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Staffordshire - The Heart of Britain

From £1,029
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Jul 2022 - Oct 2022
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From £1,029
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Jul 2022 - Oct 2022
Tour Overview

The Midlands has so much to offer, including the towns that make up the Potteries. This is the heart of industrial heritage and these places have had their history shaped by the production of pottery for centuries. Stoke-on-Trent was once upon a time the world capital of ceramics and a globally renowned reputation and history of innovation, science, art and culture. On this short break one of the country's most important memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum will be visited in Staffordshire. 

  • Short Break
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Excursions Included
  • Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 4 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 8 included meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners including a welcome drink
  • All highlights included
  • Travel in destination by coach; public bus and guided walks
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the Wedgwood Pottery Factory for a visit and High Tea
  • Visit the National Memorial Arboretum
  • Visit Trentham Shopping Village
  • Visit the National Brewery Centre
  • Visit the National Trusts' Calke Abbey

Itinerary

Day 1 Derby

Make your own way to the hotel. This evening enjoy a Welcome Drink with your travel companions and Tour Manager in the bar area of your hotel before a delicious dinner. Meals included: D

Day 2 Middleport Pottery and Trentham Gardens

This morning after breakfast visit Middleport Pottery in Stoke on Trent - an award-winning visitor destination in the heart of Burslem, the Mother Town of the Potteries. World famous Burleigh pottery has been created here using traditional methods since 1889. Explore the mould store which houses Europe's largest collection of ceramic moulds and see the beautiful showroom which showcases Burleigh ware produced over the years. On site is a huge grade II listed bottle kiln - one of only 46 remaining in the city and you will be able to see inside this iconic reminder of the city's great industrial heritage. This afternoon we’ll head for a visit to the award winning Trentham Gardens. The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain. The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith. At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. We all know that fairies live at the bottom of the garden, and Trentham Gardens is no exception! Take the fairy trail and keep your eyes peeled as you walk around our beautiful mile long lake, and through the woodland and gardens where the fairies live. Browse around the 77 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafés and restaurants all filled to rafters with treats alongside Trentham Garden Centre. Return to your hotel and meet with your fellow travel companions for dinner at the hotel. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 National Memorial Arboretum and Calke Abbey

This morning after a hearty breakfast, travel to see the National Memorial Arboretum. The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. The Arboretum features over 300 thought provoking memorials for military, public service and civilian organisations and associations, along with tributes for individuals. The memorials all have fascinating stories behind them set in beautiful landscaped gardens. This afternoon travel to Calke Abbey which is a Grade I listed country house in the care of the charitable National Trust. The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The present building, named Calke Abbey in 1808, was never actually an abbey, but is a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704. Step back in time as Calke is not presented like other country houses of its day. Paintwork is faded and peeling; vast collections of personal belongings are left as they were found. Here, the past is remarkably well preserved, in estate buildings, archaeology and the family's belongings. Return to your hotel and this evening enjoy dinner with your travel companions.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 National Brewery Centre and Wedgewood Pottery

Take a guided tour around this historic museum with one of our expert guides. Together you will celebrate the history, art & fun of brewing through an informative an interactive experience culminating in a beer tasting session in the elegant Brewery Tap bar where you will get to sample some of the award winning ales brewed on site. Later we travel to Wedgwood to find out a little about Josiah Wedgwood - one of the progressive British industrialists of the eighteenth century whose career touched the world of science. See craftsmen at work on a factory tour, utilising unique artisan skills and techniques honed over 260 years. Then enjoy a delicious afternoon tea served on their famous pottery! Later we return to your hotel for a relaxed final dinner with your travel companions and Tour Manager. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Derby

This morning, after a leisurely breakfasrt say farewell to your travel companions and Tour Manager as you return home after your short break to the Potteries. Meals included: B

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What our customer say

  1. The hidden joys of Staffordshire!

    "Great to get out and about at last and to discover the hidden joys of Staffordshire! Well organised, with a good range of interesting activities and excursions" - Jean Pallett

  2. Enjoyable way of visiting a part of the country

    "Enjoyable way of visiting a part of the country, which was new to me. Have had many holidays with Just You. Safe and easy way to holiday for single people . People who go on these holidays, usually come with a very positive attitude which adds to the enjoyment" - Sally Boserup

  3. What's not to love!

    "Already done many Just You hols, been to some fab places with brilliant groups of fellow travellers, and lovely friendly knowledgeable tour managers. Wide range of destinations to visit with lovely groups of co-travellers, and looked after by very experienced tour managers.....what's not to love!" -Rosalie Hartman

  4. Yet another fantastic Just You holiday !

    "Enjoyed meeting new people, which was so much more interesting as we were a smaller group of about fifteen people. The places we visited were amazing, and the weather couldn't have been better. Yet another fantastic Just You holiday ! You don't have to worry about anything, it's all done for you" - Carole Ann Orford

  5. One of the best I have had

    "Great holiday, well organised with great company. One of the best I have had. Excellent guide. Well thought out programme" - Lesley Hagger

  6. More of the same please!

    "It was a lovely break with interesting visits. More of the same please! It's lovely going on holiday and knowing you will meet with other lone travellers who are sociable so that you will not feel lonely" - Mary Scott

  7. Enjoyed each others company in beautiful surroundings

    "Extremely good trip visiting lots of interesting places with like minded people. We had fun and enjoyed each others company in beautiful surroundings. Tour Manager made our holiday perfect organising everything so we did not have to think about anything other than enjoying ourselves. Just You have always given me value for money, excellent tour managers, excellent locations, well planned and interesting holidays" - Jane Ashton

  8. The Midlands is an often overlooked part of the UK

    "The midlands is an often overlooked part of the UK, and this holiday definitely gave a good overview of what is available in the area and shows that there is far more to see than most people think. I have been on a number of Just You holidays and have always found them very good, the Hotels used are of a good standard and the overall management of the trip from first booking until the end of the holiday has always been excellent" - Susan Anderson

  9. Wonderful to sit in the bar, after dinner, and enjoy good conversation

    "Holiday went to places I have been intending to visit for some time. It was a wonderful group of people, an excellent guide and well organised. I thought the holiday programme was well thought out and would like to do something similar in a different part of the country. (especially if you could organise Karylin to be the guide). What made it really good was the great crowd of people that where on the holiday. It was wonderful after months of lockdown to sit in the bar, after dinner, and enjoy good conversation" - Lesley Hannah

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