The North East – Rivers, Seashore & More

Staying at The Little Haven Hotel

4 DAYS | 27th August 2019

Join us on our tour to the fascinating North East as we venture to Catherine Cookson Country, and Newcastle upon Tyne, the former county town of Northumberland. The city centre itself is a monument to the Victorian Gothic revival, with it’s many bridges that span the River Tyne, including the Millennium Winking Eye Bridge. During our tour we will also visit Bedale, Tynemouth and the National Glass Centre.

Our base for the tour is The Little Haven Hotel, uniquely situated in South Shields at the gateway of the River Tyne, with extensive views of the busy Tyne and Little Haven beach. The hotel boasts a pleasant lounge bar and the Boardwalk restaurant serving a varied and exciting menu, fashionably set in the conservatory overlooking the beach and waterfront. All 62 bedrooms are purpose built with modern facilities and have lift access. The hotel is in a super location and has a lift.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to the pretty town of Bedale with its fine Georgian-fronted, cobbled market place. You will have free time for a browse around the local market and to have lunch before we continue north. We make a quick stop to admire Anthony Gormley’s famous statue the Angel of the North and then continue on to our hotel to arrive late afternoon.

After breakfast we take the scenic route over the River Tyne and along the coast to the iconic St. Mary’s Lighthouse, now a visitor centre, it stands on its own island and features a nature reserve and wetland habitat. There will be time to take a little stroll, and to enjoy the salty sea air. We then continue through Whitley Bay to Tynemouth with its Priory, Castle, award-winning beach and village with its interesting mix of antique shops, fashion boutiques, eating places and superb village pubs. We return to the hotel around lunch time and have the afternoon at leisure.

Today we meet Tom Keating the Blue Badge Guide for a sightseeing tour of Newcastle and its environs. Tom takes us to see the many sights of this fabulous city and the surrounding area. In the afternoon we take a leisurely cruise on the River Tyne to gain yet another viewpoint of this intriguing place.

This morning we say farewell to the North East and head for home calling at the National Glass Centre. We then continue on to the delightful town of Thirsk; a traditional Yorkshire market town, which was also the home of renowned vet James Herriot. You will have free time for lunch and a browse before we then continue south. Making a comfort stop en-route we aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 3 nights dinner bed and breakfast, guide for tour of Newcastle and boat trip on the River Tyne.
£375.00 per person sharing twin/double
£57.00 single room supplement
£25.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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