Date(s) - 15 June, 2014 - 20 June, 2014
A holiday is being arranged based at the three-star Willerby Manor Hotel, a member of the Best Western Hotel Group. All the comfortable guest bedrooms have a private bathroom, hair dryer, television, iron & ironing board and a tea tray.
It is in a quiet residential area on the outskirts of Kingston-Upon-Hull and has extensive gardens and lawns. Hotel facilities include an indoor pool, health club, sauna, steam room, etc. and are free to guests.
The historic City of Hull is a fascinating blend of old and new – from the Old Town area to the elegant, metropolitan style shopping centre at Princes Quay. There is a colourful yacht harbour, free entry to and the Ferens Art Gallery.
We will have a guided tour of Hull including the Guildhall and the Hull tapestry which was 15 years in the making, consisting 19 panels illustrating the history and achievements of the City over the past 700 years. You may also wish to visit The Deep the world’s only submarium, a 15-minute walk from the City Centre. There is an observatory café, serving hot and cold meals.
We will have a guided tour of Beverley, a town full of charm and character. See the Guildhall – 600 years of history, Beverley Minster, the finest example of medieval gothic architecture with a Saxon sanctuary chair and a large collection of medieval musician carvings in stone and wood.
The tour will include visits to:
Burton Agnes Hall, an Elizabethan Hall full of treasures collected by the family over four centuries, surrounded by lawns and topiary yew. There is a walled garden with a maze and a tearoom for refreshments.
Burton Constable Hall, a large country mansion built in the 16th Century set in 300 acres of parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown, the ancestral home of the Constable family. The interior includes paintings, prints and fine English furniture by Thomas Chippendale. There is a cabinet of curiosities and the most important collection of scientific instruments to be found in any country house. There is a stair lift to the first floor that takes two people at any one time.
If you have a copy of Melville’s “Moby Dick”, see chapter 102 re the skeleton of a sperm whale!
Sledmere House, home of the Sykes family, the current house was built in 1911, when the original was destroyed by fire in the same year. Most of the contents were rescued and can be seen on view today. There is a parkland, designed by Capability Brown, a Museum for the Wagoners’ Special Reserve – the men who went to war in 1914 recruited by Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet.
There is a fine church, St. Mary’s, in the village which is well worth a visit and Eleanor’s Cross and also the Wagoners’ Monument.
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, home of the only remaining Handley Page Halifax bomber “Friday 13th” built from a fuselage used as a hen coop in Scotland. There are many other aircraft on display, a Blackburn monoplane, a Buccaneer, a Nimrod, etc. Nissen huts with various displays and a NAAFI where you can get a “Wad” and a cuppa.
The itinerary is subject to change, dependant on the confirmation of opening dates and availability of guides.
The cost of the holiday to include half-board at the hotel, entry to all properties, hotel and driver gratuities, guides and coach travel by Bluebird Coaches. Double room £525 per person; twin room £525 per person; single room £640 (includes £115 single supplement).
Travel insurance is NOT included, so participants should carefully consider their needs and take out their own cover for cancellation due to illness or other eventuality. Members are also reminded that National Trust insurance policies do not cover people over 80 years of age.
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Willerby Manor Hotel
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