A fabulous new 5 day break celebrating the very heart of our wonderful country. From our base in Burton on Trent we include visits to historic Lichfield with its vast and emotive Memorial Aboretum, a ride on the picturesque Great Central Railway, entrance to NT Calke Abbey and much more.
The 4 star rated Mercure Newton Park Hotel stands on the outskirts of Burton on Trent. The grand Italian styled country manor is a Grade 2 listed building set in 8 acres of land and the oak panelled restaurant overlooks the landscaped gardens. The hotel is the former home of brewer William Worthington. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Thursday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Staffordshire arriving late afternoon. We have time to settle in before dinner this evening.
Friday This morning we have a drive to the historic city of Lichfield. The triple spires of the magnificent Cathedral dominate the city. Our next visit is to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, where we have time for lunch. Set on the banks of the River Tame in a 150 acres site, it is conceived as a living memorial to the 20th century heroes and heroines who sacrificed themselves for their country.
Saturday Leicestershire is our first destination today, with a ride on the Great Central Railway to Loughborough. This heritage line crosses picturesque Swithland reservoir on the way and passes through lovingly restored stations like Rothley and Quorn. At Loughborough we have the chance for a drink and a bite to eat before departing for the afternoon visit to Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. In the care of the National Trust, Calke has been left in a state of disrepair and negligence with little restoration and tells the story of the dramatic decline of a grand country house estate with peeling paintwork, overgrown courtyards and many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period of the 20th century when numerous country estates did not survive. Outside there are beautiful yet faded walled gardens, an Orangery and kitchen garden to explore.
Sunday For our final outing we head into the pleasant countryside through Newborough, Abbots Bromley, across Blithfield Reservoir to Admaston and Rugeley, taking us to Cannock Chase and a short break at Cannock Chase Museum to discover the area’s history and mining heritage. From here we make our way to Chasewater. The Chasewater Light Railway operates from Brownhills West across the country park to Chasewater Heaths Station, a round trip of about 4 miles. Afterwards enjoy a browse around the gift shop for a souvenir or the Sidings Tea Room to round off your visit.
Monday After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the hotel as we make our way home. We arrive in our home areas this afternoon to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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