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landscapes, market towns and
villages, and many family attractions
and events, East Anglia is the perfect
destination for a holiday, short break
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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/visit/places/wrest-park/). 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
29 June to 1 July 2018; featuring AmpRocks,
Ampthill Park Proms, Gala Day. The Ampthill
Literary Festival takes place 28 April.
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 (www.stpaulschurchbed
ford.org.uk). The BBC broadcast services in
secret from one of its chapels during the
war, which you can learn more about at the
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 30 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
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.
Home to Woburn Abbey, a Safari Park, Go
Ape and the 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
out 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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enjoy our on-site restaurant and gift shop, Shuttleworth is always an interesting day out. Parking
is free and there’s a Play Area for children that is disabled friendly. Events run throughout the
year, and group visits for Afternoon Tea in The House can be combined with Swiss Garden
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Ampthill Parkside Hall, Woburn Road,
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13-May Made in Bedford Artisan Fair
Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square,
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Town Centre, Leighton Buzzrd
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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
Cambridge Botanic Garden
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Much-loved by generations of Cambridge
families is Wandlebury Country Park – some
45 ha of tranquil woods and chalk grassland.
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. Both areas are owned and cared
for by charity Cambridge Past, Present &
BACK IN TIME
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
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
Old Court is the finest surviving early
medieval court in Cambridge and famous
members have included the dramatist
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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A FASCINATING PLACE TO VISIT FOR ALL AGES
A family friendly museum celebrating farming & village life
in a beautiful rural setting. Explore the remains
of a 12th century Abbey.
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Picnic & play area. Gift Shop. Tearoom open weekends, bank
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ARTS & MUSEUMS
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.
SHOPPING IN CAMBRIDGE
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
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
With independent boutiques, open-air
markets and household brands,
Cambridge has everything you could
need for an unforgettable city
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
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.
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. 07902 118100
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
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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.
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.
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
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,
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 contains the finest surviving
medieval court in Cambridge. The college
is also home to the impressive Grasshopper
Clock. King’s Parade, 01223 338000.
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
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.
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 747273. www.gsm.cam.ac.uk
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.
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.
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
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
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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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.
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 is home to the famous
wooden Mathematical Bridge. Silver Street,
01223 335511. www.queens.cam.ac.uk
Enjoy a luxury river cruise along the Cam.
Public trips are available throughout the
year. Also available for private charter.
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
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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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 homes 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 markets including
an award-winning Farmers’ Market on the
second and fourth Saturday of every month,
a 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
waymarkers set in the ground, takes you past
the oldest parts of Ely and down to the
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
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
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Huntingdonshire is centred around the
beautiful River Great Ouse and has
fascinating historic market towns to explore.
The five towns of Huntingdon, Godmanchester
(pictured above), Ramsey, St Ives and St
Neots have long and wonderful histories.
Huntingdon, Godmanchester, 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
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
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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exploring East Anglia, in particular
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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.
Annual events include a Dragon Boat Race,
Beer Festival 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. During 2018
Peterborough will be celebrating the 900th
anniversary of its iconic cathedral with over
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
including the Italian, French and Christmas
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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
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
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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4-7 May Ely Eel Festival
Ely City Centre, Jubilee Gardens & Palace
5-6 May QIPCO Guineas Festival
6-May Duxford Spring Car Show
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21-26 May 45th Cambridge Beer Festival
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2-Jun Strawberry Fair!
3-Jun Cambridgeshire County Show
Wimpole Home Farm, SG8 0BW
9-10 Jun Cambridge Town & Country Fair
9-Jun Peterborough Dragon Boat Racing
Peterborough Rowing Club, Thorpe Meadows
17-Jun Picnic in the Park
Warners Park, St Ives
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July Course, Newmarket
23-24 Jun The Cambridgeshire Food &
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1-Jul Ely Aquafest
The riverside, Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens
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13-15 Jul The Big Weekend
Parker’s Piece, Cambridge
13-15 Jul Ely Folk Festival
Ely City Centre
14-Jul Paxfest & Fun Dog Show
Little Paxton Village Hall, PE19 6EY
21-Jul Ferry Meadows Celebrates Culture
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2-5 Aug Cambridge Folk Festival
Cherry Hinton Hall
24-25 Aug The Gin and Rum Festival
Cathedral Church of St Peter,
25-27 Aug Festival of Water
River Ouse, Riverside Park, St Neots
19-21 Oct Octoberfest
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28-20 Sept Cambridge Art Fair
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4-Nov Fireworks & Bonfire Night
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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 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
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. www.hylandsestate.co.uk
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
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
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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
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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
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.
