The accountant in me loves to save a bob or two and I personally think you don’t have to be an accountant to want to save money when travelling.  You may have seen the ads on telly or maybe you’ve got a friend that already uses the website (like I do with Rachel!)...let me introduce you to TopCashback.com and how you can save some cash on your next trip.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

Firstly What is TopCashback.com?

The website acts as an affiliate link, so you head into your account and search for the company you want to make a purchase from.  If they’re on the website, click on the link, make your purchase and wait for a percentage of the money to come back to your account in a few weeks time.

Now this is the best bit; you can have the money transferred to your account or if you are avios hungry like me, then you can have the cash transferred into avios points to use for a one world flight (British Airways, Iberia etc) at a later date.

What Travel Companies Are Listed On TopCashback.com?

Hotels.com

At the time of me writing this, you could earn 8.4% back on your hotel stays booked via hotels.com like the very beautiful La Mamounia in Marrakech (the percentage changes depending on what is offered at the time but any cash back means more money in your pocket!) plus Hotels.com have an awesome loyalty programme if you like staying at independent hotels rather than chain hotels…double bubble savings!

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

Lastminute.com / Expedia.co.uk

There are different cash back structures for flights, hotels and experiences etc however I’m a firm believer, if you take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

Travel Magazines

Now when I’m not travelling, I’m a total armchair traveller and I love love love reading travel magazines for inspiration and planning my next trip (and I’m also quite partial to the Good Housekeeping magazine!).  There are a great variety of deals from a few different suppliers – work out who offers the magazine subscription you’re after and then look at who offers the best cash back offer…I’ve just ordered two £5 subscriptions to see if I like the magazine before locking myself into a yearly subscription and I will be getting £4.20 cash back for using their website.

Booking Airfares

We book a lot of airfares and it’s fair to say that I should be booking via the TopCashback.Com website but I’ve not done this as yet…doh doh doh!  So if you’re booking a flight then make sure you book via the cash back website to get some extra pennies in your pocket especially when the airline is having a sale…double bubbling again!  And it’s not just British Airways that offers a cash back – you have Singapore Airlines, Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air France, Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM, Monarch, Virgin Atlantic and the list goes on…you won’t lose out on frequent flyer miles or tiers when booking via the cash back website either so don’t fret about that.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

Ebay

Now you probably think..why have I added eBay and there is a simple reason…they offer 1% on any purchase and you’ll be surprised how many items you can pick up brand new on the website for your gap year or even a city break. !

Trainline.com

If you do a bit of train travel around the UK then make sure you pop through the topcashback.com website to receive some pennies back in your purse.  I go through this website and occasionally it ties in nicely with the American Express offer where I receive a further 5% cash back if I use my American Express credit card…double bubbling again!

Car Rental Firms

The website also offers a number of Car Rental options so you should be able to spot your favourite car rental company and get a little cash back.

Heathrow Airport Carparking

If you’re like us, we will either stay the night before our morning flight at an airport hotel which offers a car park deal or we use Heathrow Airport Carparking…now there are a few options here but G and I like to use the pod as it’s such a quick and easy way to access your car after your flight.  There are some great value deals so take the time to investigate!

Chain Hotels

Now as you know I’m a huge fan of IHG and we stay with them a lot as I’m a Spire Ambassador (I’ve earned this from staying with them and my credit card usage; not through blogging!) however they don’t offer a cash back which I’m totally gutted about…come on folks!  But never fret as the following chains do offer a cashback: Hilton, Marriot, Accor and Best Western to just name a few.

Exploring the UK

I don’t disguise the fact that I love exploring what the UK has to offer and that means purchasing a few memberships like the National Trust and English Heritage (and I’ve even written a post on which is the best for families and the type of properties you want to visit)…go through the cash back website and voila, you get a cash back…use the money to buy yourself a scone on your first visit to a property!

Disneyland Paris

Okay, I wasn’t a huge fan of Disneyland Paris but I know it’s on a lot of people’s wish lists so why not book your vacation via the website and get a cash back.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

TravelZoo

Do you get the weekly travelzoo email like I do; I’ve booked a few bits and pieces over the years as the deals can be VERY cheap!  You can get it even cheaper by using the cash back website and getting a percentage back…something to consider right if you are watching your pennies?!

Car & Travel Insurance

After G had over £100k worth of medical treatment after a diving incident in Cyprus a few years ago, I’m a firm believer that if you can’t afford travel insurance then you can’t afford to travel!  There are a number of car and travel insurance options that you can get a rebate on, so do some research and see what the best offer is for you!

Credit Cards

You know when you sign up for a new credit card, well there are a few companies that offer a cash back if you sign up through this website!  Basically they’re offering you free money – use the credit card right, make your purchases and then pay it all off when the payment is due and you won’t pay any interest.  (Only apply for a credit card if you can trust yourself to use it correctly!).

How to Join TopCashback.com?

It’s very easy, just set up an account and bob’s your uncle…you can start shopping.  I always do a comparison between the TopCashback.com and BA Avios eStore websites to see who is offering the better of the deals at the time with cash back and avios.

So have I convinced you to join TopCashback.Com – you can find out more information and register here.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

I don’t accept freebies for this blog so everything that I write about is something that I’ve paid for out of my own pocket…and I know that my readers like this fact as you’ve sent me emails saying so, which I really appreciate!  There are so many great ways to save on travel in the United Kingdom, you just need to take the time to find them…every Friday I do my weekly spreadsheet updating my finances, hence why Friday is called Frugal Friday in our home, it’s a total eye opener to where our money is going but it has made me so much more careful on how I spend our money now.

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links…it doesn’t cost you anything extra to click through however if you do make a purchase then it means I make a VERY SMALL commission.

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So howdy…and welcome to Suffolk!  Suffolk is one of my favourite counties in England due to its colourful cottages and wobbly houses…if you want to fall in love with England then this is a good starting point and a cheaper and less crowded alternative to the Cotswolds.  I thought I would create an itinerary for a weekend break in Suffolk with a few add ons depending on your travel style and speed…just in time for the Easter Break and the May bank holidays which are all fast approaching!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

This itinerary requires a car to get around the county…all the links for the various websites are listed below each destination.  If you are leaving London ex Heathrow, then it will take approximately 2 hours for the journey to Clare depending on traffic conditions.  So lets begin…

Day 1 – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Clare

This little town is such a cutie pie and if you love pargetting then there is a rather fine example to behold right in the town centre…the house resembles a custard creme biscuit!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Make sure you climb to the top of the remains of the old castle to get views over the little town and then wander around the old priory…where nobility are buried in the grounds…it’s a peaceful little spot and worthy of a picnic if you’ve packed one for your road trip.  The town is easy to walk around and there are few tea rooms and a number of antique shops to browse so you will keep everyone happy.

Parking – there is free on road parking on the outskirts of Clare or you can pay for parking by the Old Priory Castle car park

Eating – there are a few cafes in Clare which offer gluten free options; I checked all three but only ate in one!  Honey Hill Cafe right in the centre of the town and offers indoor and outdoor seating; Clare Antiques & Interiors has a little cafe attached which very yummy looking cafes on offer and last but not least Cafe Clare is another option if you feel peckish!

Shopping – if you love a spot of antique shopping then I would recommend Clare Antiques & Interiors (link above) and there are a number of tiny little independent shops dotted around including an art gallery and an old fashioned ironmongers.

Cavendish

Our next little stop is less than 4 miles away, if you blink you may just miss it!  Cavendish is a little chocolate box village which features in a number of books as one of the cutest places in England……there is the iconic photo of the church, the pink cottage and the green which is just the bees knees and totally worthy of a stop.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Parking – there is plenty of free on road parking, park up and go for a wander around this delightful little village.

Eating and Shopping – there is a rather cute little antique shop and cafe combined…where you are truly having a cuppa while surrounded by antiques…I may have bought a bright yellow antique vase which I love!  While there was no gluten free option, if you’re after a drink then this is a great little stop.  There is also a couple of pubs in the village…of course!  The charity shop has a great collection of vintage vinyl if that tickles your fancy.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Long Melford

Our third stop is 6 miles away from Cavendish and it’s another cute little town called Long Melford…the town itself is a rather long street filled with independent shops, vintage tea rooms (many of which have gluten free cakes, I checked but didn’t partake…I must be sick!) and a few pubs.  I thought the town was very pretty with all the spring blossoms but I didn’t spend very much time exploring.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Parking – there is plenty of on road parking which is free, you may have to park further out and walk in during the busy times of the day.

Eating and Shopping – Tiffins looked really lovely and they had a few gluten free options to tide you over..there was also numerous pubs so you could sit outside and enjoy a pint in the sunshine (just remember not to drink and drive!).  There is a rather nifty kitchen shop which sells lovely crystal and every baking tray ever produced.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

A Few Day 1 Add Ons…

Long Melford is home to two Stately Homes so depending if you love doing a bit of snooping around a home that isn’t your own…well you’re in luck!

