Tag: Holidays

The Codebreakers and London’s Great Gardens

Windsor Castle by Michael Rofe

The Bill Hotel, Gerrards CrossOrganised by Airedale Tours Ltd. The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross is set in landscaped gardens in a conservation area of Buckinghamshire, a perfect destination for our 5 day break.

The programme of events will include:

  • Bletchley Park
  • Windsor Castle
  • RHS Wisley
  • National Trust Waddeson Manor
  • Windsor Great Park
  • The Savill Garden

Full details and application forms for our holiday, Codebreakers and London’s Great Gardens, are available in our Autumn 2021 magazine. Please contact holiday organiser Michael Rofe (details in magazine) for availability of rooms.

If you are not a member but would like to attend this holiday, any other of our events or are interested in joining our Association, please complete the Contact Form. Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the relevant organiser.

Windsor Castle, the long walk



SoFA Holiday in Norfolk

Members memories of a SoFA holiday in Norfolk

Write-up by Jean Higson – Part one

Ian and I have been on several holidays now with SoFA. We’ve visited The Severn Valley, Thursford, Cardiff, The Cotswolds, Kent, Norfolk, Durham and Devon. Now we have been asked to write about our favourite holiday. This was not an easy task as we have enjoyed them all. We finally narrowed it down to the two holidays in 2018.

The first SoFA holiday was in June to Norfolk and we stayed at the lovely Dunstan Hall Hotel. It was an interesting itinerary and we began with a full day at the Queens Estate in Sandringham where the Royal Family spend Christmas. We looked round the church where the Royal Family worship on Christmas morning. Then we had a tour of the house and the museum. We were then free to explore the wonderful gardens. The weather was glorious, and the temperature reached 27°C that day!

Sandringham, Norfolk, Southport and Formby Association

Next day we went to the Bure Valley Railway and travelled by narrow gauge steam train from Aylsham to Wroxham. After a light lunch we had a relaxing two hour cruise on the Norfolk Broads with an entertaining live commentary. We then had some free time to explore the pretty village of Wroxham, or to sit and enjoy a drink (or two?) watching the swans on the meandering River Bure.

That evening we met for pre-dinner drinks in the bar and then the hotel served a delicious carvery for dinner.

On our final full day, we visited Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust property. It is an attractive moated country house built for Edmund Bedingfeld. We then had free time in the city of Norwich. Some people looked round the cathedral, others enjoyed the open top bus tour.

All the holidays have had the most interesting itineraries, with lots of variety. These have been planned and organised by Michael Rofe, his wife Jean and Airedale Travel. We would like to thank Michael, Jean and Airedale Travel for arranging all these excellent holidays. They don’t just happen, they take a lot of planning and we appreciate it.

As a Member of the Southport and Formby Association you are able to go on these holidays. If you are interested in joining, please complete the SoFA contact form.

Jean & Ian Higson