Mildenhall is a small, attractive medieval market town mentioned in the Doomsday Book 1086 and can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times, surrounded by the River Lark in the county of Suffolk on the edge of the fens. The ancient Parish of Mildenhall including Beck Row, Holywell Row, Kenny Hill and West Row covered 17,000 acres and was the largest in Suffolk and the town boasts a rich history including many fine timber framed buildings. The town is situated just of the A11 and is located 11 miles north-west of Bury St Edmunds, 19 miles north-east of Cambridge and 37 miles north-west of Ipswich.
It is an ideal place to stay to visit nearby historic towns, such as Ely with its famous cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and the University City of Cambridge. An excellent local bus service operates daily Monday to Saturday from Mildenhall Bus Station to most of these places.
In 1931, Mildenhall was selected to be the home of the first of the Royal Air Force’s new style bomber bases and the base was officially opened in 1934 just after the famous Great Air Race from Mildenhall to Melbourne.
During the Second World War, Mildenhall was an important bomber base. Since 1950 it has been home to the United States Air Force and is now one of the most important American installations in this country. For aviation enthusiasts, occasional low flying aircraft can be spotted in the area. RAF Lakenheath is a few miles away and is still operational as part of The United States presence in Europe.
The town centres on the Market Place with its 16th century hexagonal distinctive Market Cross and Town Pump. A market is held here every Friday and was established by Royal Charter in 1412. It is typical of small markets around East Anglia offering a variety of goods for sale from fruit and vegetables to clothing and tools. The Parish Pump stands in the market place and piped water was not available until the 1940’s. Criminals used to be hung in the market place.
St Mary’s Parish Church stands off the Market Place and is considered to be one of the finest in West Suffolk. It
was rebuilt in the 15th century yet retains many original features dating back to 12th and 13th centuries including its angel roof, wide aisles, woodcarvings and ornate East window. The spectacular ceiling has exquisitely carved angels and the 112 feet tall square tower provides the opportunity to view the surrounding countryside including the River Lark and its riverside walks.
The Mildenhall Museum situated in King Street contains displays of times past, the local wildlife, the history of the RAF base since its opening in 1934 and a replica of the ‘Mildenhall Treasure’ a world famous horde of thirty two pieces of 4th century Roman silver tableware found nearby near West Row in 1942 – this was rated amongst one of the top ten treasure finds in Britain and the original 4th century tableware is to be found in the British Museum. Visitors can also learn about the great Mildenhall to Melbourne Air Race.
The Forest Heath area covering approximately 380 sq km contains unique contrasting landscapes of brecks, fens, chalk downland and clay downland, as well as Britain’s largest lowland pine forest. Thetford Forest is a short drive or cycle ride away and offers miles of public footpaths and bridleways for ramblers and riders to enjoy.
Mildenhall, lying on the banks of the River Lark has many species of animal, flora and fauna. There are miles of public footpaths and bridleways for ramblers and riders to enjoy, including a short one mile walk to Barton Mills or for those more energetic walkers the Lark Valley Walk a longer ten mile one along the River Lark to Bury St Edmunds.
Tourist Information CentreInside the new Bus Station plenty of tourist literature can be found about Mildenhall and the surrounding area.
Local buses run from here on a regular basis to various destinations and taxi’s can also be hailed making it a very convenient place for visitors to get about.
Attractions/ Things to Do
‘Go Ape’ High wire Forest Adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides- all set high up in the treetops
Mildenhall Stadium offers greyhound racing- held bi-weekly on Monday and Fridays at 7.30pm. Stockcar racing – held every other Saturday and Motocross held every Sunday at 10am.
Cycling events are held in Mildenhall on Bank Holidays
Fishing in local rivers and dykes along the River Lark.
Golfers will enjoy the Pay and Play Gold Driving Range as well as 9 hole golf courses at Worlington and Kenny Hill near Mildenhall
Red Lodge Karting Centre offers 15minute or longer sessions on the race circuit with a full safety briefing and all the equipment.
Mildenhall has a 25 metre Swimming Pool with sessions for children and adults
Plane spotting at either Mildenhall of Lakenheath USAF air bases
There are a number of hotels, restaurants, tea rooms and pubs that spread from the centre of the town out into the neighbouring villages.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Mildenhall. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Mildenhall, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Day excursion ideas, when extra nights booked:
Local Tourist attractions:
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements