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East of England Visitor Guide 2020 Spring/Summer

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

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EAST OF ENGLAND

VISITOR

GUIDE

SPRING / SUMMER 2020


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With its coastal and country landscapes, market towns and

villages, and many family attractions and events, East Anglia

is the perfect destination for a holiday, short break or day out.

In this guide we cover how to make the most of a trip to this

beautiful region...

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AMPTHILL

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

centuries. The town has several lively pubs, a

wide variety of restaurants, and a selection

of small independent specialist stores and

businesses.

THINGS TO DO

Wrest Park

The English Heritage property 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. www.englishheritage.org.uk/visit/places/wrest-park

WHAT’S ON

Ampthill Festival, 3-5 July

A 3-day event featuring AmpRocks, Ampthill

Park Proms and Gala Day.

www.ampthillfestival.com

WHERE TO EAT

The White Hart

www.thewhitehartampthill.co.uk

Fratelli Italian Restaurant

www.fratelli-italian.co.uk

BEDFORD

A tree lined embankment, shops galore,

museums and great outdoor spaces;

Bedford ticks all the boxes for a day out or

overnight getaway.

THINGS TO DO

John Bunyan Boat Tours

Hop aboard a John Bunyan Boat. Public

cruises start from April. You can start

your journey on the water at Priory

Marina, Sovereign’s Quay and Newnham

Steps. www.johnbunyanboat.org

Russell Park

The park features a children’s outdoor

play area and sporting facilities. Enjoy a

picnic or stop by the Kiosk at the Park,

for a cup of tea and bite to eat.

Bedford Tour Guides

From April to October, every Sunday,

you can enjoy a guided tour of the

town centre. Each week the walk

has a different theme, from WWII to

Bedford Castle. Whether you’ve lived in

Bedford all your life or are just visiting

for the day, we guarantee you’ll learn

something new. Booking required.

www.bedfordtourguides.org

SHOPPING

Bedford is home to lots of lovely

independent retailers. Shop at The Harpur

Centre, The Arcade and trendy Castle

Quarter. Visit Riverside Bedford for dining

and cinema entertainment.

MARKETS

The charter market takes place on

Wednesdays and Saturdays at Harpur

Square, St Paul’s Square, while a Farmers’

Market is held every second and fourth

Thursday of the month. The ‘Handmade in

Bedford’ market takes place the second

Saturday of the month, March to December.

A regular vegan market takes place at John

Bunyan Museum.

Useful info: www.ampthill.info

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LEIGHTON

BUZZARD

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.

MARKETS

A market takes place on the High Street,

every Tuesday and Saturday. A Farmers’

Market visits on the third Saturday of every

month, while a handmade and craft market

takes place the fourth Saturday of each

month, March to December.

WHAT’S ON

Kite Festival, 14 June

Russell Park

Italian Festival, 12 July

Harpur Square

Bedford River Festival, 18 July

The Embankment

WHERE TO STAY

The Embankment

www.embankmentbedford.co.uk

The Swan Hotel

www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

THINGS TO DO

Rushmere Country Park

A 400-acre park with woodland,

heathland and meadows. Enjoy

woodland walks complete with a fairy

trail and giant’s chair. There’s cycling

and horse-riding routes too!

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Take a trip from Page’s Park to

Stonehenge Works. A return journey

takes approx.80 minutes. Open March

to November.

Canal cruises

For a calming feel, take a walk along

the towpath in either direction of The

Grand Union. Canal cruises can be

booked every Tuesday and Thursday

throughout August at Leighton Lady

Cruises.

ENTERTAINMENT

Quarry Theatre

www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

Bedford Corn Exchange

www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

Useful info:

www.explorebedford.co.uk

www.lovebedford.co.uk

Useful info: www.leightonbuzzardmarket.co.uk

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ESCAPE TO WOBURN

FOODIE BREAK

Escape for a two night getaway, dining one night in our award

winning 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, Olivier’s, and one evening at

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WOBURN

Looking for a weekend break jam-packed

with activities and plenty to see? Then

head over to Woburn to enjoy a weekend of

culture, heritage, walking and eating!

THINGS TO DO

Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park guarantees a

fun day with over 80 species of animals,

a road and foot safari, keeper talks and

demonstrations.

www.woburnsafari.co.uk

Woburn Heritage Centre

Find out more about Woburn’s

fascinating history and visit the

museum. It’s open weekdays (2pm –

4.30pm) and Saturday, Sunday and

Bank Holidays (10am to 5pm) from

30 March. Admission is free.

www.woburnvillage.co.uk/heritage.html

WALKS

From a gentle stroll around the public

footpaths on the Woburn Estate to longer

walks through nearby villages, it’s a great

way to explore. Routes can be found at

www.woburnvillage.co.uk/guides.html

WHERE TO EAT

Paris House

www.parishouse.co.uk

Woburn Brasserie

www.woburnbrasserie.co.uk

The Black Horse

www.blackhorsewoburn.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

The Woburn Hotel

www.thewoburnhotel.co.uk

TOP TIP

During the summer months visit the

outdoor swimming pool!

www.woburnvillage.co.uk/pool.html

Useful info: www.woburnvillage.co.uk

www.woburnabbey.co.uk

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BEDFORDSHIRE

ATTRACTIONS

Birds of Prey Centre

Over 300 species of birds to view and

experience days available. Open seven days

a week, 10am-5pm. Herrings Green Farm,

Cotton End Road, MK45 3DT. 01234 742362.

www.birdsofpreycentre.co.uk

John Bunyan Museum

The story of John Bunyan, a man who

inspired the world with his words, is

legendary to Bedford. Learn more about his

life and tales at this free entry museum. Mill

Street, Bedford MK40 3EU. 01234 270303.

www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum

Grove Theatre

Community theatre staging drama, ballet,

comedy, film screenings and more. Box

Office is open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm.

Grove Park, Dunstable. 01582 60280 (opt 2).

www.grovetheatre.co.uk

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.

Holme Mills, Biggleswade. 01767 603940.

www.jordansmill.com

Higgins Gallery

The cultural hub of Bedford, here you can

find exhibitions, pop up events, workshops

and wellbeing events throughout the year.

Admire artwork then visit the Higgins

Pantry for tea and a bite to eat. Castle Lane,

Bedford MK40 3XD. 01234 718618.

www.thehigginsbedford.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 ages 6 to 12

years, features three interactive galleries.

Great Missenden. 01494 892192.

www.roalddahl.com/museum

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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. Events

are held between May and October, which

include flying displays, vehicle parades,

outdoor theatre and music.

Old Warden, Biggleswade. 01767 627933.

www.shuttleworth.org

Woburn Abbey, House & Gardens

The stately home is currently undergoing

major refurbishment works and will be

closed to visitors until Easter 2021. However,

the Woburn Abbey Garden Show will take

place 27-28 June 2020 in the landscaped

gardens. This year’s theme is ‘The Plant

Connection’.

Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA.

01525 292101

www.woburn.co.uk

Warden Abbey Vineyard

It’s not often you come across a community

run vineyard. Leased by Bedfordshire Rural

Communities Charity, it produces a handful

of award-winning wines. It’s not open to

the public every day, however tours can be

booked in advance. You can support the

vineyard by attending one of its open days

or ‘Walking in the Monks’ Footsteps’ tours,

which discusses Warden Abbey and the

medieval vineyard.

Bedford Road, Biggleswade, SG18 9LS.

07981 113714.

www.wardenvineyard.org.uk

Wrest Park

Explore the evolution of the English garden

and take a stroll through three centuries of

landscape design at Wrest Park.

Wrest Park, Bedford, MK45 4HR.

0370 333 1181.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

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WARDEN ABBEY

The community vineyard

We mainly specialise in silver, gemstone

and leather jewellery for both men and

women. We also have a lovely range of new

baby gifts, handbags, purses, scarves,

and gifts for all occasions.

Did you know Bedfordshire’s medieval vineyard is now

an exciting community project?

This beautiful field near Old Warden was first planted by

monks at Warden Abbey. Centuries later, the “Lyttel Vineyard”

was re-planted and now produces award-winning wines.

Today, it’s an army of volunteers who tend the vines all year

round as well as run tours, school visits, social & therapeutic

horticulture, wildlife and heritage projects.

OPEN FOR TOURS MAY TO SEPTEMBER

See website for tour dates & booking, vouchers, gifts and stockists

07981 113714 info@wardenvineyard.org.uk

wardenvineyard.org.uk

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MAKE YOUR NEXT GROUP VISIT ONE TO REMEMBER

Discover the Shuttleworth Collection’s treasure trove of early aviation and

vintage vehicles. Enjoy the pretty, unusual buildings and tranquil landscape within

our Regency Shuttleworth Swiss Garden, or experience the period elegance of

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BEDFORDSHIRE

WHAT’S ON

Every week

Quiz Night Thursdays

The Bear, 92 High St, Bedford MK40 1NN

Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements

The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, MK40 3XD

www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk

John Bunyan Boat Cruises

Priory Country Park, Bedford MK41 9DJ

www.johnbunyanboat.org

April

25-Apr Ampthill LitFest 2020

Parkside Hall, Ampthill

www.ampthillfestival.com

25-26 Apr St George’s Festival

Wrest Park

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/

wrest-park/events

May

12 May, 23 Jun, 21 Jul, 18 Aug & 8 Sept

Bedford Flea

St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ

www.facebook.com/BedfordFlea

23-24 May Festival of Stories

26 Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3US

www.lovebedford.co.uk/events

31 May Bedford Thai Festival

Riverside Bedford & St Mary’s Gardens

www.facebook.com/BedsSpectaculArts

June

7 Jun Big Lunch Food Festival

Town Centre, Leighton Buzzrd

www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

13-14 Jun Bedford International Kite Festival

Russell Park, The Embankment, Bedford

www.bedford.gov.uk

27-28 Jun Woburn Abbey Garden Show

Woburn Abbey Gardens, MK17 9WA

www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events

July

3-5 Jul Ampthill Festival

Ampthill Great Park

www.ampthillfestival.com

12 Jul Bedford Italian Festival

Harpur Square, Bedford

www.facebook.com/BedfordItalianFestival

18-19 Jul Bedford River Festival + TASTE Bedford

The Embankment

www.riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk

25-Jul Linslade Canal Festival

Tidenfoot Waterside Park, Leighton Buzzard

www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk/canal-festival

31 Jul, 28 Aug, 25 Sep & 30 Oct

Bedford EAT Fest

Riverside Bedford

www.lovebedford.co.uk

31 Jul Café Mambo in the Park

Bedford Park

www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

August

2 Aug Bedford Park Proms

Bedford Park

www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

7 Aug The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – Macbeth

Wrest Park

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whatson/wrest-park-the-lord-chamberlains-menmacbeth-7-aug-2020

October

2-11 Oct Off Road Deer Park Tours

Woburn Abbey

www.woburnabbey.co.uk/events/deer-park

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CAMBRIDGE

From punting on the Cam, gallivanting

around galleries, cycling along the river,

strolling around the shops and dining in

cosy corners, it’s easy to pass the time in

Cambridge. The compact city is a

year-round destination with plenty to see

and do.

WHERE TO STAY

University Arms Hotel

www.universityarms.com

Rates at University Arms start from £143 per

room per night. Suites start from £419.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk

Rooms from £155 per night

Hotel Felix

www.hotelfelix.co.uk

Gonville Hotel

www.gonvillehotel.co.uk

Hotel du Vin Cambridge

www.hotelduvin.com/locations/cambridge

The Cambridge Hotel

www.cambridgehotel.co.uk

SHOPPING

A GUIDE TO PUNTING

Punting is Cambridge’s most popular

attraction. One of the most idyllic ways

to see the city has to be by drifting

slowly down the River Cam on a punt.

Once on board, see history pass before

your eyes as you take in ‘The Backs’

of the Colleges and glide under the

famous Bridge of Sighs (St John’s

College) or the Mathematical Bridge

(Queens’ College).

There are a number of tours and

experiences available from reputable

hire companies stationed on the Quay.

Scudamore’s Punting

Quayside Punting Station Magdalene

Bridge, CB5 8AB

Scudamore’s offers private and shared

chauffeured tours, plus options such

as romantic tours, celebratory events,

themed tours and seasonal events

such as a bat safari and a fireworks tour.

Canoe and kayak rental is also available.

www.scudamores.com

Rutherford’s Punting

Jesus Green Moorings Quayside,

Boardwalk, CB5 8AB

There are a range of tours to suit all

occasions; group hire, private tours,

birthday celebrations, hen dos, picnics

and dog-friendly options – these are

just a few of Rutherford’s experiences.

www.rutherfordspunting.com

With independent boutiques, open-air

markets and household brands, Cambridge

has everything you could need for an

unforgettable city shopping break.

There are 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, Green Street and Sussex

Street hosts a collection of independent

stores and boutiques. For more on

Cambridge’s independent businesses visit

www.independent-cambridge.co.uk

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OUTDOOR SPACES

Soak up the sunshine at one of Cambridge’s

green parks.

Jesus Green

This riverside park is the perfect venue to

relax, picnic, walk or play sport. Jesus Green’s

outdoor swimming pool is situated in idyllic

surroundings and close to the river.

Chesterton Road, 01223 457000.

www.cambridge.gov.uk/jesus-green

Parker’s Piece

Parkers Piece is one of Cambridge’s most

significant open spaces. It plays host to a

number of events throughout the year.

Parkside, 01223 457000.

www.cambridge.gov.uk/parkers-piece

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden 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. It

hosts seasonal events throughout the year

including wildlife talks and ‘Sounds Green’;

live music on summer evenings.

Bateman Street, 01223 336265

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

TOP TIP

Look out for the cows grazing

throughout Cambridge! The city is

home to about 120 cattle.

ARTS & MUSEUMS

Wander Cambridge’s galleries and museums,

and you’ll leave full of knowledge! There are

exhibits to excite and inspire visitors of all

ages and interests, and fascinating annual

events to move and stimulate minds.

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.

www.sedgwickmuseum.org

Scott Polar Research Institute

Learn about the expeditions of Captain

Scott and other polar explorers.

Lensfield Road, 01223 336540.

www.spri.cam.ac.uk

Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of Britain’s

earliest public museums. The present

collections contain: European paintings

ranging from the 14th century to the

present day; Egyptian, Greek and Roman

antiquities; and the applied arts of Western

Europe and Asia. 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.

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Kettle’s Yard

A fine collection of modern art in a beautiful

domestic setting and a gallery showing

regular exhibitions.

Castle Street, 01223 748100.

www.kettlesyard.co.uk

Museum of Cambridge

Discover the real story of Cambridge

and its people. Housed in a 17th century

timber framed building, this family-friendly

museum displays a wealth of Cambridge

tradition and history. The museum hosts a

number of temporary exhibitions and events

throughout the year and offers regular

family and children’s activities and trails.

Castle Street, 01223 355159.

www.museumofcambridge.org.uk

Cambridge University Library

The University Library is a copyright library,

which holds over seven million books and

periodicals, and a million maps. Exhibitions

run throughout the year.

West Road, 01223 333000.

www.lib.cam.ac.uk

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THE COLLEGES

Trinity College

The wealthiest college founded by Henry

VIII. 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.

www.trin.cam.ac.uk

King’s College

The Chapel is the grandest and most

beautiful building in Cambridge and ranks

amongst the most important examples of

perpendicular (late gothic) architecture. Visit

the College grounds and Chapel and attend

choral services in the Chapel.

King’s Parade, 01223 331100.

www.kings.cam.ac.uk

Queens’ College

Queens’ College is home to the famous

wooden Mathematical Bridge.

Silver Street, 01223 335511.

www.queens.cam.ac.uk

Pembroke College

The third oldest Cambridge College. The

chapel was the first completed work of

Sir Christopher Wren and has delightful

gardens.

Trumpington Street, 01223 338100.

www.pem.cam.ac.uk

Jesus College

The college has spacious grounds and a

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.

www.jesus.cam.ac.uk

Clare College

The second oldest college in Cambridge,

with the oldest surviving river bridge. The

old court is built in the renaissance style and

could easily be mistaken for a palace.

Trinity Lane, 01223 333200.

www.clare.cam.ac.uk

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi contains the finest surviving

medieval court in Cambridge. The college is

also home to the impressive Grasshopper

Clock. King’s Parade, 01223 338000.

www.corpus.cam.ac.uk

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Sidney Sussex College

Sidney Sussex was the college of Oliver

Cromwell. Cromwell’s skull was buried in the

college ante-chapel in 1960.

Sidney Street, 01223 338800.

www.sid.cam.ac.uk

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

Emmanuel College

The college chapel was designed by Sir

Christopher Wren, and completed in 1674.

St Andrew’s Street 01223 334200.

www.emma.cam.ac.uk

Christ’s College

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.

www.christs.cam.ac.uk

DISCOVER

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.

www.cambridge.org/about-us/visitbookshop

CAMBRIDGE’S HISTORY

Cambridge has profoundly helped to

shape the modern world, and there

is a real sense of living history almost

everywhere you look. 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.

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WHERE TO EAT

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 a great

destination for the more discerning foodie.

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS:

SIX at The Varsity Hotel

24 Thompsons Lane, Cambridge CB5 8EQ

Restaurant with a view, rooftop terrace,

great cocktails & pizza.

www.sixcambridge.co.uk

Parker’s Tavern

52-42 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AD

British classics served with a twist. Relaxed

but stylish dining.

www.parkerstavern.com

Restaurant 22

22 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AX

Intimate, exquisite modern British dining.

www.restaurant22.co.uk

BEST FOR PUB-GRUB

The Free Press

7 Prospect Row, Cambridge, CB1 1DU

Good food. Cosy corners, fireplace and

courtyard. Dog-friendly.

www.freepresscambridge.com

The Petersfield

2 Sturton St, Cambridge CB1 2QA

Good for brunch and a Sunday roast. Wine

& cheese night every Monday, steak night

every Wednesday.

www.thepetersfield.co.uk

The Fort St. George

Midsummer Common, Cambridge, CB4 1HA

Riverside location. Brunch, sandwiches,

burgers and sharing platters.

www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/

cambridgeshire/fort-st-george

GRAB A SNACK!

Fitzbillies www.fitzbillies.com

Aromi www.aromi.co.uk

Norfolk Street Bakery

www.norfolkstbakery.co.uk

Bread and Meat www.breadandmeat.co.uk

Pint Shop www.pintshop.co.uk

ITALIAN RESTAURANTS

Du Luca Cucina & Bar

www.delucacucina.co.uk

Don Pasquale www.donpasquale.co.uk

Tradizione www.tradizionirestaurant.com

ENTERTAINMENT

Cambridge Corn Exchange

www.cambridgelive.org.uk/cornex

Cambridge Arts Theatre

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

Mumford Theatre

www.aru.ac.uk/arts-law-and-socialsciences/mumford-theatre/whats-on

ADC Theatre

www.adctheatre.com

Corpus Playroom

www.adctheatre.com/about-us/corpusplayroom

The Junction

www.junction.co.uk

MARKETS

Weekly Market

Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm on the

Market Square

Arts, Craft and Local Produce Market

Sunday, 10am-4pm, on the Market Square

All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market

Every Saturday, 10am-4pm, at All Saints

Garden on Trinity Street

FOOD TOURS

Tours

Discover the best of Cambridge’s food

scene with a ‘Cambridge Food Tour’.

Highly recommended. Prices from

£59.50.

www.cambridgefoodtour.com

Mill Road

Walk out of the city centre to Mill Road;

a hub for independent food businesses

and international cuisine.

Cambridge Market

There’s no need to visit a restaurant to

get great food in Cambridge, browse

the market where you can pick up

fresh local produce and sample cuisine

from around the world such as paella,

Belgium waffles, Greek wraps and

Japanese.

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Explore where John Clare lived and worked, a shop with local

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Year round programme of events.

Open Friday, Saturday and Mondays all year.

See website for opening times.

Group bookings can be arranged.

For play, adventure,

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Nene Park has it all.

www.nenepark.org.uk

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ELY

Visit Ely this summer and discover a wealth

of shops, great restaurants, bars and cafes,

fascinating museums, galleries, green open

spaces and a magical stretch of riverside.

