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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.

Coming Soon

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….

Monday 3 July

 We begin by visiting the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird.  Run by volunteers, this wonderful garden high above Windermere has marvellous views to complement the plants.  With areas devoted to different types of plants, there is something to delight around every corner.

We then head to Crosthwaite for a garden full of contrasts.  From wild woodland to steep rock garden, the owners of Low Fell created the garden over several years from an untamed wilderness.

We end the day at Yewbarrow Lodge with stunning views over Morecambe Bay.  Steep paths and steps take you around a garden with its own microclimate which enables exotic plants to thrive.

Lunch is provided today.

Tuesday 4 July

Our first visit is to a suburban His & Hers garden in Kendal.  The owners are both artists and the artistic eye is evident in the planting.  Of manageable size, there are borders which could be recreated in most gardens.

We then travel to Levens to see a delightful garden full of plants and a surprise garden feature!

A second garden in Levens has something of interest for every time of the year.

Lunch is provided today.

Wednesday 5 July

A day off for you to explore the area at leisure or simply relax at the hotel.

Thursday 6 July

Back to Levens for another wonderful garden full of interesting plants.  Chat to the owners in the conservatory over tea and cake about your favourite plants and gardens.

The afternoon is spent at Levens Hall.  Probably the most magnificent example of topiary in the country, Levens also has a lot more to offer.  With interesting planting at different times of year, the borders will hopefully be looking good now.  There is also plenty of time to explore the house and just sit and enjoy the garden.

Buy your own lunch in the onsite cafe or take a picnic with you.

Friday 7 July

Our final day takes us to the Silverdale area.  We start at a farm near Milnthorpe where the garden just kept expanding and then head down to Warton where a long narrow garden has been divided up into a series of rooms.  A series of steps takes you to the top from where you can appreciate the whole garden and the lovely views.

In the afternoon we visit Leighton Hall, home of the Gillow family of furniture makers.  We will have a guided tour of the house and you will then be free to wander around the garden at leisure. 

Buy your own lunch or take a picnic.

What Should I Bring

Many of the gardens have steep areas with steps.  These can be slippery if wet.  Sturdy shoes with good soles are recommended.  Whatever the weather forecast, bring a raincoat and umbrella - they can be left on the minibus.  If you have walking poles or a foldable stool, these are recommended.  

Please telephone Abbot Hall Hotel on 015395 32896 for more informaiton.


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.

Coming Soon

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!

Saturday: Arrivals

Sunday: Ilam to Hartington

Monday: Hartington to Monyash

Tuesday: Monyash to Bakewell

Weds: Bakewell to Baslow calling at Chatsworth to stop for a while.

Thursday: Baslow to Eyam

Friday: Departures.

“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

The Lake District, the Peak District, the Wye Valley; each is packed with a wealth of attractions
to keep your whole family entertained this summer
.
And in case caves, castles, walks and watersports weren't enough to whet your appetite, we're also extending our fabulous children's discounts so your children 10 and under can stay for free!

The offer extends to all our fantastic summer family holidays at Abbot Hall, Lindors Country House and Willersley Castle hotels, so whether it's Cumbria, Derbyshire or the Welsh-English border, that family holiday just got a little bit more appealing.

We have also added a fabulous offer from £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast on selected dates for our Summer family breaks between 15th July to 2nd September at the hotels below.

Abbot Hall Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Lindors Country House Hotel, nr. Lydney, Gloucestershire

Willersley Castle Hotel, nr. Matlock, Derbyshire

Prices on selected dates £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast, 3 night Minimum Stay. Other package options are available to suit your family's particular holiday requirements. Please call the hotels for dates when this offer is available and further details.

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News

Friend of Sidholme Music Room near £30k target to restore Chandeliers

Friend of Sidholme Music Room are now only £3,000 away from their £30k target to restore seven Osler Glass Chandeliers.

 

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