MERCURY THEATRE COLCHESTER
Outstanding theatre for the whole family in the heart of Essex
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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
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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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
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 reputation.
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 homeware
emporiums, elegantly placed alongside
the big names and high-street classics.
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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!
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
Dutch Garden. OPEN FREE OF CHARGE
For further information about how to get here, places to visit, where to stay,
local events and activities, please contact:
SAFFRON WALDEN TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
1 Market Place, Saffron Walden,
Essex, CB10 1HR. Tel: 01799 524002
Discover a world of hidden treasures
at this family-friendly museum
Rolling programme of special exhibitions, activities and events
Ancient Egypt • Archaeology
• Ceramics and Glass • Costume and Textiles
• Furniture and Woodwork
• Geology • Local and Social History
• Natural History • World Cultures
SAFFRON WALDEN MUSEUM
Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1JL
(01799) 510333 firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrance Fees: Children (18 and under) FREE, Adults £2.50, Discounts £1.25, Season Tickets £8.00 and £4.00
Opening Hours: March – October: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm – 5pm)
November – February: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm (Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm – 4.30pm)
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
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!
The town also features an independent
community cinema, Saffron Screen, and one
of the oldest purpose-built museums in the
A FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKING MUSEUM
DEDICATED TO PRESERVING THE HISTORY
OF RAILWAYS IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND
Regular trains run from Sudbury,
Bures or Marks Tey to the museum,
and connections from London,
Chelmsford, Colchester and
Ipswich can be made at Marks Tey.
Chappel Railway Station is about 8
miles from Colchester. The postcode
for the museum is CO6 2DS.
Access is available to all buildings
however, you will however need a
vehicle to gain full access to both
sides of the museum.
EASTER DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TM 30 March to 2 April
Steam train rides on Thomas and friends, storytelling with the Fat
Controller and children’s activities in the Imagination Station all day.
BANK HOLIDAY FUN DAYS 6 & 7 May
Inflatable assault course, treasure hunt, steam train rides, petting zoo
and real ale from our miniature pub, The Viaduct.
KIDS RUN THE RAILWAY 14 April | 21 July | 18 August
Let off steam at our new kids’ activity days… Operate the signals, be
a crossing keeper or guard and ride a diesel train (over 10’s only).
TRANSPORT EXTRAVAGANZA 27 & 28 May
Classic cars, vintage motorbikes and modern head turners as well
auto jumble and steam train rides on this great family day out.
FATHER’S DAY STEAM UP! - Dads go FREE 17 June
Dads drive a diesel loco or take a family steam train ride.
We’ll fire up our BBQ or simply bring a picnic and relax in our
lovely rural surroundings.
SUMMER STEAM GALA 8 July
Join us as we celebrate our 50-year anniversary. All of our steam
engines will be running - a full day of intensive steam engine action!
A STEAMY VINTAGE ENCOUNTER 29 July
Steam train rides, vintage stalls and scrumptious teas, swing jive
workshops and live music from the fabulous Fox, Wiggle & Sass.
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TM 25 to 27 August
Thomas and his friends are back for more Summer fun! Meet the
Fat Controller and enjoy re-enactments with Rusty and Dusty.
CHAPPEL SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL 4 to 8 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.
Please be advised the museum areas will be closed for set up and
during the festival.
STEAM DAY AND MODEL RAILWAY SHOW 7 October
Together with our partners the Braintree & Halstead Model Railway
Club, we are hosting this great day out for kids young and old!
HALLOWEEN HALF TERM FUN 22 to 25 October
Pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and spooky crafts as well as
gingerbread decorating in our vintage railway carriage café.
SPOOKY DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TM 27 & 28 October
Ride on real steam trains with Thomas and his friends. Meet the Fat
Controller at his Spooky railway with lots of fang-tastic things to do.
FESTIVE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TM 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 December
Ride real steam trains with Thomas and his friends. Have festive fun
with the Fat Controller and meet Santa in his grotto!
