Are you interested in planning a trip for your congregation but can't spare a whole weekend in London? Or just want to do something a bit different? Don't worry! There are plenty of alternative trips that offer unique experiences and unforgettable memories right in your local area. From picturesque villages to historic palaces, spa retreats to artistic wonders. Let's dive into some exciting options!
Please note: the suggestions in this article are provided for information and inspiration only. We do not organise or offer any of these trips, but you may find the suggestions helpful if you are struggling to come up with ideas of things to do with your congregation. Future updates may feature more detailed tips on these suggested locations.
Escape to The Cotswolds
Experience a taste of pure English charm with a day trip to the Cotswolds, where you can indulge in afternoon tea and take leisurely walks through some of the country's prettiest villages. Consider extending your trip with an overnight stay in a classy Cotswolds inn, hotel, or stately home. To add another dimension, venture to nearby Bath and soak in its rich history and stunning architecture.
Chester Spa Break
Relaxation and Heritage. Treat your congregation to a spa break in Chester. Choose from luxurious 5-star spa hotels that offer dinner, bed, breakfast, and spa facilities. Explore the city's heritage with a Roman soldier walking tour or hop on a heritage open-top bus to discover old Chester. You can tailor the experience to your preferences.
Arts & Crafts and the Pre-Raphaelites
Delve into the fascinating world of early artistic movements in a range of locations across the UK. Visit sites like Wightwick Manor, Kelmscott, Port Sunlight, and London museums, including the William Morris Gallery. Prepare to be entranced by the beauty of these locations and take home some truly classy home-making ideas.
Beautiful Yorkshire, Spa & Chocolate
Experience the charm of Yorkshire with a spa hotel retreat, a visit to a chocolate factory, and scenic countryside exploration. Immerse yourself in the delights of the region and discover its hidden treasures.
Lake District: Boats, Trains & Cars
Embark on a day, or a weekend, of adventure in the stunning Lake District. Take a steamboat trip, ride a steam train, explore a motor museum, or sail around the lakes and islands. Enjoy gourmet food and find respite in a lovely hotel. For a unique twist, consider visiting the sheepskin centre or attending trad jazz days.
Royal Palaces & Gardens
Discover the grandeur of royal palaces and gardens. Explore Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Clarence House & Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, and Greenwich. These iconic locations are sure to leave a lasting impression on your congregation.
Manchester Surprise: Unveiling Hidden Gems
Uncover the surprises that Manchester has to offer. Take a canal cruise along Manchester's heritage waterways, visit the Rylands Library to marvel at ancient Bible manuscripts, explore the Science and Industry Museum to learn about Manchester's industrial past and see fascinating exhibits. Manchester has much more in store, waiting to captivate your congregation.
When organising a trip for your congregation, you don't have to limit yourself to London. Explore the beauty and wonders of your local area with these alternative day trips. From the Cotswolds' pure English charm to the artistic marvels of the Pre-Raphaelites, there's something for everyone. So, start planning your unforgettable day out and create memories that will be cherished for years to come!