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5 day tour for the Aire & Wharfe Valley NT association visiting some of Northumberlands finest attractions
- may have been one of the architect Sir John Vanbrughs smallest country houses; but it was home to the larger than life Delaval family. The house and surrounding landscape were in keeping with the style expected in Georgian society, yet behind the formality lies a story of theatrical mischief. Known as the Gay Delavals due to their high spirited and flamboyant lifestyle, an invitation to one of their parties was the hottest ticket in town. In an age notorious for extremes of behaviour, they stood apart as the most notorious of all Georgian partygoers and pranksters. Imagine awaking in the house to find your room turned upside down with furniture fixed to the ceiling. Enter a world where an extraordinary lifestyle was acted out in the most colourful way. The Delavals loved a performance, staging events from rope dancers and sack races outdoors to masquerade balls and even their own theatrical productions, which earned rave reviews at the time. Seaton Delaval Hall has moved from fortune to misfortune many times through the centuries and the story of its survival is as dramatic as any performance that could be staged. It still bears the scars of the fierce fires which almost condemned it to ruin two hundred years ago, but today plays a major part in the history of the North East. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Gifted by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, Socialist MP and illogical Englishman. Visit the impressive home of Sir Charles and discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family. Explore the history of Northumberland in huge pre-Raphaelite paintings and discover the beautiful furniture, treasured collections and quirky curiosities in each room. Hear about the Calverley connection! The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored. Don't miss the hidden walled garden, nestled in the woods. It was beloved by Lady Mary Trevelyan and remains a beautiful haven whatever the season. Enter through Neptune's Gate, sweep down the stone staircase, by the Mary Pool and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- An Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and woodland - the wonder of its age Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden.
- An inspiring year of art and architecture within a unique 16th-century castle. Travel across the causeway to Holy Island and discover this magical place. Lindisfarne Castle was converted by famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens into a private holiday home for Edward Hudson, founder of Country Life magazine. After eighteen months of repairs to tackle over 100 years of damage from wind and rain, the castle has reopened in 2018 without its collection, whilst the new plaster work dries out. Internationally renowned artist Anya Gallaccio was given free rein of the castle to create an immersive art installation that draws inspiration from the Gertrude Jekyll garden and the architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens.www.nationaltrust.org.uk
- A marvel of its age Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. To the north The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. The cliffs and rock stacks of Marsden Bay are home to nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Cormorants, Shags and Guillemots. South of the lighthouse is Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve reclaimed colliery land, now a haven for wildlife.
- A Manor house associated with the family of George Washington, first president of the USA At the heart of historic Washington village this picturesque stone manor house and its gardens provide a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War. The building incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington's direct ancestors, and it is from here that the family took their surname of Washington. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin. It's also home to a one of the top grey seal pupping sites in England, with more than 2,000 pups born every autumn. Staple Island offers unrivalled close-up views of puffins and a sense of adventure and freedom. Unlike Staple, Inner Farne is (from May - July) home to dive-bombing terns, a medieval chapel, Victorian lighthouse, and information centre all served by an easy access boardwalk. Historically, the islands have strong links with Celtic Christianity and St Cuthbert, who lived here in the 7th Century. Many of the islands hide underwater at high tide. Sailings are entirely weather-dependant. Don't forget to bring your binoculars, then you can relax and enjoy the best view of Bamburgh Castle and the Cheviot Hills you will ever have.
- was the only one of its kind, formed in 1864. Today the TVLB still use the Watch House as an operational base and it contains a treasure trove of objects. Its a beautifully restored setting to enjoy the atmosphere of this historic building and its artefacts. These include early examples of photography, documents, paintings and a wonderful selection of unusual items recovered from local shipwrecks including ships bells, figureheads and much more. From the top of the tower, there is a 360 degree breath-taking panoramic view of the entrance to the river Tyne and views of Tynemouth Castle and priory www.tvlb.org
- An Epic Tale of England The must see live action show, takes us on a breath-taking odyssey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend with brand new scenes, new characters and daring and fiery new stunts. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in County Durham, Kynren brings the history of the UK to life in a 90-minute world-class spectacular. The entire 1,000-strong cast and crew recently received the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. With state-of-the-art special effects, amazing fireworks and evocative orchestral music, this amazing celebration of heritage and history is both markable and unmissable. www.kynren.com
The Hotel has spacious rooms, thoughtful amenities and superb service Settle in your hotel room and enjoy deluxe linens and flat-screen TVs. Relax in the spa, break a sweat in the gym or take a dip in the leisure club's indoor pool www.marriott.co.uk
· Breakfasts, Dinners & Tuesday High Tea
· Coach travel - Departure from Menston and Shipley
· Escorted by Hanson Exclusives Tour Manager
· The price is per person sharing a double or twin bedded room
· Single occupancy of double room extra £110
· There will be an extra charge for any passengers who are not National Trust members
· Please advise us when booking if you have mobility difficulties or need a special diet
· Please note: Insurance - All customers must have cancellation insurance
· Cancellation, Personal Accident and Baggage Travel Insurance is available from Hanson Exclusives, which is arranged by Wrightsure Services Ltd and underwritten by ETIInternational Travel Protection. The cost for this holiday will be £24. pp. If you would like to take out this insurance, then please tell us when booking your holiday
Please note the itinerary is subject to possible alteration.
Cancellation, Personal Accident and Baggage Travel Insurance is available from Hanson Exclusives, which is arranged by Wrightsure Services Ltd and underwritten by ETIInternational Travel Protection. The cost for this holiday will be £24. pp. If you would like to take out this insurance, then please tell us when booking your holiday
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