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FIFTY PLUS SHORT BREAK  :  NORTH WALES & CHESTER

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS DURATION  :  DEPARTING Monday 3rd – Thursday 6th September 2018

 

Please phone 01707 645005 to book your place

 

 

Return Executive Coach Travel : 3 nights half board (breakfast and evening meal) accommodation at the 4* Village Hotel Chester St David’s.

Day 1 : We begin our journey west, making a comfort stop at the medieval county town of Shrewsbury.  Packed with timber framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways, it boasts over 600 listed buildings including the Castle, now a regimental museum and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael.  You may choose to take a 40 minute river Severn cruise on the ‘Sabrina’ with live commentary. 

Arriving at the hotel, you will have time to check in, freshen up before evening meal.

Day 2 : Heading into the heart of Snowdonia, we make a refreshment stop in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales’ most popular inland resort.  This is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno.  Much of the town was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.  The beauty of the area is enhanced by cascading waterfalls, hill-top lakes, river pools and ancient bridges.  Continuing on to Portmerion (entrance included), this fascinating fantasy village is set in sub-tropical gardens and woodlands and its beauty almost defies description.  The last event of the day is a 1 hour train journey (pre-bookable) on the famous Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.  The train travels for 13.5 miles through wonderful Snowdonia scenery.  If you do not wish to travel by train, the coach will transfer you to Blaenau where the train pulls in for passengers to reboard the coach back to the hotel for evening meal.

Day 3 : Today is dedicated to Llangollen and the surrounding area where we will begin with a pre-bookable optional return journey on the Llangollen Steam Railway.  The journey will take you for 10 miles through the picturesque Dee Valley to the town of Corwen passing through some of the finest natural beauty North wales has to offer.  If you choose not to take the train, you can have free time in the pretty town centre.  The afternoon you will visit Llangollen Wharf in readiness for an included 45 minute horse drawn boat trip on the river Dee.  Re-joining the coach, we make our way to the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which, you may choose to partially cross on foot.  This is the largest aqueduct in Britain fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.  We then re-board the coach back to the hotel for the evening meal. 

Day 4 : Checking out of the hotel after breakfast, we retrace our steps homeward making a stop in Stoke-on-Trent where we will have a wonderful opportunity of visiting the iconic poppies and be moved by the stunning sculpture in the centenary year of the Armistice of one of the world’s greatest conflicts.  Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window will be made of over 11,000 poppies and will eventually become part of the permanent collections at the Imperial War Museums.

Price  :  £475.00

Single Supplement :  £47.00

Optional extra   Day 2 Ffestiniog Railway :   £13.50  (prebookable)

Optional extra   Day 3 Llangollen Steam Railway :   £14.40  (prebookable)

Deposit  :  Non refundable payable by 31st May 2018 :   £100.00

Balance due       12th July 2018 :   £375.00 + single supplement

 

If you choose not to take part on the optional extras, the bus stop is a 5 minute walk from the hotel which will take you into Chester allowing you free time to spend the day as you wish.

 

Fifty Plus Coach Trips 2018

Please phone 01707 645005

 

London City Churches Walk (guided by Diane Burstein) followed by a visit to the Bank of England Museum, Thursday 19 April - £25.00


In the morning London Blue Badge Guide Diane Burstein will take you on a walking tour of the City of London concentrating on the history of Cheapside, London’s main shopping street and its tributaries. We will be visiting historic interiors of some contrasting 17th century City churches all designed by the amazing Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London destroyed their medieval predecessors.  Learn about some of the famous people who have associated with these churches through the ages including writer Agatha Christie, poet John Milton and sculptor Henry Moore.


Breaking for lunch at 12.30pm, we will meet at the Bank of England entrance at 1.50pm for a 2pm tour followed by free time to browse the Museum in your own time.

Walking Distance : Moderate

Pick Up A : 8.00am : Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park
Pick Up B : 8.30am : Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood
Pick Up C : 9.00am : Furzefield Leisure Centre Car Park, Potters Bar
Journey Time : 1½ hours
Departure : 4.30pm
PRICE : £25.00
 

Manor House Gardens via Jordan's Mill, Biggleswade, Thursday 17 May - £32.00

Photograph taken by Kathy Brown


This is a day with a difference seeing and experiencing many different things.


