Staying at The Cumberland Hotel
5 DAYS | 19th October 2020
Bournemouth in autumn is one of the most beautiful corners of England, its fantastic gardens are turning striking shades of orange, as the trees shed their leaves for the cold season ahead. The town itself boasts many attractions including boulevards, museums, two piers and an excellent shopping centre. So why not join us as we travel to the land of spectacular chalk cliffs, golden sands, national parks and market towns.
The Cumberland Hotel, located on the East Cliff seafront with stunning panoramic views of Bournemouth Bay, is an iconic 4* Art Deco style hotel boasting a relaxing lounge bar and brasserie. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, courtesy trays and WiFi. The hotel has a lift.
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en route to Bicester Avenue Garden Centre, where we will have time for lunch. New in spring 2019, there is a fantastic patisserie and a great selection of retail concessions including Lakeland and Laura Ashley. We then continue on to Bournemouth and our hotel.
Our excursion today takes us through the New Forest calling at Lyndhurst for coffee at the Visitors Centre. Set in the heart of the National Park there is a fascinating museum, gift shop and gallery. We then continue on to the Georgian market town of Lymington in time for lunch. There are plenty of local eateries to tickle your taste buds, as well as a lovely selection of independent shops.
Today is a free day for you to explore Bournemouth. Why not take a stroll through the Central Gardens to admire the autumnal colours, head to the Castle Point Shopping Centre for some retail therapy, or venture to the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum?
Today we head to Poole for coffee and to visit the Museum. Housed in a Victorian quayside warehouse the museum tells the story of this maritime area; there is everything from pottery made and excavated in Poole itself to an interactive 1950s kitchen. We then make our way to Swanage in time for lunch. For the afternoon we travel to Holme Gardens and Garden Centre; why not stock up on a few horticultural purchases, go for a wander around the gardens as they go through their autumn changes, or head to the farm shop for some locally produced wares?
We begin our final day with the choice of either visiting Swindon’s Designer Outlet or venturing to STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway (entrance payable on the day). Telling the story of the men and women of the Great Western Railway, there are famous locomotives and you can even work the signals in the interactive GWR signal box. Alternatively, head next door to the outlet with over 100 shops on offer. We then make our way home with a comfort stop en route, and aim to arrive early evening.
£398.00 per person sharing twin/double
NIL single room supplement
£80.00 double for sole occupancy
£80.00 sea view per person twin/double
£30.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT