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  • Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre

    Thirty-five years after the ground-breaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic musical Dreamgirls comes to the Savoy Theatre.

    Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘One Night Only’.

    Glee star Amber Riley makes her West End debut as the sensational Effie White (cast appearance dates subject to change).

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, we aim to arrive in London late morning to give you free time before the performance.

    For more information on the show, please click here or see the trailer below

    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.

    Wed 26 April 2017

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal London

    42ND STREET is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway's newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of…

    This highly anticipated new production of 42ND STREET arrives in London in 2017 with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 ready to explode on to the West End's biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Featuring the iconic songs We're In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You & 42ND STREET

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, we aim to arrive in London late morning to give you free time before the performance. Show scheduled to start at 14:30hr.

    For more information on the show, please click here

    42nd Street

    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.

    Wed 26 April 2017

    1 Day

    £60 per adult

  • Pashley Manor Gardens Tulip Festival

    One of the highlights of the early season at Pashley Manor Gardens is the Tulip Festival. Many visitors return year after year,mesmerised by the sheer volume of colour and variety of the massed tulips that carpet the gardens with over 30,000 tulips.

    Over one hundred varieties of tulip are planted in colour themed garden ‘rooms’. Visitors can wander from elegant displays of white lily flowered and palest cream classic tulips planted around an old brick terrace, to the open space of sweeping herbaceous borders covered in a riot of reds and oranges surrounded by tendrils of bronze fennel, or romantic soft pink peony flowered blooms cloistered between red brick walls and pleached pear trees.

    Follow the winding paths down to the woodland, where the Bluebell Walk is often in flower around the same time as the tulips.

    With a café serving locally sourced and homemade cakes, scones and light lunches, which can be enjoyed on the terrace, a shop with gorgeous gifts, souvenirs and plants, and exhibitions of garden sculpture and floral art, Pashley’s Tulip Festival makes a superb day out.

    Price includes admission and return travel by coach.

    Sat 29 April 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Welcoming Spring in the Black Forest

    For this always popular tour we once again head for the heart of the Black Forest to enjoy a week of relaxation in the quiet riverside hamlet of Oberwolfach, where we return to the consistently well-rated family Hotel Hirschen.  We offer plenty of time for relaxation in these lovely surroundings, our day excursions will include Lake Titisee, Freiburg, Calw, and Baden Baden,  and local attractions on offer include the falls at Triberg, the mediaeval town of Gengenbach, The Open Air Museum at Gutach, the Model Railway at Hausach, the animal park at Pforzheim, and an outing from Hausach via the celebrated Black Forest railway to Schaffhausen for the Rhine Falls.

    ITINERARY

    After our tunnel crossing from Calais on Sunday, we take the direct route on the French motorway network, pausing for lunch between Reims and Metz before continuing to our destination where we aim to arrive at around 19:00, with our hosts Eberhard and Renate there to offer us a welcoming glass of something sparkling!

    As the hotel’s excellent Trip Advisor reports tell us, we find ourselves situated in an idyllic spot with a river rushing by and lots of local walking trails, and the neighbouring peaks rise to around 3,500 feet with their spectacular forested slopes so characteristic of the area.  It should be an interesting week for birdwatchers – the dipper is a regular sight in local rivers, crested tits are often seen in garden feeding stations, and Griffon Vultures are amongst the birds of prey to be seen.

    We make Monday an easy day and stay local, though with good bus and taxi connections down to the railhead at Wolfach there are options all week to head off and do some private exploration via the train network – which you can use at no cost!  Our hotel belongs to a local scheme where any travel on the local buses and trains is reimbursable to you at the end of your stay, so on any days when you care to make your own itinerary you can simply go your own way – just remembering to keep your tickets for refund at the end of the week.  Destinations that are reimbursable in this way extend to Strasbourg (changing at Offenburg), Stuttgart, Ulm, Karlsruhe (a lovely ride changing at Freudenstadt), and Basel, so you have a great deal of choice, and ticketing is easy because if you’re travelling any distance you just ask for a Baden-Württemburg day ticket (25 Euros at 2015 rates) and you can then go anywhere you like within the region on the buses and local trains.

    On Monday we will also offer a local excursion across lunchtime to the fine mediaeval town of Gengenbach, whose highlights include an 8th Century monastery and Abbey church, extended in the 18th century to become a convent.  There are two fine gate towers originally from the 13th century, and a delightful old town with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.  For the energetic there are some superb views to be had of this small town if you stroll up through the vineyards to the Chapel of St Jakobus.

    In our corresponding tour in 2015 some passengers enjoyed the 90 minute riverside walk from our hotel down to Wolfach.  Like so many of these small Schwarzwald towns, Wolfach is packed with character and makes for a lovely spot for a relaxed lunch after the riverside walk down from our hotel.

