Staffordshire Potteries Cheshire Historic Houses
Staffordshire Potteries and Cheshire Halls
Stoke on Trent factory tours
Emma Bridgewater and House of Wedgewood
Biddulph Grange, Little Morton Hall, Rode Hall
Trentham Gardens and the Tabley House Collection
Staying at the Rookery Hall Hotel, 4* near Nantwich
11 – 14 September 2017 (3 nights)
A great opportunity to see two very different but both iconic Staffordshire Potteries. With cutting edge technology, superb facilities and exporting worldwide the Wedgewood Tour is a chance to view and interact with the workers who are responsible for all aspects of the ceramic production including casting, figure making, pattern decorating and hand painting, ornamentation and gilding. There will be an introduction to the Wedgewood Museum and afternoon tea in the new Wedgewood Tea Room. Emma Bridgewater Factory offers an inspiring and enlightening tour of their atmospheric Victorian premises in the heart of the Stoke-on-Trent Potteries. The tour of the building shows the process of a lump of clay transformed into the company’s familiar shapes and patterns.
A guided tour of Rode Hall a fine early 18th century country house set in a Repton landscape and lovely gardens with an an important collection of English porcelain and pottery amassed by successive generations of the Wilbraham family. Nearby Biddulph Grange is the garden of gardens one of the most exciting survivals of the great age of Victorian gardening. The international scope of the garden has been compared to the Great Exhibition of 1851 and design features from the exhibition can be found in the garden’s sculptures, a miniature tour of the world including China, Egypt and a Scottish Glen. Little Morton Hall - an iconic Tudor manor house, moat and manicured knot garden. Trentham Gardens - the contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designers and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winners Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf. Even in mid-September there is plenty of plant interest and wow factor.
Finally, Tabley House the finest Palladian mansion in Cheshire that was the home of the Leicester family for 700 years. Their legacy includes some of the finest art, furniture and books that money could buy, as well as a fascinating family history. Tour of the state rooms and chapel – all used for many film and TV productions, most recently the BBC 2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’.
Stay for four nights at the Rookery Hall Hotel, just outside Nantwich. This is a luxury 4 star hotel with award winning restaurant, a lovely setting in superb grounds and extensive leisure facilities including indoor pool.
Monday 11 September: Check in to the hotel before welcome drink and dinner.
Tuesday 12 September: Stoke on Trent – Emma Bridgewater Potteries in the morning, Trentham for the gardens and a break for lunch. Wedgewood Tour and afternoon tea
Wednesday 13 September: Rode Hall for tour with refreshments, Biddulph Grange Gardens and time to find lunch in their restaurant and a short visit to Little Morton Hall on the return to the hotel.
Thursday 14 September: Check out of the hotel before the morning tour and visit to Tabley House, Knutsford. There will be “elevenses” substantial sandwiches and drinks before the coach returns to Crewe Station ( 1.15pm ) and Rookery Hall Hotel
- 4 nights’ accommodation, dinner and full English breakfast.
- Afternoon tea at Wedgewood.
- All tours, entries and refreshments as stated.
- Executive coaching and Heritage Touring representative.
Price per person: £599 NT member £584
Single supplement: £40 per night (4 nights)
(double rooms for sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £150
Nearest station: Crewe ( 7 miles) or Nantwich (2 miles)
Coach will drop at Crewe Friday at 1 pm
Ample free parking hotel.
Rookery Hall Hotel
Main Rd, Worleston, Nantwich CW5 6DQ
Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate, lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching.
You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed. We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.
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