For 2024 we visit the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in its original home at the exquisite Buxton Opera House. We have great seats in the Dress Circle to see the National Company’s performance of HMS Pinafore. Please note: There is no lift in the Opera House, and the Dress Circle is upstairs.
Day 1 We travel north with suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 Our visit today is Chatsworth House, located in the heart of the Peak District and home of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire. You can admire the splendour of the house and its wonderful works of art and explore over 105 acres of garden discovering water features, giant sculptures and beautiful flowers.
Day 3 First we travel to Anderton for a cruise including the famous boatlift, built in 1875 to provide a 50ft vertical link between the River Weaver and the canal. Then on to Jodrell Bank, where we discover the Lovell Telescope, groundbreaking scientific work and the extensive gardens.
Day 4 We visit the elegant spa town of Buxton, where you have time to stroll among the Georgian and Victorian buildings or the Pavilion Gardens and get some lunch. Then we take our seats in the Dress Circle in Buxton Opera House for the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s matinee performance.
Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel southwards, with suitable refreshment stops, arriving in the local area early evening.
The 19th-century Shrigley Hall Hotel is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The hotel stands in its own 262-acre estate overlooking the Cheshire Plain. All rooms are elegantly furnished and are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a charge for the use of the swimming pool and spa. The hotel has a lift, but there are some steps throughout.