JUNE 19-30th 2008
ELEVEN DANCING DAYS IN ENGLAND
Approx. cost is 1,050 GBP (~$2,100 at current exchange rate)
Thursday, June 19: Arrive (morning) in England, go to the George Hotel in Lichfield.
Friday, June 20: Free day to recover from jetlag and to explore Lichfield - an ancient city with a lovely cathedral. (Also check out this BBC page)
Friday through Sunday: Lichfield Folk Festival (Scott
Higgs, Gary Roodman plus great British callers).
Click for photos from 2006 Yanks Meet Limeys at Lichfield.
Monday June 23: Day: A 4hr trip on a traditional
"Narrowboat" on the Birmingham canal. This is a fascinating experience -
you get a completely different view of a city from the canals that once serviced its
industries. We will start in the very center of Birmingham at the Gas Street Basin
and travel behind and beneath the city, parts of which haven't changed since
Dickens' time. We have been promised some countryside too and will be able to glimpse
suburban life from its back gardens. Best of all we get to work the locks along our route
- the ingenuity of the Victorians who built the whole system is truly marvelous.
In the evening we will probably go to Loughborough FDClub dance, Scott Higgs calling.
Tuesday June 24: Morning: transfer to Emsley and Ambleside Guest Houses in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Afternoon: free time to acquaint yourself with Stratford-upon-Avon. Although famous for being Bill Shakespeare's hometown, it is far less spoilt than one might fear. It has a plethora of lovely ancient houses and sites to visit. You can sit beside the river Avon and watch the swans, or you can help the gaily painted narrowboats (barges) work the lock gates at the start of the canal.
Wednesday June 25: All Day: Visit Blenheim Palace and gardens; Evening, Dance.
Thursday June 26: Visit Warwick Castle; "the finest mediaeval castle in Britain". Dance at the Milverton FDC.
Friday June 27: Transfer to Halsway
Manor in the Quantock hills for "Pat Shaw & Beyond" Weekend.
(http://www.halswaymanor.co.uk/) with Caller Alan Davies, Band Merry Conceit
Monday, June 30: return to airport for flight to U.S.
The exact places we go to will depend partly on who we find to guide our walks and partly on who decides to come on the trips. We wouldn't want too many people to go to places they have been to before. And we are always open to suggestions!
If you are
interested in joining us on this trip, contact Henry:
phone: 01144 2380 941093 (in UK and he will phone you back)
To check out our previous trips - click on the links below.
Click a photo to enlarge it
Click here for some details of our tour in May 2001.
Click here for some details of our tour in May 2003.
Click here for some details of our tour in June 2006.
Contra essays &
|Web Site created by Jacqui Morgenstein|
|Last Updated on 20 June 2007|