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