National Trust – Melford Hall

For the National Trust members (and non members can visit also!), Melford Hall is worthy of a visit especially for fans of Beatrix Potter whom was a cousin of the Hyde Family that were the owners of the property and there are some of her sketches to admire.  It would be a lovely spot for a picnic! You can read more about the National Trust property here.

Kentwell Hall

Just a short drive down the road (and I mean maybe a minute or two if the traffic is bad) is the Stately Home, Kentwell Hall.  If you hold a Historic Houses Association Card then you will be able to gain free entry to this property.  You can read more about Kentwell Hall here.

Accommodation in Suffolk for the Night

Finding the perfect accommodation in Suffolk really depends on how much you want to spend, location and what you really want to take away from the experience….a nights sleep can be a magical experience so here a few options to research –

Stay in Thatched Cottage close to Long Melford, how about a luxurious night at The Swan at Lavenham or maybe a holiday cottage for the whole family…maybe stay at DeVere House especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan or an Old English Inn…or for the price conscious then why not check out the endless options on Airbnb…maybe take a look at staying at Kentwell Hall!  The possibilities are endless and there is something for every budget.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Day 2 – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Spend the day exploring Lavenham which is just over a 5 mile drive from Long Melford so if you stay overnight in this area then you won’t have to travel far…after breakfast, pop out and explore this adorable wobbly village before the day trip tourists arrive from the big smoke.  Lavenham is England’s best preserved medieval village!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

If you’re a Harry Potter fan than that you will be pleased to know that this gorgeous chocolate box village was used in the Harry Potter films and you can even stay in his house.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

The village is full of little independent shops, tea rooms so you can pop inside and then back out to see the beautiful village without feeling guilty.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

The National Trust have a property, The Lavenham Guildhall which made an appearance in the Harry Potter films.

Parking – there is very limited long stay parking in Lavenham so if you have stayed the night in Lavenham then you may have this issue sorted but the earlier you arrive, the easier you can find a car park and remember to take cash to pay for parking.

Eating and Shopping – there are numerous tea shops and pubs to tickle your fancy.  Why not book yourself into The Swan for afternoon tea or if you want something lighter then head to a tea room and support a local business.  There are a number of independent businesses offering unique souvenirs from your trip to Suffolk.

You can read my full post on Lavenham here with a million more photos.

Add On Destinations – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Now if you have a few more days to explore Suffolk then I have some more suggestions for you…the county is rather beautiful with many pretty little villages and towns just waiting to be explored.

Bury St Edmunds

The town is aptly named the Jewel in Suffolks Crown and it’s a very pretty stop on any road trip…Bury St Edmunds is a bustling town and it’s very different to the above destinations.  You can read my full post on the town here.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Saffron Walden

This pargetting gem isn’t located in Suffolk but in Essex however you could potentially drive past the town on your way back to London and it’s worthy of a visit just to look at the beautiful pargetting work on the buildings.  You can read my post on Saffron Walden here.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

There are a number of spots around Suffolk including Kersey, Boxford, Brent Eleigh, Bures, Chelsworth, Nayland, Polstead and Woolpit just to name a few!  Just drive and get lost in Suffolk and you will find some wonderful spots just waiting to be discovered.

Where is your favourite spots in Suffolk for a weekend break?

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

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Ahhh Olney, the sweetest market town you’ll ever see…home to pancake races and the beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace.  Living basically in the middle of England means I have a lot of cute spots I can visit so when I needed to escape the house, I met up with G for morning tea and had a little wander around Olney while recovering from my operation.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

^^Apparently Olney is the Best Kept Town In Buckinghamshire…anybody wish to disagree?  Look at the ladies on the sign running with their pancakes…how bloody adorable!

As soon as you get close to Olney, your view is dominated by a large church…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…the church is the finishing line to the famous pancake race on Shrove Tuesday…I happened to visit two days later…doh!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Unfortunately I couldn’t pop inside the church as they were preparing for a funeral and I didn’t want to intrude.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

I had a wonderful chat with a little old man in the churchyard in regards to world events…after our chat, we admired the snowdrops together…it was a perfect reminder to always smile and be open for a chat…anytime and anywhere.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

So that is the finish line…I’m guessing you want to know where the start line is for the pancake race…here you go…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…while they don’t know where the original start line was, this is the one they use now…we will forgive the residents of Olney as the race started way back in 1445…many many many moons ago.

