Snetterton is an extremely popular test venue on which premier racing cars have been developed. The locally based Lotus F1 team made Snetterton its home test track, while major British single-seater manufacturer Van Diemen has never been based more than a stone's throw away from the Revett Straight. Snetterton is one of the fastest race circuits in the country. The layout includes two of the longest straights in the UK, linked by quick corners, and a couple of mind-concentrating chicanes. Highlights of this season will include rounds of British Superbikes and the British Touring Car Championship, as well as countless classic bike and car races.
Situated in the heart of Norfolk, Richmond Park Golf Course provides a delightful setting for the game of golf. Set in 100 acres of parkland, the course incorporates the ever popular charm and challenge of water features, including The River Wissey which winds through all of the 18-hole course. Facilities include a driving range with covered bays, practice putting green and resident teaching professional. The distinctive, colonial style clubhouse extends a very real welcome, offering restaurant facilities and the club bar which overlooks the course. Hot and cold food and drinks are served throughout the day.
The real beauty of golf at Barnham Broom is the contrasting character of the two courses and the challenges they offer. Take the Valley Course, beautifully designed by Frank Pennink, one of Europe's most respected golf course architects, with abundant water features, blending into the delightful natural landscape. Then there's the Hill Course, another of Frank's designs, although, this time, modified by Donald Steel. As its name suggests, golfers can enjoy fine views over the surrounding countryside, while rising to the challenge posed by constant breezes and carefully placed bunkers guarding the greens.
The beautiful historic city of Norwich is only a short train ride away and guests can arrive directly into the city centre only 30 minutes after leaving the hotel using the regular local train service. Avoid all the stress of inner city driving and parking and enjoy a leisurely day viewing the sights, including the castle and cathedral, as well as browsing the shops. Then perhaps catch a film at the cinema or visit the Theatre Royal and see a show before returning to the Griffin.
One of the world's leaders in rose cultivation, Peter Beales Roses in Attleborough has won numerous RHS Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Why not take a 5 minute drive to the rose centre during your visit to the Griffin and wander around the extensive garden complex. For those guests wishing to explore further there are a host of local attractions offering something to suit all tastes including Banham Zoo, Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, St George's Whiskey Distillery, Thetford Forest, The Iceni Village, Wymondham Abbey and the Mid Norfolk Railway. For sporting guests there are a number of local golf courses where rounds can be booked, cycle hire is available in Thetford Forest and there is even a local combat paintball centre for the more adventurous visitors.
Thetford Forest is the UK's largest man made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore. It's patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.
Banham Zoo is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country, with over 2,000 animals from around the world and set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.