    Keep in mind also that just outside Oberwolfach you will find the fascinating Grube Wenzel reconstruction of a local silver mine.  We don’t include this on our daily programme as it wouldn’t suit the mobility of everyone in our party, but it should make for a very interesting visit for those up to some steps and narrow passages in the heart of the mine and there are programme breaks on both Monday and Thursday so that you can do your own exploring to such attractions.

    On Tuesday we head northwards for a picturesque journey through the northern Black Forest to the town of Pforzheim where we make for the "Wildpark", a zoo dedicated to animals and birds that are natural to the region.  Here we will have the chance to see some of the Black Forest's hidden secrets, including lynx, wildcat, red deer, otter, wild boar, wolves, red fox and many others.   Unlike conventional zoos, the wildpark actually welcomes us to feed its residents, providing we use the food dispensed by its machines!

    After a couple of hours at the wildpark, we will turn back southwards the few miles to the historic and pedestrianised town of Calw, (Pronounced Khalf), where we enjoy a free afternoon.

     

    Marketplatz in Calw - photo courtesy Wikimedia and author Softeis

    On Wednesday we take to the rails as we enjoy the magnificent views from the Black Forest railway via the 09:18 departure from Hausach through Triberg and onwards to Donaueschingen and Singen.  Here we switch to a local train following the course of the upper Rhine down to Schaffhausen, just into Switzerland, where we have the chance to view the spectacular Rhine Falls. 

    We alight our train at Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall Station, which also gives us access to the visitor centre and restaurant in Laufen castle, and its wonderful view of the falls.  With plenty of time on our side, we can walk across the railway bridge to the north side of the river and then follow its path for a view of the falls from the lower level, and we can then continue to the visitor facilities and boat port below the falls.  You can take a boat trip out to the rock pinnacle in the centre of the falls – not as daunting as may appear but be warned there are some steep steps to get to the top.

     

    Rhine Falls viewed from above – the platform is accessible by boat at a small charge – a spectacular experience and not as daunting as might appear from this angle!  (Photo courtesy Roland zh and Wikimedia)

    We return by train later in the day to rejoin the coach at Hausach Station.  Our driver will be with us for the train journey to shepherd us on to the right trains!

    For Thursday we get back to relaxation and stay local to enjoy the scenery.  The coach will offer a local shuttle later in the morning dropping off at the Dorotheenhütte Glass Factory and shop in Wolfach, the Black Forest Model Railway in Hausach, or the Black Forest Open Air Museum at Gutach.  All are within half an hour or so of the hotel.  And you can also use the shuttle to drop off at Wolfach Station if you want to explore by rail.  If you have such plans and would appreciate some timetable information please let us know.

    For Friday we rejoin the coach and retrace the Black Forest rail line to Triberg, where we will pause for an hour to give the fleet-footed the chance to stroll down to the waterfalls, before we move on to Lake Titisee where we will break for a couple of hours over lunchtime.  Then in the afternoon we will move on to Freiburg, with its almost endless list of must-see sights including the cathedral, widely held to have the most beautiful tower in Christendom.  The cathedral square is also remarkable for its Old Granary and Old Trading Centre buildings, in addition to which the Square offers a daily produce market.  The Zum Röten Baren (Red Bear) tavern in Oberlinden Square traces its owners back to the year 1311.  And there are innumerable museums including the Kleine Welt which presents 250 dolls houses and 500 dolls dating back to 1800.

    The Old Town in Freiburg

    To allow ourselves several hours in the city we will delay our departure until around 18:00, this will also allow peak hour traffic to subside before we take the more direct route back to Oberwolfach in good time for supper.

    For our final full day on Saturday we start with a scenic journey through to the famous Black Forest High Road. After pausing for a coffee break at the lovely Berghotel at Lake Mummelsee, we continue to Baden Baden, the birthplace of Johann Brahms, where we allow ourselves some free time for shopping, lunch and sightseeing in this iconic cultural centre.  We then rejoin the coach for a short onwards hop, this time to the base station of the Merkur funicular railway where weather permitting we should enjoy some wonderful views from our elevation of around 2,000 feet at the top!  We complete the afternoon with a direct motorway journey back to our hotel, which should be little more than an hour away.

    There is again no staging stop on the return journey on Sunday as we take advantage of light weekend traffic, and this time we will route back to Calais through the Ardennes with a lunch stop in or near Luxembourg, for a mid-evening Eurotunnel crossing. 

       

    Sun 30 April 2017

    8 Days

    £575 per adult

  • London Day Out

    Free time to shop, explore or sightsee around our great capital, London. It is one of the best cities in the world with so much to see and do!

