Excursions

Grebe Coaches provide enjoyable excursions to locations in and around our region.

We have created an exciting new programme of events for 2019.

For more details phone us on 01502 677437 .

Below is a current list of our excursions but keep looking as we regularly add new locations and dates.

If you would like to book seats on a Grebe Coaches excursion, please contact us to reserve your seat(s).

 

Noah's Ark Ipswich

5 February 2020

Noah's Ark, is the world's only floating exhibition of Bible stories. Covering 2,000 square meters and 4 floors, the Ark is a half-sized replica of Noah's original boat; a symbol of hope no matter what you believe.

Throughout the "museumship" are enchanting exhibitions and displays of wooden sculptures telling some of the most popular Biblical stories including Adam & Eve, Moses and David & Goliath plus a 12ft tall 'Tree of Life'.

Only here in the UK until February don't hesitate to book or you'll miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Once exploring the Ark you will then be taken into the heart of Ipswich for some free time to grab Lunch or have a Shop.

£23.00

 

Taverham Nursery Centre

13 May 2020

Unlike most garden centres Taverham grow many of our outside plants themselves, not only does this mean top quality and a great range of plants but it also means exceptional prices. Specialist plant experts are also available to offer guidance and advice to help you create your perfect garden. 

Known for its high-quality products, extensive stock lines, competitive prices and first-class customer service. The business has been trading for over 30 years under the same ownership/management, and in that time has established an excellent reputation both at a local level and throughout East Anglia.

Well-trained, knowledgeable and motivated staff, some of whom have been with the business for many years are pleased to be able to help with your choice of plants

Alongside the garden centre Taverham boasts many well stocked independents shops amongst which there is a Craft and Country Shopping Centre, Aquatics centre hosting a colourful selection of marine, fresh water aquarium fish and pond fish & plants in season.

Bird Care, Gifts, Clothing, Tools, Gift Cards and don’t forget Magnolia’s Restaurant where you will have a free cup of tea or coffee and slice of cake to give you a boost before you go and fill your trolley. (a gluten free alternative will be available if required)
Click here for more information

 £15.00 pp including morning coffee & a slice of cake


 


 

Stody Lodge Gardens

14 May 2020

The Gardens at Stody Lodge now boast over 200 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas which thrive in its acidic, sandy soil.

The Secret, Sunken and Water Gardens, beautiful examples of how flowers, particularly azaleas, can mix colours in the most outrageous way – oranges, varying shades of purples and pinks, dark reds and scarlets – all blending together to give an unexpected sense of unity as well as an outstanding view of Stody Lodge.

These areas are only a small part of Stody and we do hope that you will join us in this visit to a fantastic garden which is only open for a very few days every year. To add to our visit, we have organised a cream tea during the afternoon for each person travelling with Grebe Coaches

Please note that there is quite a bit of walking on grass and pavers especially near to the lake which gets quite damp and uneven especially after rain, so care is necessary, those who are less able or need assistance with walking should take care.


£32.00 pp inc cream tea


 

Spring Plant Fair with Artisan Market

24 May 2020

Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair with Artisan Market at Helmingham Hall.

A fantastic day for experienced and novice gardeners alike, with hundreds of rare and unusual plants, Garden and lifestyle accessories, Specialist nurseries & National Plant Collections. You can also find expert advice & demonstrations. 

There will also be garden tours, Live music & entertainment and Local food & drink producers.

The gardens today have been extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a Chelsea Gold Medallist, and are open to visitors who find themselves enchanted by the herbaceous borders, walled kitchen garden, herb, knot, rose and wild gardens.

Entry includes admission into the Grade 1 Listed gardens. 

£28.00 pp

 

National Stud Newmarket

27 May 2020

The National Stud (Newmarket) covers a 500-acre site on the outskirts of Newmarket which has been owned by The Jockey Club since 2008.

Join us for a unique insight into the world of Thoroughbred breeding.

After a welcome cup of tea, we will be joined by our guide and re-board our coach for a 90-minute tour of The National Stud which is in truly beautiful grounds. The tour does include some walking.

We will visit the superb Stallion Unit and take the opportunity to see Stallions in the Paddocks.  With the Foaling Unit and Nursery Paddocks also included in the tour we get spend some time with mares and their foals

The National Stud is home to the likes of Acclaim, Gregorian, Time Test, Lancaster Bomber and Rajasinghe.

On your guided tour you will get to hear about the history behind the stud, and an overview of the work that goes in to producing the future champions of the turf.

Seeing these magnificent animals in the flesh is a sight to behold.

