Christmas in England 2019
Guided tour staying at a Cotswolds country house hotel
Celebrate an old English Christmas in a quaint manor house. Spend holiday time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Enjoy excellent food, great company, plus daily excursions that explore the delights of the Cotswolds on our Discovery tour.
Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.
Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for premium rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.
After dinner there will be a selection of festive quizzes.
We head off to a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon- Avon. We’ll enjoy lunch at the Rooftop restaurant at the Theatre, then you’ve got the choice of free time to explore this delightful town independently, or visit one or more of the Shakespeare houses.
After dinner enjoy talks about Bourton and the Cotswolds
Enjoy a mooch around Stow-on-the-Wold, a classic Cotswold town. Then we’ll take a trip on the steam-hauled Gloucester and Warwickshire railway. Lunch is booked at the Wilson Museum in Cheltenham which is exhibiting some of its collection which is not normally displayed.
After dinner, dance the night away with the live band in the Country House.
Dec 25 Christmas
Merry Christmas! After a leisurely breakfast, walk to the Slaughters and/or a visit to Birdland Park and Gardens (just around the corner in Bourton). Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch where guests will dress to impress. The afternoon is planned around Christmas entertainment, watching the Queen’s speech (a British tradition), and enjoying a favorite film. After a buffet supper enjoy some more festive fun. Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and other celebrations..
Dec 26 Boxing Day
The crunch of boots on frosty ground. The infectious laughter of a group of new found friends. The spicy warmth of traditional foods. Experience Blenheim Palace, with its festive decorations, then take lunch in the George and Dragon at Long Hanborough. The afternoon will be spent pottering about in Oxford with an opportunity to visit the Ashmolean museum.
Enjoy a special final evening in the house, with traditional entertainment.
Head off into your new year after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
All admission and lunch costs are included in the cost of this holiday.
YOUR ENGLISH CHRISTMAS TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
* Deluxe minicoach/motorcoach transportation for day tours where needed.
* Services of a driver/guide (1 person).
* Hotel accommodation with private bath.
* Full breakfast daily, afternoon tea, light lunch and dinners during our Christmas program.
* All admission costs on this Christmas holiday are included, as is a light lunch every day while out touring.
* All service charges and taxes
|Festive Discovery Tour at Bourton-on-the-Water||6||22-Dec||$1,988|
|Single Supplement||per night||$42|
Airfare is available at added cost
Christmas at Church Stretton
Enjoy our special festive Discovery Tour at The Longmynd, Church Stretton. Enjoy excellent food, great company, and excursions that explore Shrewsbury, the historic and county town of Shropshire.
|Christmas||nights||date||Price per person|
|Discovery Tour at Church Stretton||4||23-Dec||$1,507|
Your room will be available from 2.30pm. Enjoy a festive start to your holiday.
Christmas Eve: Historic Shrewsbury
Enjoy a gentle walking tour of pictureque Shrewsbury with its black and white Tudor houses, town walls, castle and historic churches. We'll discover historic villages on the scenic tour back to the house.
Christmas Day: Picturesque Church Stretton
A gentle town trail around Church Stretton will work up an appetite for our Christmas lunch. Enjoy its ancient buildings and church.
Boxing Day: Iron Bridge and Coalbrookdale
Ironbridge is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, and there’s plenty of indoor museums to explore. The Museum of the Gorge gives you the opportunity to visit the pioneering Iron Bridge itself. The on to the Museum of Iron at Coalbrookdale, with its fascinating exhibits near the original preserved furnaces. In the afternoon, explore the nostalgic Blists Hill Victorian Town with its restored Victorian buildings. If the weather’s fine we can take an easy stroll along the canal. You may also, time permitting, like to visit the Coalport Museum with its sumptuous display of china or the fascinating Jackfield Tile Museum before we set off back home.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
We wish we could, but we can’t manage the weather, traffic jams or other venue’s operations, so if this holiday needs to change for those, or any other reasons, your leader will help smooth the way.
