Christmas in Durham and the Cleveland Hills

Christmas in Durham and the Cleveland Hills

A popular Christmas tour. From our base on the outskirts of Darlington we have two contrasting excursions Durham, a delight to visit at this festive time then into North Yorkshire across the scenic Cleveland Hills. A festive entertainment programme is offered at this hotel.

5 DAYS • Home Link included • 4 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast


Holiday Highlights


• Festive entertainment

• Hotel with indoor swimming pool

• Traditional Christmas lunch

• Cathedral city of Durham

• Thirsk and Helmsley

• ‘Little Switzerland’ Bilsdale


We travel to County Durham
arriving late afternoon to a welcome
drink. After dinner tonight relax and
enjoy hotel entertainment.

Christmas Eve

Today we visit
Bilsdale - “Little Switzerland”, on
the way to Helmsley with its huge
market square where we take a
break for lunch. Afterwards we
descend spectacular Sutton Bank
on the way to Thirsk, home of
James Herriot, for a short break
before returning to the hotel.
Tonight, we are entertained by a
cabaret act. For those wishing to
attend Midnight Mass details of
local church services will be

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!
Enjoy a relaxing morning. Open
your presents, maybe take a stroll
or have a swim to work up an
appetite for Christmas Day Lunch
with a visit from Santa. This
afternoon listen to the Queen’s
speech, maybe watch a movie, and
get ready for tonights Christmas
Day Buffet, followed by a quiz and
music from our resident DJ.

Boxing Day

Today’s visit is the
historic city of Durham, acclaimed as
a World Heritage Site and dominated
by the magnificent cathedral and Norman Castle nearby, high above
the River Wear. We have the chance
to explore the historic city or maybe
visit the cathedral. There is a wide
range of shops to explore and lots of
opportunities for lunch. This evening
we have a tea dance, with dancing to
the salsa etc. to round off the day.


After breakfast we leave
and begin our journey home.

Your Hotel


The 3 star Blackwell Grange

Hotel is a beautiful 17th century

mansion peacefully situated its

own grounds. Hotel facilities

include leisure club with heated

indoor swimming pool, spa and

saunas. All bedrooms are en

suite and have television, radio,

telephone, hairdryer and tea/

coffee making facilities.


The hotel has a lift.

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road East Anchor Road Opposite @Bristol- We The Curious
Eastbound Bus Stop
Bristol Bedminster ASDA Bedminster Bus Shelter - East Street
In front of ASDA Store
Bristol Downend Bristol Downend
Lloyds Bank
Bristol Filton Bristol Filton
The Air balloon Pub
Bristol Fishponds Fishponds - Fishponds Road,
Bus Stop Outside Lodge House, BS16 3HZ
Bristol Kingswood Kingswood - High Street Bus Stop
Opposite the Civic Centre, BS15 9TR
Bristol Knowle Knowle
Broadwalk Shopping Centre
Bristol Redfield Redfield - Bus Stop outside Aldi
Church Road
Bristol Westbury-on-Trym Westbury-on-Trym Library
Bottom Falcondale Rd.
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Liskeard Liskeard Lloyds Bank
The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AW
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Melksham Asda Asda Bus Stop, Bradford Road, Melksham, SN12 8QL
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
St Austell St Austell-Railway Station
PL25 4LA
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Truro Truro Fairmantle Street Coach Park
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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