Spend your Christmas in Lincolnshire, England’s fourth largest and largely unspoilt county. Staying in the cathedral city of Lincoln, you are surrounded by historic landscapes and the city itself can be traced back to the Iron Age and Roman occupation. Included excursions will take you to the wonderful, Victorian Kelham Hall and Woolsthorpe Manor, the unpretentious birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. On Boxing Day you can also walk off your Christmas indulgences with a stroll around Barnsdale Gardens, created by Geoff Hamilton, one of Britain's favourite TV gardeners.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Lincoln and the Holiday Inn (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm, and you will be greeted with tea, coffee and a mince pie, followed by free time to settle in before dinner this evening. Afterwards, a ‘Christmas Classic’ quiz and board games will be available in the lounge.
Day 2 Christmas Eve - Kelham Hall
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel to Kelham Hall & Country Park, a beautiful Victorian stately home nestled within 44 acres of stunning parkland. For many years it was a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks, who created the incredible domed chapel with the second largest concrete dome in England. It was also occupied by military forces during both world wars. We take a tour of the Hall with expert historians, with time to explore the grounds afterwards. Coffee, tea and cake will be available. Later, we return to Lincoln for the opportunity to explore the Roman city at leisure, with a selection of places to take lunch and independent boutiques for last minute gifts. Perhaps visit Lincoln Cathedral, commissioned by William the Conqueror and reformed into one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings. Alternatively, festive treats are available at the hotel with afternoon tea. After dinner at the hotel, an evening of entertainment has been arranged with a live, Christmas sing-a-long. Those who wish to attend Midnight Mass have the option to do so, with hot beverages served at the hotel on your return.
Day 3 Christmas Day - Lincoln
Enjoy a day full of Christmas festivities. Starting with a leisurely buffet breakfast, and morning tea, a glass of sparkling wine or Bucks Fizz will then mark the beginning of our traditional Christmas Day lunch. Christmas cake is served with afternoon tea, with the opportunity to watch the Queen’s Speech in the lounge; and the feasting continues into the evening with a festive light buffet dinner, followed by a quiz, looking back at 2016.
Day 4 Boxing Day - Woolsthorpe Manor & Science Centre - Barnsdale Gardens
We depart for Woolsthorpe Manor, the modest stone manor house where Sir Isaac Newton was born in 1642. We visit the farmhouse, furnished as it might have been in the 17th century with some quirky touches of Newton, and see the 400-year-old apple tree that inspired his theories on gravity. The manor’s science centre allows you to explore his experiments and discoveries in light, gravity and optics. We then depart for Barnsdale Gardens, created by Geoff Hamilton, a pioneer in organic gardening and the main presenter of BBC2’s Gardeners’ World, which was filmed here from 1985. The 38 individually designed gardens continue to inspire visitors at any time of the year. The Winter Border is full of wonderful foliage that comes alive at this time of year. We return to the hotel with time to relax before our gala dinner dance with live entertainment.
Day 5 Lincoln
Following breakfast, you will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.