Scotland Holiday including Geoff Hamilton’s Barnsdale, Alnwick & Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia
Date: Monday 12th June - Friday 16th June 2017 (5 Days, 4 nights)
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Price: Prices from £810 per person
(including Early Bird Booking Discount + 10% Coolings Family Discount)
Early bird discount valid until 23/12/2016. Price after Early Bird from £999
Departing Coolings bright and early we start our journey by heading to a garden made famous as the quiet star of BBC’s Gardeners’ World, Barnsdale. This garden, made famous by Geoff Hamilton, has continued to develop and is now Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens! Bring a camera and get some ideas!
Moving on from here we run northwards to our first hotel of this tour in Harrogate, The White Hart Hotel, where we will stay on a B&B basis. The hotel is in the centre of the beautiful town, where there are numerous restaurants.
After breakfast we leave the hotel to travel to one of the greatest new gardens at Alnwick. Home of the Duke of Northumberland, this garden has been developed by the current Duke’s wife, Jane Northumberland, and contains a grand cascade, poison garden, rose garden and one of the world’s biggest tree houses. We should also have access to the adjacent castle where some of Harry Potter was filmed.
Finally we travel on to our Edinburgh base at The George Hotel in the centre of this beautiful city, where once again we will enjoy four star luxury on a B&B basis.
The day is yours to explore this beautiful city, and I am sure we will be able to help with suggestions, including the Royal Botanic Garden which is both free and exceptional! If you’re feeling fit, there’s always the famous volcanic outcrop known as Arthur’s Seat.
In the evening we will enjoy the peak of this tour, dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia! This will be a formal dinner and we will require guests to wear jacket and tie, and ladies to be in frocks. If we are to dine like royalty, we should make a real occasion of it!
Put flash or similar: “An experience of a lifetime” for Royal Yacht Britannia
We leave our Edinburgh digs behind and run back to England to spend a little time near the coast of Northumberland, where we will be able pay a visit to Bamburgh Castle and see the beautiful surrounding coastline.
Bamburgh Castle sits on an outcrop of volcanic dolerite. Known locally as whinstone for the sound it makes when hit by a stonemason’s hammer, it provides a natural throne upon which the castle sits forty five metres above sea level.
You will not be surprised to hear that such a fortress was key in English and Scottish history, being associated with many Kings up to Henry VI and including the legendary ‘Hotspur’.
Tracking on south we will return to the White Hart in Harrogate for an overnight break on a B&B basis once more.
We leave Harrogate behind and move southwards for our final stop, Woolsthorpe Manor.
You may never have heard of this place, yet one of the most important men in scientific history was born here!
Sir Isaac Newton made many of his most important discoveries about light and gravity here in the plague years of 1665-6. The manor house, his family home, is furnished as a 17th-century farmhouse might have been at this time. You can still see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity.
Finally, after we’ve all dropped apples on each other’s heads, we return to Coolings, just in time to start the weekend.
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You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email is only confirmation. Your tickets will be sent to you within 28 days before you depart for your holiday.
Trip Specific Information:
1. It is recommended you have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of the trip
This trip will depart at 8am from Coolings Garden Centre, we suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Within our car park there will be a designated area for you to park. Please follow the signage on the day.
The trip will return at approximately 6pm, but please be aware this time is approximate and can be subject to change dependant on traffic and circumstances beyond our control.
Coolings always use the finest quality coaches and all but the very smallest vehicles are fitted with toilets and we also aim to stop roughly every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and refresh ourselves.
A member of the Coolings team will be present throughout your excursion to assist you and be on hand should you have any questions or concerns.
You can make full payment for this holiday (per person) at the time of booking or take advantage of a deferred payment period (see below)
Deposit / Deferred Payment
If you wish to defer payment for some of this holiday (per person) you may do so.
A third of the ticket price (per person) is due as deposit to confirm your booking. A further third, 2nd payment (per person) is due by 23rd December 2016. The final third, 3rd payment is due by 17th April 2017.
A full payment schedule will be sent to you after booking confirmation has been received. If you have any questions concerning our deferred payment process please contact us on tel: 01959 532269.
Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings?
Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post).
Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash.
If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods.
I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it?
Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.
What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on email@example.com to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
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Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays.
What if I wish to cancel?
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Refunds on holidays (trips of more than one day) can be offered under the following terms.
Figures expressed as % below relate to the full amount you were to pay for the holiday.
84 days or more before departure Coolings will retain 10%
83-57 days before departure Coolings will retain 30%
56-31 days before departure Coolings will retain 50%
30 days or less before departure Coolings will retain 100%
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details.