From the coastline of Cornwall through to mountain peaks of the north, lies a landscape of diversity and attraction, matched by an age of history and generations of a creative and industrious people.
Here's a double steam whammy to get the 2018 steam calendar up and running! Not one but two steam events over the same weekend, as we enjoy a day at both the West Somerset Railway and East Somerset Railway steam galas. That's not all though, as we break the steam gala action with a trip along the Dawlish sea wall to Devon to celebrate the opening weekend of the South Devon Railway and the coastal magic of the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway.
There are said to be 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways' and on this tour we visit six! Our grand tour begins at the very heart of the industrial revolution at a hotel within the Ironbridge World Heritage site, then explores the masterpieces of Victorian engineering with boat trips and steam trains galore.
A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with the huge Great Central Model Railway event, the 150 anniversary celebrations on the Ecclesbourne Valley line, plus Peak Rail Steam & Vintage bus rides. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!
At the end of June the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary with a once-in-a-generation week of festivities of steam and diesel, with locos of all sizes, plus a recreation of the line's inaugural running in 1967. We thought we would celebrate with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!
Spitfire and Titanic? Okay, we've got your attention! Yes, we see Spitfire RW388 at the Potteries Museum and visit the Titanic Brewery for a tour and tasting, but this superb value tour features so much more - the Churnet Valley, Rudyard Lake Railways plus the unique Apedale Railway and the annual Steam Gala at Foxfield. All excursions are aboard a vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale.
This delightful tour features a day at the popular Severn Valley Steam Railway, the Shakespeare Express vintage steam train to Stratford upon Avon and a canal cruise - all from our base at a 4* hotel with leisure facilities.
Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway, pop into a Timothy Taylor inn, visit two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, one a steam ride through the foothills and one a diesel journey through Wensleydale. We also feature two great breweries from our base in Ilkley just below the famous Ilkley Moor. Don't forget your hat!
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!