After much success last year we return to Portsmouth for its annual Victorian Festival. Take in Winchesterís charming, German themed Christmas Market along with the amazing atmosphere of the Victorian Christmas Market in Portsmouthís Historic Dockyard, now in its 19th year and complete with characters wearing authentic Victorian dress.
This delightful 4 star hotel is situated on 225 acres of grounds in the beautiful Southampton countryside. The hotel has 87 bedrooms which are spread over 3 floors and each of the rooms have an ensuite, TV, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Other facilities include a heated pool and restaurant. A lift serves all floors.
Friday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for our drive south. We head directly to Winchester and its super Christmas Market. Inspired by the traditional German markets, Winchester market attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedralís historic Inner Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink, and are adorned with interesting, high quality and unique products, many of which cannot be bought on the High Street. Later this afternoon we continue our journey to Southampton and our hotel with time to relax before dinner.
Saturday The highlight of our weekend! Today we visit Portsmouthís Victorian Festival. This wonderful event is set in the atmospheric dockyard surroundings. Here we are magically transported into a Dickensian-style bygone era of beautiful snowy streets and experience a taste of days gone by with a magic lantern show, Victorian dancing, Father Christmas (dressed in green!) and a host of colourful characters including chimney sweeps, suffragettes, wenches, Victorian gentry and Fagin with his gang of pickpockets. A host of unique gifts are available as well as delicious festive food.
Sunday Homeward bound via the cathedral city of Salisbury where we visit our last Christmas Market. Early afternoon we pass Stonehenge on our way to Oxford before arriving in our home area late afternoon.
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