It gives us great pleasure to offer the opportunity to relive the golden days at the Beamish Great North Steam Fair, a celebration of all things steam in the famous Beamish Living museum and discover Northumberland England's most northern county, a magical place filled with ancient castles, rolling hills, rugged moorland and friendly little towns and villages.
This delightful 4 star hotel is located on the quayside in the heart of the city and is just a short walk to the shops and The Theatre Royal. The hotels stylish bar and outdoor terrace provide panoramic views of the River Tyne and offers a spacious feel. All of the 156 en-suite bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities. A lift serves all floors.
Friday Our door to door service takes you to join the Club Class coach for the drive north to make a stop for lunch in Harrogate, then on to Newcastle to check into our hotel to enjoy a welcome tea or coffee before time to settle in and dinner.
Saturday The highlight of our tour as we visit the Beamish Steam Fair. The golden age of steam is celebrated with a colourful bustling display of vintage vehicles, steam rollers, traction engines, stationary engines and magnificent colliery winding gear all set in the superb period environment of ‘Beamish – The Living Museum of the North’, it tells the story of life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings at the site have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. The extraordinary line up of around 120 exhibits includes steam locomotives, around 26 road steam vehicles and up to 80 motor vehicles. There will be a real sense of the roads and railways of the Home Front during the Great War, including a fine selection of military vehicles. If you don’t fancy walking, there are vintage trams and buses, including an Access Bus, to make travelling around the museum easier, and even more exciting!
Sunday A full day tour along the rugged and unspoilt Northumberland coast. We drive through the pretty fishing village of Warkworth to historic Alnwick, arguably one of the most picturesque market towns in the ancient kingdom of Northumberland. The town, with its cobbled market place and Main Street, is a warren of narrow alleyways and streets dating back to medieval times. The 15th century town gate, the "Hotspur Tower" a massive structure, dominates the main street. Next we visit Bamburgh, birthplace of Grace Darling, with its fine Norman Castle. Later we return to the hotel with time before dinner.
Monday A leisurely breakfast before setting off for our return journey. We drive south to visit Durham one of the first designated World Heritage Sites. This hugely diverse city is certainly well worth a visit, with its majestic skyline bringing together medieval heritage and modern living. Stroll along the banks of the River Wear, visit a museum or the iconic Cathedral. Take lunch in one of the many restaurants, pubs or cafes. Early afternoon we continue south returning to our home area early evening.
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