Excursions

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

For more details phone us on 01502 677437.

Please find below a list of excursions we are planning to run this year.
We have chosen nice outside venues for you to explore after being inside for too long!


 

Ely Market Shopping

3 November 2022

Why not join us for a day out exploring, shopping or grabbing something to eat. Shopping might be your idea of heaven or hell, but here in Ely you’ll find plenty of shops and something for everyone. Unlike many city centres you won’t find a high street packed with chain shops, but instead a lovely selection of independent retailers. The city’s skyline is defined by the vast Ely cathedral, a stunning religious place with architectural features dating back over the last 900 years. Religious worship has taken place on the site for around 1400 years, and then small settlement around it has grown up into the Ely we know today, truly putting it at the centre of the city’s history.
We will go once a month on the first Thursday of every month. So as well as exploring Ely you can also enjoy the friendly market which is a
 fabulous shopping destination. There’s everything you’d expect from a traditional market, plus a few surprises. You’ll find locally grown fruit and vegetables, flowers, household goods, artisan bread, cakes and more.

We will arrive in Ely around 11:00am and depart at 15:30- giving everyone enough time to explore.
Dates : 
£21.00 per person


 

Taverham Nursery Christmas Display

10 November 2022

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

£18.00 pp including morning coffee & slice of cake



 

Newmarket Market Makers Market

Newmarket Market Shopping

15 November 2022

Newmarket is blessed with a vibrant town centre with a mix of independents that will make your shopping experience extra special. Whether you are looking for something to wear for a day at the races, an outfit for outdoor pursuits or just a souvenir to remember your visit, the High Street offers something for everyone. In addition, they have some fabulous artists and stockists of specialised products tailored to the equine and outdoor lover.

The High Street is topped and tailed by the famed Gallops of Warren Hill at one end and the Rowley Mile and July Racecourses at the other, making two fantastic gateways into the town. With its rich history and heritage, the town has some impressive buildings displaying some wonderful architecture which provides the perfect backdrop for a day’s shopping.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the High Street hosts a lively market with a variety of stalls selling a range of goods. Along with the usual traditional wares, there are craft stalls along with some wonderful street food offerings. With an array of seating and the spacious Memorial Gardens nearby, there are plenty of spaces to sit and relax and watch the world go by.

We will arrive in Newmarket around 11:00am and depart at 15:30- giving everyone enough time to explore.
Dates:
£18.00 per person

 

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market

25 November 2022

& 26th November 2022

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 £20 Per Person


 

Sandringham Christmas Fair

19 November 2022

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

£33.00 per person for ticket and travel

 

 

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

24 November 2022

& Wednesday 21st Dec 

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.
Call us on 01502 677437 to reserve your seats - dont wait as these sell out fast!

£65.00 per person (Ticket and Travel)


 

Flatford Mill & Suffolk Food Hall

29 September 2022

Enjoy beautiful countryside and riverside walks. Flatford lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. This charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable's most famous pictures, for example, the Hay Wain or Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill among many others. Wandering beside the River Stour or looking at Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's House you can feel as if you are actually walking through one of his paintings.Probably one of the most compelling reasons to visit Flatford is to discover the views that made John Constable famous. Early records describe a mill involved in fulling cloth and it was called Flotfordmelle. For nearly 100 years from 1742 to 1846 Flatford Mill was owned by the Constable family. It continued as a working mill untill 1900 when it became a private residence. In 1943 the mill was acquired by the National Trust and leased to the Field Study Council.

Why not give us a call and come explore for yourselves and enjoy the countryside air, and their tearooms.
We will then go off to Suffolk Food Hall where you can buy yourself something to eat their or for your dinner later.

Suffolk Food Hall is delighted to be the best Local Food venue in the UK & Ireland as judged in the Countryside Alliance rural oscars comparing all winners from the last 10 years! As Suffolk farmers, they are proud to provide you with much of the fantastic food produced locally. A host of activities at Suffolk Food Hall ensure that you experience quality, local, food with all its provenance, in everything that they do. Your enjoyment is extended with the Home & Garden department, lovely walks along the river in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a coffee in the Café, and the Cookhouse houses a unique on-farm restaurant.

We will arrive at Flatford Mill for 11:00 then depart 14:30. To arrive at the Suffolk Food Hall for 15:00 then departing there at 16:30.

£40 per person inc entry to Flatford Mill, Suffolk Food Hall and travel

 

Stody Lodge Gardens & Holt

19 May 2022

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. 


We will arrive in Holt at 11:00 stay until 12:45 giving you some free time to explore the area.
We will then arrive at Stody Lodge for 13:00 when it opens and leave at 16:30.

£34 inc. Cream tea 
FEW SEATS REMAIN

 

Peter Beales Rose Garden Tour & Lunch

16 June 2022

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

£37.00 inc. seasonal garden tour & set two course lunch

 

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens & Wroxham

Arrive at Wroxham for 10:45 - A visit to this beautiful Norfolk broad’s village, you will have 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 will then depart at 13:00.

The coach will then arrive at East Ruston Gardens for 13:30.
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
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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. 
We will leave East Ruston at 16:30.

Click Here for more details on East Ruston 

£28.00 pp inc.entry to gardens and travel

2022 TBC


 

Sandringham Flower Show

27 July 2022

Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. Now in its 140th 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.

Admission charges include entrance to Sandringham Gardens, Museum and Church, all of which border the showground.

£41.00 per person (inc entry)

 

Taverham Nursery Centre

13 October 2022

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

We will arrive at Taverham for 11:00 and depart at 16:00.

 £20.00 pp including morning coffee & a slice of cake


 


 

Bury St Edmunds Market Shopping

The award-winning 14-acre Abbey Gardens is on the site of the former Benedictine Abbey, the Abbey of St Edmund, once one of the richest, largest and most powerful Benedictine monasteries in England. People came from all over England and further afield to visit the Shrine of St Edmund and it became one of the most famous and wealthy pilgrimage locations in England, visited by royalty. 

While away a day exploring the 200 stores that line the picturesque medieval streets, and elegant Georgian squares. 

From clothes to kitchenware, shopping in Bury St Edmunds offers something for everyone - all within an easy walking distance in beautiful surroundings. As well as favourite High Street brands, Bury St Edmunds has a host of independent and individual shops that you won't find anywhere else.

We are planning on going to Bury St Edmunds on the 2nd Wednesday each month. This is so as well as being able to enjoy Bury St Edmunds you can enjoy The market. Which is held in the Buttermarket and Cornhill, and dates back to before the days of William the Conqueror.

With more than 60 stalls on Wednesdays, Bury St Edmunds Market has an excellent food offer including fruit and vegetables, meat, and fish stalls with fresh locally sourced seasonal produce.

Not only is there a wonderful array of foods you can also find everything from authentic Italian shirts, Portuguese pottery, vintage clothes and colourful plants and flowers.

Foodies will also love the market with its wonderful selection of food and drink from around the world.

Why not join us for a day out exploring or shopping and grabbing something to eat. 

We will arrive in Bury St Edmunds around 11:00am and depart at 15:30- giving everyone enough time to explore.
Dates:
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£17.00 per person For next year now


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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