Leisure or Walking in Cumbria- Your Choice! - 26th - 28th June 2020

 

Why not join us on this tour based at the Seacote Hotel, St Bees, Cumbria.

The itinerary for the weekend includes visits to Wordsworth Birthplace in Cockermouth, a return journey on the Ravensglass & Eskdale  Railway and entry into Munster Castle and Gardens.

Saturday: The walk starts at the Historic Harbour in Whitehaven and is a scenic 7 mile undulating Coastal route from Whitehaven to St Bees.

For the non-walkers, you will have time Whitehaven before returning to St Bees in the afternoon, where you will be at leisure for the rest of day.

 

Whitehaven: The Beacon Museum is Copeland's museum. Explore 4 floors of interactive history whilst visiting some of the most exciting temporary exhibitions in Cumbria.

The award winning museum continues to tell the story of Copeland. Starting with the geology of the area and the early settlers, the interactive museum charts history through to the Lowther family’s development of the town of Whitehaven into one of the UK’s most significant ports and beyond to more modern twentieth century industries.

The Rum Story is a museum / visitor centre is on Lowther Street Whitehaven and is set in the original shop of the Jefferson family. The idea is to come off the streets of Georgian Whitehaven into an exotic Island in the Caribbean. 

If Whitehaven is well known for anything then it is its Historic Harbour. The harbour dates back to 1633 when the first Quay was built which is called 'old quay'. It was built to export salt and coal. Whitehaven was very important to the coal industry as in 1700, 80% of Ireland's coal was imported from Whitehaven! 

St Bees: The village of St Bees is just south of St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Cumbria, on the coastal strip between the Lakeland fells and the Irish Sea.  It has a history going back over 1,000 years and has been a popular holiday  destination for over 150 years.

It's well known for its Norman Priory dating from 1120 dedicated to our own Saint Bega, who is said to have landed here from Ireland in AD 850. Also for it's 400-year old school, and as the start of the Wainwright "Coast to Coast" Walk. There is a large sandy beach with a promenade and visitor facilities, and to the north are the towering red sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head; which is the only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales and an important RSPB seabird reserve.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.
It is presented as it would have been when Wordsworth and Dorothy lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s. There is real food on the kitchen and dining tables much produced in the garden, and a fire burning in the working kitchen.

The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and in the Wordsworth Room there are books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories.      In the garden are 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been when William played – and learned his love of nature – here.

Ravensglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway“ in olde Cumbrian dialect. It was 105 years ago in April 1913

that the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born. Our heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake District National Park, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level. The journey takes 40 minutes each way and passes seven intermediate request stops which are perfect for walking. The cosy covered and open top carriages provide the best of comfort and views as you travel up the line. 

Munster Castle & Gardens dominates the Lake District Coast where the mountains tumble into the sea and bursting with treasures and tales, haunted Muncaster oozes history from every rough stone which fashion the castle walls. 

John Ruskin described the stunning views of England’s highest mountains as “Heaven’s Gate”. Still cherished by the family who have inhabited Muncaster for over 800 years, the surrounding woodland gardens teem with wildlife & nurture exotic plants from around the world. The fabulous Hawk & Owl Centre flies falcons, owls, hawks, eagles, herons & vultures daily to enchant visitors with the majesty of these fascinating birds of prey. 

Hotel: Seacote Hotel is wonderfully situated on the West Cumbrian Coast, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The hotel borders on the mile long beach and iconic headlands of St. Bees. With Stunning sea views it is the perfect place for a relaxing break. 

All rooms have, Ensuite facilities, Free Wi-Fi, Flat screen digital TV’s, Linen and towels provided and Tea and Coffee making facilities. The hotel has a pub attached where meals are available.

Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £149
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £154
  • Non-Member - £159
  • Single Supplement £NIL (Limited Availability)

Look What's included:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation including Breakfast 
  • Entry to Wordsworth House, Munster Castle and Gardens
  • Return journey on the Ravensglass & Eskdale Railway
  • Transport throughout the tour as per itinerary
  • Maps & Walk Itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Bob Walker 

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)

 

 

23rd - 29th September 2020

 

Just 28 miles off the southwest tip of Britain, lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly … a charismatic destination with unique charm and warmth: with mile after mile of white sandy beaches, acres of natural landscape to explore, a rich and fascinating history. The skies seem bigger here, the horizons further away, and the landscape broader. It all feels quite intimate and old-fashioned, as if you’ve stumbled upon an idyllic film set from a bygone era. Let the concerns of everyday life drift away on the falling tide. This is the stuff that holiday memories are made of: beautiful surroundings, a gentler pace of life, quiet conversation and nature’s soundtrack.

Your Hotel: The Bell Rock Hotel is perfectly situated in St. Mary’s on Church Street; a quiet part of town, it is

very convenient for the two beaches and the shops of High Town. The hotel offers comfort and elegance, the highest standard of service and a pleasant friendly atmosphere. It boasts a super dining room, delightful bar, lounge and an indoor swimming pool. All bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation with en-suite facilities. The hotel has no lift.

Wednesday
We depart Manchester calling for coffee and lunch en-route to our overnight stay in Cornwall. All rooms are en-suite. We have time for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Thursday
After breakfast we take the journey south to Lands End to board the plane for our late morning flight across to St. Mary’s, where a mini bus will be waiting to take us to The Bell Rock Hotel. After check-in we will meet our Guide for a walking tour of St. Mary’s.

