LANCASTER UNIVERSITY GRADUATION
Sun 9 - Fri 14 December 2018 (Graduation Wed 12 December)
For most students, Graduation is the culmination of a great deal of hard work, a well-earned recognition of achievements during your time in our beautiful city. Turn your visit to Lancaster into a memorable celebration for yourself and guests, by building a personal holiday itinerary to make the most of your Graduation. We offer some very exciting experiences here in the north-west of England; take a trip around historic Lancaster, visit the Christmas markets in Manchester, and enjoy a Beatles-themed tour of Liverpool featuring the famous Cavern Club. You can also choose to stay in good quality hotels in the city, and celebrate further with an evening meal and a glass of something special!
With only a limited number of rooms and suites available, availability for these exciting packages is restricted, so don't delay. Make the most of your Lancaster experience this December! See below for more details, and to book or ask for further information, please telephone our office on 01479 821248.
How it works
Choose your arrival day
Remembering that you will definitely be here on Wed 12 December!
You can choose to stay for three, four or five nights (minimum three nights).
Plan your stay from the outline itinerary below
Your package price includes three nights and two day tours, but you may add more nights and tours if you wish, to make the most of your stay in Lancaster.
Sun 9 December
There is no tour activity today, though you may wish to overnight in Lancaster and join a tour on Monday morning.
Mon 10 December
Choose either LIVERPOOL or MANCHESTER tour today
Tues 11 December
Our LANCASTER tour is available today
Wed 12 December
No tour activity today, it's Graduation Day!
Thurs 13 December
Choose either LANCASTER, LIVERPOOL or MANCHESTER tour today
Decide where you would like to stay, and how many nights/tours you would like
Contact our office for more information or to book your stay. T: 01479 821248. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are travelling from overseas, we may be able to arrange flights and airport accommodation for you, please just ask when you call.
Flight-inclusive packages are available via our sister company, Heatherlea (Scotland) Ltd, ATOL 6113.
Our accommodation and prices
LANCASTER HOUSE HOTEL
One of the leading four-star leisure hotels in the region, Lancaster House Hotel is a place to savour the good things in life, from the balconied reception lounge to the open fire. Its atmosphere of relaxed elegance is also reflected within each of the hotel's 99 bedrooms. Situated directly next to the University campus, this is the ideal location, just a few minutes walk from Alexandra Square and the Great Hall where the Graduation Ceremony takes place.
For Graduation in Dec 2018, we offer large en-suite studio suites with separate lounge and extra luxury touches, designed for three people (ideal for one student + parents). A limited number of double rooms may also be available, please contact our office for details.
Total Price £995 for three people staying in a Luxury Suite, including bed and breakfast for three nights, dinner in 'Foodworks' Restaurant on one night, plus two day tours, choose from Lancaster, Manchester or Liverpool.
All dinner reservations include an allowance of £31.50pp.
Extra night bed and breakfast for three persons £193.
Add a third day tour, for £62.50pp.
During your stay, take dinner in the elegant Footworks Restaurant, where one evening meal is included in your package. You may choose to take this on the evening of Graduation, or another day of your choice. Further nights can be reserved by request.
The Royal Hotel and Bar is a three-star Hotel situated centrally within the historic City of Lancaster. Fresh and cosy, this is an ideal place to stay, and everyone is very friendly and accommodating; you are always assured of a warm welcome from the Robinson Family. The Royal Bar is modern and very comfortable, so take a seat in front of the wood burner, enjoy a gin at our tall tables or a bottle of fizz in a booth. There is a large selection of real ales, lagers and ciders, and a choice of wine and fizz. The Hotel also offers evening meals from 'Fusions Kitchen', led by Resident Chef Gary Ellwood.
Total Price £420 for two people in a twin/double room, including bed and breakfast for three nights, plus two day tours, choose from Lancaster, Manchester or Liverpool. Package does not include meals other than breakfast.
Extra night bed and breakfast for two persons from £75.
Add a third day tour, for £62.50pp.
Our day tours
These unique days tours have been carefully designed to give memorable experiences of quality. There will be some additional spaces for those wishing to book tours as stand-alone items, though priority is given to those booking the package including accommodation.
This great day out offers a magical tour of Liverpool with a Beatles-related theme. We visit many of the special places which have become famous in our culture, and in the afternoon are joined by an experienced Guide, who will direct us to interesting places and tell stories of the Beatles in their Liverpool days.
