Staying at the Virginia Court Hotel
6 DAYS | 17th June 2022
Come and see one of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of Britain’s East coast; Norfolk is a county of renowned scenic splendour, rich in historical treasures and abundant in wildlife. It is an area of picturesque country lanes, flint cottages, and steam railways. The arteries of an industrial age now past, the miles of waterways that make up the stunning Norfolk Broads provide a unique backdrop. Home to a unique coastline of unspoilt, award-winning beaches, as we head in-land we will witness first-hand the rich agricultural roots as well as market towns and villages; there are eateries, local artisan shops, museums, and stately homes in abundance. Norfolk is also home to much of The Broads National Park, Britain’s largest protected wetland, salt marshes, and nature reserves all of international importance, making it a haven for wildlife and birds, and a delight for ramblers.
Our base for our holiday is Cromer; once a small fishing village it is now a bustling, family holiday resort. Attractive and full of character, Cromer’s narrow twisting streets in the town centre, colourful gardens, sandy beach and lively seafront promenade all make for a lovely holiday destination. The Virginia Court Hotel is in a quiet tree-lined avenue just three minutes walk from Cromer town centre, the seafront and pier. This stylish hotel offers a very pleasant lounge bar and restaurant and all bedrooms have a TV and courtesy tea tray. Please note that this hotel does not have a lift.
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to Boston where we call for lunch. Why not take a look inside St Botolph’s Church; a riverside 14th-century Gothic building better known as ‘the Boston Stump’ it showcases a magnificent interior with stunning stained-glass windows. After free time for lunch we make our way to Cromer and our hotel for the next five nights.
A free day to explore Cromer. Delve into the narrow twisting streets of the town centre or take a stroll on the pier and see the lively seafront promenade behind the sandy beach, during the summer season there’s a varied entertainments programme available at the famous Pier Pavilion. Colourful gardens offer quieter relaxation but if you’re feeling energetic there are also leisure facilities available including bowling greens, tennis courts, squash and golf. The choice is yours!
Our excursion today takes us to Horning, a picturesque waterside broadland village. The village lines the northern bank of the River Bure stretching for about a mile, and has many waterside pubs, shops, restaurants and tearooms. Upon arrival we board the Mississippi Paddle Boat for our relaxing one and a half hour cruise through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds as we go. Throughout the trip there is an excellent commentary covering local wildlife and sights of interest. We then have free time for lunch before we head back to the hotel mid-afternoon.
Our first visit today takes us to Aylsham; a town historically famous for its linen and woollen textile industries, in modern times the picturesque market place holds a local market on Mondays and there are plenty of shops, pubs and tea-rooms to explore. After time to browse the local stalls and enjoy a morning coffee we then continue on to Thursford for the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs. Delight in the sights and sounds of yesteryear and perhaps take a ride on a fairground carousel!
Today is a day for a big adventure on the world’s smallest railway! We make our way to Wells-next-the-Sea for a morning coffee before boarding the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, the longest 10.25inch narrow gauge steam railway on the planet. We have included a return trip so that you have time to alight the train and take a stroll around Walsingham; steeped in history with a long tradition of religious pilgrimage it is home to the ruins of two medieval monastic houses and famed for The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. After a pleasant stroll jump back on the train to Wells-next-the-Sea where the coach will be waiting for you. Heading back to the hotel early afternoon you have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure.
We depart after breakfast calling at Sandringham. The House and Gardens has long been the beloved private country home of Queen Elizabeth II. From its tidal mudflats and fruit farms to the famous museum and gardens, Sandringham is a versatile estate that has seen many a royal occasion, but it is best known as the place where the Windsor’s spend their Christmases. We have time to visit the house and grounds and have lunch before we head for home. We make a comfort stop en-route and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.
Tour includes: 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; guided tour of St Botolph’s; entrance to Thursford; entrance to Sandringham, Horning boat trip and Wells train ride.
£648.00 per person sharing twin/double
NIL single room supplement on single rooms
£150.00 double rooms for sole occupancy
£100.00 Suite upgrade per person
£38.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT