one of Europe's biggest winter lantern spectaculars
Please note that the itinerary is provisional. Full details will be confirmed nearer the date of departure.
Once everyone has arrived at the coach by taxi, we will set off to drive to Milletts Farm Centre in Oxfordshire. As well as a well-stocked Garden Centre and Farm Shop, there is a Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant serving a good range of lunches and snacks. This afternoon we will continue through the Vale of the White Horse and the Lambourn Downs to our comfortable hotel on the outskirts of Swindon.D
After breakfast we drive to the Wiltshire town of Devizes. The Kennet & Avon canal runs through the town centre and there are over 500 listed buildings and a wide range of traditional independent shops. After time for coffee and a stroll we continue to Longleat for the 'main event'. On arrival we will drive through the Safari Park* to enjoy some animal encounters from the comfort of the coach. Then see the House and giant Christmas Tree in the Courtyard, all beautifully decorated for the season. As darkness falls the grounds take on a magical appearance with hundreds of illuminated characters and scenes. We return to our hotel for a slightly later dinnerB, D
There is a choice today. Cribbs Causeway is one of the Southwest's premier shopping destinations, with over 130 top name stores including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Lakeland. Or you can visit Bristol itself. In recent years the City has become known for its Christmas Markets. The Harbourside Christmas Market has a twinkling waterfront setting with mulled wine aplenty and festive decorations. In Broadmead Shopping Centre you will find the Local Christmas Market offering local arts and crafts, food and drink.B, D
Close to our hotel is the Great Western Designer Outlet. Housed in the Grade II listed buildings of the former Great Western Railway works, it is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe. After time to pick up some amazing Christmas bargains and find an early lunch re-join the coach to travel home to Sussex where taxis await our arrival.B
Located on the edge of Swindon, this 4-star hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard. There are 171 bedrooms, furnished in a modern style and reached by lift. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. There is a spacious slit-level bar and lounge. We include a glass of wine with dinner each night.
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