Stuart Theme 7 days
Great Britain: Rococo, Ribaldry & Fruits of the New World
The Stuart dynasty ruled over a tempestuous time which started with the creation of Great Britain. Beginning with James I and ending with Queen Anne, the Stuart period saw years of civil war, assassination attempts, usurpations, national disaster and revolution. Despite the upheaval, the time of the Stuarts was one of global expansion and discovery. During the 16th and 17th centuries the Dutch East India Company held a virtual monopoly on British trade with Africa, India and the Americas. Their ships brought endless riches from these lands, including novel foodstuffs to enrich English cuisine, like sugar, potatoes, pineapples, nutmeg and coffee.
Be swept off to the world of the Stuarts, brought to life by our expert tour managers and guides. Walk through the grand halls of Jacobean design at houses such as Knole Park, Hatfield House, Audley End or Blickling Hall. Learn how crops from the new world were cultivated in our fields and exotic fruit grown in the glass houses of the rich.. Visit a brewery to taste one of the most important drinks of Stuart life and make sure you visit a vineyard to sample sparkling wine, a luxury introduced to Britain by the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II. Feast on delicious gourmet food in true Stuart style at top restaurants.
- Be guided through Jacobean stately homes in your chosen region
- Take a barista class to make the perfect latte and hear about coffee roasting from an expert
- Visit important sites of the Civil War led by a specialist battlefield guide
- Brewery tour and tasting
- Learn to create a Jacobean marvel with a cake decorating class
- Taste quality English sparkling wine at the vineyard
Get in touch with us now to see what delights we can add to your Jacobean tour.