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30 November 2017Christmas at Blenheim Palace
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Christmas at Blenheim Palace
Thursday 30 November 2017

FULL - but there is a waiting list so do add your name to it. We inevitably have someone who has to drop out so there is a good chance that you may be able to come on the trip.

We have arranged a magical Christmas visit to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. This imposing Grade 1 Baroque Palace will be decorated for Christmas.  It was built in the early 18th century for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, as a gift from a grateful nation in thanks for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. It is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.  The Palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long and diverse history. We will be able to explore the ornate State Rooms and priceless collections of art and furniture. Treasures include the famous Marlborough Tapestries and the Long Library lined with over 10,000 books. The Churchill Exhibition is about the life of our 'Greatest Briton' and is available in addition to the talk and tour.

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown created a landscape for the 2000 acres that surround Blenheim.  In the northern part of the Park is the Column of Victory, 134 ft high. It is crowned by a lead statue of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Departure will be from Secretts Farm Shop Car Park at 9.15am, arriving at Blenheim Palace approx. 10.45am.

At 11am we will have a private talk in the Marlborough Room with coffee and biscuits, lasting approx. 1 hour.  Christmas traditions established in the 1800s continue to this day including the transformation for the festivities each November. We will then be taken on a guided tour of the Palace which will have been decorated for Christmas. Once you have completed the talk and tour you are free to re-enter the Palace or visit the extensive garden and parkland and The Churchill Exhibition. There are also self-service catering facilities in the Water Terrace Cafe and the Oxfordshire Pantry.

The coach will collect us at 3.30pm to return to Milford at approx. 5pm.

PRICES - Cheques only, payable to Shalford DFAS

£36.00 to include coach travel, private talk, coffee and biscuits and a tour of the Palace.  Re-entry to the Palace and grounds and also The Churchill Exhibition.

£33.60 Concessions, to include all of the above

Do join us for what promises to be a wonderful start to the Christmas festivities.

Any enquries or questions please contact Karen Shakespeare on 01483 424743 or