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RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve
VistEngland VAQAS

The Lodge, Patton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, Tel: 01767 680541, Email

The Lodge is the UK headquarters of the RSPB. Stroll along 5 miles of signposted trails that take you on a journey around the reserve, through woodland, heath land and the formal gardens surrounding the Lodge house.

Dinosaur Adventure
VistEngland VAQASNorfolk Tourist Attractions Association member

Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JW, Tel: 01603 876312, Email

Voted Norfolk's best large visitor attraction 2013. A monster day out set in 100 acres of woodland. Dinosaur Trail, Secret Animal Garden, adventure play areas and lots more. Sat Nav: NR9 5JE.

The Shuttleworth Collection

Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP, Tel: 01767 627970, Email

A unique historical collection of aircraft from a 1909 Bleriot to a 1942 Spitfire in flying condition, and cars dating from an 1898 Panhard in running order.

VistEngland VAQASNorfolk Tourist Attractions Association memberHistoric Houses Association Friends SchemeThe Treasure Houses of England

Holkham Estate, Wells-next- the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB, Tel: 01328 710227, Email

Steeped in history, Holkham Hall has the perfect location, surrounded by acres of rolling parkland rich in wildlife and the nearby north Norfolk coast with its stunning beach.

Strangers' Hall Museum
Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association member

Charing Cross, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AL, Tel: 01603 667229

Medieval townhouse with period rooms. Displays from Tudor to Victorian times. Toy collection on display.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens
Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association memberSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Thetford Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA, Tel: 01379 686900, Email

You have to go a long way to beat Bressingham Steam and Gardens for a family day out.

RSPB Havergate Island

Unit 3, Richmond Old Dairy, Gedgrave, Suffolk, IP12 2BU, Tel: 01394 450732, Email

Havergate Island is a nature reserve situated in the River Ore. A short boat trip away and something very different.

Gainsborough's House
VistEngland VAQAS

46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU, Tel: 01787 372958, Email

Gainsborough’s House is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough RA and shows an outstanding collection of his work. A varied programme of temporary exhibitions is also on show throughout the year. Gift, coffee shop and garden.

RSPB Ouse Washes

Welches Dam, Manea, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0NF, Tel: 01354 680212

RSPB nature reserve in the heart of the fens, with 10 bird-watching hides and a visitor centre.

RSPB Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve

1 Old Hall Lane, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Maldon, Essex, CM9 8TP, Email

An opportunity to see an abundance of coastal wetland bird species in their natural environment.

RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

The Visitor Centre, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ, Tel: 01708 899840, Email

RSPB Rainham Marshes is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. Today the reserve is a fabulous place for wildlife - and for you to get close views!

Helmingham Hall Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Helmingham Events Office, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF, Tel: 01473 890799, Email

A moated and walled garden with many rare roses and possibly the best kitchen garden in Britain. With a new rose garden and herb and knot garden created in the early 1980's.

RSPB Freiston Shore Nature Reserve

Shore Road, Freiston Shore, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 1AY, Tel: 01205 724678, Email

Explore the wilderness of The Wash, the UK’s most important estuary for wildlife.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

The Cathedral Office, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS, Tel: 01284 748726, Email

Suffolk's Cathedral, alongside the Abbey Gardens, open daily for visitors, donations welcome. Tours, exhibitions, concerts, Shop and Restaurant.

Herbert Woods
Broads Tourism

Broads Haven, Bridge Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk, NR29 5JF, Tel: 01692 670711, Email

Explore the newest member of the National Park family on board a Herbert Woods Day Boat or Canoe. Perfect for a spot of fishing or a secluded picnic, there is no better way to explore the Broads. Cruiser and Cottage holidays also available.

RSPB South Essex
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

RSPB South Essex, SS16 4UH, Tel: 01268 498620, Email

The RSPB in South Essex has a collection of reserves to visit including the RSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden, West Canvey Marsh and Bowers Marsh.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

c/o Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Bridge, Saxmundham, IP17 1SP, Tel: 01728 687100, Email

Founded by Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh is home to a year round performance programme at world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and much more.

RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Rye Meads Visitor Centre, Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, SG12 8JS, Tel: 01992 708383, Email

For a great day out, visit this delightful wetland nature reserve beside the River Lee. Suitable for all the family!