Petals, Poppies & Porcelain
A short break based in Stoke on Trent
Fri 12 July to Tues 16 July 2019
4 nights/5 days - To include:
4 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast at the
4* Best Western Stoke on Trent Moat House Hotel
Visits to National Memorial Arboretum
The town of Lichfield
The Wedgwood Visitor Centre
Guided coach tour of Stoke on Trent and surrounding area -
to include visit to Little Moreton Hall [National Trust]
Visit to Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum on our return journey
Coffee/tea and biscuits on both journeys at Gt Danes Hotel Maidstone
£485.00 per person + £85.00 single supplement
National Trust members can deduct the entrance to Little Moreton Hall - £10.70 - from the total price
This short break is organised personally by Teresa Butler who will accompany the tour
ItineraryDay 1 Fri: Travel to Stoke on Trent
After picking up along our usual coach boarding routes [main coach Sandwich through to Hythe with the feeder coach from Ramsgate through to Faversham] we have coffee and biscuits at the Great Danes Hotel. Refreshed, we all join the main coach for the journey to our hotel situated in Festival Park just outside Stoke on Trent. We will stop for lunch in a convenient town en-route.Dinner in the hotel this evening
Day 2 Sat: National Memorial Arboretum and Lichfield
After breakfast we visit the National Memorial Arboretum, an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country. The land train [included in the price] is the perfect way to enjoy this 150 acres site whatever the weather. The 50 minute journey will provide views across the landscape and an introduction to some of the memorials. Onboard the land train a pre-recorded commentary gives an ideal introduction to the Arboretum
There is a cafe and restaurant on site and you will have time to explore further. In the afternoon we drive to the picturesque, compact and historic city of Lichfield where we have free time to explore at our leisure. Places to visit include the stunning three-spired Cathedral, Erasmus Darwin House – the home of the grandfather of Charles Darwin, or the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum where you can explore the family home that inspired a literary giant. You may prefer to browse the shops and enjoy a cup of tea in one of the tea rooms. Dinner in the hotel
Day 3 Sun: Guided Coach Tour
Leaving the hotel after breakfast our Blue Badge guide will join us on the coach for a panoramic day out. We start in Stoke on Trent to discover the history of the potteries, before stopping for coffee. Our tour will continue on the coach heading towards the Peak District and our lunch stop in Ashbourne, a picturesque market town rich in history, on the edge of The Peak District. There is an option of a guided walk around the town. We continue our tour going past the village of Leek and the Rudyard Reservoir before stopping for tea at Little Moreton Hall, an interesting National Trust Property. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon Dinner in the hotel
Day 4 Mon:The World of Wedgwood and Trentham Gardens
After breakfast our first visit will be to the Wedgwood Visitor Centre to discover over 250 years of heritage and craftsmanship. We can enjoy a self guided factory tour and visit the Museum, not forgetting the Wedgwood Store and Factory Outlet. We continue to the nearby Trentham Estate for the afternoon. Here we can enjoy the glorious gardens and/or the Shopping Village. The new-look gardens at Trentham have matured into some of the finest in Britain. The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith. To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. Both these schemes were designed by eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf. In the shopping village you can browse around 77 timber lodges housing shops, cafes and restaurants. Back to the hotel for dinner
Day 5 Tues: Return home with lunch stop at Stoke Bruerne
On our drive home we will stop at Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal. The village itself is full of little surprises – not least the towpath to the Blisworth Tunnel, where boaters used to 'leg' their boats through the narrow passage. You'll find an idyllic picture of passing canal boats, thatched cottages, local wildlife and canal side pubs. Most of the buildings have been here over 200 years. Little has changed since the heyday of Britain's canals. We will have time to visit the museum and buy lunch at either the Canal Museum Waterside Cafe or one of the pubs.
We aim to arrive at the Great Danes hotel around 4.30pm where we can enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits, meet the feeder coach and continue our journey home.
Best Western Plus 4* Stoke on Trent Moat House Hotel.
Situated in Festival Park just outside Stoke on Trent, all en-suite guest rooms have TV, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, spa, gym, sauna and steam room. The hotel has historic links to the city's heritage as its dedicated 8-room meetings and events centre, Etruria Hall, was built in 1769 as the home of Josiah Wedgwood, the 'Father of English Potters'.
Coach boarding points are the same as on our day excursions and include a feeder coach picking up from Ramsgate through to Faversham. Timings will be confirmed nearer the departure date but should be around our usual excursion departure times. [Please note: Teresa may have to slightly alter the programme depending on journey timings etc and reserves the right to do so if necessary.]
Price includes: Coach travel throughout ~ 4 nights Dinner B&B ~ All visits as described in itinerary ~ Coffee and biscuits at the Great Danes Hotel Maidstone on outward and return journeys ~ Coach drivers gratuity, restaurant staff gratuities & courier services
Not Included: lunches are not included
Travel Insurance has not been included so that members can make their own arrangements – strongly recommended – refunds cannot be given
Disclaimer As set out in the Terms and Conditions accepted by members when joining The Theatre Club of Kent, Teresa cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury, delay or inconvenience caused to members during this short break. Copies of terms and conditions are available upon request
ADVISORY NOTE: Teresa endeavours to accommodate all club members, including those with disabilities. However, her experience indicates that some short breaks are not suitable for those who have certain disabilities or conditions. As usual on our short breaks, this one will involve some general walking as we visit the places of interest listed, but nothing too strenuous. If you manage our day excursions on your own, you should be fine on this short break. Things can be taken at your own personal pace and it should be possible for everyone to enjoy the holiday even if some of you are more active whilst others need to take things slower and/or need the help of a walking stick. Please phone Teresa on01304 380845 if you have any questions or concerns.