Camino UK Heritage Tours

Camino UK Heritage Tours Camino offers quality small-group tours exploring the colourful history and heritage of the British Isles.

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It was lovely today at Woolsthorpe Manor, the birth place of Isaac Newton. This is where he worked out how to split ligh...
26/06/2016

It was lovely today at Woolsthorpe Manor, the birth place of Isaac Newton. This is where he worked out how to split light with a prism and where the falling apple from a tree in the garden sparked his theory on gravity.

We visit Iron Age Burrough Hill Fort  as part of our exploration of life before the Romans.If we are lucky the views, fo...
05/04/2016

We visit Iron Age Burrough Hill Fort as part of our exploration of life before the Romans.

If we are lucky the views, for anyone who wants to walk around it, are wonderful and really help us to think about why there might have been the need for a place of safety just there.

It was the site of an interesting sacrifice. Around 2000 years ago someone took the matching set of bronze fittings from an Iron Age chariot, placed them in a box and laid the box in a deep pit near their house inside the hill fort. It was ritually set on fire and then covered with a deep layer of burnt cinders and slag. A chariot like this would be the Ferrari of the Iron Age. The fittings could easily have been made of iron but, because they were of bronze they would have been lovingly polished to gleam in the sun. I hope the sacrifice was worth it and the gods granted the prayers of that unknown supplicant all those years ago.

Æthelberht’s pennyDuring our Journey Through Time we leave the Roman period and travel through the old Anglo-Saxon kingd...
28/03/2016

Æthelberht’s penny

During our Journey Through Time we leave the Roman period and travel through the old Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. One of the highlights is seeing the fabulous Staffordshire Hoard of gold Anglo-Saxon treasure, but here is another Anglo-Saxon story arising from a lost and found coin:

King Æthelberht was joint King of the East Angles but the powerful King Offa of Mercia ruled over them as High King.

Offa had reorganised the currency of Mercia. Coins were minted with his image on them, just as Romans emperors had done, and used the Latin “REX” or king. The vassal kings were not permitted to issue coins but Æthelberht, rashly, decided to do so anyway. What is more he had his moneyer, Cnut, add the word “REX”, for King, after his name.

Cnut must have been proud of his work as he put his own name on the reverse of the coin but Offa may not have been impressed because he later had Æthelberht beheaded. The story goes on though, because Æthelberht was later made a saint, supposedly after his severed head miraculously restored a blind man’s sight.

Æthelberht’s penny was found by a metal-detectorist in 2014 and sold at auction for £78,000. What would King Offa have thought about that!

Rather cold and windy at Flag Fen today on the next stage of our Journey Through Time, visiting the bronze age.  I never...
26/03/2016

Rather cold and windy at Flag Fen today on the next stage of our Journey Through Time, visiting the bronze age. I never cease to be humbled by the sight of the walkway and the boats, revealed and preserved after 3000 years.

We begin our Journey Through Time by visiting Creswell Crags but Neanderthal people were much earlier visitors some 40,0...
25/03/2016
Camino UK Heritage Tours

We begin our Journey Through Time by visiting Creswell Crags but Neanderthal people were much earlier visitors some 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. They would have been following herds of reindeer, bison, mammoths and horses and they would have had to compete with the lions and hyenas who were hunting the same prey. The skeleton below is a that of a baby hyena which died at Creswell around 40,000 years ago.

People walked long distances to find food and shelter, making their camps in the caves where they sometimes left behind their distinctive tools. It is the only place in Britain where examples of rock art, dating back to the ice age, can be found.

The photograph of the lake was taken at Creswell Crags today but the 'time window' picture (copyright Creswell Crags) is an artist's impression of how it might have been thousands of years ago.

To find out more about our Journey Through Time or our history mini-breaks, visit www.caminotours.co.uk

UK Heritage Tours with Jane and DaveFind out more about our Heart of England tour in June at http://caminotours.co.uk/we...
25/03/2016
Camino UK Heritage Tours

UK Heritage Tours with Jane and Dave

Find out more about our Heart of England tour in June at http://caminotours.co.uk/week-1/

Travel back to neolithic times with us and then on to medieval Britain. Complete our short survey at http://caminotours.co.uk/ to receive £100 off your Journey Through Time.

Or get together with a group of friends for a history of England mini break. See some examples at http://caminotours.co.uk/journeys-through-time-tour/minibreaks2/

Small friendly groups and lovely homely accommodation, do join us.

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24/03/2016

March 24, 1603, Richmond Palace, Richmond
The Death is announced of Queen Elizabeth I

The cause of the death of Queen Elizabeth was never confirmed as she stipulated that her body was not to be examined post mortem. She is generally believed to have died of blood poisoning caused by the application of the white make-up, called ceruse, a toxic mixture of white lead and vinegar.

Her body was embalmed and laid in state in a lead coffin at Whitehall. The coffin was then taken to Westminster Abby where it stayed until the funeral on 28 April. She was laid to rest next to her half-sister - a sister who had always disliked Elizabeth and who had had her imprisoned in the Tower of London - the Catholic Bloody Mary.
The tomb inscription reads:
“Regno consortes et urna, hic obdormimus Elizabetha et Maria sorores, in spe resurrectionis.”
"Consorts both in throne and grave, here we rest two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary,
in hope of our resurrection."

