Our Social Outings Travel Group had it’s first weekend away and it was a great success.
More than 35 of our members left Seaham on Saturday morning and travelled first to Bakewell.
Bakewell is a small market town in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. The town was very busy with market stalls and plenty of shops and cafes to visit as well as real ale pubs for the men.
From Bakewell we travelled to our hotel which was the Hilton in Leicester, arriving in plenty of time to have a rest and then change for dinner.
The hotel was nice and the rooms were generous with plenty of room for the guests to relax in. There was also a spa for the guests to use. Dinner itself was lovely – plenty of options to choose from.
After a nice night’s sleep we had an early breakfast before boarding the coach for our trip to Chatsworth House.
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
The house was full of Christams decorations as well as some of Charles Dickens’ best loved works. The displays showed the splendour and squalor of Dickensian London, with Victorian shop fronts, the London Docks, Scrooge’s bed and much more. There were even costumes that you could put on and ‘dress up’.
There were also the gardens to visit. Famous for the rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, its Victorian rock garden and maze. Unfortunately, the weather was not good at all. It was cold and wet so not the best time to be walking around the gardens.
However, the weather did not dampen our spirits, after all it was late November and was to be expected.
The company was great with our members enjoying themselves regardless.
We left Chatsworth at 4.30pm to begin our return journey to Seaham and arrived back safely around 8.15pm.
An enjoyable weekend and hopefully the first of many.
Here are a few photographs taken by Edna to give a taste of our visit to Chatsworth House.