4* Hallmark Mickelover Court Hotel, Derby: The World of Wedgewood, Biddulph Grange, Churnet Valley Railway, Buxton, Haddon Hall, Bakewell & National Memorial Arboretum
Thursday 16 July
We make our journey north with a stop for lunch arriving at our hotel in time to settle in before dinner.
Friday 17 July
Today we visit The World of Wedgwood, which is a unique, interactive visitor centre experience celebrating the very best of British craftsmanship. Explore the manufacturing process in the heart of the Potteries, at Barlaston, the home of Wedgwood. On the Wedgwood Factory Tour, see up close the craftsmanship, artisan skills and techniques honed over 260 years. The award winning tour offers an in depth view of all aspects of bone china and iconic Jasperware production including casting, firing, glazing, figure making, decorating and hand painting, ornamentation and gilding. This afternoon we visit Biddulph Grange Garden (NT). This Victorian garden was created by James Bateman for his collection of plants from around the world. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.
Saturday 18 July
Today we visit the Churnet Valley Railway which takes you on a journey back to the 1950s and 1960s. Take a break from busy urban life and hop on board a steam train to ride in a heritage carriage behind one of the beautifully restored heritage steam or diesel locomotives. Pass through delightful countryside with riverside views and The Cauldon Canal. You can learn more about the history of Churnet Valley Railway and the/North Staffordshire Railway Company in our small museum based at Cheddleton Station, which houses a wealth of information and memorabilia. We then take a scenic drive through the Peak District to Buxton for time at leisure.
Sunday 19 July
This morning we head to Haddon Hall. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye. Described by Simon Jenkins in 1000 Best Houses as the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages. This afternoon we have free time in the picturesque town of Bakewell. Its mellow stone buildings, medieval arched bridge, riverside walks and little courtyards combine to create a charming atmosphere.
Monday 20 July
After breakfast we make our way home with a stop on route at the National Memorial Arboretum, arriving home mid-afternoon.
HALLMARK HOTEL DERBY MICKLEOVER COURT, DERBY ****
Thursday 16 July 2020
£445 per person sharing a twin/double room
£60 single supplement
£9 National Trust Member Discount
Home to home pick up/set down from £25
Front seat supplement £12.50 for the duration of the tour
All coach travel
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Wedgwood Factory Tour
Admission to Biddulph Grange (NT)
Churnet Valley Railway trip
Admission to Haddon Hall
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|Baldock Market Place N/S|| BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre |
|Bishops Sford Interchange|| BISHOPS STORTFORD Interchange |
Station Road Bus Stops
|Buntingford The Crown PH|| BUNTINGFORD The Crown PH Bus Stop |
|CAMBRIDGE SERVICES A14|| Cambridge Services A14 |
|Cambridge Trumpington P&R|| TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride |
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
|Great Shelford N|| GT SHELFORD Ldn Rd/Station Rd Bus Stop Northbound |
|Harlow Bus Stn Stop 14|| HARLOW Bus Station Stop 14 |
|HERTFORD - Tesco Stop 12|| HERTFORD - Mill Road Tesco Bus Stop 12 |
|Hitchin N|| HITCHIN St Mary's Square. By Car Park Market Side |
|HODDESDON - Clock Tower|| HODDESDON - Clock Tower - Amwell St Bus Stop B |
|Letchworth Station Rd N|| LETCHWORTH Bus Stop, Station Road Opp Arcade |
|Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop N|| NEWPORT ESSEX - High St Bus Stop Opp Station Rd |
|Royston Bus Station|| ROYSTON Bus Station |
|Saffron Walden High St N|| SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop by Saffron Sports |
|Sawbridgeworth White L. N|| SAWBRIDGEWORTH White Lion Bus Stop |
Bus Layby Opposite White Lion
|Sawston War Memorial N|| SAWSTON War Opp Memorial Bus Stop |
|Stansted Mountfit Har N|| STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls |
Bus Stop (opp BP Petrol Station Side)
|Stevenage Danestrete K|| STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K |
|WARE - Station Rd|| WARE - Station Road Bus Stop F |
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