A Worcestershire Weekend - 25th - 27th September 2020
Why not join us on this tour based in the Stourport Manor Hotel, Stourport-on-Severn. A Historic manor house with political connections and once the family home of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin.
Friday 25th September 2020
Departing Manchester approx 08.00 we travel to our first destination the British Ironwork Centre - For those who enjoy walking and sculpture, we are home to an array of handmade sculptures and exhibits. Not only are we the UK's largest metal safari park with over 100 sculptures on display, we also have a fabulous collection of art for you to explore, these are all exhibited throughout the 90-acre grounds, from the Knife Angel to galloping horses, the Iron Guardian and Spoon Gorilla, they are breathtaking and must be seen to witness the craftsmanship and beauty within each piece. The current display includes; The famous National Monument, the Knife Angel, made from over 100,000 knives and weapons taken from the UK streets, the national monument and current campaign 'Save a Life, Surrender your Knife,' is currently available to view and an ideal opportunity to learn more about this campaign of interest and its continued efforts in ending this heinous crime. The spoon Gorilla is also available to view, made from 40,000 spoons was designed in collaboration with Uri Gellar.
Early afternoon we continue our journey southwards to Stourport-on-Severn where we will have time at leisure to explore this Georgian canal town situated in the heart of the Severn Valley.
Departing late afternoon we make the short journey to the Stourport Manor Hotel our base for the weekend. After check-in there will be time at leisure prior to dinner.
Saturday 26th September 2020
09:30 We depart the Hotel after breakfast and make our way to the Museum of Carpets, Kidderminster.
The Museum of Carpet opened in 2012 as a centre of Art, industry and Heritage the Museum is dedicated to preserving the local history of Kidderminster and its industrial roots as a manufacturer of Carpets and similar textiles. The Museum of Carpet lets you discover the Past and bring local history back to life in the Stour Vale Mill, Kidderminster.
Discover how carpets were made locally in Kidderminster then sold regionally, nationally and internationally.Meet Weavers, Spinners and ex-Carpet Industry Workers and find about how they lived and worked.
Compare carpet weaving before and after the Industrial Revolution. See weaving and spinning demonstrations and watch our amazing power looms in action.
12.00 We depart Kidderminster for Great Malvern arriving around 13.00
Great Malvern is largely Victorian but its roots go back much further. Iron and Bronze Age forts and tracks ran along the hills and Malvern was only a collection of small cottages until the Middle Ages. The oldest parts of the town can be seen around the Priory Church which was founded in 1085 when Benedictine monks settled here and built a Priory, which was a daughter house to Westminster Abbey.
Malvern originated as a spa village with therapeutic qualities attributed to its springs. It was the Georgian fancy of taking the waters and later the Victorian popularity of the water cure that transformed Malvern into a Water Cure town. Doctors Gully and Wilson brought hydrotherapy – the water cure – from Austria and built the first water cure house in 1845. The growing influx of visitors necessitated accommodation, information and social recreation to rival such centres as Bath and Cheltenham. Although you can no longer take the water cure in Malvern, many of the impressive buildings are still in use as public buildings.
George Bernard Shaw and Edward Elgar brought Malvern into the 20th Century with their music and theatre festivals held in the Winter Gardens. The old Iron Age tracks leading to St. Ann’s well and onto the hills are still walked by visitors. The delight of Malvern today is still its unspoilt beauty, with a glimpse of past Victoriana including our many still-working gas lamps and stunning views of the Severn Valley. Weather permitting you could always walk the cultural trail around the town or take the tracks to the top of the hill!
16.00 We depart Great Malvern for the return journey to the Stourport Manor Hotel. Time at leisure before dinner
Sunday 27th September 2020
10:00 Depart Hotel after breakfast and checking out of rooms for our journey to Hereford
11.15 Arrive Hereford for time at leisure to stroll along the banks of the River Wye, enjoy the vibrant centre of High Town, where you can immerse yourself in the local history and historic architecture – they are all just a short walk from each other in Hereford City. Take visit the historic black and white house museum, Cathedral and Mappa Mundi (Attractions subject to revised opening times)
13.45 Depart Hereford for return journey home allowing for comfort stop en route.
- The proposed itinerary could be subject to change at short notice.
- The hotel, venues and coach will be following the latest government guidelines with regards to sanitisation and social distancing and we hope that this will not spoil your enjoyment of the weekend.
- To reflect this we will only be taking a maximum of 26 people on this tour.
Hotel Details: Stourport Manor Hotel, 35 Hartlebury Rd, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9JA. Tel: 03330 035449
Hotel Inclusions: 3 course dinner served followed by tea or coffee and breakfast. Use of the Leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool, gym & sauna.
The Stourport Manor Hotel is an historic manor house with political connections. Once the family home of former prime minister Stanley Baldwin, Stourport Manor Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western is steeped in history.
This peaceful Victorian manor house is set on the edge of the pretty canal town of Stourport-on-Severn. Its delightful landscaped gardens provide the perfect backdrop to a short break.
The leisure facilities are second to none, with an indoor swimming pool, gym, squash court, tennis courts and 9-hole footgolf course to keep you active. The restaurant serves a menu of British classics and international cuisine, while the lounge bar offers a separate menu of light bites.
The 72 bedrooms are tastefully decorated, and all come with free superfast Wi-Fi, a writing desk and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some are housed in the original Victorian section of the hotel and are generously sized, with sash windows adding to their character.
Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -
- Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £199
- Members (No Lottery Shares) - £204
- Non-Member - £209
- Single Supplement £30
Look What's included:
- 2 Nights Accommodation including Breakfast and 3 Course Dinner inc Tea/Coffee
- Entry to the British Ironworks Centre and Museum of Carpets
- Transport throughout the tour as per itinerary
What's NOT included:
- Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
- Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc
Note: In the event of the tour being cancelled due to the ongoing Corvid-19 situation a full refund will be given.
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