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Discovering Bedfordshire

Saffron Walden

The hidden gems of England keep opening up and this new tour takes in some diminutive beauty spots, monumental historic buildings and the fascinating Stockwood Discovery Centre.

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DISCOVERING BEDFORDSHIRE

 

3 - 7 September 2020

Thursday - Monday

5 Days

From £459

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Finchingfield   |   Thaxted   |   Saffron Walden   |   Wimpole Home Farm   |   Bedford   |   Castle Ashby   |   Leighton Buzzard   |   Narrow Gauge Rail Journey   |   Stockwood Discovery Centre

 

The hidden gems of England keep opening up and this new tour takes in some diminutive beauty spots, monumental historic buildings and the fascinating Stockwood Discovery Centre.

 

DAY ONE

We depart from your home, join your tour coach and travel south to Bedfordshire with comfort stops enroute.  Arriving at your hotel late afternoon, time to relax before dinner.

 

DAY TWO

A delightful day beginning with us visiting some of the pretty villages and towns in rural Essex including Finchingfield and Thaxted.  Our next stops is in medieval Saffron Walden where we take a break and obtain lunch and explore.  This afternoon we visit Wimpole Home Farm, a working estate near Royston, in the care of the National Trust.  Contrast the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and castle shed; learn about rare breeds and farming in general.

 

DAY THREE

Our day begins with some free time to explore and discover the town of Bedford or just relax in and around the hotel.  This afternoon we head for Castle Ashby, the ancestral home of the Marquess of Northampton, we visit the stunning gardens, a mixture of many different styles including butterfly, garden, rainbow border, Fuschia house and Italian Gardens.

 

DAY FOUR

Leaving the hotel after breakfast we head for Leighton Buzzard and ‘Buzzrail’ – the Leighton Buzzard narrow gauge railway, with its gentle pace, sharp curves, steep gradients, level crossings and roadside running, the railway offers a unique and relaxing experience.  We start our journey at Page’s Park Station and head out into the rolling Bedfordshire countryside to Stonehenge Works Station.  Take a look in the museum and craft shop before the train leaves for the return journey.  This afternoon our destination is Stockwood Discovery Centre near Luton, it is a paradise for garden lovers and the collections of memorabilia from bygone times is fascinating.  The site covers 8 acres and you can end your visit in the café for refreshments.

 

DAY FIVE

After breakfast this morning we depart our hotel and begin our homeward journey with comfort stops enroute.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

 

Luxury coach travel

Home pick up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Stockwood Discovery Centre

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Wimpole Estate

Castle Ashby Gardens.

 

THE BEDFORD SWAN HOTEL, Bedford

The Bedford Swan Hotel is a historic 18th century spa hotel in Bedford, the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway.  Many of the room enjoy views over the Bedford riverside, all bedrooms have TV, tea/coffee making facilities and the hotel also has leisure facilities including a pool, hot tub and spa.

 

 

DAY ONE

Departing from your home, join your tour coach and travel south to Bedfordshire with comfort stops enroute. Arriving at your hotel late afternoon, time to relax before dinner.

D

DAY TWO

A delightful day beginning with us visiting some of the pretty villages and towns in rural Essex including Finchingfield and Thaxted. Our next stops is in medieval Saffron Walden where we take a break and obtain lunch and explore. This afternoon we visit Wimpole Home Farm, a working estate near Royston, in the care of the National Trust. Contrast the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and cattle shed, learn about rare breeds and farming in general.

B, D

DAY THREE

Our day begins with some free time to explore and discover the town of Bedford or just relax in and around the hotel. This afternoon we head for Castle Ashby, the ancestral home of the Marquess of Northampton, we visit the stunning gardens, a mixture of many different styles including butterfly, garden, rainbow border, Fuschia house and Italian Gardens.

B, D

DAY FOUR

Leaving the hotel after breakfast we head for Leighton Buzzard and 'Buzzrail' - the Leighton Buzzard narrow gauge railway, with its gentle pace, sharp curves, steep gradients, level crossings and roadside running, the railway offers a unique and relaxing experience. We start our journey at Page's Park Station and head out into the rolling Bedfordshire countryside to Stonehenge Works Station. Take a look in the museum and craft shop before the train leaves for the return journey. This afternoon our destination is Stockwood Discovery Centre near Luton, it is a paradise for garden lovers and the collections of memorabilia from bygone times is fascinating. The site covers 8 acres and you can end your visit in the café for refreshments.

B, D

DAY FIVE

After breakfast this morning we depart our hotel and begin our homeward journey with comfort stops enroute.

B

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

THE BEDFORD SWAN HOTEL, Bedford

The Bedford Swan Hotel is a historic 18th century spa hotel in Bedford, the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway.  Many of the room enjoy views over the Bedford riverside, all bedrooms have TV, teal/coffee making facilities and the hotel also has leisure facilities including a pool, hot tub and spa.

 

INCLUDED:

Door to door pick-up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Stockwood Discovery Centre

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Wimpole Estate

Castle Ashby Gardens

 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply. Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door to door pick up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change.

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Holywell Holywell, Bus Station
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