Durham & Kynren: An Epic Tale of England
Staying at the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel
3 DAYS | 7th August 2020
One of England’s most beautiful regions, the North East is a wonderful mix of stunning scenery rich in history and bustling cultural activity. The famous Open Air Museum of Beamish boasts an outstanding collection of artefacts and buildings showcasing the social and industrial history of the area between 1825 and 1913. Durham as a World Heritage Site is home to many monuments including a great Norman Cathedral overlooking the River Wear, as well as some of the best shopping the region has to offer. Another truly epic event is the spectacular Kynren Show; as it takes its audience through 2000 years of British history, myth and legend. Be captivated by incredible sets, stunts, horsemanship, world-class pyrotechnics and a cast and crew of over 1500 volunteers! To round off our weekend, we will enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Teeside Princess where we will simply sit back and take in the beauty of the River Tees, all whilst enjoying a lovely light lunch.
Bideford & The Cream of North Devon
Staying at the Royal Hotel in Bideford
7 DAYS | 9th August 2020
The home of delicious cream teas and breathtaking countryside, join us as we head south to the wonderful region of North Devon. Showcasing stunning gardens, historic houses, famous coastlines and unmissable walks, there is so much to see and do!
Palace, Parliament & The Magna Carta
Staying at the 4* Bull Hotel
3 DAYS | 15th August 2020
The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Windsor and Runnymede; each of these locations played a crucial role in the history of the United Kingdom and democracy itself. With a fascinating audio guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, come and learn about history a thousand years in the making alongside modern day politics and stunning art and architecture. Our next stop is to Runnymede, the birthplace of modern democracy. This picturesque landscape beside the Thames was witness to King John’s historic sealing of the Magna Carta nearly 800 years ago, and today Runnymede is an ideal place to relax outdoors, and to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you will find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces in this wonderful spot. Our next port of call is magnificent Windsor for a leisurely exploration of all on offer. The finale to our tour is a visit the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace to discover its many treasures and glorious state rooms.
The Edinburgh Tattoo, Royal Yacht & The Kelpies
Staying at The Doubletree by Hilton Westerwood Golf and Spa Resort
3 DAYS | 21st August 2020
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo held every August is the world’s most famous military spectacle; an unforgettable blend of music, colour, pomp and pageantry. Steep rocks form the dramatic back-drop to the Tattoo’s castle setting and when subtle lighting picks out the lone piper playing a lament from the ramparts, few in the audience fail to be moved by the atmosphere. This event has all the ingredients for a truly memorable evening, and is one not to be missed.
Historic Carlisle: Hadrian’s Wall & The Solway Firth
Staying at The Crown Hotel, Wetheral
4 DAYS | 25th August 2020
The ‘great border city’ of Carlisle is a vibrant place with 2,000 years of fascinating history. There is culture galore at the collection of museums, galleries and theatres. We also pay a visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall; stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, the famous landmark was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire from the wilds of Scotland, and the remains of the forts, towers, and towns that once kept watch can still be seen. We also head to Solway Firth an area of Outstanding National Beauty. A step back in time with its own unique identity, this is the lesser explored yet breathtakingly beautiful part of Cumbria that has a rich and fascinating history.