Heritage Tours 2020

Unfortunately we have had to cancel all of this year's Heritage Tours due to the Coronavirus Emergency. Please Stay Safe and we look forward to seeing you next season.
Rochdale and Manchester
Saturday 21st March - 9.00am from Northwich

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£20.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

We start the day in Rochdale where Dippy The Dinosaur (a cast of the Diplodocus from the Natural History Museum) is on tour in the new Library complex. Touchstones is the town’s Art Gallery and Heritage Centre. There is a special exhibition of two painting by LS Lowry, lent by the Co-op – Footbridge and Cleator Moor. The origins of the cooperative movement can also be explored at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

We then move into Manchester City centre where there are two exhibitions to visit. The Manchester Open Exhibition is on show at Home, the new joint venue of Cornerhouse and Library Theatre. The Great Northern Warehouse has an exhibition of Lego entitled The Art of the Brick, a globally renowned touring exhibition by Nathan Sawaya. More than 75 pieces of art will feature at the exhibition, which showcases stunning sculptures made up of more than a million iconic LEGO® bricks, includes captivating recreations of iconic art, including the Mona Lisa.

Oxford and Young Rembrandt
Saturday 11th April - 8.00am from Northwich

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£28.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology hosts Young Rembrandt. This landmark show explores the early years of the career of the most famous of all Dutch artists, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). Beginning with his earliest known paintings, prints and drawings made in the mid-1620s, and ending at the moment he rockets to stardom in Amsterdam in the mid-1630s, this exhibition charts an astonishing transformation.

This is the largest collection of works devoted to the young Rembrandt and includes over 30 of his paintings, and 90 drawings and prints from international and private collections. On display for the first time is the newly discovered painting Suffer Little Children Come to Me.

To guarantee admission, please pre-book your timed ticket online at www.ashmolean.org/youngrembrandt. Suggest after 2.00pm.

There are many other museums and colleges to explore in Oxford.

Cirencester and Rodmarton House
Saturday 30th May - 8.00am from Northwich

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£27.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

We start by visiting Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds. The Corinium Museum houses highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium, plus Neolithic, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Modern items.

After lunch we visit Rodmarton, the Arts and Crafts House. Ernest Barnsley, together with his brother Sidney, who designed most of the furniture, built Rodmarton Manor. He was a follower of William Morris, who was one of the leaders of the English Arts and Crafts Movement towards the end of the 19th Century.

The 8-acre garden has a wide selection of planting that has been done over the years with superb vistas and views throughout and plenty of places to sit and admire the view. Each part has a different character ranging from the alpines in troughs, bigger plants in the rockery, lawns, a large kitchen garden, white borders, to the magnificent herbaceous borders which are constantly being replanted and improved.

Auckland Castle, County Durham
Saturday 13th June - 8.00am from Northwich

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£28.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

Recently opened following a multi-million pound conservation project Auckland Castle was once home to the Prince Bishops of Durham, and was the place where they entertained, hunted and worshipped. Over the centuries, the Prince Bishops became increasingly wealthy. They used this money to transform the castle into a palace that showed off their high status. St Peter’s Chapel is the perfect example: Bishop Cosin turned the medieval Great Hall into the largest private chapel in Europe, a beautiful space to inspire the glory of God.

Jacob and his Twelve Sons, an impressive series of paintings by the Spanish master Francisco de ZurbarĂ¡n, have hung in the Long Dining Room since they were purchased by Bishop Trevor in 1756. The Walled Garden at Auckland Castle was one of the first of its kind in North East England. It featured heated walls and glass hothouses to grow vegetables, flowers, fruit and even pineapples for the bishop’s guests. The Mining Gallery explores working life in the coal mines through original artefacts and artworks by prominent mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.

Easton Walled Garden & Belton House
Saturday 11th July - 8.30am from Northwich

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£25.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

Easton Walled Gardens nestle in a beautiful, rolling valley in South West Lincolnshire. They have been owned by the Cholmeley family for over 400 years. President Franklin D Roosevelt considered them one of the best gardens in the UK, writing home to his mother that the gardens were “A dream of Nirvana...almost too good to be true.”. The original gardens contained several walled enclosures around a mediaeval manor house. Over the centuries the design of the gardens changed and by the Victorian era the gardens were filled with bedding and borders, ornamental stonework, glasshouses, fine trees and even melon pits.

Belton House (NT) is a Grade I listed country house built between 1685 and 1688 by Sir John Brownlow, 3rd Baronet. It is surrounded by formal gardens and a series of avenues leading to follies within a larger wooded park. Belton has been described as a compilation of all that is finest of Carolean architecture, the only truly vernacular style of architecture that England had produced since the Tudor period. It is considered to be a complete example of a typical English country house.

York & Beningborough Hall
Saturday 15th August - 8.00am from Northwich

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£25.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

We pop into the historic City of York to grab some lunch and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city, perhaps with time to explore one of the many attractions on offer.

After lunch we move on to Beningborough Hall (NT).
Surrounded by parkland, with riverside and woodland walks on all sides, the view of this large Georgian mansion as you turn on to the long drive evokes images of an intriguing past. From the wealthy teenager who inherited it, to the hall’s use as an RAF billet, Beningbrough has been shaped for more than 300 years by the people who lived here.

The architecture, intricate panelling and furnished ground-floor rooms tell the story of the families who called Beningbrough home. The spacious and light-filled Saloon Galleries display exhibitions of contemporary and historic art. New for 2020 will be the Arts Council Collection In the moment: The Art of Wellbeing, including works by Emin, Moore, Lowry, Hirst and Chagall.

RHS Garden Bridgewater and Salford
Saturday 5th September - 9.00am from Northwich

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£20.00 - book online here or call 07932927694

We start the day at the Lowry Centre in Salford to see the collection of painting by LS Lowry. Alternatively, just cross the Manchester Ship Canal is the Imperial War Museum North.

After lunch we visit the newly opened RHS Garden Bridgewater, the fifth Royal Horticultural Society Garden to open. The creation of the garden is one of the most significant events in the 215-year history of the RHS and its first new garden for nearly 20 years. When the RHS first discovered the 154-acre site, the former grounds of Worsley New Hall had not been cultivated for decades. Thanks to a dedicated and growing team, plus the help of hundreds of local volunteers, the site is being transformed and is currently the biggest project of its kind in Europe.

World-renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith created the Bridgewater ‘masterplan’. Its centrepiece is the 11-acre Weston Walled Garden, one of the UK’s biggest, measuring the size of six football pitches and comprising 11 gardens, including The Paradise Garden, Kitchen Garden, Wellbeing Garden and Community Grow Spaces.

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