It is a few years since we last travelled to Leeds for a performance of The Good Old Days. First staged at the City Varieties Theatre in 1953, the famous show recreates the authentic atmosphere of the Victorian-Edwardian Music Hall with songs and sketches of the era in the style of the original artistes. Among the Shows regular stars were Roy Hudd, Ken Dodd, Barbara Windsor, Danny La Rue, Hilda Baker and Arthur Askey. The Good Old Days ran for 30 years on BBC Television with the flamboyant Leonard Sachs as Chairman. Leeds City Varieties is a rare and splendid example of a Victorian music hall and it was here that a young Charlie Chaplin trod the boards in a clog dancing troupe.
Day 1 - Friday
Taxi pick-up from home to join your driver and fellow passengers on the coach. We travel to West Yorkshire, arriving at our hotel in good time for dinner.D
Day 2 - Saturday
After breakfast we will drive to Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The charming market town is rich in history, with its famous 900-year-old castle and cobbled High Street. Our next stop will be at Salts Mill, a former Victorian textile mill built by Sir Titus Salt. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing an impressive art gallery, with works by David Hockney, shops and restaurants. We will return to the Hotel for an early dinner before heading to Leeds to enjoy an evening performance of 'The Good Old Days'.B, D
Day 3 - Sunday
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then settle into your coach seat for the homeward journey. We reach Sussex late afternoon/early evening and a taxi will return you to your door.B
The Midland Hotel
The 3-star Midland Hotel is an historic, Victorian former railway hotel, built in the late 1800s in the centre of Bradford. The grand building has spacious public areas and retains many original characterful features including an impressive staircase and an entrance to the old railway platform. The traditional Spirit of Bradford bar has a hand painted frieze depicting the city centre and including Laurel and Hardy who stayed at the hotel whilst starring at the Alhambra theatre. Bedrooms vary in shape and size and are reached by a lift, although there are steps and small flights of stairs in the wide corridors.
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