Group Visitor Guide 2019

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The Group Visitor Guide is designed to help organise group trips and outings to the East of England.Within its glossy pages you’ll find details of major tourist attractions, places of interest, hotels and more from across East Anglia. Each listing provides essential information such as opening times, parking facilities and group discounts. Before you book your trip we highly recommend that you contact attractions directly to pre-book your trip in advance and confirm details
such as admission prices, opening times, parking and wheelchair access.

East of England

Group Visitor Guide

2019 EDITION

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Group Visitor Guide 2019

The Group Visitor Guide is designed to

help organise group trips and outings

to the East of England.Within its glossy

pages you’ll find details of major tourist

attractions, places of interest, hotels and

more from across East Anglia. Each listing

provides essential information such as

opening times, parking facilities

and group discounts.

Before you book your trip we

highly recommend that you contact

attractions directly to pre-book your

trip in advance and confirm details

such as admission prices, opening

times, parking and wheelchair access.

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HATFIELD HOUSE,

GARDEN & PARK

IS THE PERFECT

PLACE TO VISIT

THIS SUMMER.

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.

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

HOUSE, PARK

& GARDENS

STABLE YARD SHOPS

& RIVER COTTAGE

KITCHEN & DELI

HATFIELD PARK FARM

WWW.HATFIELD-HOUSE.CO.UK | 01707 287010 | VISITORS@HATFIELD-HOUSE.CO.UK


&

Hertfordshire

Bedfordshire

HERTFORDSHIRE is home to

historic houses such as

Hatfield and Knebworth,

beautiful gardens, farm and wildlife

parks, shopping centres and the

popular culture attraction,

Warner Bros Studio – The Making

of Harry Potter.

Useful tourist information:

www.visitherts.co.uk

www.enjoystalbans.com

www.explorebedford.co.uk

www.bedford.gov.uk/tourism

www.lovebedford.co.uk

Neighbouring BEDFORDSHIRE may be one

of England’s smallest counties but it’s still

a joyful place to live and visit. Throughout

its wonderful countryside you’ll find

picturesque towns and villages such as

Woburn and Ampthill, great places to eat

and drink and renowned attractions such

as Woburn Abbey House and Gardens, and

of course the Safari Park.

To make your visit easier, we’ve suggested

attractions which can all be used by coach,

tour and travel operators.

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Reg. Charity No 307534

WWW.SHUTTLEWORTH.ORG

SHUTTLEWORTH, OLD WARDEN AERODROME, SG18 9EP - 01767 627927

Shuttleworth is a visitor attraction with lots to offer for all ages. The Collection is a treasure trove of

airworthy vintage aircraft, agricultural exhibits, classic cars, motorcycles, bicycles and vintage buses.

Our adjacent Swiss Garden has 13 listed structures, woodland sculpture walk and a resident peacock.

Flying displays take place May-October, events and children’s activities run throughout the year. We

have a children’s play area, on-site restaurant, free wifi, Visitor Centre with gift shop and free parking!

DAILY ADMISSION: www.shuttleworth.org/book-a-ticket

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Discover Britain’s foremost modern sculptor at

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens.

Explore Henry Moore’s studios, home

and sculptures in over 70 acres of glorious

countryside, plus a new exhibition

of the artist’s drawings.

3 APRIL - 27 OCTOBER 2019

WEDNESDAYS TO SUNDAYS

& BANK HOLIDAYS 11AM-5PM

www.henry-moore.org

HENRY MOORE

STUDIOS & GARDENS

Perry Green, Herts, SG10 6EE

01279 843333

Registered Charity Number 271370


LAWN HOUSE IS AN IDYLLIC ENGLISH

GUEST HOUSE SET WITHIN THE TRANQUIL

GROUNDS OF HATFIELD HOUSE.

Only a short walk from Hatfield railway station and within

easy reach of central London it is ideal for guests attending

events at Hatfield House and visitors to the area who want

to enjoy the beauty of historic rural England.

UNWIND WITH A WALK IN

THE PARK

INDULGE AT THE STABLE

YARD SHOPS & RIVER

COTTAGE KITCHEN & DELI

RELAX IN STYLE IN ONE OF

THE FIFTEEN INDIVIDUALLY

DECORATED BEDROOMS

WWW.LAWN-HOUSE.COM | 01707 287026 | ENQUIRIES@LAWN-HOUSE.COM


st albans

MARKET

Value l Variety l Atmosphere

visit www.enjoystalbans.com for more information

Bag a bargain

every Wednesday

and Saturday

www.enjoystalbans.com


Birds of Prey Centre

Over 300 species of birds to

view and experience days

available. Various group visits

available.

Open times: Seven days a

week, 10am-5pm

Herrings Green Farm, Cotton

End Road, MK45 3DT

Tel: 01234 742362

www.birdsofpreycentre.co.uk

Herts & Beds

Bishop’s Stortford Tourist

Information Centre

Find tourist information for

Bishop’s Stortford including

where to stay in and around

town, attractions and what’s on.

Open times:

Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm,

Sat 9am-3pm

2 Market Square, Bishop’s

Stortford, CM23 3UU

Tel: 01279 715001

www.bishopsstortford.org/

tourist-information-centre

British Schools Museum

The 1837 Monitorial

Schoolroom is the only one of

its kind left in the world. There

are three historic classrooms,

the Headmaster’s House

and displays and exhibitions

based upon the extraordinary

collection of 47,000 objects.

Group visits of between 10 and

50 people.

Open times: From 15 Feb 2019.

Fri 10am–4pm, Sat 10am–1pm

& Sun 2pm–5pm

Parking: Coaches can drop

off and pick up at the Museum

gates. 41-42 Queen Street,

Hitchin, SG4 9TS.

Tel: 01462 429240

britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk

Celtic Harmony

Celtic Harmony provides

a program of events and

archery courses for schools

and the local community, to

encourage participation in

healthy recreation and a greater

understanding of ancient crafts

De Havilland Aircraft Museum

from archery to storytelling.

Parking: Free coach

parking available

Brickendon Lane,

Brickendon, SG13 8NY

Tel: 01438 718543

www.celticharmony.org

De Havilland Aircraft

Museum Heritage Centre

Get up close and personal with

some of Britain’s most iconic

aircraft in a historic setting. See

them being restored, sit in the

passenger cabins and even a

fighter cockpit.

Open times: Open from 17

February 2019.

Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat &

Sun 10.30am-5pm

Parking:

Coaches use the Red route

Salisbury Hall, London

Colney, AL2 1BU

Tel: 01727 826400

www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Grove Theatre

Community theatre staging

drama, ballet, comedy, film

screenings and more. Ten

or more tickets are eligible

for group bookings. Group

discounts are subject to

availability, retrospective

discounts cannot be given

and only one discount can be

claimed per ticket. Discounts

are available on selected

performances only and in price

bands A and B only, unless

stated otherwise.

Open times: Box Office is open

Mon to Fri, 10am-5pm

Parking: Please be aware that

at peak periods car parking

serving the Grove Park complex,

including the theatre, is likely to

be in high demand.

Grove Park, Dunstable,

LU5 4GP

Tel: 01582 60280 (opt 2)

www.grovetheatre.co.uk

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Great days out in

Days out in the East of England

Experience a day out with a difference at

For more information and to order a Group Visits Guide call 0117 975 1349

Castle Acre Priory, Grime’s Graves and G

or email traveltrade@english-heritage.org.uk

Audley End House and Gardens, CB11 4JF

Wrest Park, MK45 4HR

Tilbury Fort, RM18 7NR

Grimes Graves, IP26 5DE

The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 07447221, registered in England.


n Norfolk

olk

the historic sites of

reat Yarmouth Row Houses.

of

ow Houses.

Framlingham Castle, IP13 9BP

Orford Castle, IP12 2ND

Castle Acre Priory,

PE32 2XD

Great Yarmouth Row Houses, NR30 2RG


Herts & Beds

Hatfield House

Explore the Jacobean craftsmanship throughout the house,

visit the gardens, Stable Yard or opt for a tour. It is essential

for groups to pre-book and pre-pay to secure the group rate.

This should be done through the Visitors Department at

Hatfield House.

Open times: Open from 6 April 2019.

Parking: Free parking for cars and coaches.

The coach park is just minutes from the Old Palace

and Stable Yard.

Hatfield Park, Hatfield, AL9 5NQ

Tel: 01707 287052 | www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Henry Moore Foundation

Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work against

the backdrop of the beautiful Hertfordshire

countryside with a visit to the artist’s former

home, studios and sculpture gardens. Two

itineraries available for groups of 10 or more,

which both include a guided tour of the sculpture

gardens, exhibition and studios. Itinerary A also

offers the chance to see Hoglands, the Moore’s

family home.

