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On our four day tour we explore the Shuttleworth Collection where you will learn about the life and times of Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, a racing motorist, aviator and prolific collector of veteran cars and aircraft. We also visit Woburn Abbey recognised as one of the finest treasure houses of England.
Situated just four miles from the mainland across the Solent, the Isle of Wight is often described as ‘The Garden Isle’, the wonderful scenery and attractive resorts make it the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Enjoying an unseasonable amount of warmth and sunshine, more than half the Isle of Wight has been designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty, with fifty per cent of its coastline honoured by the title 'Heritage Coast', an award only given to the finest beaches in the country. Queen Victoria fell in love with the Island and after her first visit to Osborne House pronounced: 'It is impossible to find a prettier spot.'
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Paignton lies at the very heart of beautiful Torbay and is a flourishing resort with a long sandy beach, promenade, pier marine gardens and harbour. The town boasts good shopping facilities, cafes, restaurants, theatre and cinema together with a host of traditional seaside attractions.
Join us on this lovely tour as we visit two of the West Country’s best loved cities. Also included will be entrances to SS Great Britain, Bowood House and Gardens, the home of the Marquis of Lansdowne and Chavenage House, where the Poldark family home was filmed.
The Thames Valley is home to many magnificent landscapes and is a great destination to visit at any time of year. We feature Oxford, Henley- on-Thames and ‘Midsomer Murders’ Country. A visit to Dorney Court Manor & Wallingford Museum.
Yorkshire, “God’s Own Country”! Discover the splendour of life in a Yorkshire stately home and the home town of the Bronte Sisters. There are tales of hardship and success woven into the scenery, towns and the houses of Yorkshire and our new tour has many a fascinating tale to tell.
Just six miles from the bright lights of Blackpool, Lytham and St Annes areworlds apart in both character and atmosphere. The dual seaside towns arenestled along a picturesque stretch of coastline lined with well tended lawns, aboating lake and pretty parks. Set back from the coast, in the shadow of PendleHill, lie pretty villages which tell a story of intrigue and witchcraft. Over 400years later, you have the chance to follow the journey taken by the accusedwitches, to learn about their lives and the trial that made British history.
England’s most northerly region is known by many as the “Border Country” as it combines the four counties of Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. Northumberland boasts an infinite variety of landscape from desolate moors to rugged hills as well as eighty miles of coastline, two-thirds of which has been designated an area of outstanding beauty.
One of the largest floral carnivals in Europe. The floats are works of art with designs a closely guarded secret right up to the grand reveal on Battle itself. Islanders of all ages work tirelessly for months getting the floats ready; whether that be cutting fresh flowers (predominantly chrysanthemums, shipped in from the UK and Holland as well as locally grown asters), or preparing dried flowers to make intricate pattern and designs.
As the premier town in North Devon you’ll find great bars, great restaurants and big name high street shopping. But that’s not what makes Barnstaple special, that’s done by the independent boutique shops within the town, the proud local food producers selling their delicious delicacies in the Pannier Market and the town’s colourful history. It’s this mix of new and old, of modern and traditional that’s behind Barnstaple’s charm.