Visit the historic city of Durham and enjoy one of the most exciting visual and architectural experiences in England. Our tour includes time at Durham’s award winning Traditional Christmas Festival which brings festive cheer, colour and street entertainment. We also include a visit to Beamish ‘The Living Museum of the North’ to experience Christmas from times gone by.
The Blackwell Grange Hotel is a beautiful 17th century mansion peacefully situated in nine acres of its own grounds. The building commenced in 1693 and was completed in 1717, remaining a private home until 1953. Hotel facilities include a leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool, a spa and sauna. The hotel has 108 spacious bedrooms, all which are en-suite and have a TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. A lift serves all floors.
Friday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north where we arrive in Darlington at the 3 star Blackwell Grange Hotel. We are greeted by our hosts on arrival where we receive a welcoming tea or coffee and biscuits, followed by time to settle in before dinner.
Saturday After breakfast we travel the short distance to the city of Durham for a day of Christmas excitement. The great loop of the River Wear’s wooded gorge provides a natural backdrop to its massive cathedral and castle. Downhill from the castle you can trace Durham’s medieval layout as you thread through the narrow winding streets. There is a wide range of shops to explore and the traditional indoor market with traditional stalls, street theatre, jugglers and Victorian clad peddler selling their wares. After plenty of time to wander the stools and enjoy the festivities, we return to the hotel with time before dinner.
Sunday This morning we visit Beamish which tells the story of life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Here we find Pockerley Old Hall, The Town, Rowley Station, The Fairground, Home Farm and The Pit Village. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings at the site have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Perhaps you will even see Santa!
Monday After a leisurely breakfast we make our way home. Travelling south we arrive in our home areas mid-afternoon to be greeted by our awaiting taxis after a fabulous pre- Christmas break.
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