Open times: Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, from 3 April to

27 October 2019

Parking: Car and coach parking on-site

Tel: 01279 843333

Dane Tree House, Perry Green, SG10 6EE

www.henry-moore.org

Hertfordshire County Council

Passenger Transport Unit

Passenger Transport Unit is a transport operator

providing bus services and tickets.

Tel: 0300 1234050

www.intalink.org.uk

Hertfordshire Music Service

Hertfordshire Music Service is one of the largest

Local Authority music services in the country with

over 560 instrumental & vocal teachers.

Tel: 01438 844851

www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender farm is an attraction with miles

of lavender you are able to walk through. If you

have a group of 20 or more people then a prebooked

guide is also available but please contact

and book in advance. Tours last over an hour; tea

and coffee is included. Flowering season is from

mid-June to end of August.

Open times: May-Sep, seven days a week:

10am-5pm

Parking: Coach parking available, must be

pre-arranged.

Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, SG5 3UA.

Tel: 01462 434343

www.hitchinlavender.com

Jordans Mill

Jordans Mill is a food and heritage attraction

in rural Bedfordshire offering tours of the

historic flour mill, gardens to explore and the

Riverside Café serving freshly made food and

drinks. There are a range of tailor made group

packages including various tour and refreshment

combinations. Guided tours are available via prior

arrangement.

Open times: Autumn/winter: 9am-4pm,

Spring/summer: 9am-5pm

Parking: Parking for coaches is available

Holme Mills, Langford Road, Biggleswade

SG18 9JY

Tel: 01767 603940 | www.jordansmill.com

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Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making

of Harry Potter Experience. Leavesden

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Herts & Beds

Knebworth House

Famous worldwide for its concerts and as the

home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton,

spend the day exploring the lovely Gardens with a

maze and walled kitchen garden. Visit the House,

where knowledgeable guides will tell you the

stories of Knebworth’s long history. Minimum

group number of 16. Groups of 20 or more can

choose from either open or closed days, subject

to availability.

Open times: Open from 23 March 2019

Parking: Ample free parking on-site for coaches

Tel: 01438 810931

www.knebworthhouse.com

Lee Valley Boat Centre

The base is ideally located for exploring the

scenic delights of the Lee Valley Country Park, the

perfect place for combining boat hire with bird

watching, walking, cycling and angling. Choose a

rivercruise with lunch or dinner.

Open times: Closed January, February and November

Parking: Broxbourne Riverside car park entrance,

park in the first car park on your right adjacent to

the recycling area.

Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne, EN10 6LX

Tel: 01992 462085

www.riverleecruises.co.uk

Living Crafts Event

Great British design and craftsmanship with

lectures, workshops, demonstrations and a

fantastic food and drink tent. Savings with a party

rate for groups of 20 or more booked in advance.

Open times: 9-12 May, 10am-5pm

Parking: Ample free coach parking next to the

showground with coach drop-off by the

entrance tent.

Hatfield House, Hatfield, AL9 5AB

Tel: 023 92863871

www.livingcrafts.co.uk

Rye House Kart Raceway

Experience the ultimate thrills of high speed

karting on one of the UK’s oldest circuits in the

industry.

Open times: Seven days a week 9.30am-5pm

Rye Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 0EH

Tel: 01992 460895 (Ext 1)

www.rye-house.co.uk

Stevenage Leisure

Whether it’s a show, workout, round of golf,

outdoor activity or family swimming, there is

something for everyone. Friendly welcoming

teams who are experts in their fields are on hand

to help. Stevenage, SG1 1XY

www.sll.co.uk

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of

Saint Alban

A team of expert guides can provide a general

tour or tailor it to take into account your group’s

particular interests. Features include worship

and music, the story of Saint Alban, visitor

information, study centre, trusts and societies,

history and virtual tour. Group tours of 6+ must

be pre-booked. Prices start at £7 per person.

Open times: Seven days a week, 8.30am-5.45pm

St Albans Cathedral, AL1 1BY

Tel: 01727 890200

www.stalbanscathedral.org

The Paper Trail at Frogmore Mill

Frogmore Paper Mill is the world’s oldest

mechanised paper mill. Talks and tours can be

arranged for parties of 10 or more. Advance

booking at least 4 weeks ahead is essential.

Open times: Groups can be arranged Mon to Fri,

and groups of 30+ on weekends.

Parking: Coaches should use postcode HP3 9RW

Fourdrinier Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9RY

Tel: 01442 234600

www.thepapertrail.org.uk

Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park offers a full range of animal

activities as well as excellent facilities in a great

location for the perfect day out with children.

Discount for groups of 20 or more.

Open times: Mon-Sun, 9.30am-5pm

Parking: Free parking

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7QA

Tel: 01992 470490

www.pwpark.com

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St Albans Cathedral

& Vintry Garden

www.enjoystalbans.com


Herts & Beds

St Albans City

Explore 2,000 years of history in one

day in the beautiful Cathedral city,

shop at the vibrant Charter Market

and refresh at a historic inn in the

Home of CAMRA. The St Albans

Museum + Gallery hosts events and

exhibitions throughout the year.

Visitor Information:

St Albans Cathedral:

Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL1 1BY

Verulamium Museum:

St Michael’s Street, St Albans AL3 4SW

Tel: 01727 864511

www.enjoystalbans.com

St Albans Museum + Gallery

The St Albans Museum + Gallery is a world-class

centre for arts and culture at the heart of one of

Britain’s most historic cities. Set over three floors,

the newly created state-of-the-art gallery spaces

showcases over 2,000 years of priceless heritage

and displays contemporary artworks - sharing

local, national and world treasures with visitors.

Promising fresh experiences every time you visit,

come and enjoy regularly changing historical

and cutting edge art exhibitions, take part in the

vibrant programme of events, and explore the

fascinating histories of the Georgian Grade II

listed Town Hall, its Assembly Room, Courtroom

and Cells. Free general admission.

Open times: Museum, gift shop and café open

Monday to Saturday: 10am–5pm,

Sunday: 11am–5pm

Parking: There is a coach drop off point directly

outside the museum and gallery.

Market Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

A great little award-winning museum, situated in

the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl

lived and wrote for 36 years. The museum, aimed

at 6 to 12 year olds, features three interactive

galleries. 10% discount for pre-paid groups of 15

or more, plus guided talks and tours.

Open times: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun

11am-5pm

Parking: No on-site parking and there is limited

parking in the village.

81-83 High St, Great Missenden, HP16 0AL

Tel: 01494 892192

www.roalddahl.com/museum

The Shuttleworth Collection

The Collection of aircraft and cars was started

by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, a passionate

racer and pilot. Based in the aerodrome, the

Collection contains some of the last airworthy

aircraft of their type remaining anywhere in the

world. Discounted entry for groups of 10 or more

people when booked in advance.

Open times: Winter 10am-4pm,

Summer 9.30am-5pm

Parking: Coach parking available

Old Warden, Biggleswade SG18 9DU

Tel: 01767 627933

www.shuttleworth.org

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Your Local Theatre

Enjoy a fun day out with PETER

RABBIT TM and Friends shows &

meet and greets, outdoor and

indoor play, farmyard fun and

much more.

For more details visit

willowsactivityfarm.com

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Cinema, Shows, Theatre

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or to receive our

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Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place,

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, HERTS

01707 645005 www.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour -

The Making of Harry Potter Experience

A showcase of iconic props, costumes and sets so

that Harry Potter fans can experience the magic

of filmmaking first-hand.

Open times: Opening times can vary depending

upon the time of year

Parking: Coach parking is free of charge and

available close to the Studio Tour entrance.

Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR

Tel: 0345 084 0900

www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

Ventura Wildlife’s Zoological Gardens

Ventura Wildlife’s Zoological Gardens opened in

summer 2016. Set within two acres of beautiful

grounds this friendly zoo offers an interactive

animal adventure ideal for groups of all sizes,

ages and abilities. Entrance includes a variety

of keeper talks, animal feeds and indoor animal

encounter shows which take place throughout

the day. Groups can add even more to their visit

with optional guided tours, venue hire,

personal animal encounter shows and

group animal experiences.

Open times: Open every day of the year except

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Sunday.

Parking: Free coach and mini bus parking

Tel: 01920 870418

Herts & Beds

Van Hage, Amwell Hill, Great Amwell, SG12 9RP

www.venturawildlife.co.uk

Watford Colosseum

A modern concert auditorium staging live music,

theatre, comedy and more. Group bookings are

available for a minimum of eight people. Ticket

discounts for groups are available on some

performances.

Open times: Box office open Monday–Saturday,

10am–6pm.

Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN

Tel: 01923 474124

www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Watford BID

See what’s on and the local amenities that are

available to make your visit as enjoyable as

possible. Watford is located just inside the M25 at

junctions 19 and 20 and just off the M1 at junction

5. Access from the M40 can also be swift via

junction 16 of the M25. www.watfordbid.co.uk

Woburn Abbey, House & Gardens

Discover one of Bedfordshire’s top attractions. Whether you’re interested in beautiful stately

homes, art, history or gardens, there is something for everyone in your party to enjoy.

Groups of 12 or more visitors can get discounted entry. Tours and talks available.

Open times: Open daily from 10am Parking: Coach parking available

Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA. Tel: 01525 292101 | www.woburn.co.uk

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The Great Gatsby Fair

Bexhill on Sea - July 19th-21st

A Celebration of the Swing Eras

www.thegreatgatsbyfair.co.uk

Enjoy a Group Visit at St Albans Cathedral

Over 1700

years of

history

Shrine to

Alban,

Britain’s

first saint

In the heart

of St Albans

Open Daily | Café | Shop | Specialist Tours

mail@stalbanscathedral.org 01727 890212

www.stalbanscathedral.org


Welwyn & Hatfield Council

The council produces a local guide to

the area which includes sections on local

history and development, places to visit,

leisure and entertainment. It also contains

a map of Welwyn and Hatfield and street

maps of Welwyn Garden City.

The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE

Tel: 01707 357000

www.welhat.gov.uk

Herts & Beds

Willows Activity Farm

Open all year round with a calendar

of seasonal events plus daily

Peter Rabbit and Friends Shows,

Tristan the Runaway Tractor,

indoor and outdoor adventure play

and lots of farmyard favourites.

Open Times: Open every day

except Christmas Day, Boxing Day

and New Year’s Day from

10am – 5.30pm

Parking: Free car and coach

parking plus free catering voucher

for coach drivers

Coursers Road, London Colney,

AL4 0PF

Tel: 0333 3312060

www.willowsactivityfarm.com

Willows Farm Village

Wrest Park

Explore the evolution of the English garden and

take a stroll through three centuries of landscape

design at Wrest Park. 15% discount for groups of

11 or more visitors paying together. Free entry for

coach drivers and tour leaders.

Open times: Summer 10am - 6pm, winter

10am - check closing time.

Parking: Coach Drop-Off Point to allow

group members to disembark, and to pick

them up at the end of their visit. Daytime

parking for coaches is available to the East

of the Main House.

Wrest Park, Bedford, MK45 4HR

Tel: 0370 333 1181 | www.english-heritage.org.uk

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Essex

ESSEX has something for everyone

to enjoy. Scattered throughout

the county you’ll discover

country parks, nature reserves,

vineyards and historic homes, which

all make for a wonderful day out.

In contrast to its picturesque countryside,

Essex is also home to 350 miles of

coastline. Its sandy beaches and waterside

towns offer plenty to see and do. Visit

historic naval forts and marinas, and dine

on freshly-caught seafood. For something a

little more lively, head to one of the vibrant

coastal towns where you’ll find a bustling

pier, family amusements and attractions.

Useful tourist information:

www.visitessex.com

www.essex.gov.uk

www.essextouristguide.co.uk

www.essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk

Throughout the year Essex hosts some

fantastic days out such as outdoor

performances, air shows, food festivals

and country shows. It’s a county just

waiting to be explored…

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VISIT

SAFFRON WALDEN

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

Email: tourism@saffronwalden.gov.uk

www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

New Hall Vineyards

Est 1969

Tours & Tastings

New Hall Vineyards is well known for it’s private tour and tasting. Running from May

through to August, each tour is tailor made to suit the customers need's. Included in the

tour is a short walk to the vineyard, visit the winery and learn how wine is made and then a

tasting of 4 of our award winning wines. Tours can be adapted for groups of 15 to 40+,

coach tours welcome. Please contact lucy to discuss your requirements.

Wine festival and Family Fun Day

The first weekend in September New Hall Vineyards host is annual wine festival.

Open 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday, this is a great day out for all ages. With

music and performances throughout the day, handmade craft stands, onsite food,

entertainment for children and of course discount wine sales, there is something

for everyone.

newhall@newhallwines.co.uk 01621 828343 www.newhallwines.co.uk

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Audley End House and Gardens

Explore this decadent Jacobean mansion house

and meet the staff in the Victorian Service

Wing. Wander the tranquil gardens created by

Capability Brown, and enjoy stunning views

across the unspoilt Essex countryside. Then

gallop across to see the horses in the Victorian

stable yard, and run, jump and climb in the

children’s play area. Discount for group visitors

paying together. Free entry for coach drivers

and tour leaders.

Open times: House closed between Nov -

March. Check website for full opening times

for groups.

Parking: There is free, but limited parking, for

coaches on site, 30 metres from the entrance

to the house. 9ft height limit access to Audley

End car park. Height restricted vehicles can

park on the ‘miniature railway’ car park across

the road: note this must be booked in advance.

Off London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF

Tel: 01799 522842 | 0370 333 1181

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Adventure Island

Adventure Island is an amusement park located

alongside the famous pier in Southend-on-Sea,

Essex, which has a variety of rides, as well as

attractions including a gift shop and catering

outlets. The theme park features a number of

thrilling rides including some for children. If your

group is 20 or more and you book and pay at

least 10 days prior to your visit, you qualify for the

great advance group discount.

Open times: High season: Opens at 11am, closes

between 8pm and 10.30pm. Low season: Opens

at 11am, closes between 4pm and 8pm.

Parking: There are coach set-down bays directly

outside the main west side entrance.

Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE

Tel: 01702 443400

www.adventureisland.co.uk

Chelmsford Theatres

The Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio provide

entertainment including concerts, plays, ballet,

pantomime, opera, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy

and more. Groups of 10 or more. Backstage tours

available. A full programme of events can be

viewed online.

Open times: Dependent on performances.

Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG

Tel: 01245 606505

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

Colchester Zoo

As you step inside Colchester Zoo you are

transported into a world full of magnificent

animals waiting to be discovered. Learn about

the animals as you see them up close, watch one

of the many daily displays, feed the elephants

and giraffes yourself or take a ride on the ‘Lost

Madagascar Express’ road train.

Discounts for groups of 15 or more.

Open times: Open every day from 9.30am

Parking: Free coach parking

Maldon Road, Colchester, CO3 0SL

Tel: 01206 331292

www.colchester-zoo.com

Colne Valley Railway

A pretty line, almost a mile long, with relocated

station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all

lovingly restored or rebuilt. A large and varied

collection of vintage steam and diesel engines.

Group visits can be tailor made to suit your

requirements, advance booking is essential for

all group visits.

Parking: Free parking for around 300 cars

Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ

Tel: 01787 461174

www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

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Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1JL

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Castle

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Natural History

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Kelvedon Hatch

Secret

Nuclear Bunker

Come and witness the three lives of

the bunker starting with its role as an

RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief

period as a civil defence centre through

to its most recent life as a Regional

Government HQ. Designed for up to

600 military and civilian personnel,

possibly even the Prime Minister, their

collective task being to organise the

survival of the population in the awful

aftermath of a nuclear war.

Adults £7.50,

Child £5.50,

Family (2 plus 2) £18.00

Tel: 01277 364883 Email: mike@japarrish.com

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INGATESTONE HALL

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

Concessions £6

Children (over 5) - £3

Guided tours available for

groups or school parties

at other times by prior

appointment.

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

Email: house@ingatestonehall.co.uk

Website: www.ingatestonehall.com


Essex

Clacton Factory Outlet

Clacton Factory Outlet has a wide range of stores selling quality

goods, where you can save up to 60% off high street prices as

well as an array of casual dining and food on-the-go options to

enhance your shopping trip.

Open times: Mon to Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Parking: Free parking for up to 1,000 cars

Stephenson Road, West Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 4TL

Tel: 01255 479595 www.clactonfactoryoutlet.com

Dedham Vale Vineyard

Seasonal trails through a countryside vineyard,

plus formal and casual tastings and a wine shop.

Guided group tours available.

Open times: Guided tours and tastings from

March to November.

Parking: If you are bringing a coach or any

large vehicle to the vineyard, it is essential

you approach from the A134. All the other

surrounding lanes are unsuitable for larger

vehicles.

Green Lane, Boxted, CO4 5TS

Tel: 01206 271 136

www.dedhamvalevineyard.com

Epping Ongar Railway

An award-winning heritage railway in Essex on

the former end of the Underground Central Line,

operating heritage trains between award-winning

old fashioned stations dating from 1865. Your

group can start their journey by stepping back in

time, experiencing the romance of travel in days

gone by; the sights and smells of an old country

station learning about the importance of the

railway to local agriculture and industry while they

explore. Groups of 15 people or more can benefit

from specially discounted group travel rates.

