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  • The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre

    Now having been showing for nearly 30 years in London, with many people returning time and time again, experience the unforgettable musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA . Phantom continues to entrance audiences with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising and unforgettable score, the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, all of which magically bring to life the legendary love story.

    Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.

    The combination of opulent sets, beautiful costumes and fabulous special effects creates a theatrical experience not to be missed.

    For more information on the show, please click here.

    MATINEE SHOW STARTS AT 230pm. RUNNING TIME APPROX 2hrs 30 mins

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, there should be some free time to enjoy prior to the show.

    This show is also available to book on our regular Saturday London Showtime day trips

    Thu 18 September 2014

    1 Day

    £59 per adult

  • War Horse - West End Show

    The record breaking hit show based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo. Actors, working with astonishing life-sized puppets, take audiences on an unforgettable journey through history.

    At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

    Suitable for ages 10 and over.

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, there should be some free time to enjoy prior to the show.

    For more information, please click here.

    This show is also available to book on our regular London Showtime day trips on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Prices vary, contact us for details.

    Thu 18 September 2014

    1 Day

    £79 per adult

  • Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre

    Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production makes its highly anticipated return to the West End. Since Miss Saigon’s sensational record-breaking run at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago, it has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world.

    Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as 'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.

    For more information on the show, please click here.

    SHOW STARTS AT 230pm.

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, there should be some free time to enjoy prior to the show.

    This show is also available to request on our regular Saturday London Showtime day trips.

    DEMAND FOR TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW IS CURRENTLY EXTREMELY HIGH. ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED 20 NOVEMBER 2014 WITH SEATS LOCATED IN THE GRAND CIRCLE ON THIS DATE ONLY. TICKETS FOR STALLS & CIRCLE ARE ON REQUEST SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND AT A SUPPLEMENT.

    Thu 18 September 2014

    1 Day

    £69 per adult

  • Anglesey Abbey & Watermill National Trust

    A Jacobean-style country house with a collection of treasures set in fine formal and informal gardens with a working watermill; it is a place of peace and tranquillity. A passion for tradition and impressing guests inspired one man to transform a run-down country house and desolate landscape. At the age of 30, the future Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home. Wanting to inspire and surprise visitors, he created a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons and a cosy house in which to entertain. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and guests enjoyed 1930s luxury. Inside, you can discover fine furnishings, books, paintings, silver and rare clocks give a feeling of opulence. Outside, 46 hectares offer vibrant colour, delicious scents and the simple pleasures of nature. Also see Lode Mill which has been in operation for a couple of centuries. Most of its current working parts are about 150 years old, however there has been a mill on this site for around a thousand years and it is referred to in the Domesday Book. Step inside and see a fully working mill and maybe even take a bag of freshly ground flour home with you.

    Price includes entrance and return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    A travel only price is available for National Trust members and can be selected during the online booking process or when making a telephone booking.

    For more information, please click here.

    Sat 20 September 2014

    1 Day

    £38 per adult

  • Languedoc & Pyrenees Explorer

    A 9 day coach holiday or the option of a 7 day coach holiday with initial Eurostar/TGV train transfers.

    Enjoy a splendid week in the South of France with Buzzlines as you stay in one of a range of delightful villas at the 3* Domaine L’Espinet park in the foothills of the Pyrenees.  L’Espinet lies in wooded country near the town of Quillan, and is situated for British visitors in one of the great unexplored regions of Southern France.  By visiting after peak season we are able to take advantage of very reasonable accommodation rates to offer a full week’s half-board holiday for less than £600.

    Our relaxed visit programme for the week includes visits to Carcassonne and the Mediterranean beaches, and a spectacular day in the Pyrenees with a memorable ride through the mountains and gorges on the Petit Train Jaune.   Yet there is still plenty of time to  mix your own local sightseeing in Cathar Country with relaxation by the lake or gentle strolling alongside the River Aude. 

    L’Espinet has a very flexible range of villas of up to three bedrooms to suit lone travellers, couples, or larger parties of families or friends.  Our price includes linen, towels and post-departure cleaning – all you have to do is relax and enjoy yourselves for the week!

    Delightful villas at the 3* Domaine L’Espinet park in the foothills of the Pyrenees

     

    We also offer the choice of letting us take your baggage for you while you enjoy the high-speed rail journey to and from the South of France; or you can give yourself an extra couple of days and take the coach the whole way, breaking the journey in both directions at Orleans. 

    This tour departs by coach on Saturday 20th September and is being planned to run again in June 2015 – see the listing on our website for further details. 

