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#DaysOut: Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum Christmas Market

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Check your diaries because one of our favourite day trips is back – Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum Christmas Market, with free museum admission.

Christmas Market:

This is a regional favourite for those with festive fever! If you’re looking for a last-minute present for ultimate brownie points, here is your best bet! The market will host many hand craft stalls with one-off pieces of jewelry, art and clothing whilst also the traditional Christmas market classics.

Fantastic foods:

All the foodies out there, looking for something special and scrumptious? You can expect cheeses, preserves, cakes and fudge from the finest suppliers in the local area so we know it’ll be top notch… (we’re hoping there’s tasters).

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Mid-trip meal:

Christmas shopping can be tiresome so treat yourself to a little snack whilst browsing! It’s well known that the Germans do Christmas markets well so to get in the mood we recommend bratwurst sausage!

Tasty tipples:

Looking for a gift of the liquid persuasion? There will be a wide range of local real ales available, great to gift yourself or finally impress that beer bud you know – and if you prefer the hard stuff? No one is judging here! Luscious local gin will be on sale and trust me, it’s good!

Real Ale Christmas Market

Bowes Museum:

For those who are more “Bah Humbug” than “Merry Christmas,” Bowes museum has a story to tell of its own. The magnificent building stands in the beautiful historic market town Barnard Castle and is home to a significant collection of decorative fine art.
Bowes museum was built in 19th Century by the Bowes – John and Josephine. John the son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore. A successful businessman who profited from coal reserves, John alternated between the UK and France, exploring his real passion – the arts.

John bought a theatre in France – Theatre des Varietes. This is where he met actress and amateur painter Josephine and thus began their mission to create Bowes museum.

Sadly, neither Josephine nor John saw the building complete, after her sudden death stunted his desire to carry on. The building was taken over and finally completed after John’s death.

The museum today spans three floors and offers a numerous amount of quality art works – and has received designated status from the government.

Bowes Museum Coach Trip

Book onto our last excursion of the year, our trip to Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum on the 14th December.

Christmas excursions

#DaysOut – Christmas excursions

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Now that Halloween has passed, we are getting straight into the Christmas spirit! Yes, for some it’s still too early but Enterprise Travel’s favourite season is finally here.

Though it has been said that the Germans do Christmas markets best, we think the Brits know how to celebrate the festive season! Christmas markets and festivities in the north of England have a certain feel to them – maybe it’s the crisp air – and we cannot wait to visit them all.

Here are all of our upcoming Christmas excursions:

Harrogate Christmas Market

Harrogate’s popular Christmas Market returns this November. The market will start from Thursday the 15th and last through Sunday the 18th of November. Admission for visitors is free and in this year’s market more than 200 stalls are expected to join.

In the market, you will be able to find anything from Yorkshire cheeses to Christmas decorations and gifts. The market takes place in Harrogate’s festive town centre that is surrounded with cafes, restaurants and more shops.

Enterprise Travel is visiting the Harrogate Christmas market on the 18th of November. Please call us on 01325 286924 to book your seat or request a call back here.

Find out more about the market here.

York St Nicholas Fair

Let’s be honest, York is a picture-perfect town and especially stunning at Christmas. The Christmas decorations and lights make everything seem magical!

Don’t miss the chance to explore the iconic St Nicholas Fair. York’s festive market is on from the 15th of November to the 23rd of December. Stroll along the medieval streets with a cup of mulled wine, soak up the festive atmosphere and discover Yorkshire produce from all the locals.

We are visiting St Nicholas Fair in York the 24th of November. Seats are going fast so please contact us to book tickets for you and your friends.

Find out more about the market here.

Christmas experience at Castle Howard

Visiting Castle Howard at Christmas is once in a lifetime experience and will instantly put you in the Christmas mood. Christmas at Castle Howard is ideal for groups: tours and talks are available and you can choose from a house preview tour, Grand tours and many more.

Experience the stunning decorations all around the house, the open fires and of course the popular 25 foot traditional Christmas tree decorated with over 3,000 baubles.

Here is a little taste of the beautifully decorated house:

Castle Howard is a place like no other – enjoy a magical day on November the 28th. Book your seat today to avoid disappointment.

Newcastle International Christmas market

The International Christmas market will take place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street from the 16th of November to the 16th of December.

The Newcastle Christmas market gets bigger and better every year and this year the organisers have promised for something a bit more special. The market will have stalls from all over Europe, waffles from Holland, paella from Spain and desserts from France.

The market will also welcome local traders and once you have tasted all the delicious food, you can find handmade gifts for your loved ones.

We are visiting the Newcastle Christmas market on the 30th of November, call us on 01325 286924 to book your 2 for 1 Whizze tickets.

Find out more about the Newcastle International Christmas market here.

Skipton Christmas market

Last but not least in our list of Christmas destinations to visit is Skipton Christmas market. The market is on from the 2nd of December to the 9th of December and is known as UK’s best large speciality market.

The market takes place in the high street with many local charity stalls, gift stalls and entertainment, making Skipton an ideal market to find a Christmas bargain and get in the Christmas spirit.

We are visiting Skipton Christmas market on the 2nd of December.

 

If you would like to book seats for any of these Christmas excursions please call us on 01325 286924.

Coach hire is available for any Christmas festivities you might want to attend, all day hires, events and many more.

#DaysOut – Whitby Goth Weekend

#DaysOut – Whitby Goth Weekend

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Thousands of goths will be travelling from all over the UK to Whitby this month for the annual goth weekend. Hold on, hold on – don’t make up your mind just yet!

The festival is not just about goths – it is centred around alternative music, shopping, cars, costumes and quirky events. All are welcome – even if you just want to be goth for a weekend. And if you love Halloween, the Whitby Goth Weekend is a must!

The festival is from the 26th to the 28th of October. Don’t worry about getting there –  we’ll arrange a Halloween trip for you and your friends and take you and bring you back from ‘spooky land’!

What is the Whitby Goth Weekend about?

The Whitby Goth Weekend began in 1994 when a group of pen-pals got a few bands together and picked Hampshire and Whitby for the cities’ Dracula connections. The festival has now grown to be one of the world’s most popular goth events.

In the last 10 years, the October weekend has been held on or near Halloween which attracts large numbers of non-goths that either dress up in Halloween costumes or historical or sci-fi costumes.

The festival now also attracts other alternative subcultures, including punks, rockers, Victoriana, members of the steampunk subgenre and many more.  You see – you don’t need to be ‘goth’ to visit the event!

Things to do at the festival:

The Whitby Goth Weekend has a lot to offer for all visitors’, goths and non-goths. Events such as the Whitby Kustom Car Show and the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market are regular events that take place every year. Here are some more details about these activities:

Whitby Kustom Car Show

We love cars, we love coaches and this show is right up our street. No need to be a goth to appreciate Kustoms in their greatness.  The Whitby Kustom show had been described as “a visual spectacle never before seen in the UK” and “an experience not to be missed”.

All cars are pre-1975 and the show is situated close to the town centre.

Find out more here.

Bizarre Bazzar Alternative Market

Stop by the alternative market to warm up with a bite to eat, a hot drink or treat yourself to a spooky souvenir and goth clothing.

The Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market is a three-day shopping extravaganza from the 26th to the 28th of October with opening hours on Friday and Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Entry is free and the market features over 100 stalls selling everything from alternative clothing and jewellery to cakes and wine.

The Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market takes place at the Whitby Leisure Centre and at the Whitby Brunswick Centre.

Find out more here.

Illuminated Abbey

Okay now this is a must see! The Whitby Abbey is a stunning building that is visited by tourists all year round but this month you have the opportunity to see a more dramatic and spookier Abbey.

From the 25th to the 31st of October you can view the Whitby Abbey in a new light. The Illuminations make a stunning view, so make sure to have your camera ready to snap some shots.

Check the ticket prices here.

 

We know how much our followers love Whitby and visiting Whitby at this time of the year is an experience you will never forget.

If you want to visit the Whitby Abbey or Whitby during the goth weekend, we’ve got your transportation! You can easily request a quote or request a call back. Our 33-seat midi coach is ideal for day hires for small to medium groups of people.

#DaysOut – 5 must-see attractions in York

#DaysOut – 5 must-see attractions in York

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We’ve been to York many times with our day excursions and many more to come, but we still can’t get enough! We just love this pretty city and so will you.

York is a historical city filled with attractions, beautiful medieval streets and a stunning cathedral. It’s a city that was founded by the ancient Romans, has a Viking past and is surrounded by impressive walls.

We have put together some of our favourite places to see when visiting York.

The Shambles

Tthe most picturesque little street in Britain is a must-see in York! The Shambles is a popular street in York lined with timber framed shops dating back to the later medieval period. The name Shambles is believed to come from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘scamol’ used to refer to the wide shelves that butchers would display their goods on.

The street used to be home to the city’s butchers for many centuries and the word ‘Shambles’ was used to refer to a single place where butches gathered and sold their meat. The good thing about this street is that you can stroll along it whenever you like and find something new!

If you are planning to visit we would recommend getting there first thing in the morning or later in the evening when the shops have closed, to avoid the crowds.

York Minster

One of the most striking moments of your day trip will be the moment you visit York’s cathedral. York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe, and it’s a remarkable building that contains the largest concentration of medieval stained glass in England.

From the views of the city from its central tower to the underground chambers where you can learn more about the area’s history, this is an impressive place to visit.  Find out more about the ticket prices and opening times here.

York city walls

Walking the city walls while you are in York is a must. York’s walls are the longest stretch of medieval walls in any city in England! We would advise you to just walk the shorter sections of the wall as the whole circuit would take about 2 hours.

Walking around the city walls is also the perfect way to discover popular sights and learn more about the towns history.  The walls are open everyday and close around dusk. Private guided tours are also available if you would like to know more about the wall’s history.

Did someone say chocolate?

We’ve got to mention York’s chocolate story for all the chocolate lovers out there! This guided tour will help you discover the history of chocolate in the heart of York – plus you get to taste the chocolates and other tasty treats throughout the tour.

The tour prices start from £12.50 for adults but family packages are available. Find out more here.

St Nicholas Fair York

Okay, okay…we know it’s a bit early to talk about Christmas but who doesn’t get excited with the thought of fairy lights, Christmas decorations and the smell of mulled wine?

The York St Nicholas Fair brings out Christmas stalls and traditional chalets along Parliament Street, St Sampson’s square and the Judge’s Lodging.  The fair is perfect for gift and stocking ideas, for Christmas shopping and of course for mulled wine and draft ales.

The market starts from the 17th of November and goes on until the 23rd of December.

 

We are visiting St Nicholas Fair on the 24th of November. Call us on 01325286924 to book your seat or request a call back here.

#DaysOut – Exploring Leeds city

#DaysOut – Exploring Leeds city

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Leeds is a city in the county of Yorkshire with a rich heritage and many things to do. Leeds is the third largest city in the UK, so the city centre itself boasts free museums, galleries, cafes and many restaurants.

For us, Leeds is the ideal city to visit for a day excursion as it is a short trip from the North East and the city has great activities for all ages.  Here are some of our favourite things to do in Leeds:

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum offers free entry and an exciting and historical day out for the family.  There are six galleries for you to visit and the museum has four floors of incredible history to be discovered, from Egyptian mummies to Greek pottery to Roman artefacts.

If you want to learn more about the area, explore the history of the city in the Leeds Story Gallery. The gallery reflects on people’s lives in the city through the years. The museum has a changing programme of exhibitions, so please visit the museum’s website before our day excursion.

Shopping

Shopping in Leeds is all centred in the city with something for everyone. All the shops are a short walk from each other with high street brands, luxury brands, market stalls and boutiques.

While shopping in Leeds you can also explore the breath-taking Victorian and Edwardian buildings that many of these shops are located in. Leeds is a shopper’s paradise that combines a bit of everything and offers a shopping experience like no other city.

Trinity Leeds

Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city and is housed under a stunning glass roof between Briggate and Albion Street. Trinity has over 120 shops, bars and restaurants which makes it ideal for the serious shopping addicts.

The building has 3 floors and is open from Monday to Saturday until 8pm, with the bars and restaurants open until late into the night. After you have enjoyed a meal you can venture onto Briggate high street where you will find more fashion shops such as House of Fraser and Debenhams.

Victoria Leeds

If you are looking for luxury goods, head to Victoria Leeds. Victoria Leeds is a new retail destination with beautiful architecture and with more than 75 designer brands.

Luxury buys aren’t our kind of thing, but for us Victoria Leeds is worth mentioning simply for the beautiful architecture. The Victoria Quarter’s Grade II arcades are spectacular and worth the visit.

Kirkgate Market

Shopping in the city isn’t complete without a visit to Leeds’ historic Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875 which makes it a must-see attraction.

The market is one of the largest markets in Europe and has over 600 stalls. We suggest walking around the market to not only see what is on offer, but to also meet the local friendly traders.

Have a break from all the shopping and try one of the cuisines on offer at Leeds Kirkgate Market. From Indian, Chinese to crepes and fine patisserie, you won’t know what to try first.

Traders also offer fresh groceries, organic produce and craft supplies. Find out more about the market here.

Food

There are many places to eat and drink in Leeds – just take a walk around the city centre and you can find something for everyone. In our last trip to Leeds we had the chance to enjoy an amazing brunch at Friends of Ham.

If you like quality food and tapas (British tapas that is!) then we suggest you have a food break at Friends of Ham. This unique deli serves up artisan hams, cheese, wine and quality draft beer.

 

Enterprise Travel often visits the great city of Leeds so please keep an eye on our calendar for our next day trip to Leeds.

If you would like to visit Leeds for a fun day trip with your family and friends, or for a stag party with the lads, our coaches are available for hire. Contact us on 01325 286924 or request a quick quote here.

#DaysOut – Visiting the Great Exhibition of the North

#DaysOut – Visiting the Great Exhibition of the North

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As you might have heard already, the Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is hosted by Newcastle and it’s set to be one of the most popular UK events of the year.

The event is basically a display of the North and consists of a three-month celebration with many events across the North East. The Great Exhibition of the North started on Friday 22 June and finishes Sunday the 9th of September 2018.

Here, we take a look at the top events and activities in store and we will give you some tips so you don’t get lost in the process (no joke!).

Timing & Location

Our very first tip is to make sure you know the right timing. Times may vary at selected venues, but all events are open daily from 10am. You can start your journey at one of three iconic buildings: the Great North Museum, the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art or Sage Gateshead. There are trails you can follow for art, design and innovation.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The Baltic is open from 10am to 8pm all summer and is hosting many interesting exhibitions that all ages will appreciate. The exhibitions are all put on as part of the Great Exhibition of the North and if you are spending your Sunday on the Quayside we would suggest visiting the Baltic.

The Idea of North is a group exhibition that is worth exploring. It’s a series of constructions and displaying work, including a photography exhibition documenting women in the North. The exhibition celebrates the North by combining architecture, photography, history and culture.

When visiting the Baltic don’t forget to get the elevator all the way up to the viewing terrace for a stunning view of the Quayside from high up and to take some great pictures.

Our trip to the Baltic Centre on Sunday the 15th of July will give you the chance to view some of these exhibitions and have a stroll across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge to the Quayside Sunday Market.

