Hopefully this finds you well and enjoying the summer so far. It has been glorious weather here - so much so we are hoping for a little drop of rain for the garden! However, we have taken time to reflect on how the garden is maturing - this photo of a picnic we had with friends was where the large concrete yard used to be - today the summer meadow is looking wonderful and the fruit trees are already laden with this year's crop (which will be on the breakfast table before too long).
The busy season is well and truly in full swing but we do still have some summer availability here and there. I have listed some below room by room - if you fancy a getaway in the coming weeks (or indeed after that) just drop us a line. We have been planning some special events for later in the year and early next year - take a look below for some special (and unique) upcoming plans - these are very limited in number and will soon be launched on our website. If you miss out do let us know if you would like to go on a waiting list as we might hold future similar events. Alternatively, we could tailor an event for a group of friends staying together.
The newly converted Garden Room has had much use by us and we are delighted to report by guests too. It is a joy to sit there in the early evening watching the swallows swooping over the meadow to be followed by bats as twilight descends. We had a magical walk back to the tower the other night when we spotted a hedgehog making its way to the meadow. We have heard them once or twice in the garden since we moved here (and spotted that their presence by using our 'poo' identification book!) but to see one that looked hale and hearty was brilliant. It also seems to be a bumper year for voles - anyone who has stayed recently will have seen their network of holes. Our emphasis on formal gardening around the tower but concentrating on wildflowers in the rest of the garden seems to be paying dividends for general wildlife. Most days we see buzzards, red kites, kestrels, spotted fly catchers, oyster catchers, occasionally greater spotted woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, as well as a host of more common garden birds finches (green, gold, chaff and bull), robins, wrens, black birds, thrushes, pied wagtails and about a million pigeons.
You may have spotted, we have been developing a series of posts every couple of weeks on our social media (Facebook | Twitter| Instagram) entitled "A year in the life of RAF North Creake" this takes our followers through the short, but extremely important, operational life of RAF North Creake from just before D-Day to the end of the war (and perhaps a bit longer... yet to be decided). We might develop this into a printed version in due course but if you follow us on social media the hash tag is #RAFNCSecretHistory. A snippet of one of the posts is below. We have also finally got the three information boards in the ground at the memorial site. We will be working on the content for these over the next few weeks.
We hope you all have a wonderful summer and we hope we get to welcome you to The Control Tower soon.
Below is a room by room list of our summer availability. If you would like to nab one of these or get in touch a about other future dates just drop us a line to email@example.com
We hope we get to welcome you to The Control Tower soon.
Claire & Nigel x
Stirling Suite - Fri 15th Jul 2/3 nights; Sat 6th Aug 2-6 nights; Sat 27th Aug 2/3 nights
Signals Room - Thurs 21 Jul 2-4 nights; Fri 1st Aug 2/3 nights; Wed 10th Aug 2-4 nights; Tues 16 Aug 2-6 nights
Board Room - Fri 12th Aug 2 nights; Tues 16 Aug 2-6 nights; Wed 24th Aug 2-5 nights
Controllers Rest Room - Thurs 21 Jul 2-4 nights; Tues 2nd Aug 2-4 nights; Wed 24th Aug 2 nights
Special Control Tower Events
To book an event please email us - each of these are limited in number. If they sold out and you would like to go on our waiting list let us know. Alternatively, if you would like to book the tower for a group of 8 guests we could work out a special evening of a history tour and/or dinner for you and your guests.
Room tariffs range between £125-£165 per night. We offer a minimum of two night stays.
Control Tower Supper Weekends
This year we will host two special supper weekends here at The Control Tower
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November 2022
Christmas Special - Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December 2022
Enjoy a special social weekend getaway with us. As well as our usual B&B offering, we are planning: A history tour of the Tower with tea and cake shortly after arrival on Friday and a three-course social supper evening on Saturday.
B&B room price for two nights (Friday and Saturday) plus £10 per person for tour and £35 per person for supper with free corkage - firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book. Please note this is limited to 8 places for DB&B and we are happy to cater for vegan guests
Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd March 2023
Book in for a unique two night stay where we will take you stage by stage through an operation that took place in March 1945; starting in the afternoon with tea and cake and a briefing, guests will then be taken through the preparations and operation itself close to the hours it would have happened (with a break for dinner provided by us).
B&B room price for two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) plus £100 per person including supper on one evening (free corkage)
RAF 100 Group Association Reunion 2023
Friday 19th May 2023
3pm Memorial gathering
3.30pm History Tour at The Control Tower of RAF North Creake with refreshments
- tour £10 per person
A snippet from our Year in the Life of series from Facebook
A year in the life of RAF North Creake... May 1944
199 Squadron made the journey from RAF Lakenheath to RAF North Creake. This was the first time the station was to be ‘operational’ although 80 Wing, part of the RAF 100 Group (Bomber Support), had occupied the site earlier. 199 Squadron arrived without aircraft as they were being refitted in preparation for their part in the same group as 80 Wing undertaking Radio Countermeasures; the use of various devices to track, intercept, monitor and confound German radar systems. This was the early days of electronic warfare and RAF North Creake’s role in this would be critical over the next 12 months.
They made the journey in a motor convoy and, in an error frequently repeated to this day, headed directly for the village of North Creake where the locals refused to give the location of the airfield, simply stating ‘there’s no airfield in North Creake’ as its actual location is some 4 miles away in Egmere, a detail they stubbornly refused to relate.
RAF North Creake was not a new station being built, as many others were, between 1942 and 1943. It was first officially opened on May 1st 1944 with the codename ‘Worker’ – we have often speculated whether the codename worker reflects that International Workers’ Day is on May 1st, despite trying, we’ve found no written evidence to support this assertion.
Station personnel gradually increased through May in the move towards a fully functioning operational station with aircraft arriving over the next three weeks. With the arrival of aircraft training commenced for the first, and very important operation, that would fly out of RAF North Creake in early June.
Round up of Control Tower recent happenings...
Anniversary of the first loss or RAF North Creake - marked with poppies. We plan to do this for each anniversary.
RAF 100 Group Association visited during their reunion in May this year. Next year, we plan to hold a special tour starting at the Memorial with the 100 Group association laying a wreath.
Our 10 anniversary of planting our first 10 fruit trees - so glad we did. They are now a constant for most of the year on the breakfast menu.
The magnificent meadow
A wonderful year for fox gloves in the garden
Our pack up picnic breakfasts heading off with our guests who hired our friends beach hut. More information on both here
Our history tours are back... guests have been enjoying booking these during their stay - see what they have to say above :) If you want a tour let us know when you book, we will do our best to fit one in. These are £10 per person and include a cuppa.
On the odd afternoon off we have enjoyed seeking out local orchid spots - guests have been great at giving us intel of where to look.
The Control Tower Cats continue to feature and now have their own Saturday #Caturday slot on our social media
One of our favourite local walks to Wighton
The Stirling Suite
Sunset at CTHQ
Our Garden Room (aka The Speech Broadcast Building) is a hit with guests. Such a nice spot to sit in the afternoon and have a great view of the tower..
Looking forward to welcoming you to
The Control Tower Bed and Breakfast soon
Claire & Nigel xx
The Control Tower Bed and Breakfast
Bunkers Hill, Egmere, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6AZ.