We have had to cancel several trips abroad this summer, so we decided to take advantage of a UK break. At the start of July, we spent a week in the county of Norfolk, East Anglia. Unfortunately, the British weather was realiably unreliable, but we still made the most of some time away from the city.
East Anglia was one of the few areas of England I had yet to visit, so when I had a week off work in July, we made the drive down to Norfolk. The journey from Manchester takes over 4 hours, even with no traffic, so it’s not the type of place you would just visit for the weekend. I know we usually only visit places for one or two nights, but this time, we had five nights booked in the countryside.
We stayed at Oak Farm Lodges, a farm with three holiday lodges in the town of Diss. We stayed at the ‘Skylark Lodge’, which we chose because it was further away from the other two lodges (they are all in the same field, but there is a bit more distance between Skylark and the other two). The lodge was beautiful and had all the facilities you would need for a holiday.
Skylark lodge has two bedrooms (one double and one twin), two bathrooms (the double room has an en-suite) and an open plan living, kitchen and dining area. However, the best bit about the lodge is the decking area outside, where there is a hot tub. The hot tub was one of the reasons why we chose Oak Farm Lodges in particular and, given the weather, it was great that the hot tub was undercover, so we could still enjoy it even when it was raining.
In addition to the decking area, Skylark Lodge looks onto a big field, perfect if you want to bring some outdoor games to play. We would definitely recommend Oak Farm Lodges as the perfect place to stay in Diss.
As I mentioned before, the weather really wasn’t on our side the entire week: it rained for most of the day everyday of our trip. So, although we had quite a few day trips planned, we had to scale back a lot. We did manage two half-day trips though.
On Tuesday, we went for a drive through the Norfolk broads. Again, because of the weather, we didn’t get out of the car for more than half an hour at a time, but we had a few stops on our route, where we took a walk along some of the waterways. We even saw a few windmills!
On Wednesday, the weather was just too bad to even consider going out, so we spent all day in the lodge, just relaxing.
On Thursday, we headed into Suffolk to visit the town of Bury St Edmund. We didn’t know anything about the area before visiting, but we were pleasantly surprised. After we parked up, we explored the Abbey Gardens. Don’t get me wrong, there’s only enough there to keep you busy for an hour or so, but it’s certainly interesting.
To get to the gardens, you walk through the Abbey gate. Then, there are some flowers and plants to explore. But by far the most interesting thing about the gardens are the ruins near the back.
While we were at the lodge, we didn’t visit any restaurants, but we did get a takeaway meal of fish and chips to eat. The Fairgreen Fish Bar is located in Diss just a few minutes’ drive from the lodge. At the moment, they are taking orders online and then you can go and collect from the shop.
Overall, visiting Norfolk was a nice break. Of course, there’s not as much to do as some of the other places we have been to, but it is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax.
What areas of England have you visited? What did you do while you were there? Let us know in the comments below.
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