Beamish, Kynren, Chillingham Castle & Black Sheep - Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th August 2021

Day 1 we travel to Beamish on our way to our hotel, The Holiday inn at Washington where we stay for 3 nights with dinner bed and breakfast included'

Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the climax of industrialisation in the early 20th century.

Take a tram ride back in time and experience the sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past. Take a walk through the beautiful Georgian Landscape and find out what life was like in the 1820s. Explore the 1900s Town and experience life before the First World War. Visit the 1900s Pit Village to learn your times tables and practise your handwriting in the school. Take a trip down our drift mine to discover the reality of life underground for miners. Meet the Land Girls and learn to drill with the Home Guard at The 1940s Farm.

Day 2 we travel to Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in Northumberland, famed for action and battles.  With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms, the castle has an extraordinary ownership bloodline which runs back to the 1200s.

Just twenty minutes from the seaside, this romantic and thriving castle is perfect for short breaks  or if you’re looking for a more chilling experience, as one of the most haunted castles in England.

Chillingham Castle boasts some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the country, with a large collection of spectres and apparitions spotted by visitors over the years.

The poet Longfellow begins an apt description of Chillingham with the following verse:
”All houses in which men have lived and died are haunted houses:
Through the open doors the harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
with feet that make no sounds upon the floors.”



The UK's 'must see' spectacular outdoor live action show

Day 3 Kynren - An Epic Tale of England (Great seats with Deluxe tickets)

During the day we will have free time in Durham City which is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral. Together with adjacent Durham Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site forms one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. There is plenty to do here or just relax looking round the shops and try the local brew or coffee, the choice is yours. We will return to the hotel in time to change and travel to Kynren for the evening show.

As dusk falls, you take your seat in anticipation in front of a vast stage. The lake is still. You are immersed in the music. You are watching King Harold rejoicing, having conquered the Vikings, but his celebrations are short-lived. The tranquil waters of the lake begin to ripple, its surface begins to swirl. Suddenly a Norman longship erupts from its depths, bearing a fierce William of Normandy and his roaring men who leap ashore, swords held high.

This is just one of Kynren's 29 scenes which takes you on an action-packed and emotional journey through time. Encompassing the Roman occupation, the Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts and jousting, the splendour of the Tudors, the English Civil War, the Georgian Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and two world wars right up to the current period and many other scenes in between - Kynren takes you on a spellbinding voyage through history, myth and legend, as seen through the eyes of Arthur, the son of a mining family from the North East of England.

Brought to you by a 1,000-strong cast and crew who have been professionally trained by international performance experts in dance, theatrical combat, pyrotechnics, and equestrianism. The huge cast is joined on stage by the animals of Kynren, collectively bringing each scene to life amidst jaw-dropping special effects and an original sound track by the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta.

Day 4  after breakfast we travel home  and stop at the Black Sheep brewery.

Immerse yourself in the world of Black Sheep r brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire to enjoy a beer experience that you’ll never forget.

We put experience at the top of our agenda when it comes to welcoming visitors, so our newly refurbished Visitor Centre is sure to keep you entertained, where you can enjoy home cooked food, tours around our historic brewery, an opportunity to buy some merchandise from our Sheepy Shop and of course, enjoy a range of freshly served beers poured by our trained in-house staff.

The tour takes you on a journey from the start of Black Sheep’s story to the present day as well as giving you a full insight into how our beers are made and the unique processes we use to create the perfect pint of Black Sheep.

The tour starts with an in-depth look at the history of Black Sheep including a short video featuring Paul and Rob Theakston. You’ll then be shepherded around the brewhouse where you’ll see the magic unfold before the tour finishes at the bar, where you can sample a range of our delicious beers.

Whats Included:


Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £290
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £305
  • Non-Member - £320
  • Single Supplement £65

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Ged Morris

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)




Leisure or Walking in East Sussex- Your Choice! - 29th March - 1st April 2019


 Why not join us on this tour based in the Mansion Lions Hotel, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Friday: Travelling to Battle Abbey, East Sussex for our first visit of the weekend. On this spot in the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. Now you can stand on the very site where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided. Explore abbey ruins and meet the Normans and Saxons on the sculpture trail. The gatehouse exhibition reveals the abbey’s role in the country’s future, then head to the roof for stunning views of the battlefield. Allow the stories of battle to unfold and discover its atmosphere for yourself.  It is recommended that you bring a packed lunch with you as we are not scheduled to arrive at Battle until early afternoon. After exploring Battle we will re-join the coach for our onward journey to the Mansion Lions Hotel, Eastbourne. It will be a late afternoon check-in. After we have checked-in there will be time at leisure prior to dinner.

Saturday: Leaving the hotel after breakfast we will travel to Birling Gap/Seven Sisters NT site. 


Todays walk (starts at Birling Gap/Seven Sisters NT site. This is a 5½ mile, moderate grade linear walk from Birling Gap to Eastbourne via Beachy Head rising to 515 feet at the highest point.  It is reasonably even underfoot, mainly on a clearly marked grassy path, and along the promenade for the last mile. There is a café with toilets at the start, with other facilities at the Beachy Head hotel and Countryside centre about half way along.  The walk finishes back at the hotel in Eastbourne

For the non-walkers, then you will have time at Birling Gap/Seven Sisters and the Beachy Head Countryside Centre before returning  to Eastbourne where you will have time at leisure for the rest of day prior to Dinner.


Sunday: After breakfast we make the journey to Michelham Priory, the starting point of todays walk (5 miles approx).  The walk is not too strenuous, over fields and around a reservoir finishing back at Michelham Priory. There are toilets at the pub in Upper Dicker, as well as the opportunity to get some food. Food and toilets are also available at Michelham Priory.

For the non-walkers, you will have the morning free in Eastbourne. Early afternoon you will be taken to Michelham for a visit to Michelham Priory & Gardens. England’s longest medieval water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Explore 800 years of Priory history here at Michelham: from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times into its later life as a country house. During your visit you will have time to explore the priory, with its 7 acres of grounds, the  kitchen garden, medieval herb garden and the historic watermill and forge.

We will leave Michelham late afternoon, arriving back at the hotel in time to relax before dinner. 

Monday: After breakfast you will check-out of the hotel and travel to Herstmonceaux Castle.


Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds is a 600 acre estate including woodland, formal themed gardens and of course a 15th century moated castle. Made from red brick Herstmonceux Castle is one of the earliest examples of a brick built building in England.

As well as operating throughout spring and summer as a popular tourist attraction, Herstmonceux Castle also operates as an International Study Centre for Queen’s University in Canada. A tour of the castle has been requested but it is entirely dependant on student activities on site if this will be granted.


Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds embody the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe.

Starting at the front of the castle, we will have the perfect opportunity to take some photographs before walking around to the Visitors Centre where you can refresh yourself, learn a little about the history of the castle and relax before taking a gentle stroll around our formal gardens.

As you head through the themed gardens you will work your way towards the woodland trails where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and take in the carefully managed flora and fauna of the estate. Discoveries such as Woodhenge, 300 year old Chestnut Trees, the Folly and Secret Garden as the Lake and Moat Walks.

The estate is also home to the Observatory Science Centre an engaging and exciting hands-on science experience set among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. 


Early afternoon we will depart Herstmonceaux to head back to Manchester, arriving approx. 20.00hrs

Hotel: Mansion Lions Hotel is situated on the elegant Eastbourne seafront opposite the iconic Bandstand and centrally situated for the town and nearby attractions.  All Bedrooms include en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer, Wi-Fi and television.


Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £229
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £234
  • Non-Member - £239
  • Single Supplement £NIL (Limited Availability)

Look What's included:

  • 3 Nights Accommodation including Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entry to 1066 Battle Abbey Site, Michelham Priory & Grounds and Herstmonceaux Castle Gardens,  Grounds and Science Centre
  • Transport throughout the tour as per itinerary
  • Maps & Walks Itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Bob Walker 

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)



Black Forest and Medieval Alsace Christmas Markets - Tuesday 28th November to 3th December 2017


Mancass in association with Andersons have organised this great 5 day break to the fabulous Christmas markets, including the medieval markets in the town of Ribeauville in the Alsace, Karlsruhe & Baden Baden and Stuttgart. We are staying at the family run Hotel Ochsen and served by our genial host Armin whom many of you will remember from our previous visits there. Our hosts always have a warm welcome, with good home cooking and plenty of it, you will not go hungry on this trip.


Our hosts always have a warm welcome, with good home cooking and plenty of it, you will not go hungry on this trip. From our pick up points we make our way south towards the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkstone making comfort stops enroute. After our 35 minute crossing we continue through France and Belgium towards Germany and our hotel for the next 4 nights. After arriving and checking in you will have time to unpack before enjoying a 3 course evening meal in the hotel. Included in this trip are the excursions listed below:


At Christmas time, the Cité de Ménétriers submerses visitors in a joyous medieval atmosphere. Jugglers, dancers, minstrels, bandits, merchants in costumes of the Middle Ages... take over Ribeauvillé for a medieval Christmas market which is particularly original and authentic! Unique in Alsace

Nestling in Alsace's wine producing region, Ribeauvillé or the "strolling fiddlers’ town" heartily invites you to come along and celebrate a medieval Christmas! The towers, ramparts and the three castles give Ribeauvillé a fairytale decorative setting worthy of the Middle Ages. This wine producing town with its medieval architecture is ideally suited for discovering all the charm of a traditional Christmas. Ribeauvillé’s Christmas market makes the most of this enchanting setting, displaying a selection of Christmas trees bearing coats of arms and banners! Some facades are illuminated with lighting effects, and all are attractively decorated with stars and angels.

Ribeauvillé’s Christmas market stands out for its unique atmosphere from another age! You could admire the skill of fire jugglers or the elegant dances of the genteel ladies and gentlemen of Ribeaupierre. The troubadours’ songs and storytellers’ tales further add to the authentic atmosphere of this Christmas market, which really is one of a kind.



During the Advent season, Karlsruhe transforms into a magical Christmas city, the inner city sparkles with thousands of lights, horse-drawn sleighs clatter across the cobblestone streets, imaginatively decorated shop windows invite passersby to browse and shop, and the scents of cotton candy and roasted almonds hang in the air.

Baden Baden

Situated at the beginning of Baden-Baden’s world famous and splendid parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee”, the “Christkindelsmarkt Baden-Baden” seduces visitors from all over the world to a romantic winter fairytale.

From 21 November to 30 December 2016 visitors encounter small streets of festive stalls, where the romantic atmosphere is heightened by thousands of shimmering Christmas lights. The entire experience is capped with a destive and manifold program of entertainment and culinary delights for both young and old.

Let your mind wander and relax in a festive atmosphere at the shine of numerous romantic little stalls surrounded by aromas of roasted almonds, gingerbread and the traditional hot mulled wine. A large selection of Christmas treats offers a culinary delight for everyone’s tast