Absorb the atmosphere and character of

this small city with its intriguing mixture of

old and new with many quaint side streets,

always bustling but never frantic.

THINGS TO DO

Oliver Cromwell’s House

Home to the Tourist Information

Centre, the former family home of

Oliver Cromwell features a ‘Civil War

Exhibition’, the opportunity to try on

costumes and play games. It’s also

home to an Escape Room.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

Eel Trail

At the TIC, pick up a copy of the Eel Trail

which is a self-guided, circular walk, that

takes you around the city centre. This is

the best way to ensure that you see all the

beauty and glory of Ely and learn about

the city’s history and origins including why

exactly Ely is in love with eels and even has

its own Eel Festival!

Ely Cathedral

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. www.elycathedral.org

Ely Museum

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. www.elymuseum.org.uk

Waterside

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.

www.facebook.com/LibertyBelleEly

WHERE TO EAT

The Old Fire Engine House

www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk

Riverside Bar & Kitchen

www.rbk-ely.co.uk

MARKETS

General Market, Thursdays and the 1st, 3rd

and 5th Saturday of every month

Craft and Collectables Market, every

Saturday

Farmers’ Market, every 2nd and 4th

Saturday

Useful info: www.visitely.org.uk

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ADVERTORIAL

What are we?

We are an independent museum in Huntingdonshire situated in

open countryside on the edge of a small Fenland town. Housed in

renovated 17th century farm buildings, the museum is full of items

and exhibits kindly donated by local companies and the public.

Ramsey Rural Museum is a charitable trust that is managed and

maintained entirely by volunteers.

What will you find here?

On site there are many areas showing a variety of machinery,

implements and vehicles spanning 200 years of rural life.

Both the Chemist Shop and the Cobblers Shop were donated to

the museum – the former had been owned by the Whitwell family

of Peterborough and the latter from the Paul’s of Chatteris.

A history of the drainage of the Fens can be found in the Pump

Room along with tools used for hedging, ditching and turfing.

The museum also houses extensive archives of local family history

and the range of paperwork, maps and photographs are available

for photocopying. Ramsey and its surrounding villages are also

well documented.

Light refreshments are provided either in our Tea Room or alfresco

in the courtyard. If you prefer, bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful

setting.

Throughout the year we hold many events details of which appear

on our ‘events page’ of the website.

Group visits are available with prior booking

- a form can be found on our website

For information regarding our Opening Times, Entrance Charges,

ow to find s or any other information lease visit us at

https://ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk/

What else do we offer?

We have a wonderful second-hand bookshop in the Courtyard

where there is a great selection of good quality books at bargain

prices on a large range of subjects. Come along and browse, if

you are just visiting the Bookshop you don’t need to pay Museum

admission, but while you’re there why not pop into the tea-room

for a cuppa and a slice of cake!

The Barn Annexe gives a fascinating insight into the work of

Wheelwrights and Farriers, and amongst the myriad of farming

euiment there are even eamles of some th century raffiti!

There is so much to look at in the Trades Room. As the name

suggests there are displays depicting a range of occupations

and memorabilia from local companies. Through the tea room

is Ramsey Stores – an early 20th century shop with well known

brands on view at the counter.

The thatched Well was one of the sources of water for the nearby

Ramsey Abbey. We even have a 2 seater Privy!

The Stable Block is a two storey building packed with nostalgia.

Upstairs is an old schoolroom and displays dedicated to the armed

forces, olice and fire services. n the ground oor the three

lifestyle rooms and various cabinets exhibit numerous artefacts

from years gone by.

Opening Times 2020

4 April – 31 October

Thursdays 10 am to 5pm

Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm

Other times by appointment - Phone 01487 815715

Ticket Prices

£4.50 Adults | £4.00 Concessions | £1.00 Children (5 – 16)

Children under 5 FREE

FAMILY TICKET £10.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Facilities

- Tea Room - Gift Shop

- Toilets - Disabled Toilet with Alarm

- Wheelchair Access - Play tent

- Free Parking with Disabled Parking

- Well stocked second hand bookshop

- Baby changing facilities

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HUNTINGDON

Huntingdon is centred around the beautiful

River Great Ouse and is a fascinating historic

market town to explore.

THINGS TO DO

Huntingdon Racecourse

The racecourse has an extensive events

calendar. Don’t miss the family days,

Easter races, annual beer festival and

winter ladies day.

www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/huntingdon

Cromwell Museum

The museum has recently undergone

a major refurbishment and re-opened

in spring 2020. There are fun and

educational displays, plus a variety of

temporary exhibitions, talks and tours.

www.cromwellmuseum.org

Heritage Trails

Discover the town’s history with the

‘Huntingdon’s Great War History’ and ‘In

Pursuit of Cromwell’ trails. Download

maps at www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk

OUTDOOR

ADVENTURES

There are a wide range of wildlife sites

nearby from the large and rambling parks of

Hinchingbrooke, Paxton Pits and Grafham

Water to the meadows of Portholme,

Houghton and Upwood.

Ramsey Rural Museum

Discover 200 years of rural life with exhibits

and displays of machinery and vehicles.

There are multiple buildings to visit, each

offering an insight into local history and

archives. Before you leave, take time to

browse the second-hand bookshop in the

Courtyard and pop to the tearoom for a

cuppa! www.ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk

MARKETS

Wednesday, 9am – 3pm, High Street

Saturday, 9am – 4pm, High Street

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Visit

Peterborough Cathedral

One of the finest Norman cathedrals in England

• Visit Katharine of Aragon’s tomb

• See the 13th century nave ceiling, unique in England

• Guided tours most days

• Natural History Museum dinosaur exhibition,

summer 2020

Visiting: * 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday,

12.00 noon – 3.00pm Sunday

Worship: Daily prayers. 5.30pm Choral Evensong

Monday to Friday in term time, 3.30pm Sunday

* Times may vary so please check before visiting

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk 01733 355315

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PETERBOROUGH

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 comes to life with theatre productions at the Key Theatre,

greyhound racing, and 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.

PLACES TO VISIT

Peterborough Cathedral

The cathedral is open to the public daily and

welcomes visitors to join in Morning Prayer

and evensong if you wish. The cathedral

dates back to 655AD and is the burial place

of two queens, Katharine of Aragon and

Mary, Queen of Scots. Tours are available

at 11am and 2pm, Monday to Saturday and

Wednesday at 2pm. There are a number

of events throughout the year including

exhibitions and an annual Christmas market.

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

DON’T MISS

Don’t miss the ‘T. rex: The Killer Question’

exhibition from 20 July to 31 August at

Peterborough Cathedral

TOP TIP

Check the East of England Showground

website for upcoming events!

Nene Park

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.

www.nenepark.org.uk

Nene Valley Railway

A great family attraction, which feels as

though you’ve stepped back in time as

you hop aboard a steam train and journey

through the countryside.

www.nvr.org.uk

DON’T MISS

13 June

Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival

Useful info: www.visitpeterborough.com

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SOUTH CAMBS

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.

THINGS TO DO

Wimpole Hall and Home Farm

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.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

Imperial War Museum Duxford

The aviation museum offers 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.

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

Chilford Hall

Perhaps one of the most popular vineyards in

the East, it is open to visitors from March to

October, with tours taking place throughout

the open season. The pretty vineyard is home

to 17,000 vines of nine different varieties!

www.chilfordhall.co.uk

Linton Zoo

A conservation centre, which focuses on

breeding species which are vulnerable to

extinction. Expect to see a good variety of

jungle cats, birds, reptiles and smaller animals.

www.lintonzoo.com

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Just 8.7 miles south of Cambridge, the zoo

is home to a collection of wild and domestic

animals such as red pandas, tigers, meerkats

and more. Children will love the little safari

train around the park, which is always popular!

www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

Grantchester

Travel north to Grantchester with its idyllic

water meadows and The Orchard Tea

Gardens, made famous by poet Rupert

Brooke. There’s also a good selection of pubs

for cosy fireside drinks in winter and al fresco

dining in summer.

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ST IVES

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. St Ives streets are thronged

with tearooms 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 and

explore the countryside on foot or by bike.

THINGS TO DO

The Norris Museum

Learn the stories of Huntingdonshire

from 160 million years ago to the

present day. Check out its regular

exhibitions and events. Free entry.

www.norrismuseum.org.uk

St Ives Electric Riverboat Day Boat Tour

Departing from the pontoon on the

Quay, hop aboard a river cruise and

journey along the River Great Ouse

to Hemingford lock around the island

and back again. Available from April to

October. www.electricriverboat.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

River Terrace Café

www.riverterracecafe.co.uk

Tom’s Cakes

www.tomscakes.co.uk

Eric’s Fish & Chips

www.ericsfishandchips.com/stives.html

Amore

www.amorestives.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

The Golden Lion Hotel

www.thegoldenlionhotel.co.uk

Slepe Hall Hotel

www.slepehallhotel.co.uk

Oliver’s Lodge Hotel

www.oliverslodge.co.uk

Best Wester Dolphin Hotel

www.bestwestern.co.uk

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ST NEOTS

The attractive market town of St Neots is

home to many listed buildings, and much of

the town is a designated conservation area.

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.

THINGS TO DO

River walks

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.

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.

St Neots Museum

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 day. There’s exhibitions,

children’s activities, tales and festivals.

www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk

MARKET

Every Thursday, Market Square

DON’T MISS

Carriages

For an unusual dining experience, venture

a little out of town and visit Carriages of

Cambridge; a 1920s station and vintage train

serving afternoon tea!

www.carriagesofcambridge.co.uk

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THE FENS

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

The small town of Chatteris offers a range of

amenities, good community spirit and busy

street market on a Friday. The Chatteris

Museum focuses on the history of the town

and the surrounding Fenland area.

MARCH

A pretty market town. The river winds

through the town centre, passing park

and riverside gardens and is often busy

with colourful boats cruising the Fenland

waterways. For a historic insight into the

old course of the River Nene, follow the

Riverside Trail. The walk begins at the Town

Bridge and takes in the views and sights of

March such as Broad Street, War Memorial

and The Fountain. Maps are available to

download at www.fenland.gov.uk

The river is a popular place for boaters to

stop with free moorings available. In the

town centre Broad Street is lined with shops

and is headed by an elaborate fountain,

which was built to commemorate the

coronation of King George V.

WHITTLESEY

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 market is

in town every Friday. Whittlesey has two

churches, both close to the town centre. The

Church of St Mary is famous for its glorious

spire supported on elegant flying buttresses

from the massive tower below.

WISBECH

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

cottages. It’s known for its elegant Georgian

architecture. Stroll along the Brinks or round

the Crescent to see some fine Georgian

houses.

Visit Peckover House on North Brink, now

in the care of the National Trust and open

to visitors from spring to autumn during the

afternoon.

Wisbech has two museums; the Wisbech

and Fenland Museum 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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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

ATTRACTIONS

Anglesey Abbey

A trip to this National Trust property is

a great summer’s day out. From Lord

Fairhaven’s collection in the House to

the amazing collection of plants in the

garden, there’s plenty to see and do. There

are a number of walks to enjoy. Explore

the Cambridgeshire countryside, passing

waterways and the Quy Fen or opt for the

Anglesey Abbey Dog Walking Trail, a short

walk which takes in the countryside near the

Abbey and the village of Lode.

Quy Road, Lode. 01223 810080.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbeygardens-and-lode-mill

Arts Picturehouse

Three-screen cinema showing a wide range

of films spanning art-house, independent,

classic, documentary and world cinema, as

well as Hollywood blockbusters.

38-39 St Andrew’s Street, 0871 902 5747.

www.picturehouses.com

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 morials/

europe/cambridge-american- cemetery

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. 07598 925243

www.cambridgebiketours.co.uk

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.

www.cambridgeleisure.co.uk

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.

www.lib.cam.ac.uk

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,

www.christianheritage.org.uk

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Classic Wings

Flying lessons in Cambridgeshire and

vintage flights. A fun way to experience the

thrill of flying in a classic vintage aircraft.

Open March to October.

Duxford, 01223 837453,

www.classic-wings.co.uk

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 every day from

March to September.

Northey Road, 01733 864468,

www.vivacity.org/heritage-venues/flag-fen

Ely Cathedral

Whether your interest is religious, historical

or architectural, or simply to explore and

experience this wonderful place, tours are

available. Ely, 01353 660359,

www.elycathedral.org

Elton Hall

Elton Hall is made up of a mixture of

property including farms, houses and

cottages, commercial property and

woodland.

Peterborough, 01832 280468,

www.eltonhall.com

Grasshopper Clock

The fabulously terrifying ‘Grasshopper Clock’

on the corner of Corpus’ Taylor Library is

a must-see for any Cambridge visitor. 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). www.corpus.cam.ac.uk

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Nene Valley Railway

NVR is a standard gauge railway and home

to a wide variety of locomotives and rolling

stock, many in regular use.

Stibbington, 01780 784444. www.nvr.org.uk

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.

Duxford, 01223 499341,

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

Oliver Cromwell House

Oliver Cromwell’s House offers a wide range

of costumed guided tours with a bank of

trained guides. It is also home to the Tourist

Information Centre for Ely. A number of

heritage and ghost tours are also available.

Ely, 01353 662062.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

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

John Clare Cottage

Tucked away in the village of Helpston, this

is the home of John Clare (1793-1864). The

cottage has been restored and visitors

can learn about his works and how rural

people lived during the early 19th century.

Woodgate, Helpston, 01733 253330.

www.clarecottage.org

Longthorpe Tower

Longthorpe Tower displays one of the most

complete and important sets of 14th century

domestic wall paintings in northern Europe.

Open April to October.

Peterborough, 01733 864663,

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Peterborough Cathedral

One of the finest Norman buildings

surviving in Europe today.

Peterborough, 01733 355315,

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

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Peterborough Museum

Amazing objects and interactive displays

for all ages. The collections comprise

over 200,000 items of great national and

international importance.

Priestgate, 01733 864663,

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Riverboat Georgina

Enjoy a luxury river cruise along the Cam.

Public trips are available throughout the

year. Also available for private charter.

01638 720469

www.riverboatgeorginacambridge.co.uk

Peterhouse

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. www.pet.cam.ac.uk

The Backs

The Cambridge Backs is a stretch of

reclaimed land, which runs along the back of

the riverside colleges. It provides stunning

views throughout the year, and is covered

with a blanket of daffodils and crocuses

during the spring.

Queen’s Road. 01223 457000

Welney Wetland Centre

Explore wetlands, where incredible wildlife

encounters take place every day, set in the

heart of the Fens.

Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, 01353 860711.

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

Ramsey Rural Museum

Discover 200 years of rural life with exhibits

and displays of machinery and vehicles.

There are multiple buildings to visit, each

offering an insight into local history and

archives. Before you leave, take time to

browse the second-hand bookshop in the

Courtyard and pop to the tearoom for a

cuppa! www.ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk

Wimpole Hall

A working estate still guided by the seasons,

with an impressive mansion and Home Farm.

Open seven days a week. Hall partially open

November to February, check website for

details.

Arrington, 01223 206000,

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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info@swanontheriver.co.uk

www.swanontheriver.co.uk

Pub

Dining

Rooms

Wedding Packages from £25 per head

Five B&B rooms overlooking the river Great

Ouse £95 per night

Sleep in your en-suite riverside room, wake

to morning coffee on your own balcony,

overlooking the river

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Littleport

E ly

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Littleport sits on the Norfolk, Suffolk and

Cambridge borders, centrally placed for

exploring East Anglia, in particular

Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket, Kings Lynn and

Bury St Edmunds

- all accessible from the village rail station

which is on the direct line from London

Kings Cross.


CAMBRIDGESHIRE

WHAT’S ON

4-5 Apr Burghley Fine Food Market

Burghley House, Burghley Park, Stamford

www.burghley.co.uk/events/burghley-finefood-market-spring

16-19 Apr Cambridge Literary Festival

Multiple venues in Cambridge

www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

2-3 May QIPCO Guineas Festival

Newmarket Racecourse

www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk

7-10 May Ely Eel Festival

Ely City Centre, Jubilee Gardens & Palace

Green

www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

18-23 May Cambridge Beer Festival

Jesus Green, Cambridge

www.cambridgebeerfestival.com

23-May EAT Cambridge

Cambridge Corn Exchange

www.eat-cambridge.co.uk

23-24 May Duxford Air Festival

IWM Duxford

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford/

airshows

31 May Cambridgeshire County Show

Wimpole Home Farm

www.cambscountyshow.co.uk

6-Jun Strawberry Fair

Midsummer Common

www.strawberry-fair.org.uk

13-Jun Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival

Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough

www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/drag- onboat-festivals/peterborough-festival

13-14 Jun Cambridge Town & Country Fair

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

18-21 Jun Cambridge Rock Festival

East of England Showground, Peterborough

www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

19 Jun - 29 Aug Newmarket Nights

July Course, Newmarket

www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket/

events-tickets/newmarket-nights

3-5 Jul The Big Weekend

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

4-5 Jul Peterborough Italian Festival

Cathedral Square, Peterborough

5-Jul Ely Aquafest

The Riverside, Lavender Green, Jubilee

Gardens and the Maltings Green

www.elyaquafest.org.uk

10-12 Jul Ely Folk Festival

Ely City Centre

www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk

10-11 Jul The Gin and Rum Festival

Peterborough Cathedral

11-Jul Paxfest & Fun Dog Show

Little Paxton Village Hall

www.littlepaxtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

30 Jul – 1 Aug Cambridge Folk Festival

Cherry Hinton Hall

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

TBC Sept Cambridge Art Fair

Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge

www.cambridgeartfair.com

TBC Oct Perkins Great Eastern Run

The Embankment, Peterborough

www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

TBC Oct Octoberfest

The Embankment, Peterborough

www.oktoberfestpeterborough.co.uk

5 Nov Fireworks & Bonfire Night

Midsummer Common

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

Dec – Jan The North Pole

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

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BRAINTREE

Braintree has seen significant growth in

recent years, thanks to an influx of property

development. In and around Braintree, you’ll

find miles of wonderful walks, cycling routes

and golf at Braintree Golf Club. You’ll find

fascinating exhibitions at the Braintree

District Museum, which change regularly so

there’s always something new to learn and

discover.

SHOPPING

Braintree Village is a hub for

entertainment. The popular retail

outlet features over 85 stores offering

up to 60 per cent off designer brands

such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Kate

Spade – definitely a place to visit for the

shopaholics among you! The shopping

destination is continuing to expand with

future plans for more store openings.

Keep an eye out for promotions and

extra discounts! It is also home to a

selection of chain restaurants, pop up

food stalls and a cinema!

ANTIQUES

Antiques are a local speciality and you’ll find

offerings at Bocking Antiques Centre and

Finchingfield Antiques Centre.

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CHELMSFORD

Home to shopping centres and glorious parks,

Chelmsford is officially labelled as a city. It has grown

immensely over the last few years with modern

property developments and improvements to the

town centre including the Bond Street shopping area.

It’s home to a number of high street stores, a cinema

and John Lewis’ first Essex-based store.

PLACES TO VISIT

Hylands House

A stunning Grade II listed property, 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

Set in a 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.

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums

ENTERTAINMENT

Chelmsford is home to three theatres; The Civic

Theatre, Cramphorn Theatre and Old Court Theatre.

All offer a diverse range of performances throughout

the year. Keep up-to date with the latest productions

at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

WHERE TO EAT

You’ll find the usual chains scattered throughout as

well as independent cafes, bistros and pubs, riverside

dining and nightlife.

www,chelmsfordforyou.co.uk/directory/dining

WHAT’S ON

3Foot People Festival, 30 June – 3 July

SWFest, 30 August

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Telephone 01206 302171 www.brightlingseaamuseum.com

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

on Wednesday, Sunday and

Bank Holiday afternoons

(Noon – 5 p.m.)

from EASTER SUNDAY until

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Opening times:

Saturday 10.00 - 4.00pm

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Thursday and Fridays

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A PERFECT SETTING for your wedding or family

celebration. The House and/or Gardens are also available for

hire for public or private events such as weddings, concerts,

exhibitions or corporate events.

