Brighton & The Bluebell Line

Staying at the Mercure Brighton Sea Front Hotel

6 DAYS | 5th June 2022
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.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute 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.

After breakfast we head to Goring and the English Martyrs Catholic Church to see the world’s only known reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling; painted by one of their parishioners, it is a stunning sight to behold. Next, we venture to the historic and pretty town of Arundel with its magnificent castle, old town centre and cathedral. With free time for lunch why not pay a visit to the museum, explore the shops or discover the cathedral, the choice is yours!

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?

Our excursion today takes us to the awardwinning Pashely Manor Gardens for their special Rose Week. Discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas, the culmination of a lifetime’s passion for all things horticultural and an admiration of the English Garden Tradition. There will be the opportunity to take a guided rose-themed walk round the gardens and there is a great selection of potted roses to purchase from 26 times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Peter Beales. When hunger sets in, head to the café where even the menu features rose inspired dishes for this special event!

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 it’s on to the highlight of our tour our trip on the Bluebell Line Railway, one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country. The steam train will take us on a return trip from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, where you will have time to visit the museum and have a cuppa in the station café before we return to our hotel.

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 re-join the motorway network and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: 5 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Pashley Manor Gardens and return train trip on the Bluebell Line.

£625.00 per person sharing twin/double
£175.00 single room supplement
£90.00 sea view supplement per person sharing twin/double
£38.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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