We are delighted to return to Stoke-on-Trent for 2019 featuring some of the many delights of Staffordshire. Attractions range from a historic stately home, delightful gardens on the vast Trentham Estate to two preserved and restored railways and a visit to Lichfield and the Arboretum.
The 4 star rated Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel is located in Festival Park, Stoke. It incorporates Etruria Hall, the former home of Josiah Wedgwood, and facilities include superb leisure complex with indoor swimming pool. All bedrooms are en-suite and have tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Thursday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Staffordshire where we arrive at the Moat House Hotel late afternoon. We are greeted by a welcoming tea or coffee and biscuits followed by time to relax and dinner.
Friday After breakfast we begin the day with a drive to the City of Lichfield. Here there is much to see and do, particularly the stunning Lichfield Cathedral, set in a remarkable and serene close. Over 800 years old the building is the third on the site and is well worth a visit. There will be time to find some lunch and to explore the city before our afternoon visit to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.
Saturday Our first visit today takes us to the National Trust owned Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton. The Hall is surrounded by a moat and set in a small pretty garden, it also has had a chequered history. A rare chapel, topsy-turvy long gallery and early wallpaper ensure the ‘wow’ factor at this iconic Tudor treasure. This afternoon we have a visit to Rudyard Lake where we enjoy a 3 miles return ride on the miniature railway alongside the lake. Later we return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.
Sunday After breakfast our day begins with a visit to the award winning Trentham Gardens. Enjoy a visit to the shopping village, with shops, cafes, restaurants and the vast Trentham Garden Centre. There is free time to explore and obtain lunch before we head for Blyth Bridge and the Foxfield Light Railway. Originally used to carry coal from Foxfield Colliery, closed in 1965, the line is now very popular for steam trips into the countryside to Dilhorn Park.
Monday After breakfast we make our way home where we are greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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