First visit of the day will be to the town of Buckingham. An ideal place to have a wander and find somewhere to eat. Its broad tree lined High Street leads towards the old town with its narrow streets. On the High Street is the Old Gaol House with its mock medieval facade built in the 18th century now the home of an interesting museum telling the story of the Gaol House. A permanent exhibitions in the museum is dedicated to "Flora Thompson" who lived around the end of the 19th early 20th century and portrayed life as she knew it as a child living in the area in a book recently televised "Lark Rise to Candleford". The oldest building in the town is the Chantry Chapel dating from the 12th Century . The old town is a collection of narrow streets with a variety of architectural periods, most notably the Georgian Period.
In the afternoon we visit the National Paralympic Heritage Centre situated on Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The Heritage Centre tells the story of a German Neurologist "Sir Ludwig Guttmann" who came to England to escape persecution in Nazi Germany and ended up working in the hospital of Stoke Mandeville. He recognised sport as a road to mental and physical rehabilitation and encouraged patients who had suffered Spinal injuries to participate on this path to restore self-esteem. From this beginning local competitive sporting events started to evolve with archery and wheelchair basket ball forming the starting blocks. Sporting boundaries started to evolve into other areas of physcal activity and the exhibition takes you through the story from the "Stoke Mandeville Games" to modern day Paralympics. The pioneering work at Stoke Mandeville, which continues to this day, makes it universally recognised as the birthplace of the Paralympics.
There are no admission Fees applicable on this trip however we have included a £5 per head donation to the The National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
Depart From: City Centre (Dudley Street) 09:00, Harborne (Lordswood Road) 09:25,
Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane) 09:40, Bournville Green(Linden Road) 09:45, Kings Norton Railway Station 09:55
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To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you.
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DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017