Cotswolds, The Pudding Club & Cadbury World

Cotswolds, The Pudding Club & Cadbury World

Indulge your sweet tooth with a 'pudding buffet' at your hotel and a visit to Cadbury World

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Indulge your sweet tooth with a 'pudding buffet' at your hotel and a visit to Cadbury World

Stratford-upon-Avon.

A town synonymous with William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon introduces you to a market town with more than 800 years of history containing not only many buildings that survive to-day and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure and shopping experiences.

A visit to Stratford would not be complete without finding out more about the English poet and playwright that makes it famous. Shakespeare's Birthplace allows you to visit the house where the world's most famous playwright was born and grew up to discover more about his early years.

Other must see Shakespeare locations include Hall's Croft (home to William's daughter), Nash's House and New Place (the last chapter in his life), Anne Hathaway's cottage (a romantic setting) and Mary Arden's Farm (the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother).

 

Cotswolds

This historic region covers an area of 790 square miles in the upper part of the southwest region of England and attracts visitors from all over the world, the area is well known for gentle hillsides ('wolds'), outstanding countryside with river valleys, water meadows and beech woods, sleepy ancient limestone villages, historic market towns and for being so 'typically English' where time has stood still for over 300 years

Boadway

A famous Cotswold beauty spot, and popular throughout the year. As its name suggests, Broadway is dominated by a wide main street lined with independent shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of antique shops. St Eadburgha’s Church is tucked away on the Snowshill Road, but worth searching out. The Lygon Arms Hotel was once a manor house and is something of a Cotswold institution – in its time it has hosted both Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. 

Broadway Tower sits high up on the Cotswold scarp overlooking the town and is a true delight to the landscape. The folly, which was designed by Capability Brown, sits 312 metres above sea level. It’s the second highest point on the Cotswolds escarpment with really beautiful views, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Stow on the Wold

At nearly 800ft, Stow is the highest of the Cotswold towns, located on the Roman Fosse Way and at the point where several roads meet, hence an important trading centre. It has a long history and had a special importance in the English Civil War, the last battle was fought close by in Donnington back in 1646. St Edward’s Church, was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops, as it was the only lockable building in the town. Some of the damage sustained at this time can still be seen today.

The Market Square is large and impressive and testifies to the town’s former importance. It is surrounded by town houses, independent shops, antique centres, cosy cafes and inns all built in the mellow local stone, and it has been the focus of town life over many centuries, with the medieval market stocks at one end, the ancient market cross at the other and the impressive St Edwards Hall standing in the centre. Some of the largest sheep fairs took place in the town with up to 20,000 sheep for sale in one day. 

Bourton-on-the-Water 

Located in a small valley amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to the area. This popular village is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of the attractive little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush, which runs through the centre of the village. Bourton has a charm all of its own at any time of the year.

Bourton is still considered a village despite having approximately 4,000 inhabitants. This is roughly equal to the combined population of nearby Stow-on-the-Wold  and Burford, both of which are considered as small market towns.

 

Bourneville & Cadbury World

Enjoy a fascinating tour of Bournville on board your coach with a member of the heritage team. Discover the Cadbury brothers' vision of a 'Factory in a Garden' and view examples of beautiful architecture, the unique village green and pretty tree-lined streets, before taking a guided tour of the Cadbury World exhibition followed by afternoon tea in the Cadbury Cafe. Afterwards stock up with your favourite treats at the 'World's Biggest Cadbury Shop'.

Situated in an area known as Bournbrook and located close to a railway and canal, the Cadbury brothers not only built a brand new factory but improved the lives of their workers by building sixteen houses. They named this new village Bournville and over time added additional homes, a school, and a hospital. By late 1900, the village had grown to 313 houses on 330 acres of land and George Cadbury established the Bournville Village Trust to care for, and maintain this growing community. 

Day 1

A morning departure as we head south to Stratford upon Avon, time at leisure to explore this fascinating town with it’s Shakespearean connections. We then drive the short distance to Mickleton and our hotel, the Three Ways House. We enjoy a welcome drink whilst our cases are taken to the rooms. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

Breakfast in the hotel before a scenic full day tour of the northern Cotswolds including the jewel of the Cotswolds, Broadway, then on to Stow on the Wold, an ancient wool market town before our final destination, Bourton on the Water described as the Little Venice of the Cotswolds. Our evening at the hotel starts with a pudding club introductory talk followed by the 2 course pudding club dinner, choice of main course and a pudding buffet.

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Day 3

We depart after breakfast and make our way to Cadbury World for a fascinating guided tour of Bournville. We discover the Cadbury brothers' vision of a 'Factory in a Garden' and view examples of beautiful architecture, the unique village green and pretty tree-lined streets, before taking a guided tour of the Cadbury World exhibition. Afterwards afternoon tea and coffee will be served with scones and sandwiches in the Cadbury Café. We have time to stock up on our favourite treats in the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop before departing for the return journey to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Three Ways House Hotel

The Three Way House Hotel has established itself as a warm, welcoming, comfortable and quirky Cotswold village hotel.  The emphasis is on great customer service and delicious food, with welcoming log fires in the winter and a lovely rose filled garden to enjoy in the summer and is also the home of the world famous Pudding Club!

There are 48 individually styled bedrooms; cosy doubles and some superior rooms are located in the main house, whilst six of the seven quirky pudding theme rooms and our classic rooms are located in the garden wing. There are a number of ground floor rooms; some of these have pretty, private patio gardens.

Each bedroom has a shower and/or bath and is equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, homemade biscuits, hairdryer, remote control TV, radio, direct dial phone and free Wi-Fi.

Randall’s Bar Brasserie is open every day, enjoy morning coffee and homemade biscuits or a pint of Hook Norton, lunch or dinner.

The AA rosette Salford Restaurant is open every evening for dinner and offers a delicious menu using fresh, seasonal produce, sourced locally wherever possible. The dishes on our menu change regularly and we always have some specials available. 

The Pudding Club’s heartfelt mission since it started in 1985 has been to preserve the Great British Pudding and we think we’ve succeeded in this mission!

Enjoy a whole evening’s entertainment starting with a glass of Bucks Fizz and a jovial introduction by The Pudding Master followed by a light main course and then the Parade of Seven Traditional Puddings, with all its noise and ceremony, the aim is to taste them all and then to vote for your favourite pudding of the night over coffee. Guests depart certificates in hand!

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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