UK Heritage Tours with Jane and DaveGet together with a group of friends or family to explore a period of English histor...
16/03/2016

UK Heritage Tours with Jane and Dave

Get together with a group of friends or family to explore a period of English history over 2 or 3 days. Message us to find out more about our Heart of England mini breaks.

Take a one or two week Journey Through Time in the Heart of Engand. Have a look at www.caminotours.co.uk

Small friendly tours, tailored to your interests, flexible timing, comfortable transport,lovely homely accommodation.

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Getting up early for a walk this morning the weather was misty, damp and cold.  I decided to get on with some work inste...
16/03/2016
Camino Tours - Unique Journeys Through Time

Getting up early for a walk this morning the weather was misty, damp and cold. I decided to get on with some work instead! An hour or so later the skies were blue with fluffy white clouds, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the countryside felt beautiful.

People who don't live in Britain are often amazed at our climate and day length. This weekend I was talking to a lady from Thailand and explaining that we had no snow at Christmas but that it was equally possible to have snow in Spring. She was surprised because she is used to clearly defined seasons.

A Peruvian friend who stayed with us thought it must be so disconcerting to live with such a variation. She lived near the Equator and was used to sunrise at 6am and sunset at 6pm, always 12 hour days and nights.

When the sun sets in a blaze of red on the horizon it's always sobering to think that it is rising in another part of the world. The big night skies in parts of Australia or Africa are incredible but get out in to the countryside in Britain and you can experience some pretty wonderful night skies here too.

This is all part of what makes our island nation special and wonderful. It's great to travel and explore the world, but why not take some time this year to explore Britain and learn about our history and heritage. Join us on a one or two week Journey Through Time, details at www.caminotours.co.uk or message us to find out more about our mini-breaks.

Camino Tours offer small group holidays around Britain exploring the fascinating history and heritage of England.

As part of our Tours we visit Flag Fen where the first bronze age boats from Must Farm are being preserved.  I find look...
15/03/2016

As part of our Tours we visit Flag Fen where the first bronze age boats from Must Farm are being preserved. I find looking at those is an amazing experience and now all these new discoveries at Must Farm are so exciting.

During the 2006 evaluation of the site we were fortunate enough to find a large number of complete vessels of all shapes and sizes. It is really exciting that as we are excavating more of the site that more whole parts are appearing. Many vessels are almost identical to those from the evaluation creating a definite consistency across the settlement. Some may well have more burnt residues inside which will be extremely useful for examining late Bronze Age diets.

UK Heritage ToursTake a mini break in the Heart of England sometime this year.Get together with a group of friends or fa...
15/03/2016

UK Heritage Tours
Take a mini break in the Heart of England sometime this year.

Get together with a group of friends or family to explore a period of history, for example:

Pre-history to Iron Age times
Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Norman to Medieval England
Tudors to the time of the Civil Wars
Georgian and Victorian times

Small friendly tours, tailored to your interests, flexible timing, lovely homely accommodation

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14/03/2016

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If you would like to take a Heart of England history and heritage mini break, get in touch to find out more.  Whilst our...
14/03/2016

If you would like to take a Heart of England history and heritage mini break, get in touch to find out more. Whilst our full Journey Through Time takes you from cave dwelling times through to the present day, our mini breaks cover a period of history in 2-3 days. Perhaps get together with friends or family to explore:

Pre-history to Iron Age times
Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Norman to Medieval England
Tudors to the time of the Civil Wars
Georgian and Victorian times

or find out when you could join a mini break with others.

Small friendly tours, tailored to your interests, flexible timing.

Belton House is open again for 2016, reminding us of the great contrast between 'upstairs' and 'below stairs'.   If you ...
13/03/2016

Belton House is open again for 2016, reminding us of the great contrast between 'upstairs' and 'below stairs'. If you worked below stairs you slept in the attic, though by all accounts the servants were well looked after. If you were family or guest you had rather more choice and space. Which bed would you choose?

Flooding today caused road closures and drivers had to be rescued from their cars in Kenilworth.In Elizabethan times Ken...
09/03/2016

Flooding today caused road closures and drivers had to be rescued from their cars in Kenilworth.

In Elizabethan times Kenilworth Castle was partially surrounded by one of the biggest man-made lakes in the country. English Heritage, who now maintain this romantic ruin, bring the story of the castle alive, particularly evocatively describing the time that Elizabeth I visited in 1575 and was lavishly entertained by her close friend, Robert Dudley, with pageants and music and fireworks over the lake. Standing in the ruins, looking out at where the lake would have been, is quite magical.

We visit the castle on our Journey Through Time, do join us. More information can be found at www.caminotours.co.uk.

