4 days / 3 nights
Departures on Wednesday 1st September & Friday 24th September 2021
Return Coach Travel departing from your selected regional pick-up point(s)
3 nights half board at the 4* Bridgewood Manor Hotel – ensuite rooms
Included excursion package as detailed in our sample itinerary
Exception is the NT property free for members.
Price from £459pp based on Twin / Double share
Single supplement £49 (3 nights) - Twin/doubles for sole use
£50pp at the time of booking
2nd deposit £50pp by the 31.03.21 (non-refundable / non–transferable)
Balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Travel Insurance £40pp - No upper age limit – Includes COVID cover
● RESIDENTS KENT & VICINITY - Self-drive HALF day
Enquire about our PRIVATE Afternoon event to include an Afternoon Tea & EXCLUSIVE vintage event with the award-winning Miss Holiday Swing.
*Self-drive to / from venue.
● Dates scheduled are 3rd & 26th September 2021
Other dates for private groups available on request throughout 2021
● Venue - Bridgewood Manor Hotel Chatham
Day 1 – Travelling to Kent, today begins with an included visit to *Hever Castle & Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn where you will experience 700 years of history at this romantic double-moated castle. The splendid rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself. Take time to discover the magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds. Continuing on to our hotel where having checked in dinner is included. * Today’s visit may change depending on your departure point in which case a similar visit will be included.
Day 2 – Breakfast included. Today begins with an included visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, a unique & award-winning maritime heritage destination with stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture and exciting maritime galleries and attractions, brought to life by costumed guides. Included is a tour by a ‘Call the Midwife’ official player as you walk in the footsteps of the Midwife cast members. In partnership with Neal Street Productions, you will enjoy a special behind the scenes insight into the popular series and your favourite characters. Walk the cobbled streets of ‘Poplar’, see the familiar building fronts and explore the exclusive exhibition with sets and costumes.
Other highlights of your visit include: Making rope on the Victorian Ropery Tour, be gripped by stories of life aboard Three Historic Warships, be absorbed by the sights, sounds and smells of the dockyard of 1758 recreated in the Wooden Walls of England and be inspired by the Royal Dockyard Museum, 3 Slip The BIG Space and the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection, or for a little peace and quiet visit the beautiful Commissioner's garden.
This afternoon you will have a little free time in nearby Rochester to explore this city dominated by its fine Norman Castle and Cathedral, England's second oldest foundation. Hotel dinner included.
Day 3 – Breakfast included. This morning is dedicated to an included visit to Leeds Castle and a guided tour.
This castle has been called the ‘loveliest castle in the world’ and is situated on two islands in a magnificent lake. Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle over the years has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence and a royal palace. There is much to explore here including the Gatehouse exhibition which takes you on a fascinating journey through over 900 years of the Castle’s history and the unusual Dog collar museum! You may also choose to discover some of the 500 acres of gardens and parkland.
Returning to the hotel you will enjoy an included Afternoon tea at a Simply Groups EXCLUSIVE private entertainment event hosted by the amazing award-winning Miss Holiday Swing. This bouncing, bubbly sweetheart will entertain with songs from the 1920’s through to the modern day but always in her vintage style! Let her transport you back to the Golden Age of Swing, serenading you with the sounds of Vera Lynn, Glen Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Postmodern Jukebox, and The Andrews Sisters to name but a few. Hotel dinner included.
Day 4 – Checking out of the hotel after breakfast, our final visit is to Chartwell (NT). Winston and Clementine Churchill bought Chartwell in 1922, which became their family home for the next forty years. Born in 1874, Churchill loved Chartwell and the rooms in the house remain much as they were when he lived here with pictures, books and personal mementoes, whilst a special exhibition gives deeper insight into his life through many objects. Chartwell’s hillside gardens reflect his love of landscape and nature and include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the ‘Marycot’, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary. Lunch can be purchased here before continuing homewards returning you to your original departure point later today.
Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor changes to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control