26th to 29th September 2022
The Treasures of Norfolk
3 nights Bed and Breakfast at the Best Western George Hotel Norwich
2 Hotel Dinners, 1 Dinner at Local Venue and 2 lunches
Travel in Executive Coach and excursion as detailed below
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Monday Day 1 – Departing Heswall Squash Club at 9am. We journey south making a brief comfort stop en route to Arbury Hall and Gardens in Warwickshire. This has been the seat of the Newdegate family for over 450 years and is the ancestral home of Viscount Daventry. A guided tour of the principal rooms is included, with their soaring fan vaulted ceilings, plunging pendants and filigree tracery, which is some of the most breath taking and complete example of early Gothic Revival architecture. George Eliot, the novelist, was born on the estate and Arbury Hall and Sir Roger Newdegate were immortalised in her book ‘Scenes of a Clerical Life’. A light lunch is included upstairs in the Stable tea room before continuing on to Norwich and your centrally located hotel where your evening meal is included.
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Tuesday Day 2 – Breakfast included. Today begins with an included visit to the Sainsbury Centre Visual Arts Centre. This is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art, housing the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, as well as the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection.
Photo: Andy Crouch
You might wish to purchase a snack here before re-boarding and continuing on to Royal Sandringham House, Museum & Gardens, the Royal Family's Country retreat, where a free-flow visit is included. Originally built in 1870, Sandringham has been passed down through four generations of British monarchs. The house is surrounded by 60 acres of glorious gardens and the museum features a collection of Royal cars as well as much more. Returning to Norwich, a hotel, dinner is included.
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Wednesday Day 3 – Breakfast included. Today begins with an included free flow visit to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. NB* - The Castle Keep, Anglo-Saxon and Viking gallery and other medieval areas of the Castle will be closed as part of a major redevelopment project. This attraction houses internationally important collections in fine, decorative and contemporary art, archaeology, natural history & regimental history. Included is a 35 minute tour of the Norwich School of Painters (group to be divided for this tour). Leaving here around midday, we next travel to the pretty village of Horning for an included 90 minute cruise on the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat. This is a double-deck paddle boat purpose built for the Broads. Commentary is provided during the cruise which travels along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds.
There will be a little free time afterwards to visit the village before returning to the hotel to freshen up before this evenings ‘private finale’ dinner at the Assembly House in the heart of Norwich. The Assembly House is the city’s most prestigious address and has been the venue for legendary parties, dances, dinners and celebrations throughout its glittering history. The house has hosted Madame Tussaud, composer Franz Liszt and countless lavish balls, including Norfolk’s spectacular celebration of Nelson’s Trafalgar victory.
Thursday Day 4 – Breakfast included. Checking out of the hotel we complete your visit to Norwich with a included guided tour of the Cathedral, the most complete Norman cathedral in England with over 900 years of history. Discover the largest cathedral close and monastic cloister in England.
Departing Norwich late morning we begin the homeward journey making one final stop at Boughton House near Kettering. An afternoon tea style lunch is included here before visiting the House where you will discover their stunning art collection, history and heritage. Visit rooms filled with beautiful artworks incorporating almost every aspect of the decorative arts including works by Van Dyck & El Greco, Sèvres Porcelain and Boulle furniture. Included is a 1 hour guided tour of the ground floor which encompasses many of the major rooms including the Great Hall. Departing here we continue homeward returning to Heswall early evening.
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