The Grand British Textile Tour
Explore the world of classic and contemporary design on the Grand British Textile Tour September 22 – 30, 2020. We begin the tour in the magical city of London. Here we’ll discover London’s design heritage with visits to Buckingham Palace, the Royal School of Needlework and the royal embroiderers, Hand & Lock. How does that tradition live on in contemporary textile design? We’ll learn during an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Savile Row. Following our time in London we’ll travel up to the gorgeous Lake District, visiting the homes of artists Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin as well as the legendary Linton Tweeds factory. Finally, we’ll travel to Manchester, once the heart of England’s cotton industry, and now a dynamic city where textile design is thriving.
Pricing and Inclusions
Join us on the Grand British Textile tour for $5300 per person land-only based on double occupancy. The single occupancy supplement cost is $1500. A deposit of $500 per person will secure your spot on this tour due immediately at sign-up. The land-only cost does not include airfare. The tour itinerary is subject to change based on availability of venues and updated schedules. The full program will be outlined in detail in the daily itinerary provided to all participants just prior to the start of the tour.
The Grand British Textile Tour is a collaboration between Hello Voyager and Lisa Ball Travel Design. Payment will be processed through Lisa Ball Travel Design. She will accept personal checks or Visa or Mastercard via Paypal.
September 22, 2020
September 30, 2020
Admission for all experiencesBreakfasts and many meals includedGratuities and taxesGround transportationLocal guidesPersonal GuidePorterage at the hotelsSmall group experienceSuperior boutique hotels
Round trip airfare*
Day 1 – Tuesday, September 22
Day 2 – Wednesday, September 23
Our tour begins this afternoon in the dynamic city of London. We will meet as a group and enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens on the Palace Hotel. After tea, everyone will have a chance to rest and freshen up before walking the short distance to Buckingham Palace where we will have an exclusive Evening Tour of the State Rooms.
We will enjoy three nights at the glorious Rubens at the Palace Hotel, a 5-star property located within walking distance to Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station. The hotel offers beautifully appointed rooms full of charm and character, as well as a staff ready to make you feel welcome.
Day 3 – Thursday, September 24
Following Breakfast, we will take an exclusive behind-the-scenes Tour of the bespoke tailors of Savile Row. Following the tour we will enjoy lunch (and a cocktail!) together at the whimsical Mr. Fogg's House of Botanicals.
After lunch we will be welcomed into Hand & Lock, an embroidery house that holds a Royal Warrant. During our time there we will learn the history of this venerable fashion establishment and view their wide range of embroidery designs – from military and ceremonial to bridal, clothing patches and other decorations.
After our tour of Hand & Lock you will have time on your own, or can join us for an optional afternoon of fabric shopping.
Day 4 – Friday, September 25
Hop on board England's fabulous train system for a ride to Hampton Court Palace, the former home of King Henry VIII. We will participate in a special Curator's Tour at the Royal School of Needlework. Not only will we enjoy a brief lecture, but we will have the opportunity to view items from the vast collection – including some rarely seen by the public!
Following this extraordinary tour, you will have time to enjoy Hampton Court Palace and the beautiful gardens.
Day 5 – Saturday, September 26
After Breakfast, we will say farewell to London and board our private motor-coach for our journey north to the scenic Lake District.
On the way, we will stop in Stoke-on-Trent, known as the World Capital of Ceramics. Here, we will visit Middleport Pottery, a ceramics factory that still uses Victorian-era techniques to create their famous Burleigh ware. We will enjoy a short tour and have the opportunity to meet some of the craftspeople.
We will enjoy Lunch together at the Totally Delicious Tea Room and visit the gift shop, before driving on to the Lake District.
During our time at the Lake District, we will stay at the beautiful Ryebeck Hotel, a 4-star modern country house in the Arts & Crafts style, originally built in 1904. This gem of a hotel is situated above England's most iconic lake, Windermere. The hotel has a world-class restaurant on site, where we will be enjoying Dinner each night.
Day 6 – Sunday, September 27
We begin the day at Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter lived and penned many of her stories of Tom Kitten and other beloved characters. This idyllic 17th century home and garden has been faithfully preserved as a time-capsule of her life. Afterwards, we'll travel to the nearby town of Hawkshead, considered the prettiest village in the Lake District.
Continuing our tour of the area, we will stop in the village of Grasmere, where Romantic poet William Wordsworth lived, to enjoy a local delicacy – Grasmere gingerbread.
In the afternoon we'll visit Brantwood, the home of naturalist and author John Ruskin. Ruskin was a leader in both the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts & Crafts design movements and his home is now a vibrant center for the arts.
Day 7 – Monday, September 28
We will take a special trip to the medieval city of Carlisle to visit Linton Tweeds. Linton has been manufacturing tweeds for 100 years. You will recognize their beautiful designs from the catwalk – they have been creating Chanel's iconic tweed fabric since 1924. After our visit to Linton, we will enjoy a Lunch at a local pub.
On our return you will have the option of enjoying some time at Bowness-on-Windermere village or relaxing at the hotel.
Day 8 – Tuesday, September 29
It's time to board our private motor-coach for a journey to the charismatic city of Manchester, also known as "Cottonopolis." During the industrial revolution Manchester was the heart of England's textile industry. To learn more about it's cotton mill history, we will visit Quarry Bank Mill, which was once an active industrial community. After our tour we will enjoy a Lunch at the Weaving Shed Restaurant.
Whilst in Manchester we will stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, a 5-star hotel designed in a contemporary style housed inside the historic Free Trade hall building. The beautiful Italianate-style building was built to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 and was later a concert hall.
Day 9 – Wednesday, September 30
It's a perfect day to explore Manchester, seeking out historic and contemporary textiles. We will start at the Manchester Art Gallery for a special Focus Tour of the Gallery of Costume. After the tour you will have time on your own to enjoy more of the art collection or see more of the city.
Later, we will toast our wonderful tour at the Last Night Celebration Dinner!
Day 10 – Thursday, October 1
- Carefully selected hotels reflecting excellent service, fabulous amenities and locations in London (3 nights); in the Lake District (3 nights); and in Manchester (2 nights) – 8 total nights in England. Porterage included at the hotels where available.
- Ground transportation included using reputable private motor-coach companies.
- Meals: Breakfasts at all the hotels (8 total); Welcome Afternoon Tea in London the first day; Lunch in London following Savile Row Tour; Lunch in Stoke-on-Trent; Lunch in Carlisle; Lunch at Quarry Bank Hill in Manchester; Dinners each night at our Lake District Hotel (3 total); and a Celebration Dinner in Manchester on final night – 17 total meals.
- Gratuities and Taxes: Included are all tips for coach drivers and local guides hired during the tour as well as taxes pertaining to the hotels and group meals.
- Tours and Experiences: Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel; Meeting Textile Artisans in various locations throughout the tour; Buckingham Palace Evening Tour; Exclusive Savile Row Tour; Visit to the Royal School of Embroidery and Hampton Court Palace; Visit to Middleport Ceramic Factory in Stoke-on-Trent; Tour of Hill Top Farm, Hawkshead village and Brantwood House in the Lake District; Visit to Linton Tweeds in Carlisle; Tour of Quarry Bank Mill near Manchester; and Tour at Manchester Art Gallery.
- Carbon emissions offset - a portion of each tour fee is donated to Amazon Conservation.