Open times: Check the website for timetable

updates

Parking: Coach parking is limited and needs to

be pre-booked

Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, CM5 9BN

Tel: 01277 365200

www.eorailway.co.uk

Freeport Braintree

Set in a relaxing village environment, Freeport

Braintree offers shopping, great places to eat and

fantastic offers and events from over 85 stores.

Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounts.

Open times: Seven days a week from 10am.

Parking: 10 free coach bays

Charter Way, Braintree CM77 8YH

Tel: 01376 348168

www.freeport-braintree.com

Gosfield Shopping Village

The centre hosts over 120 traders offering a wide

range of antiques and collectibles, supplemented

by a selection of independent small retailers, a

gallery and restaurant.

Open times: Seven days a week, 9.30am to 5pm

Parking: Ample free parking

Petersfield Lane, Gosfield, CO9 1PU

Tel: 01787 472333

www.gosfieldshoppingvillage.co.uk

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Hedingham Castle

A fantastic venue for days out with a range of

special events.

Open times: Call for opening times

Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ

Tel: 01787 460261

www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Ingatestone Hall

Privately-owned mansion with limited summer

opening. Features antiques, paintings and

extensive gardens. Group tours available outside

of visitor open times.

Open times: The house and grounds are open

from noon to 5pm on Wed, Sun & Bank Holiday

Mon afternoons from Easter until the end of

September.

Hall Lane, Ingatestone, CM4 9NR

Tel: 01277 353010

www.ingatestonehall.com

Mountfitchet Castle & House on the

Hill Toy Museum

Mountfitchet Castle is an open-air museum

experience where the visitor can travel back in

time over 900 years and witness life in a medieval

Motte and Bailey castle. The Toy Museum

contains over 80,000 toys from the Victorian era

right up to the 1990s.

Open times: 9 March to 10 November, 10am-5pm

including all weekends and Bank Holidays.

Parking: Large car and coach park

Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet,

CM24 8LY

Tel: 01279 813237

www.mountfitchetcastle.com

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Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum

The Gardens and Arboretum

feature a tree collection from all the

temperate areas of the world set

in more than 200 acres of historic

landscape providing interest and

enjoyment throughout the year. The

Visitor Centre, housed in a restored

Essex barn, offers information, a shop

and tea room. Group discounts apply

for pre-booked parties of 10+.

Open times: From 2 April Tues-Sun,

10am-5pm. Jan-Mar, Fri-Sun, 10am-

4pm.

Parking: Coach parking is available

Marks Hall, Colchester, CO6 1TG

Tel: 01376 563796

www.markshall.org.uk

Mercury Theatre

A highly respected regional theatre

staging a broad mix of classic and

new writing.

Parking: Drop off and collection

from Balkerne Hill. Sheepen Road can

accommodate coaches

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

Tel: 01206 573948

www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

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Princes Theatre

The theatre hosts a variety of live entertainment

including drama, music, comedy, family shows

and panto.

Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

Tel: 01255 686633

www.princestheatre.co.uk

Royal Gunpowder Mills

An Anchor Point of the European Route of

Industrial Heritage, set in 175 acres of parkland

and containing 21 buildings of major historical

importance, mixes history, science, and attractive

surroundings. Volunteer guides and stewards are

on hand throughout group tours to enhance the

experience. Group tours of 20+ to be pre-booked.

Open times: Open daily during School Holidays &

Special Events throughout 2019, 10am-5pm.

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY

Tel: 01992 707350

www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall is an award-winning, 730 seat

performance space built in the grounds of

Saffron Walden County High School.

Parking: There is a large amount of free

parking on-site

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH

Tel: 0845 5487650

www.saffronhall.com

Saffron Walden Museum

Set in an enclosed grass meadow, beside the

ruins of the 12th century Walden Castle, the

museum features a number of fascinating

collections and exhibitions.

Open times: Mar-Oct Tues-Sat, 10am–5pm, Sun &

Bank Hols, 2pm-5pm. It closes 4.30pm Nov - Feb.

Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1JL

Tel: 01799 510333

www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org

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Saffron Walden TIC

Saffron Walden has a rich heritage of old

buildings, including the magnificent Jacobian

mansion Audley End House and Gardens and St

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

beautiful parish churches in Essex.

Open times: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm

1 Market Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1HR

ww.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

The Gardens of Easton Lodge

An idyllic haven which has been partially restored

to its former glory by a team of dedicated

volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.

There is the opportunity for groups of 10+ to have

a private tour. Open times: Dates vary

Parking: There is ample on-site parking

Little Easton, Dunmow, CM6 2BB

Tel: 01371 876979

www.eastonlodge.co.uk

Visit Essex

Essex offers a diverse mix of attractions and

events. Many of the visitor attractions offer

guided tours for groups.

County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex

CM1 1QH. Tel: 03330 130177

www.visitessex.com

Beach Huts at Thorpe Bay,

near Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

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Whether you’re looking to

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place to visit.

With its exquisite architecture, history

and tradition, Cambridge is an inspiring

city. It boasts an impressive range of

world-renowned museums, stimulating

and thought-provoking galleries and

historical attractions to make this a mustvisit

hotspot for any lover of history and

culture.

Useful tourist information:

www.visitcambridge.org

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www.visitpeterborough.com

www.visitstneots.co.uk

Cambridgeshire’s countryside offers a

wonderful diversity from small villages

and rolling countryside to the stunning

Fens and nature reserves. There are

museums, ancient buildings and

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Cambridge American Cemetery

The cemetery contains the remains of 3,812 of

military dead; 5,127 names are recorded on the

Tablets of the Missing. Rosettes mark the names

of those since recovered and identified. There

is a 4,000-square-foot visitor centre. Through

interpretive exhibits that incorporate personal

stories, photographs, films, and interactive

displays, visitors will gain a better understanding

of this critical campaign that contributed to the

Allied victory in Europe during World War II.

Group tours are available for free.

Open times: The cemetery and the visitor centre

are open daily to the public from 9am-5pm,

except 25 December and 1 January.

Parking: Coach parking available at the front

entrance and overspill car park

Coton, CB23 7PH

Tel: 01954 210350

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Discover plants from all over the world in 40 acres

of beautiful gardens and glasshouses. Groups of

10 or more people must pre-book with at least

one week’s notice.

Open times: Apr– Sep; 10am–6pm, Feb, Mar &

Oct; 10am–5pm, Jan, Nov & Dec; 10am–4pm

Parking: No coach parking

1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE

Tel: 01223 336265

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

Classic Wings

Flying lessons in Cambridgeshire and vintage

flights - a fun way to experience the thrill of

flying in a classic vintage aircraft.

Open times: Mar to Oct

Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR

Tel: 01223 837453

www.classic-wings.co.uk

Ely Cathedral

Whether your interest is religious, historical and

architectural or simply to explore and experience

this wonderful place, tours are available. Special

admission rate for groups of 15 or more.

Open times: Summer, 7am -6.30pm, Winter,

7am-6.30pm Mon-Sat, 7am-5.30pm Sun

Parking: There are coach drop off bays directly

outside the main doors of the Cathedral. Coach

parking is located at Lancaster Way Business Park.

The College, Ely, CB7 4DL

Tel: 01353 660359

www.elycathedral.org

Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre and Archaeology

Park is one of the most important archaeological

sites in Europe, home to an ancient wooden

monument. A kilometre long wooden causeway

and platform have been preserved for 3,500 years

in the wetland.

Open times: Every day from Mar to Sept,

10am – 5pm

Parking: Cycle and car parking is free and spaces

are reserved for coaches and disabled badge

holders.

The Droveway, Northey Road, PE6 7QJ

Tel: 01733 864468

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

IWM Duxford

Explore atmospheric exhibitions and discover

historic objects. The museum is set within a

historic site where you can learn about Duxford’s

role in the First World War, Second World War and

the Cold War. Group tours available with special

rates available.

Open times: Open daily 10am-4pm

Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR

Tel: 01223 499341

www.iwm.org.uk

Elton Hall

Elton Hall is made up of a mixture of

property including farms, houses and

cottages, commercial property and

woodland.

Open times: Groups on weekdays by

appointment from 1 May-6 Sept 2019

Elton Hall, Peterborough, PE8 6SH

Tel: 01832 280468

www.eltonhall.com

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King’s College

Visit the College grounds and Chapel or attend

choral services in the Chapel. Guided tours for

groups are only available by booking directly with

Visit Cambridge.

Open times: Check timetable for term and out

of term open times.

Parking: There is no parking for coaches at

King’s. Coach parking arrangements should be

planned by the driver/group in advance of

the visit.

King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1ST

Tel: 01223 331212

www.kings.cam.ac.uk

Linton Zoological Gardens

Home to a large collection of wildlife.

Group bookings must be of 20 or more.

Open times: Daily from 10am-5pm during

summer. Check website for winter times.

Parking: Free parking

Hadstock Road, Cambridge, CB21 4NT

Tel: 01223 891308

www.lintonzoo.com

Nene Valley Railway

NVR is a standard gauge railway and home to

a wide variety of locomotives and rolling stock,

many in regular use.

Open times: Mon-Sun, 9am-4.30pm

Parking: Coach parking at the Wansford site.

Wansford Station, Stibbington, PE8 6LR

Tel: 01780 784444

www.nvr.org.uk

Oliver Cromwell House

Oliver Cromwell House is home to the Tourist

Information Centre for Ely. The small city has

plenty to offer such as museums, its grand

cathedral, countryside, markets and events. A

number of heritage and ghost tours are available.

Open times: Summer, 10am-5pm. Winter 11am-4pm

Parking: Free coach parking is located at Lancaster

Way Business Park, Witchford, approx. 10 minutes

from Ely (CB6 3NW).

29 St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4HF

Tel: 01353 662062

www.visitely.eastcambs.gov.uk

Longthorpe Tower

Longthorpe Tower displays one of the most

complete and important sets of 14th century

domestic wall paintings in northern Europe.

Open times: Open from 30 March 2019

Parking: There is no coach or minibus

parking available at the site.

Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6LU

Tel: 01733 864663

www.english-heritage.org.uk

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Group Visits to Ely Cathedral

A medieval wonder set in a beautiful riverside city with

easy access from all major routes

Photo: Timothy Selvage

• Coach pick-up and drop-off bays outside main

door of the Cathedral

• Preferential group rates plus a ‘meet & greet’

service

• Bespoke packages to include Personal Guide,

Ground Floor & Tower Tours, Brass Rubbing, Lunch

or Afternoon Tea

• Restaurant, Café & Gift Shops

• Stained Glass Museum

• Monastic Buildings & Gardens

• Major Film & TV Location (The King’s Speech &

The Crown)

• Beautiful Riverside & Shops

Groups Co-ordinator: 01353 660359 / www.elycathedral.org


Cambridgeshire

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Collection includes antiquities,

applied arts, illuminated

manuscripts and paintings.

All groups will need to be booked at

least one week in advance.

Open times: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm.

Sun 12-5pm

Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1RB

Tel: Tel: 01223 332904

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

One of the finest Norman buildings surviving in

Europe today and is a UK landmark. Guided tours

can be arranged as part of group visits.

Open times: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-3pm

Parking: Coach Park on Bright Street (PE1 2ED).

Peterborough, PE1 1XS

Tel: 01733 355307

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

Peterborough Museum

Amazing objects and interactive displays for all

ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items

of great national and international importance.

Groups can book to visit the museum in the

evenings to explore the galleries or to have a

guided tour. Tours last about 90 minutes.

Open times: Tues-Sun, 10am–5pm

Priestgate, PE1 1LF

Tel: 01733 864663

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Welney Wetland Centre

Explore wetlands, where incredible

wildlife encounters take place

everyday, set in the heart of the

Fens. 15% group discount for

groups of 12 or more.

Open times: Open every day except

25 Dec.

Parking: Free coach parking

Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, PE14 9TN

Tel: 01353 860711

www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney

Wimpole Hall

A working estate still guided by the seasons, with

an impressive mansion and Home Farm.

Open times: Open seven days a week. Hall

partially open Nov-Feb, check website for details.

Parking: Parking and drop-off points available.

Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW.

Tel: 01223 206000

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Scudamore’s

Punt tours and self-hire punts on the River Cam.

Includes company information and historical

information about punting and the

river. Enquiries welcome for any size of group.

Tel: 01223 359750

Quayside Punting Station, Magdalene Street,

CB5 8AB

www.scudamores.com

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Beer, Bears & Antiques

Bring the family! There’s something for everyone, all under one roof!

Antiques Collectables Jewellery Books Vinyl

Shabby Chic Vintage Retro Militaria Coins Medals

A single floor showroom with a truely huge stock of fascinating, high quality goods on display

A stunning collection of

Stieff ‘future heirlooms’

The

Shop

Fabulous Premium Quality

Toys and Puzzles from...

PLUS

East Anglia’s largest Selection of Steiff Bears & Animals

www.thesteiffshop.co.uk

Britain’s BIGGEST

Beer Shop

The

Shop

- with a huge

selection of Beers,

Craft Beers,

Spirits, Wines,

Ciders & Gluten

Free Beer

www.beersofeurope.co.uk

All Under One Roof! Open 7 Days A Week!

Well behaved dogs

welcome in Antique

& Steiff Shop

Wheelchair

Friendly

Turn at JSW

Car Sales

Monday - Saturday

9am - 6pm,

Sundays & Bank

Holidays 10am - 4pm

The Warehouse Antiques, Beers of Europe & The Steiff Shop

Garage Lane, Setchey, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0BE

Tel: 01553 812000

TheWarehouseAntiques.co.uk shop@thewarehouseantiques.co.uk


Norfolk

With its natural beauty,

NORFOLK is a great place

to visit at any time of the

year. From traditional British seaside

villages and stately homes to the

beautiful Broads and quaint market

towns, there’s something to suit all

visitors.

Useful tourist information:

www.visitnorfolk.co.uk

www.norfolkbroads.com

www.visitnorwich.co.uk

www.visitnorthnorfolk.com

The list of things to see and do is

endless. There is a great variety of

outdoor and family attractions, with

a number of popular theme parks,

historical sights, nature reserves and

superb restaurants serving some of the

best regional produce. Add to this the

delightful city of Norwich full of heritage,

culture and shopping and some of

East Anglia’s most beautiful country

landscapes, Norfolk is one of the most

exciting counties to visit in the country.

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Enjoy intimate performances at the historic Maddermarket

Theatre, local community theatre venue since 1921

Plays | Music | Talks | Opera | Classes | Workshops

Group discounts available

Box office 01603 620917 - maddermarket.co.uk

Maddermarket Theatre St John’s Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

Relax on the North Norfolk C oast

Six delightful four star graded properties in Sheringham,

families welcome

All houses have off-road parking, free unlimited Wi-Fi, gardens

and Sky TV

Free unlimited use of Woodlands Leisure Centre, swim steam

and gym. Pool has gentle sloping steps

Superb quiet location, blue flag lifeguarded beach, steam

railway, theatre, golf course, shops and restaurants, all within

300m / 5 min flat walk

Quote: ELGroup for a

complimentary box

of chocolates

Stay in one of our 4 star & Families

Welcome graded houses

Enjoy our large family rooms with T V

& ensuite bath/shower/WC

Superb kitchen / dining areas

with patio doors

T: 01263 577560 E: enquiries@sheringhamcottages.com

W: www.sheringhamcottages.com


A Great Day Out

AT THE HEART OF THE

NORFOLK BROADS

www.roys.co.uk

Stalham Road, WROXHAM NR12 8DB

01603 782131

ROYS

WROXHAM

1,000 FREE Parking spaces

Open 7 days a week & late night opening

Please see our website for full details of our opening times

HUNTER’S YARD

HUNTER’S YARD

Sailing on the Norfolk Broads

Sailing 2 hour on the skippered Norfolk sails Broads

Only £79 for up to 4 people

2 hour skippered sails

Cabin Yacht Hire

Only RYA £79 Sailing for up Tuition to 4 people

Levels Cabin 1, 2, 3 & Yacht Seamanship Hire courses

Half-Decker RYA Sailing (day boat) Tuition Hire

Learn to Sail Holidays

Levels 1, 2, 3 & Seamanship courses

Tel: 01692 678263

Half-Decker (day boat) Hire

www.huntersyard.co.uk

Horsefen Learn Road, to Sail Ludham, Holidays

NR29 5QG

Tel: 01692 678263

www.huntersyard.co.uk

Horsefen Road, Ludham, NR29 5QG

The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust – Charity No: 1052303


Advertorial

Bressingham Steam Museum

2019 EVENTS

Heritage Steam Gala

Saturday 4 May 2019 to Monday 6 May 2019

A celebration of steam at

Bressingham Steam Museum.

The highlight of Bressingham’s events calendar where

there will be over 20 engines in steam each day over this

special Bank Holiday Weekend!

The Gala will officially welcome vertical boiler 2ft

locomotive ‘Fernilee’ to Bressingham. This engine has

joined the Bressingham Collection on loan and will be

seen throughout the weekend performing a number of

duties on the Fen Railway.