    If you exercise the option to travel  to the South of France by train you don’t then leave until Sunday 21st, and you return home the following Saturday.   We will organise Eurostar tickets for you from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris Nord; and then onwards by TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Narbonne, where our coach will meet you.  You connect between Paris Nord and Gare de Lyon by local suburban service for which we will provide the Metro tickets – just two stops – and your outward departure from Paris Gare de Lyon is expected to be the 14:07.  On the returning Saturday we will deliver you to Narbonne for the 11:28 departure into Paris, arriving 15:53 to connect with your early-evening Eurostar. If you wish, we can arrange for your luggage to be collected a day or two before you travel. The luggage will then go on the coach the whole way – you will need only to make your own way to your selected Eurostar station on the day of travel, and of course home again a week later with your baggage to follow.

    If you wish, you can depart earlier or return later and enjoy an en-route break in Paris, for which we will be pleased to arrange a hotel for you on request. Please keep in mind that because of the train costs in excess of what would otherwise be the cost of your stopover hotel, you should expect a surcharge on the tour price. We cannot be exact about this as Eurostar and TGV advance-booked seat prices vary by the day. As a general rule the earlier you book the cheaper the rail fares, so if you are interested in travelling in this way please let us know and we will enquire what fares are available for you before you commit one way or the other. The excess is likely to be in the range £50-£200 per head, more if you decide to upgrade. You can also choose to arrange your own rail (or air) travel between home and Narbonne, in which case the tour price is reduced to £535.

    For those travelling south by coach, our adventure starts on the Saturday as our departure and channel tunnel crossing is timed to get us by late afternoon to our stopover hotel – the 4* Suite-Home in the Saran suburb of Orleans.    Our stopover hotel is well known to us as it also serves as base for our touring holidays in the Loire Valley, and we have time for an evening visit to the heart of Orleans where we make our own choices of restaurant in the city centre before heading back to the hotel.

    On Sunday morning we enjoy the excellent buffet breakfast at the hotel before heading south down the Autoroute, breaking at Millau for a view of the magnificent suspension bridge.  After Clermont Ferrand our route becomes especially spectacular as we pass through the volcanic relief of Auvergne before dropping down to the Mediterranean coast through the spectacular Gorges de L’Herault.  This is by no means a tedious flog down the Autoroute and there is some wonderful scenery to enjoy at a gentle pace, especially with the roads more or less free of HGV traffic at the weekend.

    At Narbonne we then rendezvous with our companions making the trip by train, and we then continue to Domaine de L’Espinet where we expect to arrive soon after 7pm to enjoy an evening meal.

    We give ourselves Monday to relax after the long journey and this is our driver’s rest day.  There is lots to do in and around the holiday village, where facilities include:

    • Both indoor and outdoor pools
    • An onsite shop
    • An excellent restaurant Le Brantalou
    • a sauna complex with steam room, Jacuzzi and gym (available at a supplement)
    • a beauty salon
    • a range of sports facilities including tennis courts, basketball, badminton, volleyball, football, table tennis and petanque
    • hiking tracks on and around the domain
    • hire of mountain bikes

    On Tuesday we make for the mountains for a memorable day out.  We set off first to the winter ski resort of Font Romeu where we join the 10am train bound for Villefranche-en-Conflent, just under two hours away.  This takes us on Le Petit Train Jaune, the world’s first third-rail electric railway line originally commissioned in 1909 for the conveyance of mineral ore from the mountains down to the Mediterranean ports.  Now converted for passenger services, this intricate line seems to defy impossibility as it crosses precipitous viaducts and passes through dozens of short tunnels, stopping occasionally at a small village or hiker’s halt. 

    On reaching Villefranche we break for lunch and enjoy a guided walk around the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Vauban fortifications, dating from around 1707.  The original town dates from 1098, and was fortified because of its strategic position in lands that repeatedly changed hands between French and Spanish occupation. 

    We then move on to visit the Grandes-Canalettes caves, just a few hundred metres from the walls of Villefranche.   One of the most visited of all attractions in the Pyrenees, this remarkable cave system was only discovered in 1951 and its spectacular White Chamber remained undiscovered until the 1980s.

    Then our final spectacle in what we hope will be a memorable day is en route back to L’Espinet as we pause for an hour to visit the amazing sandstone rock columns at Ille sur Tet.  It is a short walk over even ground to reach these geological wonders and a great opportunity for photographers as the sandstone columns can be pictured against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Canigou just a few kilometers to the south.

    On Wednesday we put our feet up again at L’Espinet and enjoy the on-site facilities.  Then in the afternoon we have the services of a local guide as we visit the intriguingly-named Labyrinthe vert de Nébias, an area of ancient settlement, pathways, rock formations, and tranquillity.  Fairly easy underfoot, this walk should suit everyone and you can readily find a comfortable spot to rest-up.

    On to our penultimate full day, Thursday.  In the morning we take the short trip down to the Aude Valley to visit the medieval walled citadel of Carcassonne, second only to the Eiffel Tower in the list of tourist attractions in all of France.  We give ourselves an hour or two here to stroll the citadel walls and take in the splendid views, but we then move down to the often-missed old town of Carcassonne where there is a delightful mix or boulevards, squares, shops and bistros where we can spend a couple of hours spanning lunch.    

    We continue our exploration in the afternoon as we pause at the Canal du Midi – again UNESCO-listed –before moving on to the nearby village of Lastours where we are able to see the fabled four Châteaux Lastours – part of the region’s great Cathar history and officially recognised for more than a century as a Monument de France. And as this brings us into Minervois wine country, we make our last visit of the day to one of the area’s wine villages, Caunes-Minervois, whose 8th Century Abbey is another regional highlight.

    For Friday, the coach takes us to the seaside as we spend the day at Cap d’Agde.  Arriving mid-morning, we give ourselves the full day to go our own way in this colourful beach resort with its gardens, marina and attractions which include one of Europe’s most popular naturist beaches. For those interested, the coach will offer a short hop to the original town of Agde, which dating from 525 B.C is one of the very oldest settlements in France.  The bronze Ephebe of Agde, of the 4th century B.C, recovered from the fluvial sands of the River Hérault, is on display alongwith many other artefacts of Greek and Roman settlement at the Musée de L’Ephèbe in Cap d’Agde.

    Saturday has arrived and it is time to bid farewell to Isabelle and her team at Domaine L’Espinet.  The coach makes first for the TGV station at Narbonne where we drop off our railway travellers, before we continue north for our overnight stop in Orleans.  We will pause early evening for a break in the city of Bourges where we will choose our own restaurants, with time to enjoy a glimpse of this historic city and its Cathedral de St Étienne, of UNESCO World Heritage recognition.   

    On Sunday we continue our journey back to Calais, breaking for a few hours either side of lunch in Amiens.  Here you will have the chance to visit the city’s great cathedral – yet again UNESCO world heritage listed – with plenty of time for lunch in one of the many restaurants flanking the Canal de la Somme, and if you wish a short stroll alongside the canal to visit Les Hortillonages – the city’s famous island gardens. We leave Amiens later in the afternoon for our final hop of two hours or so to Calais and our return crossing to Kent. 

    Sat 20 September 2014

    9 Days

    £585 per adult

  • Bath & Bristol City weekend break

    Join us on this wonderful weekend break taking in the historic cities of Bristol and Bath.

    In recent years the city of Bristol has undergone a renaissance and has now become one of the UK’s top visitor destinations. It is a lively city set around an historic harbour with fascinating architecture, a rich cultural heritage and award winning attractions. Bath is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and this magnificent city presents iconic attractions and some of the finest architectural sights in Europe.

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    Day 1 Saturday - We leave Kent and aim to arrive in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath around lunchtime. A World Heritage site since 1987, the city and its honeycoloured buildings are surrounded by beautiful countryside. There’s so much to see and do with its stunning Georgian architecture, lovely flower filled streets, parks and gardens. See the famous sights such as the Pump Rooms and Roman Baths, the beautiful abbey, plus the magnificent Crescent and the unique Pulteney Bridge. The compactness of the city makes it ideal for walking tours with a local guide. We take the opportunity to enjoy free time in this vibrant city before making the short drive to the heart of Bristol and check in at the splendid 4-star Marriott hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel in the evening and after this your time is your own to do as you would like.

    Day 2 Sunday – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by free time to explore the city and its attractions. Why not take in the city on a red open top bus tour with sights including Clifton Suspension Bridge, Avon Gorge, some famous street art and the Aquarium. Alternatively take a boat tour of the Floating Harbour, one of the best ways to see the docks and hear about their history. You can visit the renowned cathedral or explore the narrow cobbled streets and magnificent buildings of Bristol's original old town. You could also enjoy the nautical perspective of this historic city with a tour of the SS Great Britain, the world's first great ocean liner designed by one of the world’s greatest architects – Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew alike. We leave Bristol mid-afternoon and make our return journey to arrive back in Kent mid evening.

    Sat 20 September 2014

    2 Days

    £104 per adult

  • Spitfire Scramble!

