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A week in old England

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  • Price: $500.00 /per person

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  • Spend a week in Old England at the perfect time of year in a unique photography workshop with a difference - You will be chauffeur driven around the historical and rural parts of Southern England, including many places that are off the beaten track and not accessible by tour  buses. 



    You will be in a small group of just three participants and will spend your stay in two amazing hotels dating back to the fourteenth century.  

    The small group will allow everyone individual attention, but more than that,  it will give us the flexibility to vary our day by choosing where and when we eat, and make changes to the itinerary if the weather is uncooperative. - (on the 2014 trip we were able to accommodate individual requests to include a quick visit to Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey) .

    May is the ideal time to visit England - everything is in bloom, the weather is fantastic (not too hot and not too cold) and many places are open for the tourist season, but without the large crowds that occur in summer. 

    All the photographs above where taken during the 2014 week-long England workshop which ended on May 11. 


    The itinerary will be similar to 2014s workshop which was as follows 

    Sunday

    Collected from Heathrow airport and driven to our Hotel in Canterbury after a short drive along country lanes through the Kent Countryside

    Traditional English Cream Tea in Mrs Jones Kitchen.  (Delicious Scones, Jam and cream with a pot of tea). 

    Dinner in the Weaver's Inn

    Evening walk through the Cathedral grounds.


    Monday

    Breakfast at the Hotel followed by an Off the beaten path countryside tour on single track roads to photograph bluebells, old barns and roman roads.

    Lunch of traditional English Fish and Chips at the famous Pilot Inn in Dungeness.

    Early afternoon on the coast at Dungeness.

    Late afternoon and Evening in the ancient port of Rye (Sussex) - cobbled streets, old buildings and a chance to climb the old Church Tower.

    Dinner at a pub in Canterbury.


    Tuesday 

    Breakfast at the Hotel.

    Day visit to Sissinghurst Castle and gardens (former home of writer Vita Sackville-West) and one of England's premier formal gardens.  

    Lunch at Sissinghurst Castle

    Afternoon Shooting at Sissinghurst

    Dinner at the weaver's Inn in Canterbury 

    Night shooting in Canterbury.



    Wednesday 

    Breakfast at our hotel followed by a free morning to shop and explore in Canterbury.

    Afternoon travel  to our next location - the 14th century Bull Inn in Burford.

    Evening meal in the Bull Inn- think great fish, lamb, venison, hare and some good vegetarian options in this highly rated restaurant.



    Thursday

    Amazing breakfast at the Inn (extensive buffet plus specialty dishes cooked to order) 

    Exploration of the picturesque Cotswold Countryside ( think old stone buildings with lots of Wisteria). Visits to ancient towns with wonderful names:

    More ton-in-Marsh

    Stow-on-the-Wold

    Upper Slaughter

    Lower Slaughter

    Bourton-on-the-water

    After a visit to several locations and off the beaten-path back roads we visited the Neolithic standing stone circle at Rollright.  

    Lunch at the Bell Inn in the old town of Charlbury.

    Photography in and around the town of Charlbury.

    Return to Burford for afternoon cream tea at Huffkins followed by a few hours photographing in and around the ancient church and alms houses along the Windrush river. 

    Dinner at the the Dragon, Chinese restaurant.



    Friday

    Another amazing breakfast at the Bull Inn.

    Day trip to Avebury - stone circle that is larger and much older than Stonhenge.

    Lunch at Avebury 

    Return to Burford by evening for more photography in and around the town .

    Dinner in the Royal Oak pub ( excellent!) 


    Saturday 

    Breakfast at the Bull Inn

    Day visit to Oxford - city of "dreaming spires" . Photography in and around Christchurch College and the Cathedral. The great Hall was the inspiration for the huge dining hall at Harry Potter's Hogwarts) 

    Lunch in Oxford/cream Tea

    Afternoon street photography in Oxford 

    Evening return to Burford 

    Dinner once again at the highly rated  bull Inn restaurant.


    Sunday

    Check out and return Heathrow Airport for return flight.



    What you get. 


    The cost for 2015 will be $3750 ( based on two people sharing- $500 additional for single)  and will include: 

    Pick up from and return to Heathrow airport.

    Chauffeur driven car throughput your stay 

    Instruction and appraisal/critique of images

    Bed and Breakfast for seven nights 

    Admission charges to gardens and historic buildings


    Does not include:

    Flight to and from the UK 

    Lunch and dinner

    Tips 

    A non- refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space.  The remaining balance is before April   2015.   I have made every attempt to accommodate possible fluctuations in the currency between now and May 2015 but if the value of the pound rises against the dollar by more than 10% the cost may rise to reflect the changing condition.


    The itinerary may vary slightly according to weather and/or the preference of participants.


    Food costs 

    Lunch and dinner are not included in the cost of the trip.  I will make every effort to ensure that we select restaurants which are within people's budgets.

    During the 2014 trip, typically lunch with a tea or coffee cost around $15 and dinner was in the range of $15-60. 

    In Canterbury there are over 40 restaurants and pubs where lunch dinner can be had for $10-$200 And lunch from $10-30

    Burford has 17 restaurants and pubs serving lunch and evening meals from $12-$200 

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    Ian 


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