21st–24th April 2017 Spring Tour: Norfolk & area
The Annual Spring Tour will depart by coach from central Reading at 9.00am on Friday 21st April and gets back at 6.30pm on Monday 24th April. We will stay at the 3-star Hotel de Paris a Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Cromer with views over the pier and sea.
The sites we visit will include the oldest wooden church in the world and the oldest wooden building standing in Europe; 5000 year-old flint mines with the third highest land in Norfolk (a small barrow!); one of the most important Hanseatic ports of medieval Britain; a building described by Pevsner as “One of the most perfect buildings ever built”; one of the best preserved and most important 12th century castles in England;a rare survival of a Norman planned settlement with one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country; The largest city in 11th C England after London; a re-created Saxon village using experimental archaeological techniques on the actual site of a Saxon village and earlier occupations.
That is St. Andrews Church, Greensted; Grimes Graves; Kings Lynn; Castle Acre (Priory); Castle Rising castle; Norwich (cathedral & castle & town centre); West Stow Anglo-Saxon village. We also visit Flag Fen (bronze-age settlement remains with 1 km wooden walkway across wet fens, also finds from the recent Must Farm excavations), Audley End House (decadent Jacobean house with Capability Brown gardens) and one of the finest surviving medieval barns in Eastern England, tree-ring dated to the mid 15th C with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof, the product of some 500 oaks. There will be guided tours at most of these places.
A draft itinerary is available here (check nearer the time for updates)