Historic Yorkshire including Grassington 1940’s Weekend

5 days / 4 nights – Departing Thursday 16th September 2021
Return Executive Coach Travel departing from selected pick-up point(s)
4 nights half board 3* Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel
Included excursion package as detailed in our itinerary

Price £ 499pp
Single supplement £59pp (4 nights)

All current Covid-19 guidance followed ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients whilst offering a varied, interesting and enjoyable experience.

Day 1 – Travelling north we make our way to the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire. During WWII over a million men and women came from 62 nations across the world, united in their efforts to protect the freedom we enjoy today. Bomber Command suffered the highest losses of any unit during WWII but has struggled for recognition. Every member of Bomber Command aircrew was a volunteer. The average age at death was only 23. The spire memorial is the UK's tallest memorial and is based on the dimensions of the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber – 102ft high and 16ft wide at the base. The spire is encircled by walls carrying the names of all 57,871 men and women who gave their lives whilst serving in or supporting Bomber Command. This is the only place in the world where all these losses are memorialised. Lunch can be purchased here before continuing on to Ilkley and the hotel where having checked in, dinner is included.

Day 2 – Breakfast included. On Friday’s there is a traditional street market to explore in Skipton, the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. Skipton's unique appeal lies in its happy marriage of olde-worlde charm and the hustle and bustle of a living market town which has evolved naturally over the centuries and consequently retained its many historic features. With its canal and thriving shops, pubs and cafes, Skipton provides something for everyone. You may choose to visit Skipton Castle (payable locally) which is over 900 years old and is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit. If the castle is not for you, then simply wander down the many alleyways, or 'ginnels', to savour the town's history and character. This afternoon we journey onto Bronte Country and the pretty town of Haworth, a Pennine village on the outskirts of the city of Bradford, famous for its association with the Bronte sisters & the ‘Railway Children’. The Bronte sisters were born in Thornton (near Bradford) but wrote most of their famous works whilst living at the Haworth Parsonage, which is now a museum owned and maintained by the Bronte society – entrance not included. Their father was parson at the adjacent Haworth Church which can still be visited today. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Day 3 – Breakfast included. Today is dedicated to the picturesque Dales town of Grassington and the 1940’s weekend event, when the whole village ‘travels back in time’ with live forties street music and period costume from this memorable decade. Enjoy a ride on a vintage bus which stops in the heart of the re-enactor camps where you will find the encampments, vintage market stalls, skirmishes, military displays and military vehicles. Heading up into the village, take a walk around the famous cobbled streets enjoying the entertainment or just browse in the delightful selection of local shops or enjoy some refreshments in one of the many cafes and public houses. This is an unforgettable event with nostalgia waiting around every corner. Hotel dinner included tonight.

Day 4 – Breakfast included. This morning we visit Eden Camp, where you will be transported back in time to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years. This is no ordinary museum and it is also not another military museum, nor a glass showcase Museum. Here they have reconstructed scenes using movement, lighting, sound, smells, even smoke machines to transport you back in time, to make you feel that you are there taking part in history. This special award winning Museum is an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942 and the fascinating displays hold, and reveal to you, the vital spirit which eventually triumphed in 1945. Next we visit the nearby stunning Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic houses. Built over 300 years ago by Sir John Vanbrugh, today it remains home to the Howard family. Discover the house at your own pace, admiring its awe-inspiring architecture, interiors and world-renowned collections, with something to capture everyone’s imagination. Castle Howard’s 1000 acres of parkland are a mixture of sweeping vistas, lakeside terraces, woodlands, temples and statues and formal gardens. Dinner included tonight.

Day 5 – Breakfast included. Checking out of the hotel after breakfast, we retrace our steps making a stop at Saltaire which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2001. Your visit here begins with a guided walking tour of the village followed by some free time for you to explore the famous Salts Mill which is home to one of the largest collections of David Hockney’s art. On the mill’s ground floor is the 1853 Gallery, a permanent exhibition of works by David Hockney. On the second floor is Gallery 2 which houses a collection of work by Henry Marvell Carr R.A entitled ‘The Textile Process’ The Saltaire Exhibition contains Simon Palmer’s collection of Saltaire paintings and drawings and is a fascinating exhibition which explores Saltaire’s history from 1853 to the present day. You can also explore the various independent shops in the mill and lunch can be purchased before continuing homeward, returning you to your original departure point(s).

Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor adjustments to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

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