South West Area Tour to Norfolk 5 Nights at the Marriott Sprowston Manor **** Hotel & Country Club Tour Price £495 per person ** (based on two people sharing) Sunday, 28th June to Friday 3rd July 2015
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To include all coach travel, five nights dinner, bed & breakfast, porterage and entrance to various venues. Daily Itinerary: Sunday, 28h June The coach will leave Taunton main line station (to connect with the train from Cornwall) at 10.30 a.m. – going on current time tables - (local pickups will be advised of their timings) and travel to Sprowston Manor Hotel with the usual comfort stops. Our lunch break will be at Hughenden (NT), High Wycombe which was the former home of Benjamin Disraeli. Our journey then continues to the Sprowston Manor Hotel which will be our base for five nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The hotel exudes a historic charm combined with modern touches. The grounds are sheltered by ancient oak trees and the hotel is only 3.5 miles from Norwich city centre. The hotel has a Leisure Club with indoor swimming pool (towels provided), cardiovascular equipment and weights. Special guest privileges: Open: 06:00 - 23:00 Monday, 29th June Sandringham's gardens were opened to the public by King Edward VII in 1908, and the Museum by King George V in 1930; Sandringham House was opened to the public at Her Majesty the Queen's wish in her Silver Jubilee year of 1977. Built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham was once described as 'The most comfortable house in England'. It has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs and is now the country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Sandringham is set in 24 acres of wonderful gardens and is a wonderful informal place to visit. The parish church of St Mary Magdalene with its hosts of carved and painted angels and its many Royal memorials is a must; the tractor and trailer tour of the Country Park saves tired legs. A tour of the house has been arranged. The Visitor Centre which is set in the woodland of the Country Park was developed to provide excellent facilities for visitors all year round, the timber buildings were designed to blend into the landscape. but air-conditioned and offering every comfort inside. This is where the Restaurant, Gift Shop and Plant Centre, plus "Everything Outdoor", specialising in country clothing and accessories. Tuesday, 30th June A “free” day today to explore Norwich at your leisure – the Cathedral is deemed to be the most complete Norman cathedral in England, it has the largest cathedral close and cloister in England. The Refectory provides light refreshment and nearby there is a Herb and Japanese Garden. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is also easily accessed by local transport. The medieval city of Norwich which stands on the River Wensum has many splendid buildings and from the medieval period until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution was England’s second city which has created a rich legacy of heritage with the city boasting the largest intact medieval street pattern in Europe. There are many places to visit which include the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Dragon Hall and Strangers Hall. There is also a Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum selling an extensive range of mustards and showing nostalgic memorabilia illustrating the history of this product. Discover “The Plantation Garden”, a wonderfully restored late Victorian town garden, which includes a gothic fountain, rustic bridge and Italianate terrace. Tel. 07504 545810 If a little retail therapy is needed then there are the Norwich Lanes, various malls and the High Street stores are all to hand. Jarrold’s historic building is in the heart of the city centre and has been a family run department store since 1823 and the art nouveau Royal Arcade. An open top bus operates in the city to show you the various sights – Tel. 01263 587005 If you wish to contact Norwich Tourist Information Centre for any specific information their telephone number is: 01603 213999 Wednesday, 1st July A guided tour of Holkham Hall, a grand Palladian mansion, which is privately owned and is a lived-in family home to Viscount Coke and his family. The house was designed by William Kent for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The Hall is a member of the Treasure Houses group which consists of ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Its library, statues, paintings and furniture are a major source for academic research. Holkham has loaned paintings, furniture and manuscripts to galleries and museums in Italy, Germany, England, Japan and America. The walled gardens extend to six and a half acres and a project to restore this to the original plans laid out by Samuel Wyatt during the late 1700s is underway. There is also a Bygones Museum with a wonderful collection of memorabilia to take one back to a different age. There are facilities for lunch refreshments. Thursday, 2nd July The morning will be spent in King’s Lynn, a Hanseatic town and as long ago as the 12th century was a very important port. There is still evidence of this today with fine old merchant’s houses going down the river and the elegant Custom House overlooking the harbour. After lunch we will visit Oxburgh Hall which was built during the Wars of the Roses. The hall was not intended to be a castle but a family home. The building was completed in 1482 for Sir Edmund and the family have lived here ever since. We have a guided tour of the Hall and will be able to see Mary, Queen of Scots wonderful needlework. The chapel has been rebuilt with reclaimed materials. Within the gardens you can see the celebrated French Parterre as well as wonderful herbaceous borders and kitchen garden. Refreshments are available. Although this is a National Trust property a charge will be made to the whole group – this is reflected in the tour price. Friday, 3rd July After breakfast and luggage stored we will make our way home to the West Country with the usual comfort stops. Our lunch break will be taken the Coronation Café which is at Nuffield Place, the former home of Lord Nuffield, the founder of the Morris Motor Company. Nuffield Place reveals the personal possessions of Lord Nuffield and his wife and the décor and furnishings are just as they left them. The house is surrounded by gardens which are in the process of being restored back to the Arts and Crafts style that would have been when it was Lord and Lady Nuffield’s home from 1933 to 1963. TOUR PRICE The tour price is £495 per person based on two people sharing, National Trust Members please reduce this price by £16 per person. Where available, single rooms carry a supplement of £125. The price includes all coach travel, five nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Sprowston Manor Hotel & Country Club, admission to Hughenden Manor (NT), Sandringham, Holkham Hall, Oxburgh Hall (NT) and Nuffield Place (NT) and a small charge for the driver’s gratuity. PLEASE NOTE: The right to amend the venue or alter the order of itinerary is reserved. The information given was correct at the time of printing this itinerary. Members living outside the Taunton area contact Mary Ginger: ( 01823 490527) regarding their travel arrangements please. A non refundable deposit is required by 31st January 2015 The balance will be due and payable not later than 13th April 2015 please.
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