By prior arrangement, guided tours for groups or school visits

are also offered outside normal opening hours

For more information, see our website:

www.ingatestonehall.com

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CLACTON

With one of the best climates in the UK, a

summer visit to the Essex Sunshine Coast is

a must. Clacton-on-Sea is a popular seaside

resort, think bucket and spades and fish

and chip shops. The seafront gardens are

a carpet of glorious colour throughout the

season and provide a backdrop for miles of

golden sandy beaches and the town’s fun

packed pier. The town and its beaches are

popular with visitors in the summer, and

there is a packed annual entertainment

programme.

FRINTON

Relaxed and sophisticated, Frinton is a

pretty seaside resort. 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.

THINGS TO DO

Long walks and picnics on the beach

Hire a beach hut

Enjoy fish and chips

Play a round of golf at Frinton Golf Club

WHERE TO STAY

Check in to The Lighthouse Spa & Hotel

www.lifehouse.co.uk

ENTERTAINMENT

Princes Theatre

www.princestheatre.co.uk

West Cliff Theatre

www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

Century Cinema

www.centurycinema.co.uk

The Pier

Clacton’s biggest attraction. Here you’ll

find SeaQuarium, Ten Pin Bowling,

arcades, mini golf and go karts.

www.clactonpier.co.uk

Clacton Air Show, 27-28 August

The award-winning seafronts and

greensward are transformed over the

two days into a fun filled events site

and viewing area. Impressive aerobatic

displays take to the skies whilst a whole

host of exhibitions, trade stands, food

court and on-site entertainment are

available at ground level.

www.clactonairshow.com

Evil on Sea

Visit in autumn for ‘Evil on Sea’; a horror

experience for teenagers and adults,

which takes place every Friday and

Saturday in October. There’s also a

Halloween Festival for children.

WOOF!

Both Clacton & Frinton beach operate a

dog ban from 1 May to 30 September

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COLNE

VALLEY

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.

Villages to visit include Earls Colne,

Coggeshall, Wakes Colne and Chappel.

ENTERTAINMENT

East Anglian Railway Museum

A living heritage museum set in the

original Victorian railway buildings at

Chappel & Wakes Colne station on the

Gainsborough Line and adjacent to the

splendid Chappel Viaduct, telling the

story of railways in the region since the

1840s. www.earm.co.uk

West Street Vineyard

Located in Coggeshall, the vineyard

offers wine tasting and tours. If you’re

peckish stop by for brunch, lunch,

dinner or afternoon tea!

www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk

Hedingham Castle

One of the country’s best-preserved

Norman keeps with medieval

re-enactments loved by children

and adults alike. Events take place

throughout the year, including jousting

and vintage fairs.

www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Hillhouse Woods

You’ll find this spot in West Bergholt.

The woods puts on a beautiful display

of bluebells in the spring and is a great

location for a picnic.

COLCHESTER

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.

Colchester’s tourist attractions make the

town great for both a day trip or weekend

break.

SHOPPING

Market days, every Friday and Saturday on

the High Street

Colchester Farmer’s Market, first Friday of

every month at Colchester Arts Centre

Independent stores

From Crouch Street to The South Lanes,

explore the narrow streets and discover

boutiques, vintage clothing and tearooms.

THINGS TO DO

Colchester Zoo

Learn about the animals as you see

them up close, watch one of many daily

displays and visit interactive and play

areas.

www.colchester-zoo.com

Colchester Castle

Soak up 2,000 years of history. Discover

archaeological collections and learn

more about the town’s past with its

programme of talks, tours, quizzes and

workshops, for both families and adults.

www.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/venues/

colchester-castle

PUBS

The Chappel Inn

www.thechapelinn.com

The Lion

www.lionearlscolne.co.uk

The Five Bells

www.fivebells.net

ENTERTAINMENT

Mercury Theatre

www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

Firstsite

www.firstsite.uk

The Minories Art Gallery

www.theminoriesgalleries.co.uk

Colchester Arts Centre

www.colchesterartscentre.com

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Gosfield Lake Resort

Camping

Excellent camping facilities, lake-side tent field

and separate caravan field with electric hook-ups.

Purpose-built toilets and showers. All bookable online!

Water Activities

Skiing - Lessons for all, come along and try it out.

Banana - Rides and parties available.

Triathalon - Swim sessions.

So much fun,

So close to home!

Annexe

Double suites with lake-views, along with your

private patio area to relax on.

Days Out

B ring the family for a picnic and play in our new Sand/

activity play area. Alternatively, you can enj oy a meal at our

onsite restaurant ‘ The Apple tree. E nj oy watching the skiing,

play ball or j ust relax in the beautiful surroundings.


LEIGH

ON SEA

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.

Less than an hour by train from London,

among the city slickers you’ll find a wealth of

artists and creative types on the Broadway,

while down in the atmospheric Old Town,

the original wealth creators of Leigh, the

fishermen, still ply their trade.

Among the cool bars and restaurants,

Leigh is chock-full of fabulous independent,

quirky fashion boutiques, dedicated

antiques stores, and home-ware emporiums,

elegantly placed alongside the big names

and high-street classics.

THE BEACH

Walk along the cobbled street of Old Leigh

and you’ll come to a small but clean beach,

perfect for families with young children.

There are splash pools and crabbing

opportunities. The beach is dog-friendly

from 1 October to 30 April.

TOP TIP

Visit Sara’s Tea Garden in Old Leigh. A

cute little café with an outdoor garden.

Enjoy cream teas, cakes and lunch.

There’s a doggy menu too!

www.sarasteagardens.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

Restaurants on the Estuary

The Peterboat

www.the-peterboat.eastangliapubs.com

The Boatyard

www.theboatyardrestaurant.co.uk

Osborne Bros

www.osbornebros.co.uk

Simply Seafood

www.simply-seafood.com

Restaurants on the Broadway:

The Estuary

www.estuaryrestaurants.com

Henry Burgers

www.henryburgers.co.uk

Stop the World Café

www.stoptheworldcafe.com

The Brunch Co

www.facebook.com/thebrunchcolos

SEAFOOD

For lovers of fresh seafood, Leigh’s Old Town

is fabulous. Along the cobbled street you’ll

find fish mongers selling fresh catch of the

day. Grab a plate of cockles and sit on a

bench overlooking the estuary.

PARKING

Leigh on Sea is busy year-round, especially

at weekends. There is a small car park at Old

Leigh and further parking options on the

Broadway.

WHAT’S ON

Leigh Art Trail, 6-20 June

Leigh Folk Festival, 25-28 June

Leigh Regatta, 6 September

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MALDON

Maldon has a rich and varied history waiting

to be explored. It’s a pretty town on the

Blackwater Estuary, packed with places

to visit. If you are making a day trip, there

are a number of museums, parks, leisurely

walks and boating opportunities. With 75

miles of coastline and the big skies over the

marshes, it provides the perfect backdrop

for summer picnics and sunny days filled

with ice creams.

PLACES TO VISIT

Moot Hall

Built in the 15th century, you can

explore this fascinating building on a

tour and enjoy its panoramic rooftop

views of Maldon and beyond.

www.themoothall.co.uk

Promenade Park

A huge hit with families, the awardwinning

park on the bank of the River

Blackwater makes a great day out.

Bring a picnic and spend time lazing

on the grass with an afternoon of

games. Children can let off steam at

the Valley Adventure play area, Pirates

Bay Adventure Golf, crabbing lake and

sandpit.

www.visitmaldon.co.uk/promenade-park

Thames Sailing Barge

Maldon is home to the iconic sails of

the Thames Sailing Barge. The Trust

have a schedule of trips where you can

experience sailing on a historic vessel

and visit various locations around the

Thames Estuary.

www.thamesbarge.org.uk

Microbreweries

Maldon is home to two award-winning

microbreweries, Maldon Brewing

Company and Mighty Oak Brewing

Company. Both breweries are part

of the Grape and Grain Trail, which

showcases vineyards, breweries

and distilleries in district. It’s a great

opportunity to learn about local

produce!

THINGS TO DO

Beach Huts

Pretty pastel coloured huts are available

to hire in Promenade Park. Equipped with

lighting, a plug socket and deckchairs, they

make a great base for a family day out.

Crabbing

A classic British tradition and great fun for

both kids and adults. Take your line, bait

and bucket along to the boating lake in

Promenade Park, the estuary edge or Hythe

Quay. See how many you can catch before

releasing the little nippers back into the

water.

Hythe Quay

Walk along to the Quay to get insight into

the town’s maritime past. Home to the

Thames Sailing Barge and some awardwinning

pubs, it’s a great place to spend a

sunny afternoon.

More info at www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk

WHAT’S ON

Maldon Mud Race, 3 May

Maldon Motor Show, 5 July

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MERSEA

There’s few places nowadays that retain the

charm of a time gone by, but Mersea Island

on the Essex coast has managed to escape

the clasps of the modern world, somewhat

at least. Yes, there’s the odd sea-facing

glass fronted bars and restaurants to serve

weekend crowds, but hey, who doesn’t love a

glass of Champagne with their oysters?

Beyond this though, you’ll find sandy dunes

and fish shacks accompanied by the gentle

hum of boat sails flapping in the wind. The

pace of life is generally a little slower and

there’s no loud clanking of amusements or

fairgrounds, it’s coastal bliss.

THE BEACH

Palm trees front parts of Mersea’s

waterfront, but wander to the beach and

you’ll find creeks and broadwalks that

interconnect the marshes. The beach is part

sand, part shingle, and offers a feeling of

escapism. You’ll easily find a spot to yourself

even on busy days. The pastel coloured

beach huts are picture perfect. The tidal

waters are safe for confident swimmers but

watch your feet on the sharp oyster shells!

The beach is dog-friendly year-round!

WHERE TO EAT

West Mersea Oyster Bar

www.westmerseaoysterbar.co.uk

The Company Shed

www.thecompanyshed.co

The Coast Inn www.thecoastinn.co.uk

The Peldon Rose www.peldonroseinn.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

Waldegraves Holiday Park

www.waldegraves.co.uk

Coopers Beach Holiday Park

www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk/location/essex/

coopers-beach

The Victory at Mersea

www.victoryatmersea.co.uk

THINGS TO DO

Lady Grace Boats

Feel the sea breeze in your hair and view the

coastline from a different perspective by

hopping aboard the Lady Grace Boat, which

runs 20 minute trips, seven days a week, year

round. There’s no need to book, just turn up

at the jetty and wait your turn. They even let

well-behaved dogs aboard!

www.essexboattrips.co.uk

Crabbing

The jetty is a prime spot for crabbing –

perfect if you have little ones in tow. Grab

your bucket, line and bait and wait for the

bite. All crabs must be returned to the sea!

Mersea Island Vineyard

Pick up a bottle of Mersea Mehala; a dry

white full of aroma and the flavour of

elderflower. There’s five acres of vines

to view.

www.vineyard.merseabrewery.co.uk

OTHER IDEAS

Paddleboarding, kayaking,

windsurfing and sailing available at

www.mersea-island-watersports.co.uk

Beach hut hire

www.coolcoastalhuts.co.uk

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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 1BN

(01799) 510333 museum@uttlesford.gov.uk

www.saffronwaldenmuseum.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)

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


SAFFRON

WALDEN

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.

Market Day, every Tuesday & Saturday,

held on the Market Square

CAFÉ RECOMMENDATIONS

Angela Reed

www.angelareed.co.uk/pages/cafe

Bicicletta

www.biciclettavelo.com

Gluttons

m.facebook.com/gluttonssw

Tea Amo

www.teaamo.co.uk

THINGS TO DO

The Common

Visit the manicured lawns of The

Common. Great for picnics, balls games

and dog walks. There’s also a newly

refurbished playground and turf maze!

It’s home to pop up events and markets

throughout the year.

www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

Bridge End Garden

Hidden in the back streets of the town,

the grade II listed space consists of

seven interlinked gardens and popular

hedge maze. The Turf Labyrinth,

another maze which twists and turns, is

sure to be a hit with children.

Audley End House & Garden

A short drive from the town centre, the

stately home, landscaped gardens and

immaculate lawns are a great day out.

Check ahead to see if there are any

upcoming events!

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/

places/audley-end-house-and-gardens

Audley End Miniature Railway

A massive hit with families, the railway

trails through the forest where children

can spot teddies that live in the woods.

There’s also an Enchanted Fairy and Elf

Walk and picnic and play area – great for

when the warmer weather arrives.

There are seasonal events too!

www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Saffron Screen

The town features an independent

community cinema, which has a full

programmes of films, screenings and

concerts.

www.saffronscreen.com

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SOUTHEND

Here, you’ll find all the traditional seaside

pleasures along the seven glorious miles

of seafront. There are amusements, ice

cream and fish and chips, plus plenty of

entertainment venues. 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!

WALTON

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.

PLACES TO VISIT

Pleasure Pier

www.southend.gov.uk/info/200306/

southend_pier_and_cliff_lif

Sea Life Adventure

www.sealifeadventure.co.uk

Adventure Island

www.adventureisland.co.uk

Cliffs Pavilion & Palace Theatre

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

FISH AND CHIPS

Sand Bistro www.sandsbythesea.co.uk

Neptune’s Fish Restaurant

www.neptunessouthend.co.uk

Ocean Beach www.ocean-beach.co.uk

PLACES TO VISIT

Visit Rossi’s for ice cream!

www.rossiicecream.com

THE NAZE TOWER

The 86 foot octagonal Naze Tower,

overlooking the coastline, is currently used

as a tearoom and gallery which hosts a

number of exhibitions throughout the year.

www.nazetower.co.uk

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ESSEX

ATTRACTIONS

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 and learn

with interactive displays. There are activities

for rainy days too! Colchester. 01206 331292

www.colchester-zoo.com

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.

Off London Road, Saffron Walden.

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, which has a variety of

rides, as well as attractions including mini

golf and catering outlets. The theme park

features a number of thrilling rides including

some for children. Western Esplanade,

Southend-on-Sea. 01702 443400

www.adventureisland.co.uk

Brightlingsea Museum

Learn about the town’s past and discover

exhibitions that tell the story of the town’s

association with the River Colne and the

Sea. A must-visit for history buffs.

Brightlingsea. 01206 307121.

www.brightlingseamuseum.com

Chelmsford Theatres

The Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio

provide entertainment including concerts,

plays, ballet, pantomime, opera, jazz, dance,

musicals, comedy and more. Backstage

tours available. A full programme of events

can be viewed online. Fairfield Road,

Chelmsford. 01245 606505.

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

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. Castle Hedingham.

01787 461174 www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Clacton Shopping Village

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.

West Clacton-on-Sea. 01255 479595.

www.clactonshoppingvillage.com

Dedham Vale Vineyard

Seasonal trails through a countryside

vineyard, plus formal and casual tastings and

a wine shop. Boxted. 01206 271 136.

www.dedhamvalevineyard.com

Epping Ongar Railway

An award-winning heritage railway on the

former end of the Underground Central

Line, operating heritage trains between

award-winning old fashioned stations dating

from 1865. Chipping Ongar. 01277 365200.

www.eorailway.co.uk

Braintree Village

Braintree Village offers shopping, great

places to eat and fantastic offers and events

from over 85 stores. Charter Way, Braintree.

01376 348168. www.braintree-village.com

Gosfield Shopping Village

Over 120 traders offering a wide range of

antiques and collectibles, supplemented by

a selection of independent small retailers,

a gallery and restaurant. Petersfield Lane,

Gosfield. 01787 472333

www.gosfieldshoppingvillage.co.uk

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Ingatestone Hall

Privately-owned mansion with limited

summer opening, featuring antiques,

paintings and extensive gardens.

Hall Lane, Ingatestone. 01277 353010.

www.ingatestonehall.com

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 tearoom.

Marks Hall, Colchester. 01376 563796

www.markshall.org.uk

Mercury Theatre

A highly respected regional theatre staging

a broad mix of classic and new writing.

Balkerne Gate, Colchester. 01206 573948

www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

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. Deer

and ducks roam free and there’s a dinosaur

display too!

Stansted Mountfitchet. 01279 813237.

www.mountfitchetcastle.com

New Hall Wines

One of the oldest vineyards in England,

the family-run establishment has been

producing wine since 1969. It’s open to the

public Monday to Saturday for wine tasting

in the Cellar Shop and a tour of the Vineyard

Trail where visitors can learn more about

English wine and the vineyard’s history.

Purleigh, Chelmsford. 01621 828343.

www.newhallwines.co.uk

Princes Theatre

The theatre hosts a variety of live

entertainment including drama, music,

comedy, family shows and pantomime.

Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea. 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.

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey.

01992 707370.

www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Saffron Grange

A family-run vineyard, which grows

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier,

Seyval Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes to

make premium sparkling wines. Tours and

tastings by appointment from April through

to October. 01799 516597. Rowley Hill Farm,

Little Walden www.saffrongrange.com

Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall is an award-winning, 730 seat

performance space built in the grounds of

Saffron Walden County High School.

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden.

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. Museum Street,

Saffron Walden. 01799 510333.

www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org

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.

1 Market Street, Saffron Walden.

www.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 ample on-site

parking.

Little Easton, Dunmow. 01371 876979

www.eastonlodge.co.uk

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*Closed Christmas Day © Stacey England All event dates, times and activities are correct on date of printing (March 2020).


ESSEX

WHAT’S ON

First Saturday of every month

Maldon Antiques & Collectors Fair

Maldon United Reformed Church, CM9 4PZ

www.maldonurc.org.uk

4-19 Apr Easter Adventure Quest

Audley End House, Saffron Walden

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on

15-18 Apr Maldon Beer & Cider Festival

Upper Plume School, Maldon

12-13 Apr Easter Joust!

Hedingham Castle

www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

8-10 May & 27-27 Sep Festival of Dogs

Weald Country Park, South Weald

www.festivalsofdogs.co.uk

8-9 May Robin Hood Country Show

The Brentwood Centre, Brentwood

www.robinhoodcountryshow.co.uk

13-24 May Mersea Food & Drink Festival

Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester

www.mersea-fdl-festival.com

6 Jun Life Arts Wellbeing Festival

Chelmsford City Racecourse

www.lifearts.co.uk

19 Jun - 12 Jul Thaxted Festival

Thaxted Church

www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

20 Jun - 4 Jul Maldon Festival

Town Centre, Maldon

www.maldonfestival.org.uk

27-28 Jun Leigh Folk Festival

Various locations in Leigh

www.leighfolkfestival.com

28-Jun Alfresco Cinema: Aladdin!

Promenade Park, Maldon

www.essexalfrescocinema.com

30-Jun – 3 Jul 3foot People Festival

Hylands Park, Chelmsford

www.chelmsford.gov.uk

4-5 Jul Steamy Vintage Encounter

East Anglian Railway Museum

www.earm.co.uk

25 Jul Maldon Carnival

Town centre, Maldon

www.maldoncarnival.uk

31 Jul – 2 Aug

Brightlingsea Free Music Festival

Various locations, Brightlingsea

www.brightlingseafreefest.com

8 Aug Harwich Maritime Festival

Harwich Quay

www.harwichmaritimefestival.com

15-16 Aug Walton Carnival

Walton-on-the-Naze

www.waltoncarnival.co.uk

15 Aug GCE Heritage Live: Van Morrison

Audley End House, Saffron Walden

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on

14-16 Aug Smoke & Fire Festival

Promenade Park, Maldon

www.smokeandfirefestival.com

15-Aug Classic & Vintage Car Show

Hedingham Castle

www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

27-28 Aug Clacton Airshow

Clacton-on-Sea seafront

www.clactonairshow.com

28 Aug – 5 Sep Burnham Week

The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch

www.burnhamweek.com

5-6 Sep Annual Wine Festival

New Hall Vineyards

www.newhallwines.com

27 Sep The Essex Country Show

Weald Country Park, Brentwood

www.ukcraftfairs.com

8-11 Oct Harwich Shanty Festival

Multiple venues, Harwich

www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk

14-15 Nov The East Anglian Festivals of Dogs

Chelmsford City Racecourse

www.festivalsofdogs.co.uk

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HATFIELD

& WELWYN

The two Hertfordshire towns have grown

enormously over recent years and offer

everything you’d expect from modern towns.

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:

THINGS TO DO

Hatfield House

Once the childhood home of Elizabeth

I, now a treasure trove of historic

mementos, period detail and sumptuous

scenery. Spend some time wandering

the gardens, pull on your wellies and get

muddy down on the farm or relax and

enjoy a bite to eat at the Stable Yard.

There’s seasonal events too including an

Easter trail and summer concerts.

www.hatfield-house.co.uk

The Galleria

There’s over 80 shops and 15 places to eat.

With the centre’s brilliant on-site jungle

themed adventure area Get Wild, children

will be entertained for hours… giving you

more time to shop until you drop!

www.thegalleria.co.uk

Vertigo Adventures

Fun, thrills and nerve-jangling challenges

– find it all at Vertigo Adventures,

Stanborough Park. The high and lowropes

course is one of the toughest in the

UK, with zip-wire action, breath-taking

plunges and daring challenges to test

even the hardiest of adventure seekers!

www.vertigoadventures.co.uk

Mill Green Mill and Museum

The 18th century working watermill and

museum features three exhibition rooms

packed with local art and historical

items. Craft workshops and fun activities

for children are held here throughout

the year. Milling days on Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons.

www.welhat.gov.uk/millgreenmuseum

TOP TIP

Visit the The Eight Bells! Referenced in

Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, it’s the oldest

pub in Hatfield!

100 YEARS OF WGC

2020 is a special year for Welwyn

Garden City as it celebrates its

centenary. There’s a year of celebrations

planned to mark the major milestone!

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HERTFORD

& WARE

Hertford and Ware, two picturesque towns

nestled in the heart of Hertfordshire.

MARKETS

Hertford weekly market, every Saturday

Hertford Farmers’ Market, second Saturday

of every month

Great Amwell Car Boot Sale, every Sunday

HISTORY

Visit Hertford Castle and Ware Museum to

learn more about the area. Hertford Castle

hosts regular events throughout the year

such as car shows, a rock concert, fun days,

beer and food festivals and a teddy bears

picnic! Scott’s Grotto in Ware is a fascinating

series of interconnected chambers. It’s

open from 1 April to 28 September and entry

costs just £1.

WHERE TO EAT

Lussmans www.lussmanns.com

Mr Tanaka’s

www.facebook.com/MrTanakas

The Mexican www.themexicancantina.co.uk

Dirties www.dirtieshertford.co.uk

Coffee Lab, Hertford and Ware

YOU NEED TO SEE

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.

TOP TIP

On hot days visit Ware Priory Lido!

www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk/services/

priory-lido

ARTS & CULTURE

Art lovers will adore Hertford’s choice of

galleries. Courtyard Arts is a small but lively

community arts centre on Port Vale. 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. There’s also

the Gallery at Hertford Theatre.

The Hertford Arts Trail takes place 11-19 April.

AFTERNOON TEA

Hanbury Manor

www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/stngshanbury-manor-marriott-hotel-andcountry-club

Fanhams Hall

www.exclusive.co.uk/fanhams-hall

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HITCHIN

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.

PLACES TO VISIT

Hitchin Lavender

There are 17 miles of lavender rows

for visitors to wander through. In the

17th century barn, a variety of food,

refreshments and lavender products

are sold so visitors can bring home a

piece of their experience.

www.hitchinlavender.com

The British Schools Museum

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.

www.britishschoolsmuseum.org.uk

MARKET DAYS

Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.

WHERE TO EAT

Los Reyes Tapas Restaurant

www.losreyes.co.uk

Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant

www.hermitagerd.co.uk

Pitcher & Piano

www.pitcherandpiano.com

GO ALFRESCO

For outdoor dining visit The Millstream

www.chickenandgrillpubs.co.uk/millstream

GRAB A COFFEE

The Groundworks

www.thegroundworks.co.uk

Halsey’s Deli & Eatery

www.halseysdeli.co.uk

Wakekin and Son

www.wakelin-and-son.business.site

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ROYSTON

Royston is a town full of character and

charm. The town has several historical

buildings and an unusual man-made cave

with medieval carvings. With its rich history,

it’s no surprise that Royston is home to a

range of traditional pubs and restaurants

that offer a superb Sunday lunch and good

hearty food.

THINGS TO DO

Royston Caves

Visitors can climb down to discover an

amazing cavern, intricately carved with

religious and pagan symbols. 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 – 4pm between 11

April and 27 September 2020.

www.roystoncave.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

Eat & stay at Banyers House

www.banyershouse.co.uk

Refuel at The Health Café Bar

www.roystonheath.co.uk

MARKET DAY

Every Saturday, 8am-2pm

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The best day out in history

Historic Market

every Wednesday

and Saturday with

160 stalls

Magnificent

Cathedral with

the longest nave

in England

Events and

festivals

throughout

the year

Museum + Gallery

with priceless heritage

and contemporary

artworks

Spectacular Roman

mosaics, unique

Roman theatre

and hypocaust

Tranquil 100-acre

Verulamium Park

with ornamental

lake and heronry

Tel: 01727 819492

Email: tourism@stalbans.gov.uk

or visit www.enjoystalbans.com


ST ALBANS

With 2,000 years of history under its belt,

lush green parks and a buzzing city centre,

St Albans offers plenty to see and do. The

stylish city is great for a weekend break.

PLACES TO VISIT

St Alban Cathedral

Enter the Cathedral’s Welcome Centre

via Sumpter Yard. Discover the story of

Alban, then take an hour or so to enjoy

some of the Cathedral’s hidden gems or

book ahead to climb the tower as part

of a tour. Open daily.

www.stalbanscathedral.org

St Albans Museum + Gallery

The museum tells the story of the City

and hosts quality art exhibitions and

events year-round, as well as being a

wonderful building to visit in its own

right. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Verulamium Park

An area of calm away from the bustle

of the city. Take a leisurely stroll around

the parkland or stop for a picnic by the

River Ver or ornamental lake. There’s a

café on site, outdoor fitness area, plus

children’s playground and splash pool

during the summer. www.enjoystalbans.

com/listing/verulamium-park

MARKETS

Traditional Street Market, every Wednesday

and Saturday, 8.30am-4.30pm

St Peter’s Street, St Albans

Farmers’ Market, second Sunday each

month, 8am-2pm

St Peter’s Street, St Albans

ENTERTAINMENT

The Alban Arena www.alban-arena.co.uk

Abbey Theatre www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

Maltings Arts Theatre

www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk

Trestle Arts Theatre www.trestle.org.uk

WHERE TO EAT

The Waffle House

www.wafflehouse.co.uk/st-albans

The Pudding Stop

www.thepuddingstop.com

Lussmans

www.lussmanns.com/restaurants/st-albans

The Foragers at The Verulam Arms

www.the-foragers.com

PUB STOPS

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

www.yeoldefightingcocks.co.uk

The White Lion

www.whitelionstalbans.co.uk

The Cock Inn

www.thecockinnstalbans.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

St Albans Hotel www.stalbanshotel.co.uk

Sopwell House www.sopwellhouse.co.uk

For more information visit at

www.enjoystalbans.com

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STEVENAGE

A visit to Stevenage and its surrounding

villages offers variety in every sense of the

word. You can shop in major high street

stores 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 Cineworld at the Leisure

Park.

THINGS TO DO

Knebworth House

A fabulous stately home, where you

can spend the whole day. Wander

around the stunning gardens, visit

the Dinosaur Trail and the children’s

adventure playground. From 21 March

until 27 September 2020, you can enjoy

exploring Knebworth’s history and

heritage. Tours are available. Knebworth

House has a busy events programme

including the Hertfordshire Garden

Show, Medieval jousting and DogFest.

www.knebworthhouse.com

TRING

Located in the Borough of Dacorum, and

nearby the Chiltern Hills, Tring is great for

exploring the delights of a small market

town.

YOU NEED TO SEE

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 museum hosts regular

events throughout the year including

drop-in sessions, workshops, behind the

scene tours and more. www.nhm.ac.uk

Walkern Gallery

Here you can see the work of Stephen

Lowe along with other local and

professional artists.

www.walkerngallery.com

Gordon Craig Theatre

New seasons bring a variety of

performances to the theatre.

Watch first-class comedy, dramatic

performances and musicals guaranteed

to get you dancing in the aisles.

www.gordon-craig.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

Champneys Tring - the original British spa!

With an emphasis on health and wellness,

the spa is one of the leading the country.

It has multiple pool facilities, a relaxation

hideaway, sauna, steam, tennis courts,

fitness centre, 62 treatment rooms and

more.

www.champneys.com/spa-resorts/

champneys-tring

MARKETS

WHAT’S ON

DogFest, 2-3 May

Hertfordshire Garden Show, 8-10 May

Father’s Day Medieval Jousting, 21 June

The Great British Food Festival, 18-19 July

Charter Market, Friday

Church Square, High Street

Farmers’ Market, alternate Saturdays

Church Square, High Street

Don’t miss the regular Tring Market Auctions

www.tringmarketauctions.co.uk/auctioncalendar

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WATFORD

Watford makes for a good day trip or

weekend break. 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.

PLACES TO VISIT

Watford Palace Theatre

Close to the high street, the theatre offers

productions ranging from dance and

theatre to 3D films, many of which have

received critical acclaim.

www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

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.

www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

intu Watford

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.

It’s home to plenty of restaurants, a cinema

and hosts regular seasonal events and

promotions. intu.co.uk/Watford

Cassiobury 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 Cafe.

TOP TIP

For food & cocktails visit The Florist

www.theflorist.uk.com

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HERTFORDSHIRE

ATTRACTIONS

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. ‘Walking tour of Hitchin’ takes place

every second Friday and fourth Tuesday of

the month.

41-42 Queen Street, Hitchin. 01462 429240.

www.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

from archery to storytelling.

Brickendon Lane, Brickendon. 01438 718543.

www.celticharmony.org

Hatfield House

Explore the Jacobean craftsmanship

throughout the house, visit the gardens,

Stable Yard or one of the many yearly

events.

Hatfield Park, Hatfield. 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.

Dane Tree House, Perry Green.

01279 843333. www.henry-moore.org

Hertfordshire Music Service

Hertfordshire Music Service is one of the

largest Local Authority music services in the

country with over 560 instrumental & vocal

teachers. 01438 844851.

www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk

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.

Salisbury Hall, London Colney. 01727 826400.

www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Grove Theatre

Community theatre staging drama, ballet,

comedy, film screenings and more. Box

Office is open Mon to Fri, 10am-5pm.

Grove Park, Dunstable. 01582 60280 (opt 2).

www.grovetheatre.co.uk

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender farm is an attraction

with miles of lavender you are able to walk

through. Flowering season is from mid-June

to end of August.

Cadwell Farm, Ickleford. 01462 434343.

www.hitchinlavender.com

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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.

01438 812661. 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 river cruise with lunch or

dinner.

Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne.

01992 462085. www.leevalleyboats.co.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.

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne.

01992 470490. www.pwpark.com

St Albans Cathedral

A team of expert guides can provide tours.

Features include worship and music, the

story of Saint Alban, visitor information,

study centre, trusts and societies, history

and virtual tour.

St Albans Cathedral. 01727 890200.

www.stalbanscathedral.org

St Albans Museum + Gallery

Set over three floors, the state-of-theart

gallery spaces showcases over 2,000

years of priceless heritage and displays

contemporary artworks - sharing local,

national and world treasures with visitors.

Free general admission.

Market Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans

www.stalbansmuseums.org.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. www.sll.co.uk

Ventura Wildlife’s Zoological Gardens

Set within two acres of beautiful grounds

this friendly zoo offers an interactive animal

adventure ideal for visitors of all ages.

Entrance includes a variety of keeper talks,

animal feeds and indoor animal encounter

shows which take place throughout the day.

Van Hage, Great Amwell. 01920 870418.

www.venturawildlife.co.uk

The Paper Trail at Frogmore Mill

Frogmore Paper Mill is the world’s oldest

mechanised paper mill.

Fourdrinier Way, Hemel Hempstead.

01442 234600. www.thepapertrail.org.uk

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.

Coursers Road, London Colney.

0333 3312060. www.willowsactivityfarm.com

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HERTFORDSHIRE

WHAT’S ON

11 Apr - 9 May Hertford Arts Festival

Various venues, Hertford

www.hertford.gov.uk/events/hertford-artsfestival-526

10-13 Apr Easter Trails

Knebworth House

www.knebworthhouse.com/events

2-3 May DogFest

Knebworth House

www.dog-fest.co.uk

7-10 May Living Crafts

Hatfield House

www.livingcrafts.co.uk

8-10 May Hertfordshire Garden Show

Knebworth House

www.knebworthhouse.com/events

23 May-7 Jun

Sustainability Festival St Albans

www.sustainablestalbans.org/get-started/

sust-festival

23-24 May Hertfordshire County Show

The Showground, Redbourn

www.hertsshow.com

24-May Slam Dunk Festival

Hatfield House

www.slamdunkmusic.com

24-May Cars at the Castle

Hertfor Castle, Hertford

www.hertford.gov.uk/events

30-31 May

St Albans Steam and Country Show

Oaklands College (Smallford Campus),

Hatfield Road, St Albans

www.hertssteam.co.uk

13-Jun Harpenden Carnival

Harpenden Common

www.harpendencarnival.com

21-Jun Alban Street Festival

St Peter’s St, St Albans

www.enjoystalbans.com/whats-on

21 Jun Hertford Open Air Theatre

Hertford Castle

www.hertford.gov.uk/events

26-28 Jun St Albans Folk Festival

City Centre, St Albans

www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

7-12 Jul St Albans Film Festival

City Centre, St Albans

www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

18-Jul Battle Proms

Hatfield House

www.battleproms.co.uk

19-Jul Folk by the Oak

Hatfield House

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18-19 Jul The Great British Food Festival

Knebworth House

www.knebworthhouse.com/events

2-Aug Rock at the Castle

Hertford Castle, Hertford

www.hertford.gov.uk/events

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Knebworth House

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Hatfield Park

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22-23 Aug Hertford Food & Drink Festival

Hertford Castle, Hertford

www.hertford.gov.uk/event

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Knebworth House

www.knebworthhouse.com/events

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Hatfield Park

www.classicibiza.co.uk

5-Sep Redbourn Classics Motor Show and

Village Fete

Redbourn Common

www.redbournclassics.co.uk

23-26 Sep St Albans Beer & Cider Festival

St Albans Civic Centre

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ATTLEBOROUGH

Tucked away between Wymondham and

Thetford, the market town of Attleborough

is well worth a detour off the A11.

PLACES TO VISIT

St. Mary’s Church

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.

www.attleboroughchurch.org.uk

Peter Beales Roses

Discover an abundance of classic roses.

Peter Beales Roses supplies over 1,000

varieties as well as stocking an extensive

range of garden plants. Wander the two

acres garden with its beautiful floral

displays. The gardens are free to visit. A

number of tours, workshops and fairs

are held throughout the year. There’s a

tearoom and gift shop too!

www.classicroses.co.uk

MARKETS

Market Day on Tuesday, 8am-2pm

WHERE TO STAY

The Griffin Hotel

www.griffin-hotel.co.uk

The Spa at Aldercarr Hall

www.aldercarrhall.co.uk

TOP TIP

Attleborough is also a great base for

exploring The Brecks or Thetford Forest.

DON’T MISS

Don’t miss the Old Buckenham Airshow,

1-2 August 2020!

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AYLSHAM & BLICKLING

Set in the heart of beautiful rolling

countryside, Aylsham is a charming market

town that is truly special.

MARKETS

General Market, every Monday & Friday

Farmers’ Market, first Saturday of the

month

Plant & Flower Auction, every Monday

STATELY HOMES

Wolterton Hall

www.woltertonpark.co.uk

Mannington Gardens

www.manningtongardens.co.uk

Felbrigg Hall

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg-hallgardens-and-estate

Blickling Estate

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate

YOU NEED TO SEE

Stop by Redwings Horse Sanctuary

which cares for over 2,000 horses,

ponies, donkeys and mules. There is also

a café, gift shop and children’s play area

as well as walking tours and horse care

demos. Entry is free.

www.redwings.org.uk

ALL ABOARD

For a memorable journey the whole

family will adore, hop on board the Bure

Valley Railway to experience the magic

of steam. Starting at Aylsham, the train

takes an 18-mile round trip through the

picturesque Bure Valley stopping off at

some of Norfolk’s quaint villages before

arriving at Wroxham, the capital of The

Norfolk Broads. There are a number of

themed events held throughout the

year.

Families can also enjoy a trip aboard

The Broadland Boat Train, which

combines a train ride and river cruise.

It operates on a daily basis from

the beginning of April to the end of

October. Pre-booking is advisable.

www.bvrw.co.uk

WHAT’S ON

Blickling Hall hosts the annual Aylsham

Show, a traditional one-day agricultural

show with cookery demonstrations, food,

farming, trade stands and much more.

This year’s show will take place on

Monday 31 August. Book tickets at

www.theaylshamshow.co.uk

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BLAKENEY

A small village with a beautiful Quay,

Blakeney is an attractive destination with

narrow lanes of flint cottages, traditional

pubs, a deli and medieval Guildhall. With

opportunities for crabbing, fishing, canoeing,

birdwatching, yachting and sailing, it is a

popular base for a North Norfolk holiday. The

location is ideal for a romantic getaway and

groups of friends.

THINGS TO DO

Walks

Great for those who love to be

outdoors, Blakeney is a good starting

point for walks along the North Norfolk

Coastal Path. From Blakeney you can

easily walk to neighbouring Cley-nextthe-Sea,

Morston and Wiveton.

Birdwatching

Blakeney is home to an abundance

of wildlife. It’s a firm favourite with

birdwatchers and artists. Blakeney Point

also offers a wilderness walk along

dunes where rare terns make their

nests in the safety of the reserve.

Seal spotting

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.

www.beansboattrips.co.uk

WHERE TO SLEEP

Book a luxury self-catering cottage with the

help of The Blakeney Cottage Company.

They have a beautiful selection of homes

perfect for couples, friends and families in

Blakeney and the surrounding areas. From

cosy cottages with fireplaces to stylish open

plan homes, you’ll find something to suit your

holiday needs. There are lots of dog-friendly

properties too!

www.blakeneycottagecompany.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

The King’s Arms

www.kingsarmsblakeney.co.uk

The White Horse

www.whitehorseblakeney.com

The Wiveton Bell

www.wivetonbell.co.uk

The Blakeney Hotel

www.blakeney-hotel.co.uk

The Moorings

www.blakeney-moorings.co.uk

TOP TIP

Pick up local produce, coffee and sweet

treats at Blakeney Delicatessen!

www.blakeneydeli.co.uk

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BRANCASTER &

BRANCASTER

STAITHE

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 is sandy beaches,

stretches of Marram grass, saltmarsh and

sand dunes and is owned by the National

Trust.

WATER SPORTS

The area is a hotspot for those wishing to

learn to sail, windsurf or parasurf. Hire a

paddleboard at North Norfolk Paddleboards

or kite surf at Brancaster beach.

www.northnorfolkpaddleboards.co.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brancaster-estate

WALKS

For great coastal views and wildlife follow the

Norfolk Coastal Path. There’s also the 16km

Brancaster Circular Walk, which is split into

two equal circuits, one west and the other

east of Brancaster. Wander around the pretty

fishing village of Brancaster Staithe with its

sailing boats and marshes.

DON’T MISS OUT

Book a table at The White Horse in

Brancaster, which has stunning views of

the marshland and an outdoor terrace

perfect for summer!

www.whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk

TOP TIP

Pick up freshly caught seafood from

The Crab Hut or Fish Shed and head to

the beach for a picnic!

