Gallops & Gardens: Monday 24th May (Cancelled). Begin in Newmarket at midday with a two-course carvery lunch with coffee in a newly refurbished racing hotel. After lunch by coach up and over the dramatic swoop of the town gallops and out into handsome countryside dominated by this sport of kings. We stop in beautiful Bury St Edmunds for a gentle meander in the ancient Abbey Gardens – it’s not a long walk at all – just far enough for some fresh air to rekindle the appetite for tea. The Blue Badge Guide coach tour includes Newmarket town centre to see Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneers and the Jockey Club. We enjoy long views from the coach as we drive up and over the gallops where the racehorses are exercised each day. From the top we get a good look into the yard of the late, great trainer Henry Cecil before driving through some gorgeous countryside full of studs and stables where we also see an ancient packhorse bridge. From Spring to late Summer Bury St Edmunds is a riot of colour with flowers cascading from window boxes and hanging baskets.
We take a very gentle stroll into enchanting floral gardens to see the picturesque ruins of the ancient abbey by the River Lark and buy tea at the cathedral before heading home at 4.30pm Price £59.00 per person Coach departs Stevenage at 08.30..