4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices
Tea/coffee after dinner
Pudding Club talk, introduction and certificates
Elderflower presse and 2-course Pudding Club dinner on one night
Entrance and guided tour of Batsford Arboretum
One-way journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
Entrance and introductory talk at Hidcote Manor Gardens
Image: Gloustershire Warwickshire Railway - Stanway Viaduct - Photograph courtesy of Jack Boskett
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
We spend our day in medieval Stratford-upon-Avon to explore the 16th century birthplace of William Shakespeare. With our free time we can immerse ourselves in the world of the playwright and poet with visits to Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shakespeare's New Place exhibition and gardens, and the Church of the Holy Trinity, where he is buried.
Batsford Arboretum & Cotswolds
This morning, we make our way to Batsford Arboretum, home to the country's largest private collection of trees and shrubs and set in a glorious 56 acres of Cotswold countryside. We stroll through a fascinating collection of plants, trees, shrubs and bamboo from around the world on our 90-minute guided tour, before enjoy time at leisure in some pretty Cotswolds destinations, including market town, Moreton-in-Marsh. Here, we'll have time for lunch and to browse the popular open-air street market, which is the largest in the Cotswolds (open Tuesdays). We finish our day in the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Fondly nicknamed the 'Venice of the Cotwolds' and considered one of the prettiest villages in England, we can enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush, admiring the distinctive low bridges dotted around.
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Broadway & Hidcote Manor Gardens
Today, we make tracks for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for a one-way journey from Toddington to Broadway, taking in spectacular Cotswolds scenery as we travel. We have time to explore beautiful Broadway - including its pretty tree-lined high street, independent shops and galleries - and for a spot of lunch in one of its lovely eateries. We end our day at Hidcote Manor Gardens, where we enjoy an introductory talk to learn more about this arts and crafts inspired garden. Featuring an array of colourful and intricately designed outdoor 'rooms', we wander along paved pathways as we adventure through the fabulous blooms and spot visiting wildlife along the way.
After breakfast, we make our way home.
3* Three Ways House Hotel, Chipping Campden
This is a 3-star, 48-bedroom hotel located in the heart of the Cotswolds in the small picturesque village of Mickleton. It is a delightfully atmospheric hotel built in the sandstone traditional to the area. It has an upmarket, but homely feel, with a cosy restaurant, bar and separate lounge with an open fire. The hotel is the home of the Pudding Club, which is trademarked and unique to this hotel. The bedrooms are all equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Shower and/or bath Tea/coffee making facilities Homemade biscuits Hairdryer Remote control TV Radio Direct dial phone Free Wi-Fi Randall's Bar Brasserie AA rosette Salford Restaurant Ground floor rooms available on request