Thriplow Daffodil Festival
Every year the streets of the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Thriplow are lined with masses of daffodils, bringing a welcome splash of colour to the early spring. As well as the displays there are open gardens to explore along with traditional rural events.
We also visit the Wimpole Estate, an impressive Georgian mansion set in a landscaped park; Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, where there will be plenty of early spring flowers, and The Rotunda at Ickworth in Suffolk, filled with spectacular paintings and a magnificent collection of Georgian silver.
Our hotel: we are based at the 4-star Clayton Hotel, Cambridge Belfry Hotel. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and luxury toileteries together with smart TV, safe, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Tothill Street, near Westminster Abbey
Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.
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Day 1 -
We depart by coach from our pick-up points and travel north stopping en-route for refreshments (not included). In the late morning we will arrive in the village of Thriplow, a few miles south of Cambridge, where we will visit the Thriplow Daffodil Festival. The streets of this pretty village are lined with masses of daffodils, bringing a welcome splash of colour to the early spring. In addition to these glorious displays there are open gardens to explore along with traditional rural events such as Morris dancing, sheep dog and birds of prey displays, heavy horse drey rides, vintage vehicles and bell ringing, providing a full day’s entertainment in charming surroundings. Refreshments are available throughout the day (not included).
Following our visit we continue to our hotel.
|Hotel||Clayton Hotel, Cambridge|
Day 2 -
This morning after breakfast we visit the Wimpole Estate. The mansion at the heart of the estate is a beautiful example of grand and bold architecture. Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane's breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs. In the gardens the first signs of spring growth will be appearing and as you stroll around the landscaped park among the rare-breed cattle you can imagine the previous owners planning their visions of grand avenues and spectacular vistas.
Returning to Cambridge in the afternoon, we will spend some time the excellent Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Since its opening in 1846, the Botanic Garden has been an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families and a refreshing oasis for visitors. This heritage-listed garden has been designed for both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration so, even at this time of year, there will plenty to see, particularly in the 80-metre long Glasshouse Range, which is filled with tender and exotic plants and provides the perfect refuge on a cold day.
The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Cambridge at leisure and perhaps take a look at some of the famous colleges such as King’s Queen’s, Corpus Christi and Magdalene.
|Hotel||Clayton Hotel, Cambridge|
|Meals included||Breakfast, Dinner|
Day 3 -
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and depart for our final visit, Ickworth House, famous for its 100 feet high Rotunda. Begun for the eccentric 4th Earl of Bristol in 1795, the house was still unfinished when he died in 1803 and was completed by the 5th Earl of Bristol (later 1st Marquess of Bristol). It contains paintings by Velázquez, Titian, Poussin and Claude Lorraine, as well as an unrivalled series of 18th-century family portraits by artists such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Hogarth. In addition, Ickworth has arguably the best collection in Britain of fine Georgian silver, as well as very good examples of Regency furniture and porcelain.
In the afternoon we return to our original departure points.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Offer||Availability|
|20 March 2022||BTDF220320||20 March 2022 (Sunday)||22 March 2022 (Tuesday)||£395
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