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The National Trust provides insurance cover for Supporter Group members taking part in activities. You can see more details here. This cover is limited. On our short breaks you will not be covered for loss of personal property, or for cancellation if you cannot go on the holiday. If you do not already have travel insurance you may wish to consider arranging your own cover.

Both holidays are now postponed. We hope to try running them on roughly the same dates in 2021

Six nights

Sun 17th - Sat 23rd May 2020

Twin or Double £475 per person Single £550 per person (only 8 available)

Includes bed and breakfast and property entry*


£50pp deposit on booking


Closing date 30 November 2019


Final payment 28 February


*Non-National Trust members will have to pay for entry to Cragside

Durham Cathedral






Vindolanda &

Roman Army Museum


Northumberland & Durham


We will be based at Jurys Inn, Gateshead which has excellent views over the River Tyne and is only a three minute walk from the Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre, and two minutes from the bus stop travelling into Newcastle (about 10 minute journey). It has a restaurant and bar overlooking the river. There are restaurants along the riverside and more ‘over the water’ in Newcastle.

Click the button for a short video showing the places we'll visit.

Day 1 Sunday 17 May

Depart Swanage 8.00 am and travel to Jurys Inn with two comfort stops on the way and break for lunch. We hope to arrive around 6.30 to 7.00 pm and a hot buffet will be ready for our arrival.

Day 2 Monday 18 May Durham

Guided tour of Durham Cathedral at 11.30 am. Rest of the day free to explore more of the cathedral, castle and city. Depart 4.30 pm.

Day 3 Tuesday 19 May Beamish - Living Museum of the North.

Leave at 9.30 am first stopping to view the Angel of the North then on to Beamish. Visit the various attractions on a variety of omnibuses, electric trams and period cars. There is also a steam train to enjoy. See a nineteenth century dentist surgery, old drapers shops, pit village etc. Depart 4.30 pm.

Day 4 Wednesday 20 May Cragside - National Trust property

Leave at 9.30 am to visit the first house in the world to be electrified by hydro-electric power. This quirky Victorian mansion with all modern comforts evolved into an Arts and Crafts master piece. The garden has the largest rock garden in Europe with woodland and formal areas. (See handbook for more details). Depart 4.30 pm. Bring NT card.

Day 5 Thursday 21 May Hadrian’s Wall.

Leave at 9.30 am to arrive at 10.30 am at the Roman Army Museum. There will be a video relating to the Roman Army in Britain. Free flow around the museum looking at the artefacts relating to the army. We leave at 12.00 noon for Vindolanda the Roman town which is an active excavation site. Restaurant and café facilities available.

At 2.00 pm there will be an introductory talk and then free flow around this extensive and fabulous museum where intricate gold jewellery is one of the delights, as seen on TV. (Stout footwear recommended)  Depart 4.30 pm.

Day 6 Friday 22 May Free day

This gives you the opportunity to explore Newcastle’s museums, art galleries etc or go on a river cruise. For shop-a-holics there is the Metro Centre!! However, for the more adventurous Lindisfarne is possible in a day by public transport, taxi and mini-bus. The times will be dependent on the tides. I would be happy to assist anyone who wishes to go.

Day 7 Saturday 23 May Home

Leave at 8.00 am and make our way southward with two comfort stops and a luncheon break.  We hope to arrive at our first stop in Wareham at about 7.00 pm.


Three nights

Mon 28 September - Thurs 1 October

Twin or Double £255 per person Single £345 per person

Includes bed and breakfast and property entry*


£50pp deposit on booking


Closing date 30 May


Final payment 4 July


*Non-National Trust members will have to pay for entry to Snowshill Manor and Coughton Court


Snowshill Manor


Tewkesbury Abbey


Coughton Court


Gloucester Cathedral





This autumn we will be visiting some of the lesser known National Trust properties, the beautiful Cathedral of Gloucester and also exploring the glories of Tewkesbury Abbey with time to wander in this historic town.

Click the button for a short video showing the places we'll visit.

We will be staying at the Hilton Puckrup Hall hotel, just 3 miles north of Tewkesbury, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. It is set in 140 acres of private grounds that host a championship golf course and has the added attraction of a swimming pool!

We will be travelling with North Dorset Coaches who take us firstly to Snowshill Manor NT which houses one of the most extraordinary collections ever assembled by one person - Charles Paget Wade. A Tudor hall house at heart, though substantially altered, it is packed in every corner from ground floor to attic with Charles Wade’s acquisitions, a truly unbelievable collection of an unclassifiable range of everyday objects. There is certainly a degree of climbing stairs to view this unforgettable display but this can be short-circuited with advice from the NT attendants. The house is set in a delightful garden and we are able to enjoy lunch and afternoon tea before venturing on to our hotel.

On our second day we are centred in Tewkesbury a historic riverside town where one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses took place in 1471. A medieval market town of medieval streets and historic properties. The day is our own to enjoy as we wish, to explore the beautiful abbey, the many interesting buildings and independent shops within the town and also listen to the hour long organ recital at 1.00pm. Those who prefer to visit further afield may be taken to Bourton-on-the-Water to wander this well-known Cotswold town perhaps to do a little early Christmas shopping.

Wednesday brings a visit to Coughton Court NT home to the Throckmorton family for more than 6oo years. An imposing Tudor House set in beautiful gardens that still retains an intimate feeling and remains very much a family home. A family who in the past for much of the time was impoverished, persecuted and imprisoned for their adherence to the Catholic faith. There will be a lot of history for us to absorb, portraits to view, interest to find in the treasures and relics gathered together as well as exploring this much loved home. We are able to have an excellent lunch in the café and wander about the grounds and if wished visit the two churches nearby.

We will stop on our way back to the Hotel at the Fleece Inn to have some early refreshment and explore this lovely traditional village inn which was originally a medieval half-timbered long house and now owned by the National Trust – not to be missed as we are passing by.

On our last day we will visit Gloucester Cathedral. There will be a short distance to walk from the coach dropping off point to get to the Cathedral, where upon arrival we will be divided into groups for a guided tour. A lot of history to absorb, wonderful architecture and glorious windows to admire before travelling to nearby Gloucester Services for lunch and perhaps to pick up some immediately necessary shopping.

We hope to return to Swanage by approximately 7.00pm.

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