Step back in time for Christmas
Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the Christmas of a bygone era, at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Enjoy the celebrations, find perfect presents, and spend an afternoon at Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market on a pre-Christmas break you'll remember for years to come.
We leave the local area by coach this morning and travel to Birmingham, where we should arrive by early afternoon. You're free to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the largest outside Germany, and features traditional wooden chalet-style stalls offering ceramics, candles, glasswork, jewellery and Christmas decorations, as well as traditional German items such as wooden toys, nativity scenes and marionettes.
Enjoy an early dinner before we re-board the coach and continue to the hotel.
After breakfast, we'll enjoy a short visit to the Ironbridge Gorge, to see the memorable sight of the famous 196-foot long bridge spanning the spectacular Severn Gorge. Afterwards, we head to Blists Hill, the award-winning recreated Victorian town.
Experience festive celebrations from the 1800s as knowledgeable, costumed staff give you a fascinating insight into Victorian life. See the townsfolk prepare seasonal decorations and traditional presents, while the sounds of carol singers and brass bands fills the air.
We'll leave in the early to mid afternoon, and should arrive back at your original pick-up point by mid to late evening.
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.
We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes, especially in the event of inclement weather. The Blists Hill Victorian Town site covers some 52 acres and is mainly outdoors.
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.)
Coach seating arrangements
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.
Joining your holiday
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.
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.
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.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.