    A great day out themed around the Battle of Britain. We begin the day with a grandstand view of the Aerovintage Mark V Spitfire as it starts up for its first display sortie of the day from a grass airstrip between Ashford and Folkestone. On some days there will be a double-treat as the Spitfire is accompanied occasionally by a Hawker Hurricane. Both of these aircraft saw World War II action and are credited with enemy kills. We are the sole audience for the initial scramble so you have a great chance to meet the pilot, chat to the groundcrew and to take close-up photographs of the start-up, taxi and take-off. The aircraft operators, Aerovintage Ltd, will have a memorabilia stand at the airfield and there is also an irresistible breakfast wagon on site.

    Other aircraft likely to be seen at the airfield include an operational USAF Harvard and what is believed to be the only remaining Hawker Fury biplane in the world. This aircraft, of 1928 vintage, is widely regarded as the most beautiful biplane ever built, and it is currently at the airfield undergoing engine refit.

    Our schedule for the day starts at the airfield at 09:30. Having seen the Spitfire (and possibly the Hurricane too) take to the skies, we make for the Battle of Britain memorial at Capel-le-Ferne where we will have the chance to see our aircraft again as they fly-by the White Cliffs on their display sorties.

    Around 12:30 we climb back on the coach and make for the delightful Cat & Custard Pot at Paddlesworth. This modest little pub was the favoured off-base retreat of Battle of Britain aircrew stationed at RAF Hawkinge and is rich in its own history including being home of the notorious rhyme “The Highest Church, The Lowest Steeple, The Poorest Parish, The Fewest People”. The pub will be pleased to meet your lunch orders but we will be asked to exercise our selections earlier in the morning so we will see to that on board the coach.

    After lunch we head back just the few hundred yards or so to Hawkinge Battle of Britain Museum where the entrance charge is included in the trip price. There will be plenty of time to take-in the museum’s wonderful collection of memorabilia and especially perhaps its efforts to offer some background to as many as possible of the 537 who lost their lives in consequence of this pivotal fight for control of the skies over London and the South of England. In remembering “The Few” we also have the opportunity to cross over the road from the museum into Hawkinge Cemetery which has a section containing the 95 British & Commonwealth headstones and 59 graves of German aircrew killed in the Battle of Britain. The Museum also has an excellent tea-room and there is the opportunity for tea and scones before we all head for home late afternoon.

    Through the summer season the Spitfire and Hurricane will typically operate here on about 6 weekends, so each year we expect to be able to run around 12 of these day excursions, all of them on Saturdays and Sundays. To help our customers make the most of the day, we will avoid trying to pick-up from all over the county each day and instead we will focus our service on a particular area so that we concentrate the pick-up regime and get you quickly to the venue. For anyone living in or around Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, please feel free to book on any dates. If the main coach route is close to you we will stop for you, if not we will operate feeder services which will bring you directly to meet the coach at the airfield, and those feeders will take you home again at the end of the afternoon.

    For those living at greater distance, ie Medway, Maidstone, North Kent Coast, Thanet and Deal, we will favour your home areas in rotation from one date to the next, as per the list below.

    These occasions are also available to be booked en bloc by Groups in which case please contact Jackie Suckling at the Buzzlines office in the normal way or email Jackie@buzzlines.co.uk 

    Pick-up catchments typically between 08:00-09:00 hrs as follows:

    Saturday 20th September Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Sittingbourne

    Sunday 21st September Maidstone via Bearsted, Harrietsham, Lenham and Charing to Ashford


    Adult £35, Children £25
    Price includes entrance to the airfield and aircraft viewing, and entry to the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge. Lunch at the Cat & Custard Pot at Paddlesworth is not included.

    Weather Warning: If the weather prevents the Spitfire and Hurricane flying we will still offer the airfield and museum programme with a 50% reduction on a future Spitfire excursion.

    Sat 20 September 2014

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Cambridge

    Enjoy a visit to Cambridge. Sometimes described as the loveliest city in Britain, you will be captivated by the great beauty of the college and university buildings, the magnificent courtyards, the bridges and 'Backs' along the River Cam and the wealth of architectural styles to be admired.

    Cambridge is a compact city with a wonderful choice of shops. From the hustle and bustle of the city’s market where you can rub shoulders with the locals in Market Square, to an abundance of boutiques and independent shops as well as high street brands, designer labels and shopping centres; Cambridge has it all. The colourful and historic open air market in Market Square in the heart of the City, offers a wide range of produce, goods and services, from superb quality fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, to books, clothing, sweets, a tailoring service, flowers, crafts and refreshments.

    For more information on what to see and do in Cambridge,and further visitor information including maps please click here.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

     

    Sat 20 September 2014

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show London

    The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show (BSSBS for short!) is one of the largest and most popular papercraft shows in the UK! The show is simply unmissable for fans of cardmaking, scrapbooking, rubber stamping and other crafts.

