FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE...
...magnificent and imposing
ALDEBURGH BEACH...
...the famous shell
SUFFOLK COAST...
...one hour away
THETFORD FOREST...
...for all the family
CAMBRIDGE...
...punting down The Cam

local activities and attractions

The following local activities and attractions in Newmarket are an absolute must if you are staying with us over the coming year. Bedford Lodge Hotel is nestled in an idyllic location in the heart of East Anglia and offers you the perfect base for exploring Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Your enjoyment at this Suffolk Hotel is paramount and we want you to make the most of your stay with us... come rain or shine!

We team up with Newmarket Nights on an annual basis and offer an accommodation package to tie in with the Act/Concert of your choice. For THE hottest Friday night out in East Anglia then Newmarket Nights won't fail to disappoint. Acts and accommodation packages will be announced in early 2013.  Visit Newmarket Racecourses for the latest information.

We also team up with Newmarket Racecourse Saturday Racing and we also offer accommodation options to tie in with 'Summer Saturdays', making it easier for you if you are looking for quality hotels in Newmarket. Summer Saturdays is the perfect family day out – a day fuelled with excitement and adrenalin with free entertainment for the children.

Summer 2013 looks set to be a summer of music with both the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Forestry Commission's Forest Live gigs in Thetford Forest raising the roof across East Anglia.

Newmarket Nights - a unique musical experience

If you love live music from some of the world’s most loved singers and bands, the Newmarket Nights should be a firm entry on your calendar. Concerts held throughout June, July and August at Newmarket Racecourse, just two miles from the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa feature big names such as Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, James Blunt and Wet Wet Wet.

Newmarket Nights

If you love live music from some of the world’s most loved singers and bands, the Newmarket Nights should be a firm entry on your calendar.

The series of concerts is held throughout June, July and August at Newmarket Racecourse, just two miles from the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, the only four star hotel in the town and features big names such as Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, James Blunt and Wet Wet Wet.

This is the 28th year that Suffolk brewery Adnams has staged the event and it has become a must for those who live in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Noel Byrne, Chief Executive of the hotel, said: “The Newmarket Nights are hugely popular, a must for any serious music lovers hooked on nostalgia or modern-day music.

“It attracts around 100,000 people a year so we are always busy with concert-goers, which means it’s a good idea to reserve a booking with us as soon as you know you are going to attend one of the events.

“Many people combine the event with a day at the races or take a picnic to the concert.”

The line-up of Friday concerts kicks off on 20 June with 80’s Here and Now featuring bands such as T’Pau, Bananarama, Curiosity Killed the Cat and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

On 27 June, it’s singer songwriter James Blunt who takes to the stage. James spent a lot of his childhood in East Anglia and had an uncle who worked at the Jockey Club.

The former Sandhurst-trained army officer, who worked with horses in the Household Cavalry, and saw action in Kosovo, returns to Newmarket Nights after his first appearance there in 2011.

The 40-year-old’s second album “Lost Souls” topped the charts in more than 20 countries and he has sold nearly 17 million albums and 20 million singles.

The concerts are sure to have something for everyone. For those wanting a Sixties flavour and a true taste of summer then indulge yourself with tickets to see The Beach Boys who will be playing on 18 July.

The band sold 100 million records around the world with hits including Surfin’ USA, Good Vibrations, California Girls and Help me Rhonda and they are still being led by original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.

Eighties band UB40 appear on 25 July and on 1 August crooner Tom Jones will be belting out hits. While we don’t know what’s in his line up if he sings just a selection of his most popular songs, such as It’s not unusual, Delilah, Sex Bomb and What’s New Pussycat, he’s sure to please his legions of fans.

On 8 August rapper Dizzee Rascal, best known for his top-charting songs Bonkers and Fix up look sharp is on stage and the series is rounded off with Wet Wet Wet on 15 August.

 

 

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The Newmarket Experience

With days out and tours around the headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, racing and training ... the stable doors of Newmarket's famous racing tradition are open to you.

Newmarket is the headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, racing and training. It's unique and a fascinating place to visit with something of interest for everyone.

At the award-winning National Horseracing Museum and Palace House you can explore the town's history, its culture, its heritage including links with royalty. You can see mares and their foals at the National Stud, tour the gallops and racing yards, enjoy the thrill of a day's racing at Newmarket's two racecourses and cap it all with dinner in comfortable and relaxed surroundings.

