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MINI BREAK SEPTEMBER 2019 - DERBYSHIRE

Monday, 2nd September - Friday, 6th September

 

1. There will be 23 of us going on the trip. Everyone paid their balance due by the due date (1st July) so we are All Systems Go! A final letter will be distributed in August with which I hope to enclose an Information Pack, similar to last year's, to help participants prepare for the trip.

2. As last year, Norman Allen Group Travel Limited (NAGT) will be the Tour Operator for the trip whilst Probus acts as NAGT's Booking Agent and the Group Organiser, taking responsibility for arranging the Itinerary for the trip. NAGT has booked rooms for us at a hotel (see next paragraph) and has also booked an executive coach for us from Astons Coaches, whom we used last year. NAGT can help arrange insurance cover for those who wish it but Probus does not get involved with insurance matters so, if you are interested in obtaining insurance for the trip, please approach NAGT directly on that (contact is Hilary Christmas at 01432-357903).
[Through the Booking Form, those coming on the trip have already confirmed that:
- they have read and accepted NAGT's 'Booking Conditions and General Tour Information' (which may be seen here).
- they consent to the use of their data in line with NAGT’s Privacy Policy (which may be seen here).
]

3. Our hotel will be the 4-star Holiday Inn (which was known as 'The Derbyshire Hotel' until earlier this year) in South Normanton, DE55 2EH. Our booking is 'half-board' so breakfast and dinner with be provided for us as well as a bedroom. The hotel is not in the prettiest part of Derbyshire but, because of the uncertainties we had about our numbers, we were not able to book early enough to obtain any of the best-situated hotels in our price range. However, our hotel is well placed for our trips, has recently completed some significant refurbishments, and should be very comfortable. [The refurbishments have led to most of the bedrooms having walk-in showers, something that will please many in the group.] They have agreed to provide us with a small conference room so that those who wish to may gather together in the evenings separately from the other hotel guests. [Some 'evening entertainment' is being planned!] The hotel has a Leisure Club (open 6.30am to 9.30pm) which has its own fitness suite, spa pool, jacuzzi, steam room & sauna. It also offers some spa treatments (see here) though those treatments are available only between 9am and 5pm and should be prebooked so they will probably be worth considering only by those participating in Group D (see below).
[The only significant 'attraction' in just-about walking distance from the hotel is the East Midlands Designer Outlet (almost 1 mile away) which offers 65 stores and is open 9.30am to 8pm.]

4. The 5 days of the trip are expected to include the following (which is still subject to change although parts have now been confirmed):

(1) Monday 2nd: leave Ewyas Harold 9.30am (a little earlier than previously indicated); a brunch at a Motorway Service Station then visit Crich Tramway Museum (we should have about 3 hours there); get to the hotel about 5.00pm.

(2) Tuesday 3rd: split into 2 groups:
      - Group A (presently 15 people): leave hotel 9.30am; visit Masson Mills (about 3 hours) then Haddon Hall (about 3 hours); back to hotel 5.30pm.
      - Group B (8 people): leave hotel 10.45am; visit Chatsworth (about 4½ hours); back to hotel 5.30pm.

(3) Wednesday 4th: coach drive around the Peak District
      - It was originally planned to leave the hotel about 10.00am and get back around 5.00pm but I am finding it difficult to fit things into 7 hours without it being too much of a rush. It now looks as though we will start at 9.30am and get back to the hotel around 6.00pm.
      - Stops at Castleton & Eyam Village will definitely be included but trying to see all of the best known views, whilst recognising that we will be in a coach which will travel at well within the speed limits, is simply not possible. Nevertheless, the aim is to have people feel at the end of the day that they have seen at least some of the best parts of the Peak District.
      [I have been picking up ideas from web sites such as TripAdvisor, VisitPeakDistrict and AccessibleDerbyshire.]

(4) Thursday 5th: split into 2 groups:
      - Group C (presently 13 people): leave hotel 10.00am; visit Heights of Abraham (about 6 hours); back to hotel 5.15pm.
      - Group D (10 people): leave hotel 11.30am; visit Hardwick Hall (about 3½ hours); back to hotel 3.50pm.

(5) Friday 6th: leave hotel 10.30am; I had hoped that we would visit Calke Abbey but the timing for that will not work so 'Watch This Space' as I work out whether or not we should visit somewhere else on the way back home (other than a stop for tea, possibly at a Motorway Service Station). We should get back to Ewyas Harold before 5.30
pm.

5. I will update this page as and when I have more information worthy of being shared here. If you have any queries about the trip, feel free to contact me. My contact details are shown on the Contact page.

Peter BG
16th July 2019