NEW: The Shrewsbury Flower Show
Friday 9th - Monday 12th August 2019
4 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £21.75pp
Single supplement: £45
This extended weekend break takes you to Shropshire to enjoy the world’s longest-running flower show. We also visit Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and two fine National Trust properties.
Your Holiday Hotel
The traditional 3-star Buckatree Hall Hotel has a woodland setting close to the Wrekin in Shropshire. There is a welcoming atmosphere throughout with the public areas recently refurbished. The restaurant overlooks the gardens and ornamental pond. At busy times our group may be served in the Sir John Bayley Suite. There are 62 bedrooms, most of which have lift access. All the rooms are ensuite with a shower over the bath. The corridors of the original building do have steps in places. The building has an interesting history and is believed to have derived its name from stag hunting days when a buck was found here in the fork of a tree.
(DAY 1) Friday 9th August
Our door-to-door service will bring you to the coach. Today we will visit Coughton Court in Warwickshire, home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years. Discover the family story and how they were linked to the infamous Gunpowder Plot. There is a riverside walk and a display of roses in the walled garden. National Trust café and gift shop. We continue through the Midlands and rural Shropshire, reaching our Hotel near Shrewsbury by the end of the afternoon.
(DAY 2) Saturday 10th August
After breakfast we will drive to Shrewsbury, an attractive and historic town which sits in a loop of the River Severn. Spend today at one of the country’s premier flower shows, with admission included. The Show attracts top exhibitors. The Quarry Marquee is the main floral venue, with stunning displays to admire and inspire. The Dingle Marquee is home to floral art. There will be music on the Bandstand, and a programme of arena events throughout the day. In 2018 events included show jumping, jousting and a falconry display. Of course, there will be plenty of food and drink available to sustain you during your visit.
(DAY 3) Sunday 11th August
A completely different kind of visit today, as we head to Ironbridge. Here you will see the world’s first ever cast-iron bridge, built in 1779 across the Severn. The Bridge is currently under restoration by English Heritage at a cost of over £1 million. Next, you will be taken back in time to the age of Queen Victoria on a visit to Blists Hill Museum. Experience what life was like when Britain ruled the world, meet costumed characters in their authentic shops and cottages, buy curious goods from a bygone era, check out weird Victorian remedies at the pharmacy and visit the traditional sweet shop.
(DAY 4) Monday 12th August
We travel home today, rounding off an interesting weekend with another National Trust visit. Upton House and Gardens are found near Banbury. The country mansion is home to an extensive art collection, and there is a spectacular garden created by Lady Bearsted. Enjoy lavish herbaceous borders, the kitchen garden and Mirror Pool. We will reach Sussex by the end of the afternoon for taxis to your door.