OPEN DAILY FROM 10:00 TO 16:30
Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS
01206 242524 | www.earm.co.uk
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 had a £680,000
redevelopment last year.
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.
Discover a world of wildlife set in
18 acres of spectacular gardens
Children’s play area,
Under 2’s Free
KEEPERS LITTLE HELPER
for children age 5-8
age 8-13 or age 14+
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Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4NT
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Find us just off the A1307 between Cambridge and Haverhill
Gardens & Arboretum
A striking heritage landscape in Coggeshall,
Essex with an enviable collection of mature
trees and leafy paths. Enjoy home cooked food
and browse the plant centre & gift shop.
www.markshall.org.uk t.01376 563796
Hall Lane, Ingatestone,
Essex CM4 9NR
(off the London end of Ingatestone High St.)
16th Century manor house & grounds with a wealth of history.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sunday, Wednesday and
Bank Holiday afternoons
(Noon – 5 p.m.) from Easter
until the end of September
Adults - £7
Children (over 5) - £3
Guided tours available for
groups or school parties
at other times by prior
The House and/or Gardens are also
available for hire for public or private
events such as weddings, concerts,
exhibitions or corporate events
Tel. 01277 353010
30 Mar -2 Apr Easter Adventure Quest
Audley End House
30 Mar - 15 Apr Easter Egg Trail
Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet
12-13 May Essex Fine Food Show
Chelmsford City Racecourse
15-May Saffron Walden Emporium -
Saffron Walden Town Hall
20-May A Vintage Affair
26 May, 28 Jul, 29 Sep & 24 Nov
Curiosity Fair: Vintage & Craft Fair
Saffron Walden Friends meeting house, High
Street, Saffron Walden
26-27 May Mersea Food & Drink Festival
Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester,
7-9 Jun Chelmsford Film Festival
131 Bond Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1GH
9-JunBreast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon Walk
Audley End House
9-10 Jun Mind Body Spirit Festival
Chelmsford City Racecourse
16-Jun Young Children’s Festival
Castle Park, Colchester
21-14 Jun Leigh Folk Festival
Various locations in Leigh
22 Jun - 15 Jul Thaxted Festival
26-28 Jun 3foot People Festival
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
30-Jun Fling Festival
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
13-15 Jul Brentwood Festival
15-Jul Heritage Live Concert Series:
Audley End House
21-Jul Outdoor Cinema: Dirty Dancing
Maldon Promenade Park
3-5 Aug Brightlingsea Free Music Festival
Various locations, Brightlingsea
4-Aug Maldon Carnival
Maldon High Street
2-Sep Kite Festival
Layer Marney Tower, CO5 9US
16-Sep Apple Day at The Gardens of Easton
Little Easton, CM6 2BB
29-Sep Outdoor Cinema: Pretty Woman
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
29-30 Sep The Essex Country Show
Weald Country Park
20-31 Oct Halloween Special at Audley End
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB
Map courtesy of Visit Essex
Town Hall, Station
High St, CM9 5AD
Centre 1 Market St,
GARDEN AND PARK
IS THE PERFECT
PLACE TO VISIT THIS
Visitors can enjoy the state rooms rich
in paintings, fine furniture and tapestries
along with a picture perfect garden which
dates from the early 17th century.
Beautifully designed gifts, jewellery, toys
and much more can be found in the
Stable Yard shops. Visitors can also enjoy
relaxing at River Cottage Kitchen & Deli
which serves a variety of delicious foods
throughout the day.
STABLE YARD SHOPS
& RIVER COTTAGE
KITCHEN & DELI
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HATFIELD & WELWYN
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
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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.
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
Royston holds a general market on 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 31 March and 30 September 2018
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.
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
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’, ‘Ghosts and Ghouls’, ‘Victorian
St Albans – a Time of Change’ and many
New this year is the St Albans Museum
+ Gallery, opening 1 June 2018. Set over
three floors, the gallery spaces will
showcase over 2,000 years of heritage
and display contemporary artworks.
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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
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
‘What’s in the Woods?’ exhibition runs
until 24 June 2018, while you can wander
among hundreds of butterflies and moths
in the tropical butterfly house from 29
March – 16 September 2018. 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 24 March and 30 September
2018, 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
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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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Visit the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill
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working paper mill still using
a 114 year old machine to
make paper for specialist
At Frogmore Mill you will
find out about the fascinating
history of paper, learn how to
make a piece of paper by hand, see heritage
papermaking and printing equipment, often in
action. We also have a shop and a cafe serving
Open for drop-in visits every Thursday and on
the first Sunday of every month from 11.00
to 16.00 and for pre-booked groups of 10+
any Monday to Friday (or for 30+, Sundays
too). Call Maureen on 01442 234600 for
group and package details.
