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New Orleans Jazz at Christmas QQQQ

Basingstoke, Hampshire

  • Jazz-filled Christmas
  • Winchester Cathedral
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£729 per person
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  • Special interest - Jazz Jazz
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A festive break with a difference!

Join your expert host and guest musicians, including John Shillito’s Band, the John Maddocks Jazzmen, and Graham Smith’s Jazz Allsorts, for this toe-tapping Christmas programme. Once you arrive, look forward to enjoying a welcome drink before meeting up with your fellow guests and host John Shillito. You’ll then settle down to your first evening of entertainment from John Shllito’s Band.

On Christmas Eve morning look forward to an included excursion to historic Winchester Cathedral for a guided tour, plus some free time in this historic city. Return to the hotel for lunch and an afternoon jazz session with your host and a special guest Simon Banks. After dinner, you’ll be entertained by the members of John Maddock’s Jazzmen. Christmas Day morning is free for you to do as you please. You can then tuck into a delicious traditional Christmas lunch which precedes a light-hearted jazz quiz. A buffet tea is followed by a fun jazz and blues session with John and Simon – a great end to the day’s festivities! Relax on Boxing Day morning, before an afternoon Christmas Jazz Party with John and Simon. After dinner, look forward to a live jazz performance by Graham Smith’s Jazz Allsorts, before your Christmas break winds to a close. Depart the next morning after breakfast.


  • Three evenings of live jazz from top bands
  • Two jazz sessions with your host
  • Jazz quiz
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Expert jazz host and Saga Host
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage in your hotel
  • Cancellation rights


  • Winchester Cathedral


Crowne Plaza Basingstoke, Old Common Rd, Black Dam, Basingstoke RG21 3PR


The 4-star Crowne Plaza Basingstoke (4Q) is a contemporary hotel situated one mile from the centre of Basingstoke.


The hotel has 140 rooms. 

Please note: the majority of bathrooms have shower cubicles, with a limited number having baths.

Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

Your stay at the Crowne Plaza Basingstoke includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners.


Your bands

Your guest performers

John Shillito

Inspired by vintage recordings of early American jazz masters, John borrowed an old cornet and started his playing career whilst still a Sheffield schoolboy. His successful career as a trumpeter, jazz musician and bandleader spans over five decades – he has played and sung at all the major UK festivals throughout Europe, in Russia and South Africa, as well as in the birthplace of jazz – New Orleans. His energy and enthusiasm for the music makes John the perfect host for this Christmas break.

Band details

John Maddocks Jazzmen

Headed by clarinet player John Maddocks, this traditional jazz band has its own distinctive sound and have toured both in this country and aboard for decades. In addition to John’s memorable clarinet playing, look forward to hearing both popular and lesser-known pieces played in their own dynamic style.

New Orleans Jazz at Christmas QQQQ

Basingstoke, Hampshire

from £729 per person 4 2
Prices from
£729 per person
4 2