WINCHESTER CHRISTMAS OPTIONS
Enjoy a free day of shopping and sightseeing in Winchester with a SleepOver at a handsome 4* city centre hotel followed by a Blue Badge Guided tour of winter landscapes in the beautiful Test Valley, lunch and an afternoon at the Salisbury Christmas Market.
Day One: Winchester was once the heart of Alfred the Great's Wessex.
Today, associated with St Swithin and Jane Austen, it is one of England's most prosperous cities.
The Christmas Market with more than 100 gaily decorated wooden chalets nestled against the walls of the cathedral, runs daily from 16 November to 19 December.
You can check in at the Winchester Royal from 2pm (or arrive earlier and the hotel will look after your bags while you explore. The Christmas Market nestles against the walls of the Cathedral and is a five minute flat walk from the hotel. On Sundays Choral Evensong is at 3.30pm and during the week it is at 5.30pm.
In the evening gather for a sociable three course meal with coffee.
Day Two: The Blue Badge Guide arrives after breakfast 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) to visit the magnificent Abbey where we track down a fun and unusual set of hidden figures known as grotesques.
The compact city of Salisbury is laid out on a mediaeval chequer board design with over 500 listed buildings.
Enjoy the Salisbury Christmas Market (from 29 November) and/or a city trail with the tour guide. It's up to you when to make tracks for home. 4.45pm would be about right to allow sufficient time to enjoy the market.
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• One night 4* Winchester Royal Hotel
• 3 course evening meal (3 choices)
• 10 Single rooms free of supplement
• Your choice of coach company
• Free driver half board & parking
• Free organiser place with 25 people
• Up to 1 in 10 travel free
• Winchester Christmas Market
• Blue Badge guided tour
• Romsey Abbey, Test Valley & Sailsbury
• 100% Passenger Payment Protection
• GTO Liability Insurance
Available weekdays & Sundays Nov & Dec
4* Winchester Royal Hotel This city centre 16th century hotel is the perfect blend of modern and traditional. The refurbished 81 bedrooms are spacious and come with free WiFi, tea & coffee making facilities and flat screen tellys. The cathedral, shopping area and a variety of museums are all within a five minute flat walk.
£179pp Minimum 25 people
Price Valid to 31 March 2020