Trip Advisor gives Newark Castle 4.5  but a review written by King John would have been terrible.  He died here after a ...
07/03/2016

Trip Advisor gives Newark Castle 4.5 but a review written by King John would have been terrible. He died here after a feast in 1216 from a bad case of dysentery. Known for his bad temper, what kind of review would he have left from beyond the grave?

We stayed at the lovely Izaac Walton Hotel on the edge of the Peak District this weekend - our base for visiting the pla...
04/03/2016

We stayed at the lovely Izaac Walton Hotel on the edge of the Peak District this weekend - our base for visiting the plague village of Eyam, the impressive Georgian Kedleston Hall and the very first cotton mills at Cromford. We can honestly say that the service is second to none and the food is fabulous. The aim of our tours is to take people on a 'Journey Through Time'. It's a gentle learning experience as we work our way through history, visiting fascinating places to help us to learn how our country's history and culture has developed over time. Relaxing in lovely hotels at the end of a busy day is all part of the experience and we only pick places that we are confident will deliver great, friendly, British hospitality. We will soon be starting some short taster breaks, giving people the chance to spend just 2 or 3 days exploring one period of history. Get in touch if you are interested in joining us.

The first time we left Europe we didn’t have a choice!Britain used to be joined to the land mass which is now mainland E...
21/02/2016
Camino Tours - Unique Journeys Through Time

The first time we left Europe we didn’t have a choice!

Britain used to be joined to the land mass which is now mainland Europe. Several ice ages began the process of change but it wasn’t until the middle stone age, around 6,100BC, that Britain completely broke free of mainland Europe.
Landslides on the mainland triggered a massive tsunami. The water struck the Britain with such force it travelled 25 miles inland, turning low-lying plains into what is now the North Sea, and marshlands to the south into the Channel, meaning that Britain became an island nation.
Whether or not you believe we should stay in Europe now, come on a Journey Through Time with us to find out what has shaped our country since then. Find out more at http://caminotours.co.uk/

Taster Journeys are also available. Perhaps try our 2 day early history tour to find out about life from the time of our hunter gatherer ancestors to the arrival of the Romans. Email [email protected] to find out more.

Camino Tours offer small group holidays around Britain exploring the fascinating history and heritage of England.

Don't shoot the photographer!Week 2 of our Journey Through Time starts in Tudor Britain and then we journey on to the ti...
14/02/2016

Don't shoot the photographer!

Week 2 of our Journey Through Time starts in Tudor Britain and then we journey on to the time of the Civil Wars. This photograph was taken at the National Civil War Centre in Newark http://www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/

Find out more about our Journeys Through Time at http://caminotours.co.uk/

Markets and fairs have existed in England and Wales since time immemorial.  By 1066, the right to establish a market or ...
01/01/2016

Markets and fairs have existed in England and Wales since time immemorial. By 1066, the right to establish a market or fair was considered to be a royal franchise. Newark’s market was validated in the 12th Century by royal charter granted by Henry I.

31/12/2015

Nearly midnight and there is a beautiful huge red moon low on the eastern horizon.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2016.
Jane, Dave and Anna

Thinking about a holiday in England?Join us in June or October 2016 as we take a Journey Through Time in the very heart ...
28/12/2015
Camino UK Heritage Tours

Thinking about a holiday in England?

Join us in June or October 2016 as we take a Journey Through Time in the very heart of England.

Join us in a unique Journey Through Time as we explore the history, heritage and beauty of these special islands.
30/11/2015

Join us in a unique Journey Through Time as we explore the history, heritage and beauty of these special islands.

Quality small group travel.
30/11/2015

Quality small group travel.

Our Journey Through Time takes us through ancient Mercia, one of the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England.
30/11/2015

Our Journey Through Time takes us through ancient Mercia, one of the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England.

16/11/2015
Sadie Nine BBC Essex

Sadie Nine BBC Essex

Please share: 92yr old Joan Joslin from Stock recalls her time at Bletchley Park during WWII, decoding enemy messages and even learning swear words! Such a fantastic lady who did astonishing work.
It's so important to keep these memories alive.

16/11/2015
Did Churchill know Coventry was about to be bombed?

Did Churchill know Coventry was about to be bombed?

In the throes of war, difficult decisions have to be made. Prime Minister Winston Churchill was fully aware that Bletchley Park was breaking German codes, and even received regular digests of the intelligence gleaned, known as Hut 3 Headlines.

Vibrant multi - cultural modern day Britain. Celebrating Diwali in Leicester's Golden Mile.
15/11/2015

Vibrant multi - cultural modern day Britain. Celebrating Diwali in Leicester's Golden Mile.

Then forward in time to the medieval period.  Richard III was the last Plantagenet King.
15/11/2015

Then forward in time to the medieval period. Richard III was the last Plantagenet King.

Even in the wind and rain the views around the hill fort are evocative.
15/11/2015

Even in the wind and rain the views around the hill fort are evocative.

We enjoyed a mini Journey through Time  on Saturday, starting in the iron age with Burrough Hill Fort.
15/11/2015

We enjoyed a mini Journey through Time on Saturday, starting in the iron age with Burrough Hill Fort.

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04/09/2015

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20/06/2015

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20/06/2015

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