Friday, July 31st
Suffolk Steam Railway Holiday
Friday, July 31st
With the success of last seasons first ever Suffolk Punch holiday we are delighted to have this one join our 2020 line up, why not come and see for yourself? We’ll enjoy the delights of this wonderful county as we ‘chuff’ our ways around – well back and forth actually! Experience some of the friendliest preserved railways in the land, ride on some trolleybuses, visit museums and there’s much, much more, we even guarantee you a punch! A Suffolk Punch that is and all whilst staying at a 4* hotel in Ipswich – so come and feast on one of the punchiest 4-day holidays on offer.
FridayWe meet at Newmarket Station around lunchtime and load luggage onto our support coach, then we are off to a hostelry for a buffet lunch somewhere in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Once fed, we press on to a charming farm in Chedburgh to meet an animal famous in Suffolk and also the inspiration for the holiday title (imaginative we know) Suffolk Punches. We press on once again to the interesting Ipswich Transport Museum before heading down the road to check into the hotel.
SaturdayWe are off to visit our friends at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (Middy) enjoying a steam train ride and morning tea/coffee & biscuits (included of course!). Another fantastic site awaits us at Bressingham Steam & Gardens with time to enjoy the three working lines, museum a glorious carousel and time to find some lunch. We are not finished yet however, we still have the East Anglian Transport Museum to enjoy. Here you may ride as many vintage trolleybuses and trams as you wish; perhaps even ride the 2ft light railway. The day is concluded, by rail, from Lowestoft back to Ipswich, ooh arrr!
SundayA nice easy start and once you have enjoyed your breakfast, we make our way to Clare, a lovely Suffolk town on the banks of the river Stour. Here we find the Platform 1 Café situated in the grounds of the Clare Castle Country Park, as the name suggests it’s the 1865 bookings hall of Clare railway station. We enjoy a morning tea/coffee and cake (included of course!) as well as a model railway and the beautiful grounds of the park. Next, we head off to the Colne Valley Railway where we find a model, miniature and standard gauge railway, woodland walks and much more. We must press on as the East Anglian Railway awaits our arrival, conveniently situated at the Chappel & Wakes Colne Railway Station. Once we have had our fill, we simply rail back to Ipswich via Marks Tey.
MondayLast but by no means least we start things off with a rail journey to Harwich which includes the 11-mile-long branch line from Manningtree. At Harwich it’s time to find our sea legs (well, river legs really!!) as a two-hour boat trip on the Orwell lady awaits. Lunch is included and will be enjoyed as we make our way up the River Orwell back into Ipswich – splendid don’t you think? Homeward bound from Ipswich mid-afternoon. What a belter!
The Novotel, Ipswich
Make yourself at home in the luxurious 4-star Novotel Ipswich Centre Hotel, not far from the vibrant waterfront and town centre. The stylish, modern rooms are sure to impress.
Special note: The hotel provides a lovely varied hot & cold buffet for our evening meals, the quality of which will leave you with no complaints, we are sure.