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Chatsworth Flower Show and Harrogate
2 Days - by Coach

Price from £149.95 per person*
Departs 10th Jun 2017

Single person supplement : £30.00 per person

One of Britain's greatest grand houses has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society to put on its own RHS Flower Show for the first time in 2017, and it's definitely going to be one to remember.

The RHS tells us the theme is 'Design Revolutionaries' and says this new event is a bold and innovative departure, using the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth landscape created by past design revolutionaries like Joseph Paxton and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown to showcase the leading–edge work of tomorrow's design revolutionaries.

Says Nick Mattingley, RHS Shows Director: "Our aim is to create a new show that champions the horticultural innovation of today and the future, and encourages exhibitors to be progressive and think outside the box".

There'll be gardens, features and displays from hot new designers, show gardens using colour and space in ingenious and innovative ways, specialist nurseries, a marquee reconstruction of Joseph Paxton's Great Conservatory with spectacular floral displays, and gardening tips, talks and demonstrations by the RHS experts. A 'Future Heritage' display focusses on contemporary uses of traditional skills such as dry stone walling, and a new 'Freeform' category promotes the latest ideas in sculpture.

Paxton's First Crystal Palace

The long career of Britain's great houses has many ups and downs, and one of the biggest losses suffered at Chatsworth was the forced demolition in 1920 of the Great Conservatory, tragically neglected and delapidated during the Great War. This gigantic glass structure was designed by Chatsworth Head Gardener Joseph Paxton in 1837 using pioneering construction methods which he later used in the design of the Crystal Palace in 1851. The Conservatory took 4 years to build and at 275 by 120 feet was at the time the largest glass building in the world. The heating system consisted of eight boilers and seven miles of iron piping, and required 300 tons of coal each winter, delivered directly to the structure via underground railway tracks. When Queen Victoria visited Chatsworth the Conservatory was lit with 12,000 lamps. Paxton, who had started as a penniless farmer's boy, went on to design many other great buildings across Britain, including a never–built design for a ten–mile glass arcade around the centre of London with housing, shops and an 'atmospheric railway' . One of the true dynamos of the Victorian era, Paxton later became a leading railway entrepreneur but, such was his fondness for Chatsworth that he remained as Head Gardener despite being knighted and becoming the Liberal Member of Parliament for Coventry.

A new competition called 'Gardening in a Changing World' links with the RHS innovative science strategy and 3D models of the design entries will be on display. Even the layout is new. Instead of the simple grid system in use at other RHS shows, this one will follow the natural rises and hollows of the landscape, making the most of Chatsworth's amazing views. Specially–built bridges across the River Derwent – one in grand Palladian style with its own floral interior – will link the various parts of the show area.

As if all that's not enough, this break also gives you an afternoon in Harrogate, the White Rose County's most elegant spa and shopping resort. Chic, upmarket, called by some the 'Kensington of the North', Harrogate has a cosmopolitan café–culture, designer boutiques, Georgian water gardens, tree–lined boulevards, Victorian mansions and tranquil parks and gardens, although it is most famous for Bettys Tea Rooms and for its outstanding Turkish Baths.

This unmissable 2017 break includes return coach travel and overnight hotel with English breakfast, and we expect demand to be heavy so you are advised to book early.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
  • Overnight stay at a 3 or 4 star Yorkshire area hotel with 3–course dinner and full English breakfast
  • Admission to the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
  • Free time in Harrogate
  • Services of an Omega coach driver / tour representative
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £30pp for the break.

Please note that this tour includes admission to Chatsworth grounds only. If you would like to tour the house please ring for details.

Saturday From a morning pick–up in your local area we travel by coach to Harrogate, where you have free time in the afternoon. Rejoin the coach to continue on to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Sunday After a full English breakfast we transfer to Chatsworth for the RHS Flower Show. Please note that entry to the house is not included. The coach will set off for home in the mid to late afternoon.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Best Western Guide Post Hotel, Bradford, Bradford
Campanile Wakefield, Wakefield
Corn Mill Hotel Leeds, Leeds
Holiday Inn Express Doncaster, Doncaster
Holiday Inn Express, Rotherham
Mercure Doncaster Centre Danum Hotel, Doncaster
Choose the Mercure Leeds Parkway hotel, set in a quiet spot near the rolling Yorkshire Dales and a short hop to lively Leeds centre.
Park Inn Doncaster, Doncaster
Ramada Wakefield, Osset Wakefield


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