A fabulous event, now in its fourth year, which sees the iconic Wiltshire Estate of Longleat transported to a whimsical fairy tale land of imagination, through a series of giant and aweinspiring illuminated lantern displays evoking a sense of fantasy and nostalgia amongst all ages. Alongside the remarkable outdoor experiences; Longleat’s prestigious Elizabethan stately home will be dressed in traditional Edwardian festive décor. This is where guests are invited to become characters in their own story and immerse themselves in an historic and eye-opening world of butlers, servants and housekeepers. Guides throughout the house will interact with guests and each other in traditional costume, breathing an enchanting life into the grand interiors.
Located in the centre of historic Salisbury’s shopping and entertainment district, the Georgian, four star Mercure Salisbury White Hart dates back to the 17th Century. The hotel features a restaurant and a spacious bar. Each room is en suite and equipped with tea & coffee making facilities. As the hotel is a listed building it does not have a lift.
Friday Joining our Club Class coach we depart from our home area, our first stop is Reading, a place with a fascinating heritage. As well as the town where Oscar Wilde wrote his famous Ballad of Reading Gaol, Reading has a 12th Century ruined Abbey, and even a huge replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. We enjoy time for lunch and exploration before continuing on to Salisbury and our hotel.
Saturday After a full breakfast there will be a free morning in Salisbury. Attractions here include the Cathedral, Arundells (former home of Edward Heath), the Rifles Museum and an array of shops and cafes. After time for lunch we join the coach and make the short drive to Longleat. During our visit we will have access to the entire site, including the Safari Park, the House and Gardens. Of course the highlight of our visit will be the Festival of Light. We return to our hotel in time for dinner.
Sunday After a final breakfast we depart the hotel and make for our first stop of the day, Bath, a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. With a wealth of attraction including the famous Roman Baths, The Royal Crescent, the Holborne Museum and a huge selection of shops and eateries it makes for a very interesting visit. After a good stay with time for lunch we make use of the motorway to return to our home area and waiting taxis.
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