The Newmarket Experience offers a great opportunity to go behind the scenes at racing's headquarters and to see the equine stars at work. You can meet their trainers and the staff who look after them. We can arrange guided tours for groups and individuals. We can even arrange your accommodation if required. We'll act as your single point of contact and organise individual itineraries.

Tours can be combined with racing at one of our two racecourses. Visits taking a half-day, full-day or longer are available. We have excellent hotels, good road and rail links. An hour away from London, three of the England's most famous and historic centres - Cambridge, Ely and Bury St Edmunds - are a few minutes away.

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Visit historic Cambridge

Less than 30 minutes drive from Bedford Lodge Hotel, historic Cambridge is world famous as a seat of learning since the first college opened in 1209, the University of Cambridge has thrown its doors open to the visiting public.
Distance from Bedford Lodge: 15 miles

Cambridge

Explore from your base at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, just 15 miles from Cambridge

A stay at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket offers its guests a taste of the history of the area in so many ways.  From the hotel’s beginnings as a hunting lodge for the sixth Duke of Bedford, to the region’s renown as the home of British horseracing, both Bedford Lodge Hotel and Newmarket are steeped in history.

That sense of history pervades the area of East Anglia as a whole.  Bedford Lodge Hotel is the area’s only four-star hotel and will make the ideal base for a break that will provide history and culture aplenty.  Where better to start than Cambridge? 

Less than 30 minutes drive (15 miles) from Bedford Lodge Hotel, historic Cambridge is world famous as a seat of learning since the first college opened in 1209, the University of Cambridge has thrown its doors open to the visiting public.  From punting on the River Cam to guided tours of the historic colleges, the University offers its visitors a glimpse of an institution that is almost a community within a community, with traditions and codes that are very much its own.  Visitors to the area at Christmas can attend the University’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, long a highlight of the BBC’s Christmas schedule.

There is much more to Cambridge than just its university.  Music fans are spoilt for choice with the city’s famous folk festival, big-name gigs at the Corn Exchange, smaller ones at the Junction and the excitement of the Secret Garden Party and the free ‘Summer in the City’ performances.  Food and wine lovers can take part in the city’s renowned Food Tours; be led through the city by leading ‘foodies’ and discover the best speciality shops, famous Cambridge institutions and the ‘hidden city’ on a fun walking tour with a gastronomic twist.  The Cambridge Wine School offers courses aimed at all levels of knowledge and taste to help promote the enjoyment of wine.  No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome.

After your day out in Cambridge, you’ll want to relax and reflect on your visit.  As a four-star hotel in Newmarket, near Cambridge, Bedford Lodge Hotel provides the very best in modern comfort and convenience in refined, classic settings.  Put your feet up in one of our 77 stylish rooms or dine in our newly-refurbished Squires restaurant


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Days out to Bury St. Edmunds

One of the area’s richest seams of culture and history is Bury St Edmunds.  A market town with its origins in the 10th Century, Bury St Edmunds was once home to a monastery, which is now the site of its beautiful Abbey Gardens.
Distance from Bedford Lodge: 14 miles

Bury St Edmunds

Explore from your base at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, just 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk is an area with a rich and colourful history.  So many things that have become part of the national way of life have their origins in the county.  In the case of Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket, the area and the original lodge are synonymous with horseracing.  Many of the guests who come to stay at Bedford Lodge for events such as the July Course, Newmarket Summer Saturdays and Tattersall’s sales.  Equally, many of our guests come to stay at our luxury Suffolk hotel as it provides a chic-yet-comfortable centre for their visit to the region they call ‘the Curious County’ from which Newmarket is the perfect base.

One of the area’s richest seams of culture and history is Bury St Edmunds.  A market town with its origins in the 10th Century, Bury St Edmunds was once home to a monastery, which is now the site of its beautiful Abbey Gardens.  The town’s famous cathedral is one of the region’s grandest and draws guests from around the world to marvel at its architecture.  The cathedral holds a range of events and festivals in addition to its function as a place of worship, so there is always something going on to appeal to visitors.  See the latest events here: http://www.stedscathedral.co.uk/

This is just one landmark in a town of landmarks.  Bury St Edmunds also boasts Britain’s smallest pub, The Nutshell.  For a less crowded night out, the town also has a number of excellent bars and restaurants.  Those seeking food for thought can take their pick from a range of galleries, museums and theatres, including the recently-refurbished Abbeygate Picture House, Moyse’s Museum and Smith’s Row, a gallery of local art, jewellery and ceramics.  Each of these places has points of interest beyond its current use: Moyse’s Museum dates back to 1180 and Smith’s Row was designed by the noted architect Robert Adam.

