Places to visit, people to see, things to do...
Our time in Llangollen begins with a trip back in time on a horse drawn canal boat. Watch the fish and the wildlife swim in the water as the boat silently travels along, pulled by a powerful, but elegant horse. Afterwards, you will have time to explore the picturesque town of Llangollen before enjoying a journey on the Llangollen Railway
The choice is yours. Chester has plenty to offer: take a trip on the river, walk on the walls, or visit the Cathedral and the famous ‘Rows’ two-tier galleries of shops. Chester Zoo is the UK’s largest zoological gardens, set in award winning parkland, and is a unique and exciting experience for all the family (Entrance not included)
Come with us for a lunch in a wonderful setting. Situated between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Fat Lamb is a delightful stone building offering excellent food and a great atmosphere. There will be 3 course lunch. We travel home via some lovely scenery.
Ripon is one of England’s smallest cities and is known for its historic buildings including the beautiful Ripon Cathedral. The independent shops and little alleys offer the visitor a charming and quaint atmosphere. Next stop is the Forbidden Corner, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, follies, and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
We travel on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway to Lakeside, from where you will enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise along Windermere to Bowness-on-Windermere. You will have approximately three hours to explore this ever-popular Lakes town.
This day is a 'must' for all market lovers. We travel to the award-winning market in Bury. Easy to see why, when you walk around this outstanding shopping experience and why not sample the famous 'Bury Black Pudding' whilst you are there, smashing with a blob of piccalilli.
A medieval street pattern 14th century St Mary’s Church, black and white timber-framed buildings and fine Georgian houses, give the market town of Nantwich a charming atmosphere. Little Moreton Hall is possibly the finest example of a timber framed moated black and white Manor House in the country and is set in one and a half acres of Elizabethan-style gardens.
We visit the pretty Cheshire town of Frodsham on Market day with the market selling a wide range of interesting goods, then it is on to the cathedral city of Chester, famous for its ‘rows’ of black and white Tudor style two storied buildings.
The choice is yours the historic city of Chester or the elegance seaside resort of Llandudno with the mountains of Snowdonia form a spectacular backdrop. Beautifully situated on a magnificent crescent-shaped sandy bay, and sheltered by the headlands of the Great and Little Ormes, the town still retains much of its Victorian canopied shops, cafes and restaurants.
Come with G-Line to the Ribble Valley market town of Clitheroe and its Food Festival. This event showcases Lancashire’s finest food and drink producers situated across the town. There will be tastings, demonstrations, local produce stalls, entertainment and much more.
Today we have a trip to the beach at Crosby to see the Antony Gormley statues, famously titled ‘Another Place’ and consisting of 100 cast-iron, life size figures spread out along the beach foreshore. We then go onto Liverpool where you will have free time for lunch and for wander around the shops or to visit the excellent museums.
We arrive at the Boundary Mill Store in Colne, for a bit of retail therapy for those of you who like to ‘shop til you drop’. You have time for shopping, a wander around and lunch at one of the two restaurants in the store. There will be plenty of bargains to be had, so come with us for a day at Boundary Mill.
Ulverston, ‘the laal town with a big heart’ – discover its market, specialist shops, cobbled streets and the world’s only Laurel and Hardy Museum. Conishead Priory is a superb example of a Victorian Gothic Mansion, now home to an international Buddhist centre and unique Buddhist Temple.
Ormskirk, a traditional market town, combines both ancient and modern. Set in a pedestrianised area surrounded by courtyards, charming arcades and specialist shops. In the afternoon, explore the delights of Southport and walk along the Promenade or visit the shops along the famous Lord Street
Trafford Shopping Centre is the ultimate indoor shopping, dining and entertainment experience with over 250 shops and the large food court to choose from a home to a large plethora of household names including John Lewis, Debenhams and Selfridges.
The choice is yours. Chester has plenty to offer: take a trip on the river, walk on the walls, or visit the Cathedral and the famous ‘Rows’ two-tier galleries of shops. Cheshire Oaks is a shopaholics dream with over 145 boutiques, and famous branded goods at an outlet price with a mix of high street names and iconic fashion brands and plenty of restaurants.
Come with G-Line for a day excursion to the pretty town of Bakewell. Located on the River Wye and famous for its Bakewell Tart, this small spa town offers Georgian architecture, attractive courtyards, independent shops and plenty of eating establishments and might just be your cup of tea!
The seaside town of Whitby. Made famous as the inspiration of Bram Stoker’s Victorian Gothic novel, Dracula, the town today is a delight to visit, with its winding streets, harbour and of course the Abbey overlooking the town, dedicated to St Hilda.
For over 125 years, small engines have hauled trains from the delightful Cumbrian coastal village of Ravenglass through spectacular scenery to Eskdale. We continue to the historic Muncaster Castle, with its Great Hall, octagonal library, ghosts, 77 acres of wild woodland gardens, 12th century church and world owl centre.
On this tour we visit two villages associated with famous people of Yorkshire. Firstly, we visit the village of Haworth, famous for its associations with the Bronte family and visit Saltaire, the mill village founded by Sir Titus Salt.
This six hour cruise along the 35 mile stretch of canal includes a lively commentary throughout, giving a revealing insight into the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain’s major waterways. With bars and catering facilities on board, sit back, relax.
We spend time at the Hayes Garden World in the Lake District town of Ambleside where you will find a wide range of plants, garden equipment and lots more, for all garden types young or old. We then travel to Windermere for a visit to the Lakeland Limited for that bit of unusual kitchen bits and pieces all under one roof.
See the plague cottages and discover the story of the plague in the Museum and the Church, as well as enjoying its Well Dressings. Matlock Bath grew up as a spa town in the 19th century and was built alongside the River Derwent in a beautiful gorge setting.
On this tour we discover the seaside towns of the Wirral Peninsula. We start our day by visiting West Kirby where you can stroll along the prom or wander around the town. Then on to the seaside resort of New Brighton, which in its heyday had Europe’s biggest open air swimming pool and a tower bigger than Blackpool’s.
This festival is a celebration of the heritage and culture of the historic market town of Pontefract, its castle and its unique association with liquorice. You can sample fresh locally and international liquorice products, enjoy street performers, a craft market, live music and entertainment.
This is one flower show that should not be missed! The show brings together a unique blend of beauty, inspiration and practical ideas, showcased in a relaxed and friendly environment, within the beautiful setting of Tatton Park. Enjoy innovative and imaginative show gardens, themed floral displays, flower arranging, talks, demonstrations, plus much more. Indulge your passion for gardening and enjoy the glorious atmosphere. (Show Entrance Included)
The choice is yours as the city of York has lots to offer rich in ancient history: stroll down the traffic free quaint cobbled streets the ‘Shambles’ to the Minster which dominates the city today with its medieval stained glass of the great east wing thought to be the largest stained glass in the world.
Only open four times a year to raise funds for local charities, the Eaton Hall gardens, are owned by the Duke of Westminster, as part of his Eaton Estate. The gardens are a delight to wander around and on this particular charity open day there will be falconry and carriage driving displays, along with a plethora of other attractions.
Ilkley, located at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales is quaint town offering independent shops, plenty of cafes and eateries and is a delight to visit. In the Winter Gardens and Kings Hall, the Ilkely Art Festival, features the very best in art from across the country and North West.
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