This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and from three nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in Lancashire to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.
- Our suggested itinerary could include:
- Shugborough Estate (NT)
- Fred Dibnah Heritage Visitors Centre
- Bury Market and The East Lancashire Railway
- Rufford Old Hall (NT)
- Blackpool and the Illuminations (selected dates only)
- A guided tour of Pendle Witch Country
- Boundary Mills Outlet Centre and Queen Street Textile Mill
- Jodrell Bank & the Lovell Telescope
- Group Organiser benefits
- No single room supplements (selected tours only)
To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.
Day 1 - The Shugborough Estate (NT) is the ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield. With rumoured connections to the Holy Grail, the 364-hectare classical landscape is peppered with unusual monuments. The fine Georgian mansion house, with magnificent views over riverside garden terraces, features stunning collections of porcelain. Costumed characters work in the servants' quarters and farmstead: doing laundry, cheese-making, milling, brewing and baking. In addition, the restored walled garden grows historic varieties of fruit and vegetables.
Day 2 - Fred Dibnah Heritage Visitors Centre is the home of Lancashire’s famous Steeplejack & Engineer. A guided tour will show you the fascinating grounds, workshops and machinery, collected by Fred over his working life, after which you can relax in the garden, the snug or the lounge, and take in the atmosphere of this amazing piece of English history! Bury Market has forover five hundred years dominated the consumer retail sector in this area. Over the past thirty years, retail giants have developed in the vicinity, yet Bury Market remains the undisputed champion of the North, attracting 250,000 visitors every week. The East Lancashire Railway between Bury & Rawtenstall is a perfect way to end the day.
Day 3 - At Rufford Old Hall (NT) you can follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings. It was home to the Heskeths for 500 years and its Great Hall was once the stage for a young William Shakespeare before he was famous. Fantastic furniture, arms, armour and tapestries sweep through the hall, and history springs to life in the Hesketh's dining room, its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests. Stroll through Rufford's glorious Victorian and Edwardian gardens which are one of the lowest-lying National Trust gardens in England. Blackpool and its Illuminations (selected dates only). Travel on the Blackpool Tramway, the only surviving first-generation tramway in Britain dating back to 1885 and serving the Lancashire town of Blackpool and its suburbs. It is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world (local cost). During the Blackpool Illuminations specially-decorated trams carry passengers through the illuminated area of the town.
Day 4 - A guided tour of Pendle Witch Country is an informative and interesting tour. This is not just about the story of the Pendle Witches but it also takes you around the wild countryside of Pendle Hill. Experience the beauty of this unknown area of Lancashire, the countryside of which has changed little since the 1600’s. This tour has castles, battlefields, abbeys, ancient churches, witches, graves and stories of famous men and women who lived here, including the man who invented time as we know it. Boundary Mills Outlet Centre near Colne is a perfect location to take a break and purchase refreshments or enjoy some discountedretail therapy. The Queen Street Textile Museum is the world’s only surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill. Here you will see steam powered weaving brought to life. Owned by a workers co-operative “The Queen Street Manufacturing Company” the mill is a time capsule of the late Victorian age, which produced cloth using Victorian steam driven power looms until its closure in 1982. Whether you are interested in local or social history or textiles and textile machinery the sights, sounds and smells of Queen Street Mill brings the textile industry vividly to life!
Day 5 - Jodrell Bank is home to the giant Lovell Telescope which has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy for over 50 years. Since the summer of 1957, this telescope has been quietly probing the depths of space, a symbol of our wish to understand the universe in which we live. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena. Bridgemere Nursery & Garden World is Britain's largest and most spectacular garden centre. Established fifty years ago by John Ravenscroft as a one-man band rose nursery; Bridgemere now covers 50 acres and is one of the largest garden centres in the world. The nursery grows nearly a million plants a year and has six acres of themed, award-winning show gardens.
With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.