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Christmas at Blenheim Palace

2 days from £125*
Departing: November 2018
* Price shown: 17 November 2018 from -
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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

Your 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.
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Date Price From
17 November 2018
17 November 2018 £125

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 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.