    The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace, North London, offers the perfect chance to top up on craft supplies, spot the latest trends and learn new techniques. Held in Alexandra Palace's Great Hall, the Show features over 50 papercraft retailers exhibiting all manner of craft wares. In addition to the fantastic craft shopping on offer at the show there are bundles of free craft demonstrations to watch, both in the dedicated demonstration area and on exhibitor stands.

    For more information, please click here

    Price includes show ticket and return coach travel. May be a shared departure.

     

    Sun 21 September 2014

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • Torquay, Dartmoor & The English Riviera

    South Devon beckons with the classic seaside resort of Torquay, stunning towns and villages of the English Riviera and picturesque Dartmoor scenery.

    The beautiful English Riviera stretches along 22 miles of stunning South Devon coastline with its cliffs, coves and beaches to explore and enjoy, and has been a popular holiday destination for centuries. With its mild climate, the profusion of flowers and subtropical plants, a sandy beach and deep blue sea glittering along the wide sweep of Torbay, Torquay has justifiably earned the title of “the Queen of the English Riviera”. It is the most glamorous and famous of all the West Country resorts with a palm-tree lined promenade, seafront gardens, a lively harbour and an international marina. It is steeped in history and was the birthplace and home of internationally renowned writer Agatha Christie. Overflowing with vitality and plenty to see and do, there are of course also many delightful tea rooms where you can enjoy a traditional Devonshire cream tea!

    Torquay and South Devon are perfect for a holiday at any time of the year! What makes Torquay so attractive as a holiday destination is not just the resort itself but also its pretty setting and its location as a touring centre. The beautiful scenery of Dartmoor and The Riviera’s prettiest towns and villages are all within easy reach.

    We include a visit to the Dartmoor National Park, with its purple heather-clad moorland, wide open landscapes, picture postcard villages and abundance of myths, legends and ghostly goings on! We see Dartmouth with narrow streets, overhanging medieval houses, old quays and breathtaking views over the estuary. Then on to Salcombe , a vibrant and busy little town that still manages to retain that unique Devon charm. It has a thriving harbour but now without the pirates! Torbay’s highlights include Paignton with its award-winning beaches and historic pier, Babbacombe with England’s highest cliff-top promenade and Brixham with colourful houses, historic harbour and life-size replica of Francis Drake’s Golden Hind.

    For more information on Torquay, please click here.

    Sun 21 September 2014

    6 Days

    £449 per adult

  • Colchester Zoo

    Join us on our coach day trip to the wonderful Colchester Zoo.

    Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award and the “Sustainable Tourism Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board.

    With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 40 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, 2 road trains and much more!

    For more information on Colchester Zoo, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach plus entry costs. A discount is available for children aged 3 - 14 yrs.

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

     

     

    Tue 23 September 2014

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • Colchester day out

    A coach day trip to visit Britain's oldest recorded town, beautiful Colchester in Essex, with so much to see and do.

    Colchester was originally a settlement before the Romans came. The Romans were attacked and Colchester destroyed by Queen Boadicea in the year AD60. Colchester is a great place for a day out, with museums, park and the castle, plus many other things to do as well as shopping. There are small specialist shops as well as the well known stores in the shopping arcades.

    For more information on Colchester, please click here

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

     

     

    Tue 23 September 2014

    1 Day

    £26 per adult

  • Essex Villages & Lavenham

    A lovely scenic tour through this beautiful rural part of the country, visiting Finchingfield and travelling through Clare, Cavendish and the Roding Villages, in the heart of Dick Turpin Country. We also include a visit to the attractive Suffolk town of Lavenham.

    Includes return travel by coach.

    Tue 23 September 2014

    1 Day

    £27 per adult

  • Monet's Garden France

    France is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in all of Europe, with those at Giverny continuing to give as much pleasure and inspiration today as they did to their creator, Claude Monet. The gardens have been lovingly restored and give a vivid impression of Monet's favourite subject for painting. There are two parts in Monet's garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden. The two parts of Monet's garden contrast and complement one another. The gardens are filled with poppies, lupins, delphiniums and peonies, and throughout the year the atmosphere is of abundant colour and luxuriant growth. Arched bridges, painted an acid apple green, are festooned with wisteria and the draped fronds of weeping willow frame the water lilies - Monet's paintings brought unnervingly to life.

    Includes return travel by coach,scheduled Eurotunnel crossing and entrance to Monet's Garden. Visit lasts approximately 3.5 hours. We arrive back in the UK around 930pm subject to travel before returning to your original collection point.
    Please note: There is an early morning start on this trip.

