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David_Perry Aug 3rd, 2006 05:56 AM

Stamford sounds wonderful - and being off the tourist path is a bonus. My wife loves 16th and 17th century British history, so Burghley house would be a must-see for her.

janisj Aug 3rd, 2006 07:09 AM

One more bit about Stamford - the open air Shakespeare theatre at Tolethorpe Hall is wonderful. You can eat in the restaurant, have a picnic or get sandwiches and snacks and then see the play.

David_Perry Aug 3rd, 2006 10:59 AM

How does one get from the Stamford train station to Burghley and back?
Cab? Bus? Walk?

David_Perry Aug 4th, 2006 05:59 AM

While on the subject of Suffolk, could anyone tell me anything about Lavenham airfield? It was a US bomber base during WWII. I heard some of the original buildings are being restored.
Is it possible to tour the airfield?

janisj Aug 4th, 2006 06:02 AM

Looks like it is pretty derelict . . .

janisj Aug 4th, 2006 06:20 AM

Oh - meant to add - there is a bus every hour from Stamford that stops at the gate to Burghley House. It takes about 5 minutes. Burghley is only a mile out of town, so you could walk/bus/taxi depending on the timing/weather.

David_Perry Aug 4th, 2006 06:38 AM

Derelict - a ruin! Like Tintern Abbey!I wonder if it's accessible to the public?

janisj Aug 4th, 2006 06:41 AM

look at the link . . . .

janisj Aug 4th, 2006 06:43 AM

from the linked site:

... you should note that the majority of the Airfield is private property. Most of it is owned by John Pawsey, so please contact him before going up to the airfield. Email [email protected] or phone (01284) 828226. (When phoning from outside the UK, please replace the leading '0' with '+44'.)

... you'll find the perimeter track of the airfield is now gated and locked during non-working hours (4.30pm to 7.15am), but can be accessed from the Alpheton entrance at any time.

Marz Aug 4th, 2006 06:47 AM


If the weather is fine it would be nice to walk from the station to Burghley House. You would have to walk right through the park to get to the house which is a nice walk, especially if the deer are about.

I would guess depending on how fast you walk it would take about 30-45 mins to get to the house.

As your wife like 16/17th century history Stamford town would be a good place wo wander about.

You could try lunch or coffee at Fratellis on St Marys Hill and ask to see/be seated in the cellar, it is very nice down there with the nice vaulted ceilings.

Morgana Aug 4th, 2006 07:18 AM

Hi again
There are deserted air fields scattered all over Suffolk. I learnt to drive on one!
Did you have a particular interest in the Lavenham one? I could point you in the direction of others but there's not usually much to see. Just lots of long strips of tarmac that have never been removed (and lots of learner drivers of course!).

David_Perry Aug 4th, 2006 07:34 AM

Doesn't have to be Lavenham airfield. As long as there are runways
and/or a control tower - anything left of the Yoxford base?

Morgana Aug 5th, 2006 11:41 AM

I imagine you might want to visit the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, just outside Cambridge?
Also it may be worth writing to them about your Yoxford questions.

owain Aug 8th, 2006 12:04 PM

Anyone who suggests that Lavenham etc. is too much of a stretch for a day trip - nonsense! Once you're out of Cambridge, is a simple journey via the A14 and A134.

Re. Suffolk airfield: there's three museums based at WW2 sites, at Parham, Martlesham and Rougham. See

Others are either derelict as described above (Horham, for example), or have been used for industrial or residential development (Eye, Debach, Ipswich).

owain Aug 8th, 2006 12:06 PM

Oh, and my copy of Suffolk Airfields in the Second World War (seriously!) says the tower at Lavenham is now a private house.

David_Perry Aug 8th, 2006 06:26 PM

"Anyone who suggests that Lavenham etc. is too much of a stretch for a day trip - nonsense! Once you're out of Cambridge, is a simple journey via the A14 and A134."

I was asking if it might be too much to go all the way from Cambridge through Lavenham and onto the Dedham Vale, especially because we like to linger in places.

But, I am now thinking that because there are so many good things in East Anglia, and because London is so expensive, we might stay for a 6th day in Suffolk. Maybe we'll take 2 days to see the Suffolk countryside. I admit,the Dedham Vale sounds really nice.

David_Perry Aug 8th, 2006 06:39 PM

Martlesham Heath looks interesting. Seriously interesting - and it's close to Sutton Hoo. We may end up spending the entire 10-day trip in East Anglia! Never thought I would see the day!

owain Aug 9th, 2006 01:29 AM

Bear in mind that if you want to see runways, Martlesham will disappoint - the control tower, plus a couple of hangers in use as storage by industrial firms, are all that survive.

David_Perry Aug 9th, 2006 03:59 PM

A question about meals in this part of England. Is restaurant food in East England cheaper than London? We've budgeted, tentatively, about 38 pounds/day for the 2 of us. Is this a realistic figure for Cambridge/Ely/Stamford?

owain Aug 9th, 2006 08:44 PM

Cheaper than London, yes, but that's not saying a lot! Assuming it doesn't include drink, then your budget is realistic, but certainly not indulgent. When you're out in more remote areas, the Good Pub Guide is a very useful way to find a decent meal for a decent price:

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