Places to visit, people to see, things to do...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.