2nd - 6th September 2021
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 do it for real in September 2021.
We will take in Sudeley Castle, Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, Berkeley Castle, Thornbury Castle - and as an additional extra - the glorious Acton Court, which is rarely open to the public!
Plus, guest speakers Dr Jonathan Foyle and Lesley Smith with Sarah as our resident historian and guide.
For the duration of the tour you will stay in an Elizabethan Manor House in the beautiful Cotswolds, for 4 nights of luxury!
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!
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.
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!
On day 3 we continue in the footsteps of Henry and Anne, visiting the medieval town of Tewkesbury and in particular, the church, which was originally part of Tewkesbury Abbey, referred to as second only to Westminster Abbey on account of the royalty buried here!
A mere 20-minute coach ride will take us on to Gloucester where you will learn about the ceremony involved in greeting the couple at the entry into any Tudor town or city, and follow in Anne and Henry's footsteps as they approached Gloucester and were welcomed at the abbey.
On day 4 we continue our progress southwards 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.
In the afternoon, we will make our way to Thornbury Castle to enjoy afternoon tea and a very special audience with Anne Boleyn. Thornbury was one of the principal country residences of the Duke of Buckingham, who was executed for treason in 1521.If the weather is kind to us, we will take a very English afternoon tea in the splendid gardens. We will also enjoy tales of Anne and Henry's week-long stay at the castle from our guest of honour - Anne Boleyn herself.
We have one more fantastic and rather special place to visit before we say our final farewells back in London!
Acton Court is simply a fascinating Tudor building, augmented especially for the visit of the king and queen in 1535 by Sir Nicolas Poyntz. The building is unique. It remains in its raw state and is rarely open to the public.
By special arrangement with the owner, we will be able to explore the rooms created for the visit, which include a rare, painted freeze in what was once the royal privy chamber.
Monday afternoon, we will say goodbye, sharing incredible memories of our time on a royal progress.
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