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1-2 Apr Easter Medieval Jousting
1-2 Apr French Market
6 Apr - 6 May Hertford Arts Festival
Various venues, Hertford
21 Apr, 19 May, 16 Jun, 21 Jul, 18 Aug , 15 Sep,
20 Oct & 17 Nov
Stable Yard Antiques & Collectors Fair
10-13 May Living Crafts
5-7 May Hertfordshire Garden Show
26-27 May Hertfordshire County Show
The Showground, Dunstable Road,
26-27 May Homes & Antiques Fair
2-3 Jun St Albans Steam and Country
Oaklands College (Smallford Campus),
Hatfield Road, St Albans
3-Jun Cars at the Castle
Hertford Castle, Hertford
9-Jun Harpenden Carnival
10-Jun Theatre in the Park: Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland
Hatfield House www.chapterhouse.org
17-Jun Father’s Day Medieval Jousting
24-Jun Alban Street Festival
St Peter’s Street, St Albans
28-Jun Garden Theatre - The Tempest
30 Jun - 1 Jul Geronimo Festival
7-8 Jul DogFest
14-Jul Battle Proms
15-Jul Folk by the Oak
21-22 Jul The Great British Food Festival
5-Aug Rock at the Castle
Hertford Castle, Hertford
11-12 Aug Knebworth Country, Crafts & Steam
17-19 Aug Art in Clay
31 Aug - 2 Sep Cool Britannia
9-11 Nov Knebworth Winter Festival
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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 28 & 29 July.
Attleborough’s market is held on Thursday,
8am to 2pm, 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.
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
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
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
one-day agricultural show with cookery
demonstrations, food, farming, trade stands
and much more. This year the show will take
place Monday 27 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
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.
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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.
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For your camping holiday in Norfolk,
we offer an idyllic setting in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
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
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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.
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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
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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.
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.
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Dereham is at the centre of Norfolk so is an
ideal touring base. It has a good shopping
centre and several attractions.
Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum is a beautiful
thatched building dating from around
1500 - the oldest surviving domestic building
in Dereham. Built as three cottages, it is easy
to imagine how people lived here in the past.
As the town’s museum it is well worth a visit.
Dereham Windmill is a Grade 2 Listed windmill
built in 1835. No longer a working mill, it
is now a popular Exhibition Centre with a coffee
shop serving drinks and delicious home
made cakes. www.derehamwindmill.co.uk.
The route to the Windmill takes visitors past
the Mid-Norfolk Railway at Dereham station.
This heritage railway runs services along the
11 miles between Dereham and Wymondham
and is restoring the line to the north.
Dereham is an accredited Walkers are Welcome
town. Walkers are welcome to explore
routes such as the Wensum Way link to the
Norfolk Trails network, but can also get a free
pack of 14 walk guides from the Library. The
walks can also be downloaded from
Just outside the town, easily reached by bus
or car, is Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
offering a museum, a working farm,
exhibitions and gardens.
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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
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.
Fakenham is a market town situated on the
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 from 1 June to 1
The town’s 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 Park has nature trails, a
play area for children and a lovely Courtyard
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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
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
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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 19-20 and
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
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
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Friday, Saturday & Sunday
April 20th - 22nd • 10 - 5pm
A Makers’ Show that includes:
• ARTISTS, DESIGNERS AND CRAFTSMEN
Adults £7.00 • Over 65’s £6.50
Jewellery, fused glass, blown glass, pictures and prints, ceramics, fabrics.
Purchase an inimitable piece of creativity.
• WORKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND RURAL SKILLS Glassblowing, blacksmiths,
woodturners, stick maker, chair maker, bodger, barrel maker, corn dollies and
many more fascinating displays.
• THE SANDRINGHAM CHAINSAW TEAM
including daily speed carving demonstrations
• FOOD HALL Come and browse our large Food Hall for home made cuisine of all
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producers and retailers.
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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
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,
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Visit the Tourist Information Centre and maritime
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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 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
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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.
