4* Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland
This uniquely furnished hotel with chaise -lounges and over-sized chairs offers ample, cosy seating in the bar and lounge, whilst the restaurant is modern and light. Bedrooms are traditional and well-equipped. Free leisure facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. There is no lift, but ground floor rooms can be requested.
You may notice as you approach the hotel a fire engine parked in the front garden. However, there are no fires here! They are strongly linked with Leyland Trucks and are proud to display Norma, one of their first engines built in 1938.
Bar Restaurant Tea/coffee in room Flat screen TV with Freeview in rooms Complimentary toiletries Free Wi-Fi Leisure facilities including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course choice dinner menu
1 glass of wine or soft drink with dinner each night
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use of leisure facilities
Journey on the East Lancashire Railway with festive lunch
Entrance to Samlesbury Hall
Entrance to The Chocolate House
Once collected from your home we head to our hotel where a welcome drink will be served upon arrival.
Samlesbury Hall & The Chocolate House
Built in 1325, Samlesbury Hall is a stunning stately home retaining its original black and white exterior and steeped in fascinating history and legends. Hear stories of witchcraft, ghosts and boggarts. From the Victorian kitchen, schoolroom & the 1950s bedroom, there is plenty to see, along with changing exhibitions in the Long Gallery.
This afternoon we visit the Chocolate House, a renowned local producer of hand-made chocolates, fudge and truffles, complete with a chocolate making demonstration and tastings.
Bury & East Lancashire Railway
This morning we travel to Bury where the famous market will be in full swing. From fashion to household, gifts, books, fresh and local produce and more. It's also home to the Bury Black Pudding and the market has been known to be the best place to buy it in many forms. There are also many museums in the city such as The Bury Transport museum, Art Museum, The Fusilier Museum and more.
We meet up at the East Lancashire Railway where we step back in time for a beautiful 2 and ½ hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley. We are greeted with a welcome glass of fizz before we take our seats in the traditional Pullman style carriages as our train steams up for its journey. As we roll around the countryside, we are served a traditional three course festive meal, tea/coffee and homemade mince pies.
After we take a scenic drive back to the hotel, they'll be time to enjoy the facilities before a mulled wine reception and light evening buffet.
Preston & Avenham Park
We spend the morning in Preston city centre, home to a large range of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions such as the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Lancashire Museums and Preston Market Hall.
In the afternoon, visit Avenham Park. Created from a natural amphitheatre, the park has a famous Japanese Rock Garden with a wide variety of unusual ornamental plants, together with beautiful water feature, and allows you to walk down to the banks of the River Ribble.
We depart the hotel and arrive back in the local area during the afternoon.