Friday 27th: We depart travelling south to Oxford for free time for lunch and to explore before continuing on to Farnborough to our hotel in time to relax before dinner.
Saturday 28th: Our day begins with a ride to the pleasant town of Alton. Here we join the Mid Hants Railway – ‘The Watercress Line’ for a 10 miles journey over the ‘Hampshire Alps’ to Alresford. Alresford is the home of the Hampshire watercress industry, from which the line takes its name. After the train ride we head off into Basingstoke and to Milestones. This is a living history museum where you wander down cobbled streets, chat with staff in period costume and explore the shops and factories to experience everyday life from 1810
Sunday 29th: This morning travel to RHS Wisley Gardens. One of the great gardens of the world, it is home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe. We include a 90-minute guided tour of the garden led by one of Wisley’s knowledgeable team. In the afternoon we head to Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard and one of the major producers of award-winning still and sparkling wines in the UK. We start with the ‘Indoor Cinema Vineyard Tour’ where you will learn about the geology and history of the estate, experience the changes in the vineyard through the seasons and appreciate the wine making process from vine to bottle. Then a Winery Walking tour passes through the working winery with a full commentary from a Denbies Wine Tour Guide. Finally, the journey ends in the atmospheric wine cellars where you will be guided through a tasting of Denbies classic wine.
Monday 30th: We depart Farnborough and head homeward through the Cotswold’s with stops en-route for lunch and sightseeing.