Central and East England

(c) Will Gray

With its honey-stone market towns and rolling hills peppered with sheep, nowhere does traditional England better than the Cotswold’s, the region that inspired a million jigsaw puzzles. Elsewhere, you will find a veritable encyclopedia of historical sites, from ancient Stonehenge and medieval Warwick Castle to the birthplaces of Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution and, most significantly to children, the Cadbury Creme Egg.

Bulging out between the Thames Estuary and the Wash, East Anglia may be flat, but it’s far from featureless. You can hire a boat to explore the 200 km of reed-fringed waterways of the Norfolk Broads or punt along the River Cam beneath the Bridge of Sighs in the magnificent university town of Cambridge. You can kick through drifts of autumn beech leaves in Epping Forest, a favourite hunting ground of Henry VIII, or stroll beside the River Stour where 18th-century landscape artist, John Constable, sought inspiration. From bustling resorts, like Great Yarmouth and Southwold, to the medieval city of Norwich, this underrated corner of Britain has lots to offer families. Pick of the crop, however, has to be Norfolk’s north coast with its beaches, wildlife and traditional seaside towns. This is where your kids will rediscover the pure and simple joys of kite flying, beachcombing and crabbing.

This is edited copy from Britain with Kids by William Gray.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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