.com) works with a portfolio

of artists from around the globe - from local,

emerging talent to international acclaimed

artists, offering an eclectic portfolio of

immense talent and varied subject matters.

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Positioned on the North Hertfordshire border

Royston is a small market town that ticks all

the boxes. With a market dating back to when

the first market rights were granted in 1189,

Royston is a town full of character and charm.

The town has several historical buildings and

an unusual man-made cave with medieval

carvings. Royston has grown up at the intersection

of the Ickenield Way and the Roman

Ermine Street, which was built almost 2,000

years ago.

Royston holds general markets on Wednesdays

and Saturdays, between 8am and 2pm.

One of the town’s main attractions is its fascinating

cave, which lies beneath the bustling

town centre. Visitors climb down to discover

an amazing cavern, intricately carved with

religious and pagan symbols, which may or

may not be linked to the Knights Templar. It

was rediscovered after a workman stumbled

on the opening in 1742 but its origin and purpose

remains keenly disputed. If you would

like to visit the cave, it is open weekends from

2pm – 4.30pm between 15 April and 1 October

2017 and Wednesdays during August only.

With its rich history, it’s no surprise that

Royston is home to a range of traditional pubs

and restaurants that offers a superb Sunday

lunch and good hearty food.

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With two thousand years of history under

its belt, lush green parks and a buzzing

city centre, St Albans offers plenty to see

and do. The Cathedral dominates the

city’s skyline from every approach. Its

architecture is a blend of many different

periods, and its great tower includes

Roman bricks salvaged from the ruins of

Verulamium. Open daily, the Cathedral

offers a number of free tours, plus events

and concerts throughout the year.

St Albans has a vibrant and varied

entertainment scene. You’ll find a jampacked

programme of shows and concerts

ranging from drama and ballet to music

and comedy at The Alban Arena, Abbey

Theatre, Maltings Arts Theatre, Odyssey

Cinema and Trestle Arts Base.

Shopping is a favourite pastime in St

Albans. The street market is one of the

most popular markets in the region. Dating

back to the 9th century, held twice a

week and running the length of St Peters

Street, you’ll find stalls offering fresh local

produce, crafts and more. The city centre

has established itself as busy cosmopolitan

city of old and new, with two modern

shopping centres and a wealth of

independent stores.

Without a doubt the best way to explore

the city is on foot. Stroll around the

historic streets and marketplace on your

own accord or follow the City Trail, which

covers a distance of three miles.


Alternatively, The City and District of St

Albans Tour Guides host a programme of

walks throughout the year. Walks include

‘A City Revealed’, ‘Rags and Riches’,

‘Ghosts and Ghouls’, ‘Victorian St Albans –

a Time of Change’ and many more.

For more things to do in the city visit the

Tourist Information Centre at Alban Arena,

Civic Close, St Albans AL1 3LD


A visit to Stevenage and its surrounding

villages offers variety in every sense of the

word. You can shop in major High Street

chains or independent retailers, see inns

that Dick Turpin knew, view modern

architecture or admire ancient churches

and Tudor cottages.

Walk down the Avenue that writer Forster

described in Howards End or watch the

latest films at a 16-screen Cineworld at

the Leisure Park. You might just bump into

local hero Lewis Hamilton, paying a visit to

his childhood home!

Stevenage, the first of the country’s postwar

new towns, has a wide range of facilities

including the Gordon Craig Theatre,

a swimming pool, indoor market and a

thriving museum.

At the Walkern Gallery you can see the

work of Stephen Lowe along with other

local and professional artists.


Located in the Borough of Dacorum, and

nearby the Chiltern Hills, Tring is great for

exploring the delights of a small market


Tring has a small charter market on

Fridays and the popular farmers’

market takes place on alternate Saturdays

offering local produce and crafts


The Natural History Museum at Tring is a

major attraction. It features many displays

and exhibitions of animal life and provides

an educational insight into nature. The

Wildlife of the Year exhibition runs until

10 September 2017, while you can wander

among hundreds of butterflies and moths

in the tropical butterfly house from 31

March – 17 September 2017. Visit

www.nhm.ac.uk for museum opening times

and more information.

Knebworth House, close to Stevenage,

is well worth a visit. Not only a fabulous

stately home, you can spend the whole

day there, visiting the Dinosaur Trail and

the children’s adventure playground.

Between the 25 March and 24 September

2017, you can enjoy exploring Knebworth’s

history and heritage. Guided Tours of

Knebworth House are included in the

House admission ticket. Lasting about an

hour, the knowledgeable guides will tell

visitors about the history of the House and

the family who have lived here over the

centuries. Also for a small extra charge,

groups can add a private tour of the

Gardens, which are filled with colour

throughout the season. Look out for its

calendar of events including the Hertfordshire

Garden Show, Medieval jousting and

DogFest. www.knebworthhouse.com

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Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Centre

A service provided by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council

2 Market Square, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3UU

Tel: 01279 715001

tic@bishopsstortford.org www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday 9am - 3pm

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

A warm welcome awaits you when you visit the

Tourist Information Centre in Bishop’s Stortford.

You may be surprised by the amount of local community and

regional information available.

Gifts and souvenirs for sale,

and ideas to get you out and about in the

beautiful Herts & Essex countryside.


Watford supplies all the ingredients for a

fabulous weekend so whether you want to

indulge in some retail therapy, grab some

tasty food, take a leisurely stroll or enjoy

some great entertainment, you can be sure

that Watford ticks all the right boxes.

Watford Palace, close to the high street,

offers productions ranging from dance and

theatre to 3D films, many of which have

received critical acclaim.

How to keep the kids entertained is always

an issue but in Watford it’s covered too

because Watford is home to the Warner

Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour. There are

few children, or adults for that matter, who

have not been transfixed by the Harry

Potter tales so an opportunity to visit full

size sets, including the Great Hall,

costumes, props, creature workshop and

the Night bus is sure to delight. The walking

tours last about three hours but tickets sell

fast so be sure to book in advance.

If shopping is your thing then Watford is

the place to be as intu Watford is home to

a huge range of stores including John

Lewis, and fashionable high street brands.

Visit Cossiobury Park, a 190-acre haven of

outstanding natural beauty. Stroll along the

towpath beside the Grand Union Canal and

River Gade, stopping for a picnic, spot of

fishing or a trip on the miniature railway.

Unleash the offspring at the adventure play

area or under 14s paddling pool and round

your leisurely day off with a cup of tea and

slice of homemade cake at the Cha Cha

Cha tea Pavillion.

Watford’s town centre is bursting with pubs

and restaurants offering a smorgasbord of

culinary delights to suit all the family.

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16-17 Apr Easter Medieval Jousting

Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

22-Apr Street Art Festival

Hertford Town Centre

4-May Living Crafts

Hatfield House www.livingcrafts.co.uk

27-28 May Hertfordshire County Show

The Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn


2-Jun Hatfield Food Festival

Hatfield House www.hatfieldfoodfestival.co.uk

3-4 Jun St Albans Steam and Country Show

Oaklands College (Smallford Campus),

Hatfield Road, St Albans www.hertssteam.org

4-Jun Cars at the Castle

Hertford Castle www.hertfordcastle.co.uk

10-Jun Harpenden Carnival

Harpenden Common


10-11 Jun Art on the Common

Harpenden Common, St Albans Road,

Harpenden www.artonthecommon.co.uk

17-Jun St Albans Half Marathon

Verulamium Park, Holywell Hill, St Albans


18-Jun Father’s Day Medieval Jousting

Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

24-25 Jun St Albans Folk Festival

Maltings Arts Theatre, Maltings Shopping

Centre www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

Albans www.stalbanscathedral.org

24-25 Jun DogFest

Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

7-9 Jul St Albans Film Festival

Various venues www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

9-Jul The Classic Motor Show

Hatfield House www.hatfield-house.co.uk

15-16 Jul Battle Proms & Folk by the Oak

Hatfield House

www.battleproms.com / www.folkbytheoak.com

16-Jul Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Hertford Castle www.hertfordcastle.co.uk

22-23 Jul The Great British Food Festival

Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

26-Jul Classics on the Common

Harpenden Common


28-30 Jul The Game Fair

Hatfield Park www.thegamefair.org

29-30 Jul Decorative Salvage and Vintage


Knebworth House www.knebworthhouse.com

11-13 Aug Meraki Festival

Hertfordshire County Showground,

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12-13 Aug Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair

Knebworth House

9 Sep - 1 Oct Hertfordshire Open Studios

Various venues www.hvaf.org.uk/Open-Studios

24-Jun The Alban Pilgrimage

Route begins from St Peter’s Church, St

23 Sep - 2 Oct St Albans and Harpenden

Food and Drink Festival Various venues

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Royston Tourist

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Tel: 0300 123 4049

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Tucked away between Wymondham and

Thetford, the market town of Attleborough is

well worth a detour off the A11.

Attleborough was a staging town for weary

travellers between London and Norwich,

and is full of history, from its town sign to

the Norman St. Mary’s Church. The church

is renowned for its decorative rood screen,

which stretches across the width of the

church - making it East Anglia’s longest.

The Griffin Hotel (built in the mid 17th

century) in the town was also used to house

prisoners on their way to trial in Thetford at

the Assizes. You can even still see the rings

in the cellar walls to which they were tied!

Attleborough is also a great base for exploring

The Brecks or Thetford Forest. Nearby

you can visit the world famous Peter Beales’

Classic Roses, all set in a stunning 2.5 acres

of rose gardens.

Close by you’ll also find Snetterton Circuit

(www.snetterton.co.uk), with its programme

of exciting racing, the amazing Banham Zoo

(www.banhamzoo.co.uk) and Old Buckenham

Airfield (www.oldbuck.com), with its regular

fly-in events. This year the Old Buckenham

Airshow will take place 29-30 July.

Attleborough’s market is held on Thursday,

and the town has a number of specialist and

family-owned independent shops. The town

sign shows cider making in action (Gaymers

were based in Attleborough from 1896 until

1995), as well as two black turkeys both

denoting key industries associated with

Attleborough over the years.

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Set in the heart of beautiful rolling

countryside, Aylsham is a charming

market town that is truly special. The town

has rich historical roots, with its fascinating

parish church and Georgian market place

that still acts as a central hub for local

people today, particularly on market days.

Every Monday and Friday, the Georgian

market place is home to the market where

you will find all sorts on sale from plants to

household goods, and a fortnightly Farmers’

Market selling local produce.

Nearby, visit the historic 18th century house

and parkland at Wolterton Hall and

Mannington Gardens’ country walks and

beautiful gardens. There’s a packed

programme of events throughout the year.

For a memorable journey the whole family

will adore, hop on board the Bure Valley

Railway (www.bvrw.co.uk) to experience the

magic of steam. Starting from Aylsham, the

train takes an 18 mile round trip through

the picturesque Bure Valley stopping off

at some of Norfolk’s quaint villages before

arriving at Wroxham, the capital of The

Norfolk Broads.

Families can also enjoy a trip aboard The

Broadland Boat Train. Starting from the

historic market town of Aylsham, follow the

beautiful Bure Valley, before arriving at the

Broads town of Wroxham. Then take to the

water and discover the beautiful Norfolk

Broads with a leisurely hour and a half

cruise with guided commentary.

The Broadland Boat Train operates on a

daily basis from the beginning of April to

the end of October. Pre-booking is advisable.

A family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)

is available at a cost of £62 and under 5’s

travel free.

Finally, Redwings Horse Sanctuary

(www.redwings.org.uk) cares for over 2,000

horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Redwings

visitor centre in Aylsham is a beautiful

site in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside.

There is also a café, gift shop and

children’s play area as well as walking tours

and horse care demos. Entry is free.


There’s nothing more enchanting than a

woodland walk and during the spring

Norfolk’s forests are alive with colour.

The Bluebell Woods at Blickling Estate


no exception. Visit during the spring, ideally

between April and May to benefit from a

stunning display of bluebells. If you want to

make a day of it, you can also pop over to

the house and explore the gardens.

The parkland is also the hosting ground for

the annual Aylsham Show, a traditional oneday

agricultural show with cookery demonstrations,

food, farming, trade stands and

much more. This year the 71st show will take

place Monday 28 August. Book tickets at


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The village and small port of Blakeney is

situated at the mouth of the River Glaven on

the North Norfolk coast between Wells-nextthe-Sea

and Sheringham.

Blakeney is an attractive destination with

narrow lanes of flint cottages, traditional

pubs serving locally sourced real ale, a fine

church and medieval Guildhall and, with the

opportunities for crabbing, fishing,

canoeing, birdwatching, yachting and

sailing pleasure craft, it is a popular spot for


Blakeney is also the perfect location from

which to explore the great outdoors; the

North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through

the village, and it lies within the Norfolk

Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

and the North Norfolk Heritage Coast.

Blakeney also has the largest coastal nature

reserve in England and Wales, including the

National Trust owned Blakeney Point, a 3.5

mile long sand and shingle spit, which is

home to colonies of common and grey seals.

At high tide you can take a boat trip from

Morston Quay and get up close to the seals

as they bask on the sand. Blakeney Point

also offers a wilderness walk along dunes

where rare terns make their nests in the

safety of the reserve.

Blakeney Point Nature Reserve

01263 740241

Norfolketc RYA sailing courses

01263 740704

Temples Seal Trips 01263 740791

Beans Boat Trips 01263 740505

Bishop’s Boats 01263 740753

The Blakeney Cottage Company

01263 741777

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The neighbouring villages of Brancaster,

Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale on

the North Norfolk coast line up along the edge

of Brancaster Bay and the offshore barrier

island, Scolt Head.

Much of the beautiful coastline at Brancaster

is sandy beaches, stretches of Marram grass,

saltmarsh and sand dunes and is owned by

the National Trust. For great coastal views and

wildlife follow the Norfolk Coast Path. There’s

also the 16km Brancaster Circular Walk, which

is split into two equal circuits, one west and

the other east of Brancaster.

The pretty fishing village of Brancaster

Staithe, with sailing boats and seafood for

sale, is a hotspot for those wishing to learn to

sail, windsurf or parasurf.



