November

Sat 2nd                             Last night for the Blackpool Illuminations! (coach drives through the lights)   £18/L              11pm

Tue 5th                            Lichfield Market day & National Memorial Arboretum                                              £15/E               8pm   

This morning we make our way down to the lovely town of Lichfield where we find their market in full swing.  We have time to enjoy this vibrant town, perhaps have a spot of lunch at one of the many eateries here before making a trip down to the National Memorial Arboretum.  With its 30,000+ trees we can enjoy a stroll around the woodlands.

Thu 7th                            Liverpool & the Beatles Tour                                                                                                £12/M             6pm

This morning we will stop at the Gordale Garden Centre for a short break of around an hour before we head over the Runcorn Bridge and into Wavertree to see the house where Paul McCartney grew up.  Our guided tour will then take you into Liverpool and to Strawberry Fields to see the famous gates and down Penny Lane where the coach will stop briefly for photographs.  We finish our tour in the town centre, dropping off near to the famous Cavern Club and around 3 hours free time.   There are no admissions included.

Sat 9th                              Coventry (drop off outside the motor museum (City Centre)                                 £14/E              7pm

Sun 10th Tatton Park Christmas Fayre and High Legh Garden Centre (free admission)  £14/M 7pm Step into a magical Christmas at Tatton Park where we find the flourishing indoor Christmas Fayre. The house is closed today, but the market stalls all hold locally made produce, handmade gifts and items for sale. Wander around the stalls enjoying a glass of mulled wine or cider, then meander in the courtyard and perhaps a spot of lunch at the café. This afternoon we head to the High Legh Garden Centre – which will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. This is the perfect opportunity to do a spot of Christmas shopping.

Sat 16th                          Ribble Valley Tour with lunch at the Calf’s Head (lunch included)                         £32/E             6pm

Join us as we embark on a scenic tour of the Ribble valley in full Autumn colour.  We follow the River Ribble as it meanders its way through the valley before arriving at the Calf’s Head Country House for lunch.  Its not over yet through as we also get to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the lovely town of Clitheroe.

Sat 16th                          Bury’s Famous Market                                                                                                            £14/M            6pm

Sun 17th                        Coronation Street Tour                                                                                                           £48/M            7pm

Sun 17th                        Salford Quays for shopping or Imperial War Museum                                               £14/M            7pm

Sun 17th                        Holmfirth and last of the Summer Wine                                                                          £16/M            7pm

This morning we take a comfort break before heading on a beautiful journey through Glossop and over the

Woodhead Pass, dropping down into the Holme Valley.  The hills and surrounding valleys were made famous by Compo and his friends in the TV drama ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.  We arrive in Holmfirth just before lunchtime – here you will have around three hours free time to explore – perhaps have a cuppa in Syds Café! 

22nd – 24th                   Cardiff (Description on page 28)                                                                                         £179/E             9pm

Sat 23rd                          Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre (travel only)                                                            £17/E                8pm

Sat 23rd                          Warley Model Railway Show at the NEC (travel only)                                               £18/E                8pm

Join us today as we head to the National Exhibition Centre for the award winning Warley Model Railway Show.  One of the biggest model railway shows in the UK with layouts and stalls galore, there really is everything that the avid modeller could desire here.

Sat 23rd                          Bakewell Christmas Market                                                                                                 £16/E                 7pm

Sun 24th                        Ulverston Dickensian Festival (free admission)                                                           £19/E                 8pm

Travel back to the times of Charles Dickens in the lovely town of Ulverston, meet Queen Victoria and many others from this time as we experience everything from festive stalls to entertainment.  Why not wear a period costume and enter the competition on in the town today?

24th to 25th                Bolsover Castle & Birmingham (description on page 29)                                         £99/E                 8pm

24th to 25th                Leeds Xmas Market & Harrogate (description on page 29)                                     £74/E                 8pm

24th to 28th                Festive Scotland                (description on page 28)                                                       £329/E            8pm

29-2nd                              Festive Lake District (tour description on page 31)                                                     £199/E              7pm

Sat 30th                          City of Liverpool               ***SPECIAL OFFER***                                                            £10/M               6pm

Sat 30th                          Trafford Centre                 ***SPECIAL OFFER***                                                            £10/M               7pm

Sat 30th                          Manchester Christmas Markets  ***SPECIAL OFFER**                                             £10/M               7pm

                                                                                              Cardiff        ONLY £179  

         Fri 22nd to Sun 24th November 2019                             Single supplement £62

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the 4* Jurys Inn, Cardiff.  This hotel is right in the heart of the City Centre within easy walking distance of the shops, Cardiff Castle & St Davids shopping centre.  Coach travel included.

