On Progress with Anne Boleyn September 2021

18th - 23rd September 2022

SOLD OUT


Tour Details

Following on from the massive success of The Tudor Travel Guide's 1535 virtual progress, which followed in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII through Gloucestershire, there is now the opportunity to take part for real, in September 2022.

We will take in Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey, Berkeley Castle, Thornbury Castle.

Plus, guest speakers Jonathan Foyle and Tracy Borman with Sarah Morris as our resident historian.

For the duration of the tour you will stay in luxury with 4 nights at the Greenway Hotel and Spa, on the outskirts of the Cotswolds, with our final night spent at Anne Boley's childhood home, Hever Castle. 

From our convenient London pick-up point, you will be transported in a luxury air-conditioned coach for the duration of the tour so you will arrive everywhere in comfort and style!


Tour Highlights

Berkeley Castle
  • Visits locations visited by Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII during the 1535 Progress

  • Talks from Historians Jonathan Foyle and Tracy Borman

  • Resident Historian is Sarah Morris, co-Author of 'In The Footsteps of Anne Boleyn'

  • 4 nights in a 4* Elizabethan Manor House in the Cotswolds with Spa use included

  • 1 night at Hever Castle with exclusive use of the Tudor Wing


Historians on this Tour

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman is a best-selling author, historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Tudor period.  Her books include Elizabeth’s Women, Thomas Cromwell, The Private Lives of the Tudors and Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him. Tracy is joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and an honorary professor at Bishop Grosseteste University. She has presented a number of history programmes for TV, including The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Inside the Tower of London and Henry VIII and the King’s Men.

Jonathan Foyle

Dr Jonathan Foyle was a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years, and took his PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's Palace. Having headed a heritage charity for eight years, he is a frequent writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and craft, a consultant on historic sites and has produced six cathedral monographs. A presenter of numerous television series including BBC4's often repeated 'Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer?', his most profound interest is in the origins and meaning of the rich court culture of Henry VII.

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris, online is The Tudor Travel Guide. Her first novel of Anne Boleyn, Le Temps Viendra; a Novel of Anne Boleyn was published in 2010 with Volume Two released the following year. She's also co-authored two non-fiction books: In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII. She has appeared on TV as a Tudor expert on numerous shows. Sarah was central in the rediscovery of the ‘Anne of Cleves’ Heraldic Panels’.
Sarah also hosts The Tudor Travel Show, a podcast all about exploring Tudor places.


Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 18th September

    Meet at the designated, convenient pick-up point in London just after midday where you will board our luxury private coach bound for the Cotswolds. On arrival at our hotel you will be shown to your beautiful room and can begin to explore your home for the next few days.

    We meet again early evening to enjoy a welcome drinks reception before our evening meal and welcome talk, from Sarah Morris.

  • Day 2 - 19th September

    On our first full day, we visit the enchanting Sudeley Castle, not only a stop for Anne and Henry during their 1535 Progress, but also a place visited by their daughter Elizabeth I and the final resting place of Henry's 6th wife, Katherine Parr.

    Nearby are the romantic ruins of Hailes Abbey where we will spend some time exploring before returning to our hotel for a 3-course dinner and a talk from Dr Jonathan Foyle!

  • Day 3 - 20th September

    In the morning we continue to follow in the footsteps of Henry VIII and Anne by visiting another place where the couple spent time during the 1535 Summer Progress.

    In the afternoon we visit Thornbury Castle for afternoon tea. Thornbury was one of the principal country residences of the Duke of Buckingham, who was executed for treason in 1521.

  • Day 4 - 21st September

    On day 4 we continue our progress and visit the mighty Berkeley Castle, which at the time of Anne and Henry's visit was owned by the Crown. 

    Our general guided tour of the castle will be followed by Sarah taking us to the part of the castle in which the royal couple lodged. This part of the tour will be our opportunity to see a sequence of public and private rooms that were typical of a high-status building - and which once lodged the king and queen.

  • Day 5 - 22nd September

    After breakfast we check out of the Greenway Hotel, embark on our luxury coach and head for our very special final location, Hever Castle.

    Settle into your beautiful room before our final evening of exciting activities, a talk from the amazing historian Tracy Borman and a private after hours tour of the castle.

  • Day 6 - 23rd September

    After a relaxed breakfast in the Tudor Suite, we check out and take our private coach back to the convenient drop-off point in London for our final farewells.

What's Included

  • Accommodation at the Greenway Hotel and Spa for 4 nights and Hever Castle for 1 night

  • Expert History Talks from Top Historians

  • All Dinners and Breakfasts included

  • Private Guided Tours

  • Access to Spa Facilites at our hotel

  • Private use of the Astor Wing of Hever Castle including our own Private Lawn next to the moat

  • 3-course evening meals each night with drinks*

  • Resident historian for the tour - Dr Sarah Morris

  • Philippa as Tour Manager

  • All Admissions as stated in the itinerary

  • Luxury Coach Travel from pick up to drop off

Hailes Abbey

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  • An Upgraded room at Hever Castle

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    Optional Extras

    Optional Extras

    Room Upgrades - £350

    Wine and Chocolates in your room on arrival - £40

    Tudor Dress Hire - £180

    Tudor Dress Purchase (custom made dress)

    There is space on the booking for you to indicate your preferences

    Greenway Hotel and Spa

    Greenway Spa

    Berkeley Castle

    Hailes Abbey

    Hever Castle

    Sudeley Castle

    Thornbury Castle

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