4* Hallmark Hotel Preston, Leyland
This excellent hotel has many unique touches such as chaise-longues and over-sized chairs. All 93 bedrooms are traditional and well-furnished. The bar and lounge areas offer ample, cosy seating for groups whilst the restaurant is modern with lots of natural light. There is no lift, but ground floor rooms are available.
There is no lift at this hotel TV Tea/coffee Making Facilities Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Air conditioned Free Wi-Fi Indoor Swimming Pool Sauna Fitness Centre Restaurant Bar Lounge 24-hour Reception
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
3-course choice dinner menu
3-course, Lancashire themed menu on 1 night
1 glass of wine or soft drink with dinner each night
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use of leisure facilities (indoor pool, sauna, steam room & jacuzzi)
Guided tour of Samlesbury Hall
Afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel
Entrance to the Chocolate House
River Cruise with Afternoon Cream Tea
We arrive at our hotel to tea and coffee before dinner.
Avenham Park & Samlesbury Hall
We spend the morning visiting 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. After a lunch stop in Preston, we make our way to Samlesbury hall. 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.
Morecambe with Afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel
We spend the day in Morecambe located on Lancashire's Morecambe Bay is famed by its award-winning promenade with iconic Eric Morecambe statue, you'll also find The Tern Project, a series of public art installations inspired by the birdlife of Morecambe Bay. If you're in the mood for shopping, you can visit the boutique stores and gift shops along the Promenade. The town and the Arndale shopping centre offers high street shopping whilst the Festival Market, a traditional covered market, has over 80 stalls selling an enormous selection of products, some that you would expect to find in a market, and others unique to the area, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Join us in the afternoon at the 1930s Midland Hotel, when this stunning art deco hotel was closed in 1998 it stood derelict and at the mercy of the sea for nearly ten years. Restored in 2008 and lovingly restored to its former grandeur. We partake in an afternoon tea overlooking the panorama of the Bay, with time to visit the stunning Eric Gill artworks on display in the foyer and at the top of the sweeping staircase before departing back to the hotel.
The Chocolate House & River Cruise with Afternoon Cream Tea
We make a morning visit to the Chocolate House, a renowned local producer of hand-made chocolates, fudge and truffles, complete with a chocolate making demonstration and tastings.
We make a lunch time stop at Oswaldtwistle Mills shopping village and garden centre. This award-winning former weaving mill has over 100 retailers under one roof including five restaurants, an ice cream parlour, garden centre, mill grounds, a craft and sewing centre, the Textile and Heritage Museum, and even its own wildfowl reserve. From there it's a short trip to Riley Green Marina to embark upon a narrow boat cruise along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Our 2-hour cruise trip passes through delightful countryside including Withnell Fold Nature Reserve, past the old Paper Mill and on to the lovely hamlet of Wheelton and Johnsons Hillock Locks before descending and ascending two locks and returning to Riley Green. During our cruise, we enjoy an afternoon tea on our spacious, accessible boat, with each table offering panoramic views of the canal.
We leave our hotel and begin our journey home.