Longleat Festival of Light & Bristol Xmas Markets

Longleat Festival of Light & Bristol Xmas Markets

See Longleat House dressed for Christmas and the stunning Festival of Lights


See Longleat House dressed for Christmas and the stunning Festival of Lights


Bath and the stunning countryside surrounding it is one of England's most beautiful places to visit. Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries.

Bristol Christmas Market

Bristol’s good cheer extends to the Christmas Markets, stretching from the Harbourside all the way to Bristol Shopping Quarter. 

With so much choice, you certainly won’t be short on gift ideas. There’s the Harbourside Christmas Market, with its twinkling waterfront setting; Christmas-themed markets on Corn Street, beside the award-winning St Nicholas Market; a large Christmas market at Broadmead and the ever-popular Local Christmas market, featuring Bristol artists, craftspeople and unique gifts and produce.


Longleat House Safari Park

Longleat House & Safari Park, as featured on BBC's Animal Park, has 9 amazing attractions and extensive grounds complete with maze and railway. Marvel at the treasures in the house, enjoy a cruise on Half Mile Lake, get lost in the maze. Longleat is the seat of the 7th Marquess of Bath and the Thynne family have owned the Estate since 1540. In 1948 the late Lord Bath opened his house to the public to meet the ever increasing cost of maintaining and preserving the ancestral home and estate. Opened in 1966, Longleat was the first ever Safari Park outside Africa. Your drive-through safari adventure will take you unbelievably close to creatures you've only dreamed about. So mind the zebras crossing, give the rhinos right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys.

Longleat House

Longleat House is packed to the rafters with priceless antiques. Look up at the ceilings that Longleat is so famous for - with their ornate paintings and abundance of gilt, made by the firm of John Dibblee Crace in the 1870s and 1880s.

You'll see some of the libraries. Did you know Longleat has one of the largest private book collections in Europe with over 40,000 books catalogued within 7 libraries?

Look out for the grisly blood-stained under vest worn by King Charles I at his execution in 1649 that sits in the Great Hall of Longleat House.

Longleat will be dressed in traditional Edwardian festive decor and you can take a free flow tour through the House with guides, dressed in traditional costume, positioned in the main rooms. This is your chance to challenge our guides on their historical knowledge… Why do we have a boiled egg on the table in the Breakfast Room and do you know which star sign Henry VIII was?

Festival of Light

Longleat is staging its fifth fabulous Festival of Light in 2018 and the theme this year is A Fantastic Yoyage. We are inviting you to join us on a thrilling expedition around the world, journeying through time and space with our three new Longleat characters, Harry and Bea, a plucky brother and sister, and their fearless terrier companion, Monty. In each lantern scene our intrepid trio can be found exploring wondrous locations, from the exotic to the glacial, filled with astonishing creatures, magnificent scenery, stunning structures and sensational modes of transportation.

Hundreds of illuminated designs (some measuring up to 20 metres in height, and 70 metres in length) helped to transform the world-famous Wiltshire estate into a glowing Winter wonderland, on a spectacular scale.

Europe’s largest ever display of lanterns will once again be at Longleat along with the Enchanted Christmas Tree Show and the famous Santa Train.



Day 1

We depart Cumbria for the journey south via the motorway system to Worcester, time at leisure for a late lunch in this lovely cathedral city before leaving late afternoon for the journey to Bristol and our hotel the Doubletree by Hilton in the City Centre. Dinner served in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we head to the World Heritage city of Bath, time at leisure to explore the many sights including the stunning Bath Abbey, Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge and Royal Crescent, We return to Bristol mid afternoon and have time to look around the Bristol Christmas Markets. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast we make our way south to Longleat, where you can enjoy animal encounters from the comfort of our coach on a drive through the famous Safari Park. Then see Longleat House, one of the country’s finest examples of Elizabethan architecture, dressed for Christmas. Find the giant Singing Christmas Tree with hundreds of dazzling lights dancing in time to much-loved festive tunes. To top it all off, experience the Festival of Light as Longleat stages Europe’s largest ever display of giant Chinese lanterns transforming the estate into a glowing winter wonderland, beautiful by daylight but incredible after dark. The display will cover more than 30 acres and feature a variety of traditional Chinese designs including dragons and pagodas alongside giant recreations of some of the Longleat Safari Park’s famous animals. We return to the hotel for a late dinner.

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Day 4

We depart the hotel after breakfast and head north through the Cotswolds, stopping off in the little Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton on the Water, we then head via Evesham to the Midlands then home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol City Centre is ideally located in the city center. Experience excellent service, friendly hospitality and refurbished public areas and guest rooms with modern amenities. 

Enjoy proximity to Cabot Circus Shopping Quarter and Harvey Nichols department store. The hotel is also located within walking distance of the historic Bristol Harbourside, Colston Hall and the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre as well as great shopping, restaurants and bars.

Each of the restyled guest rooms feature modern amenities such as air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, rain showers, a range of pampering bath products, comfortable Sweet Dreams® beds and 42-inch LCD TVs with Freeview channels. Accessible and larger rooms are available for your convenience.

The Kiln Restaurant is a truly historic and unique dining space. It is an original 17th Century glass kiln which is a listed building that has now been transformed into an atmospheric dining area. The menu offers a range of International dishes combined with modern British choices complemented with a variety of wines from around the world. Relax with drinks and refreshments in the contemporary Temple Bar and Lounge.

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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