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 intu
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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Vineyard in Bergh Apton South Norfolk
John Hemmant wine maker and vineyard owner welcomes you to Chet
Valley Vineyard nestled in the South Norfolk Village of Bergh Apton.
Your Chet Valley experience will start with a tour of the vines followed by
a visit to the winery where there is an opportunity to see the wine making
process in action plus taste wines straight from the vat (subject to season).
Finally you will be offered a tasting of 6 wines accompanied by local cheese
and charcuterie if you wish. Allow 2 hours for the tour and tasting.
Tasting for over 18s only. Cost is £12 per person. Under 18s free.
Booking in advance by phone or email is essential
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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
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 (11-27 May 2018) 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
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
Dragon Hall 01603 877177
The Plantation Garden 07504 545810
Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum
Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352
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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 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
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
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
Sheringham Little Theatre 01263 822347
Hilltop Outdoor Centre 01263 824514
The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre
North Norfolk Railway 01263 820800
Our self catering
Garden Lodge and
have splendid views
overlooking the sea.
Breaks by theSea
Located in the picturesque seaside town of
Old Hunstanton on the north Norfolk coast, the
Le Strange Arms Hotel is the perfect venue for the
ultimate relaxing seaside break.
Tel: 01485 534411
Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6JJ
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
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
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!
Bar, Restaurant, B&B
On board historic sailing ship Albatros,
The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AT
Traditional DUTCH CUISINE including our famous
DUTCH PANCAKES, PEA SOUP and APPLE CAKE
Chef’s DAILY SPECIALS MENU with vegetarian,
vegan and gluten-free options available.
Fully LICENSED BAR serving the best choice of
local REAL ALES from cask
Listed in The CAMRA GOOD
BEER GUIDE since 2010
in the former CREW CABINS
LIVE MUSIC every weekend
OPEN daily for LUNCH and DINNER from 12 noon
CLOSED on CHRISTMAS DAY
For more details visit
Our new look takeaway at Platten’s
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provides both takeaway and eat in options, where you can sit in the
spacious 60 seat Fisherman’s Yard.
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Platten’s Fish & Chips, Quayside,
Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AH
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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
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
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.
SUPPLIERS OF THE
Finest Quality Locally-Sourced Food
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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.
Ken's traditional fish and chip shop
is in the heart of Wroxham offers
quality food and a warm friendly THE
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 BLAKENEY
customers can enjoy delicious fish COTTAGE
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 THE his
trade from the original owner. BLAKENEY
FISH & CHIP
The Granary, High Street, Blakeney, North Norfolk NR25 7AL
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3-15 Apr, 28 May- 2 June, 25 July - 31 Aug &
3-5 Sept Field to Fork Tractor Trailer Tour
Holkham Hall, NR23 1AB
28-29 Apr East Anglian Game and Country
Euston Hall, Euston, Thetford IP24 2QH
28 Apr - 13 May Broads Outdoors Festival
11-27 May Norfolk & Norwich
19-20 May Crab & Lobster Festival
Cromer and Sheringham
24 May - 3 June Norwich City of Ale
27-28 May Country Fair
Hoveton Hall Estate
8-16 Jun Great Yarmouth Arts
15-17 Jun Summer Diesel Gala
North Norfolk Railway
17-Jun Father’s Day Dens & Fire
Holkham Hall, NR23 1AB
17-Jun Norwich Food and Drink Festival
The Forum, Norwich
6-8 Jul Gin Festival Norwich
The Halls, St Andrews, Norwich, NR3 1AU
11 Jul - 16 Sep Grand Summer Spectacular
& Water Show
Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth
14-16 Jul Annual Beer Festival
21-29 Jul Holt Festival
Holt NR25 6BN
25-Jul Sandringham Flower Show
27 Jul - 4 Aug Wells Carnival
28 Jul - 5 Aug Sheringham Carnival
4-5 Aug Sandringham Food & Drink Festival
11-Aug The Great British Prom
13-14 Aug North Norfolk Music Festival
26-Aug Auction and World Crabbing
Cromer and Sheringham
8-9 Sep Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival
8-9 Sep Sandringham Game & Country Fair
15-16 Sep Out There Festival
Inclusive Short Breaks
at Potters Resort
For nearly 100 years, our family has been welcoming guests
to our unique and friendly Resort by the sea.
