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RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2015

From £395 per person

Travel on the Belmond Northern Belle to the world’s most popular flower show, set on the banks of the Thames in Chelsea. Browse the showcase of innovative garden designs to discover why it has been inspiring gardeners for more than a century.

INCLUDES

  • Brunch with Bellini on outward journey
  • Coach Transfer to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
  • Admission to the show
  • Dinner with champagne and half a bottle of wine per person on return trip

NOT TO BE MISSED

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show, is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London. It is the most famous flower show in the United Kingdom, and perhaps in the world, attracting visitors from all continents.

Highlights to the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens designed by leading names with Floral Marquee at the centrepiece. The Show also features smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens.

Seek out the Chic, City, Courtyard and Sunflower Street gardens and get some tips on what can be accomplished with smaller plots.

A Brief Early History of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Victorians loved their gardens and in 1862 the “Royal Horticultural Society’s Great Spring Show” was held at the RHS garden in Kensington. This was the start of what was to become RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is held annually in the month of May.

The RHS garden in Kensington was closed in 1888 and the show was moved to Temple Gardens and was held there in giant marquees until 1911. However, for one year only in 1912 the “Spring Show” was replaced with the “Royal International Horticultural Exhibition” organised by Sir Harry Veitch who was famous at the time as a great nurseryman.

Sir Harry Veitch secured the Royal Hospital, Chelsea as the venue for this “one off” event and the exhibition was a stunning success with special tents for Belgian, German and French exhibitors. There is an anecdote about a German visitor who was heard to declare, “This is the happiest day of my life.”

As the Chelsea site proved to be such great venue, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was moved there permanently the following year and the show has been held there every year ever since, with just a couple of exceptions.

During 1917 and 1918 the flower show was cancelled because of the Great War but resumed thereafter and by the 1920’s the Royal visits had resumed and the show was back to being as popular as ever.

In 1935 the Observer newspaper described the best in show winner in its headline as “A Pageant of Loveliness.”

To mark the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 an Empire Exhibition was shown and featured many unusual plants from Australia, East Africa and Palestine.

During World War II the grounds were used as an anti aircraft site by the War Office and the flower show was cancelled for two years but resumed in 1947. It was Lord Aberconway, then the President of the RHS, who felt strongly that the show should resume as soon as possible. The majority of the exhibitors requested a postponement due to a lack of plant stock and a much depleted staff but it did go ahead and was a great success.

In the Coronation year of 1953, Queen Elizabeth II herself was unable to attend due to other commitments but most of the other members of the Royal family did attend.

Garden fashions have changed over the years and this has been reflected in the gardens that are exhibited at the Show. Today there are many more professionals than amateur gardeners exhibiting than in the early years of the Show.

All Departures

Date From Depart Return Price (each)
25 May 2016 Macclesfield 07:30 22:30 £395
25 May 2016 Manchester 06:30 23:30 £395
25 May 2016 Stoke On Trent 08:30 21:30 £395

 
Please Note: All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only. Confirmed timings will be supplied with your travel documents. Please ensure you bring your travel documents on the day of your journey.

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Book any journey to travel throughout 2015 on the Belmond Northern Belle and save £100 per couple. Book before 31st May 2015 to secure this special offer.

 

The Belmond Northern Belle

Just like its older sister, the Belmond Northern Belle celebrates the era of elegant rail travel.

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A trip aboard recreates the elegance and comfort of train travel at its finest. Allow yourself to be whisked back to a more gracious age on our Spirit of Travel journey.

Enjoy a five-course lunch or dinner accompanied by champagne. As the train takes you on a tour of Britain’s beautiful countryside, strolling musicians provide a soothing soundtrack to your dining experience and a magician entertains you at your table.

Train Information and Optional Extras

£65

An elegant bouquet of 12 Red Roses. (Please note there is an additional charge of £20.00 for Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dinner journeys)

Premier Package

– GUARANTEED TABLE FOR TWO INCLUDING A BOXED BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE, £125

Please note: We are restricted with our tables for two on the Belmond Northern Belle train. Unless you purchase the Premier Package, you are not guaranteed a table for two, and may share a table for 4 with another couple.

Onboard Information

ROUTES, SCHEDULES & TIMINGS

Please note that our trains operate within the constraints of the rail network. All details shown initially on your confirmation are for guidance only. Your travel documentation including your full itinerary and confirmed timings will be sent to you five to seven days prior to departure. Please arrive 20 minutes before departure time.

WARDROBE NOTES

Smart casual wear (but not jeans or trainers) is appropriate. For Belmond British Pullman dinner departures, more formal wear is customary. A jacket and a tie for men is required at Royal Ascot and other race excursions. For outdoor events, please wear practical clothing, appropriate for the weather conditions.

DINING

Your fare includes table d’hôte meals on the journey. Menus are subject to seasonal change. If you have any special dietary requirements, make sure to advise us when booking and we will do our best to comply. We are, however, unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in their preparation.

SMOKING

Due to European regulations banning smoking on trains, we operate a no smoking policy aboard the Belmond British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle.

MOBILE PHONES & HANDHELD DEVICES

Out of consideration for your fellow passengers, please turn off mobile phones and handheld devices whilst in your carriage.

INSURANCE

The company recommends that you and your party purchase adequate travel insurance for your trip, including cover for loss of deposits and/or other costs that you might incur if you cancel your reservation. We cannot be held responsible for any losses of this kind.

DISABLED PASSENGERS

We regret that our carriages cannot be boarded in wheelchairs. However, our staff are available to assist any passengers to their seats and folding wheelchairs can be stored in the vestibules. Some excursions are more suitable for disabled travellers than others. Please ask for details.

BELMOND NORTHERN BELLE CARRIAGE INFORMATION

There are seven passenger carriages, each with the same interior layout of tables for two and four.

Please note that you may be seated sharing a table. A table for two may be guaranteed by booking our Premier Package, which includes a boxed bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.

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