WHERE TO EAT

Jolly Sailors

www.jollysailorsbrancaster.co.uk

Eric’s Fish & Chips

www.ericsfishandchips.com

The Orange Tree

www.theorangetreethornham.co.uk

WHERE TO SLEEP

Titchwell Manor

www.titchwellmanor.com

Briarfields Hotel

www.briarfieldshotelnorfolk.co.uk

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THE

BURNHAMS

The Burnhams is the name given to the

villages grouped around the River Burn on

the North Norfolk Coast. The area is full of

pretty flint cottages, cosy pubs and lots of

lovely walks. Visit the likes of Burnham Overy

Staithe on the coast, Burnham Thorpe,

Burnham Overy, Burnham Deepdale and

Burnham Norton.

MUST VISIT

Burnham Market:

Known as ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’ for its

popularity with visitors from London,

here you’ll find delightful houses with

colourful front doors, cottages and

quirky shops all situated around a

village green. With galleries selling

antiques and paintings, and stores with

their food, fish and fashion, it is the

perfect destination for shopping, eating

out or simply just chilling and people

watching.

TOP TIP

Book a table at Socius; a stylish restaurant

serving delicious modern British Tapas

www.sociusnorfolk.co.uk

LOCAL STATELY HOMES

Holkham Hall

www.holkham.co.uk

Houghton Hall

www.houghtonhall.com

Sandringham Estate

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

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the boathouse

ormesby broad

A warm welcome is guaranteed

at our magical waterfront

location, overlooking the

beautiful Ormesby Broad.

Traditional pub dining with some

tasty chefs specials. Eat, drink, relax

and enjoy The Boathouse.

Booking advisable: 01493 730342

The Boathouse, Ormesby Broad, Eels Foot Road, Ormesby St. Michael, Norfolk NR29 3LP

www.theboathouseormesbybroad.co.uk


THE

BROADS

The Norfolk Broads is the perfect

destination for a weekend getaway or a day

out. With its beautiful scenery, abundance of

wildlife, cycle paths and riverside pubs, you

can plan a trip at any time of year.

BOAT HIRE

Without a doubt the best way to see the

Broads is by boat. Hiring your own boat

for the day or weekend is an exhilarating

experience. It’s a chance to get up close

with the beauty of the Broads and feel like a

captain for the day – no wonder it appeals to

almost everyone. Families, groups of friends,

couples – boat hire is big business on the

Broads.

Riverside Rentals

www.riverside-rentals.co.uk

Hunters Yard

www.huntersyard.co.uk

Phoenix Fleet

www.phoenixfleet.com

Broads Tours

www.broadstours.co.uk

Barnes Brinkcraft

www.barnesbrinkcraft.co.uk

Norfolk Broads Direct

www.broads.co.uk

WOOF WOOF!

The best pubs on the Broads

(and they’re all dog-friendly)

The Bridge Inn

www.aclebridge.co.uk

The Lion at Thurne

www.thelionatthurne.com

The Swan Inn

www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/

east/theswaninnhorning

King’s Head Coltishall

www.kingsheadcoltishall.co.uk

The Nelson Head

www.thenelsonhead.com

The Pleasure Boat Inn

www.thepleasureboatinn.com

The Wroxham Hotel

www.hotelwroxham.co.uk

TOP TIP

If you’re looking for a base on the Broads, book

a stay at The Boathouse, overlooking Ormesby

Broad and the Norfolk countryside.

www.theboathouseormesbybroad.co.uk

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ST ICKY EART H CAF E

www.radarmuseum.co.uk

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

Sticky Earth is the perfect way to spend a morning

or afternoon pottery, canvas or T shirt painting

alternatively, decorating items with decopatch

or foam clay.

Booking recommended

NOW IN ITS 19TH YEAR

(01263) 519642

www.stickyearthcafe.co.uk

15 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ES

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Reedham Ferry & The Archers Touring Park

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

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

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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


PLACES TO VISIT

Wroxham

Wroxham is a popular starting point on

the North of the Broads. Here you’ll find

plenty of boat hire, riverside restaurants

and B&Bs. Combined with the River Bure

and Salhouse Broad, it’s considered to

be one of the prettiest stretches of river

in the area. Grab a bite to eat at Ken’s

Traditional Fish & Chips or one of the

many tearooms. Visit Wroxham Barns; a

collection of independent stores and craft

studios, children’s playground and junior

farm! www.wroxhambarns.co.uk

Ranworth Broad

Climb the winding, spiral stone staircase

of Ranworth church for magnificent

views of the Broads. Discover the floating

conservation centre moored on Ranworth

Broad - great for birdwatching. There’s

a good local pub too – The Ranworth

Maltsters! Ranworth is a popular place for

overnight mooring so it’s recommended

you arrive prior to sunset as space is limited.

Reedham Ferry

The historic ferry at Reedham offers one

of the only river crossings in the southern

Broads. Learn about its history, dine at

Reedham Ferry Inn overlooking the water or

if you’re a keen angler, fish at River Yare or

the on-site lakes. www.reedhamferry.co.uk

Horning

Horning is a popular pit-stop for boaters.

Dotted along this stretch of water are The

Innkeeper’s Lodge, The Swan and New

Inn, all great for a spot of lunch on the

water’s edge. Just be prepared to wait for

a mooring spot in the summer months!

BeWILDerwood

A great day out for children. The awardwinning

attraction is located in a forest

and is bursting with fun, energy and

activities. With everything from tree

houses, slippery slopes, storytelling, boat

trips, marsh walks and a wide variety of

delicious food, BeWILDerwood is a day

out full of outdoor adventure.

www.norfolk.bewilderwood.co.uk

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Found in South Walsham, the attraction

has lots for the whole family to explore

– it’s happy to welcome dogs too! Its

organically managed ancient woodland is

a fantastic habitat for wildlife, plus it has

its own broad. Enjoy boat trips, a beautiful

garden, tearoom and gift shop! Open all

year round. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

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Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips

from Horsey WINDPUMP

www.wildlife-boat-trips.co.uk

Take in the best wildlife as part of a small tour group.

Our experienced skipper, takes you on one of the

quietest waters in a classic boat, every day.

Text 07791 526440 (before 9.30am) email

ross@wildlife-boat-trips.co.uk (the day before) or book

your spot on the day at the departure point

TRIP TIMES: 9.45am, 11am, 12.15am, 2pm and 3.15pm

PRICES: Adult £10, Child £8, Good Dogs £1

booking recommended in high season

Hunter's Yard

Est 1932

Experience Something Different

Why Not Try Sailing?

Our 2hr Skippered Sails

areonly£82forupto4people

Take the helm for the first time

Refresh your existing skills

Or just sit back and relax

Your Norfolk Broads

Adventure Awaits!

01692 678263

www.huntersyard.co.uk

Horsefen Road, Ludham, NR29 5QG

The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust

Registered Charity: 1052303


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CLEY NEXT THE SEA

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. ‘Made In Cley’ sells pottery, prints, jewellery and sculptures. There’s

specialist food shops such as Cley Smokehouse, plus pubs, a teashop and

a magnificent church, as well as Cley’s famous saltmarshes; one of Britain’s

premier birdwatching sites.

WHERE TO STAY

Cley Windmill; the 18th century mill is now

a quirky B&B and restaurant. Beyond the

windmill there are the paths and creeks of

Cley Marshes to explore.

www.cleywindmill.co.uk

MUST VISIT

Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Nature

Reserve, on the edge of the marshes and

overlooked by a glassed visitor centre,

has an international reputation and is

popular with birdwatchers who come to

see migrant and wading birds. The views

are stunning so make sure you have your

camera ready!

WHERE TO EAT

The Salhouse Dun Cow

www.salthouseduncow.com

The Three Swallows

www.thethreeswallows.co.uk

The Wiveton Hall Café

www.wivetonhall.co.uk/restaurant-cafe

TOP TIP

Buy fresh seafood at The Cley

Smokehouse or Cookie’s Crab Shop!

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CROMER

Cromer is a Victorian gem, with a seafront

townscape that rises steeply from the

Promenade. Here you’ll find a sandy and

shingle beach, lively pier and of course –

famous Cromer Crab!

WHERE TO EAT

Rocky Bottoms

www.rockybottoms.co.uk

Hot Rocks

www.hotrockscromer.net

Crab Pot Café

www.crabpotcafe.co.uk

TOP TIP

Don’t leave without sampling the local

delicacy; Cromer crabs! They are still

as famous as ever with fishing boats,

launched from the beach in season,

tending to hundreds of crab pots.

WHAT’S ON

Crab & Lobster Festival, 16-17 May

Cromer Carnival, 15 -21 Aug

PLACES TO VISIT

Cromer Pier

North Norfolk’s best-known landmark,

Cromer Pier, recalls a golden age of

British seaside holidaymaking. The

Pavilion Theatre hosts summer and

Christmas variety shows, along with

concerts for all the family throughout

the year. You’ll also find the Tide

restaurant, great for al fresco dining,

Pavilion Bar and a kiosk selling

traditional seaside treats such as sugary

donuts and ice cream!

www.cromerpier.co.uk

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum gives

insights into the bravery of those men

who risk their lives to save others at sea.

www.rnli.org

The Cromer Museum

Adjacent to the church at the heart

of the town, this is a trove for those

interested in local history.

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Amazona Zoo

The Zoo on the edge of Cromer, brings

the colour of tropical South America to

the North Norfolk coast. It’s a fun day

out for the whole family with over 200

animals including jaguars, monkeys,

peccaries, macaws, parrots, capuchins,

spiders, snakes, flamingos and many

more. There are adventure playgrounds

too! www.amazonazoo.co.uk

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Heritage Steam Gala

Fri 8 May 2020 to Sun 10 May 2020

A celebration of steam at Bressingham Steam Museum.

Bressingham Bricks

Sat 13 Jun 2020 to Sun 14 Jun 2020

An exhibition of LEGO models and displays from builders throughout the country.

1940’s Day

Sun 21 Jun 2020

A Celebration of Dad’s Army.

Steampunk Weekend

Sat 4 Jul 2020 to Sun 5 Jul 2020

A fabulous weekend of Norfolk punkery at BresSteam

East Anglia Garden Rail Show

Sat 8 Aug 2020

Trade Stands and Layouts Including Live Steam.

Steam in Miniature Weekend

Sat 8 Aug 2020 to Sun 9 Aug 2020

Miniature Models that pack a Steamy Punch.

DON’T MISS

Model Railway Day Sun 6 Sep 2020

Model Railway Exhibition featuring visiting layouts of a variety of scales and

gauges. Exhibition will also feature a number of trade stalls.

There really is something for everyone at Bressingham.

check www.bressingham.co.uk or call 01

for further details

The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence.

With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 species they can be a truly

tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

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Take a trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working

locomotives will take you round our magnificent gardens and woodland, or ride on

the steam Gallopers. A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory of

mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad's Army collection lets you wander

through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the series,

you'd be a stupid boy to miss it!

Whether your passion is Gardens, Steam, Exhibits, Rides or even a mixture of them all,

we are confident that Bressingham has something for all, even Royal Coaches!


DEREHAM

Dereham is at the centre of Norfolk so is

an ideal base for exploring the county. It’s a

cute market town with many attractions and

stately homes nearby.

MARKET DAY

Every Tuesday

DISS

Diss is a lively market town with parkland,

play areas, live entertainment venues and

a great market. Fine examples of period

architecture can be enjoyed including

timber-framed buildings and Georgian and

Edwardian facades.

PLACES TO VISIT

Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

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. www.derehamhistory.com

Dereham Windmill

The Grade 2 Listed windmill was built in 1835,

no longer a working mill, it is now a popular

exhibition centre with a coffee shop serving

delicious homemade cakes.

www.derehamwindmill.co.uk

Mid-Norfolk Railway

The heritage railway runs services along

the 11 miles between Dereham and

Wymondham. There are multiple services

including a dining experience and musical

train, as well as annual events such as the

1940s Weekend, Flying Scotsman and The

Polar Express.

www.mnr.org.uk

GET WALKING

Dereham is an accredited ‘Walkers are

Welcome’ town. There are lots of routes

to explore such as the Wensum Way link

to the Norfolk Trails network. A guide to

local walks can be downloaded at

www.derehamwaw.org.uk

ENTERTAINMENT

Visit Diss Corn Hall for theatre, dance, music,

comedy and art exhibitions throughout the

year. www.thecornhall.co.uk

MUST VISIT

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.

www.thebressinghamgardens.com

GET OUTSIDE

During the summer visit Diss Mere; the lake

and parkland are great for a gentle stroll or

simply sitting back and watching the world

go by. There is a play area, opportunities to

feed the ducks and a café is open during the

summer months.

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FAKENHAM

Located 10 miles from the coast and

surrounded by beautiful countryside,

Fakenham is a great base for exploring North

Norfolk. A large market town situated on the

River Wensum, there’s plenty to see and do.

PLACES TO VISIT

Fakenham Racecourse

The town’s most famous attraction is

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 everyone.

www.fakenhamracecourse.co.uk

Fakenham Gasworks

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

October. www.fakenhamgasmuseum.com

Pensthorpe Natural Park

The perfect excuse for kids to put down the

iPad and get outside, Pensthorpe Natural

Park has 700 acres of gardens and trails to

explore, plus outdoor and indoor playgrounds

so you can still have fun whatever the weather.

Finish the afternoon with lunch at the lovely

Courtyard Café. www.pensthorpe.com

MARKET

General market, every Thursday

Farmer’s Market, fourth Saturday of every

month

DON’T MISS

Visit nearby Thursford for the famous

Christmas Spectacular and Santa’s

Magical Journey from 6 November to 23

December 2020! www.thursford.com/

christmas-spectacular

WHERE TO STAY

The Wensum Lodge Hotel

www.wensumlodge.co.uk

Holly Lodge Boutique B&B

www.hollylodgeguesthouse.co.uk

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GREAT YARMOUTH

Great Yarmouth is a fun destination for a family holiday or day out with

something for everyone to enjoy. One of the UK’s best-loved seaside

towns, Great Yarmouth has been attracting the crowds for decades.

Seaside amusements, rugged cliffs, a windfarm, seal colony and fast

paced Marine Parade – it’s all on these 15 miles of sandy golden coast!

THE BEACH

For candyfloss, ice-cream, seafront

illuminations, amusement 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.

DON’T MISS

The Hippodrome Circus hosts top

entertainment all year. Don’t miss the

Summer Spectacular Circus & Water

Show, which features daredevil stunts

and breath-taking performances.

There’s also a Halloween Spectacular

and Christmas Spectacular Circus &

Water Show.

www.hippodromecircus.co.uk

ATTRACTIONS

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

www.thrigbyhall.com

Sea Life Centre

www.visitsealife.com/great-yarmouth

Time and Tide Museum

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide

Wellington Pier

www.wellington-pier.co.uk

Jurassic Journey

www.jurassic-journey.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

The Terrace at The Imperial Hotel

www.imperialhotel.co.uk/restaurant/theterrace-great-yarmouth

The Courtyard Restaurant

www.facebook.com/courtyardrestaurantgy

WHAT’S ON

Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival, 14 May

Great Yarmouth Comic Con, 30-31 May

Great Yarmouth Wheel Festival, 4-5 July

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival,

12-13 September

Out There Festival, 19-20 September


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We are family-friendly and happy for dogs to join

their owners in the bar, where you will always find a

warm welcome, not only from our enthusiastic staff,

but from our local ‘characters’.

A pub for all seasons, The Greyhound boasts a roaring

open fire and a sheltered smoking area for the

winter, and in the summer, a sun-trap front terrace.

Wifi is available throughout the pub free-of-charge.

Beyond the bar is a separate dining room and a

beautiful, enclosed cottage garden; truly a charming,

proper pub for visitors and locals alike.

Our bar serves a number of well-kept local and

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including a collection of single malts. Our coffee is

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GORLESTON

South of Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea

has its own bay and riverside, with a sandy beach

stretching into the distance below cliff gardens

and a grand promenade.

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 sunshades and beach wear.

SUMMER SUNDAYS

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 July to September and are free

to attend!

VISIT THE THEATRE

The town’s Pavilion Theatre has seaside shows

throughout the summer season and is a popular

dining and dancing venue. Don’t miss its

Summer Laughter Show which runs from 7 May

to 7 October 2020. www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk

SEAFRONT DINING

For seafront dining, eat at Jay Jays at The

Beach Café

www.facebook.com/jayjaysatthebeachcafe

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HARLESTON

Harleston is a market town nestled in the

Waveney Valley, which has a wealth of

fine Georgian houses and independent

stores. The attractive Italianate clock tower

overlooking the Market Place has been

restored and there are many interesting

architectural works and speciality shops.

MARKET DAY

Every Wednesday

WAVENEY VALLEY

Discover the The Waveney Valley on foot

or bicycle with its numerous way-marked

routes and quiet country lanes including

much of the ‘Angles Way’.

HOLT

A beautiful Georgian town, Holt is a haven

for artists, photographers, walkers and

tourists at any time of year.

The pretty market town of Holt is a Georgian

gem of a washed stone High Street and flint

lined yards harbouring a range of quality

galleries, tea rooms, pubs, antique shops and

specialist food stores.

In winter, the town’s continental style

of on-street cafes and dazzling colour

cascading from hanging baskets gives way

to a 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.

WALK

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.

MUST VISIT

The Cornucopia at The Corn Exchange

A trove for antiques and vintage goods.

Spend some time browsing furnishings,

clothing and more, and stop by the

Parlour Tea Rooms.

www.harlestoncornucopia.co.uk

VISIT

The Holt North Norfolk Railway Station lies

just a short bus ride from the town centre,

and from here the famous ‘Poppy Line’ runs

steam train services to the popular seaside

town of Sheringham. www.nnrailway.co.uk

WHAT’S ON

The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail display

features 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 16-17 and

23-25 May.

WHERE TO EAT

Folly Tearoom www.follytearoom.co.uk

Byfords www.byfords.org.uk

King’s Head www.kingsheadholt.org.uk

Back to the Garden

www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk

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HUNSTANTON

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.

Hunstanton retains its Victorian character and remains a popular

holiday location for all ages but particularly families. Walk along the

River Hun, which begins in the grounds of Old Hunstanton Park and Old

Moated Hall, towards the coast. During nice weather explore the town

in the morning then spend a lazy afternoon lying amongst the dunes.

ATTRACTIONS

Sea Life Hunstanton

www.visitsealife.com/hunstanton

Hunstanton Land Train

www.searles.co.uk/facilities/outdoor/

searles-land-train

Princess Theatre

www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

Norfolk Lavender

www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk

MAKE A SPLASH

Learn to kitesurf, windsurf and

paddleboard! Hunstanton Watersports

offers lessons and equipment hire.

www.hunstantonwatersports.com

THE BANDSTAND

The Bandstand on Hunstanton Green hosts

free musical performances from May to

September!

WOOF WOOF!

Old Hunstanton Beach and nearby

Holme-next-the-Sea are dog-friendly

year round! Pick up doggy treats at the

Old Town Beach Café - you might even

get on the doggy wall of fame!

MARKETS

Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday,

held in the South End Market Car Park off

Le Strange Terrace.

WHERE TO STAY

Searles Leisure Resort

www.searles.co.uk

Le Strange Arms Hotel

www.lestrangearms.co.uk

The Lodge

www.thelodgehunstanton.co.uk/northnorfolk-coast-hotel

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AWARD WINNING FOOD

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OUR TRANQUIL SPA

Indulge your senses at the

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SUPERB 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE

Unwind on our American-style links golf course,

suitable for all levels of player.

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Character hotel with stunning sea views on the North Norfolk coast

Accommodation

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Afternoon Teas,

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Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6JJ

Tel: 01485 534411 Email: reception@lestrangearms.co.uk

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Touring & camping pitches are available from as

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Awnings Our premier touring park is open all year round and

FREE offers a variety of mains service, electric & standard

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*Prices from are based on March 2nd to 30th & November 2nd to 6th 2020.

**Dogs welcome subject to terms and conditions shown on our website.

call: 01485 534211 book online: www.searles.co.uk

Lines open: 8am - 8pm Monday - Saturday. 9am - 6pm Sunday

Free passes

to all swimming pools

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Sporting leisure for all

The Fountain Sports Bar is the venue for accessing our

great range of on resort sports facilities. In the bar you

may also watch your favourite sporting events on our

large screens with BT & Sky Sports.

> Pay & Play 9 hole golf course > Fishing

> Under cover driving range > Bowling green

> PGA Professional Golf Tuition > Tennis.

Tasty food served daily in a scenic setting.

Check out our events. All Welcome!

Tel: 01485 536 010. www.searles.co.uk.

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Creating happiness for all ages

Searles Sea Tours

Make Sea Tours Your First Port Of Call!

If you look out to sea, a regular sight will be the famous Wash Monsters of

Searles Sea Tours. Departing from Hunstantons central promenade, you are able

to enjoy unique and exciting seal safaris and coastal trips. Each tour provides a

truly fascinating and fun way of discovering the local seal population, swimming

alongside you or sunbathing on one of the sandbanks.

Daily Easter - October, weather permitting. Pre-booking is advisable.

For more information on Sea Tours view www.seatours.co.uk or to enquire and

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Seal Safari Tours are dependent on tidal and weather conditions, we strongly advise you

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Beautiful hotel and spa in the heart of the Norfolk countryside

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KING’S LYNN

Full of history, King’s Lynn is a great

destination offering a superb mix of

heritage, shopping and entertainment. With

its historic waterfront, cobbled lanes flanked

by medieval merchants’ houses and two

magnificent market places, the town is a

treat to discover and explore.

At the heart of the medieval old town,

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 Tuesday Market

Place, probably one of England’s grandest

squares and home to the Corn Exchange,

now a thriving concert hall.

WALKS AND TOURS

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 seaport, the stories

of its merchants, ship builders, sailors,

fishermen, press gangs, porters and

pubs which have played key roles in its

history.

Join one of 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.

www.kingslynntownguides.co.uk

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HISTORY

Visit the Tourist Information Centre and

maritime displays at the Custom House

to find out more about a 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.

SHOPPING

King’s Lynn is great for shopping. 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 visitors.

ENTERTAINMENT

Visit the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

for theatre, comedy, dance and

musicals. There’s a full programme of

performances every month of the year.

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

Knights Hill Hotel & Spa

www.knightshill.co.uk

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NORWICH

A visit to Norwich will bring you to the

very heart of East Anglia, one of the finest

heritage cities in the country where you’ll

discover over 1,000 years of history, a

buzzing cultural scene and superb shopping

destination. A chic city, Norwich is a great

place to visit for a day or weekend stay

year-round.

Norwich has over 1,500 historic buildings

within its walls and the city’s compact scale

means you can easily explore on foot. 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 halftimbered

houses.

MARKETS

The city’s colourful market is open

Monday-Saturday.

WHERE TO EAT

Benedicts

www.restaurantbenedicts.com

Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

www.rogerhickmansrestaurant.com

Bishops

www.bishopsrestaurant.co.uk

DOG-FRIENDLY

RESTAURANTS

The Bicycle Shop Cafe

www.thebicycleshopcafe.com

The Sir Garnet

www.thesirgarnet.co.uk

The Wildman

www.facebook.com/TheWildmanNorwich

ANTIQUES

Norwich is a great location for antiques,

collectable and vintage wares. Have your

own antiques roadshow with a visit to

Loose’s Emporium and Aladdin’s Cave on

Magdalen Street, St Gregory’s Antiques and

Collectables in Pottergate, Antiques and

Interiors on Elm Street and the All Saints

Antiques Centre.

SHOPPING

It’s not hard to see why Norwich ranks

so highly 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, and The Castle Quarter and intu

Chapelfield shopping centres have over

150 stores between them.

The city has had its own independent

department store, Jarrolds, which is

also a great place to eat with multiple

restaurants. Book a table at Benji’s for

afternoon tea, The Pantry for a Sunday

carvery, The Exchange for fresh pizza

and pasta or The Bay for seafood

and a crisp glass of wine overlooking

the city. Since 1823 the art nouveau

Royal Arcade is home to a number of

independent boutiques and is worth a

visit for the design alone.

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.

www.norwichlanes.co.uk

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Come to the

Cat Pottery

1 Grammar School Road,

North Walsham NR28 9JH

Relax on the North Norfolk C oast

Six delightful Four Star & Families Welcome Graded houses,

three are also graded for those with limited mobility

Off road parking, free WIFI, private gardens & Sky TV with Sports

Free use of Woodlands Leisure providing Main & Children’s

pools, Steam room, Jacuzzi & Gym.

Superb quiet location within 300m/5 min flat walk of: Blue Flag

Lifeguarded Beach, Steam Railway, Theatre, Championship

Golf Course, Shops, Pubs & Restaurants

Stay in one of our 4 star & Families

Welcome graded houses

And see me being made.

Also collection of Railwayana

and other curiosities.

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

No entrance fee

Superb kitchen / dining areas

with patio doors

Enjoy our large family rooms with T V

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PLACES TO VISIT

Norwich Cathedral

The beautiful Norwich Cathedral is the

most complete Norman Cathedral in

England. Visitors can discover 900 years of

history with a wander around the Cathedral

building, monastic Cloisters and view

fascinating exhibitions. Don’t leave without a

walk around the tranquil herb and Japanese

Gardens. www.cathedral.org.uk

Norwich Castle

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. www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/

norwich-castle

Dragon Hall

Dragon Hall, with its superb dragon crownpost

roof, is the only medieval trading hall

known to survive in Western Europe and a

historical treasure. Home to the National

Centre for Writing, it is not open to the

public on a daily basis, but tours are available

on the first and third Monday of each month

at 2pm. www.dragonhallnorwich.org.uk

The Plantation Garden

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. 2020 marks the 40th anniversary

of The Plantation Garden Preservation

Trust. There’ll be a programme of events to

celebrate throughout the summer.

www.plantationgarden.co.uk

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts offers

outstanding collections of contemporary

and world art. A must for art lovers, the

contemporary, glass fronted building, hosts

regular exhibitions, events, workshops and

guided tours. www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk

ENTERTAINMENT

Norwich Theatre Royal

www.norwichtheatre.org

Maddermarket Theatre

www.maddermarket.co.uk

Norwich Puppet Theatre

www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Norwich Playhouse

www.norwichtheatre.org

The Forum

www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

The Waterfront

www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

TOURS

Pub & Paddle

www.pubandpaddle.com

Norwich Pub Tours

www.norwichpubtours.co.uk

Norwich Food Tour

www.lovenorwichfood.co.uk

Norwich Ghost Tours

www.ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

Gothic House

www.gothic-house-norwich.com

The Assembly House

www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk

The Norfolk Mead

www.norfolkmead.co.uk

Barnham Broom Hotel

www.barnham-broom.co.uk

Maids Head Hotel

www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk

CHRISTMAS

If you’re looking for the picture perfect

Christmas city, then Norwich is it.

Dressed head to toe in twinkling lights

and festive decorations, this is a city

that wears the season particularly well,

and is a must-see if you’ve never visited

before. Annual festive events include

the Tunnel of Light, Christmas Market

at The Forum and ‘T’was the Night

Before Christmas’ at Strangers Hall.

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NORTH

WALSHAM

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 Broads.

SANDRINGHAM

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, 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.

COUNTRY PARK

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 way-marked Nature

Trails, one 1.5 miles and the other 2.5

miles long. Tractor and trailer tours run

daily when the house is open, which, for

a small charge, offer an easy way to see

the park.

GET OUTSIDE

Visit Bacton Woods, an ancient

woodland dating back to Saxon times.

There’s over 280 acres to discover but

marked trails offer great walking routes

and terrain for mountain biking.

MUNDESLEY

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.

WHAT’S ON

Outdoor Theatre ‘Romeo & Juliet’, 14 June

Horse Driving Trials, 26-28 July

Sandringahm Flower Show, 29 July

Bands in the Country Park, 5 July & 23 August

Food & Drink Festival, 8-9 August

Open Air Concert Jools Holland, 29 August

Game & Country Fair, 12-13 September

Christmas Craft, Food & Gift Fair,

20-22 November

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk/events

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SHERINGHAM

Relive simple days with a mini break in the

Victorian seaside town of Sheringham.

Summer may conjure up images of

crammed beaches full of bucket and

spades, but the traditional seaside town

of Sheringham has something to please

everyone, year-round.

THINGS TO DO

The Mammoth Trail

For a real insight into Sheringham’s past

stop by the Mammoth Trail. The impressive

artwork shows mammoths, early human

settlements, giant deer and sabre-toothed

cats, which once roamed the coastline. If you

look closely, you might even come across a

fossil on your walk.

North Norfolk Railway

The history continues with a trip to the

nostalgic North Norfolk Railway, also known

as The Poppy Line. Step on the platform and

you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported

back in time. The staff and platform are

dressed in 1800s props. Hop aboard the

steam train and travel to nearby Holt, known

for its antique stores and tearooms. The

railway hosts a number of summer events

including Dad’s Army Live (24-25 May), Mixed

Traction Gala (12-14 June), Vintage Transport

Day (5 July) and a Beer Festival (17-19 July).

Themed experiences are also available.

www.nnrailway.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

Whelks Coppers Tearoom

www.whelkcoppers.com

Camilla Cottage

www.camelliacottagesheringham.com

Fat Teds StrEAT Food

www.fatteds.com

Dave’s Fish Bar

www.davesfishbar.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

Sheringham Cottages

www.sheringhamcottages.com

GO DIGITAL

Download the Deep History Coast App

to explore, capture fossils and flints and

find out more about the heritage and

local ambassadors, restaurant, cafes,

hotels, parks and B&Bs.

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SWAFFHAM

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.

MARKET DAY

Every Saturday

THETFORD

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.

GO WILD

In the heart of Thetford Forest, you’ll

find High Lodge and Go Ape. There’s

plenty of activities including walking,

cycling and bike hire, archery and BBQ

and picnic areas. Go Ape is an awardwinning

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!

www.forestryengland.uk/high-lodge

www.goape.co.uk

WHERE TO VISIT

Nearby is Oxburgh Hall; 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.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall

Outside, you can enjoy panoramic views

from the gate-house roof and follow the

wood-carving trails in the gardens and

woodlands.

EXPLORE

Swaffham is a great base for exploring

The Brecks.

DAD’S ARMY

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 Bressingham Steam Museum near

Diss, and a statue of actor Arthur Lowe as

Captain Mainwaring in Thetford town.

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WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA

Stunning at any time of year, the North Norfolk coast is a great place to holiday.

Wells-next-the-Sea is no secret, but its expansive sandy beach means there’s plenty

of space to enjoy the area even in the busiest months.

The town is a network of narrow streets, old alleys and yards. Some of the town’s

buildings are hundreds of years old, and many, including former coaching inns and

public houses, are listed buildings. Along the cobbled streets you’ll find independent

retailers selling crafts, homewares and local produce. If you’re staying at a

self-catering rental stock up on goods at the nearby Walsingham Farm Shop.

THINGS TO DO

Crabbing

Sitting at the quay crabbing

is a longstanding tradition for

holidaymakers at Wells-next-the-Sea.

You can pick up a bucket and crab line

at one of the town’s souvenir stores.

The beach

Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the most

famous and beautiful beaches on the

North Norfolk coast. Huge, sandy and

backed by a pine forest, it’s a great

place to spend summer days, lazing in

the sunshine. During the winter months

it’s a prime location for long walks. The

colourful beach huts on stilts are iconic

and some are even available to rent.

The beach is dog-friendly year-round

making it a fantastic destination for a

family day out.

Birdwatching

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.

WHERE TO EAT

Platten’s Fish & Chips

www.plattensfishandchips.co.uk

Wells Crab House Seafood Restaurant

www.wellscrabhouse.co.uk

The Globe Inn

www.theglobeatwells.co.uk

Sands Restaurant

www.sandsrestaurant.co.uk

Wells Beach Café

www.holkham.co.uk/stay-eat/beach-cafe

WHERE TO STAY

Blakeney Cottage Company

www.blakeneycottagecompany.co.uk

Norfolk Hideaways

www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk

Holkham Hall

A short distance from Wells is Holkham

Estate; a 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,

showing the estate’s dedicated focus on

conservation and sustainability. Learn

more about the area, wander the walled

gardens, hop on a deer safari tour or

hire a boat on the lake.

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WYMONDHAM

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 around.

Art lovers should head to the Wymondham

Arts Centre for its changing displays

throughout the year.

MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY

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. Hop aboard and

travel through the Norfolk Countryside.

www.mnr.org.uk

WHAT’S ON

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.

WALSINGHAM

Walsingham, known as ‘England’s Nazareth’,

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 Mary.

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 village of Walsingham, where pilgrims

come to this day to worship at the Roman

Catholic and Anglican shrines.

www.wwlr.co.uk

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NORFOLK

ATTRACTIONS

Alive Leisure

Visit the Alive Leisure website for

entertainment, sports and local events

across West Norfolk.

www.alivewestnorfolk.co.uk

Amazona Zoo

A fun day out for the whole family. It’s

home to over 200 animals specifically from

tropical South America, including jaguars,

monkeys, peccaries, macaws, parrots,

capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos

and many more. The zoo also boasts an

impressive outdoor play area.

Cromer. 01263 510741.

www.amazonazoo.co.uk

Banham Zoo

Treat your family to a day full of fun and

adventure at Banham Zoo! An awardwinning

attraction with over 2,000 animals

from around the world.

Kenninghall Road, Banham. 01953 887771.

www.banhamzoo.co.uk

Broad Tours Direct

A Broads Tours river trip is the ideal

excursion for a day out on The Broads.

The Bridge, Wroxham. 01603 782207

www.broadstours.co.uk

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

A museum of steam, featuring narrow

gauge, traction engines and a Victorian

steam round-about. View the gardens and

the renowned Dads Army exhibition.

Low Road, Bressingham, 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. Distillery: Mon-Sun: 10am-

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

Harling Road, Roudham. 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.

School Road, South Walsham. 01603 270449

www.fairhavengarden.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.

Garage Lane, Setchey, King’s Lynn.

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.

Horning Road, Hoveton. 01692 633033.

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. Visit during the

spring, ideally between April and May to

benefit from a stunning display of bluebells.

Blickling, Norwich. 01263 738030.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Holkham Hall

A beautiful stately home and estate, which

helps with sustainability and conservation

of the area. View the home, walled garden or

explore the deer park. Events held annually.

Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 713111.

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.

Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn. 01485 528569

www.houghtonhall.com

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Hunstanton SEALIFE Sanctuary

A state-of-the-art marine aquarium taking

visitors on a memorable undersea odyssey

filled with close encounters with sea

creatures.

Southern Promenade, Hunstanton.

01485 533576. www.visitsealife.com

Langham Glass

Langham Glass manufactures a wide range

of products ranging from birds and animals

to vases and tableware.

Greenway Lane, Fakenham. 01328 863500

www.langhamglass.co.uk

Mid Norfolk Railway

A heritage railway running between

Dereham and Wymondham.

Don’t miss the yearly special events.

Dereham. 01362 851723.

www.mnr.org.uk

Norfolk Lavender

Approx. 100 acres of lavender fields and an

oil distillery.

Heacham. 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.

01603 493625 www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Norwich Cathedral

For over 900 years Norwich Cathedral

has dominated the city’s skyline. Discover

the largest Cathedral Close and monastic

Cloisters in the land and view exhibitions.

65 The Close, Norwich. 01603 218300.

www.cathedral.org.uk

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park is an awardwinning

mix of meandering nature trails,

beguiling woodland walks, and a showcase

for British wildlife and nature conservation.

Fakenham Road, Fakenham. 01328 851465.

www.pensthorpe.com

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Family adventure park with domestic and

exotic animals, kids’ rides, live entertainment

and a cafe.

Church Road, Reedham. 01493 700094.

www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk

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.

Birds Lane, Horning. 01692 631485

www.radarmuseum.co.uk

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

A life-size dinosaur trail, animal enclosures,

adventure playground and deer park.

Weston Park, Lenwade. 01603 876310

www.dinosauradventure.co.uk

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham is the ideal place for a day out,

explore the house and acres of beautiful

gardens. It hosts many annual events.

Sandringham. 01485 545400.

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

Snetterton Circuit

A motor racing circuit which hosts driving

experiences, track days and events.

Norwich. 01953 887303.

www.snetterton.co.uk

Temple Seal Trips

Take a boat trip to see the seals in their

natural environment basking on Blakeney

Point.

Morston. 01263 740791

www.sealtrips.co.uk

Norwich Theatre Royal

The largest theatre in Norwich. It presents a

large range of drama, dance, comedy, music

and other entertainment.

Theatre Street, Norwich. 01603 630000

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Old Buckenham Airfield

One of the most famous aviation centres

in the UK. Learn more at the 53rd

Bombardment Group Museum. Don’t miss

the popular air show which takes places in

August.

01953 860806. www.oldbuck.com

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Gardens home to a variety of animals, small

zoo, animal encounters plus treetop and

tunnel walks.

Filby Road, Thrigby. 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.

Wells Station, Wells. 01328 711630.

www.wwlr.co.uk

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The enchanting

Gooderstone Water Gardens

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.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway

The Dereham – Wymondham Abbey Line

GARDEN OPEN DAILY ALL YEAR. 10 - 5.30

Tearoom open 9 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

Don’t miss Easter Bunny Hunt 10 – 14 April 10.30 - 4.30

Theatre in Garden “Jane Eyre” 5.30 pm 19th July

Norfolk Day Bishey Barney Bee Hunt 27th July 10.30 – 4.30

* Hunts £3 per child with prize, Normal admission £7.00/£6.50 for adults.

Gooderstone Water Gardens &

Nature Trail, Gooderstone, PE33 9BP

www.gooderstonewatergardens.co.uk

Open from March to Christmas, join us for:

Visit of “Flying Scotsman” in October 2020

1940s Weekend Steam and Diesel Events Fish and Chips Specials

Jazz, Country & Western and Rock n’Rail Trains

On-train Cream

Teas and High Teas Beer Festival Vintage Bus Day Classic Car Day

The Polar Express November & December

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 01362 851723

Registered Charity 1046931

HIRE A BEACH HUT

IN GORLESTON

Take the opportunity to hire one

of Gorleston’s beach huts for use

beteen 9am and sunset. Weekly,

monthly or annually.

Tel: 01493 846876

More details or to book, visit:

www.gorlestonbeachhuts.co.uk

Central 6 day market

Open Monday to Saturday

Market Days

Wednesday & Saturday all year round,

plus Fridays from May to October

www.greatyarmouthmarket.com


Able Community Care Sunflower Competition

The weather is starting to improve, but the Coronavirus and self- isolation are spreading doom

and gloom. So, for a little bit of fun enter our Sunflower competition. Able Community Care

has been ‘growing’ for forty years and as part of our celebrations we are offering a tiny packet

of free sunflower seeds to anyone who would like to enter our Tallest Sunflower Competition.

There are two categories: Adults and children 16 and under.

Adult prize is a bouquet of flowers every month for six months, either for yourself or a loved

one and for children the prize is a £100 Amazon voucher.

For your free seeds and further details email to info@ablecommunitycare.com

Able Community Care established in 1980, is a provider of nationwide Live-in Care Services

www.ablecommunitycare.com

When you receive your seeds please email us to register, otherwise we cannot enter you

for the competition. Email: info@able communitycare.com

www.ablecommunitycare.com

Live-in Care

Because the choice to stay

in your own home with

your own front door is

priceless.

For a free brochure on any of

our professional care services

call us today on 01603 764567

info@ablecommunitycare.com


Find your perfect hideaway

Norfolk Hideaways, based in North Norfolk, is a holiday cottage

agency with over 400 self-catering properties dotted along

this naturally beautiful coastline.

From cosy cottages crammed full of Norfolk charm to luxury retreats; close to beautiful

sandy beaches, in rural hotspots or in the middle of quaint market towns, we’ve got

something for everyone. So, whether you’re looking for something

romantic, dog friendly or somewhere for that large family

get-together, you’re sure to find the perfect place with us.