A little history on the pancake race – there are a couple of stories surrounding the pancake race and the favourite one is that a frazzled resident of Olney (she was probably scrolling through some old form of social media!) was running late to the church service on Shrove Tuesday so she ran from her house to the church while still holding her frying pan containing a pancake.  The pancake race is only open to the women of Olney (you need to be a resident for 6 months prior to the race…I like this rule a lot as it keeps the community spirit alive which I think is important!)...plus they have a race for the school kids of the town as well.

Now why a pancake…various stories again and who knows what is true and correct…it’s like a bad case of Chinese whispers…however a common theory is and the one I was told while in Olney is that you need to get rid of your old flour before Shrove Tuesday and pancakes were a very simple way of doing this without using many ingredients in the old days…as I said, who knows if this is correct and true but I do love a good ol’ tale or two!

Heading back in the town square…I found a lovely little teashop called Teapots which I’ve visited in the past for afternoon tea…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…if you love vintage tea rooms then you need to add this spot to your bucket list as it’s delightful and they do a rather lovely gluten free afternoon, sarnies…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and even gluten free pancakes which are pretty darn tasty…but my favourites are from Rachel’s Pancake House which is now moving to Sydney!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

^^It was a clean eating kind of day…jokes!

After refuelling and having a chuckle with the folks at Teapots, I decided to visit the Cowper & Newton Museum right on the market square…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it had me at spring flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…the house dates back to the Georgian times…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…with various displays including a fabulous one on the slave trade as Cowper and Newton were both involved in the abolition of the slave trade movement in Britain…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it’s heart breaking to read about this time in history and all we can do is remember our past and learn from these mistakes.

There is another interesting display about the Lace Industry in Olney, Bedford and Northampton – I was totally unaware of the Bedford Lace industry and I live in the town!  I do wonder how many folks of Bedford can trace their ancestors to these Lace workers who came over from France…genealogy fascinates me!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Now the house also has a link to the Austen family which you can read about here.

The museum is great for dressing up as well (the sign made me giggle!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…you can’t go wrong with a wig or two!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Popping down to the gardens at the back of the museum which were bathing in the March sunshine, it was so lovely to see the crocus and snowdrops finally popping up…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…how sweet is this inscription…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it was time for a spring shoefie obviously!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

After my visit to the Museum, I wandered around the market town which is super pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and Olney has a Joules where I may have bought another Breton Top <insert eye roll!>.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

G tells me that I always get into trouble as I talk to random folks all the time (hence why I ended up with a proper stalker on my London commute a few years ago…when G suggested that I changed my train and carriage to confuse said stalker, I told him no and that the stalker could change his train carriage instead…I have OCD and no stalker was going to change my train carriage…G puts up with a lot of nonsense!)…anyway, I’ve totally digressed haven’t I….oops!  So I was photographing a rather pretty thatched house and a nice man behind me said, “where do you want me”….I told him I wanted him draped over his 4×4…I don’t think he was expecting that response but he gave me a big smile anyway and had a chuckle…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and so I continued to photographed the crap out of the pretty house!  I am definitely my mothers daughter!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

The doors of Olney were dressed up to the nines for my visit…well possibly due to the pancake race and not me…I do want to think that the doors were expecting me…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and they looked ravishing…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…I went home and googled tulip door wreaths (I found somewhere in the UK that sells blooming lovely wreaths…go take a look!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…a bit of unicorn love over a mint door…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…now you have to ask that awkward question…is the postman tall or the door tiny?!?!…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…these hanging baskets remind me of Madonna’s pointy bra…is it wrong that I am tempted to buy two now?!?…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Travel Tips for Olney, Buckinghamshire

  • Parking can be a nightmare especially on market day so follow the signs and park in one of the large carparks on the edge of town and walk in.
  • Take a comfortable shoes to walk around the town
  • Teapots in Olney offer great gluten free food options plus they’re super friendly so I can’t recommend the vintage tea rooms enough – you can read my gluten free afternoon tea review here.
  • The church is short walk from the town centre; as with any church please be mindful of services being held within the church.
  • The Pancake Race is held on Shrove Tuesday however to participate you need to be a resident of Olney – you can read more about the event on the official website and the history of the race.
  • The Cowper & Newton Museum is a wonderful space full of history over the writers of the beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace plus there are displays about the slave trade and the lace makers of Olney – it offers a really interesting insight onto life in the area.  Your ticket (£6 per adult) offers you unlimited access for a year and during the summer months they offer tea and cake in the gardens on a Thursday…I will be back for that!

Have you visited Olney before – did you love the little market town?  Where is your favourite spot in Buckinghamshire?

