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
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Thursday 16 August - £32.00 (Non NT) £21.00 (NT Members)
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.
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.
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.
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)
Coming Soon: To register your interest, please call 01707 645005
Notting Hill and The Museum of Brands, Thursday 4 October, Price TBC
In the morning there will be a guided walk by Diane Burstein where we will trace the history of the area. We will also visit film locations from the 'Notting Hill' movie, window shop in Portobello's antique shops, glimpse luxuriant hidden gardens, view impressive Victorian townhouses and walk through delightful cobbled mews. In the afternoon we will walk through the galleries of The Museum of Brands which are full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner you turn leads into a different decade.
Blenheim Palace Living Crafts, Thursday 15 November, Price TBC
Enjoy Christmas shopping in style in a majestic setting. This unique Christmas shopping experience, now in its twelfth year, is the highlight of the festive season. Around 180 designer-makers from across the UK will be showcasing the very best of British craftmanship, together with specialist food and drink producers. This is the perfect opportunity to choose handmade original gifts for all the family.
Pashley Manor Gardens, Thursday 30 May, Price TBC
Discover this beautiful, restful and well-maintained garden on the border of Sussex and Kent. Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award winning garden. Carefully planned planting ensures the gardens look their best in all seasons.