Call us on 01328 887 658 or

visit www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk


NORFOLK WHAT’S ON

2-19 Apr Easter Eggsploras

Pensthorpe Natural Park

www.pensthorpe.com

2-19 Apr Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Sheringham Park

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

10-13 Apr Easter Treasure Hunt

Hoveton Hall Estate

www.hovetonhallestate.co.uk

11-13 Apr Norfolk Garden Show

Norfolk Showground

www.norfolkgardenshow.co.uk

16-Apr Norfolk Spring Fling

Norfolk Showground

www.springfling.rnaa.org.uk

8-24 May Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Multiple venues

www.nnfestival.org.uk

16-17 May Crab & Lobster Festival

Cromer and Sheringham

www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

21-31 May Norwich City of Ale

Multiple venues

www. cityofale.org.uk

23 May – 7 Jun

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

24-31 May Downham Market Festival

Town Centre, Downham Market

12-13 Jun Harleston Beer Festival

The Swan Hotel

www.harlestonbeerfestival.org.uk

21-Jun 1940s Day

Bressingham Gardens

www.bressingham.co.uk

28 Jul – 1 Aug Holt Festival

Multiple venues

www.holtfestival.org

4-5 Jul Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth

8 Jul - 14 Aug

Summer Circus and Water Spectacular

Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth

www.hippodromecircus.co.uk

11-Jul Burnhams Flower Show & Carnival

Burnham Market

www.visitwestnorfolk.com

17-19 July Beer Festival

North Norfolk Railway

www.nnrailway.co.uk

29-Jul Sandringham Flower Show

Sandringham Park

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

31 Jul - 9 Aug Wells Carnival

Town Centre, Wells-next-the-Sea

www.wellscarnival.co.uk

31 Jul – 11 Aug Sheringham Carnival

Town Centre, Sheringham

8-9 Aug Sandringham Food & Drink Festival

Sandringham Estate

www.sandringhamfoodfestival.co.uk

8-Aug Classic Ibiza

Blickling Estate

www.revival-productions.co.uk

5-15 Aug North Norfolk Music Festival

St Mary’s Church, South Creake

www.northnorfolkmusicfestival.com

15-21 Aug Cromer Carnival

Town Centre, Cromer

www.cromercarnival.co.uk

16-Aug Hunstanton Kite Festival

Town Centre, Hunstanton

www.hunstantonkitefestival.co.uk

30-Aug

World Pier Crabbing Championships

Town Centre, Cromer

www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

12-13 Sep Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

South Quay

www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/maritimefestival

12-13 Sep Sandringham Game & Country Fair

Sandringham Park

www.livingheritagecraftshows.com.

19-20 Sep

North Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend

Sheringham Station, Sheringham

www.nnrailway.co.uk

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WELLS & WALSINGHAM

LIGHT RAILWAY

WELLS T

10.8.16

WALSINGHAM

The Red House,

Aldeburgh

A big day out on the world’s

smallest public railway*

* 4s and under go free!

01328 711630

www.wellswalsinghamrailway.co.uk

Opening Tuesday 3 March

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ creative

home where music was written and performed,

art collected and two lives shared

Tuesday-Sunday, 1.30-5pm | Admission £8.50

01728 451700 | brittenpears.org | IP15 5PZ

Find your perfect hideaway

From coastal towns such as Southwold, Aldeburgh and the Shotley

Peninsula, to country retreats near Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and

the Dedham Vale, our portfolio stretches across the county.

With cosy cottages and luxury retreats close to beautiful sandy beaches,

in rural hotspots or in the middle of quaint market towns, we’ve got

something for everyone. Many of our properties are dog friendly too,

so your four-legged friend can enjoy the abundance of walks

this region has to offer.

Call us on 01728 666 300 or

visit www.suffolkhideaways.co.uk


ALDEBURGH

A favourite holiday destination with

discerning visitors since Victorian times,

Aldeburgh on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast with

its big skies, wide beaches and charming

cottages is a magnet for tourists and

creative types.

If you’re planning a trip to this glorious

stretch of coastline, be it anytime of year,

there are lots of things to see and do. And

of course, you certainly can’t leave without

trying the local seafood!

PLACES TO VISIT

Maggi Hambling’s Scallop Sculpture

A stroll along the beach towards

Thorpeness will lead to the Scallop, a

tribute to composer Benjamin Britten

who lived in Aldeburgh. It was created

by Suffolk sculptor Maggi Hambling and

stands 15ft facing the sea.

Moot Hall

Visit the small museum in the timber

framed Moot Hall and discover more

about the town’s past.

www.aldeburghmuseum.org.uk

FISH AND CHIPS

Visit the famous Aldeburgh Fish and

Chip Shop! Be prepared to queue during

the summer – it’s worth the wait!

WHERE TO STAY

The White Lion Hotel

www.whitelion.co.uk

The Brudenell Hotel

www.brudenellhotel.co.uk

Wentworth Hotel

www.wentworth-aldeburgh.com

SWEET DREAMS

For a home away from home book

a beautiful self-catering cottage at

Suffolk Secrets!

www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk

Go boating on the Meare at Thorpeness

Visit the picturesque Meare boating lake

and its islands at Thorpeness. Hire one

of the colourful rowing boats and gently

float across the water. See the iconic

House in the Clouds, once a water tower,

it’s now a self-catering holiday home.

Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the cafés by

the Meare.

www.thorpenessmeare.com

Retail Therapy

The High Street is home to a number

of independent stores, boutiques and

galleries. Stock up on local brews at the

Adnams store. A little inland at Snape

Maltings, there are several galleries and

craft outlets, a kitchen store and ladies

fashion retailer. Here you’ll find regular

festivals, fairs and pop up events. It’s also

home to a concert hall!

www.snapemaltings.co.uk

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Open Daily - free admission

Make 2020 the year you visit Suffolk’s Cathedral

as we mark the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the

Abbey of St Edmund

Services, Events, Guided Tours, Tower Tours, LEGO®

Recitals, Shop, Pilgrims’ Kitchen, exhibitions

Located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds


BECCLES &

BUNGAY

Beccles and neighbouring Bungay, are two

gorgeous Georgian towns, nestled in the

Waveney Valley. Suffolk’s coastal towns may

often steal the limelight but if you’re looking

for an enjoyable day out or weekend away,

you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what the

historic towns have to offer.

ALL ABOARD!

Beccles is home to the most southerly

navigable point of the Broads National

Park, perfect for taking to the water with

a day hire boat or canoe. Local company

Hippersons have a fleet of boats and can

advise on routes along the Broads, rivers and

waterways. If you prefer to let someone else

do the driving, hop aboard the Big Dog Ferry,

which offers a 40-minute boat journey along

the River Waveney.

MARKETS

Bungay Market, every Thursday

Beccles Market, every Friday

RIVER WALKS

If you’d rather stay on dry land, Beccles has

many beautiful walks where you’ll still get to

take in the beauty of the river and spot some

wildlife. The Beccles Marsh Trail is a popular

option with a series of walks and cycle routes.

BREWERY

You simply can’t visit Bungay without

sampling its local ales. Within the area you’ll

find traditional pubs selling a range of local

brews. If you want to find out more, St Peter’s

Brewery is close by and offers a brewery tour

and tastings from Easter to December.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

For riverside dining or a room with a

view, visit The Waveney House Hotel!

www.waveneyhousehotel.co.uk

EAT & DRINK

The Fleece Inn, Bungay

www.thefleeceinnbungay.co.uk

Urban Jungle Café, Beccles

www.urbanjungle.uk.com/cafes/suffolkcafe

Royal Oak, Beccles

www.oakfired.co.uk

WHAT’S ON

Beccles Antique Street Market,

3 May & 9 August

Beccles Food & Drink Festival, 23 May

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New discoveries

made at Ickworth

Experience a transformation

of Ickworth’s finest collection

and artwork showcased in a

dramatic new light.

nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

© National Trust 2019. Registered Charity no. 205846. Photography © National Trust Images/ Jim Woolf


BURY ST

EDMUNDS

Few places in England can match the beauty,

character and history of Bury St Edmunds.

A great day or weekend destination, it’s one

of Suffolk’s most popular towns. It has pretty

gardens, an impressive shopping scene,

entertainment venues and many coffee

shops and restaurants.

HISTORY

The town grew up around the powerful

Abbey of St Edmund in early medieval

times. You’ll find 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 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 Gothic style lantern

tower.

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.

The heritage and culture continues with

the Norman Tower dating back to 1120

on Angel Hill and Moyse’s Hall Museum

on Cornhill, which takes visitors on

a journey through history. There are

regular changing exhibitions and

family-friendly events too.

WHERE TO EAT

Northgate www.thenorthgate.com

Maison Bleue www.maisonbleue.co.uk

Pea Porridge www.peaporridge.co.uk

COFFEE STOPS!

Guat’s Up www.guatsup.coffee

Lottie’s Artisan Waffles & Coffee

www.lotties-waffles.co.uk

Really Rather Good www.rrgood.co.uk

ENTERTAINMENT

The Apex www.theapex.co.uk

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

www.theatreroyal.org

WHAT’S ON

Bury St Edmunds Beer & Cider Festival,

22-25 April

Bury St Edmunds Festival, 14-24 May

Whitsun Fayre, 24-25 May

Bury Food and Drink Festival, 30-31 August

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre,

26-29 November

WOOF! WOOF!

Check out Bury St Edmunds doggy initiative!

Many shops and restaurants welcome furry

friends. Look out for the logo!

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Located in the heart of Stowmarket.

17 historic buildings - 3km of woodland and

riverside nature trails - Talks and tours every day.

Why not visit with a group?

- Discounted admission prices

- FREE all day coach parking

- FREE familiarisation visit for the group organiser

- Assistance for visitors with limited mobility

- A visitor information site map on arrival

- FREE entry for coach drivers

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www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

enquiries@eastanglianlife.org.uk

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15th MARCH to 6th DECEMBER

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See website for details and special events

Order our beers and gifts online

greenekingshop.co.uk

01284 714297

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enquiries@ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk


CLARE

Situated in the rolling Suffolk countryside,

Clare is an old wool town with a fascinating

history. The town is full of interesting places

to visit and offers a wide range of shops,

antique outlets, local cafes and the famous

picturesque cottages. Visit Clare Priory, Clare

Ancient House Museum and Clare’s Antiques

and Interiors. Stop by The Bell Hotel or The

Swan Inn for lunch!

CONSTABLE

COUNTRY

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.

FLATFORD

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford

CAVENDISH

Famous for its thatched cottages, 75 being

listed period buildings, and the luscious green

in the centre, the village of Cavendish is one

of the prettiest in Suffolk.

The river Stour flows through, forming the

county boundary between Suffolk and Essex,

as well as providing scenic walks. Take the

Stour Valley Path which goes right through

the village or one of the many footpaths

leading into the surrounding countryside.

Eat at the award-winning George Pub, on

the edge of the village green or the pastel

pink painted, The Five Bells. Visit the popular

Tea Rooms at the Cavendish Antiques store.

Have a browse of the fine antique furniture

and collectables from the 17th century and

finish off with a freshly made cake and a cup

of tea.

DEDHAM

The pretty riverside village of Dedham with

its dramatic lowland landscapes and water

meadows along the River Stour is a great day

out. There is lots of impressive architecture

to see and some beautiful walks.

Dog owners will be impressed with this area.

Make sure you hire a row boat from The Boat

House – also a great place for an al fresco

lunch.

www.dedhamboathouse.com/boat-hire

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DUNWICH

If you’re looking for a beach without the

crowds, this is the place for you. Enjoy

beautiful walks along the heathland and

beach year round. Dunwich is a tiny village, so

don’t expect lots to do. Fortunately, nature

provides all the entertainment you’ll need.

If you love walking or cycling along quiet

lanes, visit Dunwich Heath. Take in the

stunning scenery and spot the wildlife. It’s a

lovely peaceful location, and a great way to

work up an appetite.

WHERE TO EAT

The Ship at Dunwich

www.shipatdunwich.co.uk

Flora Tea Rooms

www.facebook.com/Flora-Tea-Rooms-

Dunwich-174538465929956

RSPB

A short distance from Dunwich, RSPB

Minsmere is well worth a visit. It’s home to an

abundance of wildlife and some of the UK’s

rarest birds. There are number of activities

including a Wild Zone for children. Regular

events feature guided seasonal walks, 4x4

safaris, pond dipping and even star gazing!

ww2.rspb.org.uk

DUNWICH MUSEUM

Learn more about the village’s eerie history.

It was once a thriving shipping city, but due

to a fatal storm hundreds of years ago it was

lost to the sea. There are reports of regular

hauntings too! www.dunwichmuseum.org.uk

WOOF WOOF!

The beach is dog-friendly year round

and is great for dogs who love to run,

splash and play. Parts of the beach

are steep, especially at high tide, but

wonderful walks to Walberswick and

Southwold can be enjoyed.

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FELIXSTOWE

The seaside town of Felixstowe situated

near Ipswich and Orford, has a plethora

of activities and attractions for the whole

family to enjoy.

THE BEACH

Spend a day at the popular sand and

shingle beach, complete with a long

promenade, perfectly kept seafront

gardens and seaside attractions. The front

has all the attractions of a traditional

holiday resort, with 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.

TOP TIP

Rent your own beach hut for the day!

www.beach-huts.com

SEA VIEWS

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 artefacts from Roman to

recent times, and Landguard Fort, a

multi-period military building dating back

to the 16th century.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/

landguard-fort

www.felixstowemuseum.org

MARKETS

Country Market, every Friday,

9.30am-11.15am

Felixstowe Sunday Market, every

Sunday from 9am

TAKE A WALK

North of the town centre is the fishing

village of Old Felixstowe and at the

mouth of the River Deben, the hamlet

of Felixstowe Ferry with its gallery, golf

course, cottages, boat yard and riverside

inns. Here you can explore coastal paths,

see the Martello Towers, pick up fresh fish,

enjoy excellent fish and chips at the Ferry

Café and catch the small ferry boat across

the estuary to Bawdsey.

WHAT’S ON

Easter Trail at Landguard Fort, 3-19 April

50th Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic Vehicle

Rally, 3 May

VE Weekend Street Party, 9 May

Felixstowe Book Festival, 26-28 June

Felixstowe Carnival, 24-26 July

Art on the Prom, 6 September

SHOPPING

Felixstowe is a shopper’s paradise offering

a mix of high street, big brand names and

boutique shops scattered along Hamilton

Road, not forgetting the obligatory

souvenir shops for trinkets and postcards

to take home.

More info at www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk

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One of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards

producing a range of White, Red and Rosé wines

as well as Quality English Sparkling wines.

OPEN

Free admission to vineyard trail & wine-tasting

May to September - Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm

October to April - Fridays & Saturdays - 11am to 4pm

For full contact details and to view our online shop,

please visit our website:

www.shawsgate.co.uk

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FRAMLINGHAM

Discover things to see and do in the town of

Framlingham. A great day out for the whole family.

A delightful medieval market town with a beautiful

castle, there are quiet streets, countryside walks and

lovely shops, cafes and restaurants to explore and try.

The town was recently named as one of the top ‘101

Best Places to Live in Britain’ by The Sunday Times.

TOP TIP

The Framlingham Town Trail is a good way to

explore the town’s history and interesting buildings.

MUST VISIT

Framlingham Castle

A definite highlight — full of beauty and history!

There is a lot to see and the castle frequently hosts

some wonderful events for children and families

too. Concerts and re-enactments take place in the

grounds between March and September.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/

framlingham-castle

HADLEIGH

Hadleigh, in the south of Suffolk

close to the border of Essex,

offers a wonderful mix of old and

new, and is known as much for its

collection of interesting shops,

pubs and restaurants as it is for its

fine architecture.

The Mere

You can also adventure around the Mere, the

surrounding backdrop of the castle. The Mere is

owned by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and is full of

beautiful wildlife and home to over 290 species of

plants and 80 species of birds. It is perfect for a family

day out.

Shawsgate Vineyard

Make a visit to the nearby Shawsgate Vineyard,

an ideal location to have a picnic and taste some

delicious award-winning wines.

www.shawsgate.co.uk

MARKETS

Market Day, every Tuesday and Saturday on

Market Hill

WHERE TO EAT

Castle Inn

www.castleinnframlingham.co.uk

The Lemon Tree Bistro

www.facebook.com/lemontreefram

The Crown Hotel

www.crownframlingham.co.uk/en-GB

HALESWORTH

Halesworth is a small market

town primarily centred around a

pedestrianised shopping street

known as The Thoroughfare.

The Cut, a centre for arts in the

community, offers a range of arts

and entertainment and is host to

the Halesworth Arts Festival. The

Town Park hosts Gig in the Park

every August. Market day is every

Wednesday.

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01473 786610

www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk

Coffee & Cake

Our café serves up slices of fresh cake and a

range of hot drinks, enjoy inside or outside,

dependent on the Suffolk weather!

Breakfast or Lunch

Take in the panoramic views of the Orwell

estuary whilst enjoying our latest menu,

boasting fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Food Hall

Shop all things Suffolk, plus some of

our favourites from a little further afield.

Including our gift and garden departments, a

fresh butchery, bakery and delicatessen too.

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy unlimited tea or coffee, with a fruit

scone, cream & jam, a selection of sandwiches

and sweet treats. Pre-booking only.


IPSWICH

Ipswich is the jewel in Suffolk’s crown and a

glorious waterfront town, considered widely

as the Culture Capital of the region.

The waterfront is a vibrant area of the town,

alive with restaurants, cafes, bars and home

to the University of Suffolk, all perched on

the water’s edge. A great place day and night;

watch world-class contemporary dance and

performance at DanceEast, relax on a river

cruise down the River Orwell or enjoy the

nightlife with drinks and live music.

PLACES TO VISIT

Ipswich Museum

Discover history, wildlife and more across the

two floors of this historic Victorian building.

Travel through Ancient Egypt in Suffolk’s only

Egyptology gallery, stand eye-to-beak with

an eagle in the Ogilvie British Bird Gallery or

marvel at ship models reflecting Ipswich’s

maritime past. Plus, meet family favourites

the giraffe and Rosie the Rhino. Events for

all ages are held regularly at the museum,

including family activities during the school

holidays. www.ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/

visit/ipswich-museum

Christchurch Mansion

From intriguing toys in the Victorian nursey

to paintings by renowned Suffolk artists

Gainsborough and Constable, there is lots

to see in this magnificent Tudor mansion.

Christchurch Mansion is situated in the

stunning surroundings of Christchurch Park

and also hosts temporary exhibitions.

www.ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/

christchurch-mansion

WHERE TO EAT

Applaud Coffee www.applaud-coffee.co.uk

The Grazing Sheep www.thegrazingsheep.com

Suffolk Food Hall www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk

Jimmy’s Farm www.jimmysfarm.com

ENTERTAINMENT

New Wolsey Theatre

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Ipswich Corn Exchange

ipswichcex.ticketsolve.com/shows

Ipswich Regent Theatre

ipswichregent.ticketsolve.com/shows

Dance East www.danceeast.co.uk

SHOPPING

The town centre is home to a good mix of

high street and independent retailers. There

are two large shopping and leisure centres,

Sailmakers and Buttermarket Centre, and

a great open-air market on the Cornhill on

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s located

right outside the Town Hall Galleries, which

are well worth a visit.

TAKE A WALK

Ipswich is home to two beautiful parks;

Christchurch Park & Holywells Park. Great

outdoor spaces, Christchurch Park plays host

to some of Ipswich’s biggest events, while

Holywells features a play area, walled garden

and café.

WHERE TO STAY

Salthouse Harbour Hotel

www.salthouseharbour.co.uk

PentaHotel Ipswich

www.pentahotels.com

Muthu Belstead Brook Hotel

www.muthuhotelsmgm.com/muthubelstead-brook-hotel

MORE INFORMATION

For more information visit Ipswich

Borough Council and All About Ipswich

www.ipswich.gov.uk

www.allaboutipswich.com

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Housed in a simply stunning 14th century building, The Great House

is the jewel in the crown of Lavenham’s beautiful medieval village.

The restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience

of traditional French cooking with a modern twist.

Snuggle down for the night

in one of the five luxury

rooms The Great House

has to offer.

