Mon 14th to Wed 16th May 2018
Twin or Double £195 per person Single £235 per person
Supplements for non-members
Final payment 1st April 2018
There are a number of places worth visiting, but which are too far away for a Swanage-based day trip. When we looked we realised that single night stays outside London are expensive for a group, and two night stays offer much better value. By visiting mainly National Trust properties we have been able to keep the cost attractively low.
Our first two night short holiday will be in the West Country staying in Plymouth at the Duke of Cornwall, a Best Western Hotel, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. We will travel in ‘Lily’ the 53 seater North Dorset coach with Jamie our familiar and much respected driver who has guided us so comfortably on several PANT holidays.
We will visit Saltram (NT) on our first day en route to Plymouth. This is a lovely house with splendid views, landscaped parkland and wonderful contents to enjoy. We then make the short journey to our centrally placed hotel to arrive by 5.00pm.
A leisurely start the next day with a visit to the Mayflower Museum situated near to our hotel. We will have time to study the history of Plymouth and the Pilgrim Fathers, to have coffee and explore the surroundings a little before having a guided tour of the Plymouth Gin Distillery nearby. The Distillery is in a wonderful old building, said to have once been a Monastery, with gin having been produced here since 1783. So a liquid sample of history awaits us! We are then free to make our own choice of activity for the afternoon – a light lunch, to wander along to Plymouth Hoe, take a boat trip around the Sound or a ferry from the Mayflower Steps over to Mount Edgcumbe.
On Wednesday we will visit Cotehele (NT) one of the favourite National Trust properties among Members – a lovely place. We will be able to delight in the house and grounds, wander through the Valley Gardens to Cotehele Quay and perhaps venture alongside the Morden stream to Cotehele Mill. We leave about 4.00pm to make our way homeward to Swanage arriving about 7.00pm.
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Sun 30th Sept to Fri 5th Oct 2018
Twin or Double £440 per person
Single (11 available) £535 per person
Supplements for non-members
In 2018 we will be visiting this vibrant and exciting City on the tenth anniversary of it being awarded European City of Culture status. There are many modern attractive museums and galleries to explore, together with the lively night life and music world.
Below is a brief outline of the tours and visits included in the cost.
Day 1 We will leave Swanage at 8.00am and travel to Bridgnorth for our lunch break. Then onwards to check in at the Marriott Hotel (City centre) on a B&B basis.
The first night dinner will be served in the Hotel and is included in the price.
Day 2 We have Blue Badge Guides throughout the day and we will visit the City and both famous Cathedrals, one designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and the other by Sir Fredric Gibberd.
Day 3 We drive through the Mersey Tunnel to visit Port Sunlight Village and have a tour of the museum. We go across the road and visit the ‘jewel’ in the crown The Lady Lever Museum and Art Gallery.
After lunch (not included) a short drive will take us to Ness Botanic Gardens.
Day 4 ‘Ferry across the Mersey’ where we will see the iconic buildings from the river. Optional evening trip to see the lights at Blackpool, which is included in the cost.
Day 5 Visit Speke Hall (NT) together with seeing the 2 Beatles homes (NT) coming back to the hotel via the Gormley statues.
Day 6 Leave Liverpool to return to Swanage, stopping at Gloucester Services for lunch, hopefully arriving at about 7 to 7.30pm.
This is effectively full, but if you want to go, check to see whether we've had any cancellations