Off The Beaten Path Needlepoint Tour of England & Scotland October 18-31, 2020

 

Our Off the Beaten Track in England and Scotland Tour will take us to some of the more out-of-the-way and amazing parts of these two historic countries. We will start our tour at Hampton Court in Southwest London. We will take a full day class at the Royal School of Needlework and then head to England’s glorious Southeast, to the counties of Sussex and Kent to explore historic houses, castles and spend some time at the quintessentially Victorian seaside. Afterwards we will make our way over the border to Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh, then head Northwards into the stunningly scenic Highlands. Finally we will travel back towards London with a two-night stay at Woburn. At Woburn we will also hold our full-day stitching retreat. On our tour you will stay in beautiful lodgings with fine cuisine, importantly enjoying stitching projects exclusive to us. There will be time for shopping, leisure, fun and making new friends.

The cost of the Off The Beaten Path Tour will be:

Double Occupancy room: $8450.00
Single Occupancy room $8950.00

Tale of Two Cities Add-On Week:

Single: $3650/ Double: $3300

Total for all three weeks: Single: $12,600/Double: $11,750

If you have already signed up for one tour and would like to add the extension, please email Elizabeth at editor@needlepointnow.com.

A deposit of $3,000 USD is due on sign-up and then you will be invoiced for the remaining payments. The final payment will be due September 15th, 2020.

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Tentative Itinerary

Sunday 18th October
Arrival of Guests at our hotel at our hotel, The Mitre, Hampton Court. Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Please note: if you wish to arrive before the 18th , we can organise extra nights for you at the hotel. Please contact Jeremy by e-mail: hamiltonco@btconnect.com

Monday 19th October
After breakfast we will cross the road and do our full-day class at the Royal School of Needlework. This will be a Needlepoint Masterclass, specially tailored for us. Dinner at Mezzet Restaurant, Hampton Court, which is always great fun.

Tuesday 20th October
We will be collected by our luxury bus to visit Greenwich to see the Queen’s House, home to an internationally-renowned art collection, with the house designed by Inigo Jones, the famous 17th Century architect. Whilst in Greenwich we shall also see the Greenwich Meridian at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. Our coach will continue on to Knole House in the county of Kent and then onwards to the Victorian seaside town of Eastbourne to check into the famous Grand Hotel for 3 night. Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday 21st October
Today we will have an easy day and will take a class with Elizabeth and continue with our needlework projects. Also you can have some leisure time and enjoy being at the classic English seaside. Dinner at the Hotel.

Thursday 22nd October
After breakfast we will visit Sissinghurst Castle, home of the famous writer, Vita Sacxkville-West. There will be an afternoon activity, as yet still to be determined. Dinner at the hotel

Friday 23rd October
After checking out of the hotel at Eastbourne we will head to London to visit the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. We will then make a shopping stop at Liberty, the legendary department store founded in 1875. Afterwards we will stay overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn at London Heathrow Terminal 2. Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday 24th October
Our guests who joined us earlier on 11th October will transfer directly into the airport for flights to the USA. Our Off The Beaten Path guests will continue to Edinburgh on our bus for the second exciting week of our tour. Check into the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel. Dinner at the Hotel

Sunday 25th October
Breakfast at the hotel, and then a full day sightseeing in Edinburgh, including the castle. There will be time for you to explore Edinburgh and have some leisure time. In the evening we will have dinner at Bertie’s Fish and Chips, which was a great hit on our last visit to the city.

Monday 26th October
Breakfast at the hotel, and then we will continue our journey and stop at the Wemyss School of Needlework where we will take a class. We will then stay overnight in the city of Dundee with dinner in the hotel.

Tuesday 27th October
After breakfast we will make a visit to the new Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee, an outpost of the famous V&A Museum in London. In the afternoon we will make a visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and then stay nearby in the gorgeous Highlands of Scotland. Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday 28th October
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we travel southwards through beautiful Scottish scenery and pay a visit to a Whisky distillery (to be organised). We continue onwards for an overnight stay in the English Lake District. Dinner at the Hotel.

Thursday 29th October
This day will be our transit day from the Lake District to Woburn. We will take a small detour though Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Check in to the Woburn Hotel for a 2 night stay. Dinner at the hotel.

We have used Woburn for lots of other tours as it is a perfect location for our big needlepoint retreat. We will have time to stitch later.

Friday 30th October
Today is our full-day stitching retreat at the Woburn Hotel. In previous years it has been a marvellous way to end the tour and this year we will have the pleasure of welcoming Stephanie Burnham, Rosemary Sharman and of course, Elizabeth to teach and we trust this will be a memorable finish to what will have been a thrilling tour for all our guests. Gala Dinner at the hotel for our final night.

Saturday 31st October
Guests depart from Woburn by minibus to their respective terminals at London Heathrow Airport for their return flights to the USA. (Please if possible try to organise the return flight after 11:00am)

Please note: Jeremy can organise extensions to your stay if you wish to arrive early or stay longer in London, and can help you make plans if you wish to do so. If you have any requests or anything you would like to do or see that is near our route, please let us know, and we will try to include it.

Notes

  • We will make additions to this itinerary in due course, to include other visits and activities.
  • Please note: With the Covid-19 situation, we will of course be following all our Government’s guidelines as they are at the time of travel. With our visits and activities listed, we will make all necessary alterations for your personal safety at the time of travel.
  • During your stay in the UK, we will do our utmost to ensure we cover all the activities listed, but may have to alter certain aspects of the itinerary, subject to the situation on the ground at the time. In some of the villages and towns, the lanes can be steep and uneven. Please make sure you have good suitable footwear.
  • Included in the tour price will be all the stitching projects with materials. All you will need to bring are your personal stitching tools that you would normally use. We have not listed on the itinerary specific times for stitching and tutorials, however we will make ample time available for these activities.
  • All dinners are included in the tour price, excluding beverages. We normally have a big English breakfast and at lunchtime you will be able to purchase a light lunch or a Cake etc. Please note that we can accommodate food allergies by your prior advice.
  • All our accommodations and dinners will be of very high standard and although we are really informal as a tour, some of our dining venues may request guests to adopt more ‘smart casual’ attire.
  • The tour will be guided by both Jeremy and Elizabeth. Jeremy of course is British and is an expert in the History and Art of the country.
  • If you have any questions or requirements, please e-mail Jeremy at: hamiltonco@btconnect.com.