Society of Emeritus Fellows

The Society of Emeritus Fellows organises a series of outings throughout the year, which are open to all members of the College and their guests.

2018 outings

Reservation Forms and further details will be available in good time through College Events emails and John Flowerdew or Peter Beaumont

Wolfson Annual Norfolk Coast Path Walk, Sunday 13 May 2018

Walk for the morning with late lunch OR take the coach to visit Holkham Hall

Spring is here! Blow those winter blues away! Start the new term with a lung full of fresh air!

The harbour mouth, creek and saltmarshes at Burnham Overy Staithe, as seen from the footpath from Staithe to the beach.

The Society of Emeritus Fellows is organising a visit to north Norfolk for all members of College, students, staff, Fellows, Senior Members and their guests - especially for our more active members!

  • Coach departs Wolfson 8.45 a.m: £20each or student rate £10.
  • We often walk stage 1 of the Norfolk Coastal Path (Hunstanton to Thornham). This year we will walk part of stage 3 from Burnham Overy Staithe to Holkham, or further to Wells-next-the-Sea.
  • The coach also visits Holkham Hall, home of the Earls of Leicester for ‘non’walkers’.

Staithe is derived from the Norse meaning a landing stage. Our walk starts along the flood bank by the creek where Nelson, aged 10, learned to row and sail a dingy two years before he joined the navy. There are spectacular views over the creek and marshes to the sea. The walk continues past Gun Hill, an ancient sand dune used during the Napoleonic Wars as an artillery placement and in WWII as a military installation, on to the sand dunes of Holkham Bay, featured in Shakespeare in Love, and a National Nature Reserve.

The shorter walk (about 4 miles) ends in Holkham Deer Park with the spectacular Holkham Hall and lake. For the energetic there is a further 3 miles to Wells-next-the Sea. (Coach collects from the Beach Café about 2.30); return to Holkham for late lunch, at the Courtyard Café, Holkham Hall or at the Victoria Inn in Holkham Village.

There will be further free time to explore the park after lunch before departing Holkham Hall at 16.00h. Return to Wolfson around 18.00h.

Book by Wednesday 25th April 2018 using this booking form.

Tuesday 12 June. Visit Wisbech in the Fens (coach takes 1hr 30 mins)
Options of two from Peckover House morning tour/visit (NT), Elgoods’ afternoon Brewery tour, Wisbech Fenland Museum. Peckover House 11.00am entry; Guided tour 12.00. A classic Georgian merchant's town house, built in 1722, lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years. There is a 2 acre Victorian walled garden and a 17th c barn (now tearooms). The gardens are a sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose. £7.80 or £7.30 concession, group of 15, NT free. 2 pm Elgood’s Brewery Tour. Price includes tasting and access to the brewery gardens. Adults £8.00. (Not suitable for visitors with mobility problems due to the number of stairs). Fenland Museum. Open 10.00 - 4.00, tours available. Museum opened in 1835, now collecting, caring for and interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding Fenland. 

Wed, 4 July. Guided Tour of Apethorpe Palace (EH) and visit Peterborough Cathedral. (1 hour by coach)
Among England's greatest country houses, Apethorpe Palace (tour £7.50), holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building, which she had inherited from Henry VIII. For a period, Apethorpe was a royal palace lived in regularly by James I and Charles I. James I so loved Apethorpe that he personally contributed to its extension to make it more suitable for his 'princely recreation' and 'commodious entertainment'. The resulting series of state rooms, including the King's Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period. Lunch stop during return via Peterborough Cathedral: Free tour 2pm (or Roof tour – limited to 13 people at £10 or £8 concession). See great West Front and portico with Romanesque arches in nave plus unique painted wooden 13th c ceiling, the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots plus the intriguing early 9th c Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone' or 'Monks' Stone', and much more.

Friday, 14 September. Colchester Castle Museum etc. (1 hr 20 mins by coach)
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain. Admission Adult (inc. Seniors) – £7.75, or less. Return via Paycock’s House and garden (NT). Stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling made this wealthy merchant's house a medieval des. res. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, the house is a grand example of the wealth generated in East Anglia by the cloth trade in the 16th c. Discover story of its riches to rags decline and Edwardian 20-year restoration. Also cottage garden, a hidden arts & crafts gem with surprising industrial roots; garden room coffee shop.

Previous outings

Wednesday 11 October - The Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Wednesday 27 September - Waddesdon Manor - Rothschild Chateau (NT), near Aylesbury - booking closed 11 September

Friday 30 June 2017 - Military Intelligence Museum ChicksandsShefford and Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire (cancelled due to low numbers)

Tuesday 6 June 2017 - Constable Country - Flatford Mill, Suffolk, with optional walks, tours and visits 

Thursday 18 May 2017 - Suffolk Villages: Old House Museum, Priory and Castle Tour at Clare and Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 23 April 2017 - North Norfolk Walk and lunch at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - a combined visit to Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich and Wyken Vineyard Café near Bury St Edmunds