Chocolate Drops & Snowdrops

Chocolate Drops & Snowdrops

Nothing heralds the start of spring like a drift of Snowdrops - nothing lifts the spirits better than Chocolate!

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Nothing heralds the start of spring like a drift of Snowdrops - nothing lifts the spirits better than Chocolate!

Nothing heralds the start of Spring more than a beautiful carpet of white, delicate snowdrops.  See them in all their glory at the Painswick Rococo Gardens on the edge of the Cotswold Hills which has one of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the country and is in many ways the spiritual home of Galanthus Atkinsii.  The bare trees of the garden are magnificently silhouetted against the winter sky which only goes to heighten the effect of extensive drifts of white, thick on grassy banks leading to stunning views.  Our weekend is further enhanced with a visit to Cadbury World to discover the history and making behind one of Britain’s best loved brands – the fascinating story of Chocolate!

Friday

Morning departure from Dorset heading northbound to Tewkesbury for lunch, an extraordinary riverside town with so much history and heritage to enjoy. Continue to Great Barr with a welcome tea/coffee on arrival while the bags are taken to your room. Later enjoy dinner with a choice of menu.

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Saturday

Morning visit to Bourton-on-the-Water "The Little Venice" of The Cotswolds. Straddling the pretty River Windrush with a series of elegant low bridges, neat village greens and traditional stone buildings it is a delight. Continue to Painswick Rococo Gardens to enjoy the stunning display of snowdrops that draws visitors from far and wide every year. Originally laid out as pleasure gardens in the 1740s, they have been completely restored and make for a memorable visit.

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Sunday

Morning visit to Cadbury World - choc-full of interest. See the exhibition of Cadbury chocolate, uncover the heritage and story behind the creation of the famous "Factory in a Garden" and the Bourneville village built by the Cadbury brothers. Time for lunch and to visit the biggest Cadbury chocolate shop in the world (a chance to re-stock now your Christmas hoard has started to deplete). Drive home that afternoon, returning to Dorset by early evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Holiday Inn Hotel M6/J7, Great Barr

Set in seven acres of landscaped gardens near West Bromwich, this recently refurbished 3 star hotel provides the quality services and standards expected of the famous brand. The spacious modern bedrooms ensure a comfortable and restful environment and are equipped with private bathroom, digital television/radio, tea tray, pillow menu, iron/board, internet connection and work desk. Traders restaurant is informal and provides both a hearty hot & cold buffet breakfast and mouth-watering evening dinners to tickle everyone’s taste buds.  You can relax in the lounge where Starbucks coffee is served, or socialize in The Hub bar with something a bit stronger.  For the energetic there is an indoor heated pool, gym and sauna.  Lifts serve all three floors and room service is available.

 

TOUR PRICE: £220.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £40.00

Travel Insurance Premium: £

 

Price Includes: All coach travel, 2 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Entry to Rococo Gardens, Entry to Cadbury World, VAT.

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westway Road Westway Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
No. 83 The Esplanade (K1 bus stop)
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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