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Freedom of the Lake

17th Apr 2017 - 21st Apr 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £284

Hotel: Abbot Hall Hotel

Location:Grange-Over-Sands, South Lake District

Contact Tel: 015395 32896

Email: abbot@christianguild.co.uk

Enjoy some of the best-loved scenery of the Lake District on this holiday which includes a full-day cruise ticket to explore Windermere – the largest natural ribbon lake in England.

There is no better way to celebrate Easter than at Abbot Hall with fellow Christians. There will be many Easter themed activities for all the family. This is a beautiful time of year in the Lake District, offering what can be some of the best weather of the year. If you fancy a longer stay then this short break works well with the Abbot Hall Centenary Celebrations from the 28th March.

With this break, you get a Freedom of the lake pass for Windermere cruises. This is an unlimited day pass giving the chance to park the car and travel by boat on a number of sailings. Sail to Lakeside, Bowness, Waterhead near Ambleside or take the island cruise and learn about Belle Isle, the largest of 18 island on Windermere, and the only one to be inhabited

Our knowledgeable team will be able to assist you with train and bus links or indeed directions to places of interest.

A few suggestions for enjoyable days out are below:

Cartmel

A delightful village dominated by the 12th century Priory. In the square, you will find the Medieval Gatehouse, shops and cafes. Only a short drive by car and accessible by bus Cartmel is well worth a visit.

Ambleside

Ambleside, boasts history dating back to Roman times and the Roman fort “Galava” can still be seen today. The Bridge House spanning Stock Beck dates back to the 15th century and is a popular landmark in the town.

Ullswater

Take a drive over Kirkstone Pass and explore the northern lakes. Take a trip on Ullswater with its ever changing scenery This area was badly hit by storm Desmond in December 2015, Your support buy visiting this area will be greatly appreciated. You can play your part in rebuilding this community by visiting the shops or buying a coffee.

10% off Voucher Ullswater steamers

Ravenglass

Travel by car or train to Ravenglass and board the narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale railway

10% Off Voucher Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Lakeland Motor Museum

Not just cars!! All ages will enjoy a visit with something for everyone from old toys, the Campbell Bluebird exhibition, Isle of Mann TT and the history of Dolly Blue. Then relax in the café next door.

10% Off Voucher Lakeland motor Museum

Grasmere

Grasmere lies in the heart of the English Lake District National Park, just north of Windermere. This world famous village is a classic tourist attraction; here is Dove Cottage that was the home of the English Poet William Wordsworth, it is also the home of Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread.

Dove Cottage £1.00 discount voucher

Please call Abbot Hall Hotel on 015395 32896 for more information


Willersley Castle Heritage & Babies

18th Apr 2017 - 21st Apr 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £240

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

Join us and some of the thousands of ‘princes and princesses’ born at Willersley during its spell as a WWII maternity hospital. This will be a fascinating week of delving into the history surrounding our charming stately home, looking at its links to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and the wider landscape.

The Willersley Babies

After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, pregnant women who lived in London were given the option to give birth at home or leave the city for the relative calm and safety of the countryside. Willersley Castle was one of the locations selected to take on the role of temporary maternity hospital and every fortnight a group of expectant mothers would leave London and travel by train or charabanc to the castle. In total over 5,000 babies were born at the castle between 1939 and 1946.

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Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information


Peak Pilgrimage

7th May 2017 - 12th May 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £365

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

This is an amazing opportunity to spend four sensitively guided days walking 8 to 10 miles a day through some of the Peak District’s finest scenery, with space to meditate on what it means to be a pilgrim. The Pilgrimage takes in 11 churches along the way from Ilam to Eyam.

Eyam

Eyam has a sense of being a holy place because of the sacrifice of its people in 1655. A consignment of cloth from London for the village tailor brought the plague to this little Derbyshire village, with the threat of then spreading throughout the whole of the North of England. The people of Eyam refused to flee with only their Christian faith motivating them. Their commitment saved the surrounding area but cost about a third of the villagers their lives.

The Holiday
Join us on the now famous “Peak Pilgrimage Way” a spiritual walk, over several days, through the national park, visiting over a dozen churches with time to reflect in each. This new pilgrimage trail is set to mark the 350th anniversary of the plague linking two of the villages afflicted.

The perfect starting point is ancient Ilam, itself a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years, since the days of St. Bertram, a Saxon Saint and hermit who lived there. Travelling through the villages of the Peak District National Park, including Monyash, Grindleford, Stoney Middleton before ending in Eyam with its story of sacrificial love for others.

