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Winchester & Portsmouth Festival of Christmas

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Fri 25th - Sun 27th Nov 2022: A Short Break to Winchester & Portsmouth's Festival of Christmas with Johnsons Coaches

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Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November 2022

 

Transport yourself on a journey through time to experience a day out, Victorian-style, at the annual Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The festival transports visitors to a bygone era where colourful characters roam the snow-covered cobbled streets. You’ll encounter an ever-popular traditional Father Christmas dressed in green, Scrooge in his carry carriage, chimney sweeps, and Victorian magicians and musicians. Fagin’s Tavern in the Spiegel tent, a bustling Christmas market, and street performers along the snowy lanes — it’ll all be there. 

 

Look What's Included:

  • One Boarding  Point here at Henley-in-Arden

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with first class seating and legroom

  • Our Own Courier Service

  • 2 nights half board

  • Outlined Itinerary including entrance to the Portsmouth Festival of Christmas

Not Included: All other meals

 

Friday

En-route to our hotel in Fareham, we visit Winchester's Weinachtsmarkt. The former capital of Anglo Saxon England houses its annual Winter Market close to the cathedral. Free time for shopping, sightseeing and exploring before continuing to our hotel in time for dinner.

Saturday

Drive to Portsmouth for a full day enjoying the Victorian Festival of Christmas. Visitors can explore the snow-covered Dickensian streets in the awe-inspiring setting of the dockyard, which is home to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, HMS M.33, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Action Stations. This popular Christmas Market, with its wide range of unique stalls, returns again for 2019, and there will be plenty of merrymaking at Fagin's Real Ale Tavern, as well as more Victorian characters and entertainment.

Sunday

Spend the morning at leisure in Old Portsmouth and explore the cobbled streets and narrow lanes where press gangs plied their sinister trade. Or perhaps enjoy some retail therapy at the impressive Gunwharf Quays with over 90 premium designer outlets and 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants. Other attractions close by include the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower, where you could experience a real 'wow' factor spectacular views across the Solent from the 100m high viewing deck (complete with the amazing glass Sky Walk - if you dare!). We depart in the afternoon, returning home during the early evening.

Your Hotel

 

4* The Solent Hotel, Fareham

Set in mature woods and ancient meadowland, this award-winning hotel offers a warm, country house welcome yet it is only a stone’s throw from the M27, located midway between Southampton and Portsmouth. There are 111 luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned bedrooms, Terrace Restaurant, bar and first-class Spa facilities including 14m indoor pool, sauna, solarium & spa bath.

 

Duration, Departure Dates & Price

Fri 25 - Sun 27 Nov 2022

2 Nights

£289

 

Departs: 9.00am

Returns: 6.30pm

 

Supplements

Single Room: £60

Holiday Insurance: £22

 

(All prices are per person & are for the entire tour)

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