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Harrogate or Make & Bake Festival

Harrogate or the The Make and Bake Festival at Ripley Castle

Liverpool For Mersey River Festival

Come to Liverpool for the Mersey River Festival which is a celebration of maritime heritage and history in and around Liverpool.

Arley Hall and Gardens

Arley Hall, with its ancient history and over 100 acres of gardens and parkland, for over 500 years. Providing great variety, the gardens rank amongst the finest in the country.

Shrewsbury River Cruise or for its Food Festival

Shrewsbury has a rich architectural heritage dominated by 'black and white' building or for its Flower Show a spectacular blaze of colour featuring over 3 million blooms.

Caernarfon and the Welsh Highland Railway

Caernarfon and the Welsh Highland Railway

2 departures on 26/06/2017 and 01/09/2017
Trafford Centre

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.

3 departures between 27/06/2017 and 18/08/2017
Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

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.

4 departures between 28/06/2017 and 09/10/2017
Whitby

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.

2 departures on 02/07/2017 and 20/08/2017
Liverpool for the Walker Art Gallery or Shopping

Walker Art Gallery for the ‘Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty’ Exhibtion

Holker Hall Art Market

Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands for its Art Market

Pontefract for its Liquorice Festival

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.

Harrogate or Great Yorkshire Show

Enjoy the floral town of Harrogate or the renowned Great Yorkshire Show, which includes, over the three days of the show, top class show jumping, sheep dog trials, bands, display teams, animals galore plus much, much more.

2 departures on 11/07/2017 and 13/07/2017
Marble Church and Conwy

We visit North Wales and included a guided tour and tea/coffee of the ‘Marble Church’ St Margaret’s Antioch at Bodelwyddan. We then travel to Conway for free time to wander around this walled town.

Leeds and Lotherton Hall Country House

Leeds really is Yorkshire’s city for shopping. Lotherton Hall is a beautiful Edwardian country house, stable and Carriage houses and a Stableyard Café.

2 departures on 15/07/2017 and 19/08/2017
Steam on the Wildside

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.

Bakewell and Canal Cruise

Bakewell, the home of the ‘pudding’ and a beautiful market town in the heart of the Peak District, has something for everyone. The town centre has numerous ‘emporiums of excellence’. Before enjoying a “Pride of the Peak” two and a half hour Cream Tea Cruise of the Upper Peak Forest Canal (consists of assorted sandwiches, hot scones, cream, jam, butter and tea or coffee).

Chester or Chester Zoo

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)

2 departures on 17/07/2017 and 16/08/2017
Guide Dog Training Centre and Ena Mill

A fascinating insight into the work of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association at their Atherton Training School, where you will learn about their work and the excellent training facilities of this wonderful society. Then it is onto Ena Mill, for the perfect shopping experience all under one roof. (Tour at Guide Dog Centre free, but donations welcome)

RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park

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)

3 departures between 20/07/2017 and 22/07/2017
Chesterfield for its Medieval Market

Chesterfield is the home of St Mary and All Saints with its crooked spire. The town steps back into the Middle Ages for its Medieval market, where you can see Medieval knights, jesters and other period attractions including encampments and living history in the grounds of the church.

Ripon and the Forbidden Corner

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.

Haworth and Saltaire

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.

BBC Media City and Lowry Centre

We visit the BBC’s complex at Media City at Salford for a timed tour which takes you both in front and behind the scenes at the BBC, there will be time for lunch, and free time to explore the Lowry Centre and its Designer Outlet, or the Imperial War Museum.

York or Yorkshire Air Museum

The choice is yours. York, where you can shop til you drop and be a culture vulture or the Yorkshire Air Museum

Chester or Cheshire Oaks

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.

Eaton Hall Garden Charity Open Day

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.

Turbary Woods, then onto Brockholes Visitor Centre

Brockholes Visitor Centre, then onto Turbary Woods Owl and Birds of Prey Sanctuary

Manchester Concorde

Manchester and a Private Guided Tour of Concorde at Manchester Airport

Port Sunlight and Lady Lever Art Gallery

We visit unique village of Port Sunlight and you will also have the opportunity to visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Frodsham for Market Day and Chester

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.

Llangollen Boat Trip and Railway

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

Knutsford and the Anderton Boat Lift

Visit the lovely town of Knutsford with shops for all tastes, quaint buildings, cobbled streets, and a lively café culture and then in the afternoon on to Anderton Boat Lift to experience this engineering marvel.

Houghton Weavers Concert with Lunch

Come with for a new day excursion to Rivington Barn, where there will be a 2 course meal, tea and coffee, before enjoying a concert by the wonderful Houghton Weavers.

3 departures between 08/08/2017 and 17/10/2017
Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park is one of the top choices for a family day out in the north of England. The Park offers a unique five-mile safari drive along roads lined with exotic animals from all over the world.

Tissington Hall

For this excursion we travel to Tissington Hall, a Jacobean house presiding over the village.

Ilkley for it's Art Festival and Shopping

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.

Clitheroe for its Food Festival

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.

Shrewsbury for Shopping or for its Flower Show

Shrewsbury has a rich architectural heritage dominated by 'black and white' building or for its Flower Show a spectacular blaze of colour featuring over 3 million blooms.

Eden Valley & Ullswater Sedbergh Appleby & Boat

Eden Valley & Ullswater Tour inc. Sedbergh, Appleby and a Boat Cruise

Bakewell

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!

Anthony Gormley Statues and Liverpool

Today we have a trip to the beach at Crosby to see the Anthony 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.

Hepworth Gallery & Yorkshire Sculpture Park

we venture to West Yorkshire for, firstly, a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Gallery prior to visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Barbara Hepworth Gallery is a contemporary art gallery,

Gemini Retail Park near  Warrington

We take you to the Gemini Retail Park, near Warrington, the huge out-of-town IKEA Store, Marks & Spencer, and other retail outlets,

Dewsbury Market and Holmfirth

Dewsbury visit its Minster and the largest open market in Yorkshire. The BBC TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine was set in Holmfirth and you can have a cuppa in Sid’s cafe and discover the Summer Wine Exhibition, located at Compo’s former house. On display are hundreds of photographs and memorabilia.

Skipton on Market Day & Kettlewell Scarecrow

You’ll have plenty of time to browse round the many stalls in the famous Skipton market and have lunch, before we continue to Kettlewell for its Scarecrow Festival. Explore the village by walking the ‘Scarecrow Trail’.

City of York

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.

Isle of Anglesey and a cruise to Puffin Island

We travel to the Isle of Anglesey for a visit to the town of Beaumaris, where you will be have some free time before enjoying a cruise to Puffin Island, situated off the coast of Isle of Anglesey.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Bolton’s food and drink festival, with cookery demonstrations and a large speciality market offering the best in food and drink. Bolton also has an excellent shopping centre and you have the time both to explore

Holker Hall Plant Fair

Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands for its Plant Fair and Food Market

Cartmel Races

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.

Scarthwaite Country House & Carnforth Station

Scarthwaite Country House Hotel for lunch and a visit to the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre

Chester or the Seaside Resort of Llandudno

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.

Eyam for its Well Dressings and Matlock Bath

Visit Eyam 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.

Morecambe Vintage by the Sea Festival

We travel to Morecambe for its ‘Vintage by the Sea’ Festival. The seafront at Morecambe provides a wonderful backdrop, and there will be a range of activities, entertainment, food and shopping, workshops, and dancing.

Elf at the Lowry

‘Elf’ at the Lowry Theatre, Salford

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