Blenheim Christmas Lights Waddesdon Christmas Fair

Blenheim Christmas Lights Waddesdon Christmas Fair

Blenheim Palace throws open its doors and welcomes visitors to enjoy the Palace dressed for Christmas.

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Blenheim Palace throws open its doors and welcomes visitors to enjoy the Palace dressed for Christmas.

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham bring's Frankfurt to Town for Christmas. For the past few years, Birmingham, England has joined it's twinned city, Frankfurt, Germany, to fill the city centre with a huge Frankfurt Christmas Market. It's the biggest such event in England and, in fact, the biggest and longest Christmas Market outside of Germany. The market includes 90 stalls in Victoria Square, selling traditional handmade toys, Christmas decorations, jewellery, and crafts, along with German wines not usually available in the UK and lots of German goodies to eat and drink. A bit later in November, a thirty stall craft market sprouts in Chamberlain Square.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace and its courtyards will be transformed into a winter wonderland, offering visitors a truly magical experience. Estate-grown Christmas trees will greet visitors as they stroll through the Great Courtyards. And inside, glowing fires will provide a warm welcome to this unique Palace.

The magic of Alice in Wonderland will be exquisitely captured in an enchanting experience. The beautiful surrounds of the Palace will be transformed into a whimsical topsy-turvy wonderland. Step between the pages of a larger than life book, down the rabbit-hole and along corridors filled with hidden surprises.

From mirrored hallways, illusions, and Mad Hatter’s tea party to a world of make-believe, this festive indoor trail will leave you with a grin like the Cheshire cat.

The Christmas Market

Escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the festive atmosphere of our Christmas market set against the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace. Within wooden chalets, the market is filled with a variety of hand-picked, irresistible gifts, unique works by a range of designers and tempting treats for foodies. With ceramics, textiles, homewares, leather goods, jewellery, toys, stationery, bags, hats and so much more, it is the perfect place to begin your Christmas shopping.

Illuminated Light Trail

The towering Tunnel of Light will once again twinkle with over 100,000 pea-lights, while the woodland Laser Garden and the scented Fire Garden all return. The Water Terrace light finale dances across the historic façade to much-loved Christmas classics. Complete your walk under the stars with mulled cider, mulled wine or a hot chocolate*. Gather around the fire-pit with family and friends to toast marshmallows* and end the evening browsing the well-stocked gift shop in the East Courtyard. For the young ones in all of us there’s a Victorian carousel, Helter-skelter and other family rides and don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas and his elves along the way.

Waddesdon Manor

Christmas is always a special time of year at Waddesdon and the perfect place to visit. In 2019 we celebrate Christmas music with beautiful decorations, carols and festive songs to accompany your house visit. Outside we continue with our winter light theme in the gardens and a festive light installation meanders through the Coach House at the Stables. The hugely popular Christmas Fair will once again be held on the North Front. With over 80 local and independent artisan producers, indulge in celebratory foods and shop for gifts. As always at Waddesdon the beautiful decorations in the House, events, food and gifts come together in a seasonal celebration that is not to be missed. Browse around the 77 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafés and restaurants all filled to rafters with treats alongside Trentham Garden Centre. The village is located just 5 minutes drive from Junction 15 of the M6 motorway on the A34 dual carriageway between Stone and Newcastle under Lyme with FREE parking all day, every day.

Trentham Shopping Village

Browse around the 77 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafés and restaurants all filled to rafters with treats alongside Trentham Garden Centre. The village is located just 5 minutes drive from Junction 15 of the M6 motorway on the A34 dual carriageway between Stone and Newcastle under Lyme.

Beware! You’ll be tempted by the independent retailers and big brand names at Trentham Shopping Village. You’ll find the latest fashion, scrumptious food, everything for the home, famous ceramic names and much more!

Friday 6th Dec

We leave Cumbria in the morning for the journey south to Birmingham where we visit the traditional Frankfurt German Christmas Market, the largest German market held outside Germany and Austria. Enjoy a range of German fare from mulled wine and beers to meats and pastries. The Christmas Craft Fair next door extends onto Chamberlain Square, featuring various handmade gifts from local artists. We leave late afternoon for the journey to Northampton and our hotel the Marriott. Dinner in the hotel.

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Saturday 7th Dec

Following breakfast in the hotel we head towards Oxford and Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace is full of splendour at any time of year but especially so at Christmas when its grand halls come alive with beautiful festive decorations, plus a full programme of music and entertainment. Outside enjoy the Christmas market, wooden chalets filled with a variety of hand-picked irresistible gifts, unique works by a range of designers and tempting treats for foodies. Then at dusk it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the trees, Great Lake and waterfalls of Blenheim’s Formal Gardens will be a trail of spectacular festive lights. Enjoy a spiced cider, mulled wine or a hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fill the air. We return to Northampton for a late dinner at the hotel.

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Sunday 8th Dec

A leisurely start this morning as we travel to the magnificent Waddesdon Manor Estate, built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. A selection of specially decorated rooms are open, resplendent in full festive regalia. The manor’s front lawn, adorned with Christmas Trees, will host a charming Christmas fair with over 80 selected stallholders selling an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods. Dinner on our return to the Marriott.

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Monday 9th Dec

4We leave our hosts at the Marriott Hotel and begin our journey to Cumbria, stopping off en route at the Trentham shopping village home to a number of family-run independent shops. These shops have an abundance of unique and unusual gifts for you to take home and put under your tree. We are due home early evening.
We leave our hosts at the Marriott Hotel and begin our journey to Cumbria, stopping off en route at the Trentham shopping village home to a number of family-run independent shops. These shops have an abundance of unique and unusual gifts for you to take home and put under your tree. We are due home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Marriott Hotel Northampton

Relax and refresh at Northampton Marriott Hotel. With modern amenities, superb service and a convenient location this 4-star hotel is ready to make you feel at home. Intuitively designed rooms showcase deluxe pillowtop bedding, en-suite bathroom, tea & cofffe making facilities, Wi-Fi access and soundproof windows.

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Cast Iron Bar & Grill and in the evening enjoy tasty steaks, burgers and best of British dishes. 

There is an indoor pool & a gym.

 

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
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
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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