Evesham Blossom Trail & the Cotswolds

Evesham Blossom Trail & the Cotswolds

Delight your senses with the sight & scent of hundreds of trees clothed in springtime blossoms

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Delight your senses with the sight & scent of hundreds of trees clothed in springtime blossoms

Cheltenham

England's most complete Regency spa town, most of the town centre lies within a conservation area of outstanding national importance. Elegant town houses characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. Cheltenham was specifically designed in its 18th and 19th century heyday as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors, the legacy of which is an exceptional range of quality accommodation, restaurants and stylish shops.

Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a volunteer-run steam and diesel heritage railway which runs along the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border in the West Midlands.

 

Evesham Blossom Trail

The Blossom Trail is what puts Evesham firmly on the map of beautiful places to visit in springtime.

Evesham has long been famed for its bountiful fruit and vegetables, however, it is especially the fruit trees for which it is known the best.

From March until May, the vale erupts in a wondrous haze of both colour and beautiful perfume which envelops the whole of the region. The trail incorporates a forty mile area, full of apple and pear blossoms as well as damsons and plums. The latter appear the first in the season and herald the start of the springtime. Of course, the apple and pear trees aren’t only grown for their prettiness, but also to produce both cider and perry from.

The orchards are big business locally and in the nineteenth century, a new strain of plum was discovered in Tiddesley Woods. It was subsequently named the Pershore Yellow Egg.

Evesham

The old riverside market town of Evesham is situated in the centre of the famous horticultural Vale of Evesham - the fruit and vegetable basket of England.

From the tranquil banks of the river Avon to the undulating hills and peaceful wooded slopes of the Cotswolds, the Vale offers some of the prettiest countryside in the United Kingdom.

The town was founded around an 8th-century abbey, one of the largest in Europe, which was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, with only Abbot Lichfield's Bell Tower remaining.

 

Tewkesbury

With a rich, vibrant history and a beautiful waterside setting, there is plenty to discover in Tewkesbury. Take in the stunning scenery by taking a stroll beside the River Severn, or a boat trip along the Avon, explore the medieval streets and shop in a traditional high street full of independent shops.

Tewkesbury Abbey was founded in 1087 and has been an imposing feature of the town’s landscape for nearly 900 years, however, building of the present structure did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Abbey was was consecrated in 1121 (Norman era). The Abbey is one of Gloucestershire’s most popular tourist attractions, second only to Gloucester Cathedral.

Gloucester

Gloucester has a lively atmosphere that combines a rich historic past with all the excitement and attractions of a city just full of life, begging to be explored. Here you will find Roman foundations, Victorian Docklands and the magnificent Norman Cathedral rubbing shoulders with a bustling city centre with a range of shops, restaurants, wine bars, pubs, entertainment and unique visitor attractions. The Cathedral weaves a special charm and magic that proved irresistible as one of the settings for the Harry Potter movies. There is also a large park which hosts events throughout the year and four fascinating museums.

 

Friday 12th April

We leave Cumbria and head south to Stratford upon Avon, time at leisure to explore the town and riverfront, before continuing on to Gloucester and our hotel the Holiday Inn. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Saturday 13th April

This morning we travel the short distance into the beautiful spa town of Cheltenham. The town is renowned for its Regency architecture, stylish shopping, colourful parks and floral displays. In the afternoon we board the Gloucester & Warwickshire Steam Railway for a return journey to Toddington. The line commands wonderful views of the hamlets & villages along the way. We return to our hotel for dinner.

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Sunday 14th April

Today we meet our local guide in Evesham for a 2 hour tour of the fabulous Blossom Trail. We start at the tiny town of Pershore, famous for the Pershore Yellow Egg Plum, before continuing through Fladbury & the Lenches. Following our guided tour we have free time to explore the beautiful market town of Evesham and enjoy lunch at leisure. In the afternoon we enjoy a relaxing 2 hour boat trip with cream tea on the River Avon, before returning to our hotel for dinner.

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Monday 15th April

This morning we head to the medieval town of Tewkesbury with its picturesque riverside setting. Take a stroll along Church Street, lined with a half-timbered houses and punctuated with Tewkesbury’s famous alleyways or visit the beautiful 12th century Norman-built Tewkesbury Abbey. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful city of Gloucester, view the glorious medieval Cathedral or alternatively visit the Victorian docks and explore the award winning Gloucester Waterways Museum overlooking the River Severn. Final dinner in the hotel.

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Tuesday 16th April

Sadly today we must leave our hosts at the hotel for our return journey home, we stop for lunch at the Trentham Gardens Shopping Village. We are due back in Cumbria late evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Holiday Inn Cheltenham/Gloucester

A modern, smart Gloucester hotel less than 15 minutes drive from Gloucester Cathedral and Cheltenham, with a pool, restaurant and bar.

The hotel's bright, airy Traders Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, with lots of variety on the menu. You can order a snack at the bar, or watch some sport on the wide-screen TV in the lounge.

Bedroom facilities include ensuite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and air-conditioning. Complimentary access to the Leisure Centre with swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, Sauna and Hot Tub. WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.

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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