Top Places to Visit in the East of England and East Anglia


Red Kangaroos Arrive in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire’s newest wildlife attraction, Ventura Wildlife’s Zoological Gardens (VWZG) located in Great Amwell has welcomed two of the world’s largest marsupials into its collection. The arrival of two male red kangaroo marks the first time this iconic species has been displayed in a modern zoo within the county of Hertfordshire and makes VWZG one of the few zoos in the UK to house them. Records suggest the last time a red kangaroo was displayed in Hertfordshire was during the late 19th century by the famous animal collector Lord Walter Rothschild.

VWZG used its sister organisation Ventura Wildlife’s Zoological Services, which specialises in the transportation of wild animals, to transport the two red kangaroo from Zoo Parc Overloon in Holland.

VWZG Director, Ashley Palmier said “we are all absolutely delighted to welcome this amazing species as part of our mixed Australian exhibit. Combined with wallaby and emu we have created our very own slice of Australia right here in Hertfordshire for guests to discover.
The kangaroo can now be seen as part of the Australian exhibit at VWZG. The zoo is open daily and accessible for all ages and abilities.

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Cressing Temple sits between Witham and Braintree in the Essex Countryside and is of great interest for its unique buildings and gardens.

Given to the Knights Templar in 1137, its Grade I-listed Barley and Wheat Barns, built in the 13th century, are among the oldest timber barns and few surviving Templar buildings in England. Step inside and you will be awe-struck at their scale and the rare skill of the men that built them

Essex County Council has restored and refurbished all the buildings on the site, making them structurally sound and conserving their historic fabric and original appearance whilst equipping them so that they can be used for a variety of purposes. The Barley Barn regularly houses conferences, weddings and events. An exhibition located in one half of the Wheat Barn explains the rich history, how the barns were built and how the other buildings at Cressing fit into the wider context of the regional timber-framed building tradition.

The Granary barn is the largest in Essex, built around 1575 in Elizabethan days. One of the stables houses the contents of a wheelwright's shop abandoned in 1929 and brought there in 1993. The farmhouse is now used as offices, but also licensed to offer community weddings and meetings in the Martin and Oak rooms. The open west side of the 18th-century aisled barn is used as a demonstration area, and the central nave as a workshop. The visitor centre is purpose built enabling conferences and meetings to take place at Cressing all year round. The conference room is also available for weddings with the option for having a marquee attached.

Among Cressing Temple’s many gardens, the Walled Garden is faithfully reconstructed as a Tudor pleasure garden - one of few in the country. Cream teas at Wilkin and Sons 'The Barns' Tiptree Tea Room and picnics in our beautiful gardens are always popular.

Admission and parking at Cressing Temple is free. There may be admission charges if there’s an event on. Please check our website for details of the traditional courses and family events taking place throughout the year.

Bumpstead Antiques & Interiors
“Established in 1995, Bumpstead Antiques & Interiors deal primarily in fine quality Antique Furniture, Artwork, Glass, China & Silver Collectables and objets d’vertu, all dating from the 17th Century onwards. Their stock is varied and eclectic as their website – – shows.

Often seen on TV their main showrooms are situated in Steeple Bumpstead on the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, approximately 20 miles east of Cambridge, 20 miles north of Bury St Edmunds , 10 miles from Saffron Walden and some 35/40 miles from Colchester and Ipswich.

Bumpstead Antiques & Interiors also have display outlets in the two main Antique Centres in Long Melford, Suffolk (some 15 miles away) and their sister shop, the renowned Cavendish Antiques & Tea Rooms in the village of Cavendish, Suffolk (some 10 miles distance from Steeple Bumpstead).

In addition to selling (and buying) fine antiques Bumpstead Antiques & Interiors also offer full restoration, repair and re-polishing services, free (local) collections and deliveries, Valuations & Advice and specific sourcing of individual or groups of items.”

Bumpstead Antiques & Interiors,

Unit H2, Blois Meadow Business Centre,
Blois Road, Steeple Bumpstead, Nr. Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 7BN

Children, Coast & Entertainment 

Take a trip back to the bygone age of steam!Enjoy stunning country and coastal views on a full-sized steam train, stopping off at fully-restored Victorian stations along the way.
Holt and Sheringham, Norfolk
Wells-Next- the-Sea and Little Walsingham, Norfolk
Diss, Norfolk  
Hoveton and Aylsham, Norfolk
Wymondham and Dereham, Norfolk

Fantastic Family Parks In The East of England

Grafham Water Park
Marlow Car Park
Huntingdon PE28 0BH

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Ten of the best gardens to visit in Norfolk and Suffolk

Kentwell Hall Garden - a moated Tudor mansion walled garden, of espaliered fruit trees including over 60 types of apples and pears.
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9BA.
Norfolk Lavender Garden - is one of this region's gems, at its best during the summer months, when the various lavenders, and visit the lavender oil distillery. Norfolk Lavender Garden, Caley Mill, Heacham, King's Lynn, PE31 7JE.
Houghton Hall Garden - a winner of the Christies and Historic Houses Association Garden of the Year Award, Houghton Hall Garden has a  rose parterre, that is home to over 150 different varieties of rose.
Houghton Hall Gardens, King's Lynn, PE31 6UE.
Sandringham House Garden - The Queen's Norfolk retreat is surrounded by 24 hectares of the best Royal gardens in the country. Beautiful Stream Walks, carrstone rockeries, and pleached lime avenues.
Sandringham House Garden, Sandringham, PE35 6EN.

Sandringham the family home, described by King George V as the place he loved "better than anywhere in the world". Sandringham House is one of the newest royal residences - it's only been in the family for 150 years.
Sandringham Country House is also one of the Duke and Duches of Cambridge favourite UK hideaways. With exceptional sea views so spactacular.
Will Gile's unique exotic garden is a remarkable tropical experience. In the summer a true jungle of ferns, palms and banana trees with exotic scents of jasmine and gingers.
The Exotic Garden, 126 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1UL.
Sheringham Park -  Marvellous landscaped gardens, sea views and in early June stunning rhosdodendrons in bloom!
Sheringham Park, Upper Sherringham, NR26 8TL.
East Bergholt Place Garden - is a Cornish garden in Suffolk with 20 acres of unusual flowering trees, rhododendrons, wild flowers, woodland walks, and rambling roses.
The Place for Plants, East Bergholt Place, CO7 6UP.
Langham Hall Walled Garden home to Langham Herbs, a true kitchen garden!
Langham Hall, Langham, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 3EE.
Henstead Exotic Garden - designed by Andrew Brogan, you look across the garden from a stilted Thai-style viewing pavilion.
Henstead Exotic Garden, Yew Cottage, Church Road, Henstead, NR34 7LD.
Ickworth House and Park
A famous Georgian palace with some of the finest Italianate gardens, including a 19th-century orangery and temple garden.
Ickworth House, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE.

Days Out & Unmissable Attractions

Explore, Enjoy and Escape to the Country.
East Anglias treanquil countryside and coast hides a treasure trove of attractions...
Take a boat trip along the rivers, explore the Broads Nature Reserves at Ranworth or Hickling!
Fenland takes great pride in its unique landscape offering some of the best parks and gardens to enjoy with all the family.
Visit historic churches, and museums.​Holt Country Park in Norfolk offers 100 acres of woodland with wildlife such as dragonflies, deer and woodpeckers, and many nature trails to explore. Ideal for a family picnic.
Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, operated by the Hawk & Owl Trust 
Spectacular owls and birds of prey.
Pensthorpe Wildlife Park & Gardens
Multi-award winning attraction famous for having hosted the popular BBC Springwatch series, offers everything for nature and wildlife fans.
East Ruston Old Vicarage
Situated between Stalham and Happisburgh, their 'secret' garden is a trove of horticultural treasures, with its Mediterranean Garden, Vegetable Garden & Dutch Garden, plus much more.
Round-tower churches There are approximately 185 round-tower churches in England, and at least 120 of them can be found in Norfolk.
South American-themed Zoo, with monkeys, jaguars, reptiles, birds of prey and more, situated on the outskirts of Cromer.
Wroxham Barns
Wroxham Barns in Norfolk are well worth a visit, with a junior farm, shops, craft studios and restaurant.