Brancaster Staithe Harbour, beach and Scolt

Head Island National Nature Reserve is

particularly popular with birdwatchers; the

extensive areas of saltmarsh, intertidal mud

and sandflats attract internationally

important numbers of breeding terns and

wintering wildfowl, and waders such as

shelduck, wigeon, teal and curlew.

During the holidays the National Trust -

Brancaster Activity Centre at Brancaster

Staithe runs courses for families and children,

in everything from weaving and watercolours

to baking and birdwatching. www.nationaltrust.




The Burnhams is the name given to the

villages grouped around the River Burn

on the North Norfolk Coast.

There is Burnham Market, the main village,

Burnham Overy Staithe on the coast,

Burnham Thorpe, where Nelson grew up, with

his father Rector of the local church and the

villages of Burnham Overy, Burnham Deepdale

and Burnham Norton.

The pretty village of Burnham Market is full of

delightful houses, cottages and quirky shops all

situated around a village green.

Burnham Market is known as ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’

for its popularity with visitors from London.

With shops and galleries selling high-class

antiques, paintings, food, fish and fashion it is

the perfect destination for shopping, eating out

or simply just chilling and people watching.

The village is within a designated Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty and near the

nature reserves at Titchwell, Holme, Holkham

and Cley, as well as the historical visitor

attractions Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall and the

Royal Estate of Sandringham.

Holkham Hall 01328 710227

Houghton Hall 01485 528569

Sandringham Estate 01485 545400

The Crab Hut Open April to October

01485 525369

Brancaster Brewery Tap at The Jolly

Sailors 01485 210314

National Trust Brancaster Activity

Centre 01485 210719

The White Horse 01485 210262

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Traditional pub dining with some

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The Broads is Britain’s magical waterland,

a beautiful environment shaped by people

working hand-in-hand with nature over

thousands of years. The Broads offers visitors

an experience unlike any other, both on its

rivers and lakes – the Broads – and alongside

them, on peaceful paths and cycleways and

in the unspoiled villages and market towns

that make up the tapestry of this fantastic


Broads, with the bustling village of Wroxham

(home to the fantastical BeWILDerwood,

an award-winning adventure park), the

starting point for many Broads holidays and

river trips, is formed around the rivers Bure,

Thurne and Ant. At How Hill Nature Reserve

you will find Toad Hole Cottage, a tiny, former

eel-catcher’s cottage, where the silent

Electric Eel will take you on a wildlife water

trail through the reeds and marshes.

The Broads offers a rich mix of attractions

and activities year round for visitors of any

age and any interest. It is proud to be a

member of Britain’s family of National Parks,

and is recognised globally for its wildlife and

the distinct and precious character of its


Best of all, the Broads is so easy to get to for

a holiday, short break or day visit, and it’s all

within easy reach of the historic city of

Norwich and the exhilarating coastline of

Norfolk and Suffolk. A magical place where

land and water, people and nature meet!

This protected wetland has over 125 miles

of safe waterways, carefully managed

over centuries. The northern section of the

Climb the winding, spiral stone staircase of

Ranworth church for magnificent views of

the Broads and discover the floating

conservation centre moored on Ranworth

Broad - great for birdwatching.

The historic ferry at Reedham offers one of

the only river crossing in the southern Broads

and you can take in the delightful scenery

and wildlife on board Liana, an Edwardianstyle

electric launch, from Beccles.

Wroxham is a popular starting point on the

North of the Broads. Here you’ll find plenty

of boat hire, riverside restaurants and B&Bs.

Combined with the River Bure and Salhouse

Broad, its considered to be one of the

prettiest stretches of river in the area.

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2 hour skippered sails

Only £68 for up to 4 people

Cabin Yacht Hire

RYA Sailing Tuition

Levels 1, 2, 3 & Seamanship courses

Half-Decker (day boat) Hire

Learn to Sail Holidays

Tel: 01692 678263


Horsefen Road, Ludham, NR29 5QG

The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust – Charity No: 1052303

This traditional tea room located in a Grade 2 listed cottage

on Norwich Road opposite St Catherine’s Church,

is an enchanting “chocolate box” location offering fine china

and table cloths.

Horning, Norwich, NR12 8YB

01692 631485

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All our homemade cakes, scones and soups are produced daily

using locally sourced produce and our sandwiches are made

with freshly baked bread and include quality fillings.

At Alfresco Tea Room we can also cater for special dietary

requirements but please call in advance if possible.

Norwich Road, Ludham, Norfolk NR29 5QA

01692 678384


Reedham Ferry & The Archers Touring Park

For your camping holiday in Norfolk,

we offer an idyllic setting in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

where the views are as

good as the food...

Filby Bridge Restaurant

We pride ourselves on cooking the best food from

local suppliers, we prepare from fresh so you are aware

straight away that quality shines through

For fishing, with its own lakes on site

and the River Yare adjacent to the facilities.

Reedham Ferry Touring Park, Reedham

Ferry Inn, Norwich, NR13 3HA.


We offer a fabulous

a la carte menu with a

superb variety of fresh fish plus

an excellent lunchtime menu

and superb coffee & cakes.

You just need to vist

us to experience great food!

Main Road, Filby, Gt.Yarmouth NR29 3AA

Tel: 01493 368142


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The picturesque village of Cley next the

Sea lies just east of Blakeney, on the River

Glaven, in the Norfolk Coast Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North

Norfolk Heritage Coast.

Visitors will find brick and flint houses,

narrow lanes and sea paths, art and craft

galleries including ‘Made In Cley’ selling

pottery, prints, jewellery and sculptures, specialist

food shops such as Cley Smokehouse,

pubs, a teashop and a magnificent church,

as well as Cley’s famous saltmarshes, one of

Britain’s premier birdwatching sites.

Due to land reclamation the village is no

longer ‘next the sea’. The River Glaven, once

navigable by large ships, began to silt up in

the early 17th century. The area that is now

the village green was, during the Middle

Ages, a thriving trading port exporting and

importing cloth, grain, malt, spices and coal.

Cley is also known for its landmark, Cley

Windmill, a fine 18th century mill that now

serves as a highly rated holiday home.

Beyond the windmill there are the paths and

creeks of Cley Marshes to explore.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Nature Reserve,

on the edge of the marshes and overlooked

by a glassed visitor centre, has an international

reputation and is popular with

birdwatchers who come to see migrant and

wading birds.

NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve

01263 740008

Made In Cley 01263 740134

Cley Smokehouse 01263 740282


Cromer is a Victorian gem, with a seafront

townscape that rises steeply from the Promenade

and is crowned by the finials of one of

Norfolk’s tallest and most imposing church


North Norfolk’s best-known landmark, Cromer

Pier, recalls a golden age of British seaside

holidaymaking. The Pavilion Theatre hosts

one of the country’s last end-of-the-pier

summer variety shows, along with concerts

for all the family throughout the year.

Cafes, gift shops and amusements sit above

the beach, while the RNLI Henry Blogg

Museum gives insights into the bravery of

those men who risk their lives to save others

at sea. The Cromer Museum, adjacent to the

church at the heart of the town, is also a trove

for those interested in local history.

Amazona Zoo opened on the edge of Cromer

in 2008, bringing the colour of tropical South

America to the North Norfolk coast, while The

National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, just two miles

from Cromer, has a lush walled garden and

acres of parkland and woodland to explore.

Cromer crabs are still as famous as ever with

fishing boats, launched from the beach in

season, tending to hundreds of crab pots.

Cromer Pier & Pavilion Theatre

01263 512495

Henry Blogg Museum 01263 511294

Cromer Museum 01263 513543

Felbrigg Hall 01263 837444

Amazona Zoo 01263 510741

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Mid-Norfolk Railway

The Dereham to Wymondham Abbey Line

Open from the end of February to Christmas,

join us for:

Steam Train Rides (summer only)

Steam and Diesel Galas

Diesel Train Rides

Fish and Chips Specials

Family Fun Days Beer Festival Jazz and Folk Trains

On-train Cream Teas and High Teas

Halloween Train

Santa Specials

1940s Weekend

You can also book Dereham Station and a complete train

for your Wedding Reception

Discounts available for on-train birthday

and anniversary parties, family and group outings

For more details and to book,

please email marketing@mnr.org.uk

or telephone 07585 855350 / 01362 667814

Paint your own pottery

Made in England

at our factory in


Enjoy a warm coffee shop welcome -

it’s part of our shopping experience

Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm Friday: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 4:30pm Sundays: Closed

Find us on the A143 between Bury St Edmunds and Diss.

Wattisfield, Suffolk, IP22 1NH

01359 251239 www.henrywatson.com








Fun for all the family, and no artistic talent required,

Sticky Earth Cafe is the perfect way to spend the

morning, afternoon or even the whole day!


(01263) 519642


15 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ES





Please check our leaflet and website for events with music, drama,

art exhibition and children’s activities

Contact us for weddings, celebrations, party visits and corporate events


Email: admin@walpoleestate.co.uk Tel: 01263 584175



One of Norfolk’s largest towns, Dereham, is

also its most central point, making it an ideal

touring base.

Many of the town’s ancient buildings were

destroyed in the serious fires that took place

in 1581 and 1659. Notable buildings that

survived the fire include the Church of Saint

Nicholas and the nearby Bishop Bonner’s

cottage. The railway between Dereham

and Wymondham has been preserved,

and is now operated as a tourist line by the

Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust.

Nearby Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is

a museum on a 50-acre site, with a historic

workhouse, a Museum of life on the land, and

a traditional farm with rare breed animals.

Mid-Norfolk Railway 01362 851723

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

01362 869263

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

01379 686900 | www.bressingham.co.uk

Diss Corn Hall 01379 652241


Diss is a successful, picturesque market town

with parkland, play areas, live entertainment

facilities and a great market. Fine examples

of period architecture can be enjoyed

including timber-framed buildings and

Georgian and Edwardian facades.

Diss Corn Hall, which has recently undergone

refurbishment, is a hub for entertainment.

It hosts a number of theatre, dance, music,

comedy and art exhibitions throughout the

year. At the heart of the town is Diss Mere,

popular with tourists and residents, the lake

and parkland are great for a gentle stroll, for

simply sitting back and watching the world

go by. There is a play area, opportunities to

feed the ducks and a café is open during the

summer months.

Nearby Bressingham is a must to visit with

its amazing Steam Museum, with over five

miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four

journeys to choose from, 20 acres of gardens

- renowned worldwide for their horticultural

excellence and its Dad’s Army exhibition.

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Bressingham Steam Museum


Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May

(Early May Bank Holiday): Heritage Steam Gala.

Bressingham officially launches the return of Standard

Gauge Steam to Bressingham. Showcasing A1X class

locomotive number B662 “Martello” built in 1975 which

has recently been restored by Bressingham volunteers. It

will also be the official re-launch of 2ft Gauge locomotive

“Gwynedd” of 1883 also recently restored and in original

Penrhyn Railway livery for the first time in preservation.

Bressingham will be joined by visiting 2ft gauge locomotives

from Wales along with a variety of steam traction

engines and steam rollers from around the region.

Sunday 14th May: 1940s Day.

Bressingham will be taking a step back in time to the days

of the Home Guard on Sunday 14th May 2017. There will be

live music, reenactors, period vehicles and stalls throughout

all of Bressingham. Bressingham will once again be

supported by the Dad's Army Appreciation Society who will

be arranging for cast members from Croft & Perry Sitcoms

to make guest appearances during the day.

Sunday 28th May: Rover Car Rally.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July: Fire Engine Rally

(Fireman Sam visits Bressingham on Sunday 23rd) Fire

engines from the days of steam through to present day

will be displayed at Bressingham throughout this event

weekend. There will be a whole host of activities and demonstrations

taking place from fire crews throughout the

weekend. Fireman Sam visits Bressingham on Sunday only!

Saturday 12th August: The Garden Railway Show.

This annual exhibition sees some of the best portable

Garden Scale model railways in the country visit

Bressingham. The exhibition is supported by trade stalls

specialising in Garden Railway Modelling. Special Entry

only price to the exhibition £5 per person.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August:

Steam in Miniature.

Bressingham is joined by 25+ miniature steam engines.

Come and see these magnificent live steam scale models

trundling around the museum site. There is a parade of

engines in the afternoon on both days. £5 per person

(online only offer).

Sunday 3rd September: Model Railway Show.

This annual exhibition showcases some of the region’s

best model railway layouts. The exhibition is supported

by trade stalls specialising in Railway Modelling. Special

Entry only price to the exhibition £5 per person (online

only offer).

Sunday 24th September:Vintage Farm Rally.

Bressingham is joined by a wide variety of exhibits at the

vintage Rally. There will be tractors, live threshing, stationary

engines visiting steam engines and much more!

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October (From

5:30pm): Halloween evening with Ghost Train.

Come and ride the Ghost Train and Spooky Gallopers at

Bressingham. There will be witches, ghosts and ghoulish

goings on to spot both on the train trip and inside the

Museum. Coming in costume adds to the occasion, so why

not get the whole family to dress up?

Selected dates in December:

Santa visits Bressingham.

December: 2nd / 3rd, 9th / 10th, 16th / 17th, 21st / 22nd /

23rd / 24th A visit to Santa at Bressingham includes: A

ride on a Steam Train on the Nursery Line for everyone,

a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him

and rides on the Gallopers roundabout. The Dads Army

Exhibition is decorated for Christmas and a Children’s

entertainer will be in the Village Hall.

Garden and Holiday

Cottages in North Norfolk

4 and 5 star holiday cottages

Well away from prying eyes, Hindringham Hall has three self

catering holiday cottages situated within it’s beautiful gardens.

The perfect base for a Norfolk getaway.

Hindringham Hall

Blacksmiths Lane, Hindringham, Norfolk, NR21 0QA

Telephone 01328 878226 -

Email: info@hindringhamhall.org



Fakenham is a market town situated on the

River Wensum.

The town’s most famous attraction is of

course Fakenham Racecourse. The course has

a history dating back to the early 1900s and

unlike most courses it has no formal dress

code and a relaxed atmosphere, making it an

exciting day out for people of all ages.

Fakenham gasworks is the only surviving

type of its kind in England and Wales. It

ceased production in 1965 and reopened in

1987 as the Fakenham Museum of Gas and

Local History. It retains original equipment as

well as a section of the museum dedicated to

local history and is worth a visit. The museum

is open Thursday mornings during spring and

autumn, and Tuesday and Friday during the

summer from 1 June to 1 October.

The towns busy Thursday market starts early

in the morning until mid-afternoon with a

range of great bargains to be had from local

traders. Fakenham also boasts a popular

Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the

fourth Saturday of every month.

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gardens has

nature trails, a play area for children and a

lovely Courtyard Café.

Pensthorpe 01328 851465

Fakenham Racecourse 01328 862388

Fakenham Musuem of Gas

07470 341402

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• Glassmaking Demonstrations

• Coffee Shop

• Gift Shop

• Ample free parking

• Completely Accessible

£1 off admission per person

Offer valid on production of a original

voucher, (up to maximum of 4 people).

Langham Glass, Greenway Lane,

Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 8ET

Tel 01328 863500



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The place to visit

Group bookings call: 01493 369477

or email: mail@thrigbyhall.co.uk


NR29 3DR

☎ 01493 369477



Great Yarmouth is a fun destination for a

holiday for all the family, and really has got

something for everyone. One of the UK’s

best-loved seaside towns, Great Yarmouth

has been attracting the crowds for decades.

Its 15 miles of golden sandy beaches stretch

out into the horizon along an ever-changing

coastline, from seaside amusements to rugged

cliffs, from the serenity of Scroby Sands

windfarm and seal colony, to the fast paced

action of Marine Parade.

For candyfloss, ice-cream cones, seafront

illuminations, amusements arcades, theme

parks, donkey rides, entertainment, nights

out on the town, razzmatazz and beautiful

sandy beaches, Great Yarmouth’s Golden

Mile has it all. Play all day and party all night

in the upbeat seaside quarter.

At the top of Regent Road, where retail

therapy begins, shops, department stores

and boutiques surround the market place,

officially the town centre. For a more tranquil

pace, head for the heritage quarter and

South Quay, where museums and former

merchant’s houses face onto the busy port

area. With museums and the second most

complete medieval wall in England, you can

have your fill of history, then head to the

seafront to whoop down a rollercoaster.

Get up close and personal with sharks at the

Sea Life Centre or explore the remains of

shipwrecks at The Potteries. Visit the

seafront Marina Centre for a dip in the

tropical pool or go ten pin bowling on

Wellington Pier overlooking the waves.

The Hippodrome Circus hosts top entertainment

all year, but is best known for its

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water Show,

which features daredevil stunts and breath

taking performances.

It’s not all just fish and chips, Great Yarmouth

has something to suit every taste bud and

every pocket. The Terrace at The Imperial

Hotel offers dining with a sea view, while The

Courtyard on Howard Street is an intimate

place to dine. Tucked away in one of Great

Yarmouth’s historic row houses, this delightful

Italian restaurant will set your taste buds in


Sea Life Centre 01493 330631

The Potteries 01493 844585

Hippodrome Circus 01493 844172

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South of Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea

has its own bay and riverside, with a stunning

sandy beach stretching into the distance

below glorious cliff gardens and a grand


Summer Sundays in Gorleston are a

chilled-out affair, with bands playing in the

bandstand surrounded by deckchairs, as

visitors and passers-by watch the Sunday

yacht race. Performances take place from

2-4pm from June to August.

Gorleston has a large paddling pool and

yacht pond, green cliffs, beautiful lawns,

bowling greens, tennis courts and a trim-trail

on the cliff top where views of the beach,

harbour, pier and wind turbines can be seen.

Behind the promenade, beachside cafes and

shops offer a wide selection of goods from

multi-coloured buckets and spades to trendy

sunshades and beach wear.

The town’s Pavilion Theatre has seaside

shows throughout the summer season and

is a popular dining and dancing venue. Don’t

miss its Showtime Summer Spectacular

variety show which runs from May to


Other attractions and amusements include a

bingo hall, pitch and putt golf course, amusement

parks, restaurants, pubs and cafés.

Pavilion Theatre 01493 662832



Harleston is a treasured market town nestling

in the Waveney Valley, which has a wealth of

fine Georgian houses and individual shops.

The annual Harleston & Waveney Art Trail

shows works from a diverse and lively

community of professional artists who live

and work in the beautiful Waveney Valley.

This year the event will be held 24 – 25 June,

1 – 2 July and 8 – 9 July 2017.

The attractive Italianate clock tower

overlooking the market place has been

restored and there are many interesting

architectural works and speciality shops, plus

a nationally acclaimed butcher. Wednesday

is market day in Harleston.

The Waveney Valley is perfect for

discovering on foot or bicycle with its numerous

way-marked routes and quiet country

lanes including much of the ‘Angles Way’.

The pretty market town of Holt is a

Georgian gem of washed stone High Street

and flint lined yards harbouring a range of

quality galleries, tea rooms, pubs, antique

shops and specialist food stores.

Holt is one of the country’s best-preserved

Georgian market towns. Destroyed by fire

three centuries ago, the town was rebuilt all

at once and reborn in the smart style that

makes it so popular with visitors seeking the

perfect blend of the homely and the refined.

In winter, the town’s continental style of

on-street cafes and dazzling colour cascading

from hanging baskets gives way to a fairy

wonderland of Christmas lights. In all seasons,

Holt is an ideal base to explore the North

Norfolk hinterland, whether to the coast (only

three miles away) or the countryside.

Holt Country Park, just south of the town, is a

100 acre woodland that hosts family events

throughout the year as well as offering

way-marked walks for all abilities, and boasts

a prestigious Green Flag award.

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Hunstanton, or ‘Sunny Hunny’ as it is

affectionately known, is the ideal location for a

seaside holiday with all the trimmings. Famous

for its striped cliffs, acres of sand and clear,

shallow water, Hunstanton also offers lots of fun

attractions for all ages. The town was purpose

built as a seaside resort in 1846 by local landowner

Henry Styleman le Strange and gained

popularity as early as the 1860s.

Today, Hunstanton retains its Victorian character

and remains a popular holiday location for all

ages but particularly families. The town possibly

takes its name from the River Hunn, which

begins in the grounds of Old Hunstanton Park

and Old Moated Hall. During nice weather

explore the resort in the morning then spend a

lazy afternoon lying amongst the dunes.

Hunstanton’s popular land train runs regularly

through the summer months carrying visitors

from Searles Leisure Resort to the lighthouse

and back again. On weekends throughout the

season events take place on Hunstanton green

and the bandstand.

In and around Hunstanton High Street you’ll find

shops to suit all needs, from last minute holiday

essentials such as a bucket and spade to high

street fashion for all ages, as well as gifts for the

home and garden, kites, surf boards, kite-surfing

and wind surfing equipment, model toys and

homemade sweets.

There are a number of small cafes, tea rooms,

chip shops and restaurants and along the sea

front there are the usual purveyors of fresh sea

food, Hunstanton Rock, ice cream and donuts.

Hunstanton market is held in the South End

Market Car Park off Le Strange Terrace every

Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Searles Leisure Resort 01485 534211

Searles Sea Tours 01485 534444

Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary

01485 533576

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Find your perfect holiday

With stunning beaches, wide open skies, sand dunes and wonderful

wildlife, Norfolk is an easy choice when it comes to choosing a holiday

location here in the UK.

Award winning Norfolk Hideaways have over 300 self-catering properties from cosy

cottages crammed full of Norfolk charm to luxury retreats; close to beautiful beaches,

in rural hotspots or in the middle of quaint market towns. Whatever the occasion,

you’re sure to find the perfect property with us.

Call us on 01485 211 022 or

visit www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk


Full of history, King’s Lynn is a great destination

offering a superb mix of history, heritage,

shopping and entertainment. With its historic

waterfront, cobbled lanes flanked by medieval

merchants’ houses and two magnificent

market places, the town is a treat to discover

and explore.

At the heart of the medieval old town,

magnificent King’s Lynn Minster dominates

the Saturday Market Place around which is

some fine architecture including the distinctive

Trinity Guildhall and historic Town Hall

complex. Take a short walk past the grand

buildings and merchants houses of King

Street and Queen Street, towards the magnificent

Tuesday Market Place, probably one of

England’s grandest squares and home to the

Corn Exchange, now a thriving concert hall.

A great way to explore the town is to follow

the King’s Lynn Maritime Trail. Discover the

town’s history as a premier English sea port,

the stories of its merchants, ship builders, sailors,

fishermen, press gangs, porters and pubs

which have played key roles in its history.

Another way to discover the real history of the

town is to join one the regular guided walks

with the King’s Lynn Town Guides. Walks run

regularly on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

afternoons from May through to October.

King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange offers a

sparkling programme of live entertainment,

including opera, ballet, concerts, comedy and

children’s shows. King’s Lynn is also home to

a classic Victorian style cinema, the Majestic,

which screens films to cater for all tastes.

Visit the Tourist Information Centre and maritime

displays at the Custom House to find out

more about the host of places such as True’s

Yard Fisherfolk Museum and nearby St Nicholas’

Chapel, Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn Minster,

Marriott’s Warehouse, Greyfriars Tower and

Gardens or the classic 18th century town park

known as ‘The Walks’ where you can indulge

yourself in discovering more of King’s Lynn’s

rich history and heritage.

A great place to start your visit is the iconic

Custom House with its elegant rooms, views

of the river and displays that tell of the famous

mariners of Lynn - including Vancouver and

Nelson - as well as its merchants, customs

men and smugglers.

For those who cannot resist a tipple from

Norfolk or further afield be sure to try King’s

Lynn business Beers Of Europe, purveyors of

the best selection of global beers, wines and

ciders in the UK.

King’s Lynn is a shopper’s paradise. As you

stroll through the cobbled streets you’ll find

large brand names at every turn. The Vancouver

Quarter is the main hub for national

retailers and has established itself as the

town’s destination for shopping, dining and

entertainment. Throughout the year it holds

regular promotions, events and fun days for


King’s Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864

Lynn Museum 01553 775001



A visit to Norwich will bring you to the very heart of

East Anglia, one of the finest heritage cities in the land

where you’ll discover over 1,000 years of history, a

buzzing cultural scene and superb shopping


Thanks to its medieval origins as Britain’s second city,

Norwich has an historic fabric that stands comparison

with the finest heritage cities in the UK. Over 1,500

historic buildings lie within the city walls and the city’s

compact scale means you can easily explore on foot.

As well as two magnificent cathedrals and an imposing

Norman castle, you’ll find more medieval churches than

any other city north of the Alps within the city’s pretty

medieval streets such as the wonderfully preserved Elm

Hill with its cobbles and half-timbered houses.

Dragon Hall, with its superb dragon crown-post roof,

is the only medieval trading hall known to survive in

Western Europe and a historical treasure. Tucked away

but well worth seeking out, The Plantation Garden is a

wonderfully restored late Victorian town garden with

a gothic fountain, rustic bridge and Italianate terrace.

Many of the city’s heritage sites can be explored

through guided walks and tours, visitor attractions,

exhibitions, music and performances, cafés, restaurants

and gift shops.

Norwich offers a vibrant cultural scene with a wealth

of fantastic cultural experiences whether you enjoy

the performing and visual arts or you’re inspired by

fine buildings and amazing history. The iconic Norwich

Castle Museum & Art Gallery stands proud over the

city and offers both permanent and visiting exhibitions

whilst lunchtime concerts can be enjoyed in the

delightful music room at the Assembly House.

Elm Hill, Norwich Cathedral Quarter. Credit: Norwich City

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts offers outstanding

collections of contemporary and world art. Norwich has

a remarkable choice of theatre including Norwich

Theatre Royal, whose programme includes top West

End shows, operas and ballets, the Maddermarket

Theatre and the Norwich Puppet Theatre.

With such a large proportion of Norfolk farmers

producing fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat it is

almost impossible for this not to translate onto the

menus of local restaurants and eateries. From fine

dining to gastro pubs, cafés to restaurants, Norwich

is a cosmopolitan city offering dining experiences

with imagination and flair.

Norwich is blessed to house so many independent

places to dine. Some establishments have been running

for decades and others have popped up over the past

few years. All offer high standards of customer service

with exceptional menus and food. Norwich has a love

of food and drink and you’ll find regular events at many


It’s not hard to see why Norwich ranks so high for

shopping. With its large pedestrian areas and bustling

lanes, its quirky independent shops, six day open-air

market and spacious modern shopping malls, Norwich

is truly a great destination for shoppers.

Norwich has all the UK’s leading department stores

including John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, House of

Fraser and Debenhams. The Castle Mall and Chapelfield

shopping centres have over 150 stores between

them whilst dozens of independent shops, many within

the historic Norwich Lanes area, bring an extra dimension

to any trip.

The pretty streets and narrow alleys of the Lanes

embrace all aspects of contemporary lifestyle shopping

and also offer plenty of independent cafés and

restaurants. The city’s colourful market is open Monday-Saturday,

and worth a visit is the Goat Lane Fair

held at the Quakers’ Meeting House every Thursday,

8am to 3pm, where you’ll find a huge range of antiques,

collectables and vintage items. Similarly, try the

Norwich Original Fleamarket, held in St Andrew’s Hall,

on selected dates throughout the year.

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from 9.30am

01603 876310 www.dinosauradventure.co.uk

The city has had its own independent department

store, Jarrolds, since 1823 whilst the art

nouveau Royal Arcade is home to the one and

only Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum.

Don’t forget to visit The Forum where you will

find the Millennium Library with storytelling and

other fun activities plus an amphitheatre where

on a busy lunchtime you can sit and watch

street entertainers and performers - Covent

Garden style.

Every year the city has a great programme of

entertainment, from free activities in the parks

and open spaces to outdoor theatre. With

interactive workshops, music, performances,

sporting activities, arts and crafts, there really

is something for everyone. There are weekend

bandstand concerts throughout the summer in

many of the Norwich parks offering wonderful

live music and the opportunity to take along

your homemade picnic.

