Malvern Spring Flower Show & Stratford

Malvern Spring Flower Show & Stratford

Be inspired by the show gardens, plants and flowers at this premier gardening event, a must for every gardener.

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Be inspired by the show gardens, plants and flowers at this premier gardening event, a must for every gardener.

Great Malvern

Great Malvern originated as a spa village with therapeutic qualities attributed to its springs. It was the Georgian fancy of taking the waters and later the Victorian popularity of the water cure that transformed Malvern into a Water Cure town. The water has been drunk by several British monarchs. Elizabeth I drank it in public in the 16th century; Queen Victoria refused to travel without it, and it is the only bottled water used by Elizabeth II, which she takes on her travels around the world. Great Malvern is famous for its connection with the composer Sir Edward Elgar who drew inspiration for his compositions from walking and cycling in the area. Great Malvern Spring Flower Show is held on the Three Counties Showground and is the first RHS show of the year. The Great Malvern Festival has an enviable reputation for being one of the finest and friendliest gardening shows of the year with show gardens, floral marquees, plant pavilions floral art, practical demonstrations, tradestands and much more.

 

Arley Hall Gardens

Arley Hall with its ancient history and over 100 acres of gardens and parkland, has been owned and run by the same family for more than 500 years. The present gardens were created in the 1830's and developed in the 20th century. Overlooking beautiful parkland they provide a great variety of style and design, the gardens rank amongst the finest in the country. Features include the double herbaceous border laid out in 1846, the pleached lime avenue, the avenue of Quercus Ilex shaped like giant cylinders and fine yew hedges as well as a good collection of shrub roses, rhododendrons and azaleas, walled gardens and a herb garden.

Day 1

A morning departure as we head south to Stratford upon Avon, time at leisure to explore this fascinating town and its Shakespearean connections.We then drive the short distance to Wellesbourne and our hotel - the Mercure Warwickshire Walton, set in its own magnificent grounds. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

A full day visit to the RHS Malvern Spring Flower Show, set at the foot of the magnificent Malvern Hills the Spring Show attracts keen gardeners from all over the country. Highlights include the spectacular RHS Floral Marquee, practical demonstrations and the famed Celebrity Theatre along with hundreds of exhibits and stunning displays. We return to the hotel for dinner.

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Day 3

Following breakfast we leave the Walton Hotel and return north. We stop off en-route at the impressive Arley Hall Gardens rated amongst the finest in Britain and Europe, they have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family. The garden's best known feature is its Herbaceous Border which was probably the first border of its kind planted in England, this along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns Pleached Lime Avenue, of trees and the furlong walk make this simply the most amazing and interesting garden. We leave late afternoon for the journey home to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel

 

This hotel has 149 standard bedrooms and 11 apartments of a contemporary design.

 

The bedrooms are contemporary in style and decorated in rich earthy colours. Installed with plasma screen TV, highspeed broadband, laptop sized safes and working area. Rooms also include air conditioning, a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

Some rooms also offer patios or balconies and all bedrooms have spectacular views of the grounds. Each room is individually decorated in soft neutral tones, complemented with vibrant colour touches by either a feature wall or luxurious soft furnishings.

There is a spa with treatment rooms, a gym, pool, sauna & steam room

 

 

Dinner and breakfast are served in the AA Rosette award winning Orangery Restaurant, which is an informal brasserie with great view over the Victorian garden.

 

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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