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 conglomeration of stunning scenery rich in history and bustling cultural activity, and our long weekend aims to capture it all. We visit the fabulous Alnwick Gardens, one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens full of imagination, inspiration and fun. The internationally 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. Last but not least, Durham a World Heritage Site and home to many a famous monument including a great Norman Cathedral overlooking the River Wear, as well as some of the best shopping the region has to offer.
Our base for the tour is the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel, situated on the banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham. A short walk from Durham’s castle, cathedral and marketplace, the hotel offers 207 contemporary guest rooms and suites, all with coffee and tea facilities as well as WIFI. The Collage Restaurant serves delicious dining, and the bar offers a lovely area to relax. The hotel has a lift.
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en-route to the fascinating city of Durham. Free time for lunch and to perhaps take a stroll around the shops or venture to the medieval quarter of the city and see the Castle.
After a leisurely breakfast we head north to Alnwick and the famous Alnwick Garden, The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century garden and a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness and play. From the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, to the Serpent Garden’s spell-binding water sculptures, the intrigue of the Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight. Ample time in Alnwick to visit the garden and for a stroll around the delightful little town before heading back to Durham and our hotel.
We venture south calling at the fascinating museum of Beamish with ample time to explore the Colliery Village, the Town or Home Farm, all recreating a fascinating bygone age. There are also shops and a tramway system that you can jump on to take a ride around the site. For lunch there are a number of eating establishments to choose from; why not try the famous fish and chips made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served in specially printed newspaper? Mid-afternoon we board the coach once more and head for home. We make a Comfort stop en-route and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.
£269.00 per person sharing twin/double
£50.00 single room supplement
£23.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT