3 days / 2 nights
Diamond Holidays of Market Harborough
- Wednesday, 10 June 2015
- Friday, 03 July 2015 - from Shropshire only
Join our summertime tour to Norfolk, at a time when the scent of lavender hangs heavy in the air and butterflies dance above bright purple flowers. Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm and boasts one of the finest National Lavender Collections, with over 100 different varieties. During our visit you can learn about the harvesting and distilling process, enjoy a delicious cream tea served with lavender scones and browse all manner of products which are infused with this relaxing herb. We also visit the beautiful gardens of Bressingham and the magnificent house and gardens of Sandringham – country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Day 1: Cambridge
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach in the early morning and travel to Cambridge, making appropriate stops en route. Set on the River Cam, this beautiful city is home to one of the world’s leading universities and has one of the finest collections of buildings in Britain. The 31 colleges alone offer stunning architecture – King’s College Chapel is probably the most famous and the college gardens are equally impressive, hidden like a secret oasis behind heavy oak doors. The city is also home to the Round Church – one of only four in Britain, and the bustling square hosts a market every day of the week. After some free time we continue to our hotel for your included evening meal.
Day 2: Norfolk Lavender - Sandringham
After your included breakfast we travel to Caley Mill, the headquarters of Norfolk Lavender, where we discover the great tradition of English lavender growing. On arrival we are greeted by a guide who takes us on a tour of the grounds and a visit to the distillery, telling us about the fascinating story of Norfolk Lavender, including how the lavender is grown, harvested and distilled by this family business which began in 1932. We also visit the Herb Garden to learn more about herbs and their uses, before enjoying our included cream tea, served with lavender scones. You are then free to admire the many different varieties of lavender from the National Collection and browse the plant centre and gift shop. There is also a Rare Breeds Animal Centre (extra charge). In the afternoon we travel to Royal Sandringham, the country residence of Her Majesty The Queen, where you are free to explore. The main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the Royal Family, are open to the public and their decor and contents remain much as they were in Edwardian times. Outside you can admire many types of fuchsias and hydrangeas, as well as rare and historic trees, lakes, rockeries and a charming summer house built for Queen Alexandra in 1913. There is also a museum housing an extraordinary collection of royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia, along with a visitor centre, gift shop, plant centre, restaurant and tea room. Sandringham is a friendly and informal place to visit with knowledgeable guides on hand. Later in the day we return to our hotel for your included evening meal.
Day 3: Bressingham
After your included breakfast we check out of from our hotel and travel to Bressingham Gardens, just outside the town of Diss. These six distinct gardens totalling over 17 acres belong to Alan and Adrian Bloom. In the Dell Garden you can stroll around the grounds with nearly 5000 species and varieties of perennials in 48 beds. There’s also the Foggy Bottom Garden, the Summer Garden, Adrian’s Wood, the Fragrant Garden and the Winter Garden. Alongside the gardens is a unique working steam museum with narrow gauge railway rides, a Victorian steam roundabout and the Dad’s Army National Exhibition housed in a replica of Walmington-on-Sea (rides can be purchased separately.) After our visit we set off on the return journey, arriving back in your local area in the mid to late evening.
Included in the price
Private coach travel from your local area
Two nights’ stay with three course evening meal & cooked breakfast
Visit to Cambridge
Norfolk Lavender Caley Mill Grounds Tour
Visit the Lavender Oil Distillery
Cream tea & lavender scones
Entrance to Sandringham House & Gardens
Entrance to Bressingham Gardens
Services of our Tour Driver
Mercure Norwich Hotel
Dinner, Bed & Cooked Breakfast
Single Room Price: £30.00 per person