Friendship Force World Conference 2017
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Please note:

  • All prices are in British Pounds
  • The day tours and Gala Banquet can be selected during the conference registration process. 
  • Cancellation policy for day tours and the Gala Banquet:  Between June 1 and July 18, 2017, there will be a £25 cancellation fee per person. No refunds can be made after July 18, 2017. 
  • Day tours not reaching the minimum number required may be cancelled, in which case an alternative will be offered or a full refund will be provided. You will be notified of any tour cancellation as soon as it is known, but certainly no later than 90 days prior to its start date.
  • Please contact Debbie Powell at if you have any questions about the options on this page.

Gala Banquet In The Sky

When : Saturday evening
Price: £80  New price just £55, thanks to our corporate sponsors!

Departure: Departs hotel 5:30 pm
Return:  9:30 pm or 10:30 pm
  • Coach to and from the Midland Hotel

  • Red carpet arrival at the hangar

  • Prosecco reception under the nose of the iconic British Airways Concorde

  • Tours inside Concorde 

  • A unique three-course dining experience under her wings

  • Half bottle of house red or white wine 

  • Tea and coffee after your meal

  • After-dinner speaker: "Wow, That's Aviation!"

  • Music, dancing and awards show

Walking Tour of Manchester

Available: Thursday 14:30-16:30, Saturday 9:00-11:00
Price: £12
Activity Level: Moderate

Your entertaining and knowledgeable guide will show you around the city center, giving you a two-hour taster of the history, architecture and culture whilst showing you the major sights. These include Manchester Town Hall, the Cathedral, and the Royal Exchange.

Manchester led the industrial revolution to become Cottonopolis and clothed world city has regenerated in recent years a vibrant fascinating place visit.

You'll discover parts of Manchester you may have missed if you were to walk around alone!

Includes: Pick-up at hotel and private guide

Media City- The BBC Tour

Available: Thursday 13:30-16:00

Price: £35
Activity Level: Easy

Explore behind the scenes of the British Broadcasting Corporation at Media City, home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes. 

With well-informed and friendly tour guides who will entertain and surprise you as you walk in the footsteps of some of the UK's favorite stars, viewing the most interesting areas, as well as gaining a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. 

Get involved! You can even try your hand at making your own news and weather bulletin in the interactive studio.

Includes: Coach transfers and private tour

The Beatles Tour

Available: Thursday and Saturday 8:30-16:30
Price: £50
Activity Level: Easy

Ready for the ultimate Beatles experience? Then let's head west to Liverpool to see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm.

See the Beatles' childhood homes, schools and colleges and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. Our last stop is the award-winning "The Beatles Story", the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of the Beatles. You be delighted by the interactive displays, hi-tech exhibits and endless memorabilia!

Includes: Coach transfers, two-hour private tour, entrance to "The Beatles' Story"

Chester: The Ancient Walled City

Available: Saturday 8:30-16:30
Price: £65
Activity Level: Moderate

Why not travel a little further and discover Chester and all it has to offer? This magnificent city is bursting with culture and is steeped in over 2000 years of history.

Take a guided tour and walk in the footsteps of the Romans following the city walls around the city, taking in historic sites as you go. Look out for the Eastgate clock built to celebrate the diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the world-famous shopping Rows and the impressive cathedral which originally started out as a Saxon church. Be sure to bring your camera!

Around one o'clock it's time to take a break and enjoy a delicious English Afternoon Tea.

Includes: Coach transfers, guided walking tour, afternoon tea.

A Walk in the Country

Available: Saturday 9:00 - 15:00
Price: £50
Activity Level: Moderate

Enjoy a relaxing day in Whalley Bridge, an attractive small town on the edge of the Peak District surrounded by reservoirs, rolling hills and green fields. 

Join your guide on a picturesque circular walk around Ladder Hill with views of Combs and Fernilee reservoirs. Stroll down peaceful country lanes and admire the fine views towards Manchester and the cliffs of Combs Edge. 

Afterwards, explore the town with a wonderful array of local pubs, cafes and independent shops selling a fine selection of wines, food and gifts.

Includes: Coach transfers, walking guide, packed lunch 

Highlights of Manchester Coach Tour

Available: Thursday 12:00-16:00
Price: £35
Activity Level: Easy
Board your coach for this four-hour tour of Manchester's highlights, throughout which your tour guide will give you a commentary and explain the history of the city and the sights. You'll also be given a boxed lunch to eat on the way!

The tour showcases both the historic buildings of the city as well as the more modern face of Manchester. It will also include outside views of Whitworth Gallery, Old Trafford Stadium, Salford Quays, Castlefield and more. On this highlights tour you will get to see the best of Manchester from the comfort of the coach, all expertly narrated by a friendly and knowledgeable local guide! 

Includes: Coach travel, boxed lunch and guide services.

Manchester Canal Cruise - Waiting List Only

Available: Saturday 8:30-12:30
Price: £35
Activity Level: Easy

Guides meet you at the hotel for an easy 10-minute stroll up to Castlefield, the inner-city conservation area in Manchester.

From there you'll begin your gentle, relaxing cruise which allows you to see Manchester from a different angle all from the comfort of your own private luxury canal barge on the historic 250 year old Bridgewater Canal. 

On this voyage you get the experience of both being lowered and raised in Pomona Lock and with full commentary by an experienced guide, you will be shown the most important and interesting sights in Manchester situated on the canal.

Includes: Private guide and cruise.