    Taking pictures is permitted in the garden, but only from the walkways. Picnics are forbidden. Photos and videos are strictly forbidden in the house. However it is allowed to take pictures out of the windows in Monet's bedroom. No catering facilities are available at the venue.

    Wed 24 September 2014

    1 Day

    £51 per adult

  • Buckingham Palace & 2-course Carvery Lunch

    Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.

    Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen and  Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. For a short period during Summer, when not being used in its official capacity, the Palace's nineteen magnificent state rooms are open to visitors.

    The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

    "Royal Childhood", the special exhibition at the Summer Opening, tells the story of life as a young member of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. The exhibition includes paintings and photographs, letters, favourite toys and clothing and many items are on display for the first time.

    At the end of a visit to the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace's popular Garden Cafe on the West Terrace is the perfect place to gather and enjoy views across the famous lawn.

    A visit to Buckingham Palace lasts approximately two and a half hours. Prior to our visit, you will first enjoy a sumptuous 2-course carvery lunch in Knightsbridge at the elegant Rembrandt Hotel with everything from a salad bar to smoked salmon, freshly carved meat off the bone, pasta, fish, meat and freshly prepared vegetables concluding with coffee.

    This wonderful coach day trip includes entry ticket to the Palace State Rooms and Exhibition, a 2-course carvery lunch and return travel.

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    Top Image copyright Photographer: Peter Smith
    Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
    Bottom Image copyright Photographer: Andrew Holt
    The Royal Collection © 2010 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    Thu 25 September 2014

    1 Day

    £64 per adult

  • Adam Henson's Cotswold Park Farm & Oxford

    Deep in the Gloucestershire countryside, amid rolling Cotswold hills and lush green meadows, discover Cotswold Farm Park better known as 'Adam’s Farm' from BBC TV’s popular Countryfile programme. Here you can see the many rare breeds collected on the farm and perhaps come face to face with one of the stars of Countryfile - Eric the bull! Our great value weekend break includes entry to the farm together along with a visit to vibrant Oxford world famous for its history, heritage and culture. Perhaps visit one of the university colleges, the landmark Bridge of Sighs or the museum which tells the story of Oxford and its people. Take a cruise on the tranquil Thames, trace the steps of Inspector Morse and Harry Potter or explore the city’s Botanic Garden.

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    Day 1 Saturday We make our way from Kent directly to Oxford. This beautiful city, often referred to as the “City of dreaming spires” is steeped in a rich and fascinating history. Famous for its prestigious Oxford University, the city is home to its 38 colleges whereby many notable scholars have emerged. There are many famous buildings like the Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs which regularly feature on TV as landmarks of the city. Its charming scenery has been the inspiration for many, including Lewis Carroll and J.R.R Tolkien. There are also many recognisable scenes from popular films such as Harry Potter and TV series like Inspector Morse. You won’t be disappointed with the bustling atmosphere and incredible architecture. You can take in the incredible sights by starting your visit with a walking tour or alternatively explore Oxford on a City Sightseeing bus or even by bike! Take in one of the museums, many of which are free and if it’s sunny then why not go punting or take a relaxing river cruise? Climb to the top of one of Oxford’s towers and witness the breath-taking views for yourself. There is so much to do in Oxford, from discovering quaint cafés and tea rooms to exploring the famous Botanic Garden or Oxford Castle. After free time, we will make the short journey to Steeple Aston late afternoon for our overnight stay at the historic Holt Hotel.

    Day 2 Sunday After a leisurely breakfast, we leave the hotel and head to “Adam’s Farm”, the Cotswold Farm Park farmed by Adam Henson as featured on BBCs Countryfile. Home of Rare Breeds Conservation, the Cotswold Farm Park is part of the 650 hectare Bemborough Farm set high on the Cotswold Hills. Established in 1971 by Adam’s father Joe, the Cotswold Farm Park was the first rare breeds farm to open to the public and it has welcomed millions of happy visitors in the 43 years since opening. Specialising in conservation and education, there is lots to see and do for all ages. From Gloucester cattle to Guernsey goats, Cotswold sheep to crested ducks, there's a rare breed for every week of the year. There are daily demonstrations, a farm safari ride, a Touch barn, conservation area, gift shop and café and much more. We will begin our journey home mid afternoon.

    For more information on the Cotswold Farm Park, please click here

     

    Sat 27 September 2014

    2 Days

    £114 per adult

  • Highgrove Private Gardens Of The Prince Of Wales

    This very special garden tour gives the opportunity to visit the garden at Highgrove House, home of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Princes William and Harry played in these gardens as children. HRH The Prince of Wales has spent 30 years transforming the grounds of Highgrove into what have been acknowledged as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness’s strict adherence to organic and sustainable methods has helped create gardens which are both magical and intriguing while being environmentally sound; encouraging both plants and wildlife to thrive.