The town is also justly famed for its fairs and markets.  The twice-weekly provisions market dates back to the days of William the Conqueror and is one of the best in East Anglia.  The Christmas and Whitsun Fayres are staples of the Bury calendar, with their mix of seasonal stalls, entertainment and food made from local produce.  The 2013 Christmas Fayre (28th November – 1st December 2013) has been extended by a day to accommodate the upsurge in popularity in this, its tenth year.

A day spent absorbing all that history and culture can work wonders for the appetite, and a meal in Squires restaurant at Bedford Lodge Hotel is the perfect way to end a day spent exploring.  With a diverse menu of dishes made using only locally-sourced ingredients and an extensive wine list, it’s easy to see why Squires is popular not just with guests but with casual visitors looking for fine dining in Suffolk.  After your meal, you can relax in our Roxana Bar which, on cold days, benefits greatly from a roaring log fire, an original feature of the lodge from the 18th century- another bit of Suffolk history for you to enjoy…


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Fly Fishing at Earith Lakes Fisheries

Earith Lakes Fisheries is located in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside surrounded by the villages of Sommersham, Bluntisham, Colne and Earith.

You can’t beat the tranquillity of fly fishing… one man and his rod in beautiful surroundings.  Just the pleasure of being there and all the better for getting a catch!

The 12 acre trout lake is fully stocked and contain both Rainbow and Brown Trout ranging from 2lb to double figures, pike fishing is also available during the winter months (November to February)

The onsite shop will come to the rescue should you forget anything or need extra fly’s, fishing tackle or refreshments.

There is a variety of fly-fishing experiences available and fishing tickets start at £15 for a 4 hour ticket, however they do offer a concession Monday to Friday for over 65's at £12 for a 4 hour ticket.

They are open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk (pre booking required for early visits).

For further information please visit their website.

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www.earithlakes.com

Horse Riding at Coach House Riding Stables

Affiliated to the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS), the Coach House Riding Stables is a small quality Riding School in Cambridgeshire with approximately 18 horses and ponies of varying types and sizes from the very small to the very large!

Affiliated to the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS), the Coach House Riding Stables is a small quality Riding School in Cambridgeshire with approximately 18 horses and ponies of varying types and sizes from the very small to the very large!

Their main concern is the safety and enjoyment of clients and that of their horses who are all well-mannered, people friendly and well trained.

The proprietor, Linda Porter-Cohen has run the Coach House Stables for 20 years, building up the business from scratch.

All of their experienced instructors are qualified and have the highest regard for our clients' safety.

Lessons, Assessments & Hacks
There are two all-weather outdoor schools and they offer a variety of lessons, including class and private. Class lessons usually have a maximum of 6 clients per group.

They also offer special introductory half hour lessons which are especially popular with adults, who might be restarting riding after a break.

Hacking will be on offer but an assessment would need to be carried out prior to riding to ensure clients' safety. An assessment would last approximately 15/20 minutes in the arena. Skills in walking, trotting and canter and also road safety awareness would be assessed. Should the client prove to be unsafe, then they would be offered a lesson in the arena.

Lessons start at £17 for a child's half hour lesson.  For further information please visit their website.

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www.coachhouseriding.co.uk

Falconry at The Owl Barn

For what they promise to be a 'day out you’ll never forget', The Owl Barn at Stonham Aspel offers hands-on activities and experience days designed at the East Anglian Academy of Falconry.

For what they promise to be a 'day out you’ll never forget', The Owl Barn at Stonham Aspel offers hands-on activities and experience days designed at the East Anglian Academy of Falconry.

If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about Birds of Prey well now’s your chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent predators! Witness the natural instincts of these raptors as they soar, quarter, stoop, pounce and mantle over their hunted prey for the rewards they receive on course days.

