Visiting Olde Time – Things To Do
South Norfolk is the perfect place to explore everything that East Anglia has to offer. So when you have visited Olde Time the beautiful Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines, quaint villages with traditional flint-walled cottages, the famous Norfolk Broads and the lovely cathedral city of Norwich are all within easy reach.
LOTUS DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Based at Hethel only a few miles from Olde Time, the Lotus driving academy is a must with a nerve tingling opportunity to put yourself in the driving seat of the iconic Lotus Elise. See the pedigree sports car in production at the famous Lotus factory and then prepare yourself for an exhilarating ride with a Lotus instructor!
Aldeburgh is a pretty coastal town on the river Alde with breathtaking views seaward and towards Orford. Originally a Tudor port it’s shipbuilders were responsible for France’s Drake’s ‘Golden Hind’.
A beautiful old fishing village now home to the famous Adnams Brewery with a vast array of boutique shops. Well worth a visit.
Norfolk and Suffolk are blessed with some of the country’s most famous stately homes:
Sandringham, Houghton Hall, Blickling Hall to name but a few. Visit the Nelson museum in Great Yarmouth or the great cathedral in Norwich. Click here for the Visit Norfolk website or here for the Visit Suffolk website to find out more.
MUSEUMS, STATELY HOMES, GARDENS, ANIMAL PARKS, GUIDED TOURS
BANHAM ZOO ( 4 MILES FROM Olde Time)
Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk. NR16 2HE 01953 887771
Banham Zoo is a fifty acre zoo in the South Norfolk village of Banham and is home to over two thousand animals which opened in the 1960’s.
ENGLISH WHISKY CO. / ST. GEORGES DISTILLERY (19 miles from Olde Time)
St. Georges’s Distiliery, Harling Road, Roudham, Norfolk. NR16 2QW Tel: 01953 717939
South Norfolk’s own whisky distillery. A great place to visit with daily tours with a comfortable cafe to enjoy breakfast, lunch or just a light snack.
PETER BEALES ROSES LTD. (10 miles from Olde Time)
London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk. NR17 1AY Tel: 01953 454707
Peter Beales Roses one of the most famous rose growing centres in the country growing and retailing over twelve hundred different varieties of rose and holding over one hundred types of wild rose. With a tea room and restaurant it is well worth a visit.
BRESSINGHAM STEAM MUSEUM AND GARDENS (12 miles from Olde Time)
Bressingham Steam and gardens, Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk. IP22 2AA
Tel: 01379 686900 www.bressingham.co.uk
A wonderful steam museum housing the national Dad’s Army collection with beautiful gardens. Bressingham Wyevale Garden Centre shares a part of the same site as the steam museum and is well known for it’s pavilioned design and large restaurant. IP22 2AB Tel: 01379 688585
BLICKILING HALL (32 miles from Olde Time)
Blickling Hall, Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk. NR11 6NF. Tel: 01263 738030
Breathtaking seventeenth century stately home owned by the National Trust, originally home to Anne Boleyn with vast parkland.
HOUGHTON HALL (45 miles from Olde Time)
Houghtan Hall, Bircham Road, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE31 6TY. Tel: 01485 528569
A lavish stately home originally built for Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole in 1722 surrounded by one thousand acres of parkland.
SANDRINGHAM HOUSE (55 miles from Olde Time)
The Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, Norfolk. PE35 6EN. Tel: 01485 545400
The home of Queen Elizabeth II standing within a beautiful twenty thousand acre estate in the North Norfolk coast area of outstanding beauty.
King George Vth said of Sandringham:
‘Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world’.
SOMERLEYTON HALL (26 miles from Olde Time)
Somerleyton Hall, Lothingland, Suffolk. NR32 5QQ Tel: 0871 2224244
A magnificent and unique stately home and one of East Anglia’s finest private houses, along with Fritton Lake nearby make great places to visit for a day out.
OXBURGH HALL (58 miles from Olde Time)
Oxburgh Hall, Oxburgh, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE33 9PS Tel: 01366 328258
Oxburgh Hall is a National Trust property, a beautiful fifteenth century moated house set in over seventy acres of stunning parkland.
FELBRIGG HALL (40 miles from Olde Time)
Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norfolk. NR11 8PR Tel: 01263 837444
Felbrigg Hall is a seventeen century country house owned by the National Trust, particularly noted for it’s Jacobean architecture and fine Georgian interior.
GRESSENHALL FARM AND WORKHOUSE – THE MUSEUM OF RURAL LIFE (30 miles from Olde Time)
Fakenham Road, Gressenhall, Dereham. NR20 4DR Tel: 01362 869263
Family friendly museum of rural life with a recreated workhouse and rare breeds farm with organic gardens. A fascinating day out.
THE NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY
Sheringham Station, Sheringham, Norfolk. NR26 8RA
www.nnrailway.co.uk Tel: 01263 820800
The North Norfolk railway offers a 10.5 mile round trip by vintage steam train through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. Also a museum of railway history, historic stations and a buffet.
Snape Bridge, Suffolk. IP17 1SP
www.snapemaltings.co.uk Tel: 01728 688303
Just a short drive from Aldeburgh, Snape plays host to the famous classical music festival, the festival was originally founded by Benjamin Britten.