The cultural tours at Brackenbury’s Britain promise to bring that little bit extra. We know the region intimately and give you an insider’s view of this fascinating area.
Our extensive networks of expert advisers from architects to archaeologists, from historians to musicians, can give that added dimension to your experience providing insights into Britain’s rich culture that is difficult to find elsewhere. Our corporate clients, particularly those that operate in international markets and often have visitors from overseas, come to us for bespoke cultural tours to give their visitors a flavour of some of the finest landmarks, stately homes, and churches Britain has to offer. Whether it be a day trip to some of the more well-known destinations or something a little different, we work with our clients to put together the perfect tour. The ideas below are just a selection of what we offer but our main focus is catering to your specific needs. So please call and talk to us about your wishes in visiting this region of England. We will listen to you, make suggestions and then help you put those ideas into reality.
Because most of our services are bespoke, we can only give an approximate idea of cost but the day rate figures below (which allow for transport, some entry fees and the exclusive services of your guide) give an idea :-
1-3 :- in executive saloon/estate – £500
4-15 :- in superior people carrier or executive minibus – £750
16+ :- by arrangement. Do bear in mind that these rates are per vehicle and not per head.
AVAILABLE CULTURAL TOURS
The Midlands houses, churches and countryside of some of the most famous writers in the English language
Byron, Tennyson, DH Lawrence and Charlotte Bronte are names known the world over as giants of English literature. Less known are their links (and those of many other famous writers) to the East Midlands and to places that reflect the spirit behind their writing.
From Byron’s boyhood home in the cathedral town of Southwell to his resting place in Hucknall, via his ancestral home at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire showcases the buildings of the early life of one of the greats of romantic poetry. What better way to conjure up the image of the “mad, bad and dangerous to know” Lordthan to be guided around his home by his successor? Meanwhile, Lawrence’s birthplace museum in Eastwood, a former mining village, evokes the society that was the basis for so many of his novels.
Across the county border in the Derbyshire Peak District lies the bleak moorland setting of North Lees Hall, the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte’s Thornfield Hall in “Jane Eyre.” To the east lies Lincoln Cathedral hosting the statue of Lincolnshire’s most famous literary son, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and that’s before names such as Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson, Charles Cotton, Graham Green or Alan Sillitoe are even mentioned. But if the most famous name of all is also on your list, Stratford upon Avon is only just over an hour’s drive….
Call us to find out more. Whether for a specialist academic tour, for the interested amateur or for the tourist wanting to see the settings for the film adaptations of many famous books, we will provide you with a memorable experience of your time in this region.
Although not on the main tourist track, the region contains many of the country’s most significant buildings. What we mention below is just a taste. There is so much more. Enthusiasts of stately homes will be delighted by Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Belvoir Castle, Kedleston House, Hardwick Hall in addition to which are a host of smaller lesser known properties to which we can gain privileged access.
Lovers of historic churches will find the region boasts a wealth of wonderful parish churches often in romantic out of the way places that it takes a local enthusiast to find! But every visit has to take in the mediaeval masterpiece that is Lincoln Cathedral itself only 40′ from Southwell Minster, a delightful smaller cathedral with a complete Norman nave and some unique later carvings.
The region has a unique industrial heritage, too. The Derwent Valley Mills, stretching from Derby into the Peak district, seen as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, are now a World Heritage Site. And the countryside……
Talk to us. Focus on buildings? See the Peak District or get a taste of what this wonderful area has to offer? We know and love this area so it’s all a pleasure to us.
A guided tour of some of England’s most evocative historic homes
HARDWICK HALL BOLSOVER CASTLE
The story of the indomitable Bess of Hardwick, the four times married widow of the Earl of Shrewsbury and builder of Hardwick Hall (above) is one of the most inspiring of any woman in English history. Not only did she survive, but she took huge advantage of, the political system of Elizabethan England to establish one of the country’s great dynasties, the descendants of which survive to this day. Join us in exploring in the buildings which provided the foundations for the creation of the remarkable wealth and power of the family. Hardwick Hall (“more of glass than wall”) is Bess’s own masterpiece and one of the most complete surviving Elizabethan structures. Chatsworth House (home of the present day Duke of Devonshire) and Bolsover Castle, a unique example of Restoration architecture from the 17thC, together provide the backbone of this tour. Adding in some lesser known but equally fascinating sites gives an insight into an area of England that played a huge part in the country’s history. Speak to us to arrange something that suits your group’s depth of interest, time and budget.
The Christening font used for William Bradford in Austerfield Church
In the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers
See the home of the Mayflower voyagers who became the founding fathers of the United States
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers setting sail on the “Mayflower” landing in what became Plymouth Massachusetts a couple of months later.
Most of the religious dissenters who made the voyage came from a small area of north-east Nottinghamshire. Their leaders (William Brewster and William Bradford) and their original minister (Richard Clyfton) all came from the villages of Scrooby, Babworth and Austerfield (just over the border Yorkshire).
Our visit will focus on these three villages where there is still much to see including the church and font where William Bradford was christened, the village where William Brewster lived and the church where the early Pilgrim fathers worshipped. On occasions we can even arrange for you to see the bible and chalice used by Richard Clyfton in the early years of the 17th century.
We extend our visit to Gainsborough Old Hall and Boston both in Lincolnshire and both of which have close associations with the original pilgrims and working with our colleagues in Plymouth, we can also tie in your visit to this home area of the Pilgrim Fathers to Plymouth in Devon from where they finally set sail.
There is much else to see within an hour’s drive of these sites including Lincoln with one of the finest cathedrals in England, Nottingham and its legend of Robin Hood and the UK’s first national park, the magnificent Peak District.
We have a deep knowledge not only of this fantastic region of England but specifically of the story of the group who, to this day, are remembered by the US population each “Thanksgiving day.” Please talk to us to arrange a trip which you will remember for a lifetime.