NEW: Steaming Through Norfolk
by classic Southdown coach
Sunday 21st - Thursday 25th July 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
Single supplement: £75
Calling all lovers of steam railways and vintage transport! Join us for another very special holiday, travelling on one of South Coast Motor Services’ immaculately presented single-deck coaches from the 1960s. Southdown buses, in their smart green and cream livery, were a familiar sight on the roads of Sussex and Hampshire. The Company’s comfortable coaches, with air suspension and large panoramic windows, were used on touring holidays throughout the British Isles and Europe. All entrances & fares (totalling nearly £70) are included in the tour price.
Please note that the coach used on this tour will have high entrance steps. There is no toilet on the coach. For this reason, and due to the nature of some of the visits, the holiday is unsuitable for anyone with walking or mobility problems.
Your Holiday Hotel
Dunston Hall is a 4-star country house hotel in wooded parkland setting a few miles to the south of Norwich. The Hotel has spacious bedrooms with hospitality tray and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is a well equipped health club with a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room.
(DAY 1) Sunday 21st July
A taxi will take you to join the Classic Coach (and classic driver). We will drive to Essex for a visit to the Epping & Ongar Railway. The preserved railway, operated largely by volunteers, has an impressive range of steam and diesel locomotives and a fleet of heritage buses. We will take a round trip from Epping Forest to the grand grade II listed Great Eastern station of Ongar. After time to visit the buffet and gift shop we will rejoin the coach and continue to Dunston Hall for a four-night stay, with dinner, bed and breakfast.
(DAY 2) Monday 22nd July
We drive to Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast to take a ride on the World’s smallest public railway. Built along four miles of the old Great Eastern track bed, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway opened in 1982. It has a gauge of just 10¼ inches. Enjoy the nostalgic sounds and smells of steam travel on the journey to Walsingham. Here there will be time to explore the village and visit the shrine before rejoining the coach. This afternoon we will visit The Thursford Collection. Founded by George Cushing MBE, Thursford is a working museum of mechanical organs, old-fashioned fairground carousels and static displays of road engines and extravagant showmen’s engines, and all kinds of related memorabilia. It also has one of Europe’s largest Wurlitzer organs which is regularly played on open days.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 23rd July
Our destination today is the East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft. Founded in 1965, this unique project is designed to show the development of working mechanical transport over the best part of a century. It is a living museum, where vehicles of yesteryear can be seen in action, sounds of the past are brought back to life, and where you can journey back in time by travelling on some of the exhibits along the Museum’s streets. Admire the vintage trams and trolleybuses, the East Suffolk Light Railway, cars and commercial vehicles.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 24th July
Not one, but two heritage steam railways today. The Bure Valley Railway runs through 9 miles of rural Norfolk between Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads and the small town of Aylesham. The 15-inch gauge line runs over the trackbed of the East Norfolk Railway. Lunchtime in the seaside town of Sheringham before we take a round trip on The North Norfolk Railway, also known as the ‘Poppy Line’. This standard gauge railway runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to Holt. Enjoy the preserved country stations, railway museum and signal box, buffet and souvenir shop.
(DAY 5) Thursday 25th July
After breakfast we will set off to Bressingham, where a visit to the Steam Railway and Gardens will round off our tour. The Gardens were established by Alan Bloom in the 1940s. His enthusiasm for steam trains and traction engines developed into a fascinating collection and there are three narrow-gauge railways running for over four miles through the gardens, woodland and countryside. Bressingham is also home to the Dad’s Army Collection, with Jones’ Butchers Shop, Frazer’s Funeral Parlour and the Swallow Bank. Later we drive to Sussex, say goodbye to our travelling companions and return home by taxi.