When the weather is kind and you want to

explore ‘hidden Norwich’ why not plan some

time to visit the Bishop’s Garden at Norwich

Cathedral, or try a children’s stained glass

window workshop at the beautiful church of St

Peter Hungate in Princess Street.

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival takes place

every year in May (12-28 May 2017) and features

a fantastic line-up of music, arts, theatre

and entertainment throughout the city for two

weeks. There are also plenty of places to buy

local produce for eating at home or taking

back to family or friends.

A number of excellent delis are scattered

across the city where you can purchase beer,

wine, cheese, rare breed sausages, artisan

bread, pies, jams and organic chocolate – the

list goes on. Finally not forgetting Norwich

Market where some stalls have been owned by

four generations of the same family.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

01603 493649

The Assembly House 01603 626402

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

University of East Anglia 01603 593199

Norwich Theatre Royal 01603 630000

Norwich Puppet Theatre 01603 615564

Maddermarket Theatre 01603 620917

Norwich Original Fleamarket

01603 630763

Dragon Hall 01603 877177

The Plantation Garden 07504 545810

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum

01603 627889

Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352

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Come to the

Cat Pottery

1 Grammar School Road,

North Walsham NR28 9JH

the giggly goat

craft shop & gallery

And see me being made.

Also collection of Railwayana

and other curiosities.

Open: 9-5 Mon-Fri & 11-1 Saturday

No entrance fee

20 lower goat lane, norwich nr2 1el

01603 663299 www.thegigglygoat.co.uk


open mon-fri 10-5, sat 9.30-5.30 &

sundays 11-4 in november & December

Ken's traditional fish and chip shop

is in the heart of Wroxham offers

quality food and a warm friendly

service. The restaurant at the rear

of the premises has stunning views

across the broads and there is also

outside seating so that diners can

enjoy the river side location.

A takeaway menu is also available so

customers can enjoy delicious fish

and chips where ever they please.

Ken’s is the longest running Fish and

Chip shop in Wroxham and is now

under the new management of local

lad Michael who has worked there

since his teens and has learnt his

trade from the original owner.

Ken’s Traditional



01603 783739 • 01603 784445

The Bridge • Norwich Road • Wroxham • Norfolk • NR12 8DA



Ideally situated for both the Norfolk Broads

and the coast, North Walsham is a market

town of Georgian frontage dominated by the

large 14th Century ‘wool church’ of St Nicholas

and boasting a 400-year-old Palladian-style

‘Cross’. Explore the byways around North

Walsham to find medieval churches, cosy

pubs and the tranquil waterways of the


Venture towards the coast and you will come

across the fine sandy beaches of Mundesley.

The pocket sized cliff top seaside resort, with

its colourful beach huts and Blue Flag beach,

has proved a popular destination for visitors

looking for a traditional seaside holiday.


The village of Sandringham, just north of

King’s Lynn, is best known for Sandringham

House and Estate, the Queen’s favoured

country retreat. Much of the house, including

ground floor rooms used by the Royal

Family, is open to the public, as well as acres

of gardens and a museum housing collections

of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs

and memorabilia. The house, built in 1870 by

the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King

Edward VII and Queen Alexandra), has been

the private home of four generations of British

monarchs, and the decor and contents remain

much as they were in Edwardian times.

The 60 acres of gardens that surround the

house have been added to and adapted by

each of Sandringham’s Royal generations, and

feature woodland walks, carrstone rockeries,

formal Edwardian gardens with pleached lime

avenues and a stream walk.

The estate’s 600 acre Country Park is open

to the public every day at no charge. There

are many woodland paths to explore and two

waymarked Nature Trails, one 1.5 miles and

the other 2.5 miles long. Tractor and trailer

tours run daily when the house is open, which,

for a small charge, offer an easy way to see

the park.

The beautiful medieval church, where the

Royal Family worship while they are at Sandringham,

is also open to the public during

the visitor season. The highly decorated

interior contains a magnificent silver altar and

pulpit, together with a very fine 16th century

processional cross and a number of memorials

to the Royal Family.

Sandringham Estate 01485 545400

Mundesley Maritime Museum 01263 720879

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A plume of steam is often seen rising above

the heart of Sheringham, as engines embark

from The Poppy Line heritage railway along

the coast to Holt.

the stunning colour of the rhododendrons and

azaleas that blossom from mid-May to mid-

June. A treetop platform gives breath-taking

coastal views.

The Poppy Line station hosts themed events

throughout the year, recalling a golden age

of the railways with steam and diesel engines,

or evoking the magic of Christmas with Santa


Sheringham boasts an array of independent

shops, and there is a wealth of attractions

in and around the town. ‘Splash’ is a family

leisure pool with fitness facilities, while the

enchanting Priory Maze & Gardens lie around

the ruins of the 13th Century Augustinian

Friary of St Mary at Beeston Regis.

The National Trust’s Sheringham Park is a

mature woodland with paths and walks

punctuated by viewing platforms for taking in

Sheringham has a market on a Saturday and


Sheringham Park National Trust Visitor

Centre 01263 820550

Priory Maze & Gardens 01263 822986

Splash Leisure & Fitness Centre

01263 825675

Sheringham Little Theatre 01263 822347

Hilltop Outdoor Centre 01263 824514

The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre

01263 824187

North Norfolk Railway 01263 820800

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Swaffham is a delightful town, and was used

for the TV series Kingdom starring Stephen

Fry. Located on the very northern point of the

Brecks, an area of outstanding beauty,

Swaffham is a naturally pretty town offering

history, culture and plenty to see and do.

The town has a great weekly market on

Saturdays, beautiful Georgian buildings and a

magnificent church.

Nearby Oxburgh Hall is a romantic, moated

manor house. It was built by the Bedingfeld

family in the 15th century and they have lived

there ever since. Inside, the family’s Catholic

history is revealed, complete with a secret

priest’s hole which you can crawl inside.

Outside, you can enjoy panoramic views from

the gate-house roof and follow the wood-carving

trails in the gardens and woodlands. Swaffham

is a great base for exploring The Brecks.

Close by you can soak up the tranquility in

the Gooderstone Water Gardens - six acres of

garden including four ponds, waterways, trout

stream, kingfisher hide and more. The Iceni

village at Cockley Cley is a reconstruction of

an ancient village, with a museum.


Thetford is an ancient market town filled

to the brim with history and heritage sites,

quiet gardens, open parkland and a relaxing

riverside. With Thetford Forest right on the

doorstep, this is also the best base for

discovering the wildlife and outdoor pleasures

of The Brecks ideal for walking, cycling, riding

and action-packed adventure days.

Many of the buildings in the town and

surrounding villages were used for filming and

there is a Dad’s Army exhibition at the nearby

Bressigham Steam Museum near Diss, and a

statue of actor Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring

in Thetford town. Thetford has been

the Saxon capital of East Anglia; an important

medieval religious centre, an elegant 19th

century spa and the manufacturing base of the

world-famous Burrell steam engines.

In the heart of Thetford Forest you’ll find Go Ape,

an award-winning high wire forest adventure

course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip

slides, all set high up in the trees. If you’re looking

for a phenomenal family day out, Go Ape is

guaranteed fun. You can also take in Go Ape’s

beautiful location from the ground as you whizz

through the forest on segways. The day is

guaranteed to leave you on an adrenaline filled

buzz as high as the trees!

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Sitting at the quay crabbing - or gillieing, is a

longstanding tradition for holidaymakers at


Wells, with its small working harbour, is

dominated by a 100-year-old granary building,

whose gantry overhangs the harbourfront as a

reminder of past glories.

The town is also known for its sweeping

sandy beach and the stilt-high huts in primary

colours that look out across the beach at the

mouth of the harbour.

A great way to travel through the area is by

using the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway,

which is the longest 10 inch narrow gauge line

in the world. This runs from Wells to the holy

village of Walsingham, where pilgrims come to

this day to worship at the Roman Catholic and

Anglican shrines.

A short distance from Wells is Holkham estate,

with its stately Palladian mansion, Bygones

Museum, deer park and Holkham beach. This

part of North Norfolk forms part of the largest

coastal nature reserve in England and Wales.

The town is a network of narrow streets, old

alleys and yards. Some of the town’s buildings

are hundreds of years old, and many,

including former coaching inns and public

houses, are listed buildings.

Wells-next-the-Sea and indeed the whole of

the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty is a haven for twitchers. Bitterns and

terns, oyster catchers, avocets and marsh harriers

are among the species which make this part

of North Norfolk a prime site for birdwatching.

Euston Rural

Pastimes Event

A fun, family day out in the beautiful

surroundings of Euston Park.

Traction engines

Sunday 11 June 2017


Dog shows

Kangaroo Kid

Scurry and Trials

Euston Park, Euston, IP24 2QH


Classic cars

Plus much more!

Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles

of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. Its charming

villages and medieval towns make it an ideal holiday destination.

Whether you are looking for something romantic, dog-friendly or

somewhere for a large family get-together, you’re sure to find the perfect

holiday property with Suffolk Hideaways.

Call us on 01728 666 300 or

visit www.suffolkhideaways.co.uk


Walsingham, known as ‘England’s

Nazereth’, has been a place of pilgrimage

since medieval times. Comprised of two

conjoined villages, Little Walsingham and

Great Walsingham, it is famed for its

religious shrines in honour of the Virgin


The Wells Walsingham Light Railway is

the longest 10 1/4” narrow gauge steam

railway in the world and the wonderful

scenic journey with five bridges through

lovely countryside is worth taking.


Wymondham is an historic market town

with an attractive town centre, a

number of notable old buildings and a

good range of shops.

Wymondham Abbey, founded in 1101, is one

of the finest and most interesting of the

historic churches of East Anglia. Its two tall

towers dominate the countryside for miles


Wymondham is also the starting point

for one of the largest preserved railways

in the UK, the Mid-Norfolk Railway,

which hosts a number of special events

throughout the year.

The annual Wymondham Music Festival

Fortnight is a popular event, which

takes place mid-summer. It features a

mix of musical styles for all ages, with

a combination of open air and formal

concerts and community events.

Art lovers should head to the Wymondham

Arts Centre for its changing displays

throughout the year.

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produce, café and

restaurant in North Norfolk

Our aim is simple: to produce delicious chemicalfree

food. The organic beef, lamb, chicken,

turkeys and geese in the butchery all come from

our farm. Many of our vegetables are grown on

the farm and delivered fresh every morning.

We have an unusually large selection of British

cheeses, made by small producers across the UK.

Amongst our stock, you'll find the beers of hardworking

local brewers, pickles, conserves, jam,

fresh bread and pastries, wild and artisan foods.

All this in a breathtakingly built barn,

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13-14 May North Norfolk Bass Festival

Norfolk Shingle Ridge www.holtsac.com

28 Jul - 6 Aug Wells Carnival

Wells-next-the-Sea www.wellscarnival.co.uk

12-2 May Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Various venues www.nnfestival.org.uk

29-20 Jul Worstead Festival

Worstead www.worsteadfestival.org

20-21 May Crab & Lobster Festival

Cromer and Sheringham


25 May - 4 Jun Norwich City of Ale

Various venues www. cityofale.org.uk

1-9 Aug Sheringham Carnival

Sheringham www.sheringhamcarnival.com

5-6 Aug Sandringham Food & Drink Festival

Sandringham Estate


27-29 May Pedal Norfolk

Holkham Estate www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk

28-29 May Country Fair at Hoveton Hall

Hoveton Hall Estate www.hovetonhall.co.uk

4, 13 & 25 Jun Medieval Town Wall

Great Yarmouth Minster

2-11 Jun Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

Various venues


9-11 Jun Summer Diesel Gala

North Norfolk Railway www.nnrailway.co.uk

1-2 Jul Vintage Transport Festival

North Norfolk Railway www.nnrailway.co.uk

12 Jul - 17 Sept Hippodrome Summer


Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth


14-16 Jul Annual Beer Festival

Sheringham Station www.nnrailway.co.uk

26-Jul Sandringham Flower Show

Sandringham Park


12-Aug Last Night of the Blickling Proms

Blickling Hall’s Parkland


12-18 Aug Cromer Carnival

Various venues www.cromercarnival.co.uk

16-26 Aug North Norfolk Music Festival


20-Aug Hunstanton Kite Festival & Classic

Car Rally Hunstanton


9-10 Sept Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

South Quay www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/mari


9-10 Sept Sandringham Game & Country Fair

Sandringham Park


15-17 Sept Wells Pirate Festival

Wells Quay www.wellsmaltings.org.uk

15-17 Sept Out There Festival

Great Yarmouth

16-17 Sept 1940s Weekend

North Norfolk Railway www.nnrailway.co.uk

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Our extensive showrooms house the largest

range of pine, oak & hand painted furniture in

East Anglia, traditional fireplaces, surrounds and

accessories, solid brass lighting, mirrors, prints,

giftware and decorative accessories.

Monday - Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm • Sunday 10.30pm – 5.00pm • Bank Holidays 9.00am – 5.00pm

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Town Hall

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Our collection of twelve independent shops situated

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Aldeburgh is a striking town found on the

unspoiled East Suffolk Coast. It is blessed

with breathtaking scenery, both seawards

and following the River Alde inland.

Once an important Tudor port and

shipbuilding area, Aldeburgh had to wait

until the 19th century when the fashion for

the beach and craze for sea air brought

back visitors in quantity, establishing it as

a popular resort. It is now characterised by

its lively beachside atmosphere and thriving

musical influence, once described as ‘a

place of energy and inspiration for music

and the arts’.

and August, and the Carnival and Regatta in


Popular with weekend seadogs, Aldeburgh

has an active yacht club catering for both

the self-assured and the less buoyant

sailors visiting the town.

For those less inclined to take to the high

seas the town boasts two popular golf

courses, all-weather tennis courts, and of

course a historical legacy unlikely to go

unnoticed, such as 400-year old Moot Hall

(now home to Aldeburgh’s museum), a

Norman Church and a Martello tower.

The town’s most famous inhabitant was the

composer Benjamin Britten and there are

many reminders of his life about the town.

Britten established the classical Aldeburgh

Music Festival in 1948, placing Aldeburgh

firmly on the musical map. Taking place at

nearby Snape Maltings for two weeks every

June, the festival kicks off the town’s summer

season of events which also includes Jill

Freud’s Aldeburgh Summer Theatre in July

The high street has craft, food and antiques

shops, reflecting local passions, as well as

a myriad of excellent pubs and restaurants,

not to mention Aldeburgh’s famous fish and

chip shop - just be prepared to queue!

With a range of accommodation to suit all

requirements ranging from cottages to rent

to family run B&Bs, Aldeburgh is

undoubtedly not to be missed!

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Bury St Edmunds – Suffolk

Fine Restaurant And Sunday Lunch

The Bar Area At The Swan

Friendly Staff, plenty of drinks and

good company at

The Gillingham Swan

We have 2 restaurants for you to dine in.

We offer food from the main menu but we also

have daily specials and bar food. We also have

a carvery which is available on Sundays

Magnificent Rooms

To Complete Your Stay

We have 14 fully refurbished rooms for

you to choose from including our Double-

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Award winning Brewery Tours

Home cooked food

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food to eat in or takeaway.


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Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm | Sun 10am - 4pm

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Hedenham, Bungay NR35 2DE

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The market town of Beccles lies in North

West Suffolk on the banks of the Waveney

River, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Once

a thriving Saxon river port, Beccles is now

a flourishing boating centre. Its attractive

riverfront and quay make it a popular stop

for passing pleasure crafts.

The town is dominated by the detached

16th-century bell tower next to St Michael’s

Church, while a walk through the narrow

streets of Beccles (the result of fires in the

16th and 17th centuries which paved the

way for the town’s many Georgian houses)

offers a chance to peruse an eclectic

mix of boutiques and antique shops, with

plenty to tempt the palates of visitors.

Twyford’s Café in Exchange Square serves

a fine tea, for dining there’s Bear & Bells

in The Old Market and The Swan House,

a restaurant and boutique hotel near the

bell tower is highly recommended. Among

them are quality food shops, including

Bailey’s Delicatessen on Hungate, which

also has an upstairs bistro.

Like Aldeburgh in the summer, Beccles

also boasts an array of festivities, with

an annual carnival and regatta, with live

music, a parade, fun fair and fireworks.

Most engaging of the annual get-togethers

is the fiercely contested charity Rubber

Duck Race.

Image: Visit Suffolk - Diana Jarvis


The River Waveney loops around another

market town situated on the Suffolk/

Norfolk border, the town of Bungay. The

streets are full of historic charm and offer

several independent shops, restaurants,

cafes and bars. With its weekly markets

and an abundance of outdoor pursuits in

the area including walking, cycling, fishing

and canoeing, there is plenty to keep even

the most energetic of visitors busy.

Worth a look are the unused St Mary’s

Church and the ruins of Bigod’s Castle,

built in 1170, details of which can be found

at the castle visitor centre on Cross Street.

Taking place every July and focused

around the Castle is the Bungay Festival.

For a bite to eat there’s the well-loved

Buttercross Tearooms and Tea Gardens,

lunch at The Castle Inn on Earsham Street

and at the award-winning Earsham Street

Café & Delicatessen.

Enjoy a scenic walk along the riverside

pathway of the Waveney or hire a rowing

boat to take advantage of unspoiled views

of the heathland and golf course of Outney


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Bustling friendly market

set in the heart of West Suffolk.

Every Wednesday and Saturday

throughout the year.

8.30am – 4pm

From local fruit and vegetables to

international street food.

Come and give us a look you won’t be disappointed.

For more information contact


Immerse yourself in 1000 years of history at Suffolk’s

Cathedral and take a guided trip up our magnificent

Millennium Tower* Guided tours of the cathedral also

available with our friendly and knowledgeable guides.

Browse a huge range of gifts in our shop and refresh

yourself in our welcoming Pilgrims’ Kitchen café which

serves hot and cold food and drinks and has free Wi-Fi.

Help us build history by laying a brick on our LEGO

® model. We’re building our cathedral out of 200,000

LEGO bricks and need your help! Donate £1

and lay a brick on the model.

You are assured of a warm welcome

at our services and events.

For full details of services, events and news go to


The Cathedral Office, Abbey House,

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS

*tower tours only available on certain dates. Please check website for details.


Few places in England can match the

beauty, character and history of Bury St

Edmunds. Rich in legend and folklore, the

town has been admired down the years by

visitors and authors from Daniel Defoe to

Charles Dickens.

The town grew up around the powerful

Abbey of St Edmund in early medieval

times. For five centuries it was visited by

pilgrims from all over the world, coming to

worship at the shrine of St Edmund - the

martyred King of East Anglia. St Edmund

was the patron saint of England until the

dragon-slaying George took up the title in

more militant times.

Evidence of St Edmundsbury’s past and

present is all around. Town and village

streets, magnificent parish churches, and

unspoiled landscapes throw light on an

England that elsewhere has long been lost.

Take the Abbey Trail through the town and

visit the old Abbey Ruins; the remains of the

great Benedictine Abbey, destroyed in

the dissolution of 1539.

Wednesdays and Saturdays when people

flock to the Buttermarket and Cornhill to

visit one of the best provision markets in the

East of England.

The town is a shopper’s delight, where

every sort of store from the large high

street names to family-run businesses and

fascinating small gift shops sit comfortably


Art lovers and creative types should pay a

visit to Smith Row. Located in an elegant

designed building, once the town’s Market

Cross theatre, the gallery houses local art,

jewellery and ceramics and has changing

exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The Apex is the town’s hub for entertainment.

It hosts events, music, comedy shows

and more throughout the year.

The Abbey Gardens are well known for its

stunning floral displays. St Edmundsbury

Cathedral was mostly built in the 16th century

and has been a cathedral since 1914 but

in recent years has been completed with the

addition of a new Gothic style lantern tower.

It’s a wonderful town to visit, with almost

1,000 preserved buildings and a network of

streets that still follow the grid pattern

devised by the abbots in the 11th century.

The town has excellent leisure and

shopping facilities and is at its busiest on

Other buildings to admire include the

Victorian Corn Exchange; Cupola House,

where Daniel Defoe once stayed; the Angel

Hotel, where Charles Dickens and his creation

Mr Pickwick stayed; and The Nutshell,

owned by Greene King and declared the

smallest pub in the country.

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Constable Country is located on the Suffolk

and Essex border, on the banks of the River

Stour. This enchanting part of England was

the birthplace of renowned artist John

Constable and the subject matter of many

of his most famous paintings.

Constable once said: “I associate my

careless boyhood with all that lies on the

banks of the Stour... those scenes made

me a painter”, and indeed one of the best

ways to appreciate the countryside that

John Constable knew and loved is to walk

around the picturesque Stour Valley.


Cavendish is the perfect ‘picture postcard’

English village and arguably one of the

prettiest villages in Suffolk. Situated in

the Stour Valley, Cavendish is famed for

its 14th/15th century church, a number

of thatched cottages, and the Sue Ryder

Foundation Museum, which tells the life

story of Sue Ryder and the history of the



A delightful little wool town on the River

Stour, it has a captivating history, offering

a wide range of shops, antique outlets

and excellent local cafes and pubs. Visit

the remains of a 13th century Augustinian

Priory and the quaint Ancient House

Museum. The open space of Clare Castle

Country Park is a wonderful place to relax

as is the picturesque nearby River Stour.

By following in the footsteps of Constable,

visitors can experience first hand the

setting for some of Constable’s most

famous paintings, such as ‘The Hay Wain’,

‘The Mill Stream’, ‘Boat-building near

Flatford’ and ‘The White Horse’. The Bridge

Cottage is now home to a small exhibition

on Constable, a tearoom and shop.

The little riverside hamlet of Flatford is

owned by the National Trust, which

between March and October organise

guided Constable tours around the village,

lasting approximately one hour. You can

also visit the village of East Bergholt,

Constable’s birthplace, and from where a

young Constable used to walk across the

riverside meadows to Dedham every day

on his way to school.

Close by is the historic market town of

Hadleigh, the delightful Shotley Peninsula,

and some wonderful villages along the

Stour Valley, which you can follow all the

way to Haverhill. Known the world over

for its atmospheric skies and captivating

natural beauty, this is an inspirational

place to spend a holiday.


A former court of East Anglian Kings, this

attractive large village is set near the

source of the River Deben. Once a thriving

wool centre, the streets are lined with 14

-17th century timber-framed merchants’

houses. ‘Blood Field’ recalls a great battle

which took place against the Danes.

Debenham is also home to the world

famous Carters Teapot Pottery and Ceramic

Cafe. Visitors can watch the teapots being

made, browse around the Pottery Shop and

enjoy light refreshments (homemade cakes

and scones) in the Pottery’s small

conservatory/tea room.


Once the capital of East Anglia, it’s hard

to believe that the sleepy village of

Dunwich was once a bustling port city

with a population of 4,000. It might have

been still if the sea hadn’t eaten away

at it, leading to its almost complete

abandonment by the 19th century, with its

population dwindling to a mere 237.

Nonetheless there are fabulous reminders

of its heyday, including the ruins of a

Franciscan priory, while the natural

splendour of Dunwich Heath is still intact.

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Helmingham is famous for its Grade 1 Listed gardens,

redesigned by Lady Tollemache (a Chelsea Gold Medallist)

set in a 400 acre deer park surrounding a moated Tudor Hall.

Visitors are enchanted by the herbaceous borders

within the walled kitchen gardens, the herb & knot

garden, rose and wild gardens. A delicious range of local

food is served in the Coach House Tearooms

and the Stable Shops offer a wide array of local produce,

plants, garden accessories and local crafts.

Many special events including The Festival of Classic &

Sports Cars and specialist Plant Fairs are held throughout

the season and groups are warmly welcomed. Please

contact us for further details of group booking discounts.

Open May – September Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sun

12:00 – 17:00

Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham,

Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF

t: 01473 890799

e: events@helmingham.com

w: www.helmingham.com

Photos copyright of Marcus Harper

Felixstowe, bordered on the north by the River Deben

and on the south by the River Orwell, is a well-loved

resort known for its quality sand and shingle beach, long

promenade, perfectly kept seafront gardens and seaside


Felixstowe became a fashionable seaside resort in the

1880s, and has retained many of its attractive Victorian

and Edwardian houses and hotels. The seafront is over

four miles long, with a wide promenade that stretches

almost the entire length of the beach from Languard

Point to Felixstowe Ferry.


The front has all the attractions of a traditional seaside

holiday resort, with old-fashioned beach huts, fish and

chip shops, a funfair, amusement arcade, miniature golf,

bowling green, cafés and restaurants, as well as the

facilities of the leisure centre. Alternatively, you could

enjoy a retro night at the movies at the 1930s Palace


Felixstowe’s summer season of events includes a French

Market, Historic Vehicle Rally, tennis tournament, Carnival

and Fair and Art on the Prom, which this year takes place

on 3 September.

Felixstowe is home to the UK’s largest container port

and Europe’s busiest. The viewing area at Landguard

on the southern edge of the town offers great views

of container and passenger ships from Felixstowe

and Harwich harbours. Next to the view point is the

Felixstowe Museum, full of artifacts from Roman to

recent times, and Landguard Fort, a multi-period military

building dating back to the 16th century.

At the mouth of the River Orwell are the Landguard

Bird Observatory and the Landguard Peninsular Nature

Reserve, a significant site for shore and migrant birds,

and rare shingle flowers.

North of the town centre is the fishing village of Old

Felixstowe and at the mouth of the River Deben, the

hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry with its gallery, golf course,

cottages, boat yard and riverside inns. Here you can

explore coastal paths, see the Martello Towers, pick up

fresh fish, enjoy excellent fish and chips at the Ferry Café

and catch the small ferry boat across the estuary to


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Framlingham, known locally as ‘Fram’, sits

in the unspoilt countryside of East Suffolk’s

coastal district. The pretty market town

has a conservation area and many of the

town’s buildings date from the 17th, 18th

and 19th centuries. Framlingham’s trail is a

good way to explore the town’s history

and interesting buildings.

The 12th-century Framlingham Castle,

owned by the English Heritage, was the

seat of the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk.

Mary Tudor lived in the castle in 1553

and it was here that she heard she had

become Queen of England. Open daily

for much of the year (March - November,

weekends only) visitors can walk around

the battlements and along the wall to take

in good views of the countryside and the

Mere. Concerts and re-enactments take

place in the grounds between March and


The Suffolk Wildlife Trust manages the

Mere, which runs alongside Framlingham

Castle. Framlingham town centre is best

known for its antique shops, and is a great

place to search for a special find. A twiceweekly

market takes place on Market Hill

every Tuesday and Saturday.

Hadleigh, in the south of Suffolk close to

the border of Essex, offers a wonderful

mix of the old and new, and is known as

much for its collection of interesting shops,

pubs and restaurants as it is for its fine


Hadleigh is one of Britain’s finest ancient

market towns, with a rich architectural

history that has its origins in Saxon times.

Hadleigh’s High Street is almost a mile

long and runs parallel with the river, and

of the 137 properties that line the street 90

percent are listed buildings.


Halesworth is a small market town

primarily centred around a pedestrianised

shopping street known as The

Thoroughfare. The Cut, a centre for arts

in the community, offers a whole range

of arts and entertainment and is host to

the Halesworth Arts Festival in October.

The Town Park hosts Gig in the Park every

August; a showcase of local, national, and

international musical talent. Market day is

every Wednesday.

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Haverhill is a market town that dates back

to Saxon times. Whilst most of its historical

buildings were lost to the great fire on

14 June 1667, it does however retain one

notable Tudor house (reportedly given to

Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce from

Henry VIII, and thus titled Anne of Cleves

House) and many interesting Victorian


Haverhill is predominantly a modern and

young town, with a small centre with a

number of shops, including a retail quarter,

and a leisure complex with a number of

restaurants and a Cineworld. The town

has a refurbished leisure centre with a

state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool,

and an Arts Centre that hosts a range of


Haverhill also offers wonderful green

spaces; the large recreation ground in the

heart of the town is popular with all ages

while there’s also the award-wining East

Town Park.


Once a solid centre of maritime commerce

and activity, the Ipswich ‘Docks’ has been

transformed into the Ipswich ‘Waterfront’.

Much of the rich fabric of the past remains

intact with sensitive renovations of several

heritage dockland buildings including the

delectable boutique style Salthouse Harbour

Hotel and the imposing Old Custom’s House.

Meanwhile, a new wave of vibrant

cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants, interesting

shops and modern apartment blocks

has washed in with the tide. Add this to the

ever-changing skyline; the vista of visiting

large sailing boats, Royal Navy ships, yachts

and powerboats, it’s easy to see why Ipswich

has become one of the most sought after

destinations in the East.

Ten minutes walk away is the town centre,

which offers rich pickings in terms of its

museums, galleries, theatres, parklands

and high street shops. There’s also a great

open-air market on the Cornhill on Tuesdays,

Fridays and Saturdays, located right outside

the refurbished Town Hall Galleries, which is

well worth a visit.

Christchurch Mansion, a fine Tudor house set

in its own beautiful park in the heart of the

town, boasts the most important collection

outside of London of works by Constable

and Gainsborough. International pop acts,

mainstream, fringe theatre and an unrivalled

arts festival can all be found at venues such

as The Regent Theatre, the Corn Exchange,

DanceEast and the New Wolsey Theatre.

Of course, retail therapy is a must when in

town. St Nicholas Street is ‘boutique paradise’,

and there’s a thriving High Street and

the Sailmakers Shopping Centre.

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In 1970 Kentwell stood neglected. No-one was prepared to take it on -

except Patrick Phillips. He fell for this wonderful House in its magical

setting and was not deterred by its condition. Ever since then he has,

with his wife and family, sought to bring Kentwell back to life.

Kentwell pioneered Tudor domestic Living History events in the UK, and

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Lavenham is a joy to explore at any time

of the year and looks as beautiful in the

evening as it does during the day. The

village has a proud history and the many

magnificent buildings that remain are a

testimony to the town having been the

fourteenth wealthiest in England.

It ranks amongst the most beautiful of

villages; set in lush green countryside it

makes the ideal weekend getaway. The

appearance of the town has changed little

over the years, the buildings are fascinating,

some are huge and imposing, others are

tiny and crooked. The townspeople have

even removed the telegraph poles and

buried the wires underground to preserve

the village’s Tudor appearance.

Lavenham has been described as ‘the finest

medieval town in England’ and no fewer

than 300 of its buildings are listed as being

of architectural or historical interest. One of

these is the Church of St Peter and St Paul,

which is among the finest in East Anglia, a

magnificent church with a spire of 141 feet.

The local Lavenham Sinfonia gives regular

concerts here on Sundays. Other buildings

of interest that are open to the public

include The Guildhall of Corpus Christi. This

is a 16th-century timber framed building

overlooking the market place and houses a

museum offering insights into local life.

Little Hall is a lovely example of a

15th-century hall house with a crown-post

roof. Much recommended is a walk along

the disused railway line, followed by a

wander through the gift and antique shops,

then a spot to eat in one of the many

fabulous tea rooms, pubs and fine-dining

restaurants scattered around the town. The

Angel, believed to be Lavenham’s oldest inn

is great for a bite to eat and the renowned

Swan is perfect for afternoon tea.

Long Melford is one of Suffolk’s most

attractive villages. It has a long High Street

- two and a half miles to be exact; the

longest in England - populated by charming

independent shops, vibrant art galleries,

antique centres, cafes, restaurants, and, of

course, typical Suffolk Inns. This, combined

with beautiful architecture and amazing

countryside, makes Long Melford a

desirable stop for any visitor to Suffolk.

There are plenty of interesting sights,

including Holy Trinity Church, a wool church

dating from the 15th century. It contains

several noteworthy memorials and brasses,

and just outside is the brick hospital,

founded in 1573 as an almshouse for twelve

poor men and two poor women. There are

also two Tudor mansions in close proximity.

Kentwell Hall is a romantic, completely

moated, mellow redbrick mansion in a

tranquil parkland setting. There are lots of

events going on at the Hall, not least their

famous Tudor re-creations, and you can

have a guided tour of the house.

Melford Hall is a large Elizabethan house

run by the National Trust, built of red brick

around a quadrangle and ornamented with

mitretopped turrets. Spend the afternoon

strolling around the many art galleries,

which Long Melford has become known for.

Long Melford is a true Suffolk gem. It

has lots to offer the visitor, from historic

buildings to contemporary fashions, and

the food available throughout the village

- from the butcher to the restaurants and

pubs - will keep you sustained throughout

your stay.

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Located on the most easterly point of the British coast,

Lowestoft provides an ideal holiday location for all

ages. Lowestoft offers a mix of lively beaches, pleasant

seaside walks and quality family attractions all set in a

traditional seaside town.

This once flourishing fishing port is now renowned

for the quality of its golden sandy beaches, which are

considered to be some of the very best in Europe. The

Victorian gardens provide the perfect surrounds to one

of the east coasts highlights.

The town centre and seafront areas have seen some

recent changes to make them more accessible to

visitors. The improvements included the introduction of

the Princess Royal Fountains, consisting of 74 individual

water jets that provide the perfect attraction for

children throughout the day and a visual spectacle in

the evenings.

Lowestoft also offers a great shopping experience. The

main town centre provides all the high street names,

Kirkley offers a choice of independent stores whilst the

High Street provides an opportunity to shop in one of

the most interesting and historical parts of the town.

Those wishing to delve into Lowestoft’s rich maritime

history will be able to explore Heritage Quay and the

Maritime Museum. There is also the opportunity to buy

some local fish from one of the merchants or from the

local smoke house.

Heading away from the beach, the town is surrounded

by a wide choice of attractions, ranging from

museums, wildlife parks, piers and other facilities that

will keep all visitors of all ages entertained.

The Marina Theatre in the town provides a number of

high quality acts throughout the year. Those wishing to

be a little more active may decide to follow the coastal

walk, either on foot or on horseback, and for the more

adventurous kite boarding is also available.

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Mildenhall is an attractive medieval

market town surrounded by the River Lark.

The town centres on the Market Place

with its distinctive 16th century hexagonal

Market Cross - used for hanging criminals

years ago - and the Town Pump. The parish

pump still stands in the market place,

as a reminder that piped water was not

available until the 1940s.

A market is held here every Friday and was

established by Royal Charter in 1412. During

the Second World War, Mildenhall was an

important bomber base and since 1950 has

been home to the United States Air Force,

fast becoming one of the most important

American installations in this country.

St Mary’s Church is one of the finest in

Suffolk and the town has a good number

of restaurants, shops and other amenities.

Mildenhall Stadium hosts greyhound, stock

car and speedway racing.


Needham Market is a small historic town

set in the Gipping Valley. Once a thriving

wool town, the onset of the plague resulted

in the town being ‘chained’ off from the

outside world between 1663-65 to isolate it

and contain the disease. Despite the plan

succeeding, the town still lost two-thirds

of its population and did not recover for

some two hundred years until the arrival of

the railway. The town has two road names

linked to the plague: Chainhouse Road,

named after the chains that ran across the

East end of the town, and The Causeway,

a modern variation of ‘the corpseway’, so

called because of the route that plague

victims were transported out of town.

The town boasts many unusual,

independentand specialist shops, and fine

Georgian and Tudor architecture.


Whether you’re a devoted horseracing

fan or just a lover of beautiful English

towns, Newmarket is sure to appeal. It has

long been considered the birthplace of

thoroughbred horseracing since successive

Royal Family members came to appreciate

the flat land as an ideal location for

galloping their horses.

Racing’s early administrative body, The

Jockey Club, created its home here. If this

is your particular fascination, you’ll be

pleased to find the National Stud here, the

National Horseracing Museum, the National

Heritage Centre, Tattersalls and also

the impressive Newmarket Racecourses

themselves, which welcomes big-names in

music at its summer concerts, ‘Newmarket


There are other places of interest for the

curious visitor too. Newmarket boasts

impressive features such as the grand

Clock Tower on the High Street, the

King Edward VII Memorial Gardens, the

War Memorial Gardens and the elegant

Cleveland House in Old Station Road.

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Steeped in history, Orford is an

attractive town dominated by its

impressive castle, built in the 12th

century by Henry VII for coastal


The town has plenty to offer those

passing through, with excellent walks

and cycle rides for the more outdoorsy,

and plenty of good restaurants, pubs

and tearooms for those simply looking

to relax and soak up the surrounding


Brick and timber buildings line the

streets to the little quayside, where

there are boat trips to Orford Ness -

Europe’s largest vegetated shingle spit.

The Reserve contains a variety of

habitats including shingle, saltmarsh,

mudflat, brackish lagoons and grazing

marsh. It provides an important

location for breeding and passage birds

as well as for the coastal shingle flora

and wildlife (including a large number

of nationally rare species).

Visitors can follow a 5.5 mile route,

which can be walked in total or in

part (the full walk involves walking on

shingle). Don’t leave without trying the

locally cultivated oysters!

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Saxmundham is a popular market town on

the River Fromus at the centre of Suffolk’s

Heritage Coastal region. Saxmundham, or

‘Sax’ as it is known locally, has many local

shops and businesses, sports and leisure

facilities. There’s also a market every

Wednesday. It’s home to RSPB Minsmere;

a fantastic coastal nature reserve that’s

perfect for families. There’s something for

everyone to enjoy including long and short

walks, wildlife, a café and Wild Zone natural

play area where the kids can let off steam.


On the banks of the River Orwell the

hamlet of Pin Mill is a haven of tranquility,

loved by artists, walkers and birdwatchers.

The 17th-century Butt & Oyster Inn is so

close to the river that it can serve pints of

ale through the window to yachtsmen at

high tide.

Pin Mill was the setting for Arthur

Ransome’s book ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to

Sea’, one of a series of children’s books

penned by the author.


Southwold lies in the centre of an area

of great natural beauty – a haven for the

walker, the naturalist and the birdwatcher.

Situated on a hill that gently rises from the

Blyth Valley, the town is virtually an island,

being surrounded by the River Blyth to the

south and Buss Creek to the north. This

has enabled Southwold to retain its old

world charm. The dramatic coastline and

the town’s beautiful architecture make it a

popular attraction throughout the year.

by the local – and world famous – Adnams

Sole Bay Brewery. The Adnams stamp is

everywhere and reflected in the cluster of

great pubs in the area. The brewery can

be found on East Green, which has both

brewery and distillery tours available.

The Swan Hotel, which dominates the

Market Place, is not only an excellent

place to stay but has a highly regarded


In the summer, Southwold’s sandy beaches

are a huge draw and out of season some of

its most charming elements can be enjoyed

– cosy pub lunches, isolated walks or a

quiet browse in its many antiques shops.

Southwold’s beach is immaculately kept

and is a regular Blue Flag winner. The shore

is famous for its rows of brightly coloured

beach huts. These days they sell for the

price of a small flat!

Quiet and full of character, Southwold is a

refreshingly unspoilt coastal resort. In the

town centre there’s an exciting selection of

interesting and independent shops, selling

antiques, crafts and gifts. There’s also

a variety of art galleries, boutiques and

jewellers scattered around the town.

As you’d expect, first-class seafood can be

found in the town’s many fine restaurants

and pubs, most of which serve ales brewed

Southwold looks out over Sole Bay, scene of

an inconclusive battle in 1672 between the

combined British and French fleet and the

Dutch fleet. The town was once known for

its herring fishery, and today the attractive

harbour is still home to a little fleet of


To discover something of Southwold’s

maritime heritage visit the Sailors’ Reading

Room, on East Cliff overlooking the sea,

where the exhibits include ship models,

figureheads and early photographs of

past seafaring local heroes. There’s more

maritime history to be found in The Alfred

Corry Lifeboat Museum.

Visitors who climb the winding lighthouse

stairs are rewarded with fantastic

views. Those wanting to take to the sea

themselves can take the Coastal Voyager

sea trip from the harbour.

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Gainsborough’s House Museum

Open: Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm

Sunday 11am to 5pm

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A town at the geographical heart

of rural Suffolk and on the River

Gipping, Stowmarket was originally an

agricultural market town.

Industry developed upon the

canalization, in 1793, of the River

Gipping bringing new prosperity to the

town. Now the old towpath forms an

enjoyable footpath through the Gipping

Valley, from Stowmarket railway station

to the docks at Ipswich.

Even though it is growing in size and

population, Stowmarket hasn’t lost its

charm, with a variety of listed buildings

typical of Suffolk’s towns and villages,

most notably St Peter and St Mary’s


Not to be missed is the Museum of East

Anglian Life, one of the UK’s leading

open-air museums.


Set in the heart of the Stour Valley,

the market town of Sudbury was for

centuries a centre of the weaving and

silk industries. The painter Thomas

Gainsborough was born here and a

fine collection of his paintings can be

seen in his house, which also has a

contemporary art gallery and a print

workshop offering summer courses.

The Quay Theatre puts on a lively

programme of events and close by

visitors can enjoy a lazy boat trip on

the River Stour followed by a cream tea

at the restored 18th-century Granary.

There is still a traditional market, a

farmers’ market on the last Friday of

each month plus a lovely range of shops

to explore.


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If there was ever a village that deserved to

be called ‘fantastic’, it is Thorpeness. Built at

the start of last century by Glencairn Stuart

Ogilvie, a wealthy and eccentric Scottish

barrister with a penchant for mock Tudor

and Jacobean architecture, Thorpeness

has a number of unconventional properties

under its belt.

Originally a private fantasy holiday village,

Ogilvie ingeniously disguised the village’s

water tower as an overgrown house, the

striking ‘House in the Clouds’, lest it offend

the eye. ‘Peter Pan’ fans of all ages can find

J M Barrie’s work realised at the Meare

boating lake where islands and coves are

given names taken from the book. Children

are able to play in the Pirate’s Lair and

Wendy’s Home, with boats available to

rent in order to enjoy the Meare in all its

quirkiness. After an afternoon’s boating

enjoy a meal and explore the stalls at the

Thorpeness Brasserie and Emporium. In

August the Meare hosts the Thorpeness

Regatta, attracting visitors looking to enjoy

the numerous boat races and impressive

fireworks display.

