Offering quality, self-catering holiday cottage accommodation close to Thetford Forest, the King’s Forest and the Brecks, Flint Cottage is an ideal home from home.
Listed below are some of the best places to see in Suffolk and Norfolk during your stay.
In the heart of the largest lowland pine forest in the UK you’ll find miles of trails which are great for walkers, cyclists, orienteering runners, horse riders, birdwatchers, or if you’re just looking for the perfect picnic spot or hoping to see the forest’s red deer.
To really discover what’s on offer and the exciting events taking place in Thetford Forest start at the High Lodge Forest Centre. Here you can pick up useful information on the best places to explore, what wildlife to look out for, where you can have your picnic and purchase guides to make the most of your visit. There is also a play area for children, a shop and restaurant.
Within Thetford Forest, there are plenty of activities and attractions for all the family. For the energetic visit Go Ape!, an assault course of ropes swings and zip slides set in the glorious Norfolk woodland, or hire bikes to discover the woodland at your own pace.
There are 26 walking trails around the forest for all to enjoy. For family fun enjoy the Giant Play Sculpture Trail or for wildlife enthusiasts, stroll through the rich woodland keeping your eyes peeled for shy deer. Each walk is clearly marked and most are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Or you can make your own walk using the OS map in the cottage.
You can bring your own bikes or hire them at the High Lodge Forest Centre and join one of the organised rides, or take explore the forest at your leisure. There is a variety of routes to choose from with something for all abilities. Graded by colour, the Green Trail is a gentle route and great for all the family with wide tracks and fairly level ground while the red trail is for the slightly more experienced rider covering around 11 miles across various terrains.
Thetford Forest has an open access policy for horse riders making them welcome throughout the park.
A fascinating Neolithic flint mine and displays and is the UK’s first industrial site. For the brave visitor, descend 9 metres into an excavated mine for an incredible experience.
More info here.
Day Boat Hire on the Norfolk Broads
When holidaying in Norfolk, there’s no better way to spend a day with the family, hiring a day boat to exploring the Norfolk Broads National Park.
This unique landscape of Broads (shallow lakes) connected by rivers and waterways is easily accessible and there are many boatyards offering all types of boats for hire by the hour, half day or full day.
This is the range of vessels available or hire are motor boats, electric boats, sailing dinghies, rowing boats and canoes.
The Norfolk Broads is a fragile environment and therefore encourages the use of eco-friendly electric boats. There are numerous electric charging points provided by the Broads Authority across the Broads for re-charging your electric boat.
Hiring a boat for the day offers you the opportunity to see the wildlife up close, go on your own family adventure exploring the many delights of this area at your own leisurely pace.
The boatyards and hiring centres will provide you with all the boating information, safety equipment and give you advice on suitable routes for you to explore.
There are numerous riverside pubs to stop off and grab a bite at as well as a refreshing drink whilst on route. And throughout the Broads there are free 24 hour moorings to just stop and moor up for a couple of hours, and take in this beautiful landscape.
The Broads Authority provides general boating facilities and information about The Norfolk Broads at Norwich and Great Yarmouth Yacht Stations.
more info about boat hire here
Bury St Edmunds
16 miles, 25 minutes easy drive through the Forest
The market in Bury St Edmunds is one of the most successful traditional street markets in the country today, and has one of the longest and most colourful histories.
It dates back to before the days of William the Conqueror, but surviving written records provide the history shown below. At various times the Market has been split into several sections, including provisions, a corn market, a livestock market and a fish market.
The provision market occurs on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Cornhill and the Buttermarket area of the town.
This has grown to where it now has over 80 stalls with 1600 feet of stall frontages on a Saturday and only slightly less on Wednesdays.
The Angel Hill area of Bury St Edmunds, has a recently crowned cathedral, medieval Abbey Gate and links with Charles Dickens.
An added attraction is the town’s nearby shopping centre with its great mix of famous name stores and independent shops plus cafés and restaurants galore.
There is also a modern cinema and restaurant complex.
The first port of call for any visitor to Ely today will almost certainly be the Cathedral.
This imposing structure towers across the fens for miles around. Dominating the skyline, it is one of England’s most beautiful and largest Cathedrals.
Known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ it is famous for its unique Octagon tower, which when lit can be seen for tens of miles.
Ely’s most famous historical resident of Ely was Oliver Cromwell. In 1636 he inherited a large estate from Sir Thomas Steward, his maternal uncle, who farmed about two miles outside Ely at Stuntney. He became to local tax collector, or ‘Farmer of the Tithes’, for the local parishes.
It was up to Cromwell to ensure that all the local taxes – including money, wheat and straw – were delivered to the Dean of the Cathedral. He was permitted to keep any excess collected and soon became a man of property and quite considerable local status.
Enjoyed our break in this part of the country – 1st time in this area. Plenty of shops, pubs and walks. Most of all, what a lovely cottage – will be back to this part of the world sooner rather than later! Thanks
Lovely cottage in the heart of Brandon. Very quaint and cosy. Warm inside, comfy sofas, soft beds and quilts. Lots of DVDs, books and some games if weather is poor. Particularly suitable for couples and those seeking a relaxing weekend away. Shops and restaurants nearby and close to the beautiful Thetford Forest. We stayed whist visiting friends at Centreparcs-really easy commute. Our little chihuahua Suki loved it too. Really good value for money. Would stay again. Thank you.