Excursion Details

The Chester & Dee Festive Explorer - NEW

02/12/2017

Image courtesy of Mark Carline and Anon.

Saturday 2nd December, 2017

 

BEGIN YOUR FESTIVE ACTIVITIES WITH A RELAXED TRIP TO ONE OF ENGLAND’S TOP HISTORICAL CITIES AND ITS CHRISTMAS MARKET... BUT OTHER OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

 

Today we set the compass for the Borderlands of England and Wales. Once away from Banbury we traverse the ‘spaghetti’ of lines of the West Midlands rail network, before passing beyond Wolverhampton into the restful countryside of Shropshire. A set down is offered at Shrewsbury before our special train continues north, edging into Wales several times before arrival into Chester. You will have the afternoon to enjoy your choice of off-train option (see below), before returning south homeward to conclude our special day out.

 

Option A - Shrewsbury (approx. 12:30 to 18:00)
With five hours available there is plenty of time to explore the castle, abbey, churches, museum and many other historic buildings. Independent shops abound in Charles Darwin’s birth town.     

 

Option B - Chester (approx. 13:30 to 17:00)
... claims to be the spiritual home of real shopping, with the oldest shop front in England and the famous galleried ‘Rows’. Indi shops abound and the Christmas Market has many stalls offering an abundence of gifts. Chester is an ancient city with Roman remains, museums, amphitheatre, city walls and Cathedral.

 

Option C - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Cruise
From Gobowen by coach transfer to Trevor to join the boat ‘Eirlys’ for a Llangollen Canal cruise, including crossing the world famous Pontcysyllte Viaduct high over the River Dee.

Add-on Fare: £19.50 Adult / £14.50 Junior.

 

Option D - Llangollen Railway

From Gobowen by coach to Llangollen for a return steam trip to Carrog aboard the family orientated Santa Special with mince pie and Baileys.

Add-on Fare: £20 Adult / £16 Junior.

 

MOTIVE POWER IS EXPECTED TO BE A DB CARGO CLASS 67.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Eastleigh 0615 2345
Romsey 0630 2330
Salisbury 0720 2245
Andover 0745 2220
Basingstoke 0805 2200
Tilehurst 0830 2135
Didcot Parkway 0850 2115
Oxford 0910 2055
Banbury 0935 2030

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4  
Standard Class £89.00 £45.00
£336.00  

First Class

£139.00 £99.00 £536.00  
First Class Plus £155.00 £115.00 £600.00  
Premier Dining £239.00 £199.00 £936.00  

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £28 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.

 

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Updated 07/09/17

 

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