Sorting the hotel and attractions for the 14th Credit Crunch has been a mammoth task which is appropriate as in fact the event does involve a mammoth!
It's hard to believe the 15th Credit Crunch Special will actually take place fifteen years since what was intended to be a 'one-off' in Betws-y- Coed.
The search each year for somewhere different, and indeed with different attractions, has proved challenging, and the pandemic has certainly made things more complicated, with some potential venues closing for ever and surviving hotels & venues trying to recover their losses by escalating prices.
The 2024 Credit Crunch takes place at the Links Country Park Hotel, West Runton in Norfolk. The village is less than three miles from historic Cromer and the main line station to Norwich is just a few yards from the hotel, something to consider if you decide to stay the extra night.
So what's with the mammoth link? Well after a serious storm had eroded part of the cliff in December 1990 the almost complete skeleton of a mammoth was discovered. Some of the bones are now in the Cromer museum and the animal is estimated to have been four metres high and to have weighed about ten tons. It is the largest complete skeleton known, and is six hundred thousand years old!
I have booked the entire fifty-room hotel, and, in view of the fact that in 2022 sixty-three rooms were required for the Credit Crunch in Durham, there will be the facility of further rooms at a sister hotel. Reservations in the main hotel will, as usual, be on a first-come, first-served basis! All dinners will be at the main hotel.
The hotel has a swimming pool, gym facilities, and a nine-hole golf course.
The itinerary is as follows:
Arrivals at the Links Country Park Hotel followed by dinner at 7.30pm.
We set off through the lanes to Wroxham Miniature Worlds in West Hoveton which is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK, comprising of a huge variety of villages, towns and railways from around the world.
Our next stop is a lunchtime sight-seeing cruise on the Broads aboard the Southern Comfort, a stern wheeler based on a Mississippi paddle steamer.
After lunch we visit a radar museum (believe me it IS interesting) before a further meander through the lanes back to the hotel.
A slightly longer run today through to Sandringham House and gardens. I'm sure if the queen is in residence she'll call us in for morning coffee!
There is, of course, a small collection of cars with royal connections to keep the motoring interest alive!
After lunch (venue currently being contemplated) we take the coastal route back to West Runton, calling in at the Muckleburgh Military Collection where you may get an opportunity to drive a tank.
Departure for home unless you’re staying the extra night.