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

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After suffering from a serious case of cabin fever, I decided it was high time to go wobbly house hunting…after a stroll through my bookmarked pages on the web I decided a little trip to Saffron Walden was in order…it’s a real hidden gem of Essex.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

The market town really ticked all my boxes – wobbly drunk buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…colourful houses (I’m not a fan of beige, can you tell!)…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…cute little cottage names, we fell in love with Buttercup Cottage, front door and all…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

 

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…a rather handsome church…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

and pretty doors (you know I can’t pass up a pretty door!).

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

My new word for the week…pargetting (thank goodness for G’s mum explaining this all to me!)…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…which is this beautiful mould work on the outside of the buildings.  One of my lovely instagram followers has suggested a visit to Clare for more pargetting sweetness…it was already on my radar so I think it now has to happen!

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

This cute little building which now houses an antique store which wasn’t open…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…was the headquarters for Oliver Cromwell way back in 1647 (I’m a King Hentry VIII groupie…not a fan of Mr Cromwell AT ALL)

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…way before I was a twinkle in daddy’s great, great, great, great grandfathers eye…or could it be more than x 4…who knows?!?

Look at all the fabulous pargetting…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…it’s just so exquisite!  Of course I may have taken way too many photos…can you tell that pargetting is my new favourite word.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Saffron Walden is really and I mean REALLY fabulous for shopping; it’s full of little antique shops (totally gutted that I didn’t buy that vintage gondola bag…maybe I could return as it’s only a 45 minute drive from Bedford hmmm)…absolutely lovely interior shops that make you want to redecorate your house five times over and set up a million pinterest boards…and then of course there was the door shop…

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…you know I love a good ol’ door!

Just be weary of this crowd…the super dangerous, Pram Gangsters!

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Spring has officially sprung in Saffron Walden thank goodness…I get excited at this time of year as I know the National Trust, English Heritage and the Historic Houses around the United Kingdom all start to do a bit of spring cleaning in readiness for opening…and I can’t wait…anyone else with me?!

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Saffron Walden has held a market town warrant since 1141…so it seemed like a good idea to visit the town on a market day which is held on every Tuesday and Saturday…we had a snoop around the fresh produce (one of the stores only sells local produce from within a certain mile reach…I love stores like that…we need to support our local growers!)…fresh bread…we picked up some bits and pieces for G (no gluten free options unfortunately)

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

…looked at the flower stall and decided to buy a cheap bunch of daffodils instead…and then moved onto the olives for G.   Apparently Jamie Oliver is a frequent visitor to the market as he lives locally…we didn’t spot him but if you’re stalking Mr Oliver then maybe this is a good starting point.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

We came away with a big bag of treats, mainly for G as he was left at home dogsitting his little one-eyed doggy sister…and I left feeling so much better…drunk wobbly buildings are the best medicine in world (give me a drunk wobbly building over a paracetamol any day!)

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

Travel Tips for Saffron Walden, Essex

  • If you are visiting the town on Saturday, my advice is to get there early as the town centre can get busy traffic wise.  There is a large car park (just follow the parking signs) which is only a short walking distance from the market and there is a fee payable so make sure you have some coins jingling in your pocket.
  • You can travel to Saffron Walden by train however you need to catch the train to Audley End Station and then catch the bus to the town – you can find more train information at thetrainline.com
  • The English Heritage property, Audley End House and Gardens is close by so you could visit both Saffron Walden and then move onto Audley End House.
  • We struggled to find gluten free options in Saffron Walden (I wasn’t in the mood for a baked potato!) however we finally found a little spot which did a really corker piece of gluten free carrot cake…Maze Cafe – Maze by Day, Meze by Night…the team are super gorgeous and very polite so make sure you pop in for a slice of cake and a cuppa.
  • The fabulous buildings with pargetting can be found on Castle Street and Bridge Street.
  • Sensible shoes are required for a wander around the town but you could do it in heels if you love to live dangerously! 
  • If you need any other Essex travel tips then why not check out my post on the delightful Constable country and also the Visit Saffron Walden website and Visit Essex website.

England Travel Inspiration - exploring Saffron Walden, the hidden gem of Essex! Home to Oliver Cromwell's headquarters, a large number of beautiful buildings with pargetting which just has to be seen to be believed and a lively Saturday market which has taken place since 1141 in the town. Saffron Walden is a perfect pit stop on a road trip through England and I also have a great little tip on where to find gluten free cake. Pop on over to the blog to read my travel tips for Saffron Walden and to see some more pretty photos of this gorgeous market town..so many beautiful places to visit on your next vacation but so little time.

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