Oldham & District

Blenheim &Bath overnight stay Nov 2016

We had 47 members of D&D group on this visit. Hopefully we all helped Pauline Royales to enjoy the visit even though Jim was unable to attend due to illness

The journey down to Blenheim was very pleasant . No hold ups on the M6 which is always a bonus..Blenheim is on the outskirts of the village of Woodstock, just 9 miles north of Oxford.

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough.

It is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and is set in over 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland. At this time of the year it was decorated up for Christmas and also lights in the gardens for the evening visitors.
We were given all the facts and figures of Blenheim Palace on our private tours with very knowledgeable guides. There was time to browse the gift shops, the Churchill Exibition and the gardens and also visit The Untold story which was very enjoyable

Not too sure about the contemporary artwork displayed amongst the historical works of art but it did help a little when we were informed by the guide the artist's way of thinking.

Next ,on to our hotel in Swindon where we had evening meal, bed and breakfast.
The evening meal was a little disappointing but no complaints with the staff who were pleasant and attentive.
An enjoyable evening spent in the company of old and new friends in the group.

Saturday morning we departed for Bath.
On arrival we were met by Terry ,our guide, who accompanied us on our guided coach tour pointing out the interesting and relevant sites of Bath which he felt would be of interest to us..
His enthusiasm of Bath spilled out in abundance , making the group want to experience it all 1st hand.

After the tour it was free time to visit the Christmas market or whatever else you were interested in.
Comments regarding the Christmas market were similar to my own. Too busy, too condensed behind the Abbey,

There was a shoppers Carol service in the Abbey and many of the group visited this. Truly remarkable to see the Abbey packed to the door and to be able to begin the Christmas season in this way.
Some members visited the Roman Baths, The Jane Austen Centre, did a walking tour, and others just ambled and enjoyed the atmosphere.

The return journey was also without hold ups and we arrived back late evening.

I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as Ian, Chris and myself. Thank you everyone for helping to make it another successful D& D overnight stay.