We offer a fantastic selection of inclusive short breaks on the beautiful Norfolk coast:
• Adult Midweek Breaks • Family Breaks
• Drinks Inclusive Breaks • Weekends With Friends
• Star Act Breaks
Full board - Four meals a day
Breaks from as little as £129 Per person
Plus you can receive a £10 per person, per night discount on
your first Potters break. Simply Quote GUIDE at time of booking.
Visit www.pottersholidays.com to find out more.
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First-class live evening entertainment
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The Dereham to Wymondham Abbey Line
Large & Small Groups Welcome
Discounts available for parties of 10 or more
Free Coach Parking at Dereham Station
On-board catering or meals at Dereham Station available
if booked in advance Free meal for driver
Complete Package Tour
to include Train Trip, Lunch and one of the following:
Gooderstone Water Gardens, near Swaffham
Gressenhall Workhouse Museum, near Dereham
Wells & Walsingham Light Railway
The Market Town of Wymondham and Wymondham Abbey
Broads Tours, Wroxham
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Real Norfolk Ales
from Real Norfolk Barley
Choose from over 60 naturally
bottle-conditioned real Norfolk ales
from 15 local brewers who use our farm’s
classic malt as their prime ingredient.
Summer Opening Times
Mon to Sat 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12 - 4pm
On the B1105 Fakenham to Wells road, NR23 1SB
Tel: 01328 710810
Local family run business
Six delightful 4 star / families welcome graded holiday
properties sleeping from 2 to 15 in Sheringham
Foresters, Augusta & Madge are all rated suitable for
wheelchair users by Visit England, as well as being
great for families
Superb quiet location. Blue flag beach, shops, family
pubs, theatre and 18-hole golf course all within 200
Free use of local leisure centre, inc. swim and gym,
Sky TV, sports and movies, Wi-fi, gardens and off
Free pick up from Sheringham train & bus station
Call: 01263 577 560
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What could be nicer than to stroll through an enchanting
garden, explore the nature trail, perhaps spot a kingfisher
and enjoy delicious home-made cakes.
Garden open daILY aLL Year. 10 - 5.30
Tearoom open 12 March to end October, daily if weather fair.
Please check 01366 328118 / 01366 328007
Closes 5 pm, 4 pm from September.
Children 16 and under
FREE & Dogs on leads allowed
Coaches and group visits welcome by appointment.
Discounts on request.
All enquiries please call Coral Hoyos
Garden - 07730 551945, Tearoom - 01366 328118
Gooderstone Water Gardens &
Nature Trail, Gooderstone, PE33 9BP
Deer Safari Park & Farming Attraction
Amazing Deer Safari
Friendly Farm Animals
Children’s Play Area
Visitor Centre & Tea Room
Lead Rein Treks
Bottle Feeding Lambs
and much more…
OPEN DAILY 10am-5pm
T: O1485 542425
Tel: 01953 456194
Tel: 01379 650523
3 Pound House,
Tel: 01263 713100
Tel: 01263 512497
28 Norwich Rd,
Aylsham, NR11 6BW
Tel: 01263 733903
Tel: 01366 383287
Tel: 01485 532610
Tel: 01603 213999
Tel: 01485 211142
25 Marine Parade
Tel: 01493 846346
The Custom House,
Tel: 01553 763044
Tel: 01263 824329
Louden Rd, NR27 9EF
Tel: 01263 512497
8 Exchange Street
Tel: 01379 851917
Tel: 01263 721070
4 London Street
Tel: 01760 722255
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capture the view,
together we bring
When you visit, donate, volunteer or
join the National Trust, your
support helps us to look after special
places for ever, for everyone.
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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
on 18-20 August 2018.
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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Earsham, Bungay, Norfolk, NR35 2AH
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.
Run Cottage Touring Park, Alderton Road,
Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3RQ
THE SWAN MOTEL
Luxury Self-catering Accommodation in eight
Converted Barns on a working Arable and Dairy Farm.
We are situated in the beautiful peaceful
rural Waveney Valley adjoining the southern
tip of the Norfolk Broads.
Many fantastic sandy beaches and attractions can
be found a short distance from Wheatacre Hall Barns
making this a great place to base your visit in your
discovery of Norfolk and Suffolk. Facilities include,
Games Barn, Fitness Barn, Soft Play Barn and Hot Tub
and plenty of outdoor space for fun and games.