Friday
This afternoon we visit the island of St. Agnes and Gugh. The morning is yours to spend at leisure.

Saturday
Today we visit Tresco and the world famous Tresco Abbey Gardens.

Sunday
Today we have a boat trip to the Island of St. Martins where we visit the Flower Farm.

Monday
Mid-afternoon we catch the bus to the airport for our flight back to Lands End where the coach will be waiting to take us north to our hotel for the last night. Dinner and evening can be spent at leisure.

Tuesday
After breakfast we head for home stopping for coffee and lunch en-route to arrive in Manchester early evening.

Please note: The days of the excursions may be subject to change

Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £984
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £1004
  • Non-Member - £1024
  • Single Supplement £90
  • Insurance - £POA

Look What's included:

  • Luxury coach travel
  • 4 Nights Dinner bed & breakfast at the Bell Rock Hotel, St. Mary’s Isles of Scilly
  • 2 Nights dinner bed & breakfast at Hotels in Cornwall/Devon
  • Return transfers by plane (Sea transfer will only be necessary if the plane is out of service)
  • OR Return transfers by Sea can be arranged
  • Mini-bus transfer on Isles of Scilly to the hotel
  • Guided tour of St Mary’s,
  • Entrance to Tresco Abbey Gardens
  • All boat trips

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Bob Walker 

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)

 

 

Beamish, Chillingham Castle & Kynren - Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August 2020

Day 1 we travel to Beamish on our way to our hotel, The Holiday inn at Washington where we stay for 3 nights with dinner bed and breakfast included'

Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.

Take a tram ride back in time and experience the sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past. Take a walk through the beautiful Georgian Landscape and find out what life was like in the 1820s. Explore the 1900s Town and experience life before the First World War. Visit the 1900s Pit Village to learn your times tables and practise your handwriting in the school. Take a trip down our drift mine to discover the reality of life underground for miners. Meet the Land Girls and learn to drill with the Home Guard at The 1940s Farm.

Day 2 we travel to Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in Northumberland, famed for action and battles.  With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms, the castle has an extraordinary ownership bloodline which runs back to the 1200s.

Just twenty minutes from the seaside, this romantic and thriving castle is perfect for short breaks  or if you’re looking for a more chilling experience, as one of the most haunted castles in England.

Chillingham Castle boasts some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the country, with a large collection of spectres and apparitions spotted by visitors over the years.

The poet Longfellow begins an apt description of Chillingham with the following verse:
”All houses in which men have lived and died are haunted houses:
Through the open doors the harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
with feet that make no sounds upon the floors.”

 

The UK's 'must see' spectacular outdoor live action show

Day 3 Kynren - An Epic Tale of England (Great seats with Deluxe tickets)

During the day we will have free time in Durham City which is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral. Together with adjacent Durham Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site forms one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. There is plenty to do here or just relax looking round the shops and try the local brew or coffee, the choice is yours. We will return to the hotel in time to change and travel to Kynren for the evening show.

As dusk falls, you take your seat in anticipation in front of a vast stage. The lake is still. You are immersed in the music. You are watching King Harold rejoicing, having conquered the Vikings, but his celebrations are short-lived. The tranquil waters of the lake begin to ripple, its surface begins to swirl. Suddenly a Norman longship erupts from its depths, bearing a fierce William of Normandy and his roaring men who leap ashore, swords held high.

This is just one of Kynren's 29 scenes which takes you on an action-packed and emotional journey through time. Encompassing the Roman occupation, the Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts and jousting, the splendour of the Tudors, the English Civil War, the Georgian Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and two world wars right up to the current period and many other scenes in between - Kynren takes you on a spellbinding voyage through history, myth and legend, as seen through the eyes of Arthur, the son of a mining family from the North East of England.

Brought to you by a 1,000-strong cast and crew who have been professionally trained by international performance experts in dance, theatrical combat, pyrotechnics, and equestrianism. The huge cast is joined on stage by the animals of Kynren, collectively bringing each scene to life amidst jaw-dropping special effects and an original sound track by the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta.

 
Day 4  after breakfast we travel home  and stop at the Black Sheep brewery.

Immerse yourself in the world of Black Sheep r brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire to enjoy a beer experience that you’ll never forget.

We put experience at the top of our agenda when it comes to welcoming visitors, so our newly refurbished Visitor Centre is sure to keep you entertained, where you can enjoy home cooked food, tours around our historic brewery, an opportunity to buy some merchandise from our Sheepy Shop and of course, enjoy a range of freshly served beers poured by our trained in-house staff.

The tour takes you on a journey from the start of Black Sheep’s story to the present day as well as giving you a full insight into how our beers are made and the unique processes we use to create the perfect pint of Black Sheep.

The tour starts with an in-depth look at the history of Black Sheep including a short video featuring Paul and Rob Theakston. You’ll then be shepherded around the brewhouse where you’ll see the magic unfold before the tour finishes at the bar, where you can sample a range of our delicious beers.

Whats Included:

 

Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £290
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £305
  • Non-Member - £320
  • Single Supplement £65

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Ged Morris

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)