Whisky, horticulture and heritage
Begin the day at St George's Distillery close to East Harling in the unique Brecks. This was the first English whisky distillery in over 100 years and since opening in 2006 has gained a worldwide reputation for the quality of its products. Hourly guided tours (10am-4pm) are available so you can see the full process of making whisky in gleaming copper stills, or take a tipple in the visitor centre shop where you can also find over 200 different whiskies for sale. There is always someone available to give professional advice if needed. For those in need of refreshments other than whisky, there is a coffee shop on the ground floor.
Then head down the A11 to Peter Beales Roses at Attleborough. In glorious full bloom, the inspirational rose gardens are a must for any enthusiast, with over three acres of RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning varieties, the National Collection of Rosa Species and many interesting and colourful companion plants and shrubs. The garden has many points of interest in its room-like layout including an attractive fishpond with koi carp, pergolas, arbours and archways. The Bistro is fully licensed with an outside seating area and the Garden Centre and Gift Shop are full of gardening essentials, luxury gifts and of course, lots of roses too. Over 300 varieties are unique to Peter Beales Roses in the UK and rose experts are always on hand to offer advice.
The final stop of the day is Bressingham Steam & Gardens near Diss, home of the national Dad's Army Collection. Walk down Walmington-on-Sea's high street and see Captain Mainwaring's bank, Corporal Jones' butcher's shop and Private Frazer's funeral parlour, along with the national Dad's Army Appreciation Society's collection. Vehicles from the Bressingham Collection were involved in the filming of Dad's Army, notably the Leyland fire engine in 'Brain versus Brawn' as well as steamroller 'Boxer' and traction engine 'Bertha'.