The true origins of Well Dressing are lost in the mists of time. According to many sources, it developed from a pagan custom of making sacrifice to the gods of wells and springs to ensure a continued supply of fresh water. Like many folk traditions, it was later adopted by the Christian Church as a way of giving thanks to God for His gift to us of water.
This ancient custom is only found in Derbyshire and is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials. In Bakewell 5 wells are dressed and this marks the start of carnival week.
We begin the day with a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter. Experience the 3D scenes from Beatrix Potter’s stories, atmospheric lighting and real sounds and smells taking you right to the pages of her beautiful stories. We then enjoy a relaxing cruise from Bowness to Lakeside followed by a visit to the Lakes Aquarium.
Harrogate is a delightful town with graceful architecture, glamorous heritage, superb gardens and classical shopping. This superb spa town is such a relaxing place to be and you may choose to visit the famous Betty's tea rooms.
Enjoy the Wensleydale Experience with a scenic drive to Hawes calling at the local market. We also stop at The Wensleydale Creamery for delicious homemade cakes, scones and pastries with speciality coffee & Yorkshire tea served in the Creamery Coffee shop (cost not included) or relax in the Buttery Licensed Restaurant, serving freshly ground coffee, tea, cheese snacks or an excellent 3 course meal. On hot summer days try the locally made ice cream. The Specialist Cheese Shop offers the opportunity to purchase a wide range of premium quality cheeses.
We make our way to Pickering on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors before we continue to the platform to meet the train for a scenic journey across the Moors to Goathland, here the coach will be waiting for you and after some free time in Goathland, we then travel to spend the afternoon in Whitby, returning late afternoon.
Quarry Bank Mill, located in Cheshire, features a working cotton mill with galleries devoted to water and steam power of the late 18th century. A recent channel 4 series, The Mill, was based on the history of Quarry Bank Mill, and during your visit, you will see live demonstrations of hand spinning and weaving. Include in the price is admission to the mill, gardens and apprentice house.
The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a 'Mighty' Wurlitzer Organ in the spacious ballroom. Take a twirl on the dance floor or just sit and relax with a delicious afternoon tea as you listen to the resident organist Michael Carr playing ballroom and sequence classics on the world's most famous "Mighty" Wurlitzer Organ.