Mostly on or near the coast. We were staying near Lowestoft which is England’s (and the UK’s) most easterly town. Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t reach the most easterly point itself due to building works so we were something like 50 metres short. We liked the beach at Lowestoft because of the sand and because it had RNLI lifeguards. Our next port of call was Southwold Pier on one of the few really rainy days. Among the usual gift shops and cafes was a display of some of Tim Hunkin’s mechanical creations.

Another day, near Southwold, we went to a model railway exhibition. The day included a fundraising visit from the East Anglian Air ambulance.

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Near Lowestoft is the East Anglian Transport Museum. What intrigued me was the number of items that were related to London where I grew up: letter codes from Southern Rail commuter trains, posts to hold the wires for the last trolley bus service in the East End. I enjoyed the chance to take a short trip on a tram or trolley bus although not every one in our group were as enamoured as I was.

Minsmere, the nature reserve and bird sanctuary featured in this year’s BBC’s “Spring Watch”, afforded us a view of some wildlife, a heron and a view of Sizewell Nuclear Power Station.

As this was a family holiday we included a trip to “Pleasure Wood Hills” a theme park situated between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Like any other of its type, there were a number of rides, rollercoasters and the like. I think it fair to say that my prowess on the pedalos was not appreciated. Indeed, when a few days’ later, we went for a day trip on the Broads (starting at Oulton Broad), my companions were less than totally confident in my piloting skills. Sufficient to say, they need not have worried and I thoroughly enjoyed pootling along the river even for just two hours. I will concede that it is not easy steering and eating a Marmite sandwich at the same time.

Back at the theme park, we enjoyed the stately ride on the chair lift and we decided against going on the “Wipeout” rollercoaster. I also avoided the “Rattlesnake” and “Marble Madness” which others in our group did enjoy. One general comment about the staff. Without exception we found them all polite, friendly and helpful. Many, we assumed, were doing summer jobs between terms but we did not encounter much, if any, of the bored and tired looks that you sometimes get.

There is more that we could have visited, and we enjoyed what we did. Worth another visit some other year.

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