Heading East - Popular Places to Visit on the East Coast

Published: May 16, 2016

Heading East - Popular Places to Visit on the East Coast

We hear a lot of about our BoB guests holidaying in the South West - and we can understand why; beautiful beaches, stunning countryside and a villages steeped in heritage. But the next time you are thinking of taking a camping trip to Devon or Cornwall why not try something a little different and head across to the east coast - we are sure you won't be disappointed.

The east of  England has a huge variety of attractions to visit, from historic buildings, monuments and the famous Norfolk Broads that are home to a multitude of birds and other animals. Here's a few ideas to think about if you are considering a caravan or camping trip to the east coast.
 

Things to do along the East Coast

Lincoln Castle

Discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle, dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta. Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times, Lincoln Castle has dominated the Lincoln skyline for almost one thousand years.  Inside the Castle walls is also a Victorian prison giving an insight into crime and punishment in the Lincoln of the past.

Lincoln Castle hosts a full  events programme throughout the year and offers free guided tours that provide a fascinating insight into the history of Lincoln and its Castle.  Join one of the experienced tour guides to discover more about the history of Lincoln Castle and its role in the city through its history.

You can save time and money by buying your tickets online before you visit - https://lincolncastle.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Closest BoB Holiday Park - Long Acres Touring Park

Holkham Beach

Fancy enjoying an afternoon stroll on the beach? The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country.  Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon - making it ideal to do a spot of birdwatching. Holkham Beach is  part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

If you wonder where you might have spotted the beach before .... the actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Not far from the beach you will find Holkham Hall, an impressive historic house owned by the 8th Earl of Leicester. The house is closed to the public in the winter but you can visit during the main season  20th March - 31st October - 12noon-4pm on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays (the rest of the week is closed).

More information - http://www.holkham.co.uk

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Walberswick

 

Walberswick is an idyllically secluded village on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.The name Walberswick is believed to derive from the Saxon Waldbert or Walhbert – probably a landowner - and “wyc”, meaning shelter or harbour. Once a thriving port trading in cheese, bacon, corn, timber and fish from the 13th Century right up to World War 1, the village is now a bustling tourist attraction in the summer month. Within the village there are tea rooms, restaurants, two public houses, an art gallery, original crafts and gift shops. Fresh fish can be bought from Uncle Fred in Church Lane and from the harbour huts on the Southwold side of the River Blyth, which itself may be crossed either by a bailey bridge or the foot ferry that runs during the summer months.

More information - www.explorewalberswick.co.uk/ 

Closest BoB Holiday Park - Long Acres Touring Park

Visit Sandringham - the Norfolk home of the Queen

Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.

The House, Gardens and Museum are open daily from Saturday 26th March 2016 until and including Sunday 30th October 2016 and we suggest that you allow at least 4 hours in order to get the most out of such a stunning place.

Arecent TripAdvisor reviewer commented - "Well worth a visit. Lots of history. Lovely gardens and walks. Interesting cars in the motor museum. Decent cafe and shop. The staff were very helpful and informative. You need at least half a day to have a good look around at everything. " 5 Stars.

More information - https://www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

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IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford is a historic airfield and museum that tells the stories of those who lived and worked at RAF Duxford.With a huge collection of aircraft and interactive exhibitions there are plenty of things to do for all the family.

Open every day from 10am, including Bank Holidays
More information - http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford/

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Houghton Hall

Built in the 1720s for Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall remains one of England’s finest Palladian houses in the UK. Roam around the beautiful state rooms or enjoy the wonderful ambience of the gardens and grounds, Houghton Hall really the jewel in Norfolk's crown of stately homes and one which shows Palladian architecture at its best. Don't be suprised to turn a corner and arrive in the pages of Pride and Prejudice, as you cross the courtyard and imagine the men, horses and dogs escorting carriages, out of whom emerged the gentry eager to attend the great ball or social gathering.

The house opens Sunday 1st May until Sunday 25th September 2016 (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only)

More information - http://www.houghtonhall.com

Closest BoB Holiday Park - The Old Brick Kilns

Natureland - Skegness

 

Natureland is situated at the northern end of Skegness seafront and has a specialised collection of animals including seals, penguins, meerkats, tropical butterflies (April to October), tropical birds, sea life exhibit, aquarium, reptiles, pets corner and many more.

Natureland has become known world wide for its rescue of orphaned baby seal pups that become stranded on beaches around the Wash and has been successful in rearing and returning to their natural environment a large number of these beautiful creatures. When they first arrive, the pups need very careful nursing and treatment that is carried out in the Seal Hospital by the dedicated staff.

A great day out for all the family - in particualr the younger ones who will love seeing the baby seals being fed at specific time sthroughout the day.

More information - www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk/

Closest BoB Holiday Park - Long Acres Touring Park

Colmans Mustard Shop

Fancy a trip to one of Norwich's most famous factories? Housed in the historic art nouveau Royal Arcade near Norwich Market, the shop is a careful replica of a Victorian trade premises. It opened in 1973 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of J&J Colman's, The Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum was intended to be open for one year but it was so successful and popular it continued.

It stocks an extensive range of powder and prepared mustards, including a number of specialities made exclusively for the shop and a wide selection of mustard pots and spoons, gift packs, tea towels, Colman's memorabilia and local products.

More information - http://www.mustardshopnorwich.co.uk

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