We will then make our way into the centre of Newmarket for some free time to shop, eat and relax before heading home after a interesting day out.

 £33.00 pp including tour

 

East Ruston Old Vicarage & Gardens

3 June 2020

At 32 acres in size it is one of the largest gardens of the late 20th century, and one of the finest privately-owned gardens in England.
With over 20 garden areas to view and investigate, your afternoon will be full of delights with the planting combinations being made as original as possible with each garden giving good contrasts of style & colour.
Situated close to the entrance, the Tea Garden is convenient for those who wish for a light lunch before taking in the garden, or for those like us, who wish to refuel with a delicious afternoon tea midway through their visit with ample seating in both sun and shade. Here there are some amusing pieces of topiary amidst the clipped and shaped hedges and the pond is home to Moorhens that raise several broods of chicks each year and contains a large stand of the Water Hawthorn with bronze leaves and white flowers.

Sit and rest awhile, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the gardens from seated areas strategically placed or wander over to the Nursery to find a gem to take home with you

Click Here for more details on East Ruston 

£35.00 pp inc.entry to gardens and an English Afternoon Tea with Scone, Clotted Cream & Jam


 

Peter Beales Rose Garden Tour & Lunch

24 June 2020

The first Peter Beales roses were planted in 1983 and have been an important part of this award-winning nursery ever since with visitors coming from all over the world to this major specialist centre to view the hundreds of different varieties of rare, unique, historic, contemporary roses which grow alongside other plants, particularly a huge range of clematis.

A new wildlife garden was opened in 2016, planted with specially chosen rose and plant species designed to create the perfect habitat to attract insects and mammals. This wildlife haven has been created to inspire and educate visitors into the importance of wildlife and the benefits they bring to all gardens.

Upon arrival you will have time to stretch your legs and perhaps use the tea rooms to get a cup of morning coffee before your extensive seasonal guided garden tour which is led one of Peter Beales Roses experts and will give you an insight into how to get the best from your garden roses and the history behind Peter Beales. 

After your tour you will join other members of the group in a beautiful marquee for a mouth watering two course set lunch. Details of luncheon choices will be provided nearer to the date of travel.

All the food at Peter Beales is prepared to order, using local produce and served by a friendly waitress team. The range of food includes vegetarian and gluten-free options so special diets can also be catered for.

After lunch you will have chance to walk around the gardens and garden centre before re-joining the coach and travelling home.

For more information from Peter Beales click here

£35.00 inc. seasonal garden tour & two course set lunch

 

Sandringham Flower Show

29 July 2020

The Sandringham Flower Show is a very firm favourite in the events calendar, mixing local village flower and produce competitions, trade stands, amateur and professional display gardens and a wealth of arena events.  It is always the busiest day of the year on the estate, welcoming over 20,000 visitors

Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. Now in its 138th year, it is much more than just a Flower Show. It is a unique event offering not only the best in horticulture but also an excellent day out, filled with family entertainment.

Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop, this one-day Show attracts around 20,000 visitors each year. From the beginning the Show has been privileged to enjoy Royal patronage and traditionally our Royal Patron attends the Show.

Many of the region’s leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit. In addition to these displays the show features display gardens by leading designers, around 200 trade stands (both horticultural and general), a craft marquee, main arena events, children's entertainment and a military band.

The Royal marquees contain the competitions in vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral art, with the entries grown by local residents; there are also some open classes which anyone may enter. In the amateur’s marquee, local gardening and horticultural clubs enter a judged display competition, whilst the Horticultural Trades marquee features displays by leading nurseries.
£35.00 Ticket & Travel

 

Otley Hall

9 September 2020

Otley Hall is Grade 1 listed and privately owned. It retains a wealth of medieval architectural features and is rich in history. Otley Hall has been named one of the top twenty historic houses in Great Britain, considered by experts to be ‘one of the most interesting 15th and early 16th century houses in Suffolk with especially remarkable features and most beautiful and complete early 16th century linenfold panelling’. The Great Hall and Parlour are noted to be ‘Unequalled in Suffolk’.

The Hall sits in 10 acres of gardens that contain important Tudor recreations designed by Sylvia Landsberg (author of The Medieval Garden), including a knot and herb garden.

£35.00 Inc house & garden tour, coffee & cake


 

Pensthorpe Natural Park

16 September 2020

Spend a summer day outdoors and create memories…get closer to nature, explore the further reaches of the reserve, play as a family in the adventure play areas, follow trails, do some craft making, go pond dipping, build dens and more…

Home to four of the most spectacular gardens in Norfolk, including a stunning meadow and the most beautiful of lakeside environments, Pensthorpe Natural Park provides year-round colour and interest. Explore these Norfolk walks, and discover the inspiring sculptures and stunning landscapes, as they develop through the seasons, achieved with varying levels of horticultural management, in wildlife-rich gardens created by award-winning designers.

