Blackpool is universally recognised as the entertainment capital of the north - a heady blend of spectacular shows, endless beaches, weatherproof attractions, shops, piers, colourful trams and good old northern hospitality. Some love the brisk sea air, the architectural remnants of Britain's greatest Imperial Age, the utter lack of pretentiousness, and the poignant nostalgia where people look back fondly on the carefree fun they had in a simpler time. Every autumn the town lights up with a dazzling display of coloured lights, lasers and optics a magical sight referred to as The Greatest Free Show on Earth!
MONDAY - Morning departure to Blackpool, arriving in time for dinner.
TUESDAY - To Lancaster where we join a morning 2 hour boat cruise on the Lancaster Canal crossing the magnificent Lune Aquaduct - often referred to as one of the "wonders of the waterways". This masterpiece of engineering carries the canal 664 feet across the River Lune at a height of 61 feet. The afternoon is free in the city of Lancaster - a traffic free centre with beautiful architecture. This evening, after dinner, enjoy a coach tour along the illuminated promenade - spectacular!
WEDNESDAY - Visit Astley Hall near Chorley, the most exhilarating house in Lancashire, a Grade 1 listed building containing a museum and art gallery set in beautiful landscaped grounds. Stunning Jacobean plasterwork ceilings, an Elizabethan courtyard and Victorian walled garden are among its treasures. This afternoon drive to nearby Botany Bay Canal Mill - a beautifully restored cotton mill built in 1855 when Lancashire as at the forefront of the cotton industry. It now houses five floors of shops, restaurants and a garden centre following a 9 million pound re-development.
THURSDAY - At leisure in Blackpool. An opportunity to explore the delights of the Pleasure Beach with its "white knuckle" rides, take your seats for one of the countless shows, stroll the promenade, take tea at the Tower Ballroom or enjoy any other number of diverse attractions this town has to offer.
FRIDAY - Leave Blackpool after breakfast for homeward journey, returning to Dorset that evening.
Blackpool Hotel & Spa, BLACKPOOL
Taking no chances with the sometimes questionable quality of accommodation available in Blackpool we have contracted this former Hilton Hotel now owned by Elite Venues who guarantee a consistent level of comfort, facilities and service. This large modern 4 STAR venue overlooks the sea on North Promenade and offers 270 bedrooms equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, tea tray, iron/board and large digital television. Room service is available and lifts serve all floors. The Promenade Restaurant offers a varied menu while providing panoramic views out to sea. The Lounge Bar is licensed until midnight for a late drink and offers free WiFi. There is an indoor pool and gym.
TOUR PRICE : £399.00 per person
Price Includes : All coach travel, 4 nights accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast, Lune Aqueduct Canal Cruise, Entry to Astley Hall, VAT
Single Room Supplement : £130.00
Travel Insurance Premium : £22.50 per person
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Beaminster Area|| Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised |
|Blandford Area|| Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised |
|Bournemouth Area|| Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised |
|Branksome Area|| Convenient point in Branksome to be advised |
|Bridport Area|| Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised |
|Britannia Inn|| Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland |
|Charlestown|| The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown |
|Chickerell|| Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road |
|Corfe Castle|| Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised |
|Courtlands|| Portland, Courtlands bus stop |
|Dorchester|| Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester |
|Easton|| Easton Square, Portland |
|Ferndown Area|| Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised |
|Foords Corner|| Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis |
|Jestys Avenue|| Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road |
|Littlemead|| Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn) |
|Lodmoor Hill|| Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office) |
|Lyme Regis|| Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised |
|Lyndale bus stop|| Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop |
|Nottington|| Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop |
|Other Points in Dorset|| Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up. |
|Poole Area|| Convenient local point in Poole to be advised |
|Poundbury QMSE|| Poundbury Queen Mother Square |
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
|Radipole|| Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole |
|Redlands|| Redlands, Opposite Garage |
|Ringwood Area|| Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised |
|Rodwell|| Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave |
|Sgt Bunn|| St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road |
|Sherborne Area|| Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised |
|Southwell|| Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn |
|St Edmunds Church|| St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road |
|St Johns Church|| Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist |
|St Nicholas Church|| St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth |
|Sturminster Newton Area|| Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised |
|Swanage Area|| Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised |
|To be advised|| To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel |
|Upton Area|| Convenient local point in Upton to be advised |
|Value House|| Value House Car Park |
|Victoria Square|| Victoria Square bus stop, Portland |
|Wareham Area|| Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised |
|Westwey Road|| Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth |
|Weymouth Bluebird|| Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office, |
K1 bus stop
|Wimborne Area|| Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised |
|Wool Area|| Convenient local point in Wool to be advised |
|Wyke Smuggler|| Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis |
|Yeovil Area|| Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised |
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