The museum will be joined by a number of visiting traction

engines and steam rollers over weekend.

Please visit www.bressingham.co.uk for full listings of the

engines.

1940s Day

Sunday 12 May 2019

A Celebration

of Croft and Perry.

Bressingham will once again be supported by the

Dad’s Army Appreciation Society as they celebrate 50

years of Dad’s Army. We are pleased to announce that

Bressingham will be joined by some of the cast and crew

from Croft and Perry sitcoms. Our special guests will be

making appearances throughout the day.

We are expecting the following actors to attend our

1940s event:

Michael Knowles , John Clegg, Frank Williams, Harold

Snoad, Ronnie Grainge, Dave Webb, Charles Garland,

Felicity Montagu, Jon Pertwee (Son of Bill Pertwee),

Nicholas Ridley (Son of Arnold Ridley) & more

Bressingham will be full of displays, entertainment and

stalls which includes music from Sounds from the era

performed by Timescape, Swing & jive from Texas Tommy

and the Jitterbug dancers. Living history/ re-enactment

groups which include Allied Star Re-enactment group, The

Royal Norfolk’s Living History Group. The Ethan Reuban

History boys and Airbourne Assault 44

Vehicles:

A variety of period vehicles will be on display throughout

the museum grounds with support from the Norfolk

Military Vehicle Group.

Steampunk Weekend

Sat 6 Jul 2019 to Sun 7 Jul 2019

A fabulous weekend of Norfolk punkery

at BresSteam

Stalls:

There will be a variety of trade stalls including Robert

Taylor Military Collectables, vintage hand knits & 1940s

Style for You

BresSteam. A celebration of all things Steampunk. A festival

of the future as Victorians may have imagined it. Splendid

costume, creativity, imagination and invention. Amongst

Bressingham’s magnificent collection of functioning Steam

Engines.

Steampunk Market

Where you will be able to purchase all manner of exciting

Steampunk artefacts, we currently have thirteen traders

booked..

Tea Duelling and Umbrella Fencing and more provided by

Steampunk Shenanigans.

Nothing up our sleeves

An informal collective of highly skilled and sumptuously

attired Magicians, Jugglers, Comedians and Comperes.

For more info and more events go to www.bressingham.co.uk


D I S C O V E R T H E B E A U T Y O F

T H E N O R F O L K B R O A D S I N O N E

O F O U R I D Y L L I C R I V E R S I D E

S E L F - C A T E R I N G C O T T A G E S

A N D D A Y B O A T S

P E T S A N D F A M I L I E S W E L C O M E

The Mid-Norfolk Railway

The Dereham – Wymondham Abbey Line

Open from the end of February to Christmas, join us for:

P U T T I N G T H E R & R I N T O

W W W . R I V E R S I D E - R E N T A L S . C O . U K

0 1 4 9 3 3 6 8 3 0 0

Steam Train Rides Diesel Train Rides Beer Festival

Steam and Diesel Galas Jazz and Folk Trains

Fish and Chips Specials Murder Mystery Train

On-train Cream Teas and High Teas Vintage Bus Day

1940s Weekend Classic Car Days The Polar Express

Getting married? Dereham Station is now a licensed marriage

and civil partnership venue, hire the railway for

your wedding and/or reception.

Discounts available for on-train birthday and

anniversary parties, family, group and club outings

For full details, email marketing@mnr.org.uk, visit our website at

www.mnr.org.uk or phone 07585 855350 / 01362 851723

Registered Charity 1046931

REEDHAM FERRY COMPLEX

Reedham Ferry & The Archers Touring Park

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

Ferry Inn, Norwich, NR13 3HA.

WWW.REEDHAMFERRY.CO.UK


Banham Zoo

Treat your group to a day full of fun and

adventure at Banham Zoo! An awardwinning

attraction with over 2,000 animals

from around the world. Discounted rates

for groups of 12 or over.

Open times: Open daily from 9.30am

Parking: Coach parking available

Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE

Tel: 01953 887771

www.banhamzoo.co.uk

Beers of Europe

Beers of Europe is Britain’s biggest beer

shop, offering bottled beers, ciders,

wines and spirits from Europe and the

rest of the world.

Open times: Mon-Sat 9am–6pm, Sun

and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm

Garage Lane, Setchey, King’s Lynn,

PE33 0BE

Tel: 01553 812000

www.beersofeurope.co.uk

Bewilderwood

Bewilderwood is 50 acres of wild, outdoor

treehouse adventure park. Treehouses, zip wires,

jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, marsh

walks and more.

Open times: 10am-5.30pm

Parking: Free coach parking available. Free entry

and a food & drinks voucher for coach drivers.

Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk NR12 8JW

Tel: 01692 633033 (opt 3)

www.bewilderwood.co.uk

Blickling Estate

The breath-taking red-brick mansion and ancient

yew hedges sit at the heart of a magnificent

garden and historic park in the beautiful Bure

meadows.

Open times: Open year round

Parking: Drop-off point Blickling, Norwich,

NR11 6NF

Tel: 01263 738030

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Broad Tours Direct

A Broads Tours river trip is the ideal excursion

for your coach party or group. All trips include

an entertaining live commentary and all of the

Broads Tours boats are very well equipped to

ensure the comfort of your guests.

Open times: Mar-Oct, 7 days a week 8am–5.30pm

Parking: Coach parking

The Bridge, Wroxham,NR12 8RX

Tel: 01603 782207

www.broadstours.co.uk

Norfolk

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

A museum of steam, featuring narrow gauge,

traction engines and a Victorian steam roundabout.

View the gardens and the renowned

Dads Army exhibition. Discounted tickets

to any pre-booked group of over 12 paying

visitors.

Open times: Every day from 29 Mar to Oct

Parking: Free parking for coaches

Low Road, Bressingham, IP22 2AA

Tel: 01379 686900

www.bressingham.co.uk

English Whisky Co

A number of tours are available which give an

insight into the distillery and barrel warehouses.

Group tours must book.

Open times: Distillery: Mon-Sun:

10am-5.30pm. Tours: Mon-Sun: 10am-4pm

Harling Road, Roudham NR16 2QW

Tel: 01953 717939

www.englishwhisky.co.uk

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

The Garden is an eclectic mix of native and

cultivated plantings with a network of dyke

systems and a private broad. Groups are offered

a discount for groups of 15 or more people for

entry to the garden and for the boat trip.

Open times: Mar-Sept; 10am to 5pm (extended

hours on a Wednesday until 9pm, May-Aug), Oct-

Feb; 10am to 4pm

School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ

Tel: 01603 270449

www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

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OPEN EVERY

DAY OF THE

YEAR from

10.00am

The place to visit

Group bookings call: 01493 369477

or email: mail@thrigbyhall.co.uk

THRIGBY HALL FILBY GREAT YARMOUTH

NR29 3DR

% 01493 369477

www.thrigbyhall.co.uk

MORE THAN JUST A

TRAIN JOURNEY

North Norfolk Railway Plc

@nnrailway

www.nnrailway.co.uk

enquiries@nnrailway.co.uk 01263 820 800


Events • Tours • Weddings

Café • Shop • Plant Sales

Walks open everyday

Gardens open 26 May - 1 September 2019

Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays & Sundays

11am - 5pm

www.manningtonestate.co.uk

admin@walpoleestate.co.uk

01263 584175


Norfolk

Holkham Hall

A thriving 25,000-acre agricultural estate, which

provides resources both to maintain the house,

and to ensure that the social fabric of rural life

remains intact. Groups of 15 or more receive 20%

discount plus free organiser ticket and free coach

driver refreshment voucher.

Open times: 1 Apr–31 Oct, 12noon-4pm on Sun,

Mon and Thurs

Parking: Free coach parking

Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB

Tel: 01328 713105

www.holkham.co.uk

Houghton Hall & Gardens

Houghton’s history and interior, five acre garden,

contemporary sculpture park, model soldier

museum, playground and restaurant, offer

something of interest to everyone. Group tours

available.

Open times: Open spring to September

Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, PE31 6UE

Tel: 01485 528569

www.houghtonhall.com

Hunstanton SEALIFE Sanctuary

A state-of-the-art marine aquarium taking visitors

on a memorable undersea odyssey filled with

close encounters with sea creatures. Discounted

prices for groups of 10 or more.

Open times: Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm.

Sat-Sun; 10am-4pm

Southern Promenade, Hunstanton, PE36 5BH

Tel: 01485 533576

www.visitsealife.com

Langham Glass

Langham Glass manufactures a wide range of

products ranging from birds and animals to

vases and tableware. Group visits can enjoy

demonstrations of glassmaking, which can be

observed from the seated viewing area with

live commentary.

