Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August 2012
Paralympic Games 29 August – 9 September 2012

Every four years the very best athletes from around the globe gather together for the greatest sporting show on earth and in 2012 that show is coming to London. Base yourself in Norfolk, visit the Games and be part of the action. Getting to London from Norfolk could not be easier.

The Norwich to London line links directly to the Olympic Park at Stratford International, gateway to the Games, with regular half-hourly trains. In just 90 minutes you will be at the very heart of London 2012.  Take the Olympic Walkway and in just 2 minutes you will be at the track (or Aquatics Centre, Velodrome,Basketball Arena, BMX circuit) and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

The Kings Lynn to London Kings Cross train takes 90 minutes and there is a direct connection from St Pancras, using the new bullet train service, The Javelin®, to get to Stratford International in just 7 minutes. Take the train to the tracks (or Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, Basketball Arena, BMX circuit) and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Soak up the carnival atmosphere, enjoy the buzz and then at the end of a memorable day leave a congested London behind and relax on the train back to the tranquillity of Norfolk.


Why make Norfolk your 2012 base?

Norfolk is the closest major holiday destination to London – just 90 minutes by train to the Olympic Park – and the perfect base for a family summer holiday in 2012. You can combine a relaxing stay and take in a couple of days at the Games as well.

Norfolk has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK with miles of gorgeous sandy, unspoilt beaches as well as traditional seaside towns which are perfect for full-on family fun.

Norfolk is also synonymous with The Broads – Britain’s magical waterland. These unique waterways are a haven for rare birds and wildlife. Easy to navigate, they offer 125 miles of lockfree waterways. You can take to the water and meander through peaceful countryside discovering quintessentially English villages and market towns, waterside pubs and charming tea shops.

There’s a huge choice of places for a great day out from wildlife parks, sea life centres, family attractions, museums and steam engine rides to stately homes and delightful gardens. Or bring your walking boots and enjoy nearly 2,400 miles of public rights of way and trails including the ancient Peddars Way and the refreshing Norfolk Coast path. If cycling is more your style, try the quiet country lanes set against a varied background of sand dunes, salt marshes or woodland paths that pass under Norfolk’s famous ‘big’ skies.

Norfolk’s vibrant capital is Norwich, an ancient city boasting some of the finest medieval architecture in Britain with its 2 cathedrals, castle and medley of medieval streets. Against this historic backdrop exists a cosmopolitan city ranked one of the top 10 shopping destinations in the UK, a diverse mix of cultural and arts attractions and a mouth-watering range of restaurants and pubs to suit every budget.

All this and just 90 minutes from the Games by train.

Why not come and stay at Baby Willows and still visit the Olympics? After the hustle and bustle of London, why not base yourself in Norfolk - a real contrast, Baby Willows is in the centre of a village, yet when you stay here you could be in the middle of the country.

You can travel from Baby Willows to the Olympic site in Stratford in little over 3 hours - National Express are laying on a coach service from Thetford, Norfolk straight to the Olympic site.  Alternatively drive into Norwich or Kings Lynn and travel by train in approx 2 1/4 hours.