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Date(s) - 06/09/2019 - 08/09/2019
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Dear Members,
To continue the theme of unusual but awesome shows, having already seen the amazing Dutch Zundert Flower Parade and Norfolk’s Thursford Christmas Show, I would like to take you to see Kynren which I saw last year. Kynren—an Epic Tale of England tells the entire history of England starting with Joseph of Arimathea finishing with the present day. The show takes place in the grounds of Auckland Castle and stars more than one thousand local amateur actors aged from 5 to 80 years old not to mention 33 horses and about 70 farm animals of various types. Staying in a 4 star hotel in Durham gives us an opportunity to explore the city on the day of the show. With Harewood House and York included en-route I feel this will be a good varied weekend tour with a difference. I hope you agree with me.

Best wishes


Your Itinerary:

After our usual pick-ups at Watford and Bushey we shall have a coffee stop at a farm in Cambridgeshire before heading towards Harewood House where lunch can be taken. Harewood House has been owned by the Lascelles family since 1738 and is now managed by Harewood House Trust. Harewood houses a collection of paintings by masters of the Italian Renaissance, family portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds among others and has more than 100 acres of gardens, including a Himalayan garden and an educational bird garden. We then continue on to our hotel, the 4 star Radisson Blu in Durham.

This morning we have free time. A short walk from our hotel is the centre of Durham so you could visit Durham Cathedral, enjoy a riverside walk or possibly take a cruise on the river. A very short bus ride from the hotel are the botanic gardens at Durham University and the Oriental Museum, both worth a visit. We shall have our dinner late afternoon so as to be able to leave the hotel early enough to arrive at the arena in time for the ninety minute show which starts at sunset.

On the way home today we shall visit York where you can spend time strolling through the labyrinth of cobbled, medieval, pedestrianised streets. Outstanding attractions include The Minister (the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe with its collection of medieval stained glass), the Jorvik centre (reliving sights and even smells of Viking times), the National Railway museum (the world’s largest), the York Cocoa House (a Chocolate emporium in the heart of the city), numerous museums, art galleries, antique centres and gardens. Walk the city walls and when your feet are tired, relax on a river cruise. Mid-afternoon we shall commence our journey home hopefully having enjoyed a unique weekend away.

Price And General Information

PRICE per person: Minimum 40 persons—£295 Minimum 30 persons—£324 Double room for SINGLE occupancy — £60 supplement
Price includes: 3 days executive coach travel, 2 nights 3 course dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel, silver ticket for Kynren, entrance to Harewood House.

The tour must have a minimum 30 persons to operate. Balance payment will be due by 28 June 2019. A deposit cheque of £60 per person—made out to COGO Travel — should be sent to Denise Piddington by 26th September. This will not be banked until we have the minimum number of bookings to operate the tour. Once your deposit has been banked it is non-refundable.
Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

This tour is being organised by COGO Travel, a well established award winning UK tour operator. They meet the financial security requirements of the EU Consumer Protection Act by being bonded members of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA No. Y6220). COGO Travel also hold a British Government Air Travel Operators License (Number 9173).

Passengers are expected to have their own travel insurance, particularly to cover possible cancellation costs. Late cancellations of less than 10 weeks may incur charges according to length of notice given prior to departure.

Bushey U3A cannot entertain financial claims should a member suffer any losses through the tour operator defaulting on their obligations.

See the “trip flyer/brochure” for more details by clicking the link above.


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