2 days

Enjoy a free day of shopping and sightseeing in Salisbury with a SleepOver at a handsome 4* Georgian city centre hotel followed by a Blue Badge guided tour of winter landscapes in the beautiful Test Valley, lunch and a visit to the Norman Abbey in Romsey and an afternoon at the Winchester Christmas Market.

Arrive on Sunday in time in time for a buffet lunch at the 4* Mercure White Hart Hotel in the heart of Salisbury. This compact city is laid out on a mediaeval chequer board design with over 500 listed buildings. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the Salisbury Christmas Market and, for those who’d like to, Choral Evensong is at 4.30pm at the Cathedral all within a short and flat walk from the hotel. In the evening the hotel serves your group a three course dinner. How about a game of cards in front of the log fire?

The Blue Badge Guide arrives after breakfast on Monday to take you on a scenic drive through winter landscapes in the beautiful Test Valley.

We stop in the genteel market town of Romsey, which you might recognise as Kingsmarkham from the TV adaptations of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford. We visit the magnificent Romsey Abbey where we track down a fun and unusual set of hidden figures known as grotesques - from the pagan Sheel-na-gig to a whole bevy of stone cats. We stay in Romsey for a two course lunch with coffee before driving through more landscapes of ancient woodland, water-meadows and rolling chalk hills to Winchester.

Once the heart of Alfred the Great’s Wessex Winchester is one of England’s most prosperous cities. Hear all about St Swithin and Jane Austen and enjoy Winchester Christmas Market with more than 100 gaily decorated wooden chalets nestled against the walls of the cathedral.

It’s up to you when to make tracks for home. We’d suggest 4.45pm as the earliest to allow sufficient time to enjoy the day.

4* Mercure White Hart, Salisbury

Dating to the 17th century, The White Hart has been Salisbury’s finest hotel for 400 years. The White Hart is a 5-minute walk from Salisbury

Cathedral in one direction and the city centre and Salisbury Christmas Market in the other. There are 8 modern and classy rooms, a refined restaurant and elegant bar and lounge areas. The three floor historic hotel does not have a lift.

Call for Price Based on minimum 25 people

And coaching options

Available Sunday & Monday

with Winchester Market from 18 November & both Winchester & Salisbury Markets from 22 November 2019

Home Call 0208 692 1133 for more information about this SleepOver