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Detailed Itinerary: 29th October – 2nd November 2023

Sunday 29th October

Guests arrive in time for afternoon tea served from 3.30.

6.45 Gather in the drawing room to meet your fellow guests over a glass of wine. Introductory talk by your host Nicholas Merchant followed by dinner at 7.30.

Monday 30th October

Durham Cathedral


9.00 Depart for Durham.

10.00 Visit Durham Cathedral and Museum. The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, commonly known as Durham Cathedral and home of the Shrine of St Cuthbert. It is the seat of the Bishop of Durham, the fourth-ranked bishop in the Church of England hierarchy. Building of the present Norman-era cathedral started in 1093. In 1986 the cathedral and Durham Castle were designated a UNESCO WorldHeritageSite. Durham Cathedral’s relics include: Remains of Saint Cuthbert,  Saint Oswald, and the Venerable Bede..

12.30 Depart Durham Cathedral

13.00 Arrive Ushaw for buffet lunch

14.00 Ushaw College: Ushaw was established as a seminary for the Roman Catholic Church in 1808 to teach novices for the priesthood. English Catholics had been exiled to Douai in France after the Reformation in the 16th century. They, in turn, were driven from France after the French Revolution in 1789 and established themselves at Ushaw. Much of the splendid design, architecture and craftsmanship on show at Ushaw is the work of Augustus Pugin, his sons and grandsons.

16.30 Depart

19.30 Dinner

Tuesday 31st October

Headlam Hall

7.30-9.30 Breakfast

10.00 Depart for the Auckland Project

10.30 Visit Spanish Gallery, Bishop’s Palace, including Zurbaran’s “Sons of Jacob”, the Mining Art Museum, and new Faith Museum

17.30 Arrive Headlam

19.30 Dinne

Tuesday 31st October


9.30 Talk by Nicholas; The Auckland Project

10.00 Depart for Bishop Auckland Spanish Gallery

10.30 Arrive Bishop Auckland, Spanish Gallery, Zurbaran’s Sons of Jacob, and Mining Art Museum

12.30-1.30 Lunch in Bishop’s Kitchen or Tapas Bar (at own convenience)

16.00 Depart

16.30 Arrive Headlam

18.30 Tomorrow’s destinations with Nicholas

7.30 Dinner.

Wednesday 1st November

Fairfax House


9.30 Depart by coach for a full day in York

10.30 Arrive Fairfax House, a unique aristocratic town house dating from the 18th century by John Carr. The house has a varied history not least a period as a cinema and a dance-hall, but now beautifully restored by Francis Johnson, the celebrated 20th century Yorkshire architect. Fine staircase with plasterwork by the Italian stuccadore Cortese and furnished with the Terry Collection of 18th century furniture and clocks

12.30-2.30 Lunch, (not included) and free time in York.

2.30 Meet at the York Castle Museum, originally built in the footprint of the medieval York Castle, as a Debtors and a Female Prison. The complex now houses Dr Kirk’s collection of not only memorabilia, evoking the life of Yorkshire in past centuries, but also recreations of 18th century streets, and room settings. Free flow visit

4.30 Depart for Headlam Hall.

5.30 Arrive Headlam.

7.30 Dinner

Thursday 2nd November

Guests depart after Breakfast.

Booking Arrangements

Guests should contact the hotel as indicated below, remembering to quote “ASPECT EVENTS and DATES”.

Cost: From £950pp dinner, bed and breakfast, afternoon tea on arrival, morning coffee, one lunch, entrance fees, talks, and transport.

Accommodation will be in the Coach House, but if accommodation is required in the Main House, Mews or Spa Double, please add £20pp per night, or for a Deluxe, Spa Balcony or Junior Suite, please add £30pp per night.

Additional nights at the same beneficial rate.

No single supplement.

Pamela Tennant | Reservation & Revenue Manager

t: 01325 730238 |  w: | e:


Payment should be made to Aspect Events, who will invoice you.
Bank Details:
Barclays Bank, Sort code: 20-37-13
Account Number: 93073920

Non-returnable deposit, please, £150pp.

Final payment by 1st October 2023.

We look forward to you joining us.

If you have any queries, please contact Nicholas Merchant:

01423 340017

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