With exposed beams

and relaxing large beds,

you’re guaranteed

a restful slumber.

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LAVENHAM

Lavenham and Long Melford really do have

to be visited to be appreciated. Those white

timber clad buildings may look beautiful in

photographs, but up close they’re even more

spectacular. A visit to these Suffolk towns

will make you appreciate the history of this

beautiful region.

LONG

MELFORD

WHERE TO VISIT

Take time to wander and appreciate this

village. An ideal place to begin is a stroll at

the Holy Trinity Church, which like many

in the area is a wool church from the 15th

century, a product of prosperity among local

cloth merchants of the time.

A visit to Long Melford wouldn’t be

complete without a trip to Melford Hall. Run

by the National Trust, it is one of two Tudor

mansions in close proximity and is a fine

example of Elizabethan life.

WHERE TO VISIT

Stop by the Guildhall, Little Hall Museum

and Tourist Information Centre to learn

about Lavenham’s past. In the 1300s

Lavenham was the 14th richest town in the

country. Home to a thriving wool industry, its

buildings were built by wealthy merchants.

Today they house the likes of the Guildhall,

pubs, hotels and coffee shops. Despite

succumbing to modern culture, Lavenham

has thankfully kept much of its old-world

charm.

Explore the cobbled streets and you’ll find

fashion boutiques and homewares stores.

Housed in pretty historic buildings, shopping

here feels special.

Art lovers will be spoilt for choice with its

many galleries featuring works from local

artists. Lavenham Contemporary is worth

a visit.

Then there is Kentwell Hall; a romantic,

completely moated, redbrick Tudor mansion

in a tranquil parkland setting. There is lots

to do at the Hall. In addition to the house

and gardens, look out for the award-winning

seasonal events such as one of the renowned

Tudor re-enactments. www.kentwell.co.uk

Wander along the High Street and check out

the charming independent stores, vibrant art

galleries, antique centres, cafes, restaurants,

and, of course, typical Suffolk Inns.

TOP TIP

Visit Bridge Farm Barns in nearby

Monks Leigh. Open seven days a

week, it’s home to a delightful array of

independent retailers and the Corn

Craft; a quirky little gift shop and café,

great for afternoon tea!

www.bridgefarmbarns.co.uk

DON’T MISS

For food and drink, plus a great place to

stay, visit The Great House Restaurant

and Hotel on the Market Place!

www.greathouse.co.uk

MARKETS

Lavenham Farmer’s Market, held on the

fourth Sunday of every month

WHAT’S ON

Springtime at Kentwell Hall, 4 April – 20 May

Tudor May Day Festival at Kentwell Hall,

2-3 May

VE Day Celebrations and Vintage 1940s

Weekend, 4-8 May

Magic Weekend at Kentwell Hall, 25-26 July

Lavenham Classics Motor Show, 30 August

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LOWESTOFT

Located on the most easterly point of the

British coast, Lowestoft provides an ideal holiday

location for all ages. It offers a mix of lively

beaches, pleasant seaside walks and quality

family attractions all set in a traditional seaside

town.

THE BEACH

Lowestoft’s beach is a mix of single and sand.

With a long promenade and colourful beach

huts, some of which are available to hire, it’s

a great day for the whole family. South Pier

provides plenty of entertainment with its

amusements featuring traditional arcade games

and a couple of restaurants. The beach operates

a dog ban from 1 May to 30 September in certain

areas.

HISTORY

Those wishing to delve into Lowestoft’s rich

maritime history will be able to explore the

Heritage Quay and the Maritime Museum.

www.lowestoftmaritimemuseum.co.uk

WATERSPORTS

Adventurous types can take to the water.

On the main beach Lowestoft watersports

offers tuition and hire of paddleboards,

kayaks, bodyboarding, surfing and more.

Book ahead at

www.lowestoftwatersports.com

TOP TIP

For a family day out, visit Africa Alive!

www.africa-alive.co.uk

IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Visiting at Christmas? Don’t miss the

Christmas Day swim on Lowestoft beach

at 10am!

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MILDENHALL

Mildenhall is an attractive medieval market

town surrounded by the River Lark. The town

centres around 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.

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

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 independent and

specialist shops, and fine Georgian and

Tudor architecture.

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NEWMARKET

There are so many reasons to plan a visit

to the Home of Horseracing. Whether

you are an avid racegoer, a history and art

lover, a foodie or just someone who loves

experiencing new things there will be

something for you.

Spend time on the famed Newmarket

gallops on a special guided tour with

Discover Newmarket or go on a tour of The

National Stud where you will meet mares

and foals, see the impressive stallions and

greet retired legends in the paddocks.

A visit to Palace House is a must. Home

to the National Heritage Centre for

Horseracing and Sporting Art, this

brilliant museum includes an impressive

collection of British Sporting Art, hosts

daily demonstrations by the Retraining

of Racehorses and hosts an interesting

collection of horseracing exhibits from the

sport’s great moments and history.

For those who like to do things at a bit

of a quicker pace there’s the exciting

WildTracks Activity Park with go-karting, 4x4

experiences and quad-biking or tackle the

mountain bike trails at Phoenix Cycleworks.

www.discovernewmarket.co.uk

DON’T MISS

Newmarket Nights at The July

Racecourse. This year’s line up

includes Pussy Cat Dolls, Tom Jones,

The Script, Bryan Ferry and McFly.

www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket/

events-tickets/newmarket-nights

ORFORD

Steeped in history, Orford is an attractive

town dominated by its impressive castle.

Perhaps one of the quaintest locations in

Suffolk, the small fishing village makes a

great day out.

EXPLORE

The town has plenty to offer those passing

through with excellent walks and cycle

routes for the more outdoorsy, and plenty

of good restaurants, pubs and tearooms for

those simply looking to relax and soak up

the laid back atmosphere.

Brick and timber buildings line the streets

to the little quayside, where there are boat

trips to Orford Ness. Visitors can follow a 5.5

mile route, which can be walked in total or in

part along the Reserve.

TOP TIP

For amazing views, climb to the top of

English Heritage’s Orford Castle!

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/

orford-castle

MUST SEE

Don’t leave without trying the locally

cultivated oysters! Pick them up at

Pinney’s of Orford or dine in at The

Butley Orford Oysterage.

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PIN MILL

On the banks of the River Orwell the hamlet

of Pin Mill is a haven of tranquility, loved by

artists, walkers and birdwatchers.

The 17th century Butt & Oyster Inn is so

close to the river that it can serve pints of

ale through the window to yachtsmen at

high tide.

SAXMUNDHAM

Saxmundham is a popular market town on

the River Fromus at the centre of Suffolk’s

Heritage Coastal region.

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. Check out the

schedule of seasonal events!

www.rspb.org.uk/Minsmere

LOCAL PRODUCE

Market day, every Wednesday

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SOUTHWOLD

Whether it’s hitting the beach, reconnecting with nature or soaking

up culture and scenery, the Suffolk Coast has plenty to offer. However,

Southwold is perhaps its most famous hotspot!

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.

BEACHES

Southwold’s sandy beach is a huge draw

year round. The beach is immaculately kept

and is a regular Blue Flag winner. The shore

is famous for its rows of brightly coloured

beach huts. Take a walk along the pier, home

to eateries, amusements including an 80s

retro room and water clock. It’s a great

location for fishing too!

THE TOWN

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. Stop

for lunch at a cosy pub or enjoy a quiet

browse in an antiques store.

WHERE TO EAT

The Little Fish & Chip Shop

www.solebayfishco.co.uk

Coasters

www.coastersofsouthwold.co.uk

The Sail Loft

www.sailloftsouthwold.uk

The Swan

www.theswansouthwold.co.uk/food-drink

Two Magpies Bakery

www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk

THINGS TO DO

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.

WHERE TO STAY

For some of the best rental properties

in Southwold and the surrounding

area visit So Southwold. They have

a collection of luxurious, beautifully

designed and fully equipped homes

offering everything you could want

from a break in Suffolk!

www.sosouthwold.co.uk

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The ideal base from which to explore the stunning Suffolk coast

and countryside, or just relax and put your feet up.

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Hall, Gardens & Special Events

Historic tudor house with stunning gardens

offering both individuality & tranquility

Group & Tour Discounts • Tea Rooms • On-site Free Parking

Recommended min visit time 3.5 hours

www.kentwell.co.uk

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STOWMARKET

A town at the geographical heart of rural Suffolk

and on the River Gipping, Stowmarket was

originally an agricultural market town. Take a

country walk along the footpath through the

Gipping Valley. It leads from Stowmarket railway

station to the docks at Ipswich.

Stowmarket retains much of its character and

charm with a variety of listed buildings typical

of Suffolk’s towns and villages, most notably St

Peter and St Mary’s Church.

MUST VISIT

Museum of East Anglian Life

One of the UK’s leading open-air museums, there’s

plenty to see and do. Join in one of the daily talks,

tours or demonstrations, learn more about the

Suffolk countryside and its past or plan your trip

to coincide with one of the scheduled events. This

year there are exhibitions, a VE Day Swing Dance,

Stowblues Festival and Festival of Beer and Brewing.

www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

SUDBURY

Set in the heart of the Stour Valley, Sudbury is a

busy market town, with shopping opportunities and

beautiful surrounding countryside walks.

Painter Thomas Gainsborough was born here,

and Gainsborough House hosts a collection of his

painting, plus changing exhibitions and workshops.

The museum is currently undergoing a refurbishment

and will be closed during 2020.

www.gainsborough.org

TOP TIP

Enjoy a boat trip on the River Stour followed by a

cream tea at the restored 18th century Granary.

www.riverstourtrust.org/river-trips/sudbury-rivertrips

ENTERTAINMENT

The Quay Theatre www.quaysudbury.com

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Vintage Collectables and Furniture

Beautiful Flowers & PlantsFalconry Displays & Experiences

Large Selection of Gifts & Cards

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Barns

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THORPENESS

Half holiday village, half architectural fantasy,

Thorpeness boasts a golf course, a chic art deco

hotel and restaurant and other attractions,

the whole place centred around the Meare –

an artificially created boating lake covering

three acres. Tiny islands on the Meare contain

locations found in J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, such

as the Pirates’ Lair, Wendy’s Home and many

others. After an afternoon of boating enjoy a

meal at The Kitchen and browse the stalls at the

Thorpeness Emporium.

DON’T MISS

The Thorpeness Regatta, takes place in August

and attracts visitors looking to enjoy the

numerous boat races and impressive fireworks

display.

WALBERSWICK

Untamed and wild, Walberswick is a pretty little

village. Think windswept grassy dunes, shingle, sand

and heathland with old world charm. Despite being

only a mile away from Southwold, it is much quieter

and an ideal location for those who prefer a slower

pace of life. The village has tearooms, restaurants,

public houses, an art gallery, and original crafts and

gift shops.

THE BEACH

The beach is one of Walberswick’s biggest draws.

Great for buckets and spades, it’s also dog-friendly

year round. Walberswick is the acclaimed home of

crabbing. Visitors can still join in the fun, simply set

yourself up on a jetty or footbridge and see what you

can catch!

HOP ABOARD!

You can visit neighbouring Southwold with either a

walk along the riverbank or by hopping on the foot

ferry that operates during the summer months.

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museum

• Treat yourself to some retail

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A warm welcome and fantastic views

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Our family-friendly hotel boasts a fantastic

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Course and delicious locally sourced food

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Everyone is welcome,

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WOODBRIDGE

The picturesque market town of

Woodbridge effortlessly mixes the old

with the new and attracts thousands of

visitors every year.

WALKING

The best way to explore the area is on foot.

There are lots of lovely local walks. Follow

the footpath along the River Deben, visit

Sutton Hoo with its ancient burial site or

wander Rendlesham Forest, home to a UFO

trail following a sighting in 1980. An area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s a popular

holiday destination with dog walkers.

WOODBRIDGE TIDE MILL

The iconic landmark is over 800 years old.

Interactive models and video animations

sit alongside the mill’s illustrated history.

Resting on the bank of the Deben, a

beautiful riverfront, just getting there is a

delight in itself. Check the website for the

wheel turning and milling times during the

open season between Easter and October.

www.woodbridgetidemill.org.uk

WOOF WOOF!

Woodbridge is very dog-friendly with

lots of businesses welcoming pets and

offering water bowls. Some pubs even

have a doggy menu!

SHOPPING

In town you will probably want to browse The

Thoroughfare; a cornucopia of delicatessens,

boutiques and bookshops. Visit New Street

Market; a trendy concept store, which brings

together lifestyle aspirations alongside a

curated selection of products. 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.

SUFFOLK PUNCH TRUST

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.

www.thesuffolkpunchtrust.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

The King’s Head

www.kingsheadwoodbridge.co.uk

The Crown

www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk

The Unruly Pig www.theunrulypig.co.uk

Honey + Harvey www.honeyandharvey.co.uk

The Tea Hut www.theteahut.co.uk

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SUFFOLK

ATTRACTIONS

Euston Hall

Home for the Dukes of The Hall, it contains,

among its many treasures, the famous

collection of paintings of the court of

Charles II and includes works by Van Dyck,

Lely and Stubbs. It hosts annual events.

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

Framlingham Castle

A magnificent example of a late 12th century

castle. Events are held throughout the year.

Church St, Framlingham. 0370 3331181.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Adnams Brewery

Adnams’ famous Suffolk beer has been

brewed in Southwold for over 150 years and

all around the town you will experience the

influences of the brewery.

Southwold. 01502 727225 www.adnams.co.uk

Abbey Gardens

Beautiful public gardens surrounding the

ruins of the Abbey.

Bury St Edmunds.

www.abbey gardenfriends-burystedmunds.com

Africa Alive

Home to more than 80 species of animals

from around Africa.

Lowestoft. 01502 740291.

www.africa-alive.co.uk

Christchurch Mansion

A fine Tudor mansion built between 1548

and 1550 with later additions.

Christchurch Park, Ipswich. 01473 433554.

www.cimuseums.org.uk

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.

Carlton Colville, Lowestoft. 01502 518459.

www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk

Easton Farm Park

A delightful working farm where you can

learn about the different animals, play at

the adventure playground, and enjoy pedal

tractors, a café and gift shop.

Easton. 01728 746475.

www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk

Helmingham Hall Gardens

Spectacular Grade 1 listed garden in the

grounds of the 500-year-old house.

Nr Stowmarket. 01473 890799.

www.helmingham.com

High Lodge

Sporting and leisure venue set in 100 acres

of woodland, offering clay target shooting,

a pay and play nine-hole golf course, fishing,

holiday lodges, shop and more.

Haw Wood, 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 area, it is ideal for

families. Open all year.

Thetford. 0300 0674400.

www.forestry.gov.uk/highlodge

Ickworth House, Park and Gardens

One of England’s most extraordinary

houses. The house is set in a Capability

Brown park and surrounded by an Italianate

garden with a range of marked woodland

walks, an adventure playground and picnic

area. There’s a vineyard and plant centre,

plus regular events.

Horringer, nr Bury St Edmunds.

01284 735270.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

Ipswich Museum

This museum gives a fascinating insight into

the town and surrounding area’s intriguing

past.

High Street, Ipswich. 01473 433551.

www.cimuseums.org.uk/Ipswich-Museum

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Long Shop Museum

Discover Leiston’s history and visit the home

of the Garrett collection.

Main Street, Leiston. 01728 832189.

www.longshopmuseum.co.uk

Museum of East Anglian Life

An open-air museum in 75 acres of beautiful

countryside. Learn about fascinating

East Anglian crafts, traditional culture

and discover splendidly restored historic

buildings. Plus, there’s steam engines,

animals and more.

Stowmarket. 01449 612229.

www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Newmarket Racecourses

One of the world’s greatest racetracks,

steeped in history and offering top racing

and an unbeatable experience on both its

Rowley Mile and July Racecourses.

Cambridge Road, Newmarket. 01638 675500.

www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket

Newmarket Tours

Palace House can arrange hour long tours

of historic Newmarket, explaining in depth

its associations with royalty and horseracing.

Newmarket. 0844 7489200.

www.discovernewmarket.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 custombuilt

river cruiser suitable for sightseeing

trips, family parties, music nights and buffet

cruises. Sailing from Orwell Quay.

01473 258070. www.orwellrivercruises.co.uk

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 Street, Newmarket.

www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk

River Cruises Restaurants

Hop aboard the Allen Gardiner or Lady

Florence. Operating from different locations

on Suffolk’s rivers, passengers can enjoy fine

food from an a la carte menu while taking in

the beautiful scenery.

01473 558712.

www.rivercruiserestaurants.co.uk

RSPB Minsmere

A nature reserve where visitors can see the

huge range of birds that pass along the

Suffolk coast. Saxmundham. 01728 648281.

www.rspb.org.uk

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

There has been a church on the site of

Suffolk’s Cathedral for nearly 1,000 years.

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds. 01284 748720.

www.stedscathedral.org

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

A Jacobean Manor with 12 acres of beautiful

gardens with a famous 1846 Yew Tree Maze.

There are guided tours, a garden trail,

walled garden and special events. There’s a

tearoom on-site and two good gastro pubs

within the estate.

Somerleyton, Lowestoft. 0871 222 4244.

www.somerleyton.co.uk

Southwold Lighthouse

Enjoy a tour of this marvellous operational

landmark, first lit in 1889.

Stradbroke Road.

www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouse-visitorcentres/southwold-lighthouse-visitorscentre

Snape Maltings

Visit this remarkable collection of

re-developed Victorian industrial buildings

for world-class concerts and events,

distinctive independent shops, cafes,

galleries, walks and abundance of wildlife.

Snape, nr Aldeburgh. 01728 688303.

www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Waveney River Centre

A range of vessels available for hire from

rowing boats and canoes to luxury day

cruisers. Overnight accommodation also

available.

Burgh St Peter, Beccles. 01502 677343.

www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk

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 they were imagined 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.

www.weststow.org

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SUFFOLK

WHAT’S ON

25-26 Apr

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair

Euston Hall, Euston, Thetford

www.ukgamefair.co.uk

25 April – 24 May Alde Valley Spring Festival

White House Farm, Great Glemham

www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

3 May Beccles Antiques Street Market

Town Centre, Beccles

9-31 May The Suffolk Walking Festival

Multiple locations

www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

14-24 May Bury Festival

Various venues, Bury St Edmunds

www.buryfestival.co.uk

23-25 May Framlingham Gala Fest

Framlingham Castle

www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk

27-28 May Suffolk Show

Trinity Park, Ipswich

www.trinityparkevents.co.uk

28-30 May Red Rooster

Euston Hall

www.redrooster.org.uk

7 Jun Euston Rural Pastimes

Euston Park, Euston

www.eustonruralpastimes.org.uk

12-28 Jun Aldeburgh Festival

Snape Maltings

www.aldeburgh.co.uk

14 Jun

Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival

St.Peter’s and Market Hill, Sudbury

www.tasteofsudbury.co.uk

20-Jun Great East Swim

Alton Water Sports Centre

www.suffolksport.com

21-Jun Suffolk Day

Multiple locations

www.suffolkday.co.uk

27-28 Jun Dragon Fest

West Stow, Bury St Edmunds

www.weststow.org

16-19 Jul Latitude Festival

Henham Park, Southwold

www.latitudefestival.com

24-26 Jul Felixstowe Carnival

Town Cente, Felixstowe

www.felixstowecarnival.org

26-Jul Suffolk Dog Day

Helmingham Hall Estate

www.suffolkdogday.com

15-17 Aug Aldeburgh Carnival

Aldeburgh

www.aldeburghcarnival.com

21-23 Aug FolkEast

Glemhall Hall, Woodbridge

www.folkeast.co.uk

22-27 Aug Hands on History Days

Kentwell Hall

www.kentwell.co.uk

28-30 Aug Maui Waui Festival

Peakhill Farm, Theberton

www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

30-31 Aug

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds

www.burystedmundsfestivals.com

26-27 Sep Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape Maltings

www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

October Scaresvile

Kentwell Hall

www.scaresville.co.uk

26-29 Nov

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fair

Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds

www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk

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