Explore the Fens on a narrowboat with Fox Narrowboats, based at March Marina, Cambridgeshire.
Timberered Tudour
Paycocke's House & Garden, Coggeshall, C06 1NS and Bourne Mill, Colchester, C02 8RT
Medieval Hunting Forest, with ancient trees of over 1000 years old, near Bishop's Stortford CM22 6NE. 
Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade, Bedfordshire LU6 2GY.
A place to feel on top of the world, with acres of space and fabulous countryside views. 
Great Yarmouth has one of the biggest outdoor market places in England, and it was said that at the height of the fishing industry Great Yarmouth had 365 pubs, one for every day of the year!It also boats great  heritage, many museums, stately homes & gardens. A few include; Time & Tide Museum, The Tolhouse, Nelson Museum and Great Yarmouth Potteries & Smoke House.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden and Somerleyton Hall & Gardens.
Outdoor Pursuits
The Fens offer a vasts election of affordable outdoor pursuit activities for all the family.
The Green Wheel - 45 miles of continous sustainable cycle routes around the city of Peterborough. Cyclying, Walking, Diving at Glenburgh Water to Horse Riding.
Ely's riverside in Cambridgeshire is a great place to take a boat trip.
A Day At The Races
Visit Fakenham or Newmarket for a splendid day at the races, and try not to lose too much money.

Top Places to Visit in Suffolk

The Suffolk Coast has the fabulous coastal resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold, the medieval town of Lavenham, historic Bury St Edmunds, and the former wool town of Long Melford.
Ipswich's beautiful Christchurch Mansion, set amidst the park has period rooms from the 16th-19th century, and the biggest collection of Constable paintings outside London.
Ipswich Transport Museum houses the largest collection in the country of transport exhibitis from just one area.
Saxmundham the origins from this strange name comes from a settlement named after an unrecorded Saxon war lord. 
Newmarket, the Hollywood of Racing!
In 2002, the Sutton Hoo ship burial site was opened by the National Trust and has since become one of their top attractions in the UK. The RSPB has its main visitor centre and bird reserve at Minsmere near Saxmundham.

Top Places to Visit in Essex

Essex offers many unspoilt coastlines, the seaside resort of Clacton on Sea, Thaxted with its medieval buildings, Saffron Walden with the beautiful Audley End House, and the famous Colchester Castle.

Top Places to Visit in Norfolk

Kng's Lynn and Sandringham the Queen's home in Norfolk, and Norwich are popular places to visit, with plenty of family attractions. King's Lynn is a vibrant festival town, offering festival goers something all year round.

Denver is a pretty village with the wonderfully restored Denver Windmill, with lovely tearooms.

Great Yarmouth's world famous Golden Mile, sandy beaches and exceptional maritime heritage. 

The Norfolk Coast Footpath stretches the length on the coastline from Hunstanton to Cromer, the Norfolk Coast Cycleway follows tranquil roads just inland on the coast and offer excellent view of the coastline.

The Norfolk Broads are ideal for walking, cycling and birdwatching.

Heacham's poppy fields are a spectacular sight to see in season and is a huge hit with photographers from all over. 

Hunstanton has many watersports that enthusiasts are attracted to. It is also well known for attracting many species of migrant and sea birds. Some birdlife often seen off Hunstanton during the year include Gannets, Guillemots, Long-Tailed Ducks and Velevet Scoters, Petrels and Eider Ducks.

St Edmund's Chapel was built in his memory by the monks of Bury on the cliffs at Hunstanton near where he was reported to have landed. The chapel became disused in the 16th century but the ruins now stand on the cliff top and the area has been converted to a garden of remembrance. 

Top Places to Visit in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire's Imperial War Museum at Duxford is a fantastic day out. 

Cambridgeshire's Wicken Fen is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. Wild Konik Ponies and Highland Cattle, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
Konik Ponies and Haughty Highland Cattle are playing an invaluable role in creating a natural refuge for wildlife The National Trust Site Wicken Fen in Casmbridgeshire. This is an ambitious project known as the Wicken Fen Vision, to create a 'truly natural' habitat in the heart of Cambridgeshire. These wonderful Konik ponies and Highland Cattle were introduced to The National Trust's reserve near Ely around ten years agao, to help encourage other species to flourish.

The animals roam freely about the reserve's open spaces, with minimal human intervention. They are very popular with the site visitors. The Koniks originated from Eastern Europe, and form small groups, known as harems becuase they are made up of females, and young protected by one or two males, until they are a year or two old when they are chased away by doiminant adults. Wicken Fen has three harems of Koniks, and one group of unattached males, known as a bachelor group. Wicken Fen boasts more then 8,500 species of plants, dragonflies and birds.

Wisbech's Crescent and Museum Square display fine architecture including Wisbech 'Castle' and the Fenland Museum which gives an excellent insight into the history of the town and surrounding Fens.

Ely Cathedral is a magnificent building, whether your interest is religious, historical and architectural or simply to explore and experience this wonderful place.

located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. 
The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century.