Open times: Glassmaking open Mon-Fri,

10am-4pm

Parking: Ample free coach parking.

Greenway Lane, Fakenham, NR21 8ET

Tel: 01328 863500

www.langhamglass.co.uk

Mid Norfolk Railway

Various special packages for coach parties. These

include your ride on the train from Wymondham

to Dereham, a light lunch and a choice of one of

four tours.

Parking: A large car park suitable for coaches at

Dereham Station.

Dereham, NR19 1DF

Tel: 01362 667814 | www.mnr.org.uk

Norfolk Lavender

Approx. 100 acres of lavender fields and an oil

distillery, Various tours available for groups of

20+.

Open times: Mon to Sun, 9am-5pm.

Heacham, PE31 7JE

Tel: 01485 570384

www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk

Norfolk Museum Service

You’ll find a wealth of collections in the museums

illustrating all aspects of Norfolk life, heritage and

environment.

Open times: Check venue details

Parking: A drop off point for coaches is situated

on Castle Meadow approximately 200 metres

from Norwich Castle entrance.

Tel: 01603 493625

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

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Aerial view of Norwich Cathedral

Norfolk

Norwich Cathedral

For over 900 years Norwich Cathedral has

dominated the city’s skyline. Groups can choose

from a selection of guided tours, which last

approx. 60-90 minutes.

Open times: Group tours Mon - Sat

Parking: Drop off and pick up at a designated

coach stop on Upper King Street (NR3 1HA). This

coach stop provides 15 minutes maximum stay

for coaches at any time.

65 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

Tel: 01603 218300

www.cathedral.org.uk

Norwich Theatre Royal

The largest theatre in Norwich. It presents a large

range of drama, dance, comedy, music and other

entertainment. Group discounts are available.

Parking: Drop off on Theatre Street using the

free of charge 15 minute drop off bay opposite

the Theatre. Layover parking is available at several

locations in the city centre.

Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Tel: 01603 630000

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park is an award-winning mix

of meandering nature trails, beguiling woodland

walks, and a showcase for British wildlife and

nature conservation. Discounted admission for

parties of 15+ .

Open times: Seven days a week from 10am

Parking: Free coach parking

Fakenham Road, Fakenham, NR21 0LN

Tel: 01328 851465

www.pensthorpe.com

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Family adventure park with domestic and exotic

animals, kids’ rides, live entertainment and a cafe.

Group rates available.

Open times: Open 4 April to Nov

Church Road, Reedham NR13 3UA

Tel: 01493 700094

www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk

Norwich Market

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River trips in the Broads National Park

The perfect way to

discover The Broads

An enchanting river trip is the ideal excursion option

for coach operators or groups, with:

Generous group discounts

Free coach parking adjacent to boarding points

Entertaining live commentary

Light refreshments and licensed bar

Manual wheelchair access on all boats - please advise

on booking

Scheduled river trips available from Easter until 31st October.

At other times of the year we can arrange

a special trip for your group, subject to a

minimum number.

Call us today for personal service and

advice on the perfect day out!

01603 782207

Broads Tours

The Bridge Wroxham Norfolk NR12 8RX

www.broadstours.co.uk

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Ken's traditional fish and chip shop

is in the heart of Wroxham offers

quality food and a warm friendly

service. The restaurant at the rear

of the premises has stunning views

across the broads and there is also

outside seating so that diners can

enjoy the river side location.

A takeaway menu is also available so

customers can enjoy delicious fish

and chips where ever they please.

Ken’s is the longest running Fish and

Chip shop in Wroxham and is now

under the new management of local

lad Michael who has worked there

since his teens and has learnt his

trade from the original owner.

Ken’s Traditional

FISH & CHIP

Restaurant

01603 783739 • 01603 784445

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


RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

The museum is located on the site of the world’s

longest continuously operating radar site and

provides a window into the history of radar.

Open times: Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat, 10am to

5pm, 2 April to October

Parking: Free car and coach parking

Birds Lane, Horning, NR12 8YB

Tel: 01692 631485

www.radarmuseum.co.uk

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

A life-size dinosaur trail, animal enclosures,

adventure playground and deer park. Group min.

12 people. Free admission and meal for the coach

driver.

Open times: Open daily from 9.30am

Parking: Free parking for coaches

Weston Park, Lenwade, NR9 5JW

Tel: 01603 876310

www.dinosauradventure.co.uk

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham is the ideal place for a day out,

offering a warm welcome to organised groups

and coach parties. Allow up to 3 hours for group

visits, as there is so much to see and do here.

Open times: Open daily from 1 Apr - 29 Oct

Parking: Free coach parking

Sandringham PE35 6EN

Tel: 01485 545408

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

Norfolk

Temple Seal Trips

Take a boat trip to see the seals in their natural

environment basking on Blakeney Point. Large

groups are catered for.

Open times: Check sail times.

The Street. Morston, NR25 7AA

Tel: 01263 740791

www.sealtrips.co.uk

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Gardens home to a variety of animals, small zoo,

animal encounters plus treetop and tunnel walks.

Reduced rates and other concessions available for

schools and club parties.

Open times: Open year round from 10am

Parking: Free parking

Filby Road, Thrigby NR29 3DR

Tel: 01493 369477

www.thrigbyhall.co.uk

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Enjoy a timetable service from the seaside and

harbour town of Wells to the town of Walsingham.

Open times: Mar-Oct, seven days a week

Parking: Coach parking at Wells Station

Wells, NR23 1QB

Tel: 01328 711630

www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

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Ickworth

When you discover

new stories,

together we keep

our history alive.

When you visit, donate, volunteer or

join the National Trust, your support

helps us to look after special places for

ever, for everyone.

nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

© National Trust 2019. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846.

Photography © National Trust Images\Justin Minns.

#nationaltrust


Suffolk

The stunning county of

SUFFOLK is home to an array

of attractive towns and villages

with great shops, beautiful

buildings and plenty to explore.

The Suffolk Coast is one of the UK’s finest

landscapes with 40 miles of Heritage

Coast set in an Area of Outstanding

Natural Beauty. Under big East Anglian

skies discover charming seaside towns,

lively resorts and beautiful coastal scenes.

Inland you’ll discover quaint towns and

villages. Nestled in Suffolk’s picturesque

countryside, the towns are home to

museums, historic buildings, heritage

sites and independent boutiques and

restaurants.

Useful tourist information:

www.visitsuffolk.com

www.discoversuffolk.org.uk

www.suffolk.gov.uk

www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk

Suffolk also has a thriving entertainment

and arts scene with renowned events

and festivals throughout the year, art

galleries, theatres and music venues

galore.

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visit our website

highlodge.co.uk

see what else we do

Clay Shooting | Weddings | Celebrations

Luxury Lodge Accommodation | Footgolf | Golf

Sunday Carvery | Corporate Events and much more!

01986 784347 | www.highlodge.co.uk

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

www.stedscathedral.co.uk

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.


Go Behind the Scenes

Exclusive tours

for groups and

individuals

Packages

from £11

per person

Discover Newmarket offers a unique

opportunity to go behind the scenes at

racing’s headquarters to learn about the

fascinating history, heritage and culture of

the town. From fun family days out at top

attractions to meeting champion trainers,

breeders and racehorses in person!

Meet the

equine stars

Book your unique experience today…

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visit www.discovernewmarket.co.uk call 0344 748 9200

TRANSPORT & ENGINEERING

HERITAGE IN OUR COUNTY TOWN

New for 2019

Over 100 major exhibits - all made or used in Ipswich!

OPEN EVERY SUNDAY and

BANK HOLIDAY 11am - 4pm

Plus MONDAY to FRIDAY 1pm - 4pm during

SUMMER & AUTUMN School Holidays

See website for details and special events

Opens May ‘19

Meet the

animals, visit

our orchard

and have a

go at handson

farming

activities in our

new barn.

We’re on Facebook &

Google Streetview!

Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich IP3 9JD

GIFT SHOP - TEA ROOM - WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

www.eastanglianlife.org.uk


Suffolk

Africa Alive

The park is home to more than 80 species of

animals from around Africa. Experience animal

encounters, activites and displays. Minimum of 12

paying people qualify for standard group rates.

Open times: Open every day from 9.30am

Parking: Free coach parking

White’s Lane, Lowestoft NR33 7TF

Tel: 01502 740291

www.africa-alive.co.uk

Anglia Indoor Kart Racing

With indoor racing karts and an exhilarating

multi-level circuit, it brings the thrills of

motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers.

Group size of 15 plus is required for

guaranteed exclusive use.

12 Farthing Road, Industrial Estate, Ipswich,

IP1 5AP

Tel: 01473 240087

www.angliakarting.com

arc Shopping Centre

arc Shopping Centre is one of Bury St Edmund’s

leading retail centres, and is home to a number of

high street brands and restaurants.

Open times: Mon - Fri 9am-5.30pm,

Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm

Parking: A council run car park on-site

14 Prospect Row, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3DG

Tel: 01284 706037

www.arc-burystedmunds.com

Bridge Farm Barns

Bridge Farm Barns is a collection of independent

retail businesses and a tea room.

Open times: Open seven days a week (shop

opening times may vary)

Parking: Free parking

Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP7 7AY

Tel: 01449 740456

www.bridgefarmbarns.co.uk

DanceEast

DanceEast is a dance class facilitator and theatre

venue with a great programme of performances

throughout the year.

Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, IP4 1DW

Tel: 01473 295230

www.danceeast.co.uk

East Anglia Transport Museum

An open-air transport museum with numerous

historic public transport vehicles.

Open times: Apr-Oct. Closed to groups Mon & Fri

Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, NR33 8BL

Tel: 01502 518459

www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk

Flint Vineyard

Enjoy a relaxed and informative tour. You will be

guided by the winemaker who will unpick some

of the mysteries of the winemaking process.

Group tours (10 or more people) can be booked

in advance at any time of the week.

Camphill Farm, Middle Road, Earsham, Bungay

NR35 2AH

Tel: 01986 893942

www.flintvineyard.com

Discover Newmarket

Discover Newmarket is the central point for

Tourist Information in Newmarket and is the

town’s official tour guide. It provides visitors

with the opportunity to go behind the scenes at

racing’s headquarters to see the equine stars

at work and learn about the fascinating history,

heritage and culture of the town. Expert guides

deliver tours for groups and individuals which can

be organised for as little or as long as you like.

The Links, Newmarket, CB8 0TG

Tel: 0344 7489200

www.discovernewmarket.co.uk

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Woodbridge

Gainsborough’s House

Gainsborough’s House explores the life and art of

Thomas Gainsborough, renowned throughout the

world for his portrait and landscape paintings.

A range of groups tours & talks are available.

Open times: Mon to Sat 10am-5pm,

Sun 11am-5pm

Parking: Coach drop off on Gainsborough Street.

Coach parking is available at the Kingfisher

Leisure Centre

46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EU

Tel: 01787 372958

www.gainsborough.org

Go Ape

An adrenaline fuelled adventure set in a low pine

forest. The experience offers the thrilling Tree Top

Adventure, Forest Segways and Tree Top Junior.

Open times: Open Feb-Nov

Parking: Mini buses & coaches will be charged a

fixed fee. Check price at time of booking.

High Lodge Forest Centre, Brandon IP27 0AF

Tel: 01603 895500

www.goape.co.uk

High Lodge

A stylish destination for an activity break, a place

to escape and unwind or somewhere special for

a celebratory or corporate event. Clay pigeon

shooting, golf, foot golf, archery and more.

Haw Wood, Hinton, Saxmundham IP17 3QT

Tel: 01986 784347 | www.highlodge.co.uk

Helmingham Hall Gardens

A relaxing tour of the spectacular gardens makes for

a perfect day out for everyone. A selection of teas

and lunches for groups by prior arrangement.

Open times: 1 May to Sept: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun

11am - 4.30pm

Parking: Free coach parking

Helmingham, IP14 6EF

Tel: 01473 890799

www.helmingham.com

Ipswich Transport Museum

The Ipswich Transport Museum has the largest

collection of transport items in Britain devoted

to just one town. The museum has around 100

major exhibits and many small items.

Open times: Open from 17 March

Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, IP3 9JD

Tel: 01473 715666

www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum

Boasting a purpose built refreshment room,

shop, ticket office and museum, with workshops,

authentic rolling stock, some original buildings

and a demonstration line, the MSLR Museum

recreates a slice of Edwardian railway travel that

everyone can enjoy.

Open times: Open for seasonal events and every

summer Sunday and Bank Holiday until 26 Aug

Brockford Station, IP14 5PW

Tel: 01449 766899 | www.mslr.org.uk

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Museum of East Anglian Life

The museum specialises in presenting the

agricultural history of East Anglia through

a mixture of exhibits and living history

demonstrations. Pre-book visits for 10 or more, a

discounted group rate is available.

Open times: Mar-Oct

Parking: The Museum has made provision

for coaches, allowing a coach to park all day in

the designated area. The museum has a coach

entrance, available for pre-booked visits, which

can be accessed at the end of Lockington Road.

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14 1DL

Tel: 01449 612229

www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Newmarket Racecourse

A large, upmarket spot with two race courses and

lots of history, plus two restaurants and concert

events.

Parking: Free coach parking available at both

racecourses.

Cambridge Road, Newmarket, CB8 0TG

Tel: 01638 675500

www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Palace House, Newmarket

An attraction situated in the remaining elements

of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables, it spans

five acres in the heart of Newmarket. Comprising

three attractions; the National Horseracing

Museum, Galleries of British Sporting Art and a

live horse experience. Min group number is 15.

Open times: 10am -5pm

Parking: Award-winning coach parking

Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, CB8 8EP.

Tel: 01638 667314

www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk

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Pleasurewood Hills

Thrill rides, family rides, children’s rides and much

more fun for a family day out. Discounted park

entry for groups.

Open times: Seasonal open times

Parking: Free parking for cars and coaches

Leisure Way, Lowestoft NR32 5DZ

Tel: 01502 586000

www.pleasurewoodhills.com

Snape Maltings

A place of energy and inspiration featuring a

range of independent shops, cafes, galleries

and walks. Home to one of the world’s leading

centres of music. Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Proms

in August offer an array of fantastic concerts.

Snape, IP17 1SP

Tel: 01728 687110

www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Southwold Pier

Visit the world famous Southwold Pier offering

shopping, eating and attractions to keep you

entertained all day.

Open times: Pier open daily from 9am

N Parade, Southwold, IP18 6BN

Tel: 01502 722105

www.southwoldpier.co.uk

TA Hotel Collection

The hotel group have a portfolio of beautiful

hotels throughout Suffolk including Thorpeness

Hotel & Golf Club, White Lion Hotel and Brudenell

Hotel.

Tel: 01728 451077

www.tahotelcollection.co.uk

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel,

Golf & Spa

Enjoy the beautiful setting of Ufford Park

Hotel, ideal for business or short breaks

with 90 bedrooms, 18 hole golf course,

health club and luxury spa resort.

Excellent group accommodation rates.

Parking: Free parking for coaches

Yarmouth Road, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW

Tel: 01394 383555

www.uffordpark.co.uk

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Bakery

Food Haa

Suffolk Food Hall makes the most of traditional farm buildings to showcase

fantastic fresh produce, wherever possible, rooted in Suffolk. The highlights

include a traditional, full carcass butchery, all the delights of a scratch bakery, our

delicatessen as well as our home and garden offerings.

Garden

To arrange a group visit

01473 786618

www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk

Cofff & Cake

Set in an area of oustanding natural beauty with panoramic

views across the River Orwell, the restaurant offers seasonal

menus utilising the riches on offer from the Food Hall.

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Suffolk

The Apex

The Apex hosts a varied programme of live

music from rock to jazz in a sizable venue

with a modern art gallery throughout the

year. Special events and fairs are also held on

selected dates.

1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

Tel: 01284 758000

www.theapex.co.uk

The Long Shop Museum

Inspiring stories and feats of engineering and

designs. Groups can enjoy a half-day visit that

can be combined to make a full day out with a

visit to Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Sizewell or

various other local attractions.

Open times: Mar-Oct; Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm;

Sun 10am-3pm

Parking: Free onsite parking for smaller

coaches

15 Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ES

Tel: 01728 832189

www.longshopmuseum.co.uk

The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Trust is dedicated to preserving the Suffolk

Punch breed and the skills of the people needed

to handle these wonderful horses. Visitors can

meet the animals, explore the heritage barn

and gardens and enjoy a range of activities and

demos. Guided tours available.

Open times: Seasonal opening times, open from

29 March

Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, IP12 3JR

Tel: 01394 411327 | www.suffolkpunchtrust.org

Ickworth House

Experience 1930s domestic service in the restored

servants’ basement, sharing the real stories and

memories of former staff who kept this country

estate running. Min.15 people for group rates.

Group bookings are available Monday to Friday.

Parking: Parking for coaches

The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE

Tel: 01284 735270

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The theatre has a full and entertaining programme

throughout the year including comedy, drama, music

and dance. Guided group tours available.

Parking: No parking for large coaches or buses

6 Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

Tel: Tours: 01284 829956 | Performance:

01284 829947 www.theatreroyal.org

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