Organised Excursions - Thursday 2nd April 2015

 

We are pleased to offer three excusions for the Thursday after the conference. Pay and reserve your place via the Online Shop.

Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon

Cost: £47.50

Departure: 9am, Broad Street, Birmingham

Return: 5pm, Broad Street, Birmingham

The tour will explore the local area and visit Stratford upon Avon, passing all five houses associated with William Shakespeare who was born here, plus with a visit to one of the key locations. Also see all three theatres from the comfort of your coach and view the famous river Avon.  You will then take a break in the town for lunch and a quick look at the shops.  

In the afternoon, we will move onto Warwick Castle, which dates back 1100. It has witnessed all of English history including the English Civil War and the War of the Roses, being home to Ann Neville the wife of King Richard II, who also owned the castle for a short while.  Be amazed by the many waxworks on display and explore the grounds of this major piece of English history.

You will be accompanied by Blue Badge Tour Guide Roger Bailey, who has been giving tours for over 18 years.

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Worcestershire - Governance, History and Landscape

Cost: £28

Departure: 9am, Broad Street, Birmingham

Return: 5pm, Broad Street, Birmingham

This tour will focus on the historic county of Worcestershire, to the south of Birmingham.  Worcestershire is noted for its ancient landscape and historic villages, the cathederal city of Worcester, the spa town of Malvern with its Great Priory dating back to 1075 located beneath the imposing Malvern Hills, and its association with Elgar, one of England’s great composers.

We depart hotels at 9.00am.  After a 45 minute drive, we will visit Worcestershire County Council to discuss the system of local democracy and the management/delivery of public services, including current opportunities and challenges.   Then we will travel the short distance to Malvern where you will be free to lunch (not provided), visit the Abbey and the local shops.  Malvern is also noted for its many ancient Holy Wells, and produces the renowned Malvern Spring Water.   After lunch, we will drive to the top of the Malvern Hills to meet members of the Malvern Hills Conservators.  This statutory body was established in 1884 to manage this natural heritage and protect the rights of the Commoners.  Here, you will also be able to take a short walk along the hills, which on a clear day has views of the Welsh mountains, the Severn Estuary and parts of thirteen counties – as well as   British Camp, an Iron Age fort dating back over 2,000 years - before arriving back in Birmingham by 5.00pm. 

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 Visit Birmingham website offers a helpful introduction to the city.