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Expert: Chris and Linda Benneworth Chris and Linda Benneworth

Bridge, Harrogate with Newby Hall and Gardens

Join us for this bridge holiday at The Old Swan, situated just 5 minutes from the centre of the lovely spa town of Harrogate. With a history going back over nearly 200 years, the hotel combines Victorian splendour with elegant contemporary style. Take time to explore this delightful Yorkshire town with our included walking tour and enjoy an included visit to Newby Hall and Gardens, where we tour the house and explore the gardens at your own pace. **What to expect from this Bridge Holiday:** Your duplicate bridge will be available every evening between 7:45pm and 11:15 pm. Masterpoints and prizes will be awarded. There will also be some bridge sessions on some afternoons and on one morning, and these will be arranged to compliment the included excursion programme. During your bridge holiday nothing is obligatory, and you can play in as many, or as few, bridge sessions as you wish. We don’t forget you are on holiday and our bridge programmes also allow time to relax and the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.

Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights half board accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Bridge sessions every evening and two afternoons and one morning
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified bridge director
  • Walking tour
Experts
Chris and Linda Benneworth

Chris and Linda Benneworth

Linda and Chris have been married since 1971, having met while they were teaching at the same high school.

Following successful careers in education they retired in the late nineties, when they started directing together, working at first in local and more recently in overseas congresses. They ran the North Eastern Bridge Association Congress for a number of years in Otterburn, Consett and Gateshead, an event with a deserved reputation for friendliness. Since 2019, they have worked as hosts and director at EBU overseas congresses in Athens, Sicily and Rome. They even play together occasionally to ensure there are full tables. Chris is an EBU national director who also teaches others the art of directing and Linda is a qualified County director.

They both believe that bridge is a great game which is meant to be enjoyed; a holiday is the perfect way of doing that.

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Itinerary

Overview

Make your own way to The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate, with check-in from 15:00. Dinner tonight is followed by evening bridge.

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Harrogate

Overview

This morning we are joined by local Blue Badge Guides as we head off on foot for a walking tour of Harrogate. Set in the heart of North Yorkshire, our tour takes us around this elegant Victorian spa town. Your guides will bring the history to life as you stroll past the sights of the 17-acre Valley Gardens, Royal pump room, Montpellier quarter and so much more. Feel free to stay for the length of the tour or leave at any point that suits you. This afternoon and this evening, join us for bridge in the hotel.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Royal Pump Room

Overview

Today, we head by coach to Newby Hall, the family home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton. Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren, the house was later adapted by John Carr and then Robert Adam. Newby Hall is one of Britain's finest Adam Houses alongside award winning gardens. We enjoy an included guided tour of the house, before exploring at leisure the 25-acre gardens along with the Sculpture Park, not forgetting the Dollshouse Exhibition. The Garden Restaurant serves refreshments daily and the shop at Newby Hall is well worth a browse. After our visit the coach returns us back to the hotel for afternoon bridge, dinner and evening bridge.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Newby Hall

Overview

Join us this morning for a bridge session. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore or shop in Harrogate before dinner and evening bridge.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bridge

Overview

After a leisurely breakfast, check out by 11:00am and make your own way home.

Includes Breakfast


Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at The Old Swan.