The Peak Pilgrimage Guide Book is a travelling companion for your journey, leading your way both physically and spiritually.  This pocket-sized book contains maps and directions to keep you on the right path and invites you into 14 churches along the way. In each church, there is a Bible verse sticker to collect and a passport-style stamp that you can use on a special page of your Guide Book. Every pilgrim who arrives in Eyam with a Guide Book full of stamps and verses will receive a pilgrimage memento!

“Walking Grade” All of the walks follow a footpath with a few slight inclines.

"What shall I bring?" we recommend you come prepared for all weathers, regardless of the month you visit. Comfortable walking boots are recommended, as is clothing for wet weather.  (Don’t worry we have a boot room where you can dry your walking gear). A Camera is a must to capture the magnificent views but please leave all of the other details to us.

You should also have with you the Ordnance Survey 1-25,000 map “OL24 The Peak District - White Peak area”. This single map covers the whole of the route.


History & Heritage In Devon

25th Jun 2017 - 30th Jun 2017

Leader(s): Maeve Hamilton Hercod

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £365

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

Expertly led by our Blue Badge Guide, we will learn everything about Sidmouth and Devon – from its historic natural landmarks to its unique blend of traditional and modern culture – and discover some of the county’s most fascinating sites.

Meet one of our guides....

Maeve Hamilton Hercod

“I have enjoyed living overseas for many years, but whenever I can I love to come back to Devon, the county of my birth. These days I am happily settled in Bath where I have family and work as a guide. My career has taken me from teaching to broadcasting to running sailing courses and many more mundane things along the way, so I hope that all this experience can help me to keep tours running smoothly.”

Your Holiday:

Day 1: 26 June – Across the Tamar: Moyclare, Liskeard and Tavistock

Today we head for Cornwall and Moyclare, a private garden which during the early days of gardening programmes was the most televised.  Today it’s an oasis of calm and colour, tended by the niece of the original owner.  We then take a scenic drive to Tavistock, famous for its Pannier Market and majestic parish church.

 Day 2: 27 June – the Dorset Coast: the Abbotsbury Swannery and the Seaton tram

 Abbotsbury’s Swannery was founded by the nearby Benedictine monastery and today still forms a refuge for the elegant birds.  On the way back to Sidmouth we take Seaton’s historic tram to visit the pretty seaside town.

 Day 3: 28 June – The Exe Valley and Devon Coast

 Killerton House was home to the Acland family before being given to the National Trust.  Today it’s known for its delightful gardens and collection of historic costumes.  From there we drive down the Exe valley before turning along the coast to delightful Budleigh Salterton home of writers and painters. 

Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information


National Trust & Gardens

2nd Jul 2017 - 7th Jul 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £430

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

Join us as we visit some of the architectural masterpieces and historically important stately homes of Derbyshire, including Hardwick Hall – one of Britain’s most interesting and complete Elizabethan houses – and Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood. We will also explore the small village of Eyam, famous for its residents’ selflessness during the deadly plague outbreak of 1665.

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Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information


Homes & Gardens of the Lake District

2nd Jul 2017 - 8th Jul 2017

Leader(s): Jill Durnford

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £594

Hotel: Abbot Hall Hotel

Location:Grange-Over-Sands, South Lake District

Contact Tel: 015395 32896

Email: abbot@christianguild.co.uk

Explore some of the Lake District’s finest gardens by minicoach. During this break, led by our Blue Badge Guide, we will visit private gardens, meet their owners and discover some of their secrets, as well as visiting some of the large gardens open to the public. At this time of year, roses and herbaceous borders are at their best in Cumbria and there is a wonderful choice of gardens.

Meet one of our Blue Badge Guides....

Jill Durnford

After many years in education, I was thrilled to be able to train as a  Blue Badge Guide for Cumbria.  It seems to be the perfect job,  combining my love of talking to people with my many and varied interests. I like to think that I am following the example of Cumbrian resident John Ruskin who was interested in art, architecture, the environment and society (amongst many other interests) though I am not quite the expert that he was! 

The Holiday…

Day 1 - Sunday

We begin the holiday in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and visit 3 private gardens in this attractive limestone area. Beautiful herbaceous borders and interesting planting combinations will be enhanced by knowledgeable owners.

