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SPRING GUIDE 2022

Things to do this Spring in East Anglia, all within easy reach of our pubs, inns and restaurants.


NORFOLK


From the dog-friendly beaches and their neighbouring seaside towns to its many historic landmarks, Norfolk has an array of activities on offer for you and yours this Spring.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN NORFOLK - The Globe Inn, The Feathers, The Lawns

ACTIVITIES & WALKS
  • Sheringham Park - walk through the park and see the beautiful wildflowers which grow there throughout the Spring months.

  • Holkham Estate - go on safari at Holkham and explore the deer park and wildlife perched upon a trailer pulled by a tractor.

  • Norfolk Lavender - home to tranquil lavender gardens, oil distillery, national lavender collection and herb gardens (and the perfect selfie).


PLACES OF INTEREST
  • Blickling Estate - tour the Jacobean house, the birth place of Anne Boleyn or explore the wider estate on foot with your furry friend.

  • Sandringham Estate - the country retreat of her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Castle Rising - one of the country's best 12th century stone castles in England just north of Kings Lynn.


FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
  • Crabbing at Wells - become an expert in the art of crabbing and catch some Norfolk Gillies!

  • Hunstanton - take a day out in Sunny Hunny and visit the arcades, grab some fresh fish and chips and discover the old Hunstanton cliffs!

  • Felbrigg Estate - take your mini explorers on an Easter hunt nature trail, armed with an activity pack and the promise of a chocolate treat at the end.


 

SUFFOLK


Bordering Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, Suffolk is a fantastic location in the heart of East Anglia with lots of opportunity for adventure!


CHESTNUT PUBS IN SUFFOLK - The Ship, The Westleton Crown, The Northgate, The Packhorse Inn,
The Black Lion , The Weeping Willow, The Crown Inn

ACTIVITIES & WALKS
  • It's Your Round Route - The Three Churches walk is a scenic 6.5 miles route around Moulton, Dalham and Gazeley Churches. A Springtime favourite!

  • Long Melford & The Stour Valley - charming villages with cottages painted in Suffolk pink, rolling farmland, river and water meadows. Not to mention Melford Hall, the Country Park and Trinity church - you won't be short places to explore!



PLACES OF INTEREST
  • Framlingham Castle - steeped in history, Framingham Castle has a host of walks and tours including their popular Wall Walk offering amazing views!

  • Newmarket Races - horse racing is back for the Spring! On the starts orders is the Craven Meeting, closely followed by the firm favourite, The Guineas Festival.


FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE


Immersed in history, Cambridgeshire is home to many famous writers, scholars, inventors and actors, both past and present, who would have frequented many of the places we would recommend visiting this Spring time.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE - The Rupert Brooke, The Carpenters Arms, The Three Blackbirds

ACTIVITIES & WALKS
  • Oliver Cromwell’s House - located in the cathedral city of Ely, you can visit the former dwelling of the now infamous Oliver Cromwell.

  • Cambridge Botanical Gardens - from free drop-in weekend tours to the Great Garden Egg Hunt running from 31st March - 18th April, there's plenty of things to see at the Botanical Gardens this Spring.



PLACES OF INTEREST
  • Ely Cathedral - Ely is the second smallest city in England with arguably one of the most breathtaking Cathedrals. Open daily, book your tickets in advance.

  • Anglesey Abbey Gardens - From tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, to avenues of June berry and horse chestnut blossom, the perfect Spring day out.


FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
  • Punting on the River Cam - Enjoy all the sights and sounds of a city steeped in history aboard a chauffeured punt. Float by the famous college backs while your guide tells you stories, myths and folklore.

  • Wimpole Daffodils - daffodils have been a part of the Wimpole landscape every Spring dating back to the 1700s. There are over 84 different varieties throughout the estate in March and April.

 

ESSEX


With close connections to its fellow East Anglian counties and also the city of London, Essex has everything from a stunning coastline to some of the country's prettiest villages. With a number of historic locations and family-friendly activities taking place around its various towns, Essex is definitely one to look to for some Easter fun this Spring.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN ESSEX - The Crown Inn (actually in Suffolk, on the border of Essex), The Cricketers, The Eight Bells

ACTIVITIES & WALKS

Dedham Vale - as an area of outstanding natural beauty, Dedham in Spring is a real treat with lots of walking routes to make the most out of your visit.

Finchingfield Village - known as the most photographed village in country and home to the oldest windmill in Essex, the village is a perfect spot for a Spring walk.




PLACES OF INTEREST
  • Colchester Castle - the castle offers tours throughout the Spring. From the informative and family friendly, History Stinks Tour to the Dark Tour, if you dare!

  • Audley End House & Gardens - Take part in the Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End, running 2nd - 24th April.




FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
  • Walden Mazes - be amazed by Saffron Walden's not one, not two, but four mazes. From the Bridge End hedge maze to the Turf Maze!

  • Colchester Zoo - alongside the normal zoo events and opening hours, you can join the zoo's Easter party and egg hunt, throughout the Easter holidays.




To read more about things to do around each of our pubs, choose your destination by clicking here to visit their website and their Explore page.