2022 - Sandringham & The Norfolk Broads
This special break is simply packed with wonderful attractions. The highlight is a visit to Sandringham House, the much-loved country retreat of HM The Queen. Also included is a trip on the Bure Valley Steam Railway and a Norfolk Broads Mississippi Paddle boat touring Norfolk's famous waterworld.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 Join your holiday coach and travel to Long Melford with its mile long high street and onto the lovely medieval village of Lavenham. Check into your Swaffham hotel for your 4 night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 2 - 4 At leisure with two included excursions
Sandringham House & Norfolk Coast
A visit today to Cromer, a classic traditional Norfolk seaside resort. Cromer pier is home to a lifeboat station and the Pavilion Theatre, where the UK’s only remaining traditional end of the pier variety show takes place. The pier is an enduring example of Victorian architecture, having withstood many storms, tidal surges and even an attempt to blow it up by the Government in WW2 to prevent the pier being used as a landing strip for enemy invaders! Highlight this afternoon is an included visit to Sandringham House & Estate and the opportunity to explore the beloved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen.The principal ground floor rooms used by the Royal Family are open to the public as well as 24 hectares of formal Gardens with a variety of trees,water gardens and wildflowers. St Mary Magdalene Church is also open to visit.
Rail & Sail on the Norfolk Broads
Experience a nostalgic trip on Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The 9 mile trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the meandering River Bure through meadowland and ancient pasture. Along the line are wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. Hop back on the coach at Wroxham for the short journey to Horning to join the Southern Comfort, a double-deck paddle boat purpose built for the Broads. From the beautiful village of Horning, cruise along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds. Throughout the trip there is an excellent commentary and continual pointing out of all the water birds around at the time. There is the ever present bustle of river traffic with cruisers, yachts and the occasional wherry. NB May operate in reverse order with boat trip first
King's Lynn & Hunstanton
Firstly visit King's Lynn, a town brimming full of history and with a vibrant town centre. King's Lynn was one of England's most important ports from as early as the 12th century and its maritime past is still very much in evidence today. Continue onto Hunstanton, a seaside town renowned for its unique striped cliffs and its position as the only west-facing resort on the East coast.
Day 5 After breakfast, it's off to Bury St Edmunds before returning homewards, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-evening.
The George Hotel, Swaffham
This 3* former coaching inn hotel offers plenty of charm and character. Located in the town centre, it has a Georgian façade and a modern bedroom wing. There is a bar plus restaurant serving seasonal produce and comfortable, cosy bedrooms with TV, hairdryer and tea / coffee making facilities. No lift but some ground floor rooms (4 steps up and these rooms have shower over bath)