Friday 7th – Monday 10th June 2019
The 2019 Trefoil Guild Annual Meeting will be held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre in the quaint seaside town of Southport. We are offering a three-night weekend break at a choice of quality hotels in Southport, enabling you to make the most of the Annual Meeting with evening entertainment and local excursions. With our Venture Abroad representatives on hand throughout the weekend, you are free to enjoy your time with old friends and new without worrying about the logistics.
Make the most of your time in Southport before and after the Annual Meeting by exploring the stunning coastline, strolling through the town’s pleasant parks and gardens, taking advantage of the great shopping and stopping off for coffee and cake in the seaside cafes.
Make sure to get your bookings in early for your hotel of choice!
As a National Trust site, this fine Tudor building with its beautiful Victorian and Edwardian gardens offers a great day out. Explore the magnificent Tudor Great Hall, admiring its ornate furniture and tapestries, and take a look at the evidence that suggests Shakespeare spent some time here in his youth! When you’ve explored the house and gardens, refuel with tea and cake in the Victorian Tearoom.
If strolling along beautiful beaches is your idea of a perfect Sunday, this is the excursion choice for you. First, you’ll visit the glorious sandy beaches of Formby where you can admire the dramatic sand dunes and rolling waves before following one of the many walking trails through the bordering pine woodlands. Then, you’ll explore the stunning Crosby beach, home to Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ art installation, comprised of 100 cast-iron life size figures that stretch almost one kilometre out to sea.
Experience a 3-mile heritage train ride along the Ribble Steam Railway, crossing the unqiue dock swing bridge and following the bank of the River Ribble. Sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the City of Preston.
Set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park with its woodland, lake and Victorian walled garden, the Astley Hall museum and art gallery is the perfect day out that combines history, culture and natural beauty. Best known for its stunning Jacobean plasterwork ceilings, you can spend a full afternoon admiring the artwork within its walls.
*Bookings open for excursions in 2019.
If you’re travelling to Southport by train, a Venture Abroad representative will meet you at the station and you will be taken to your hotel on one of our coach transfers. You will then check into your hotel of choice, where the Venture Abroad representatives will be based throughout the weekend to ensure your stay runs as smoothly as possible. Then it’s time to relax and enjoy your evening meal which is included in the package price.
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will have the option to explore the Lord Street Heritage Trail. Dating from the 1820s, this famous Southport street is laden with fascinating history and is peppered with shops, gardens and beautiful architecture.
The Annual Meeting will take place in the afternoon.
On Sunday, there will be a range of optional day excursions that you can book onto prior to the Annual Meeting Weekend. These excursions will give you the opportunity to discover the history of Southport and enjoy some of the most beautiful points of interest in and around the town. To round off the weekend, why not join your fellow Trefoil Guild friends for an evening of entertainment organised by the Venture Abroad team?
Today, we say goodbye to Southport and you can either join the coach departing for our post-tour to the Lake District or return home.
Itinerary subject to change prior to departure.
Ideally situated in a prime location on the main boulevard Lord Street, you will be right in the heart of the town at the Britannia Scarisbrick Hotel. Its rooms are fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee facilities, Wi-Fi and a TV. With an on-site bar and restaurant and a health and leisure club with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, you can enjoy a relaxing stay with all the facilities you need. There is free on-site parking available for up to 20 cars. Unfortunately, car parking cannot be pre-booked.
Centrally located on the main promenade, the Best Western Royal Clifton benefits from beautiful sea views. This traditional Victorian hotel has a private patio garden, a bar and restaurant and on-site leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool. Its comfortable rooms are well equipped with en-suite bedrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV. There is a parking charge of £5.00 for 24 hours at the Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel.
This 4* hotel located in the beautiful Waterfront complex is our closest hotel offering to the Annual Meeting venue. With luxurious rooms, a Marine Brasserie and a beautiful Sun Terrace, the Ramada Plaza provides a thoroughly enjoyable stay in the heart of Southport. All rooms at the Ramada Plaza are equipped with King Sized beds, free Wi-Fi, TVs and tea/coffee making facilities. Car parking is charged at £10.00 per night
Situated on Lord Street, the 4* stylish and contemporary Vincent Hotel offers a pleasant stay in Southport. All rooms are equipped with super king-size beds, TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi and with an on-site café and restaurant offering a quality and eclectic menu, all your needs will be catered for at the Vincent Hotel. Car parking is charged at £20.00 per night (includes valet parking).
Located 0.7 miles from Southport train station, the Premier Inn offers guests good quality budget accommodation in a superb location on the Ocean Plaza Retail Complex adjacent to the Marine Way Bridge and Southport pier. The rooms are clean and bright and have a double bed and a sofa bed with en-suite facilities. In-room amenities feature free WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV. There is an on-site Brewers Fayre pub/restaurant where guests can eat breakfast and dinner and free on-site parking.
I have always enjoyed Venture Abroad’s holidays. So much detail in the paper work so we know what we are doing each day.Betty Gosling, Walton-on-Thames Trefoil Guild
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