Spending Christmas in Newcastle is an ideal choice. Bursting at the seams with culture, heritage, Newcastle is a city full of gems to be discovered. Take a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of BBC Studios Newcastle; embark on a scenic train journey on the world’s oldest railway, Tanfield Railway; and see one of England’s most iconic pieces of art - The Angel of the North. There will also be plenty of opportunity to sit back and take in the magic of Christmas.
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 the Jurys Inn Newcastle (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm and mulled wine and mince pies will be served upon arrival. Spend the rest of your afternoon settling in before dinner this evening.
Christmas Eve - BBC Studios Newcastle
Following breakfast, we visit BBC Studios Newcastle for a tour behind the scenes of this fascinating world of radio and television. Scheduled carefully between live television broadcasts, we will have the chance to see the news stories being prepared and the clocks counting down whilst learning interesting and quirky facts about television production here. The studios are home to programmes such as Sunday Politics and Inside Out and the hub for many exciting dramas, including the award-winning Wolfblood. After all the excitement, we embark on a panoramic orientation tour of the city, before some free time to obtain lunch in Newcastle’s cafes or restaurants. Top off the day and delight in a glass of bubbly before enjoying dinner this evening.
Christmas Day - Newcastle
Breakfast this morning will be accompanied by a glass of Buck’s Fizz to celebrate Christmas. This morning is free to relax in the festive surroundings of our hotel or perhaps take a walk locally to work up an appetite for Christmas lunch. This afternoon settle down to watch the Queen’s Speech and then join a Christmas quiz, with Christmas cake, tea and coffee. Alternatively you can play more traditional board games in the games room. A light buffet will be served in the evening.
Boxing Day - Tanfield Railway
After breakfast, we travel by coach to the world’s oldest railway, the Tanfield Railway, for their Mince Pie Special. When the Tanfield Railway was built in 1725, it was a revelation and a clear signal that a new industrial age was upon the world. Today, we enjoy tea and mince pies, before boarding the train for a journey to Sunniside and East Tanfield. After an exhilarating trip, we return to the hotel stopping on the way to see Gateshead’s most recognisable piece of public art, The Angel of the North - in its 20th year of celebration. This evening, a farewell gala dinner awaits, with the opportunity to dance the night away!
Day 5 Newcastle
This morning we have time for breakfast, before bidding farewell. You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
• At BBC Studios Newcastle, all visitors are only permitted one small bag (no rucksacks, large bags or shopping bags) and all adults are required to provide photographic ID. By the nature of its layout, the tour of the studios involves a good amount of walking and standing.
• Included meals may consist of set, table d’hôte or buffet menus and the style and evening entertainment is subject to change.