Discover the amazing festive sights, sounds and delicious tastes of Christmas past. If you’re looking for a unique Christmas excursion, there’s so much on offer at Beamish -The Living Museum of the North. Around the museum you’ll experience the magic of Christmas in days gone by. Join the celebrations at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, The 1900s Town and Pit Village and The 1940s Farm. Admire the shops and houses decked out in their finery, sample Christmas cooking lovingly baked in coal-fired ranges or find some last minute quirky gifts in the shops in The Town and the Beamish Bazaar.
After a morning departure from the Essex area , we shall head Northwards to Harrogate, one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations. Harrogate was first discovered in 1571 by William Slingsby. You can discover the history of Harrogate as a spa town, and taste the waters for yourself, at The Royal Pump Room Museum. With its handsome historic gardens and the famous “Betty’s Tearoom” it is a great place to spend a few hours. Harrogate is a shopper's delight, an antique collector's heaven and a gourmet's paradise. Late afternoon, we shall head to our hotel for our three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After breakfast at the hotel, we shall make our way by coach to Beamish for Christmas past ! Beamish museum is a living, working experience of life as it was in the great north in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Travel on the restored tramway to visit Pockerley Old Hall, The Town, Rowley Station, The Fairground, Home Farm and The Pit Village, all specially decorated for the festive season. This is a great full day visit. There are plenty of places for food and drink and a large gift shop as well, where you may even pick up a few Christmas presents ! Late afternoon, we shall then head back to our hotel for our three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall depart our hotel, stopping en route at the Cathedral City of Lincoln which is rich in history and heritage. It offers a range of shopping facilities on famous Steep Hill, a stunning Castle, current home to the Magna Carta, and an exquisite Cathedral. Take a stroll through the Strait, climb Steep Hill and explore Bailgate, filled with buskers giving you a unique musical experience whilst wandering the quaint cobbled streets.
A visit to Lincoln would not be complete without visiting the stunning cathedral. This fine example of Gothic architecture was once the tallest in the world (until it’s spire fell) and is filled with intricate detail and funny carvings, in particular the famous Lincoln Imp - according to legend the imp was turned to stone by an angel for misbehaving ! Enjoy the beautiful Cloisters, magnificent libraries and the memorial statue of Lord Alfred Tennison bearing the words of his poem ‘Flower in the Crannied Wall’ at this historic delight.
Lincoln Castle is currently home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 and brought back to Lincoln by the Bishop of Lincoln. We shall depart Lincoln mid afternoon and make our way back to the Essex area
Your hotel - Holiday Inn Washington ***
The Holiday Inn Washington has modern rooms with work desks, tea/coffee, hairdryers and satellite TV with pay-per-view channels.This long-established hotel is well known for its friendly staff and warm northern welcome. The hotel has an established restaurant called Traders,
and a contemporary lounge and bar area, serving drinks and light snacks.