Although these beautiful birds are kept in captivity, to a certain degree, they can never be truly tamed and will always retain their wild natural instinct to kill for food. An explanation of some basic falconry terms and a run-down on some practical "do's & don'ts" in the interests of your own safety and the well-being of the birds will be provided before any activity or experience day commences.

Various days and courses available.  Prices start from £25 for children and £85 per adult.  For further information on  including 'What to Bring and What to Expect', please visit their website.

 

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www.owl-help.org.uk/falconry.html

Bike Tours with Cambridge Bike Tours

Fun, fresh air and hidden gems! Famous for cycling in Cambridge, these tours are truly the best way to explore this beautiful county. Whether you are a tourist, new to the City or simply want to know more, you can guarantee their 6th generation Cambridge born and bred eccentric guide will show you the city’s secrets!

The only tour of Cambridge that takes you along the river to see the college boathouses, the University Real Tennis Club and the best spot in town to photograph Kings College Chapel.

There’s an emphasis on having fun whilst seeing as much of the city as possible. They have a choice of tours that include the City, Grantchester and River Pubs and they also have a package combining a bike tour, lunch and punting  that is very popular.

Catering for all ages and abilities, single travellers, families, romantic couples or even a hen party - you are going  to have a great time!

There is a choice of bikes provided for the tour including immaculately refurbished antique British bikes with baskets, mountain bikes and even electric bikes.

There’s no need to be particularly fit as we take a leisurely ambling  pace to really soak up the atmosphere, however If you feel like you could do  with a boost, I can certainly recommend one of our electric bikes.

Tours start from £20 and are available from the 9th March until 4th November 2013.  Please visit their website for further details.

 

 

 

 

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www.cambridgebiketours.co.uk

Wine Tasting & Tours at Chilford Hall Vineyard

Müller-Thurgau, Ortega, Schönburger, Reichensteiner, Siegerrebe, Rondo, Regent, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir. Come and let your nose decide…

Müller-Thurgau, Ortega, Schönburger, Reichensteiner, Siegerrebe, Rondo, Regent, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir. Come and let your nose decide…

Tours and Tasting

The tour begins in the Winery in Cambridgeshire and the entire wine making process is explained from the management of the vine, the pruning and picking of the grapes, through to the processing, fermentation, blending and bottling. You may also follow one of the Vineyard Trails to see how the vines are grown.

At the end of the tour you will be invited to the Chilford Wines & Bistro onsite shop, where their expert guide will explain the subtle difference between wines and the features to look for when making your choices. Thereafter, you will be invited to sample a variety of Chilford Hall's award winning wines.

Tour details

Tours are available each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays between 9th March and 31st October 2013 and are subject to availability.  Prices start from £12.50 per person.

Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  For further information please visit their website.

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www.chilfordhall.co.uk

Off Road Activities & Country Pursuits at Wild Tracks Activity Parks

Wild Tracks Activity Park in Newmarket boasts a multitude of activities, they truly have something for everyone! Get ready for pure adrenalin junkie heaven...

Wild Tracks Activity Park in Newmarket boasts a multitude of activities, they truly have something for everyone! Get ready for pure adrenalin junkie heaven…

For children from age 7+, there are junior quads and rally karts – enjoy a fast and intensive driving experience whilst tearing around their dedicated Newmarket off road track! Suitable for all, 4x4 off road rides offer the chance to negotiate a massive variety of off road terrain across the 60 acre site.  Visit Wild Track's 4x4 pages  for full details on both half and full day sessions (for up to 3 people) and also lessons.

From age 8+ to adult, Battlefield LIVE is as close to real life combat as you are going to get... prepare to get dropped into the middle of a war zone!

For older children and younger teenagers the karts are an absolute must where groups can stage their own mini Grand Prix races. Quad Safaris are also great fun... embark on a wild expedition through sand hills, dirt tracks, humps and bumps and if you are looking for something the whole family can enjoy then Archery is worthwhile with individual tuition from age 7+. For a more peaceful activity and a chance to take in the beautiful Suffolk countryside then learning the gentle art of Fly Fishing is for you. If your aim is good and quick off the mark then Clay Pigeon Shooting will offer you the chance to learn a new skill under CPSA qualified instruction.

In addition to the above, older teens to adults can opt for one to one 4x4 off road lessons and hovercraft driving – it's not everyday you get to park a hovercraft!

Book a room at the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket so that you can be close to the action.

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www.wildtracksltd.co.uk/