NEW: Treasures of Suffolk
Sunday 18th - Thursday 22nd August 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
Single supplement: £95
A new tour exploring some of the pretty towns and villages of coastal Suffolk.
Please note that, due to the nature of the visits, this tour is unsuitable for those with walking difficulties.
Your Holiday Hotel
The Ufford Park Hotel is situated in 120 acres of parkland on the outskirts of historic Woodbridge. The Hotel has 90 bedrooms, some with views across the Deben Valley, an 18-hole golf course, indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna. Many of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, and there is a lift. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hotel.
(DAY 1) Sunday 18th August
We drive to Flatford, which lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. This charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable’s most famous pictures. Wandering beside the River Stour or looking at Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s House, you can feel as if you are actually walking through one of his paintings. Visit the new exhibition about Constable and enjoy the riverside tearoom. We will arrive at Ufford Park late afternoon in good time to relax before dinner.
(DAY 2) Monday 19th August
Travelling via Snape Maltings we arrive in the coastal town of Southwold. It is almost an island, being bounded by the North Sea to the east, by the River Blyth to the southwest, and by Buss Creek to the north. There is a lighthouse, beach huts, a pier, a busy harbour and a selection of small shops and restaurants. Southwold boasts an award-winning brewery, Adnams, and there are quite a few pubs dotted around the town, as well as the brewery’s own store and café.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 20th August
A local day today, in and around Woodbridge. This small town on the River Deben is the ‘gem’ in Suffolk’s crown. There will be time to explore the small independent shops, stroll by the River and find something to eat in one of the many pubs and cafes. We include a visit to the 800-year-old Tide Mill. It was the country’s first tidal-powered mill, and we will discover what life was like for a miller and his family. Also included is nearby Sutton Hoo. This National Trust site is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 21st August
This morning we visit the Suffolk Punch Trust, a charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. This iconic breed of heavy horse is actually now rarer than the Giant Panda! This afternoon, relax and enjoy a gentle cruise along the River Deben. The tidal Deben Estuary is a Special Protection area and the on-board commentary will tell of its rich wildlife and history.
(DAY 5) Thursday 22nd August
After breakfast we will load the luggage and set off for home. Today’s lunch stop will be in Maldon. This ancient town lies on the Blackwater Estuary and was once a bastion against Viking raiders. You will find historic inns, churches and fine medieval buildings. Later we head back to Sussex to meet the taxis late afternoon.