We arrive at the Albert Dock area, where we begin at The Beatles Statue, located near the Pier Head on the Waterfront. Erected here in December 2015, this staute is already the city’s leading site for selfies! We also visit the nearby Museum of Liverpool, which reflects the history and culture which led to Liverpool’s unique place in our culture. There is much to see inside, including many Beatles artifacts and memorabilia. Don’t miss ‘The Beatles Show’, a 15-minute film which will immerse you in the story of the Fab Four in Liverpool - the birthplace of a musical and cultural revolution that swept the globe.
You will have some brief time to wander at leisure, before we resume in the afternoon with a Beatles-themed tour of the city. Our tour lasts around 2 1/2 hours, and visits many of the most iconic locations, including the childhood home of Ringo Starr, George Harrison’s birthplace, Penny Lane, St Peter’s Church Hall (where John and Paul met for the first time), Strawberry Field, John Lennon’s childhood home, Paul McCartney’s childhood home and the former schools and colleges of John, Paul, George and Ringo including the Art College and the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA). Many more Beatles locations will be pointed out by our expert Guide as we travel around the city centre and suburbs. We also take time to visit both of Liverpool’s Cathedrals, with time to disembark and take photos in several locations.
Our Tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club in Mathew Street, where general admission is included (NB admission to ticketed shows not included). Soak up the atmosphere before we whisk you back to Lancaster!
Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets are the centrepiece today, as we take you to enjoy some of the finest Christmas shopping. Find mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city. With more than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, you can soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, laden with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps.
And don’t miss the amazing array of food and drink! Manchester’s Christmas Markets are famous for traditional bratwurst, but you can also treat yourself to Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast. Plenty of vegetarian options will be on offer, and for those with a sweet tooth the choices are even more mouth-watering!
For those who wish a break from shopping, we also offer the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the 'Theatre of Dreams', Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club. During our tour you can sit in your favourite player's seat in the dressing room, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch and take the Manager’s seat in the dugout. You'll see the press room where the Manager makes his statement after each home game, and the VIP room that has hosted so many big names over the years. After completing your behind the scenes tour, you'll get a personalised certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford, before we return via the Christmas Market to Lancaster.
How much do you know about this beautiful northern City where your loved one spent several years of their life? Join this informative and thoroughly enjoyable tour to see and learn more about Lancaster! Our first stop is at the Grade 1 listed Ashton Memorial, which dominates the Lancaster skyline. The outdoor viewing gallery provides superb views of the surrounding countryside and across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland fells and mountains. A great place for that Graduation selfie! We continue through the City, taking in the Slaves’ Memorial and Aqueduct, before heading for Morecambe, with its stunning views across the Bay towards the southern Lake District.
Here we visit the famous statue of Eric Morecambe, wander along the pier, and enjoy lunch in the stylish and debonair Midland Hotel. An internationally renowned building with a unique staircase that rises through multiple levels in the middle of the building, the Midland is an iconic showcase of 1930's Art Deco design.
After lunch we head back into Lancaster, where the Castle and Priory Church stand proudly above the city on the summit of Castle Hill. The historic churchyard forms part of the attractive and peaceful setting of these two significant buildings, with long views out to Morecambe Bay, and we take a private tour here. Described by English Heritage as "not only the North-West's most important historic and archaeological monument but also of international importance", Lancaster Castle's magnificent John o'Gaunt gates have now been swung open to unlock a veritable vault of intrigue, interest and interaction.
Our friendly Guide takes you through tales of witchcraft, religious persecution, crime and punishment, rehabilitation and release throughout the ages. You may even get to stand in the dock, raise your left hand to be sworn in, and uncover the true meaning of being ‘sent down’. You can try out one of our medieval cells for size and marvel at one of Europe’s most extensive collections of heraldic shields. (Please note: While every effort is made to open these buildings up for public viewing, Lancaster Castle is still used as a Crown Court. If the Court is sitting, it may not be possible to view all rooms).
Nearby, Lancaster Priory Church is a Grade 1 listed building, on a site which has seen Christian worship since Saxon times. The Church which stands today is of huge historical and archaeological importance and is well known and respected throughout Lancashire and beyond as a place of excellence for its music tradition. There are many treasures here, including the carved oaken choirstalls dated from 1340, the third oldest in England. They are described as “about the most luxuriant canopies in the country”. The carved pulpit dates from 1619, and its carved wooden cover from 1631. The three brass chandeliers are dated 1717. The stained glass in the east window was designed by Edward Paley and made by Wailes. The church plate includes four flagons, a chalice and two bread holders dated 1678–79, and in 1807 a runic cross was found in the churchyard. This cross is 3 feet x 1 foot 9 inches, and a replica is on display inside the Priory.
We end by returning you to the University at around 4.30 - 5pm.