THE SWAN MOTEL, A MOTEL,
RESTAURANT AND PUBLIC HOUSE
SITUATED IN THE VILLAGE OF GILLINGHAM
ON THE NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK BORDER
JUST OUTSIDE THE MARKET TOWN OF BECCLES.
The Bar Area At The Swan
Friendly Staff, plenty of drinks and
good company at
The Gillingham Swan
Fine Restaurant And Sunday Lunch
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
To Complete Your Stay
Contact Joanna Burroughs on 01502 677208
Wheatacre Hall Barns, Wheatacre, Beccles, NR34 0AS
We have 14 fully refurbished rooms for
you to choose from including our Double-
Loddon Road, Gillingham, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 0LD | 01502 470005
Beccles, credit: The Suffolk Coast
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
Bungay, credit: The Suffolk Coast
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.
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
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.
Greene King Brewery Tours
7 days a week
“If you haven’t already
done this tour… Why?”
Visit our Beer Café
open Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm
Call us 01284 714297
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1QT
Following our success last year Euston Hall will be
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Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Portrait of Matthew Vernon (Sub Dean) of
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
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
The town grew up around the powerful
Abbey of St Edmund in early medieval
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.
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.
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.
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.
The town has excellent leisure and
shopping facilities and is at its busiest on
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
Visit the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; a
restored Regency playhouse with a yearround
programme of performances. The
Apex is the town’s hub for entertainment.
It hosts events, music, comedy shows and
more throughout the year. Don’t miss the
Bury St Edmunds Festival from 18-27 May; 10
days of great music, theatre, film and exhibitions
taking place throughout the town.
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.
Image credits: Visit Suffolk | www.visitsuffolk.com
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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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.
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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 2 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
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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
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The 12th-century Framlingham Castle,
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Mary Tudor lived in the castle in 1553
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The Suffolk Wildlife Trust manages the
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known for its antique shops, and is a great
place to search for a special find. A twiceweekly
market takes place on Market Hill
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Hadleigh, in the south of Suffolk close to
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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
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long and runs parallel with the river, and
of the 137 properties that line the street 90
percent are listed buildings.
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Haverhill is a market town that dates back
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buildings were lost to the great fire on
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Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce from
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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
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
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Ten minutes walk away is the town centre,
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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,
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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.
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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
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Melford Hall is a large Elizabethan house
run by the National Trust, built of red brick
around a quadrangle and ornamented with
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Located on the most easterly point of the British coast,
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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
changes over recent years 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,
independent and 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 Heritage Centre for Horseracing
& Sporting Art, 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.
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!
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
Pin Mill was the setting for Arthur
Ransome’s book ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to
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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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A town at the geographical heart
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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
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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
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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
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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The picturesque market town of
Woodbridge effortlessly mixes the old with
the new and attracts thousands of visitors
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.
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 or the distillery for £20 per person.
Southwold. 01502 727225 www.adnams.co.uk
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.
Heated pool situated by the river Waveney.
Beccles. 01502 713297. www.beccleslido.com
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.
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
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.
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
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.
One of the great natural areas of Britain with
over 370 square miles of forest, heathland
and countryside. www.brecks.org
Over 100 acres of beautiful Suffolk grazing
marsh, fens and peat pools to explore via
waymarked trails. Carlton Colville, Lowestoft
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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.
Fast exciting sea trips from the harbour.
Southwold Harbour Kiosk. 07887 525082.
The Seething 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
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.
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
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
Euston Rural Pastimes
The annual celebration of rural pursuits and
agriculture featuring Traction and Stationary
Engines, Classic and Vintage Cars, crafts and
more. This year the event takes place on
Sunday 10 June. www.eustonruralpastimes.org.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. Tour times vary
week to week. They are usually at 2.30pm
and last for 45 minutes to one hour. The cost
is £6 adult, £3 child under 16. Blackmill Road,
Southwold. 07815 769565.
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
25m pool, fitness suites, activity hall, bowls
hall, soft play area and more. Seafront,
Felixstowe. 01394 694600
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
Looking for a
With discounts for pre-booked groups as well as talks and tours
tailored to your needs, you could enjoy a great day out at the
Museum of East Anglian Life
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.
