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East of England Coach Holidays 2024

East of England Coach Holidays

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East of England Coach Holidays 

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AldeburghEverything is on offer when you choose coach holidays to the East of England from tranquil rural escapes to breath-taking sandy beaches and a multitude of amazing places perfect for a spot of sightseeing. Get your loved ones together and really celebrate the very best of what East England has to offer on a coach holiday this year.

For a coach holiday full of contrasts, a visit to Essex should feature high in your touring itinerary and you'll be surprised at the variety of things to do and places to see. Essex is home to a variety of historical and natural treasures with thousands of listed buildings dating back to the time of the Romans, Saxons and Normans, all wonderfully preserved for you to view at leisure. Pack your binoculars and visit RSPB Rainham Marshes where you can observe a variety of wading birds, wild ducks as well as spotting a rare bird or two. Enjoy the thrill of white-water rafting at the Lee Valley White Water Centre which featured as a venue at The Olympics. See the animals at Colchester Zoo, walk the length and breadth of Southend's Pier, shop till you drop at Lakeside or step back in time with a ride on the Epping Ongar Railway – the longest heritage railway in Essex!

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If you visit the beautiful town of Lowestoft in Suffolk on your coach holiday, you'll discover that 2013 is a rather special year for the East of England as the locals will be celebrating the centenary of legendary composer Benjamin Britten's birth. The celebrations will continue through to Aldeburgh where he lived and sought inspiration for many of his great musical pieces. Aside from music, Suffolk's beautiful countryside is what lures visitors to holiday here where you can stand in the very spot that Constable stood and see where he visualised his most famous paintings. Stroll along Southwold's famous Pier as you consume a hearty portion of fish and chips. Visit Ipswich, one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon towns in the whole of England and try to spot the smallest pub in Britain when in Bury St Edmunds.

East Anglia, comprising of six fascinating counties, is just one of many areas in the East of England to explore especially if you wish to sail upon the glorious Norfolk Broads. Norfolk tends to have a bit of everything for everyone looking for that traditional seaside coach holiday. The sands of Great Yarmouth are popular with families as are the amusement parks. Venture inland and you'll come across historic towns and villages to explore including Sandringham (the Queen's residence when she's in Norfolk), Cromer, Thetford and Hunstanton.

SouthwoldAnother highlight on East of England coach holidays is spending time in the beautiful city of Cambridge famed for its University and punting along the River Cam. Travel into the heart of the city and you'll find plenty of churches, courtyards and other fine buildings to explore. There's an abundance of galleries, theatres and museums to please any culture vulture. Shoppers will squeal with delight at the multitude of independent shops and classy malls. But you can always escape city life and head to the wide open spaces of The Fens which appear to go on for miles and miles.

East of England coach holidays tend to include; return travel by coach, transportation whilst in the resort, accommodation in good standard hotels, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions so can really get the most out of your coach holiday here.


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Things to do

Although it may only a small region of the UK, the East of England, is actually jam-packed full of exciting places to visit for the whole family. Just take a look at these:

Aldeburgh, Suffolk
If you're looking for the perfect yet traditional seaside escape, you can't go wrong with a break to Aldeburgh. Not only does this seaside spot have beautiful coastlines to explore but it has a variety of musical connections, in particular Benjamin Britten who founded the fabulous Aldeburgh Festival. Along the coast you will find a series of pastel-coloured beach huts where local fishermen sell their daily catch. See the controversial Maggi Hambling statue, visit the fascinating village of Thorpeness and uncover Meare, the gardens that inspired JM Barrie to write 'Peter Pan'.

The Norfolk Broads, Norfolk
This is a fabulous scenic area of the East of England and is great should you be of the active kind. One of the main things to do is to hire a boat and cruise along the waters of the Norfolk Broads. Another touring favourite is to walk the length and breadth of The Broads, especially Nature Trails which the whole family can enjoy. You can also have a go at fishing, spot some of England's feathered friends or hire a bike and cycle whilst admiring the stunning scenery.

Ipswich, Suffolk
Located near to the beautiful River Orwell, Ipswich is known as the premier waterfront to be found in the East of England. Admire some of the beautiful moored yachts. Due to its connections with many famous artists, you will find an abundance of galleries containing all sorts of collections. Follow the Blue Plaque Trail or visit a variety of museums and admire the fine architecture in the town. Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the River Orwell, check out the latest blockbuster movie at the cinema and experience wonderful festivals.

Colchester, Essex
Venture a little further and you'll come across the beautiful town of Colchester which is apparently the oldest recorded town in the UK. Attracting more than 4.5 million people each year, Colchester is definitely buzzing with all sorts of activities to suit all ages from the wonderful Colchester Zoo to Beth Chatto Gardens, Abbots Hall Farm and Colchester Castle Museum. Not forgetting the buzzing town centre with fabulous shops and an entertaining night life.

To help you have an enjoyable holiday in the East of England, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Health and Travel Insurance 
Travel insurance is recommended by all of our tour operators and for some operators it is a condition of booking. When choosing a travel insurance please ensure it fully covers all your personal requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. As a British citizen you will obviously be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.

If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from an EU country or Switzerland, you can use a valid EHIC issued by your home country to access healthcare. Please note this is not an alternative to travel insurance.  Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for nationalities planning on visiting the UK.

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If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in the UK simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.

The United Kingdom is a safe place to visit, however, as with all countries please exercise common sense. Petty crime can occur so take your usual precautions such as not leaving luggage unattended, beware of pickpockets in tourist areas and leave valuables in the hotel safe.

Local Laws and Customs 
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If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. If you go over your allowances, you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.

UK Entry Requirements 
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you may need to show a Border Force officer a document confirming your identity. In most cases an official form of identification such as a driver's license or an armed forces identity card will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so please check before you travel.

If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you can enter the UK with one of the following identity documents: a passport, an Irish passport card or a national identity card issued by an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, if you’re eligible to use one. The identity document should be valid for the whole of your stay.

If you’re from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay. You may also need a visa, depending on which country you’re from. Please check here if a visa is required before you travel.