Christmas in Cornwall
Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol singing and New Year celebrations Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer
Price includes Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts A programme of organised walks and activities The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides Any transport to and from the walks
|Christmas in Cornwall||6||22-Dec||$1,988|
|Single supplement per night||$42|
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS
When it comes to wrapping up warm and enjoying the magical chill of Christmas, there’s nowhere quite like England – and on this seasonal tour of the country’s most festive attractions, we’ll find ourselves getting into the spirit of things in true English style. From London to Bath, the Cotswolds and back again, we’ll experience Choral Evensong services, delve into the traditions of bygone times – and of course, explore plenty of Christmas markets along the way.
THE LYNOTT DIFFERENCE
DAY 1 LONDON – HAMPTON COURT – WINCHESTER
After meeting the group in London, we’ll set our sights on the first festive stop of our trip: the magnificent Hampton Court Palace, which will be bursting with Christmas decorations at this special time of year. Then: it’s onwards to Winchester, where we’ll pay a visit to the Cathedral’s Christmas market – which is regarded as one of the best in Europe. With over 100 chalets to explore, it’s the perfect place to pick up a gift or two for your loved ones back at home – so you’ll be free to stroll the stalls at your leisure before we head inside to enjoy a tour of the Cathedral itself. Later on, we’ll reconvene to share a delicious welcome dinner (and toast the start of our trip). (D)
Accommodation: The Winchester Hotel & Spa (or similar)
DAY 2 WINCHESTER – SALISBURY – BATH
This morning we'll leave Winchester behind and set a course for Salisbury - where a tour of the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral awaits. After that, it's all aboard the mini-coach as we make our way to historic Bath. This afternoon, we'll take to the 'Ten Tree Trail' in search of the ten charming Christmas trees strewn throughout the city. Of course, we’ll also take the time to soak up the atmosphere at the award-winning Christmas market before we retire to the hotel for the evening. What a day! (B)
Accommodation: The Abbey Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 BATH
We’ve a full day to spend in Bath today – and where better to begin than the famous Roman Baths? Here, we’ll receive a fascinating insight into what local life was like 2,000 years ago as we peruse the artefacts and architecture on a guided tour. Later on this afternoon, we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Christmas cookery class – where we’ll learn the secrets behind the perfect mince pies and mulled wine (cheers!). After dark, we’ll take our seats in Bath Abbey for a spine-tingling Choral Evensong service. (B,D)
Accommodation: The Abbey Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 BATH – THE COTSWOLDS
Before we hit the road again, we’ll have just enough time to visit the museum at No.1 Royal Crescent – a Georgian house that has been decorated and furnished just as it would have been in the 18th century. Then, it’s off to Cirencester, where we’ll add to our Christmas present collections at the town’s charming Christmas market. Later this evening, an old-fashioned Christmas experience awaits us in Stratford-upon-Avon – where we’ll visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and learn more about the Christmas traditions of the 16th century. With traditionally decorated houses, mulled wine and warm mince pies – not to mention a short theatre performance – it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. (B,D)
Accommodation: The Kings Hotel (or similar)
DAY 5 THE COTSWOLDS – LONDON
This morning we’ll take in some quintessentially English country scenery as we make our way through the picturesque Cotswolds region en route to London. When we get there, there’s a spellbinding treat in store for us: a visit to Christmas at Kew. When we get there, we’ll follow the illuminated trail through the world-famous gardens, stopping to observe the magical art installations that pepper the trees, buildings and water. (B)
DAY 6 LONDON
After this morning’s breakfast, we’ve a full day to spend seeking out London’s seasonal highlights – starting at the fascinating Charles Dickens Museum, where we’ll have the opportunity to wander the very rooms where the author wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickelby. Our second stop of the day will be the iconic Covent Garden Market, where we’ll have plenty of time to browse the shops and experience the festive atmosphere. And this evening? We’ll come together to round off our last night in style: by sharing a traditional English Christmas dinner (with all the trimmings, of course). (B,D)
DAY 7 LONDON
This morning you’ll have some free time to take it easy at the hotel before we gear up for the grand finale: a matinee Christmas show in the legendary West End. When it’s over, it’ll be time to say goodbye. Merry Christmas, one and all! (B)