Spend a four days discovering ancient villages, remote fens and fields touring East Anglia and the lovely counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Visit the north Norfolk coast, and the broads before heading down to Suffolk and the coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, and then inland to the pretty town of Lavenham.
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Day 1 : 3 September 2017
Make your way to Burnham Market on the north Norfolk coast to stay at the lovely Hoste Arms for two nights. Take the opportunity to stroll around the pretty village of Burnham Market before enjoying a welcome dinner at the Arms.
Day 2 : 4 September 2017 66 miles
Spend the day on a wonderful scenic drive along the coast, visiting the pretty villages of Brancaster and ‘The Burnhams’, with a chance to visit the birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson. The sleepy creeks and backwaters of Burnham Overy Staithe give you a real feel for the haunting Norfolk Coast. A stroll around the town and browsing in the gorgeous shops is not to be missed.
The route also visits the magnificent Sandringham Estate and the grounds and house are beautiful and very interesting. There is also a small display of some of the lovely vehicles used on and around the estate for the Royal family. For steam enthusiasts take the chance to see the Thursford Collection a few miles inland. Continue on to the lovely villages of Cley next the Sea, with it’s beautiful windmill, and along to Blakeney and Wells. You may like to visit the Palladian style mansion of Holkham Hall or the beautiful wild expanse of Holkham Bay with it’s pristine beaches.
Dinner is not included this evening but local recommendations will be made.
Day 3 : 5 September 2017 143 miles
Drive through north Norfolk visiting the charming Georgian town of Holt, and then visit the superb Elizabethan Blickling Hall (NT). Head onto the Norfolk Broads and see what makes it such an attractive destination. It’s a superb site for anyone interested in the fabulous local bird life (winged variety!), and it’s great to see an increase in the Norfolk Reed being grown for traditional thatching. Continue on to the Suffolk coast and discover the lovely towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, the latter famed for its literary associations.
Visit the delightful Snape Maltings and then continue onto Orford, with its impressive castle keep, quaint quayside and boat trips, and Shingle Street, a quiet spot where the River Ore meets the sea.
Head west through the lanes to Wickham Market & Needham Market and continue on to Lavenham to stay at the charming Swan Hotel. Dinner is included on both evenings.
Day 4 : 6 September 2017 77 miles
Start the day exploring Lavenham, the most spectacular of wool towns, famed for its unique collection of timber-framed buildings. The appearance of the town has changed little over the years: half-timbered houses lean crazily over the narrow streets, whilst the Guildhall (built in 1529) is perhaps the town’s most prominent feature. The route then takes you on to Long Melford where you can visit both Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall. Drive through the picture-perfect villages of Cavendish, Clare and Finchingfield before visiting the superb Norman castle at Hedingham.
The drive then winds its way to Dedham, where you can visit the Alfred Munnings Museum. This is also the heart of Constable Country and it’s just a short drive to Flatford Mill, the scene of four of Constable’s most famous paintings, including The Hay Wain. Return to Lavenham for a final dinner.
Day 5 : 7 September 2017
Depart for home after a hearty full English breakfast with another chance to visit Lavenham and Long Melford.
Spend the first two nights at the Hoste Arms, a fabulous inn in the lovely village of Burnham Market, north Norfolk.
The second hotel, for two nights, is the equally delightful Swan Hotel in Lavenham, Suffolk. It is an original, 15th century, timber-framed public house, now completely refurbished to make a stunning hotel, restaurant and bar, with lots of character and beautiful period features.
- Four nights luxury accommodation with full English breakfast
- Three-course dinners on three evenings, with wine (1/2 bottle per person)
- Tour book – includes a brief history of the region, maps and directions, and a detailed account of everything there is to do, see and visit each day.
- Road atlas
- Rally Plate, luggage tag, window sticker & pen/highlighter for each car
- National Trust Gift Card, worth £10 per person (can be redeemed against entry, membership or purchases)
- Friendly, knowledgeable & experienced Tour Director, Sarah Dowding and assistant, to help you make the most of your trip.
- Personal travel and medical insurance
- One evening meal and all lunches
- Drinks are extra to accommodate individual preferences
- We recommend each vehicle has breakdown cover
The Norfolk & Suffolk Tour is open to classic, vintage and sports cars of any age. However, the most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, deserving of the vehicles we love, relish character hotels and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers.