Posted by: marymarthatours | May 29, 2011

England In Miniature Tour in 2012???

One of the tours to England that Martha and I would LOVE to lead is a tour for miniature and dollhouse enthusiasts. There are so many wonderful miniature shops, collections and exhibitions in England that it would be easy to design a tour with this specific hobby in mind. In fact, we did just that in 2010, but unfortunately, we didn’t have enough travelers to go.

The tour was designed to spend one or two days at the fabulous Birmingham Miniatura Show and included stops at miniature shops, and even a number of “full-size” sites from various time periods to provide inspiration for future projects. As with all M&M tour itineraries, the England In Miniature Tour featured three-night stays at our major destinations, allowing time for tour members to relax, spend time exploring, and not have to repack every day.

We thought the itinerary was a great mix of miniatures, history, and beautiful countryside, and we’d like to offer to go in 2012 if enough people are interested.

Ullswater mwUllswater in the Lake District 

Our first destination would be Penrith in the beautiful English Lake District. In this area we would visit:

· Blackwell, one of England’s finest surviving Arts & Crafts homes, where we would enjoy a group lunch.

· Hill Top Farm, Beatrix Potter’s home, and Dove Cottage, home of poet William Wordsworth.

· Carlisle, with a stop at the World in Miniature Museum and the huge Dolls House Emporium shop.

· Dalemain House, a house that contains medieval, Tudor, and Georgian elements and is noted for its collections of fine furniture, portraits, ceramics, and dolls houses.

On leaving the Lake District we would drive through the beautiful west Yorkshire dales on our way to York. A highlight for James Herriot fans, and for anyone researching the 1930’s and 1940’s time period, would be the charming village of Thirsk where we’d visit the James Herriot Centre. Then on to Nunnington Hall, a 17th century manor house and site of the remarkable Kitty Carlisle collection of Miniature Rooms. We would arrive in York in the late afternoon, hopefully in time for you to get to the exquisite York Minster for the Choral Evensong service.

06 York Minster, 2010York Minster

York is an amazing city, full of history yet small enough to explore on your own on foot. You’ll have a full day to do just that. You may choose to take a free walking tour, visit one of the city’s excellent museums, spend time at the Minster, or head directly for the Miniature Scene dollhouse/miniature shop in the center of town.

57 Miniature Scene shop, 2010Miniature Scene shop, York 

On another day, we’ll head out from York to see the Bondville Model Village in Bridlington. You’ll be amazed at the variety of buildings, figures, and scenes at the one acre site. Then we proceed north along the coast to visit the town of Filey and its award-winning museum reflecting the history of Filey as a fishing village and seaside resort. We’ll return to York across the moors.

We’ll spend our last three nights near Birmingham in the much-more-charming Stratford upon Avon. In addition to a day (or two if you wish) at the Birmingham Miniatura Show, we’ll have time for:

  • A stop at Suzi Mac’s Miniatures at the Hoar Park Craft Centre in Nuneaton
  • A visit to Kenilworth Castle and its newly restored Elizabethan garden
  • A tour of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage just outside of Stratford
  • Free time to enjoy Stratford on your own

Martha and I would be delighted to offer this tour for September 2012, but we would need enough interest to assure that the trip would fill to its minimum of 15 (maximum of 18) before we start the process of booking air transportation, coach company, hotels, and sights. If you are interested in this opportunity to see England in Miniature, please contact us.

(by Mary)

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