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Folklore, Fables & Smugglers Tales

Audley End House

Fri 19 to Mon 22 May 2023: Folklore, Fables & Smugglers Tales - A 4 Day Coach Holiday to Essex with Johnsons Coaches

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Friday 19th to Monday 22nd May 2023

 

The county of Essex is one of surprises….. from rustic riches to an inspiring, enchanted heritage. This tour explores it all and also provides the opportunity to discover the unexpected along the way.

 

Look What's Included:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Club Class Extra Legroom Coach

  • 3 nights Half Board

  • Entrance to Audley End House & Gardens

  • Half-day guided ‘Smugglers Trail’

  • Green Island Gardens

  • Imperial War Museum Duxford

 

Not included: All lunches

 

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Friday

Departing Henley-in-Arden we journey via Cambridge with time to admire the beautiful architecture and college buildings, together with the museums and shopping in stunning surroundings. We continue in the afternoon to our hotel and our 3-night stay.

Saturday

Saturday Today begins in picturesque Saffron Walden. Marvel at the rich heritage of buildings, reflecting the wealth of this medieval, market town across the ages. Explore the quirky, cosmopolitan market which has been held here since 1141. From here, we take the short journey to opulent Audley End House & Gardens - a magnificent Jacobean mansion where we discover the fluctuating fortunes of life both above and below stairs. See the Victorian Service Wing, the impressive stable block, magnificent works of art and the glorious gardens, re-modelled by Capability Brown.

Sunday

Saturday Today begins in picturesque Saffron Walden. Marvel at the rich heritage of buildings, reflecting the wealth of this medieval, market town across the ages. Explore the quirky, cosmopolitan market which has been held here since 1141. From here, we take the short journey to opulent Audley End House & Gardens - a magnificent Jacobean mansion where we discover the fluctuating fortunes of life both above and below stairs. See the Victorian Service Wing, the impressive stable block, magnificent works of art and the glorious gardens, re-modelled by Capability Brown.
Sunday We meet our guide for a half day tour of the Essex Coast and Blackwater Estuary. Hear the tales of smugglers navigating the many inlets and shifting sands under cover of whirling mists and coal-black nights. Enjoy a stop in the historic town of Maldon, home to many a Thames Barge. Spend time on Market Hill, lined with timber-framed buildings including the old workhouse. In the afternoon we venture to the award-winning Green Island Gardens - this 20-acre private garden was designed by its owner, Fiona Edmond and displays a huge range of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs.

Monday

Departing after breakfast we visit The Imperial War Museum in Duxford - an award-winning museum that is home to a unique collection of aircraft, including the iconic Concorde and Spitfire.
Duxford was built for war. Through their own words, original film and real objects, you will discover the stories of some of the thousands of men and women who lived and worked here. Get to know Duxford's people; fighter 'ace' Douglas Bader, First World War clerk Muriel Derby and the coalminer's son who became one of Duxford's most celebrated fighter pilots. We return home during the early evening.

Your Hotel

 

3* Holiday Inn, Colchester     

Conveniently located in its own grounds on the outskirts of the town in the village of Eight Ash Green. 110 bedrooms with leisure facilities. No Lift, but there are many ground floor rooms.

 

Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Fri 19- Mon 22 May 2023                 

3 Nights                

£495   

 

Tour departs by 9.00am

Returns by 6.00pm         

 

Supplements

Single Room: £95

Holiday Insurance:  £25.50

 

Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain, payable at time of booking.

 

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