    Now you can take a private tour led by one of His Royal Highness’s knowledgeable garden guides through the extraordinary series of gardens including The Stumpery, the stunning wildflower meadow and the impressive walled garden. Each of these is a highly personal and inspiring reflection of the interests and enthusiasms of His Royal Highness. Following our tour, we have arranged for a pot of tea/coffee per person plus a warm scone which is served with clotted cream and Highgrove jam. This will be served in The Orchard Room restaurant and there will also be free time to explore the adjacent Highgrove shop.

    As well as our Highgrove visit, on our first day we also include a visit to The Vyne, a wonderful National Trust property.

    Highgrove image credit Niels van Gijn 2012

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 – We head to The Vyne, an intimate family home with a long history. From its royal beginnings in Tudor times to its place today as an intriguing retreat for you to explore, you can lose yourself in the surroundings that inspired great authors such as Jane Austen. Discover a chapel where sunlight streams in through stained-glass windows, a ring that inspired Tolkien or an oak gallery fit for a king. The gardens are a peaceful escape and you can enjoy a stroll by the ornamental lake. Why not take in the restored Walled Garden, now a working kitchen garden providing delicious, fresh and seasonal produce to the Tudor tea-room. For further information, please click here. For any National Trust Members, a £10 discount will apply to the price of the trip. You will need to show your National Trust Card on the day to gain entry.

    Day 2 – We visit Highgrove. Please note that all visitors to Highgrove must bring some form of photographic identification with them - ideally a passport, driving licence or bus pass. Alternatively two utility bills will be accepted. Our guided tour around the garden takes approximately 2 hours and covers two miles of garden. Visitors with walking difficulties should also be aware that some paths are unmade and there are cobblestones on the estate. We suggest suitable walking shoes and clothing as the tours continue during wet weather. Light lunches, teas and refreshments are available in the beautiful setting of The Orchard Room. Only food purchased at Highgrove may be consumed in the Orchard Room or on the Terrace. Please be aware that there are no picnic facilities on the Estate. The Highgrove Shop is situated adjacent to The Orchard Room.

    Highgrove House & Gardens

    The garden at Highgrove embodies The Prince's environmental philosophy: that it is better to work with Nature than against it. When he bought the Highgrove estate in 1980, The Prince was adamant that it should be an entirely organic garden and farm. However, at that time there was no sign of a garden at all. Thirteen years later in the book ‘Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate’ The Prince wrote: “It was difficult to know where to begin and I knew nothing about the practical aspects of gardening.” His Royal Highness sought the advice of a friend, Lady Salisbury, who was an experienced organic gardener well-known for her work at Cranbourne and at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. She and The Prince laid out parts of the garden with scented plants. Wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, holboellia, lilies and thyme were chosen to surround the house. On the advice of Miriam Rothschild, another gardening expert and one of the country’s leading advocates of biodiversity, The Prince created an experimental wild flower meadow. His Royal Highness desperately wanted to protect our native flora and fauna which was in decline due to modern farming methods. The meadow already boasts around 32 different varieties of endangered native plants including ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle, common spotted orchid, meadow crane’s bill and ragged robin. At its westerly end, the meadow is also home to some of the National Collection of Beeches which The Prince maintains on behalf of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG). The Prince is Patron of the NCCPG, which conserves the diversity of our plant heritage through its national collections. In addition to part of the National Collection of Beeches, His Royal Highness has the National Collection of Hostas, a large-leafed plant which he loves. Every year The Prince takes on a new project to take his garden in new directions, such as his walled kitchen garden or the arboretum. The Walled Kitchen Garden helps the Highgrove estate achieve self sufficiency in fruit and vegetables. Colour and form are important, with lettuce seedlings planted in rows of contrasting colours, but ultimately the garden is used to grow vegetables in the cottage garden tradition. Vegetable varieties loved by The Prince are grown such as Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries, leeks, spring cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots. A wide variety of apples are grown from trees next to the Orchard Room, along with others gathered from the Walled Garden, including Formosa Nonpareil, Golden Knot, Cornish Aromatic and Lady’s Delight. There are also examples of some very rare cooking apple trees, of types which are now virtually extinct. Many of the apples grown in the orchard are sent to the Priory, a local retirement home and Tetbury Hospital. For further information on Highrove, please click here.

    Sun 28 September 2014

    2 Days

    £164 per adult

  • Woburn Abbey & Woburn Safari Park

    Discover all that Woburn has to offer with a joint ticket for Woburn Safari Park and Woburn Abbey.

