In coastal areas of Suffolk, many beach car parks and picnic sites specifically allow campervans and motorhomes
Things To Do
Lincolnshire has long been associated with aviation so why not explore the county’s aviation heritage? There are many heritage centres and museums to visit with some of the finest including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and RAF Scampton, from where The Dambusters set off.
Visit Cambridge and join an official guided walking tour of the city, treating yourself to an architectural spectacle of university college buildings. You’ll be guided through archways and hallways that you otherwise might not dare to explore.
Keep yourself entertained on Great Yarmouth‘s Golden Mile with rides and attractions stretching alongside the vast sandy beach. Then take a tour of the North Norfolk coast as it extends right up to Cromer and Sheringham.
Stop off at Lavenham, one of Suffolk’s wool towns and considered one of England’s best-preserved medieval towns. You’ll find thatched cottages and incredible timber-framed buildings as you wander the narrow streets. The Guildhall is a must.
If your idea of heaven is adrenalin-fuelled, take on the wild rapids at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. They’re the very same as were used by the world’s best athletes during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
When To Visit
There’s always something going on throughout the year in East Anglia, whether it’s witnessing new drifts of snowdrops, beach carnivals or Christmas tree festivals. Of the major events however, is in April, when the flat racing season begins at Newmarket, Suffolk, while in May you can get your boots on for the Suffolk Walking Festival. May also welcomes the now annual 1000 years of Traditional Crafts Festival, held at Lincoln Castle.
The summer months showcase musical talents in various forms: the Aldeburgh Festival, one of the world’s most iconic celebrations of classical music, in June; Latitude at Southwold in July; the Cambridge Folk Festival, deemed one of the most prestigious folk festivals in the world, in July and August; and the V Festival, held near Chelmsford, Essex, also in August.
Then in September, it’s the turn of the performing arts in Great Yarmouth when the five-day Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts brings a riot of colour to public venues across the town.
The M11, off the M25, will get you to Cambridge and parts of Suffolk, with the A12 heading to Colchester and Ipswich. Access to Lincolnshire via the M1 and then cross-country through Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire or South Yorkshire is possible, alternatively the A1(M)/A1 reaches Grantham and the A15 to Lincoln.
From the Midlands, use the A14, which travels west-east through Cambridgeshire and on through Suffolk to Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. The entire route is riddled with speed cameras every few miles. You can peel off the A14 at Newmarket onto the A11 for Norwich and the Norfolk Broads.