Quayside

Another stunning project is the Get North Water Sculpture, the UK’s largest water sculpture! It performs on the hour from 10am to 11pm every day at the Quayside. The water sculpture has been designed to synchronize with certain tracks. We would recommend setting up a Spotify account if you don’t already have one. Get the playlist here.

The sculpture warns you ahead of time with shoots of water before it starts so you can listen to the songs on your device on time. It’s an amazing experience so make sure to take headphones with you on our day trip to Newcastle.

Find the exact timings for every song here.

Monument

If you are visiting Newcastle this summer to view the Great Northern Exhibition, but prefer not to walk a long distance, don’t worry. There are many things you can see in the city centre!

One of them is the Worker’s Maypole. Grey’s monument has been turned into a colourful maypole in celebration of the Great Exhibition of the North that looks amazing when taking pictures.  Visit the official Great Exhibition of the North website to view all the city centre events running this summer.

 

Don’t miss the chance to have a taste of the Great Exhibition of the North with our day excursion July 15th. Call us to book a seat today on 01325 286924.

If you can’t make our day trip, coach hire is also available from Enterprise Travel.  Gather some of your family and friends and plan a visit to Newcastle this summer. Get a quick quote today!

#DaysOut – Day tripping in Durham

#DaysOut – Day tripping in Durham

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Durham is one of our most popular day trip destinations and at Enterprise Travel we often arrange day excursions to explore this beautiful city.

Durham is well known and is one of the most famous cities in the North of England. Some of the things that make it so popular are its beautiful Romanesque cathedral, the university and of course Durham castle!

Here are some of the things that we always encourage our clients to do on a day excursion to Durham:

Durham University Botanic Gardens

The Durham University Botanic Garden is a beautiful botanical garden that is well worth a visit as part of any day trip to Durham.  The botanic garden has been there since 1970 and were primarily created for research and teaching.

The garden is set in 25 acres of mature woodlands and has many interesting routes to take around the garden.

The botanic garden is a brilliant place to visit in the summer months. Spend a few hours relaxing, getting around the gardens and then enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the café.

Ushaw College

Ushaw Collage used to be a Catholic seminary and was founded in 1808. The buildings are now maintained by a charitable trust and it’s a great place to visit in Durham.

Explore the beautiful architecture and gardens, the chapels, the fascinating exhibitions and enjoy a hot cup of coffee in Divines tearoom. Learn more about the building’s history here.

Don’t miss our trip to Ushaw College Monday 9th of July.  

Shopping

Durham is full of little boutiques, antique shops and markets, all close to each other and nestled in the narrow, winding streets, ideal for exploring.

Find the Durham City Indoor Market Hall right at the heart of Durham. Although it isn’t a big market, it caters for every need. The market is well worth a visit, especially for bargain hunters who don’t want to break the bank. There is a variety of stalls from card shops to food stalls, cheap coffee, fresh food and lovely people.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Durham can take time, so we would suggest picking a few highlight sites such as the Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle that are near the city centre, so you won’t have to walk very far. The little streets in Durham, although picturesque, can be steep and uneven so please take care.

Guided tours are available in both Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle and last for approximately 1 hour which is great because you will still have lots of time left.

Food

Our favourite subject… Food! As mentioned before just strolling through the streets of Durham you will find many cafés and restaurants and if you are feeling adventurous enough you can just pop in and give them a try.

If you are not feeling that adventurous and want some advice here are two of our favourite places to eat in Durham.

Cafedral Durham

A small, quirky family run café with the most amazing scones. If you are walking towards Durham Cathedral you just can’t miss the bright blue door on the corner.

Their menu caters for people with all kinds of food tastes and intolerances. There is space for you to sit outside (if the weather allows it) and a selection of home made cakes to die for.

Flat White Kitchen & Café

If you are looking for breakfast or lunch in Durham city centre the Flat white kitchen is the place to go. We advise you to go there early as it’s a very popular place so there is usually a wait but it’s worth it if you have the time. Brunch is served from 10am to 3pm on Sundays and 9am to 4pm on other days. Check the menu here.