    Our drop off locations vary by date, but all are central locations within the city, with great attractions nearby or take advantage of London’s transportation system to travel further afield.

    Timings for these trips will generally see us arriving in London, subject to travel,  at 11am and departing between 430 and 630pm, depending on the date( Times do vary, see below list of dates). The Buzzlines sales team will be happy to advise you on more specific timings for any particular date.

    This will be a shared departure with another day trip to London. The coach for this excursion will 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.

    For more information on what to see and do in London, please click here.

    London Day Out drop off points:

    Sun 26 Mar - Covent Garden - will leave London approx 1700 - 1730hr

    Mon 1 May - Tower Bridge - will leave London approx 1600hr

    Sat 13 May - Embankment - will leave London approx 1830hr

    Sun 28 May - Southbank - will leave London approx 1600hr

    Sat 16 Sep - Embankment - will leave London approx 1830hr

    Sat 2 Dec - Embankment - will leave London approx 1830hr

    Mon 01 May 2017

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • The Shard, Lunch & Tower Bridge Exhibition

    The View from The Shard offers a high tech and multi-sensory experience with exhilarating 360°views previously unseen stretching 40 miles across the city of London. The View is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72 of The Shard. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), it redefines London's skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world. On level 72 experience the elements with part of the building exposed through the fractures where the shards of glass come together. A premium visitor experience, which offers guests an unparalleled encounter with an incredible building and the creativity, history and culture of London.

    As if that isn't a treat in itself, we head from the Shard over to Cafe Rouge for a 2 course lunch of a main and desert. Then to top all of this off you will visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition, this must-see London attraction invites you to step inside the most famous bridge in the world to explore its iconic structure, spectacular views and glass floor, modern exhibitions and magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms!

    Price includes ticket for The View from The Shard, a 2 course lunch at Cafe Rouge and a visit to the Tower Bridge Exhibition. For more information about The Shard, please click here. For more information on t he Tower Bridge Exhibition click here.

    We will aim to get you into London for approx 1100hr and depart at approx 1530/1600hr.

    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.

     

    Mon 01 May 2017

    1 Day

    £59 per adult

  • Finchingfield for lunch & a country drive

    Visit the beautiful village of Finchingfield, where you can enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at the Fox Inn. This 16th century coaching inn is delightfully situated and overlooks the village green and duck pond.

    After a scrumptious lunch we take a lovely scenic drive through the Essex countryside, taking in Clare, Cavendish and the Roding Villages in the heart of Dick Turpin Country.

    Tue 02 May 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Beth Chatto Gardens & Colchester

    This coach day trip visits The Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex which began in 1960 emerging from an overgrown wasteland of brambles, parched gravel and boggy ditches. It has been transformed into an inspirational and informal garden, using plants adapted by nature to thrive in different conditions.

    Faced with all kinds of difficult conditions Beth and the late Andrew Chatto set out to find homes for many of the plants they wished to grow. With dry and damp soil in both sun and shade, they were able put into practice the underlying principles of what is now referred to as "Ecological gardening".

    With a rainfall of just more than 50cm (0.3in), The Gravel Garden is home to a range of hardy, drought tolerant plants that are never artificially watered. By contrast, a gentle descent beneath ancient English oaks leads you to the Water Gardens, with peaceful, lush green growth around a series of four large ponds where shades of green create a scene of harmony and tranquility. A Woodland Garden provides interest from late winter to early summer, with drifts of snowdrops, species daffodils followed by a tapestry of foliage and welcome summer shade. Raised beds, succulent displays and summer containers compliment the diversity of planting.

    Harmonising with the surrounding countryside, the gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best. Whether you are a first time visitor or have experienced the gardens before, Beth Chatto always provides a great experience.

    The accompanying plant nursery stocks in the region of 2,000 plants, all sold by growing conditions. In addition to this, The Tearoom at the Gardens offers freshly prepared food, and specialises in delights such as giant scones, irresistible sausage rolls and large range of tempting home made cakes plus their very own highly recommended Beth Chatto Gardens coffee.

    Prior to our visit to Beth Chatto, we will also stop in Colchester for a lunchtime visit. Price includes entrance to Beth Chatto Gardens and return travel by coach.

    For further information on Beth Chatto Gardens, please click here.

    Tue 02 May 2017

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Colchester

    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 02 May 2017

    1 Day

    £27 per adult

  • Motown The Musical

    Follow the legendary career of Berry Gordy and the creation of his musical empire – Motown Records. Berry founds his music making factory based on the dream of bringing a socially charged, racially divided country together with music.