Day 2 - Monday

Today we will visit Lower Rowell Farm and Cottage near Milnthorpe.  Two gardens which between them have tropical plants, vegetables, unusual shrubs and cottage garden plants.  In the afternoon we visit the spectacular Levens Hall with its 17th Century topiary.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Our day begins with a visit to Holehird Garden, home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society and run entirely by volunteers.  This is followed by a visit to Beatrix Potter’s garden at Hill Top and then a private garden.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Today is a free day for you to enjoy at leisure.  Perhaps you will take the train into Grange and enjoy a gentle stroll along the well-planted promenade?  And then why not reward yourself with tea and cake in one of the excellent tea-shops?!

Day 5 - Thursday

Our first visit of the day is to the spectacular Arts and Crafts house, Blackwell.  We will have all morning to enjoy the wonderful design, crafts and woodwork.  For lunch we head up to Low Fell near Crosthwaite where we will see a lovely garden hewn out of the bedrock.  Finally we will visit some allotments where you will see a huge variety of gardening styles.

Day 6 - Friday

On our final day we will visit two private gardens in the morning plus a garden and nursery in the afternoon.  There will be opportunities to buy unusual plants to take home for your own garden.

For those who have been on a Homes and Gardens holiday before, we will be visiting six new gardens as well as a couple which we will be seeing at a different time of year.

There will be uneven paths and walking sticks or poles are highly recommended if you have them.  The holiday is taken at a gentle pace and there are always plenty of opportunities for a sit down!


Hidden Gardens & Well Dressings

30th Jul 2017 - 6th Aug 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £497

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

Alongside three excursions to beautiful gardens, this break will introduce you to the ancient art of Well Dressing – unique to Derbyshire and the Peak District – where town and village communities come together to create living art installations from natural materials.

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Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information


Steaming Through the Valleys

6th Aug 2017 - 11th Aug 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £545

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

Our popular ‘Trains through the Valleys’ break has been re-named for 2017 as each day out will now include travelling with steam! The famous headboard of the ‘Willersley Belle’ has been dusted off and will be proudly carried on the front of an engine. Included for the first time will be a journey on the Severn Valley Railway which, together with travel in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, will enable our guests to relax and enjoy some wonderful English countryside. There will be plenty of interest for railway enthusiasts, but for those not quite into train-spotting there will be alternative options and, of course, a stay in the jewel of the Derbyshire Dales – Willersley Castle Hotel.

Tours will be led by Peter and Jennie Binks with hosts Val Smith and Gordon Dine. Peter, a Christian Guild Director, says “This is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the Board Room to be with our guests and there could be no better background than travel by rail.”

The Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway opened in 1862, originally running for 40 miles between Hartlebury and Shrewsbury. It was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in the 1870s and a link line was constructed to Kidderminster. After nationalisation passenger numbers dwindled and the line was gradually closed between 1963 and 1970. However, it was almost immediately opened as a heritage railway and now runs regular steam hauled passengers trains for 16 miles between Bridgnorth in Shropshire & Kidderminster in Worcestershire.

After many requests Christian Guild are offering our guests another chance to ride on the ‘Willersley Belle’ as we steam through some of the loveliest areas of countryside viewed from the window of your railway carriage. The provisional programme will be:-

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. We travel on our own special charter service from Duffield to Wirksworth with lunch on arrival. After refreshments join a specially escorted tour of the’ behind the scenes’ area of the railway and enjoy a ride in a brake-van pulled by one of the EVR steam engines. Alternatively visit the delightful Carsington Water Visitor Centre.

The Severn Valley Railway. A delightful scenic ride from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth calling at Highley for lunch in the Engine Shed where the reserve collection of locomotives will be on display.

Great Central Railway.  Experience the big railway as it used to be with double track and plenty of signals. We enjoy lunch on the mid-day service from Loughborough to Leicester North.

Midland Railway Centre.  We travel through the golden Valley arriving at Swanwick Junction station where we enjoy lunch in the re-built Midland Railway Station. We then take a ride on the Golden Valley narrow gauge railway before visiting the ‘big locomotives’ in the West Shed.


Peak Pilgrimage

26th Aug 2017 - 1st Sep 2017

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £390

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

This is an amazing opportunity to spend four sensitively guided days walking 8 to 10 miles a day through some of the Peak District’s finest scenery, with space to meditate on what it means to be a pilgrim. The Pilgrimage takes in 11 churches along the way from Ilam to Eyam.

Eyam

Eyam has a sense of being a holy place because of the sacrifice of its people in 1655. A consignment of cloth from London for the village tailor brought the plague to this little Derbyshire village, with the threat of then spreading throughout the whole of the North of England. The people of Eyam refused to flee with only their Christian faith motivating them. Their commitment saved the surrounding area but cost about a third of the villagers their lives.