Walberswick is a village across the River

Blyth from Southwold. It is one of Suffolk’s

top tourist attractions with half of the

properties in the village being holiday


The village and surrounding beach and

marshland have long attracted residents

drawn from the arts, film and media.

Considering its size, an inordinate number

of British celebrities own holiday homes in

the village including Emma Freud and her

husband Richard Curtis.

The village is the setting for Esther Freud’s

novel, The Sea House, thinly disguised

as ‘Steerborough’ - presumably a coded

reference, or in-joke, towards one-time

resident, Philip Wilson Steer.

From 1981 to 2010 the village hosted The

British Open Crabbing Championship.

Visitors can still join in the fun, simply set

yourself up on a jetty or footbridge and

see what you can catch! The village has

tearooms, restaurants, public houses, an art

gallery, original crafts and gift shops.

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Run Cottage

Touring Park




Close to the town of Woodbridge we are a small family run touring

park with 45 pitches. Set in a 4.5 acre parkland setting with a large

pond and views over open farmland, we offer peace and tranquility.

Our new luxury Glamping pods are now available for hire,

Each pod comes complete with 4’6 oak frame double bed with

pillows, complete with cotton sheets, duvet & Pillows,

Large leather sofa, TV & DVD player comes with 140 free sat

channels, Small fridge with freezer compartment & Microwave,

Complementary Tea & Coffee on arrival,

Individual BBQ stand beside glamping pod for disposable BBQ

Plates/Bowls/Mugs/Glasses & knife & Forks provided.

Bistro table and chairs on the decking overlooking our wildlife pond.

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asset. Discover its fascinating 850 year history,

learn about the art of craft milling with grinding

stones, and see the huge wooden waterwheel

and massive machinery turning - if the tides

are right. Play interactive games, and watch

the unique CGIs and videos about the mill.

Try its authentic strong stoneground wholemeal flour.

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The picturesque market town of

Woodbridge effortlessly mixes the old with

the new and attracts thousands of

visitors every year.

Whether it’s for a walk along the smooth

River Deben overlooking Sutton Hoo, the

ancient burial site of the Anglo Saxon Kings

tucked across the river estuary or simply to

enjoy one of the many cafes and eateries

around the town, you’ll find plenty of

reasons to return.

The town’s most well-known landmark

is the white-boarded Tide Mill, which is

neatly nestled between the boat builders,

sail makers and chandlers still plying their

wares. It may be one of the earliest mills

in the UK - a mill was first recorded on

this site in 1170 - but today’s building dates

from the 18th century.

In town you will probably want to catch

your breath in The Thoroughfare, a

cornucopia of delicatessens, boutiques,

and bookshops. One of the charms of the

town are the tiny winding lanes bedecked

on either side with medieval timbered

cottages, Georgian townhouses, and a

plethora of cosy pubs.

Market Hill provides one of the best

vantage points in town and it’s here

that you’ll find Woodbridge Museum,

which includes an excellent collection of

memorabilia telling the intriguing story

of the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo site

amongst other things. Then there’s the

Shire Hall to explore, built in 1575.

For a fun family day out, head to The

Suffolk Punch Trust. With stables, a farm,

pretty walks, heritage garden, museum and

barn there’s plenty to discover. The Trust is

dedicated to preserving the Suffolk Punch

breed but also the skills of the people

needed to handle these wonderful horses.

Families can get involved with a range of

activities including stable demonstrations,

feeding the resident pets, tractor trailer

rides and arts and crafts.

There’s some lovely walks to enjoy too as

this part of the South-East Suffolk coast

is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,

popular with dog walkers.

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Adnams Brewery

Adnams’ famous Suffolk beer has been

brewed in Southwold for over 150 years and

all around the town you will experience the

influences of the brewery. The brewery itself

is a mix of traditional buildings, with cutting

edge installations where cask beer has been

brewed since 1872. Take a guided tour of the

brewery for £15 per person or the distillery

for £12 per person. Southwold.

01502 727225 www.adnams.co.uk

Abbey Gardens

Beautiful public gardens surrounding the ruins

of the Abbey. The gardens include a host of children’s

play area, tennis courts, putting, bowling

green, a tea shop and a riverside walk leading

towards a local nature reserve known as No

Man’s Meadows. Bury St Edmunds.

www.abbey gardenfriends-burystedmunds.com

Aboard the Allen Gardiner

Operating from the historic waterfront’s

Ipswich Haven Marina in the Wet Dock,

cruise the River Orwell down to the Port of

Felixstowe, whilst enjoying fine food from an

a la carte menu. 01473 558712.


Adventure Island Play Park

Excellent purpose-built children’s indoor soft

play centre. Pinbush Road, Lowestoft. 01502

519933. www.adventureislandplaypark.co.uk

Alton Water

The largest reservoir in Suffolk offering

fishing, sailing, windsurfing, picnic area,

footpaths, water sports centre extension and

visitor centre. Cycle hire available. Stutton,

nr Ipswich.01473 328408.


Anglia Indoor Kart Racing

Indoor racing karts and exhilarating

multi-level circuit, bringing the thrills of

motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers. Ipswich.

01473 240087. www.angliakarting.com

The Amber Museum

The UK’s only purpose-built museum

dedicated to the history of amber. The

museum has artefacts, carvings, jewellery

and objets d’art; both modern and antique.

Southwold. 01502 723394.


Beccles Lido

Heated pool situated by the river Waveney.

Beccles. 01502 713297. www.beccleslido.com

Bentwaters Cold War Museum

Museum housed in a command post or

bunker on what was the USAF air base at

RAF Bentwaters. Bentwaters Parks.

07588 877020. www.bcwm.org.uk

Africa Alive

An award-winning attraction set in 100 acres

of dramatic coastal parkland, where you can

get close to the animals and discover the

sights, sounds and smells of Africa. Home

to more than 80 species of animals from

around Africa. Lowestoft. 01502 740291.


Brandon Country Park

32 acres in the heart of the Brecks with

walks, cycle and easy access trails. Brandon.


The Brecks

One of the great natural areas of Britain with

over 370 square miles of forest, heathland

and countryside. www.brecks.org

Carlton Marshes

Over 100 acres of beautiful Suffolk grazing

marsh, fens and peat pools to explore via

waymarked trails. Carlton Colville, Lowestoft

01502 564250

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Christchurch Mansion

A fine Tudor mansion built between 1548 and

1550 with later additions. A good collection

of furniture, panelling, ceramics, clocks

and paintings from the 16th-19th centuries.

Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 01473 433554.


Clare Castle Country Park

Beautiful quiet space that contains the

remains of the 13th century stone castle

keep. The nature trail takes in the River

Stour and the Railway Walk. Visitor Centre.

Maltings Lane.


East Point Pavilion Visitor Centre

A glass, all-weather Edwardian-style

structure with a large indoor play platforms

called Mayhem. Small souvenir shop,

restaurant and tea rooms. Royal Plain,

Lowestoft. 01502 533600.

Easton Farm Park

Delightful working farm where you can learn

all about the different animals, including

lambs, ponies, Suffolk Punch Horses, piglets,

rare breed cows and more. Chick nursery,

adventure playground, pedal tractors, go

karts, café and gift shop. Easton.

01728 746475. www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk

Coastal Voyager

Fast exciting sea trips from the harbour.

Southwold Harbour Kiosk. 07887 525082.


The Control Tower Museum

Learn the fascinating history of this airfield,

from the first flights in 1917 to the 1970s,

and about the British and American airmen

who worked, fought and died at Martlesham

Heath. www.seethingtower.org

Deben Cruises

Cruises on the River Deben for organised

parties. The Quay, Waldringfield,

Woodbridge. 01473 736260.


Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre

Enjoy wonderful walks and fabulous views at

this site of specific interest within an Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dunwich.

01728 648501. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

East Anglia Transport Museum

A working museum where the past comes

to life. Travel as often as you like on historic

vehicles or take a trip on the narrow gauge

railway. Chapel Road, Carlton Colville,

Lowestoft. 01502 518459.


Euston Hall

Home for the Dukes of The Hall, it contains,

among its many treasures, the famous

collection of paintings of the court of Charles

II and includes works by Van Dyck, Lely and

Stubbs. Visitors are also invited to enjoy the

tranquil gardens, the church and the

river walk to the recently restored watermill.

Euston. 01842 766366. www.eustonhall.co.uk

Electric Picture Palace

Owned and run by Southwold Film Society,

the Electric Picture Palace shows films in

seasons throughout the year, with a short

break between each season. Tours of the

Palace are also available and usually take

place on a Sunday at 2.30pm whilst the

cinema is closed between Film Seasons.

Blackmill Road, Southwold. 07815 769565.


Felixstowe Leisure Centre

25m pool, fitness suites, activity hall, bowls

hall, soft play area and more. Seafront,

Felixstowe. 01394 670411

Framlingham Castle

A magnificent example of a late 12th century

castle. The castle is notable for its curtain

wall with mural towers, an early example

of this design. Walk around the impressive

wall-walk, explore the mere and admire

the fine castle gatehouse. Events are held

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Annual Pass

with admission

Join our magnificent Suffolk Punch Horses for a fun family day out

this year. Visit pets corner, meet our large black pigs, discover our

Easter Egg trail, see the horses being trained, watch a ploughing

demonstration, and enjoy a tractor-trailer ride.

Just 30 minutes from Ipswich and an

hour from Colchester or Bury St Edmunds.

The Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley, IP12 3JR I 01394 411327 I www.suffolkpunchtrust.org I info@suffolkpunchtrust.org

Registered charity: 1100596

throughout the year. Church St,

Framlingham. 0370 3331181.


Fritton Lake

A stretch of water where you can mess about

on boats, children can enjoy the playground,

forts and mini tractors, there’s nine-hole

golf, fishing, pony rides and walks. Fritton, nr

Lowestoft. 0333 456 0777.

Fultons Clay Pigeon Shooting

‘Have-a-go’ taster sessions for beginners

comprise safety instructions, gun fit, eye

dominance check and include gun loan,

cartridges, clays, ear and eye protection.

Coaching for the more experienced too.

Worlington. 07734 735 511

Gainsborough’s House

Gainsborough’s House and garden is the

birthplace of one of Britain’s greatest artists,

Thomas Gainsborough R.A (1727-88). The

Georgian fronted townhouse and exhibition

gallery shows an outstanding collection of

his paintings and has a changing

programme of displays and temporary

exhibitions throughout the year. Sudbury.

01787 372958. www.gainsborough.org

Glemham Hall

An elegant, red brick Elizabethan mansion

surrounded by 300 acres of parkland.

The estate now hosts a variety of events

including a country fair, open-air opera and

theatre. Little Glemham. 01728 746704.


Go Ape!

Extreme tree-top challenge course - an

amazing trail of nets, rope bridges, slides

and trapezes high up in the trees. Brandon.

0845 094 9732. www.goape.co.uk

Greene King Brewery

The visitor centre is full of interesting

exhibits and displays about the brewery,

Bury St Edmunds. www.greeneking.co.uk

Hadleigh Town Hall & Guildhall

A medieval timber-framed complex, Grade

I listed dating from 15th century. There is a

timbered guildroom, an old town hall which

has a fine crown-post roof, a Georgian

assembly room and a Victorian ballroom.

Small walled garden with medieval features.

Market Place, Hadleigh. 01473 822544.


Helmingham Hall Gardens

Spectacular Grade 1 listed garden in the

grounds of the 500-year-old house,

Nr Stowmarket. 01473 890799.


High Lodge

Sporting and leisure venue set in 100 acres

of woodland, offering clay target shooting, a

pay and play nine-hole golf course, fishing,

holiday lodges, shop and more. HawWood,

Hinton, 01986 784347. www.highlodge.co.uk

High Lodge Forest Centre

Right at the heart of Thetford Forest, with

over 70km of cycle trail, 20km of walks and

a huge children’s Play Arena, it is perfect for

families. Home to bike hire and Go Ape, High

Lodge has all the facilities you need. Big

summer music concerts in the forest. Open

all year. Thetford. 0300 0674400.


The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud

The world’s oldest stud farm breeding the

endangered Suffolk Horse, operated by

The Suffolk Punch Trust. Visit and see this

season’s foals, rare large black pigs, red poll

cattle and Suffolk sheep. There’s a large

vehicle and implement display, a heritage

exhibition, and a play area. Hollesley.

01394 411327. www.suffolkpunchtrust.org

Ipswich Witches

Top speedway racing.

Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich


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Ickworth House, Park and Gardens

One of England’s most extraordinary houses.

The house is set in a Capability brown park

and surrounded by an Italianate garden with

a range of marked woodland walks, an adventure

playground and picnic area. There’s

a vineyard and plant centre, plus regular

events. Horringer, nr Bury St Edmunds.

01284 735270. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

Ipswich Museum

This museum gives a fascinating insight into

the town and surrounding area’s intriguing

past. High Street, Ipswich. 01473 433551.


Jimmy’s Farm

A working farm but also open for visitors

seven days a week, there is plenty to do for

a great family day out, including a nature

trail, woodland walk, beautiful gardens, farm

shop, adventure play area and field kitchen.

Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich

0844 493 8088. www.jimmysfarm.com

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Moated redbrick Tudor mansion in a tranquil

parkland setting. Renowned for its incredible

recreations of everyday Tudor life and of

WWII daily life, along with events such as

Scaresville at Halloween. The present

owners’ efforts to restore the house and

recover and extend the once noted gardens,

add to any visit’s enjoyment. Long Melford.

01787 310207. www.kentwell.co.uk

Lackford Lakes

This nature reserve has year round importance

for birds, dragonflies and other wildlife. The

visitor centre offers stunning views across the

reserve and is an ideal place to start your visit.

Lackford, 01284 728541

Lady Florence River Cruises

For a different fine dining experience, cruise

the calms waters of the river Alde and Ore

while enjoying a freshly prepared meal.

Orford Quay, Orford. 01473 558712.


Lavenham Guildhall of Corpus Christi

One of the finest timber-framed Tudor

buildings in Britain, with tearoom, shop and

children’s guide. Market Place, Lavenham.

