Amazing Tall Ships and Terracotta Army spectacular
In 2018 Liverpool is hosting two spectacular events. The amazing Tall Ships will be sailing into the River Mersey for the Three Cities Tall Ships Regatta and the historic return of China’s 2000 year old Terracotta Army Exhibition.
Destination Coach Holiday Highlights and Itinerary
Leisurely morning departure as we make our way northwards into Lancashire, arriving at our hotel in plenty of time to settle in before dinner.
We enjoy a relaxing cruise along a section of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The full 127 mile length of the canal crosses the Pennines, with some 91 locks needing to be navigated, and is the longest single-waterway canal in Britain. Much of interest can be found along the route, from peaceful walks, wildlife, and a wealth of historical and commercial heritage to explore.
A warm Lancashire welcome from this award winning Shopping Village and Garden Centre with something to amaze, charm and intrigue visitors of all ages. The former Weaving Mill has over 100 retailers all under one roof offering everything from furniture and fashion to food, gifts, textiles, home furnishings, lighting and fish.More than just shopping, there are restaurants, Ice Cream Parlour, Gourmet Food Deli, Children’s Play Centre & Café, Aquatics Specialist, Textile and Heritage Museum, Mill Grounds and Wildfowl Reserve. We also enjoy a guided coach tour around the Ribble Valley, learning about the ‘Valley, Spells & Fells’.
Terracotta Army Exhibition
The Liverpool World Museum is currently exhibiting a selection of objects from one of the world’s most exciting and unusual archaeological sites, discovered by chance in 1974, and spanning almost 1000 years of Chinese history. This is a rare opportunity to see artefacts from the Terracotta Army which guarded China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, along with items discovered in the Shaanxi province over the past 40 years.
City Of Liverpool
A major city in north western England, situated on the Mersey Estuary. Liverpool has a rich and diverse 800 year history and culture, Its role as a major port developed in tandem with the city’s growth during the Industrial Revolution. The waterfront in Liverpool has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a strong musical heritage, notably The Beatles and the Merseybeat era. It is the home of two excellent football clubs (Liverpool and Everton). In 2008 Liverpool, (in conjunction with Stavanger in Norway) was nominated European Capital for Culture. Indeed, apart from London, Liverpool has the most galleries and museums of any city in the United Kingdom.
Tall Ships Regatta
An opportunity to view a stunning parade of sails, the Tall Ships Regatta will start from Liverpool’s waterfront, and will link the port cities of Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux. This year marks the fifth time that Liverpool has hosted these majestic ships in the past 30 years, the waterfront and the city will come alive with spectacular street performers providing unique entertainment.
Rufford Old Hall & Gardens
A lovely garden and beautiful 16th century Tudor manor house managed by the National Trust, Rufford Old Hall is home to 500 years of history. Take a gentle stroll around the grounds and orchards and admire immaculate topiary. Enjoy a beautifully presented meal in the Victorian Tea Rooms. Treat yourself, or your loved ones, with some retail therapy in the Rufford Old Hall shop, and soothe your conscience in the knowledge that every purchase support our beloved National Trust.
Seaside Town Of Southport
A popular seaside resort, Southport’s growth took place during the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. The Southport Pier and its Tramway comprise the second longest pleasure pier in Britain, the perfect place to view the beach, sand dunes, wading birds and gulls. Lord Street is a lovely tree-lined street of shops, formerly home to France’s Napoleon III, and reputed to have inspired the tree-lined boulevards that characterise Paris. Plentiful restaurants abound with the wide selection of culinary delights to experience.
Homeward Bound (Sunday)
Depart after a leisurely breakfast to arrive home around teatime.
HALLMARK HOTEL PRESTON LEYLAND
4* hotel at the heart of the North West. Spa area with heated pool, hot tub and sauna. All contemporary en suite bedrooms with TV and tea/coffee making facilities. No lift but with some ground floor rooms available.
Included in price
4 nights DBB
Guided tour ‘Valley, Spells and Fells’
Terracotta Army Exhibition
Rufford Old Hall and Gardens