From £ 299 per person sharing Single or Twin Room
£37.50 Single Room Supplement
£21 per person Door to Door Service (Optional)*
* within 15 mile radius of the City Centre
Saturday 5th December: A Dickensian Festival in Suffolk
Departing from Birmingham at about 7:45am. The coach heads East towards Suffolk with a comfort stop on the way.
Around mid-day we arrive at Kentwell Hall. Kentwells' Dickensian Festival is something very special. The Hall may have Tudor origins but today it relives the period that we now call Dickensian. The scene is 1869 when Captain and Mrs Bence lived there. The hall is decorated in the period and the family are entertaining their guests in the Great hall. You can visit the Kitchens where the feast is being prepared.
Take care when you meet the housekeeper she is recruiting staff, even though there are more staff in and around the hall than the number of members of the household. Upstairs there is an abridged version of the "Christmas Carol" being narrated by Mr Dickens himself aided by Scrooge and other characters to make the story come alive. Look out for the ghosts that magically appear.
Captain Bence has organised a Music Hall to not only entertain his own guests but also workers on the estate and Villagers alike. After being entertained slip down to the Rose and Crown Tavern in the woods for a quick drink with the locals.
Please note that the staff around the Hall are mainly actors who will be performing as if they were from the Dickensian Period. In order not to confuse the staff and visitors and spoil the atmosphere, visitors are requested not to wear Victorian Dress during their visit. The performance of "Christmas Carol" and the "Music Hall and Magic Show" take place on the first floor, access to which is via stairs only (no lift
Leaving Kentwell Hall we head into Norfolk to our hotel on the edge of Kings Lynn.
Picture taken June 2014
Sunday 6th December: The Best Variety Show at Christmas Time
Sunday Morning is yours to do as you please. The hotel is on the edge of Kings Lynn and easily accessible by taxi or alternatively our coach will run a service into Kings Lynn mid-morning.
Dinner today will be late afternoon after which the coach will take you to Thursford for the evening performance of Thursfords' Christmas Spectacular. On arrival the court yard is all illuminated with coloured lights, there are shops where you can buy your Christmas goodies and a cafe to get a drink before the show. Inside the auditorium the room is decorated to become a magical place a great setting for the show. When the show starts it is one glittering spectacular from start to finish, music galore, a specialty act and a comedian compere to link things together.
View pictures of past shows
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Coaches from all parts of the United Kingdom head for Thursford year on year which is a great testament to the show.
Monday 7th December: Homeward bound with a Hoot
Departing the Hotel our homeward journey will have 2 stops before arriving back in the City Centre.
The first stop is at Baytree Garden Centre on the outskirts of Spalding. Although there is an opportunity for a little retail therapy and to visit their restaurant the main purpose of the visit is to visit the small Owl and Wildlife Centre that contains over 100 Owls and Falcons.
Our second stop is the Historic town of Oundle in Northamptonshire. The town is famous for its Georgian Streetscapes and Limestone Buildings.It is an ideal place to stretch your legs and have a cup of coffee before the last leg of the journey back to Birmingham. As well as Coffee Shops the town boasts a number of independent retailers providing last minute shopping ideas that you will not necessarily see in the big chain stores.
Returning to Birmingham our aim is to arrive the City Centre after the rush hour at approximately 7pm hoping the M6 treats us kindly.
Our Hotel: The Dragonfly Hotel Kings Lynn
The Dragonfly Hotel is on the outskirts of Kings Lynn approximately 2 miles from the City Centre.
This is a hotel that we have used in the past. Since our last visit it has been taken over by new management and the rooms and restaurant have been refurbished. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in what is known as minimalist style aimed at business people.
All rooms are en-suite with Shower over Bath
Complimentary Tea and Coffee tray
Rooms are on either the ground floor or first floor, (there is no lift)
Please note there are no porters at this hotel. If you need assistance with getting your luggage to your rooms please ask your tour manager who will assist.
What is included in your holiday.
Coach travel throughout from Birmingham City Centre.
Door to Door Service (only if requested).
Half Board Accommodation at the hotel
Evening meal to consist of 3 courses with a minimum of three choices per course.
Owl and Wildlife Centre
Day ticket for the Dickensian Festival at Kentwell
Top price tickets for the evening performance of Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Services of a Tour Manager throughout.
What is not included in your Holiday
Personal Travel Insurance
Please note that Caltours of Birmingham Ltd cannot provide financial assistance in the event of a holiday cancellation or the holiday being curtailed due to any event outside of its control.
Any admission fees not stated opposite
Any meals that are not part of the half board package purchased
Any Drinks consumed during meals other than tea/coffee as part of breakfast or at the end of the evening meal
If you pay any gratuities they should only be given if you have received good service and want to leave a tip. You are not obliged to leave any gratuities unless you want to.
We do ask that you do not tip your Tour Manager, the best tip you can give Caltours of Birmingham Ltd is to travel with us again..
How to Book your Holiday
Once you have chosen the holiday you wish to purchase please phone Caltours of Birmingham Ltd — 0121 459 7524 — to determine availability.
Please read our terms and conditions which will form the basis of a legal agreement between the person booking and Caltours of Birmingham Ltd. The terms and conditions view Terms and Conditions
Once you have made your booking over the phone a deposit of £30 is required per person travelling.
Payments may be made by:
debit or credit card either by
providing your card details over the phone or
by requesting a pay link (pay link means an email is sent to you requesting payment, it is the most secure way of protecting your card details).
cheque made out to "Caltours of Birmingham Ltd"
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The details we require at the time of booking are:
Name address and telephone number of the person responsible for the booking
The Names and address of any other person who will be sharing a room or occupying additional rooms to the person booking. (Names only if a door to door service is not required)
Whether a Door to Door Service is required.
Any dietary or other special requirements (i.e. allergies etc,.)
Optionally the name and telephone number of anyone you would like us to call if you have any problems (illness/accident) that prevents you from completing your holiday.
Final Payment dates will be recorded on your invoice and will be required on or before the 9th October..
"Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the latest holiday.
Each day was different but so interesting. Thank you very much for all your hard work,"
RW -Grassington Dickensian Festival - 10th December 2018