Swanage Gala & Isle of Wight Steam Beer & Buses

Swanage Gala & Isle of Wight Steam Beer & Buses

Imagine a short break that combines the Swanage Autumn Steam Gala in delightful Dorset plus the amazing Isle of Wight 'Beer & Buses Festival', with 80 vintage buses shuttling between a similar number of real ale pubs on the island, plus Isle of Wight Steam, and a tour and tasting at the Ringwood Brewery. We hope this tour is as appealing to you as it is to us!

5 Days From £495

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 10 October 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour & Tasting at the Ringwood Brewery

  • Dinner at the Inn on the Furlong

  • Full Day Rover at the Swanage Railway Autumn Steam Gala

  • Superb nostalgia aboard a 1964 Albion coach

  • Rover Ticket for the ‘Isle of Wight Classic Buses & Beer Weekend

  • Isle of Wight World War Two Museum

  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Services of a Tour Manager who lives on the Isle of Wight

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Isle of Wight-based Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

For those travelling with us by train, arrive at Poole for the short walk to our hotel, the Travelodge. After check-in a coach awaits to whisk us to the Ringwood Brewery for a tour and tasting, followed by dinner at the brewery's Inn on the Furlong.

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DAY 2

We head westwards through Dorset today to enjoy the Autumn Steam Gala at the nostalgic Swanage Railway, which operates along six miles of track from Swanage past the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. Details are yet to be announced but we anticipate the home fleet, plus visiting locos, with passenger and freight trains. The Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum should be open next to Norden station, as well as the Goods Shed at Corfe Castle station. Our included Full Day Rover ticket allows you to explore the line as you wish, hopping on and off at the individual stations.

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DAY 3

Leaving Poole, we travel to Lymington Pier by train for the ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Here we have privately chartered a superb 1964 Albion 30-seater to allow us to step back into yesteryear and saunter around the island visiting the excellent Military Museum complete with tanks, armoured vehicles and real ale. We continue our sojourn to enjoy steam on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, riding in the glorious vintage rolling stock that has to be some of the finest examples in the country plus, of course, a fine selection of real ales. We conclude our day at the Travelodge in Ryde within walking distance of the sea and the Bus Museum which is the headquarters for the Beer & Buses Festival.

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DAY 4

Your rover ticket today allows you complete freedom to experience the unique 'Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer & Walks' festival, with over 80 vintage buses shuttling between a plethora of real ale pubs on the island. You can either do your own thing or travel with our Isle of Wight-based Tour Manager. On your travels you might even bump into some of our office team as we have once again selected the event for an office 'do'!

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to the Isle of Wight and take the ferry from Ryde to Portsmouth. Saying farewell also to our local Tour Manager, those booking rail with us return home from Portsmouth.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Travelodge Poole & Travelodge Ryde, Isle of Wight

We have chosen Travelodge hotels as they offer affordable, good standard accommodation. The Poole hotel is close to the railway station, just a short walk away from the sea. The Travelodge Ryde only serves cold, light, breakfast boxes so we have included a hot breakfast at a nearby café. Rooms come equipped with a double bed, shower and tea/coffee making facilities. Single accommodation is sole occupancy of a double room.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Waterloo

£599

£549

-£10

Greater London

£645

£565

-£10

South of England

£675

£589

-£10

East Anglia

£619

£579

-£10

South West

£655

£599

-£10

Heart of England

£629

£569

-£10

Midlands

£735

£615

-£15

Yorkshire

£709

£615

-£15

North East

£755

£639

-£20

North West

£769

£635

-£20

South Wales

N/A

£579

-£10

North Wales

£755

£625

-£20

Scotland

£779

£649

-£20



 

Join & Leave at Hotels £495

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £120 per person

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & one evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Poole returning from Portsmouth Harbour station (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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