Belvoir Castle Musical Extravaganza

Belvoir Castle Musical Extravaganza

Christmas Fantasia at Belvoir Castle


Christmas Fantasia at Belvoir Castle


Set between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east the town has been a centre of communications for centuries.

Northallerton was on the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh, the railway arrived in the 1840s strengthening Northallerton's importance.

Northallerton's wide High Street is a pleasant busy shopping centre, with many independent shops, cafes and pubs. There is a busy market on Wednesday and Saturday and free WiFi.


Situated on the banks of the River Trent, Newark is a picturesque town steeped in history. The ruins of Newark Castle have had a huge influence on the unique character of the town. Though the current remains were built in the early 12th century, there has been a castle on the site since 1068. Left in ruins by a turbulent history,  the grounds were landscaped in 1887.

Newark’s market place is overlooked by the Georgian Town Hall. The town has become famous for its six annual antiques fairs, held at Newark County Showground, and thousands of antique hunters from across the world descend on the fair’s 4,000 stalls in search of a bargain.

Melton Mowbray

Mary Dickinson (Grandmother of John Dickinson), a noted pork pie maker, is credited with using the first wooden dolly to raise the pastry case: she is considered as the originator of the hand raised Melton Mowbray pork pie. This technique creates the bow-walled appearance that we know and love today. John Dickinson opened his bakery in Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray in 1851. Exactly where Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe is today.

Belvoir Brewery

Brewing began 1995 when the founder Colin Brown established Belvoir Brewery and its reputation continues to grow, proudly supplying more than 275 pubs in a 50 mile radius including shops, delicatessens and supermarket giants.

On the Brewery Tours visitors are invited to browse the Alehouse artifacts, view the Brewery through the large adjoining windows or relax with a drink or over a meal before or after their guided Brewery Tour.

Please be aware practical footwear is required. High-heeled shoes, sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are not suitable and visitors wearing such footwear will not be allowed to join the tour.

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle was built during the Regency period and is home to the Duke & Duchess of Rutland. The castle occupies a commanding position with breathtaking views across the Vale of Belvoir, the present Castle is the fourth to have stood on the site since Norman times. The Castle houses many treasures collected throughout the ages and boasts one of the largest private art collections in the country also many pieces of fine French furniture, Italian sculpture and magnificient tapestries.The existing Castle was completed in the early 19th century after previous buildings suffered complete or partial destruction.

Enjoy a festive day out and some stress free shopping at the Christmas Extravaganza. Hundreds of decorated trees, choirs singing, costumed guided tours and cameos. Finish the day with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pie before gathering in the guard room to join in with the singing of Christmas Carols.



With its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Harrogate is renowned for its smart little tearooms and classy cafés spilling out onto the pavements. The celebrated Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious afternoon teas. Enjoy some time perusing Harrogate's many fascinating shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antique treasures, high-end fashion, charming arts & crafts shops and bustling markets.

Sunday 8th Dec

A morning departure from Penrith as we head to Northallerton, time for morning coffee in this bustling market town situated in the heart of Herriot Country. We continue south to Newark, an historic town steeped in history situated on the river Trent. We depart late afternoon for the remainder of our journey to Leicester and our hotel the Marriott, dinner served in the hotel


Monday 9th Dec

This morning we travel to the historic market town of Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pie and speciality cheeses. We visit Ye Olde Pie Shoppe where we watch a demonstration by an expert on how to make a pork pie before heading to the Belvoir Brewery to enjoy a guided tour followed by a tasting of three ales, a 2 course lunch is included at the brewery. Then we are off to Belvoir Castle, which is beyond magical at Christmas time, the Duke & Duchess of Rutland are opening the doors of their magnificent home to give you a magical Christmas experience, wander through the majestic rooms, filled with seasonal decorations and listen to the beautiful music being performed by a variety of musicians. Enjoy a complimentary mince pie and a glass mulled wine before the finale of this festive evening, as everyone will congregate in the guard room to join in a Christmas Carol sing song. We depart Belvoir at 9pm for the journey back to Leicester and our hotel, Soup and sandwiches served at the Marriott.

B, D

Tuesday 10th Dec

We depart the Marriott Hotel after breakfast and travel north to Harrogate, time at leisure for lunch and to browse the many independent shops before leaving late afternoon for the remainder of the journey to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Marriott Hotel Leicester

This Marriott hotel is in a quiet setting just minutes from the M1. Enjoy air-conditioned rooms, a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas.

Bedrooms at the Leicester Marriott Hotel are spacious and stylish and feature luxurious bedding, en-suite bathroom with premium bath products, hospitality tray, a flat-screen TV and a dedicated work space with access to high-speed internet available.

Market Kitchen,the signature restaurant offers a menu packed full of wholesome and culturally inspired dishes from around the world. Enjoy a range of superfood salads, pasta dishes, gourmet burgers, artisan meats and desserts. Visit Market Kitchen Bar & Lounge for a range of craft beers, cocktails, wine & spirits and a selection of light meals or shareable platters.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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