Day 1: This morning we enjoy a scenic drive right through the heart of Wales with comfort breaks as required, arriving in Cardiff around 2 to 3pm. On arrival we check into the hotel and the rest of the day is yours as you wish, with dinner in the hotel each night included in the price.

Day 2: Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy everything that Cardiff has to offer. Why not wander down to the town centre where you will find the Christmas Markets in full swing – with traditional wooden chalets offering locally made produce like ceramics, jewellery and food. You could take a look around the Cardiff Castle, or jump onto one of the City Sightseeing tour buses which also stops at Cardiff Bay.

Day 3: This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast and load our cases onto the coach. Then the day is as you wish, with all of our free time today being spend in Cardiff itself.

Cardiff City Centre  Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay           Cardiff City Centre Festive Scotland  £329!

      Sun 24th to Thu 28th November 2019     Winnock Hotel, Drymen        Single supplement £72

Included: 4 nights full board, porterage, welcome drinks reception, 1 glass of wine at dinner, packed lunch or soup/sandwiches 3 days, afternoon tea in the conservatory on ‘Christmas Eve’, traditional Christmas dinner on ‘Christmas day’, visit from Santa & gift, traditional Scottish dinner & show on ‘Hogmanay’, live

entertainment on two nights, free bar between 19:30-22:30 each night (selected drinks), farewell hot toddy.

Excursion 1: Scenic tour of Loch Lomond to include a stop at Loch Katrine with an excursion to one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Today we will board the Sir Walter Scott and enjoy an excursion along the lake taking in the beautiful views whilst we listen to the festive singing from carollers, perhaps have a toddy or two and join the fun!

Excursion 2: Edinburgh Christmas Markets!

1 optional excursion (£5, plus any entrance fees if applicable): An optional excursion will be available for you to purchase for your free day, or spend your free day in the little village of Drymen and enjoy the hotel.

                Scottish Borders                             The Winnock Hotel                                 Loch Katrine

Bolsover Castle & Birmingham

        Sun 24th to Mon 25th November 2019          £99       Single supplement £15

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the Bosworth Hall Hotel & Spa. Entry to Bolsover Castle. 

Day 1:            Sizzling  bratwursts, tankards of German beer and the        fruity     flavours of            hot Glühwein – it can only mean one        thing..   Birmingham German Christmas market is back!    This        is             the         largest German        market outside of

        Germany and really has the                                                      Birmingham Christmas Market

WOW factor! You will find everything from waffle stands, creps, mulled wine stalls, handcrafted gifts and so much more. If you are Christmas shopping today then you really don’t need to look any further – with designer outlets, high street stores and the famous Bullring shopping centre, you really will get everything you need here today. Late afternoon we head to our hotel where we have a hot carvery style dinner.

Day 2: This morning after our breakfast we head over to the fairy-tale mansion, Bolsover Castle which was designed to entertain and impress and that reputation has continued on through the years. Commanding a wonderful high position above the town of Bolsover, you will enjoy views of the country all around. Look into every nook and cranny of the ruined areas of the castle, and wander in awe at the intact section of the building called ‘the Little Castle’. A lovely gift shop

and café are on site. This afternoon we head over to the historic town of Chesterfield, which of course is famous for its unusual Crooked Spire church. Our journey home takes us on a scenic journey through the heart of the peak district, taking a comfort break on our

way. Bolsover Castle The Crooked Spire Leeds & Harrogate Just £74!

        Sun 24th to Mon 25th November 2019                                                  Single supplement £10

Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the Best Western Guide Post Hotel, Bradford. Coach travel as described.

Day 1: This morning we head up to Leeds where we head directly into the city centre for the HUGE Christkindelmarkt German Market is in full swing in Millennium square which has been transformed in to a festive wonderland. The market boasts over 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalet stalls with

        handcrafted toys jewellery, festive decorations and                            Leeds German Christmas Market

authentic German delicacies.  Perhaps enjoy a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) whilst you soak in the festive atmosphere.

Day 2:. The heart of Yorkshire is our destination for today as we head to the picturesque town of Harrogate, which is beautiful at any time of year but at Christmas time it is truly special.  Wander the beautifully decorated streets, perhaps visit Betty’s tearooms or wander the

Valley Gardens which is a serene Grade II listed Gardens

       with woodland and historic buildings.                                                                                   Harrogate