During your visit to Pensthorpe you will see wetlands, hedgerows, woodland, water meadows, river banks, species-rich farmland, breck and heath – all vital for a species-rich countryside Habitat conservation being one of the most important areas of work carried out at Pensthorpe, showing diversity and importance.

You will recieve a one hour guided garden tour where you will be shown the Home to four of the most spectacular Norfolk gardens, including a stunning meadow and the most beautiful of lakeside environments, Pensthorpe Natural Park provides year-round colour and interest.

To finish your day we will get to experience the warden talk where you can sit back, watch and listen to our Warden as they feed our bird collection on Mill Pond.

 £29.00pp inc; tea/coffee & a slice of cake, a garden tour, & warden talk.




 

Cromer End of Pier Summer Show

2020 date TBC

Cromer Pier have a rich tradition to uphold and for the summer of 2019 have assembled a first class cast and have announced the return of some much-loved familiar faces to the stage along with some new names. Charismatic master showman, mind reader and conjurer Mathew Pomeroy for one. His captivating act has been described as ‘brilliant’.

The Cromer Pier Show dances provide lots of glitz and glamour and the children from Marletne’s those heart melting moments. It is ‘strictly variery’ don’t miss it!

Vocalists, Emily Yarrow and Harvey James will be performing for a second season with some show-stopping songs and the cheeky and hilarious Paul Eastwood returns with his trademark quick-fire wit as does ‘a man called G’ who is said to be the UK’s most unique and versatile singing impressionist, mimicking other singers, celebrities and characters from movies & TV
So, to join in with all the fun, call our office on 01502 677437 and book now. 

All this for just £44.00 (payment plans available)

Matinee performance.



 

Sandringham Christmas Fair

2020 date TBC

Once again, The Sandringham Estate is hosting its festive Christmas Craft, Food & Gift Fair. 
This is the ultimate early Christmas shopping opportunity, beautifully made crafts, unusual gifts together with delicious food produce and lively entertainment make a truly festive Christmas day out for all the family. 
See Father Christmas and his reindeer, taste some delicious local fayre, who doesn't need something special for Christmas, you will be spoilt for choice here at Sandringham. 
Watch local craftsmen and women producing unique gifts and Santa and his owls giving a spectacular display. 
For more details click here

£23.00 Adult, £22.50 Seniors


 

 

Taverham Nursery Christmas Display

2020 date TBC 

Unlike most garden centres Taverham grow many of our outside plants themselves, not only does this mean top quality and a great range of plants but it also means exceptional prices. Specialist plant experts are also available to offer guidance and advice to help you create your perfect garden. 

Known for its high-quality products, extensive stock lines, competitive prices and first-class customer service. The business has been trading for over 30 years under the same ownership/management, and in that time has established an excellent reputation both at a local level and throughout East Anglia.

Well-trained, knowledgeable and motivated staff, some of whom have been with the business for many years are pleased to be able to help with your choice of plants

Alongside the garden centre Taverham boasts many well stocked independents shops amongst which there is a Craft and Country Shopping Centre, Aquatics centre hosting a colourful selection of marine, fresh water aquarium fish and pond fish & plants in season.

Bird Care, Gifts, Clothing, Tools, Gift Cards and don’t forget Magnolia’s Restaurant where you will have a free cup of tea or coffee and slice of cake to give you a boost before you go and fill your trolley. (a gluten free alternative will be available if required)

For the Taverham website please click here

£17.00 pp including morning coffee & slice of cake



 

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market

2020 date TBC

Why not join our trip to Bury St Edmunds to get some unique gifts before Christmas?
As well as the 300-plus stalls at the Christmas market you will find a typical Christmas bazaar in St Edmunds Bury Cathedral and a traditional street market in the town centre. Put this together with the unique shopping experience Bury St Edmunds offers, and you have a shoppers’ paradise.

Eating and drinking is easy – delicious street food and mulled wine to enjoy while you browse the stalls, quaint cafes and tearooms for home made cakes, award winning restaurants for something more substantial and traditional pubs given a warm Suffolk welcome. Many places are open specially to provide refreshments, seating and toilets during the Fayre.

At only £15 Per Person

 

Snape Maltings Christmas Show

7 December 2019

A special celebration of 15 years at Snape Maltings

Celebrate the fifteenth year of the Co-op Juniors at Snape Maltings with a magical musical spectacular.

An original production packed with toe-tapping music, breath-taking dance and scintillating staging. It’s a family treat you can’t afford to miss!

Photographs with kind permission of Mike Kwasniak

After a sell out 2018 excursion let us reserve your tickets for 2019 - call us on 01502 677437

£41.00 ticket and travel


 

Cromer Pier Christmas Show

14 December 2019

The show will warm your hearts and get you ready for the Christmas season with a whole heap of festive fun. It is fast becoming one of the top ‘must see’ family Christmas shows in Norfolk,  not only in production values, laugh-out-loud comedy, amazing dance routines and glitzy costumes but also as an exceedingly good value for money experience, strengthening the county’s excellent festive entertainment offering. 

The 2018 show broke all audience records, with more visitors experiencing festive variety at it’s best than ever before.
Good old Norfolk boy, all-around entertainer and jolly nice chap Olly Day Olly returns for his eleventh year at the helm. Olly will be reunited with his partner in crime from 2018, hand magic and comedy star Mark James. Mark combines expert sleight of hand magic with comedy, juggling and other vaudevillian variety skills to create a unique and amazing show. They will be joined by show-stopping vocalists and the all the razzle and dazzle that you would expect from the Christmas Show dancers. 

£45.00 Per Person including ticket

 

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

21 December 2019

& 11 December 2019 - SOLD OUT

Only a few spaces left on our second visit to The Thursford Christmas Spectacular. 3 hours of Christmas glitz and glamour, an extravaganza of non-stop variety with singers, dancers, music and humour being delivered by a fantasic professional cast.

Each year over 100,000 visitors travel from all over the UK to the small Norfolk village of Thursford to experience the wonders of this family Christmas variety show.
2018 was said to be the best yet, what will 2019 bring - call us on 01502 677437 to reserve your seats - dont wait as these sell out fast!

£60.00 ticket and travel


 

Day Excursion to Wroxham & Horning

Southern Comfort Paddle Steamer Cruise & Wroxham

We start our day by spending some time in the beautiful Norfolk broad’s village of Wroxham, time to have a walk besides the water, get a coffee or browse the many retail outlets in the village centre.

The twin villages of Wroxham and Hoveton sit either side of the meandering River Bure. Together known as the capital of the Broads, this community is the heart and hub of boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads.

We then make our way to Horning for our afternoon cruise on The Southern Comfort, a luxury river cruiser which runs from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds. Throughout the trip an interesting commentary provides an exciting insight into the area and continual identification of the water birds seen on the broad. There is an ever-present bustle of river traffic with cruisers, yachts and the occasional wherry.

You will be provided with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee during the cruise.

£24.50 pp inc.

No Cruise

For those of you that would prefer to keep your feet on the ground you can join in our excursion to Wroxham and then take the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon walk alongside the river Bure.

Horning is a picturesque waterside broadland village that lines the northern bank of the River Bure for about a mile. Take a walk through the village, have a traditional afternoon tea at the Staithe ’n’ Willow a beautiful thatched building, beside the river Bure on the Norfolk Broads. The main building was built in 1695, with additions in the early 1800’s and mid 1960’s. In fine weather you can sit in the gardens and enjoy the view over the river.

Fresh baked scones are an essential ingredient of the afternoon cream teas served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, maybe go the whole way and treat yourselves to a full afternoon tea served with finger sandwiches, scones and jam and cream or a selection of delicious cakes. Afternoon tea is payable direct to Staithe ‘n’ Willow.

Coach seat £16.00 per person

 

Bure Valley Railway & River Cruise

2020 date TBC

Enjoy the best of both worlds with a combined train and broads cruise.
Journey by steam train through picturesque Norfolk countryside from Aylsham to Wroxham where our coach will collect you from Wroxham Station and take you to Wroxham Bridge, the starting point for your cruise on the beautiful Norfolk Broads.

Before your cruise departs you will have free time to get some lunch from one of the many eateries.

Your cruise takes you through some of them most beautiful parts of The Norfolk Broads National Park as you travel out from Wroxham Bridge. 
£27.50 inc tickets. 



Please note: Entry prices are not always included in our prices .

Pick up points for our services may include Beccles Morrisons, Oulton Broad Dutchmans Court or St Marks & Oulton Broad North , Tramways Pakefield, Lowestoft Train Station, Bradwell Sun Inn, Hopton, Gorleston (High Street), Gt Yarmouth Market Gates, Caister Police Station, Hemsby

Other pick up points may be available please enquire on 01502 677437


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