The Thursford Christmas Spectacular

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Visit the magical Thursford Christmas Spectacular


Visit the magical Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

The ultimate Christmas musical experience is simply one of the most exciting Christmas Spectacular shows ever. It is the most popular Christmas show of all time in England and is a blend of exciting Christmas entertainment, with Christmas songs, carols, dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, outstanding music and singing from our cast of over one hundred.

In 1977 against the background of steam engines, mechanical organs and fairground rides a small Christmas show took place, with eight choral scholars from Kings College, Cambridge, singing a selection of John Rutter carols. It has now grown into the largest Christmas show in England.

The producer and director, John Cushing indulges his own belief in creating a magical Christmas of yesteryear - a time of love, hope and giving. And in his opinion, the one element that encapsulates the spirit of Christmas more than any other is music. For John Cushing 'Christmas Eve' is the most magical night of the year and his premonition years and years ago that one day he would be involved in a Christmas show was realised when he took on the job of managing director of Thursford Collection in 1976 and put on his first show in 1977.

Throughout the coming months the show needs to be written, costumes designed, auditions to take place and numerous meetings with choreographers, costume designers and writers.

Day 1

We depart Cumbria in the morning for the journey south via Scotch Corner to Lincoln, where we have time at leisure for lunch in this cathedral city. In the afternoon we continue to Norwich and our hotel the Dunston Hall. Dinner in the hotel tonight.


Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, we make a morning coffee stop in the lovely Georgian Market town of Holt, prior to arriving at Thursford, here we have time for lunch and a visit to the shops before taking our top price deluxe seats for the matinee performance of the 2019 Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians, many of whom are West End performers, this 3 hour show delivers an extravaganza of nonstop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year round favourites, with famous and much loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols. Word of this amazing show has spread and it is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country and sells out every year. We return to Dunston Hall after the show, dinner is served in the hotel.

B, D

Day 3

A final breakfast in the hotel before we leave for the journey home to Cumbria, comfort stops will be made en route and we are due back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Dunston Hall

An imposing red brick country house hotel set in 150 acres of beautiful wooded Norfolk parkland.


From the warmth of your welcome, to the serenity of the time spent in the Spa, from the fairway splitting drive on the 7th hole, to the fabulous meal in La Fontaine restaurant. All this will give you a real sense of belonging at Dunston Hall. You won't want to leave.


Take time to unwind in the luxurious Spa. Swim in the delightful pool, indulge yourself with a blissful beauty treatment, or release those endorphins in the state of the art gym. This is relaxing at Dunston Hall.


Bedrooms: 169 all en suite with satellite TV, complimentary wired internet, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, hospitality tray and iron and ironing board.


Leisure-time: Indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, gym, football pitch, 18 hole golf course, Lilac Spa and 5 treatment rooms.


Food & Drink: Brasserie Bar and Grill, La Fontaine, Garden Lounge and Terrace Bar and Bunkers Bar.

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
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
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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