The Holiday
Join us on the now famous “Peak Pilgrimage Way” a spiritual walk, over several days, through the national park, visiting over a dozen churches with time to reflect in each. This new pilgrimage trail is set to mark the 350th anniversary of the plague linking two of the villages afflicted.

The perfect starting point is ancient Ilam, itself a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years, since the days of St. Bertram, a Saxon Saint and hermit who lived there. Travelling through the villages of the Peak District National Park, including Monyash, Grindleford, Stoney Middleton before ending in Eyam with its story of sacrificial love for others.

The Peak Pilgrimage Guide Book is a travelling companion for your journey, leading your way both physically and spiritually.  This pocket-sized book contains maps and directions to keep you on the right path and invites you into 14 churches along the way. In each church, there is a Bible verse sticker to collect and a passport-style stamp that you can use on a special page of your Guide Book. Every pilgrim who arrives in Eyam with a Guide Book full of stamps and verses will receive a pilgrimage memento!

“Walking Grade” All of the walks follow a footpath with a few slight inclines.

"What shall I bring?" we recommend you come prepared for all weathers, regardless of the month you visit. Comfortable walking boots are recommended, as is clothing for wet weather.  (Don’t worry we have a boot room where you can dry your walking gear). A Camera is a must to capture the magnificent views but please leave all of the other details to us.

You should also have with you the Ordnance Survey 1-25,000 map “OL24 The Peak District - White Peak area”. This single map covers the whole of the route.


History & Heritage in Devon

3rd Sep 2017 - 8th Sep 2017

Leader(s): Maeve Hamilton Hercod

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £365

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

Expertly led by our Blue Badge Guide, we will learn everything about Sidmouth and Devon – from its historic natural landmarks to its unique blend of traditional and modern culture – and discover some of the county’s most fascinating sites.

Meet one of our guides....

Maeve Hamilton Hercod

“I have enjoyed living overseas for many years, but whenever I can I love to come back to Devon, the county of my birth. These days I am happily settled in Bath where I have family and work as a guide. My career has taken me from teaching to broadcasting to running sailing courses and many more mundane things along the way, so I hope that all this experience can help me to keep tours running smoothly.”

Your Holiday:

Day 1: 4 September – the English Riviera: Kents Cavern and Agatha Christie’s Torquay 

One of the most important archaeological sites in NW Europe, the early occupants of Kents Cavern discovered - as did later English travellers - that Torquay has a delightful climate.  From here we go down towards the sea and follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie who spent much of her life on the south Devon coast.

 Day 3: 5 September – Athelhampton, Bridport and West Bay

 Athelhampton House is a gem of medieval architecture with a wonderful topiary garden.  After time to explore we continue to nearby market town of Bridport and finish the day at West Bay where Broadchurch has been filmed.

 Day 3: 6 September – Cotehele and Historic Plymouth

 Hidden away on the Devon bank of the Tamar, Cotehele was home to the Mount Edgcombe family until they moved to nearby Plymouth.  After lunch we follow them there for a cruise of Plymouth

harbour and enjoy the historic Barbican and Hoe, from where Drake first sighted the Spanish Armada.

Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information


The Arts & Crafts Movement

1st Oct 2017 - 6th Oct 2017

Leader(s): Jill Durnford

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Heritage

Ensuite Package Price: £530

Hotel: Abbot Hall Hotel

Location:Grange-Over-Sands, South Lake District

Contact Tel: 015395 32896

Email: abbot@christianguild.co.uk

Discover Cumbria’s importance in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th century. We will travel by luxury minicoach with our Blue Badge Guide to visit houses and churches where artists and craftsmen have left their mark and find out about their legacy to modern workers.

Meet one of our Blue Badge Guides....

Jill Durnford

After many years in education, I was thrilled to be able to train as a  Blue Badge Guide for Cumbria. It seems to be the perfect job,  combining my love of talking to people with my many and varied interests. I like to think that I am following the example of Cumbrian resident John Ruskin who was interested in art, architecture, the environment and society (amongst many other interests) though I am not quite the expert that he was! 

The Holiday…

Coming Soon

Please call Abbot Hall Hotel on 015395 32896 for more information



Special Offers

THEMED NIGHTS FOR 2017 FROM £45! 

Willersley Castle Hotel are offering a new selection of  Themed Nights for 2017, with prices starting from £45.

Visit our Offers Page for more information

 

EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT 

We continue to offer our fantastic Early Payment Discount deal - Pay for your holiday in full at least six months before it starts, you will save 4%

(Excluding Holidays Further Afield)

 
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