Jordans Mill
• Arrive at Jordans Mill for approximately 2 hours at 11am departing 1pm
• You can choose to do a self-guided tour of the flour mill
• Purchase your lunch and refreshments
• Look around the gardens
Re-boarding the coach, we make our way to the Manor House.  The coach will park in the village where our group will be split into two.


The Manor House, Stevington Windmill & the Holy Well
• 1 hour tour of the Manor House Garden
• Remainder of the group can choose to visit the Stevington Windmill (approximately 15 minute walk from the coach drop off point)
• Visit the Holy Well (approximately 10 minute walk from the coach drop off point)

Time for tea and cake
• At 4.30pm, the whole group will re-join to enjoy tea and cake on the lawn (weather permitting).  Alternatively, it will be served in a gazebo.


Walking distance : Moderate


Pick Up A  -  9.00am : Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park
Pick Up B  -  9.30am : Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood
Pick Up C  -  10.00am : Furzefield Centre Car Park, Potters Bar
Depart : 5.15pm
Price : £32.00
 

Thames Boat Trip with Afternoon Tea, Windsor to Maidenhead, Thursday 7 June - £43.00


Departing from the Windsor Promenade at 11.30am, we will be boarding the privately chartered ‘Queen of the Thames’ boat for a 4 hour cruise.  Sit back and enjoy a river trip passing through both Boveney and Bray Locks, past Oakley Court and Monkey Island to Maidenhead and return journey.  During your relaxing journey, afternoon tea will be served.


Menu
Assortment of deep filled sandwiches
Luxury country scones and butter preserves and clotted cream
Selection of afternoon tea cakes and tarts
Shortbread fingers
Freshly brewed tea or coffee


Walking : 15 minutes from car park to Windsor Promenade


Pick Up C : 9.00am - Furzefield Leisure Centre Car Park, Potters Bar
Pick Up B : 9.30am - Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood
Pick Up A : 10.00am - Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park
Journey Time : 1 hour
Departure : 4.30pm
Price : £43.00
 

Rye, Thursday 5 July - £22.00

Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination.  With cobbled streets and narrow passages, Rye reveals architectural treasures among beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings.  Many are open to the public as fine restaurants, tearooms or pubs.  
The coach will drop us off near the railway station before it makes its way to the coach park.  This is the point where you will re-board to go home unless otherwise instructed.


Walking : Beware of cobbled streets, narrow passages and stone beaches


Pick Up A : 8.00am - Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park
Pick Up B : 8.30am - Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood
Pick Up C : 9.00am - Furzefield Leisure Centre Car Park, Potters Bar
Journey Time : 2½ hours
Depart : 4.45pm
Price : £22.00
 

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Thursday 16 August - £32.00 (Non NT) £21.00 (NT Members)

The Garden
Sat within the ruins of a great Elizabethan house, framed by the rich Kentish landscape of woods, farmland, lakes and streams, the garden is full of colour and high scent.
The Library
Home to around 11,000 books, it is the third largest library in the National Trust and one of the most significant in-situ twentieth century book collections in the country.
The Tower
With 78 steps to the top, the tower is worth the climb for the views alone.  On the way up, be sure to look into Vita’s personal writing room.
The Estate
With 450 acres to explore, there is something for everyone.  Walking approximately 1 mile will lead you beside the two lakes and for the more adventurous, 3 miles of walking will cover the whole estate.
The Vegetable Garden
The vegetable garden is managed using organic principles and much of the seasonal salad, vegetables and soft fruits grown are used in the granary restaurant.
Before leaving, make time to visit the gift shop and plant shop.


Walking Distance : Moderate.  Narrow paths in the garden and 78 steps in the tower


Pick Up A  -  9.00am : Bushey Grove Leisure Centre Car Park
Pick Up B  -  9.30am : Civic Offices Car Park, Borehamwood
Pick Up C  -  10.00am : Furzefield Leisure Centre Car Park, Potters Bar
Journey Time : 2 hours
Depart : 5.15pm
Price : £32 (Non NT Members)  £21 (NT Members – Please bring card on the day)