Trip Leaders: Mr Chris Lord
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Spend the week exploring the food and culture of the beautiful and historic county of Yorkshire in the north of England.
You will fly direct into Manchester and then travel to your base in York, where you will stay in an old Georgian town house. York is rich in ancient history and is renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions.
Some of the highlights of the week will include
After arriving in York and dropping luggage at the hotel, we will visit The Mansion House with a welcome by the City’s Lord Mayor, before touring all of the other historic monuments and buildings in York, such as York Minster and Clifford’s tower. This will also include walking through the cobbled streets known as the Shambles, where we can see traditional fudge being made and sample the different flavors on offer.
We will then head to the famous Betty’s tea room for afternoon tea, before heading back to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will earn our lunch with a walk round the city walls, before heading to Ye Old Sun Inn (http://www.yeoldsuninn.co.uk/ ) for a traditional Sunday roast lunch and a Chocolate masterclass from renowned chef Ashley MacCarthy.
We will then head back to York where you will learn about the scary past of the city. Firstly you will visit York dungeon which is a uniquely thrilling attraction looking into York’s darkest history, where you will encounter some frightening and funny characters. After an evening meal we will head out for a night time ghost walk to find out more about the legends and magic of the city. http://www.theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk/story.html
On the third day we will be heading to Malton, the food capital of Yorkshire where we will be taking part in a cookery class, preparing some local dishes at the Cookery School (http://www.maltoncookeryschool.co.uk/pages/home ) . You eat what we prepare for our lunch and then visit Talbot yard, the home of many artisan food producers, before going to see the Yorkshire rape seed oil being manufactured.
We then head to Eden camp, which is a spectacular museum focusing on the history of the 1st and 2nd World Wars. http://www.edencamp.co.uk/
We then head back to York, where we will head to the Theatre Royal for an exclusive back stage tour, pre show meal and finally sit down to a performance.
On Day 4 in the morning we go to the Nestle chocolate factory, where Kit Kats are manufactured. We then head off for a short hike to the White Horse, a famous landmark made out of chalk on a hill top within the North Yorkshire Moors. We will have a picnic lunch before heading to the market town, Thirsk. This is the home and setting for the series of books called All Creatures Great and Small and the famous veterinarian James Herriot. We will visit the museum and walk around the picturesque town market place.
We then go on to Shepherds purse creamery (https://www.shepherdspurse.co.uk/) for a tour of their cheese making which will culminate in tasting their award winning products. Their most popular cheese Mrs. Bell’s Blue just won super gold at the World Cheese awards.
We then to move on to The Star Inn in Harome (http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/index.htm ), which is a Michelin starred restaurant. You will get to look round the kitchen and speak to the famous chef Andrew Pern, before being treated to one of the best meals you will ever have!
The fifth day begins with a trip to The Jorvik Centre (http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/about-jorvik/ ) to learn about the medieval Viking history of the city. You will be transported back hundreds of years to sights and smells of when the Vikings ruled the land.
We then head to the seaside and the famous fishing town of Whitby. The town is not only famous for fish and chips and its beautiful harbor, but also being the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. You will get to explore the town and sample the seafood.
In the evening we can head back to York and have some time to go bowling or to the cinema.
Today we get to breathe in some fresh Yorkshire air, with a hike to Kilnsey in Yorkshire dales national park, where you will visit a farm and have the chance to do some fishing. Then back to York for an authentic Indian meal at the award winning Mumbai Lounge restaurant.
On our last day in York we will visit the world renowned Railway museum, before finishing with some retail therapy and nice food at the Designer Outlet and then head to a hotel near Manchester airport for the night.