Every year Harrogate plays host to the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, bringing together the very best of both amateur and professional productions from around the world. We enjoy some wonderful excursions in Yorkshire, and have an included matinee performance of Iolanthe by Charles Court Opera.
Day 1 After our taxi pick ups, we travel north stopping in the beautiful town of Stamford en route. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests.
Day 2 We begin with a visit to Bolton Abbey, a delightful village made famous by its magniﬁcent ruins, but also blessed with beautiful riverside and woodland walks, shops, tearooms and cafés. We then make our way to Skipton for a cruise on the Leeds Liverpool Canal followed by free time.
Day 3 A full day in Harrogate. The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is in full swing, so make sure you visit the Utopia Pavilion for some free music at lunchtime. We then take our seats in the Grand Circle of the Royal Hall for the matinee performance of Iolanthe.
Day 4 This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. Opened in 1853, this industrial village was built for the workers and is named for its founder, St Titus Salt, and the River Aire, which runs through it. We continue to Haworth with free time to explore the steep cobblestoned main street and to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Our day is completed with a return journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
Day 5 Departing after breakfast, we head home, making refreshment stops along the way. We arrive home early evening.
Our modern and spacious four-star hotel is situated to the south of Bradford and has a pleasant restaurant and lounge/bar, and leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift.