Visit to the Cotswolds

Our sister society, The Arts Society York, is organising a visit to the Cotswolds from 13 to 17 May, and there are still a few spaces left.  Details below.  Pick-up points are York and Leeds. Joanna Finlay ( is the contact if you would like more details.


The Arts Society York

Hidden Treasures of The Cotswolds(accompanied by lecturer Mike Hope)

Monday 13th May – Thursday 16th May 2019 (3 nights/4 days)

£829.00 per person (TASY members – based on 2 sharing a twin room, single supplement will apply)
£839.00 per person (Non-TASY members)

Day 1: Morning departure from York by private coach and transfer to The Cotswolds. We will stop en route at the National Arboretum where we will have a guided walk and time for lunch (not included). The expansive 150-acre site features over 330 thought-provoking memorials, nestled amongst lush and maturing woodland. Military and Civilian associations are represented alongside tributes for individuals. The Arboretum is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

We will visit St Christopher’s Church, Warden Hill guided by Mike Hopebefore continuing to Cheltenham. St Christopher’s has a set of ten stainedglass windows designed and executed by Thomas Denny and each based upon a parable from the Gospels.

Arrive and check into the Queens Hotel, Cheltenham for a 3-night stay. Welcome drink and lecture by Mike Hope – ‘Hidden Treasures of the Cotswolds’, followed by dinner at the hotel included.

Day 2: After breakfast we will travel to Badminton Estate for a full day visit which will include a guided tour of the principal ground floor rooms of the house together with the gardens, the Orangery and the Church. A visit will also be included to Worchester Lodge and Swangrove House. On arrival we will have tea/coffee and biscuits and a light lunch will also be included.

This large country house and Grade I Listed Building has been the principal seat of the Dukes of Beaufort since the late 17th century.
The vast estate of Badminton has always been famous for hunting. The fourth Duke had the great and fashionable architect of the period, William Kent transform the main house into the one that we see today. William Kent also expanded the spacious grounds to improve the pleasure of the hunt and in the expansion, he designed Worcester Lodge. It is on axis with the main house and creates a striking silhouette in the distance. The lodge was built as a hunting pavilion for the Duke to entertain his guests who preferred to observe the hunt from a distance in its grand center salon on the second floor. Swangrove House is the Duke of Beaufort’s hunting lodge

Return to Cheltenham and evening at leisure or Optional dinner at Bistro Blanc.



Day 3: Our first visit this morning will be to Woodchester Mansion. An unfinished, unique Grade I listed house in Victorian Gothic style. Here we will have a guided tour of the mansion followed by a light lunch (included).

In the afternoon we will visit Highgrove Royal Gardens. Here a Garden tour is included led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert guidesgiving you the opportunity to experience the highlights of the extraordinary and inspiring Royal Gardens from the magnificence of the Thyme Walk to the serene setting of the Stumpery. This will be followed a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

This evening a light buffet dinner will be included at the hotel.

Day 4: Check out of hotel and transfer back to York with a stop en route at Wightwick Manor (National Trust) for a free flow visit and time for lunch (not included). A Victorian Manor house built and furnished under the influence of the Aesthetic movement and the Arts & Crafts Movement. The house is a notable example of the influence of William Morris, with original Morris wallpapers and fabrics, De

Morgan tiles, Kempe glass and Pre-Raphaelite works of art.

The exact order of the itinerary may vary according to local conditions and the discretion of your tour leaders


Full details:

INCLUDED: Return private coach from York, 3 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Queens Hotel in Cheltenham, Welcome drink on Day 1, tea/coffee & biscuits on Day 2, two lunches & two dinners, Entrance fees including Wightwick Manor NT for National Trust Members, Accompanying tour Lecturer Mike Hope throughout tour, One lecture on Day 1 & Gratuities
NOT INCLUDED: Holiday insurance: £24 per person if aged under 70 or £34 per person if aged 70 & over, Single supplement £199.00, Entrance fee to Wightwick Manor NT for non-National Trust Members, Meals & drinks not specified, Optional Dinner at Bistro Blanc, All items of a personal nature & Porterage


Please complete a booking form (one per couple and detailing if you are a member of The Arts Society York or non-member) and return with your full payment (plus insurance premium if required) to:
Travel Editions Group Ltd, 3 Youngs Building, London EC1V 9DB. Tel no: 020-7251-0045

The Arts Society York


Queens Hotel Cheltenham offers a truly majestic setting right in the

heart of the picturesque spa town of Cheltenham, overlooking the beautiful

Imperial Gardens and Promenade. Its décor and architecture encapsulating all

the elegance, heritage and grandeur of the neo-classical era are complemented

by all the contemporary features you need. Rooms are very comfortably

furnished with TV, mini bar and en suite bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant

and bar.