Museums/Stately Homes/Castles/Exhibitions

Stanta – Battle Training Ground – Thetford – Wednesday 9th September 2020 – Coach trip from Norwich – SOLD OUT

Many will have seen the red & white 'STANTA' signs near Thetford.  But what is it.......??

Stanford Training Area (STANTA), originally known as Stanford Battle Area, is a British Army training area situated in the English county of Norfolk. The area is approximately 30,000 acres (120 km2) in size; it is some 7 miles (11 km) north of the town of Thetford and 25 miles (40 km) south-west of the city of Norwich. The site is run by the Operational Training and Advisory Group (OPTAG).

The area was originally established in 1942 when a battle training area was required and a 'Nazi village' established. Military exercises were already known in the area; tanks had deployed to Thetford in the First World War. The complete takeover involved the evacuation of the villages of Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts.

The area was used during the run-up to the D-Day invasion and since then has hosted many exercises. A regular visitor is 16 Air Assault Brigade who hold their annual Gryphon exercises there. It is also used by cadets to complete Fieldcraft exercises.

In 2009 a 12.5-acre (51,000 m2) village designed to replicate its Afghan equivalent, was added to the Battle Area for the training of troops deployed in support of the War in Afghanistan. The site, built at a cost of £14 million, is state of the art and manned by Afghan nationals, ex-Gurkha soldiers and amputee actors, who simulate the Afghan National Army, locals and wounded soldiers.  The village includes houses, a market and a mosque. It also features a system that pumps out smells like rotten meat and sewage.  Further details can be seen by pasting the following link.  

www.edp24.co.uk/news/touring_the_stanta_ghost_villages_1_689040  

 

Only a handful of tours are arranged each year and IC Travel have secured a rare opportunity to visit this secretive location.  Under 16's not permitted.

Cost includes donation to Military Charities

 

Depart 1.30pm tbc

 

 

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PRICE:  Coach & Tour: £27 - SORRY SOLD OUT

To book ring:  01603 868680 or email: info@ictravel.co.uk

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Christmas at Hever Castle & Christmas Lunch – Coach trip from Norwich

Friday 4th December 2020

Visit the Castle to see the beautifully decorated rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees.  Follow the Peter pan themed Christmas trail through the grounds, enjoy relaxed shopping in the gift shops and enjoy a delicious 2-course Christmas dinner in the restaurant. 

Experience 700 years of history at the romantic double-moated castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The splendid rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself.

Discover magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. No matter what time of year you visit you are guaranteed a breath-taking display.

 

 

 

7.30am Departure

Price £60 including entry, 2-course lunch and travel

How to Book

Bookings may be made by calling IC Travel on Norwich (01603) 868680,  or email info@ictravel.co.uk
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Liverpool City Break & The Beatles – 3-night break – Sunday 23rd May to Wednesday 26th May 2021

 

 

 

A UNESCO Heritage City of Music, in popular culture Liverpool will always link to The Beatles, that British band which would become a world phenomenon to this day. Immerse yourself in the boy’s home city, exploring their grass roots and special Liverpudlian environment. Uncover gems such as the Casbah Coffee Club original launch pad of the band back in the day and stay at the world’s only Beatles-inspired upmarket hotel. Now with the last piece of the puzzle, new visitor attraction Strawberry Fields opening 2019, where visitors can experience this special place from Lennon's childhood, with interactive centre and wooded garden grounds.

Package Includes:

• 3 nights Half board at 4* Hard Days Night Hotel with luxury coach travel with IC Travel courier and complimentary light refreshments
• Entry to The Beatles Story & British Invasion Exhibition
• Entry to the Cavern Club
• Entrance to Strawberry Fields
• Ferry cross the Mersey (50 mins explorer cruise)

A 'Fab Four' star Liverpool hotel. Hard Days Night Hotel is the world’s only Beatles inspired hotel, combining the highest quality facilities in a truly unique environment. Located at the heart of Liverpool's 'Beatles Quarter' offering luxurious accommodation and exclusive event space with a twist. Housed in the magnificent Grade II listed Central Buildings, dating back to 1884, the beautifully restored hotel is steeped in history.

All 110 rooms are individually designed around the contours of the original building and elegantly furnished with specially commissioned Beatles-inspired artwork adorning the walls.

Sitting adjacent to the world famous Cavern Club where the Beatles rose to fame, and an array of the city's famous Beatles landmarks, the hotel not only offers the perfect getaway for visitors, but is much loved by art lovers, music lovers, and food lovers alike.

 

 

Departure Time 7am tbc

DBB - £410pp with £120 single supplement
Deposit of £50 on booking and balance payable 90 days before departure.

How to Book

Bookings may be made by calling IC Travel on Norwich (01603) 868680, or email info@ictravel.co.uk

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Windsor & Afternoon Tea – 2-Day Break – Sun 27th to Mon 28th June 2021

Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa - Windsor

Departure Time: 8am

 

Right in the centre of Windsor is the Harte and Garter, a grand establishment located opposite the magnificent Windsor Castle.

The hotel is an amalgamation of two 14th century inns; The Garter Inn, named after the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which was founded by King Edward III and The White Harte, named in honour of the Royal Emblem worn by King Richard II.

Enjoy their Afternoon Tea in the Tea Bar. Their Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, an assortment of delicate fancies and tea and coffee.

Our break includes:

  • 1 night B&B at Harte & Garter Hotel opposite Windsor Castle
  • Thames Boat trip
  • Windsor Castle Visit
  • Visit to the Saville Gardens - Windsor Great Park
  • Afternoon Tea at Harte & Garter Hotel

£50 deposit per person with balance due by 90 days before departure. In the event of cancellation please refer to terms and conditions on the website. You are advised to take
out your own travel insurance. Limited spaces are available for this trip so book soon!

 

IC Travel Price - £210pp (Single Supplement £30)

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Highclere Castle – Downton Abbey – Thursday 29th July 2021  

Find out more about the castle and your visit by clicking here.

Highclere Castle is not only a beautiful building, but a warm and welcoming home. Playing host to family and friends, but also to events and celebrations with visitors and guests from around the world.

We are delighted to welcome you to explore the history of the Castle, the illuminating Egyptian Exhibition narrating the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding gardens and grounds.

Many of the rooms and vistas will be familiar to viewers of ‘Downton Abbey’ – both the Drawing Room and Dining Room forming the backdrop to the dryly withering put-downs delivered by Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Countess to some poor unfortunate relation. The distinctive gardens and park designed by Capability Brown, offer interest and enjoyment throughout the year and gratifying growth and change, as the seasons turn.

7.30am Departure

£57 per person including travel

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How to Book

(Due to increased legislation and resultant costs we are no longer taking card payments on-line.)

Bookings may be made by calling IC Travel on Norwich (01603) 868680, or email info@ictravel.co.uk

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