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Yorkshire Art and History short break 25-29 September 2023.

North Yorkshire – Art and History

25th to 29th September 2023

We will be based at the 4 star Crown Hotel & Spa in Scarborough which stands elegantly above the south beach retaining many of its original features whilst being modern in decoration and furnishings throughout.

We will explore this beautiful part of the country including Hardwick Hall en-route, Castle Howard, Whitby Abbey also a guided art and landscape tour at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the return journey.

Roz Crampton will be upstairs with information and brochures

Eastbourne – Autumn 2022

East Sussex 26 -30 September 2022

31 members very much enjoyed this trip, staying at the luxury four star Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne, a perfect place for beautiful food, great service and sea views. We used this base to explored the rich centuries of art in the home counties, including The Charleston Trust famous for the Bloomsbury Group, the world of the Tudors at Penshurst Place and Hever Castle, and the trip included a visit to The National Trust’s most important art collections at Petworth House.

Short – Rome – Spring 2020

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The spring break to Rome, 24th-29th April, has been cancelled by Riviera Travel. This follows the FCO advice on 10th April against all but essential travel to Italy.

Riviera are contacting all booked on the trip giving the options for either using the money already paid for other holidays or being fully reimbursed in the future.

Short – Dublin – Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019September 16th to 20th
The Art and History of Dublin.

Twenty five members flew to Dublin and stayed at the central Acadamy Hotel, from where we were able to enjoy some of the city‘s great eating places and night life!

Highlights were the National Gallery, the Powerscourt  Gardens and a marvellous bus driver who took us on an extra trip right up through the Wicklow Mountains – in sunshine!

Short – Berlin – Spring 2019

BerlinMay 2nd to 7th 2019
The Art and History of Berlin.

Thirty nine members flew from Luton to Berlin, Schönefeld and stayed in the excellent centrally located four-star Hotel Berlin, Berlin with plenty of good restaurants within walking distance.

Our Taylor Travel guide Heiki, an East Berliner, was knowledgeable, hard-working charming and gave us an intriguing insight of her own  family who were divided when the wall was closed in 1961.

A city which seems to be finding itself socially, culturally and economically through its architecture and organisation after going to hell and back and then, with the fall of the wall in 1989, the unification of East and West.

We visited Charlottenburg Palace, East Side Gallery- 1km of the memorial for freedom wall with 106 paintings, the Sanssouci and Cecilienhof Palaces – the venue of the end of war Potsdam Conference of 1945.

While on Museum Island visiting the Pergoman and Neues museums we took a boat trip on the river Spree. The Reinstag with “Kaffee und Kuchen” and its huge glass dome designed by Sir Norman Foster was a hugh success as was our final stop at the Germaldegalerie which boasts all major artists from C13 to C18.

We also managed to slip in a trip to the opera.  We saw Tosca at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Thirty nine members came back – another minor miracle!

Short – Yorkshire – Autumn 2018

Yorkshire – September 21st – 25th 2018.

25 members stayed at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, and visited Newby Hall, Harewood House, York and the Minster, Hardwick Hall, Fountains Abbey, Temple Newsam  and, of course, Betty’s tea rooms!

Our first stop on the way to Harrogate was The Hepworth in Wakefield and was a highlight for many of us.

Short – Provence – Spring 2018

Provence – April 16th – 21st 2018

Provence short break
Thirty seven members stayed at the Bristol Hotel in Avignon and visited the Petit Palais, the Palais des Papes and, of course, the Pont d’Avignon.

One of the major, though not most elegant attractions was the tram lines being constructed around the town walls – a service that nobody seemed to want and one which will assuredly detract from the beauty of the medieval  walls. From Avignon we had days out to:

Aix-en-Provence, Cezanne’s birthplace, where we saw where he lived and the landscapes that inspired him.

Arles, home to the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Trophime where Van Gogh is said to have lost his sanity. A highlight for many was the Carrieres de Lumieres show at Les Baux de Provence.

Nimes, and had a day steeped in Roman architecture visiting the 2,000 year old Pont du Gard and the stunning Roman Temple known as La Maison Carree. We were blessed with a brilliant guide, Lawrence, who knew all the best places to eat in town!


Short – Lisbon – April 25th – 29th 2017

Lisbon, April 25th – 29th 2017

We stayed at the 4 star Turim Europa Hotel, close to the Marques de  Pombal Square.

There was a guided  tour of the city, with time to explore the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira.

During our stay, we enjoyed some astounding scenery and also visit the Palacio Nacional  de Queluz, the Gulbenkian Museum  and  the Palacio Nacional da Pena.


Short – Bath

Bath, September 25th – 27th 2016

17 members enjoyed a busy city break stopping on route to the Royal Bath Hotel to visit the American Museum. A most interesting peek into the period rooms showing lifestyles from early settlers through the war of independence, slave trade, the Amish and much more. We finished the first day at Evensong in Bath Abbey.

Our Blue Guides brought the Roman Baths to life.

In the city centre, we were able to walk to the assembly rooms and the fashion museum with our guide sharing historical anecdotes about people and places along our route.

Prior Park, Sally Lunns and the Holburne Museum were also visited in a most enjoyable short Autumn break.