NEW: The Harrogate Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
and BBC Countryfile Live
Friday 16th - Monday 19th August 2019
4 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £21.75pp
Single supplement: £49
This long weekend break takes you to Harrogate in North Yorkshire, where the annual extravaganza of Gilbert & Sullivan is set in the opulent Royal Hall. 2019 will be the 26th year of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, which, with its special, magical atmosphere, is a truly English eccentricity. As well as the main daily shows, there are ‘fringe’ events happening around the elegant spa town. There is also the opportunity to visit Castle Howard, which will be hosting the first ‘Countryfile Live in the North’ event.
Your Holiday Hotel
Spend three nights, with dinner, bed and breakfast, at the 3-star Cairn Hotel in Harrogate. The Hotel was built in Harrogate’s heyday as a spa town and has some lovely Victorian features. It is ten minutes’ walk from the centre, and very close to the Royal Hall. There is a lift to all floors. The bedrooms vary in shape and size, all comfortably furnished and with tea/coffee making facilities.
(DAY 1) Friday 16th August
A taxi will collect you from home and bring you to the coach. We will drive through the Midlands and South Yorkshire to arrive at the Cairn Hotel by the end of the afternoon. After dinner, why not take a short stroll to familiarise yourself with some of Harrogate’s attractive tree-lined streets and historic buildings?
(DAY 2) Saturday 17th August
Choose to spend today in Harrogate, where there will be plenty of Gilbert and Sullivan related events and performances. Alternatively, join the coach and travel to Castle Howard, about a 75-minute drive. Widely recognised as ‘Brideshead’ and one of our finest stately homes, Castle Howard will host many of the much-loved Countryfile Live attractions on its 1000-acre site including Passion for British Livestock and the Wildlife Zone. Meet some of the Countryfile team from that popular television series and soak up the atmosphere at this new event celebrating the best of the northern countryside.
You will need to tell us if you wish to visit Countryfile Live at the time of booking. An additional charge of £36pp will apply.
(DAY 3) Sunday 18th August
A full day at leisure in Harrogate, with an included seat at the matinee performance of The Gondoliers in the Grand Circle at the Royal Hall.
(DAY 4) Monday 19th August
After breakfast we will leave Harrogate and drive home, arriving for late afternoon/early evening taxis.