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Ships, Spies and Ghosts in the Windy East

September 4 - September 6

Seckford Hall

Excursion to His Last Bow Territory 4th – 6th September 2020

Our weekend excursion this year will focus on “His Last Bow”.

On Friday 4th September we will be making our way to the luxuriant Seckford Hall Hotel and Spa near Woodbridge in Suffolk,  Nestled in its own private valley with 34 acres of stunning grounds in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Seckford Hall effortlessly captures the confidence and majesty of its Tudor heritage.

After our usual convivial drinks reception and three course dinner in the Great Hall we shall remind ourselves about Conan Doyle and the preparations for World War One to which the story refers. On Saturday morning we travel by coach to Harwich and a special walking tour of this historic town commemorating this year the Sailing of the Mayflower to the New World.  After lunch we will shadow Von Bork as he takes his family to see a film in the recently opened (in 1911) Electric Palace Cinema. The film will be one of interest to Sherlock Holmes devotees so it is important to not give the game away. After the showing we will follow Von Bork back to the site of what may, or may not, have been his lair before returning to our hotel.

Dinner will again be served in the Great Hall and we intend to make this an elegant evening with the option of Costume or Black Tie.  After Dinner we will hear about one of his renowned contemporaries, Montague Rhodes James, who set several of his ghost stories in Suffolk and like Conan Doyle had the text of one of his stories placed in the Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls House.

After a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning everyone will have the opportunity to sample the delights of the hotel and in particular the grounds with a Sherlockian Treasure Hunt.  Indoors we plan a number of short seminars on key themes brought out in “His Last Bow” – including amongst others naval intelligence (or not) and  motorcars of the period.  A bring, swap and buy book stall is also a possibility.

We will depart early afternoon following our Traditional Sunday lunch.

Accommodation of a sufficient size to meet our requirements is scarce in this part of the country. This is a prestigious venue and due to its age (it was built and lived in by the confidante to Elizabeth I, Thomas Seckford) there are differences between room sizes and accessibility. Seckford Hall is a little more expensive than what we normally pay but is a magnificent setting for our weekend and we have exclusive use of the Great Hall and full use of the indoor pool and spa.

The cost per person is £480.00.  There are also four Junior Suites which are available at £510.00 per person – please contact Judi Ellis (221bshsl@gmail.com) for availability.  The trip is six months away so a deposit of half can be paid now and the remainder by the end of July.  Payment in full can also be made if you prefer.


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Seckford Hall Hotel and Spa
Seckford Hall Hotel and Spa
Woodbridge, IP13 6NU United Kingdom
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