Brighton & The Bluebell Line

Mercure Brighton Sea Front Hotel

5 DAYS | 26th April 2021

Brighton’s vibrant charm and plethora of iconic attractions make it one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. Take a stroll along the neon-lit pier, visit the exotic Indian-style Royal Pavilion or wander through ‘the Lanes’, a colourful network of shopping streets that are awash with vintage gear, antiques and quaint cafés!

Our tour is based at the Mercure Brighton Sea Front Hotel with fantastic views of the beach. Situated only a short walk from Brighton’s main attractions, this newly refurbished, elegant and Regency style hotel is perfectly situated for our excursions. Each of the modern bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV and WiFi.

MONDAY
We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en-route to Bicester Garden centre where we stop for lunch. We then continue south to arrive at our hotel with time for a quick stroll along the promenade before dinner.

TUESDAY
After breakfast we head to Goring and the English Martyrs Catholic Church to see the world’s only know reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling; painted by one of their parishioners, it is a stunning sight to behold. Next we venture to Leonardslee Gardens in time for lunch and to take a stroll through the magnificent gardens. At this time of year the garden comes alive with a riot of colour; magnolias that tower 40 feet high, beautiful camellias, carpets of bluebells, and many hundreds of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. A visual feast this collection of plants also creates a symphony of scents!

WEDNESDAY
Today enjoy a free day to explore Brighton. Why not visit the fabulous Pavilion, take a stroll along the pier and do a little shopping down the Lanes? The choice is yours!

THURSDAY
Beginning with a scenic run along the coast through Rottingdean and Peacehaven, we then make our way to the historic county town of Lewes; with its medieval streets, old English churches, tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway!) and excellent array of independent retailers, cafes and pubs there is something for everyone. You will have time to meander and to grab lunch. Then its on to the highlight of our tour: Sheffield Park and our trip on the Bluebell Line Railway. Bringing together steam and cream, we enjoy a return journey on the train whilst enjoying a delicious cream tea.

FRIDAY
After breakfast we head north calling for coffee en-route to the market town of Banbury where we make our lunch stop. Banbury is a lovely old town with a good array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Early afternoon we rejoin the motorway network and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Leonardslee Gardens and Steam & Cream on the Bluebell Line.
£535.00 per person sharing twin/double
£100.00 single room supplement
£33.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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