A postcard from Norfolk

Having recently travelled on what has been one of our most popular tours to date, Yvonne, our Product manager, put together a little something to give all of our lovely readers some insight into our tours. Have a read to find out what she thought of one of our favourite holidays.




Bure Valley Steam Train

Departure Date 28 May 2018:

Having travelled on the ever-popular 5-day ‘Little Trains of Norfolk’ tour, I found it was the perfect chance not only to find out how the tour works but also to meet with Arena Rail Holiday customers, too. I have come away having learnt so much about how a UK rail holiday works and the types of customers who book style tour, and this will undoubtedly help me plan new tours in the future!

Here’s a little overview of one of her favourite parts of the tour…

Day 2: Bure Valley Railway & The Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat:  We travelled to Aylsham by coach and boarded the 1000hrs Bure Valley Railway. This is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs to Wroxham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.  The journey lasts around 45 minutes, is steam-hauled and very relaxing, passing through some beautiful scenery.

We had some free time for lunch in Wroxham, known as the capital of the Norfolk Broads. Here, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to chose from – some of them are right on the waters’ edge, so you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by.   Afterwards, we drove to the pretty village of Horning where we boarded the 1330hrs Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat.

We cruised along the Norfolk Broads at a top speed of 5MPH and there was some interesting commentary throughout.  There’s a bar on board serving a selection of hot and cold drinks.


Day 3: The Bittern Line, The Poppy Line & Cromer:  

After breakfast, the coach dropped us at Norwich railway station where we boarded the 0945hrs Greater Anglia train service to Sheringham.  This train travels along the Bittern Line and takes just under one hour. On arrival in Sheringham, we had some free time to wander around the streets and also explore the sea front.

After lunch, we boarded the 1350hrs Steam-hauled Poppy Line train to Holt – one of the highlights of the whole trip!

We had carriages reserved for our group and it was fantastic to watch the volunteers at work.

On arrival into Holt, we had some free time for a coffee and wander around before being taken to Cromer by coach. We had 1.5 hours here to walk along the Pier and along the sea front.  We arrived back at the hotel and enjoyed dinner as a group.

Day 4: Mid Norfolk Railway & Sandringham:

After breakfast, our coach took us to Wymondham where we boarded the Mid Norfolk railway for our journey to Dereham.    Wymondham Abbey is well worth a visit; it’s one of the grandest religious buildings in East Anglia and definitely worth a visit before boarding the train!  Wymondham itself is a beautiful town and there’s time to grab a coffee before the train departs.  Sandringham was our final visit on this fabulous trip and our coach took us there for our afternoon visit. We were booked in for 1330hrs and had 3 hours free time to explore. There’s a restaurant on site serving up some hot and cold food – it’s a great place to start and fuel you up for the visit.

For those who can’t walk so far, there’s a golf buggy which does shuttles to the main entrance of the house – otherwise it’s a 10 -12 minute walk through the beautifully kept gardens. There’s a very interesting Museum which holds the Royal Family’s collection of cars throughout the ages plus its worth walking around the gardens too.

 There’s so much included on this trip; it really is great value for money.

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