    Set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park, Woburn Abbey has been home to the Earls and Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years and is now the home of the 15th Duke and Duchess and their family. Enjoy stunning works of art, recognised as one of the world's finest private collections, including pieces by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Van Dyck, Cuyp and the largest private collection of Venetian views painted by Canaletto in the UK, second only to the Royal Collection. View captivating antiques and personal items treasured throughout the centuries. Discover fascinating Woburn and its part in English history, the origins of Afternoon Tea and tour the peaceful gardens.

    Touring the Abbey covers three floors, including the Gold and Silver Vaults. Within the grounds there are 28 acres of gardens, the superb Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre (covering 11,000 sq ft, representing over 40 dealers), the Pottery, the Duchess' Gift Shop and the Duchess' Tea Room. Designated picnic areas within the park and grounds are available.

    New for 2014 VALIANT HEARTS EXHIBITION
    As part of the centenary anniversary of World War I, Woburn Abbey will be holding an exhibition and exploring and explaining the roles played during the War by the 11th Duke and Duchess and the Abbey itself. The Duke established and paid for a training garrison whilst the Duchess converted parts of the Abbey to create one of the most advanced hospitals of the time to treat wounded soldiers. The exhibition will include artefacts, photographs and archive material telling the individual stories of men and women, both local and from the Estate, who in some way were part of this unique and moving story.

    The tranquil Woburn Abbey Gardens were the inspiration of Humphry Repton, the famous landscape gardener of the early 19th century, who contributed to their design. Enjoy both formal and natural garden environments: from manicured lawns and flower beds to woodland, glades and lakes. Follow the Garden Trail to find out more about what you can see in the gardens today, including the recent restoration works of Repton's original Pleasure Grounds from 200 years ago. For more information on Woburn Abbey, please click here.

    With over 800 animals, Woburn Safari Park is great for all ages and all of the attractions are included in the entry price. Combine the experience of the Safari drive with the fun and close animal encounters of the Wild World Leisure Area. Meet the animals in Land of the Lemurs, Australian Walkabout and Animal Encounters and the lorikeets in Rainbow Landing. Watch keeper demonstrations and ask them for information during your visit. They know all the animals’ personalities and can give you insights into their working day. Children can let off steam in the Mammoth Play Ark (an indoor soft play area), the adventure playgrounds, on the swan boats or by taking a ride on the Great Woburn Railway.

    Included in your ticket price is a Road Safari drive-through, Foot Safari and Animal Encounters, Ark Indoor Play Area, Swan Boats, Great Woburn Railway and all of the animal talks & demonstrations. Woburn Safari Park is action packed for all the family. For more information on Woburn Safari Park, please click here.

    Price includes "Woburn Experience" joint entry ticket to Woburn Safari Park and Woburn Abbey and Gardens and return coach travel. Subject to travel, we arrive around 11 to 1130am and leave around 430 to 5pm. 

    This may be a shared departure.

    Woburn Safari Park

     

     

    Sun 28 September 2014

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • Pairi Daiza Park

    A day excursion to a wonderful animal park and botanical gardens in Belgium.

    Only in Belgium could you find a globally themed botanical garden and zoo, with over 4,000 animals, on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey. Our only question is why didn’t we discover Pairi Daiza sooner? One of Belgium’s ‘Hidden Gems’, Pairi Daiza in Brugelette, is a vast 55-hectare (140-acre) park and is one of Wallonia‘s top attractions

    As it is a 2hr motorway journey from Calais to our destination we leave early and return late, but be assured the journey will prove well worthwhile. Check the on-line reviews!

    Normal pickup points are available throughout Kent.

    Eurotunnel crossing time 08:20

    Return crossing 21:50 (local time)

     

    Costs including entry tickets:

    Adults and Children aged 11 upwards £57

    Children aged 3-11 £50

    Children under 3 £35

    Front seat supplement £10

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For further information on Pairi Daiza, please click here.

     

    Sun 28 September 2014

    1 Day

    £57 per adult

  • Ypres & WW1 Battlefield Tour With Guide

    Nearly 250,000 British soldiers were killed in the Ypres Salient during the First World War, almost a third of all of those killed in the war. Our Ypres battlefield tour visits some of the sites which cover events from 1914 to 1918.

    Our Battlefield Tour undertaken by our knowledgeable guide will include a visit to Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood Museum and the Tyne Cot Memorial. You will also have some free time in Ypres where you could also take the opportunity to visit The Flanders Fields museum in the beautiful Cloth Hall, the grandest building in Ypres (seperate entry costs apply).

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing, free time in Ypres, entry to Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood Museum and guided battlefield tour.

    Sun 28 September 2014

    1 Day

    £50 per adult