A Visit To Worcester Cathedral

I never thought that Downton Abbey or Poldark would ever come to my neck of the woods – however, an exhibition going on until the end of August has proved me wrong!

Costumes (ok, only 2 from Poldark, but what the heck!) from the aforementioned Poldark and Downton Abbey are on show until the end of the month alongside other productions such as Mr Selfridge, The Crimson Field, Wolf Hall and (1) from The Hollow Crown, at the gloriously beautiful Worcester Cathedral.

There is an entry fee of £6.50, and a little booklet costs £2.

I have to say that seeing the costumes up close, front and back, has made me realise how much hard work goes into them. The research that goes into these outfits is astounding. Firstly making the pattern itself, then sourcing the authentic materials, threads, beading etc, then actually going on to make them must take an age.

You know that you know this, but until you actually see them in front of you, you don’t really appreciate the pains the costume departments have gone to to produce truly accurate costumes for the production.

The delicate beadwork and stitching, especially on the Downton dresses is truly gorgeous…I have trouble sewing on a button!

So, if you have an hour or so, and are in the Worcester area, check out the Costume Exhibition, it’s in the Chapter House of the cathedral. And whilst you’re there, check out the cathedral itself, it is a stunning, soul soothing place to discover!

I hope you enjoy this selection of pictures, these are but a few of many!



Anne Boleyn – Wolf Hall


Henry VIII – Wolf Hall


Bathsheba Everdeen – Far From The Madding Crowd


Lady Edith Crawley – Downton Abbey


As above, close up


Lady Grantham (Cora) – Downton Abbey


As above, close up


Lady Violet Crawley – Downton Abbey


As above, close up


Lady Edith Crawley – Downton Abbey


As above, back of gown IMG_0386

Lady Sybil Crawley – Downton Abbey


As above, from left


Costume above, as seen in sceneIMG_0360

Demelza – Poldark


Captain Ross Poldark – Poldark


We all so enjoyed the tour and Polly was fantastic.

Thank you!

JR – South Africa – Downton Abbey Premier Tour

Dates for your diary 2017!

Notable dates for your diary 2017!

We know it’s early, but to help you plan your vacations in 2017, we thought we’d let you know about the tours we have pencilled in already – forewarned is forearmed, as they say!

We have two Downton Abbey Coach Tours booked for next year:

13th April and 13th August 2017 – if you’re looking for a truly memorable gift for that special Downton Abbey fan in your life, then this could be exactly what you’re looking for. We’ll supply a gift certificate at no extra charge for you to present as a birthday, anniversary or even Christmas gift!

Dates for our ever popular 4 day Pride and Prejudice Tour (BBC 1995 production)

6th – 9th June and 5th – 8th September 2017 – to visit all the locations used in the series, including Pemberley, Longbourn and Hunsford Parsonage

Jane Austen Commemorative Tour 

18th July 2017 – to pay homage to Jane Austen on the anniversary of her death in 1817 – visit Chawton, Alton and Winchester.

Easy payment terms by instalment available, please do contact us before booking, for more details.




Jane Austen Memorial, Winchester Cathedral – photo credit – Eric Titcombe


Highclere Castle – photo credit – Haley Blackmore