Meopham Historical Society
Visit to Norfolk (13-18/09/2014)

Another well planned holiday organised by Maureen Arrowsmith, this time to take in some of the attractions of Norfolk. A comfortable ride with our driver, John, allowed us a short time to explore Mundesley before our evening meal at our hotel on the Norfolk coast.

DAY 1: Oxburgh Hall

The next day we left Mundesley to visit Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust property which is a fortified manor house with a 15th century gatehouse. Built by Sir Edmund Bedingfield in 1482, it is still lived in by his descendants today.

DAY 2: Blakeney Point and Blickling Estate

After breakfast we left to visit Blakeney Point where we were booked on a seal watching trip. This was followed to another National Trust property, Blickling Estate, home to a Jacobean mansion as well as a large historic park.

DAY 3: Felbrigg Hall and Walsingham

We were able to look around yet another National Trust property, a country house, Felbrigg Hall. A wood on the estate and the gardens were also worth a visit. This was followed by a visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham as well as the chance to have a look around the village.

DAY 4: Bure Valley Railway, the Norfolk Broads and Mundesley

We started the day with an excursion on the Bure Valley Railway, a narrow 15” gauge line running between Aylsham and Wroxham. At Wroxham we boarded a boat for a trip on the Norfolk Broads and were given an interesting commentary along the way. The day ended with a quick look around Mundesley village.

DAY 5: Southwold

After breakfast we started out on our journey home. However, on the way back there was time for one more stop to look around Southwold, an old-fashioned seaside resort on the Suffolk coast, famed for Adnams beer.

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Norfolk Rhapsody