WINCHESTER, BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY &
BOAT TRIP ALONG THE BASINGSTOKE CANAL
Sunday 16th/Monday 17th April 2023
Morning departure with coffee stop enroute to Winchester.
For National Trust members hopefully The Mill will be open but presently they are unable to give me opening times for 2023.
In Winchester a new immersive attraction is opening soon for those with an app that transports visitors back to 878AD, bringing life to the Battle of Edington.
There is the Cathedral which doesn't have tours on a Sunday but still costs to enter and closes at 15.00 for those to attend Evensong @ 15.30 which lasts approx 1 hour and is free to attend although donations always appreciated.
Winchester College believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country, was founded by William of Wykeham in the 14th century. The very interesting tour concentrates on the medieval heart of the College including Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloister and the 17th-century School, tours last approx 1 hour & are at 14.15 & 15.30 charges approx £9.00
We would plan to depart after Evensong at the Cathedral which finishes about 16.30 and head for our hotel at Leatherhead, Federation House, which acts as headquarters for the Police Federation of England and Wales but also is a
full service 4* hotel with air-conditioned bedrooms and a large open atrium area with restaurant and bar.
This morning after hopefully a good nights sleep and breakfast we visit Brookwood Military Cemetery run by Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. I have booked guides which are volunteers from the CWGC to explain the cemetery which is split in sections according to nationality & the war in which the casualty died. It is unique among Commonwealth war cemeteries in containing two Stones of Remembrance & two Crosses of Sacrifice. There is a Canadian Section, The Brookwood Memorial which commemorates 3,438 men & woman of the Commonwealth land forces who died in WW2 and have no known grave, American Cemetery, Main Commonwealth Section, Non Commonwealth Section & Chelsea Pensioners Plot with graves of over 1,000 Chelsea Pensioners who died while in residence at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Plus a section for WW1.
We then travel to Odiham with time to grab lunch before boarding the John Pinkerton canal boat for an approx 2.5 hour boat trip along the Basingstoke Canal. Please note that the boat does not have heating so dress accordingly but as it only takes 45/49 we should be cosy all together.
You can purchase real ale, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, drinks, and light refreshments on board and it does have a loo.
Included in the price
Coach travel with pickups Newton Abbot, Greenhill Way route Kingsteignton & Exeter Services
Visit to Winchester
Dinner Bed & Breakfast @ 4* Federation House
Guided tour at Brookwood Military Cemetery
Boat trip on the John Pinkerton along the Basingstoke Canal.
£25 non refundable deposit with booking unless tour is cancelled
Balance by 1st February 2023
Please note insurance is not included
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