April Day Trips

Thursday 4th

Nantwich Market & the Anderton Boat Lift

Join us for a morning meander around the lovely town of Nantwich and its brilliant market. After lunch we make our way to the Anderton Boat Lift, said to be one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ where we board The Edwin Clark, named after the famous boat lift designer, for our 75 minute ride on the lift and cruise along the picturesque River Weaver to Northwich. After our boat trip there will be time to explore the museum and have afternoon refreshments. (Inc. boat trip)

Adult £31.50 | Senior £30.50 | Pick up Ref: C & CON

Sunday 7th

The Cotswolds & the Vale of Evesham Blossom Trail

We depart Macclesfield making our way south with a comfort stop en-route to the beautiful Vale of Evesham. As one of the most fertile areas for fruit-growing in the country, every spring thousands of blossoming fruit trees transform the landscape into a riot of colour. We will make a stop at Evesham Country Park for lunch and we will have time for afternoon tea in Broadway.

Adult £26.00 | Senior £25.00 | Pick up Ref: EXP & CON

Tuesday 9th

Ness Gardens in Springtime

We make our way to Gordale Garden Centre where we will stop for morning coffee. Then we make the short journey to Ness Botanic Gardens to spend the remainder of the day exploring over 64 acres of stunning gardens. Created over 100 years ago by Arthur Kiplin Bulley, he was passionate about plants and wanted to express and share this with others. (Inc. entrance)

Adult £27.50 | Senior £26.50 | Pick up Ref: B

Thursday 11th

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Training Centre

Join us for a wonderful morning at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Centre, where we will enjoy an informative tour on how the dogs are trained. We then continue on to Rochdale Garden Centre and Gordon Riggs Bistro where we stop for lunch and a browse before returning home. (Inc. a donation)

Adult £24.00 | Senior £23.00 | Pick up Ref: B

Sunday 14th

Consall Hall Gardens

We make our way to Trentham Garden Centre for a peruse of the delightful items on sale as well as an early lunch. We then continue on to Consall Hall Gardens set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Churnet Valley. There are beautifully landscaped gardens boasting breathtaking views, six lakes, numerous follies, several summer houses along with a delightful tearoom serving drinks and homemade cakes. After spending a lovely afternoon in the gardens we take the scenic journey home. (Inc. entrance to the gardens)

Adult £24.50 | Senior £23.50 | Pick up Ref: C & CON

Monday 15th

The Magnificent Powis Castle & Garden

We make a short coffee stop en-route to Powis Castle, where you have the remainder of the day to explore the medieval marvel. The castle has one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. You will also have time to wander the Italienate Terraces blasted from solid rock, see the spectacular Yew hedges, dancing statues and lavish herbaceous borders. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Clive Museum filled with treasures from India. We depart in the afternoon making our way home. (NT member free, non-members approx. £13.00) N.B. This day trip runs in conjunction with Welshpool Railway.

Adult £23.00 | Senior £22.00 | Pick up Ref: EXP

Monday 15th

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

We make a short coffee stop en-route to Welshpool where we will have time for lunch before we board the Welshpool to Llanfair light railway. We take a 45 minute scenic journey along the eight miles of track, built in 1903 to link the farming communities to the market town of Welshpool. A narrow gauge railway was chosen to allow for the tight turns and steep gradients along the route through Mid Wales. We have time for a cup of tea and to visit the shop before we head for home. (train ticket payable on the day approx. £13.00) N.B. This day trip runs in conjunction with Powis Castle.

Adult £23.00 | Senior £22.00 | Pick up Ref: EXP

Wednesday 17th

Saltaire & The David Hockney Gallery

We call for coffee en-route to Saltaire. This fascinating town was created by Sir Titus Salt, a local wool-stapler, who earned a vast fortune from importing alpaca wool from South America. The mansion-like mill today houses Europe’s largest collection of work by the famous artist David Hockney. After enjoying free time to visit the Gallery and have lunch we meet our guide for a walking tour of the many interesting buildings around the area, giving you an insight in to the town’s historic past. (Inc. guided tour of Saltaire)

Adult £25.50 | Senior £24.50 | Pick up Ref: EXP

Saturday 20th

Easter Time Chester Lunch Cruise or Chester for Shopping and Museums

Why not join us on our lunch cruise and see Chester from a new perspective, viewing parts of the city unreachable by other transport. We call for coffee at Lady Heyes Craft Centre and then take the short journey to Chester and the Mill Hotel. There we board the L’Eau-T Cuisine broad-beam Restaurant Cruiser for an excellent three course lunch while sailing along the Shropshire Union Canal. (Inc. three course lunch and cruise) Alternatively spend a day exploring the brilliant array of shops and museums Chester has to offer.

Chester only: Adult £21.00 | Senior £20.00 | Cruise: Adult £44.50 | Senior £43.50 | Pick up Ref: EXP & W

Tuesday 23rd

The Yorkshire Dales & Wensleydale Creamery

We head north calling for coffee en-route to the delightful village of Hawes set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Upon arrival we have a two course lunch at the Wensleydale Creamery, followed by a demonstration on cheese making, then time to visit the museum and try a little sample or two. After lunch and the demonstration there will be approximately an hour to take a stroll in the pretty village of Hawes. We head for home by following the River Ribble down through the Yorkshire Dales National Park down through Ingleton. (Inc. two course lunch, cheese demonstration & museum entrance)

Adult £39.50 | Senior £38.50 | Pick up Ref: EXP

Thursday 25th

Rennie Mackintosh at The Walker Art Gallery

We make our way to Liverpool where we have time to visit the Rennie Mackintosh exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery. This exhibition will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style. We have time for lunch at the Gallery before we board the coach and head to Albert Dock where you will have the afternoon at leisure giving you the ideal opportunity to visit the Tate Modern. (Inc. entrance to exhibition)

Adult £27.50 | Senior £26.50 | Pick up Ref: B

Sunday 28th

Trains & Planes

Join us for a fascinating day, firstly to Barton Aerodrome and Runway 26 where we call for coffee, giving you the chance to watch the light planes that take off and land. We then continue on to the Ribble Steam Railway and Museum for their Gala weekend. There will be the opportunity to travel on the Preston’s Dock Railway on a vintage passenger train, travelling the three mile route across the dock swing bridge and along the banks of the River Ribble. You will also have time to visit the wonderful museum, the workshop and to explore one of the largest collections of industrial locomotives. You can also learn how Ribble Steam Railway is keeping Preston Docks Rail Traffic alive today. (Inc. entrance)

Adult £27.50 | Senior £26.50 | Pick up Ref: B

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