If you just want to just have a cup of tea and have a break you can visit Flat White Café. The café is situated in a lovely court yard with tables and seats outside.

 

Here at Enterprise Travel we continue to build on our successful day tour programme. Our 2018/2019 brochure accommodates for all desires and budgets, operating tours across the North East throughout the year.

Take advantage of the numerous offers and discounts running throughout the brochure, such as the Whizze Offer or the Season Ticket Offer. For more information on these offers and others like it please use the contact us today.

 Request a brochure here. 

Visit our Durham city coaches website here to view all our offers and discounts.

#DaysOut – Top things to do during a day trip to Whitby

#DaysOut – Top things to do during a day trip to Whitby

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The town of Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast, although small, has a lot to offer for all ages! It’s the perfect seaside location with picturesque views, wonderful beaches and of course delicious sea food.

Many might not know that Whitby is where Captain James Cook, the popular explorer, started his ocean-going career. It’s also where the writer Bram Stoker was inspired to write his legendary novel, Dracula!

Whitby is one of the UK’s main fishing ports and some of the historical features of the town include the Whitby Abbey, the swing bridge, St Mary’s Church and many more.

Here are our suggestions of the top things to do during a day trip to Whitby:

Take a tour of the historic Whitby Abbey

The Whitby Abbey is one of the finest sites to see and the most popular tourist destination in the town.

Whitby Abbey was the first monastery in North Yorkshire and dates to around 657. The impressive Abbey is located on top of Whitby’s East Cliff and is open to visitors all year round.

199 steps to St Mary’s Church

One way to reach the Abbey is to climb the famous 199 steps to St. Mary’s Church. The 199 steps have become a tradition in the town and people climb them just to count the steps one by one.

Although 199 steps sound like a lot of steps, it is well worth giving it a try for the spectacular views you will see as you climb up and the stunning panoramic pictures you can capture. We suggest stopping while climbing up for little breaks and to take pictures of the harbour below.

Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is a 17th century house where the young James Cook started his career as an apprentice.  The museum has a wide range of exhibitions and shows on a regular basis.

Some of the museum’s highlights include Cook’s letters describing the sights and events of his travels and the collection of artwork and material relating to Captain Cook and those who sailed with him.

Click here to find out more about the museum and prices.

Shopping in Whitby

Shopping in Whitby is a whole activity on its own – the town offers a bit of everything from famous jewellers to fish markets and craft shops.

We suggest visiting the original Whitby Jet jeweller’s shop. The shop is the oldest manufacturer of jet jewellery and is located at the bottom of church street where it has always been since 1860.  All jewellery is handcrafted with the finest quality of Whitby Jet, collected locally.

Time for fish and chips

You can’t visit Whitby without trying a sample of the local fish! So, our final suggestion and the most important thing to do is to enjoy a large portion of fish & chips while walking along the harbour. Here are some of the most popular places to eat in Whitby:

The Magpie Café

The well-known family- run Magpie Café is really a ‘must see’ when visiting Whitby. The café makes it clear that it’s not just about fish and chips but exceptional and high-quality food. Tuck in to the finest fresh fish, seafood chowder and much more while overlooking Whitby Harbour.

Quayside

Winner of the 26th National Fish & Chip awards, the Quayside is located in Whitby’s harbour with high quality fish and chips.  The restaurant is hugely popular with visitors, occupying one of the town’s most historic buildings dating back to the 1820s. On the menu you can find cod, scampi, haddock, fish pie and much more.

The Pier Inn

Before you head home, enjoy a drink in an excellent location with stunning harbour and pier views at the Pier Inn. The traditional pub is only a four-minute walk from the town centre and offers a great selection of cask ales as well as food.

 

Take advantage of our Enterprise Travel day excursions and visit Whitby with your friends and family – our next day trip is planned for 27 June! Find out more about our offers here.

If you would like to request a day-excursion brochure, please use the contact form.