3 days / 2 nights
Diamond Holidays of Market Harborough
Day 1: Cambridge
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach in the early morning for the journey to the elegant University City of Cambridge for free time. Described as the loveliest City in Britain with a wealth of architectural and garden delights, it is a City to be admired and loved with magnificent courtyards, majestic bridges and ''the Backs'' along the River Cam. You re-board our coach and continue the journey to our hotel arriving in time for your included evening meal.
Day 2: Norfolk Lavender - Sandringham
Following your included breakfast we travel to Caley Mill, the headquarters of Norfolk Lavender for our included visit. Here a guide boards our coach and we travel to the largest field with nearly 50 acres of lavender in full bloom. Here we can view the rows of lavender plants, as well as admire the wild flowers, colourful butterflies and coveys of partridges. Together we discover the fascinating story of Norfolk Lavender; how the lavender is grown, harvested and distilled by this family business which began in 1932. Following our tour of the fields and distillery we enjoy our included cream tea with Lavender scones. You are then free to explore the gardens where you can find out how to look after your own lavender plants and gain valuable tips on how to dry out flowers and what to do with them. You also see one of the National Collections of Lavender with over 120 different species and varieties as well as a walk around the herb garden. There will also be free time to browse around the two gift shops, plant centre, the rare breed and animal centre. In the afternoon we travel to Royal Sandringham, the country residence of Her Majesty The Queen, for our included entrance. Together we will be able to see many types of camellias, fuchsias and hydrangeas, according to the season, as well as rare and historic trees, Queen Alexandra's Nest and rockery and much much more. You will also have time to guide yourself around the amazing Sandringham House. Built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, Sandringham was once described as 'The most comfortable house in England'. The main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the Royal Family, are open to the public and the decor and contents remain very much as they were in Edwardian times. Sandringham is a friendly and informal place to visit with knowledgeable guides in every room ready to talk to visitors. There is also a fascinating museum of Vintage Royal Vehicles and Mementoes, which is well worth a visit. Other attractions include a visitor centre with a gift shop, Royal Gardens Flower and Plant Stall, an air conditioned restaurant and tea room. Later in the day we return to our hotel for your included evening meal and a relaxed evening.
Day 3: Bressingham
After your included breakfast we depart from our hotel and travel to Bressingham Gardens just outside the town of Diss for our included entrance. These two beautiful six acre gardens 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 47 ''island beds''. We will also have a chance to browse the excellent Blooms plant centre and nursery. Alongside the gardens is a unique working steam museum with narrow gauge railway rides, a Victorian steam roundabout and the Dads Army National Exhibition housed in a replica of Walmington-on-Sea (rides can be purchased separately.) During the early afternoon we commence the journey home, making appropriate comfort stops en route, arriving back in your local area by the mid evening.