Family (2 plus 2) £18.00
Tel: 01277 364883 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
the fine castle gatehouse. Events are held
throughout the year. Church St, Framlingham.
0370 3331181. www.english-heritage.org.uk
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
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
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. 07920 855041.
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.
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.
Top speedway racing. Foxhall Stadium,
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. 01284 763222.
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.
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
This museum gives a fascinating insight into
the town and surrounding area’s intriguing
past. High Street, Ipswich. 01473 433551.
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
014736 04206. 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
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
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,
Romantic Tudor mansion, home of the
Hyde-Parker family. New interpretations,
craft displays, special events.
Long Melford. 01787 379228.
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.
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,
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. Orwell
Quay, Ipswich Wet Dock. 01473 258070.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. However,
due to conservation works, Saxtead
Green Post Mill will be closed until further
notice. Saxtead Green.
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. 01502 734901.
South Pier Leisure Complex
Ten-pin bowling, amusement arcades, luxury
casino and more. Royal Plain, Lowestoft.
01502 512793. www.thesouthpier.co.uk
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 is one of the finest examples
of a Pier to be found in the British isles. From
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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.
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
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.
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
The Suffolk Punch Trust
The Trust is dedicated to preserving the
Suffolk Punch breed but also the skills of the
people needed to handle these wonderful
horses. Visit the stables where you can meet
some of The Colony Stud’s star characters
- the horses and foals. There’s also a farm,
Heritage Garden, walks, activities and cafe.
01394 411327. www.suffolkpunchtrust.org
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
This working mill dates from 1803 and is a
visitor centre for Suffolk coast and heaths
area of outstanding natural beauty. Uplands
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. Selfdrive
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 388202.
Local history museum.
Market Hill, Woodbridge. 01394 380502.
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7-8 Apr INK Festival
Halesworth Cut Theatre
21-22 Apr Woodbridge Mind Body
Woodbridge Community Hall, IP12 4AU
6 May & 12 Aug Beccles Antiques Street
Beccles Town Centre
12-May Into the Woods ‘A Pirate’s Ball’
Thorington, IP17 3RB
12 May - 3 Jun Suffolk Walking Festival
18-21 May 1940s Weekend
Town Centre, Lavenham
18-27 May Bury Festival
Various venues, Bury St Edmunds
26-28 May Framlingham Gala Fest
Framlingham Castle, IP13 9BP
30-31 May Suffolk Show
Trinity Park, Ipswich
31 May - 2 Jun Red Rooster
8-24 Jun Aldeburgh Festival
8-10 Jun Homegrown Festival
Church Farm, Barrow
10-Jun The Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink
St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury
23-24 Jun Dragon Fest
West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HG
23-Jun Great East Swim
Alton Water Sports Centre
21-Jun Suffolk Day 2018
Various venues and locations
12-15 Jul Latitude Festival
Henham Park, Southwold
21-22 Jul Jimmy’s Festival
Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, IP9 2AR
27-29 Jul Felixstowe Carnival
29-Jul Suffolk Dog Day
Helmingham Hall Estate
1 Aug - 1 Sep Snape Proms
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
11-Aug East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival
Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
17-19 Aug FolkEast
Glemhall Hall, Woodbridge
18-20 Aug Aldeburgh Carnival
26-27 Aug The Bury St Edmunds Food and
Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds
24-26 Aug Maui Waui Festival
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Bury St Edmunds
Charter Square St,
The Guineas Centre
Tel: 01473 823778
Tel: 01638 719749
Tel: 01284 764667
Tel: 01449 676800
St Stephen’s Lane
Tel: 01473 258070
Tel: 01394 276770
Tel: 01394 382240
Tel: 01787 248207
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The Lady Rothschild Holiday Houses
Country Estate Luxury
Holiday Rental Houses
Spectacular self-catering holiday houses located on
the famous Ashton Estate nr. Oundle surrounded by
wildflower meadows, rolling farmland and magical
woodlands. The houses are finished with an emphasis
on quality, in a style that is both comfortable and
elegantly modern. Perfect for family get-togethers,
celebrations, wedding groups and short breaks.
The Constable House – Sleeps max.12
The Turner House – Sleeps max. 10
The Gainsborough House – Sleeps max. 8
Newmarket Rooms – Sleeps max. 4
Morland Manor – Sleeps max. 10
Tel: 01832 272264 @rothschildholidayhouses