01787 247646. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Leiston Abbey

One of Suffolk’s most impressive monastic

ruins of a 14th century abbey with a 16th

century brick gatehouse. Leiston.

01728 831354. www.english-heritage.org.uk

Long Shop Museum

Discover Leiston’s history and visit the home

of the Garrett collection. An award-winning

museum housed in the original Garrett

works buildings. Four exhibition halls,

resource centre, picnic garden and gift shop.

Main Street, Leiston. 01728 832189.


Lowestoft Family Bowl

Indoor bowling, nine-hole mini-golf. Capital

Estate, Rant Score, Whapload Road,

Lowestoft. 01502 519200.


The Malthouse Project

Restored old maltings, which dates back to

the 17th Century. Risbygate Street,

Bury St Edmunds. 01284 732550

Mannings Amusement Park

This fun park has been run by the Manning

family since 1946. Traditional fairground

rides and amusement arcades. Seafront,

Felixstowe. 01394 282370.


Mechanical Music Museum and Bygones

Small music boxes, polyphons and organettes,

larger street pianos and player organs, large

fair organs, dance band and cafe organs plus

a number of unusual items and the Wurlitzer

theatre pipe organ. Blacksmith Road, Cotton,

01379 783350.

Melford Hall

Romantic Tudor mansion, home of the

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Hyde-Parker family. New interpretations,

craft displays, special events.

Long Melford. 01787 379228.


Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum

The MSLR was a classic case of a railway built

late in the great railway age that never paid

its way. This example of quirky English history

is remembered in Suffolk’s only railway

museum. Themed open days held throughout

the year. Brockford Station, Wetheringsett.

01449 766899, www.mslr.org.uk

Mildenhall Greyhound Racing

Evening racing with up to four races per

hour, every Tues and Fri. Mildenhall Stadium,

West Row, Mildenhall. 01638 711777.


Moyse’s Hall Museum

Housed in the oldest domestic building open

to the public in East Anglia, Moyse’s Hall

dates back over 800 years. Cornhill,

Bury St Edmunds. 01284 757160.


Museum of East Anglian Life

Open-air museum in 75 acres of beautiful

countryside. Explore nearly 3km of woodland

and riverside nature trails, learn about

fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional

Gypsy culture and discover splendidly

restored historic buildings. Plus steam

engines, animals, including Suffolk Punch

horses, and more. Stowmarket. 01449 612229.


Newmarket Racecourses

One of the world’s greatest racetracks,

steeped in history and offering top racing

and an unbeatable experience on both its

Rowley Mile and July Racecourses. Cambridge

Road, Newmarket. 01638 675500.


Newmarket Tours

Palace House can arrange hour long tours of

historic Newmarket, explaining in depth its

associations with Royalty and the Sport of

Kings. Newmarket. 0844 7489200.


Nowton Park

200 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside

landscaped over 100 years ago in typical

Victorian style. Open all year. Bury St

Edmunds. 01284 757098.


Oasis Camel Centre

Farm Park that specialises in camels, llamas,

alpacas, plus a pets corner, play areas, crazy

golf, bouncy castle, walks and gift shop.

Orchard Farm, Halesworth.

07836 734748. www.oasiscamelpark.co.uk

Orford Castle

The polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle

stands beside the pretty town and former

port which Henry II also developed here

in the 1160s. An 18-sided drum with three

square turrets, and a forebuilding reinforcing

its entrance, the keep was built to a highly

innovative design. Orford. 0370 3331181.


Orwell River Cruises

Enjoy the sights and scenes of the beautiful

River Orwell from the comfort and tranquillity

of the Orwell Lady – a custom-built river

cruisersailing from Ipswich Wet Dock to

Harwich Harbour. Meander along the River

Orwell enjoying a traditional homemade

English Afternoon or a Suffolk Savoury Tea

cruise on-board Orwell Lady. Cruises from

Ipswich between May and September. Prices

from £25pp. Orwell Quay, Ipswich Wet Dock.

01473 258070. www.orwellrivercruises.co.uk

Pakenham Water Mill

Suffolk’s last working water mill, producing

traditional stone ground flour. Beautiful

setting with garden by the millpond, guided

tours, tearoom, shop and special events.

Pakenham. 01284 724075.


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Palace House: National Heritage Centre for

Horseracing & Sporting Art

The National Heritage Centre is situated

in King Charles II’s sporting palace and

stables and spans five acres in the heart

of Newmarket. It comprises the National

Horseracing Museum, a national gallery of

British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet

former racehorses and learn what they do

after racing, in the flagship home of Retraining

of Racehorses. There is so much to

see and do for all the family. Palace House,

Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EP.

01638667314. www.Palacehousenewmarket.co.uk

Pleasurewood Hills

Set within 59 acres of enclosed coastal

parkland and just 10mins from the seaside

town of Great Yarmouth, the theme park is

a great family day out. Enjoy thriling rides,

family rides, entertainment and attractions,

including wonderful shows with sea lions,

parrots, acrobats and clowns. New features

added regularly. Corton, Lowestoft.

01502 586000. www.pleasurewoodhills.com

River Stour Trust

Boat trips from Sudbury to Great Henny

and vice versa on Edwardian style electric

launch with a traditional canopy or a

pontoon-style boat. Take in lunch at the

delightful Henny Swan. The Granary, Quay

Lane, Sudbury. 01787 313199.


RSPB Minsmere

A nature reserve where visitors can see the

huge range of birds that pass along the

Suffolk coast. Saxmundham. 01728 648281.


RSPB Havergate Island

The island is famous for its breeding avocets

and terns. The boat trip to the island adds

to the interest of your day out. Orford Quay.

01394 450732. www.rspb.org.uk

RSPB Lakenheath Fen

A wetland area filled with life: marsh

harriers, hobbies, bearded tits and warblers.

Lakenheath. 01842 863400

RSPB Wolves Wood

One of the few remaining areas of an ancient

woodland that used to cover much of East

Anglia. Hadleigh. 01206 391153

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

There has been a church on the site of Suffolk’s

Cathedral for nearly 1,000 years. The

last 40 years have seen several additions to

the church and its associated buildings, culminating

in the Millennium Project. Regular

exhibitions and concerts available. Angel Hill,

Bury St Edmunds. 01284 748720.


Sandlings Forests

The Sandlings covers woods in Rendlesham,

Tangham and Dunwich. Rendlesham forest is

the main area for recreation and there are

various picnic sites and recreation areas.

There are three circular walks including

disabled trails and forest cycle trails and

an adventure playground. Nr Woodbridge.

01394 450164

Saxtead Green Postmill

This corn mill was one of many built in

Suffolk from the late 13th century. Though

milling ceased in 1947, it is still in working

order. Climb the stairs to various floors,

which are full of fascinating mill machinery.

Saxtead Green. 0370 3331181.


Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

A Jacobean Manor with 12 acres of beautiful

gardens with famous 1846 Yew Tree Maze.

Guided tours of the hall, garden trail, walled

garden and special events. Somerleyton,

Lowestoft. 0871 222 4244.


South Pier Leisure Complex

Ten-pin bowling, amusement arcades, luxury

casino and more. Royal Plain, Lowestoft.

01502 512793. www.thesouthpier.co.uk

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Southwold Lighthouse

Enjoy a tour of this marvellous operational

landmark, first lit in 1889. Stradbroke Road.

01255 245156. www.trinityhouse.co.uk

Southwold Maize Maze

A giant puzzle of pathways within eight

acres of maize; a real brain-teaser that will

test your navigational skills to the limit.

Every year there’s a new design. Plus play

and picnic area. Old Hall Farm, Reydon.

07801 065845. www.southwoldmaizemaze.co.uk

Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier is one of the finest examples

of a Pier to be found in the British isles. From

traditional fish and chips in the Promenade

Café to mouthwatering menus in the

Boardwalk and The Clockhouse. Plus gift

shop, children’s shop and lifestyle store,

amusements and more. North Parade,

Southwold. 01502 722105.


Snape Maltings

Visit this remarkable collection of redeveloped

Victorian industrial buildings for

world-class concerts and events, distinctive

independent shops, cafes, galleries, walks

and abundant wildlife, all set against a

breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and

sky. It is home to the flagship Aldeburgh

Festival and the folk, world music and jazz of

the Snape Proms. Snape, nr Aldeburgh.

01728 688303. www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

A delightful place to visit to watch, study

or simply enjoy the Owls and other birds of

prey. There are over 60 raptors at the centre,

all housed in spacious aviaries and flying

free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations

plus a mini-maze. Stonham Aspal.

03456 807 897. www.owl-help.org.uk

Sutton Hoo

One of Britain’s most important and

atmospheric archaeological sites, burial

ground of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East

Anglia. Explore the exhibition hall which tells

the compelling story of early English history,

The Royal Burial Mounds and Tranmer House.

You can also enjoy sandlings heathland and

woodland walks. Events are held throughout

the year. Nr Woodbridge. 01394 389700.


Thornham Walks

Twelve miles of footpaths through the woodland,

farmland and parkland of the

Thornham Estate. Red House Yard,

Thornham Magna, Eye. 01379 788345

The Thornham Walled Garden

Restored Victorian glasshouses in the idyllic

setting of a two-acre walled garden with

fruit trees, wide perennial borders, collection

of East Anglian geraniums and fern house.

01379 788700. www.beyondthewall.org.uk

Thorpeness Windmill

This working mill dates from 1803 and is a

visitor centre for Suffolk coast and heaths

area of outstanding natural beauty. Uplands

Road, Thorpeness.

Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure

A working farm and a diverse, multi

award-winning equestrian leisure centre.

Attractions include an animal collection and

their foals, as well as Camelot the Camel,

Muffin the Mule and other animal friends, as

featured many times on television. Wickham

Market, Woodbridge. 01728 746916


Waveney River Centre

A range of vessels available for hire from

rowing boats and canoes to luxury day

cruisers. A great way to take in the sights

and sounds of this beautiful stretch of water.

Overnight accommodation also available.

Burgh St Peter, Beccles. 01502 677343.


Waveney River Tours

River trips from Oulton Broad to a number of

destinations along the southern Broads. Selfeastlife.co.uk


drive day boats available for hire. Mutford

Lock, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft. 01502 574903


West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

A reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village built

on an original settlement site, giving visitors

the opportunity to touch and experience

Anglo-Saxon houses as we imagine them to

have been 1,500 years ago. Visitors can also

see the archaeological objects excavated

from the site on display in a specially built

centre. West Stow. 01284 728718


West Stow Country Park

125-acre country park with a wide range of

Breckland habitats - heath, woodland, river

and a lake. There are nature trails, walks,

bird hides and a bird feeding/viewing area,

visitor centre, café, shop, picnic areas and

adventure playground. Icklingham Road,

West Stow, Bury St Edmunds.

01284 728718. www.weststow.org

Wildtracks Off Road Activity Park

Purpose-built offroad activity park dedicated

to a range of fun outdoor events for the

public and corporate entertainment market.

Enjoy activities such as offroad driving,

karting and clay pigeon shooting to name a

few! Chippenham Road, Kennett, Newmarket.

01638 751918. www.wildtracksltd.co.uk

Woodbridge Tide Mill

By the early 1950s Woodbridge was home

to the only surviving tidal mill in the country.

It regularly grinds high quality wholemeal

flour when conditions are suitable, and at

most low tides the machinery will turn. It affords

a fascinating and educational glimpse

into our industrial and technological past.

Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge. 01394 385295.


Woodbridge Museum

Local history museum.

Market Hill, Woodbridge. 01394 380502.



13 May - 4 Jun Suffolk Walking Festival

Various locations


14-May East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival

Oulton Broad, Lowestoft


19-22 May 1940s Weekend

Town Centre, Lavenham

31 May - 1 Jun Suffolk Show

Trinity Park, Ipswich


1-3 Jun Red Rooster

Euston Hall www.redrooster.org.uk

9-25 Jun Aldeburgh Festival 2017

Various venues www.aldeburgh.co.uk

9-11 Jun Homegrown Festival 2017

Church Farm, Barrow homegrownfest.co.uk

11-Jun Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury


16-18 Jun 7th Ale and Music Festival

Jolly Sailors, Deepdale


24-25 Jun Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend

Various venues, Felixstowe


30 Jun - 2 Jul Maverick Festival

Easton Farm Park, Easton Woodbridge


8-Jul ThorpFest (Music by the Sea)

Aldeburgh seafront thorpefest.co.uk

10-Jul Old Newton Country Fayre and Dog


Old Newton Village Hall and Recreation

Ground www.oldnewtoncountryfayre.co.uk

13-16 Jul Latitude Festival

Henham Park, Southwold


17-Jul Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair


22-23 Jul Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer


Wherstead, Ipswich jimmysfarm.com

22-23 Jul Felixstowe Carnival


30-Jul Suffolk Dog Day

Helmingham Hall Estate www.suffolkdogday.com

5-6 Aug 28th Southwold Model Railway


Saint Felix School, Halesworth Road

18-20 Aug FolkEast

Woodbridge www.folkeast.co.uk

19-21 Aug Aldeburgh Carnival

Aldeburgh www.aldeburghcarnival.com

25-Aug Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks

The Meare www.aldeburghcarnival.com

27-28 Aug Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink

Festival www.burystedmundsfestivals.com

3-Sep Art on the Prom

Seafront, Felixstowe


23-24 Sep Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Snape Maltings


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Aldeburgh TIC

152 High Street

Tel: 01728 453637



Bury St Edmunds

Charter Square St,

IP33 3FD

Tel: 01284 764667


Tel: 01394 276770



Hadleigh TIC

Hadleigh Library

Tel: 01473 823778

Ipswich TIC

St Stephen’s Lane

Tel: 01473 258070

Lowestoft TIC

East Point Pavilion

Tel: 01502 533600

Newmarket TIC

The Guineas Centre

Tel: 01638 719749

Stowmarket TIC

Crowe Street

Tel: 01449 676800









Felixstowe TIC

Beach Hut,

Lavenham TIC

Lady Street

Tel: 01787 248207

Woodbridge TIC

Station Buildings

Tel: 01394 382240



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