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Christmas at Blenheim Palace

Festive glory and the Living Crafts for Christmas Fair

Here's your chance to see Blenheim Palace - the magnificent birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough - in all its Christmas glory. Browse the Living Crafts for Christmas fair at the palace, and enjoy a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon on this great-value break. It's guaranteed to get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start!

What The Price Includes

  • Entrance to the 'Living Crafts for Christmas' fair at Blenheim Palace, including admission to the palace and gardens
  • A visit to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • One night's bed and buffet breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Midlands area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Join our coach at your pick-up point this morning, and head to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This picturesque town hosts a weekend craft market, and you'll also find a range of independent retailers and boutique shops.

Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, where costumed guides will take you back in time to explore his literary life, or discover the quirky designs and installations at Stratford's new Mechanical Art and Design museum. After time to explore, and perhaps enjoy an early dinner in a traditional pub (payable locally), we'll continue to our overnight hotel, arriving by mid evening.

Day Two

After a buffet breakfast, this morning, we head to Blenheim Palace - one of Britain's finest stately homes. Stroll through the grand rooms - lavishly decorated with wreaths, garlands and giant Christmas trees lit up by 1.5 miles of festive lights - and see the State Dining Table laid for a sumptuous Christmas dinner. Carol singers, organists and brass bands add to the festive atmosphere.

Blenheim Palace's Great Courtyard plays host to the Living Crafts for Christmas fair, voted number one of the 10 best Christmas markets by Country Living magazine in 2016. With over 150 stalls, the fair offers all manner of gifts and tasty delicacies, from stocking-fillers to decorations and trinkets, and traditional British produce.

You may like to round off your day with a wintry stroll through the magnificent grounds to Vanbrugh's much-photographed Grand Bridge, before we begin our journey home in the late afternoon, arriving back in the local area during the late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Berkshire
Berkshire Slough
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire High Wycombe
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Wisbech
Cheshire
Cheshire Crewe, Poplar 2000 Services M6 M56, Stockport, Warrington, Wilmslow
Clwyd
Clwyd Wrexham
Cornwall
Cornwall Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Chesterfield
Devon
Devon Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
County Durham
County Durham Stockton On Tees
East Sussex
East Sussex Brighton
Essex
Essex Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Hadleigh, Harlow, Romford, Thurrock Services M25
Hampshire
Hampshire Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Southampton
Kent
Kent Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Gravesend, Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge
Lancashire
Lancashire Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham
London
London Lewisham, Streatham
Merseyside
Merseyside Liverpool, St Helens
Middlesex
Middlesex Feltham, Harrow, Uxbridge
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Northallerton, York
Norfolk
Norfolk Norwich, Wymondham
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Rotherham
Somerset
Somerset Bridgwater, Taunton
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft, Newmarket
Surrey
Surrey Epsom, Staines, Sutton
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sunderland, Washington Services A1 M, Whitley Bay
West Sussex
West Sussex Burgess Hill, Crawley
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Pontefract, Woolley Edge Services M1

Midlands Area Hotel 

You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Midlands area, such as the Park Inn, Birmingham West or the Holiday Inn Express, Shrewsbury. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV, radios and telephones, and all the hotels have good restaurant and bar facilities.

Further Information

Christmas at Blenheim

Please note that Blenheim Palace has a separate "Christmas at Blenheim" event - an after-dark festive trail of lights which runs from 24 November to 1 January - and it is not included in this tour.

Accessibility

There is a fair amount of walking to explore the Blenheim Palace craft fair, palace and gardens so please ensure suitable footwear and warm clothing is worn.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Blenheim Palace Christmas Crafts reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Blenheim Palace Christmas CraftsScores 7.8 out of 10 based on 76 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Janette

staines Family
I would have liked to have spent longer in Stratford upon Avon as it was worth exploring. The hotel was comfortable ,although I was still a little peckish after dinner and breakfast was slightly disorganised. But on the whole an informative trip and the guide certainly knew her stuff.
Thank you Newmarket
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 19 December 2014
(3 out of 10)

Brian

Family
waited over an hour for our meal and blenheim palace far too crowded
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 10 December 2014
(8 out of 10)

Sue

Manchester Friends
A great 2 day break; the only downside was the weather which obviously can't be helped. It was very wet and because of this Blenheim Palace was unbelievably crowded, so much so that the facilities were inadequate for the number of people there. Too much time was wasted in queueing for the toilets and queueing for food (and then eating standing up)! Of course none of this was the fault of Newmarket Holidays or anyone for that matter. We had a lovely afternoon at Stratford and the Holiday Inn, south Coventry, where we stayed overnight was excellent. The room was spotlessly clean, the restaurant had atmosphere and the food was lovely. All staff we encountered were very courteous and friendly. The journey was comfortable and uneventful thanks to a very professional coach driver and Bernadette, our tour manager, was extremely knowledgeable and made it her business to make sure everyone was happy and well informed. On our way home, she had a chat with everyone on the coach individually asking if we had enjoyed the trip. We couldn't have asked for better care and attention.
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 08 December 2014
(8 out of 10)

Teresa

Blenheim Friends
Hotel was rubbish at the evening meal totally unbelievable no choice some only had some chips.
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 08 December 2014
(7 out of 10)

Richard

Halifax Couple
Overall quite good, the pre-made sandwiches at the palace were stale, more duck bread than fresh bread but that's not the fault of Newark. We could have done with another 2 hours stay at each of our destinations as we didn't manage to see it all but a couple of reason for this were motorway traffic and too many passanger pick-ups.
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 08 December 2014
(4 out of 10)

Susan

Norwich Friends
Very disappointing the trip was fine until the evening meal staff could not cope they manager and driver had to help the meal was not what you would expect chiken and chips which was red at the bone veg stroganoff and rice my friend and I had a plate of chips and tomato sauce we booked this tri p because it included evening meal we have always booked our trips with you never been disappointed we have may be it is time we tried another firm
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 08 December 2014
(8 out of 10)

SHEILA

Southampton Couple
Reasonable trip for a reasonable price.
Confirmed traveller: 23 November 2014
Published on: 07 December 2014