    Berry signs a series of groundbreaking artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more. But with the Vietnam War looming and America at a cultural turning point, Berry realises the time has come to push for something bigger than he ever dreamed of: to make music that could get the whole world moving to the same beat! In the process, Berry Gordy creates the sound the defined a generation.

    This explosive even features over 40 classic songs including My Girl, Stop! In The Name of Love, Dancing in the Street, I Heard it Through the Grapevine and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. You'll be able to experience how these songs became a part of the fabric that is Motown.

    For more information on the show, please click here or see the trailer below

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. You will have a late pick up and arrive in London before the show, you will then leave London at approx 8pm giving you time prior to the show for a bite to eat.
    For 4th May and 28th September we will arrive in London with time before the show, subject to traffic. We will then depart London after the show has finished.

    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.

    This show can also be requested on our regular Saturday London Showtime day trips subject to availability

    Thu 04 May 2017

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • Beautiful The Carole King Musical

    Witness the untold story of Carole King’s transformation from school girl to superstar, selling her first hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty, she was writing number ones for some of the biggest acts such as the Drifters, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. Watch her developing relationship with song-writing partner and later husband, Gerry Goffin and their close friendship with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she was truly able to find her own voice.

    Featuring the countless classics of Carole King’s career such as You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend and Locamotion this award winning musical is not to be missed!

    For more information, please click here.

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, we aim to arrive in London late morning to give you free time before the performance.

    Wednesday 11th October - Beautiful goes on tour after July, We have secured tickets for a matinee performance in Southend on the 11th October. This will follow the same itinerary as going to London. Subject to travel time, we aim to arrive in Southend late morning to give you free time before th e performance.

    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.

    This show can also be requested on our regular Saturday London Showtime day trips subject to availability

    Thu 04 May 2017

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • Cruising & The Cotswolds

    Discover the country’s largest designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with honey coloured limestone, sleepy ancient villages and rolling hills. There are historic market towns and breathtaking natural scenery with a feeling of being so typically English as if time has stood still for some 300 years.

    Explore some of England’s most treasured landscapes and gain a different perspective on the included highlights of a cruise on the River Thames from Oxford and a unique, tranquil journey along the River Kennett by horse drawn boat.

    Join us on this fabulous 4 day coach holiday in a wonderful part of England.

    Bourton on the Water

    ITINERARY

    Friday We start our break away with a 40 minute return cruise on the Thames with the Salter's Steamers they are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years (est. 1858). The cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards. After your cruise we head to our hotel.

    Saturday We make our way to Cheltenham to board the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. Here we enjoy a single journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The journey takes in picturesque country stations and a panoramic landscape stretching across the Vale of Evesham to the distant Black Mountains, with rolling Cotswolds Hills along the other side of the track. We rejoin the coach and head to Broadway, often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’. At the foot of Fish Hill where the Cotswolds join the Vale of Evesham, picture-perfect Broadway is one of the showpiece villages of the Cotswolds. Elizabethan houses, the village green and the historic Lygon Arms patronised by both King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell are among its many attractions. Broadway Tower at the top of Fish Hill affords magnificent views over the Severn Valley. We will stop to have lunch and give you some time to appreciate this beautiful and historic village.

    Sunday Enjoy a lovely scenic drive out into the Cotswolds today, taking in some of the route often mentioned as The Romantic Road. We make our way north we visit the town of Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England. Often described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds, it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region. It straddles the river Windrush with a series of low bridges and standing back from the sparkling clear river are traditional Cotswolds buildings, many of which are now cafes and tourist shops. We also see Stow-on-the Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds with a beautiful old market square and Moreton-in-Marsh with its broad High Street lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings. 

    Monday We depart and travel to board the "Kennet & Avon Boat Cruise” which departs at approx 10am. Step back in time as you embark upon a 2 hour cruise of the Cotswolds on board one of only 4 horse drawn boats in the country, you will also indulge in a cream tea with cake and tea/coffee. After the cruise, we make our way back to Kent.

    Fri 05 May 2017

    4 Days

    £299 per adult

  • Hever Castle & Gardens

    Come and enjoy a unique and memorable experience exploring over 700 years of history at this picturesque double-moated 13th century Castle which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Set in magnificent gardens from the majestic formal Italian Garden and topiary, to the informal meanderings of the lakeside and Sunday Walk. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges both adults and children alike! The warm and welcoming atmosphere of Hever Castle and Gardens will give you a day to remember.

    Price includes return coach travel and admission to Hever Castle & Gardens.

    For more information, please click here.

    Hever Castle Tulip CelebrationsFriday 5th May 2017 - Our visit coincides with Hever's Tulip Celebrations Event. Be uplifted by 7000 tulip bulbs proudly standing to attention and providing a visual feast of spring colour. Visitors to this brand new event will be able to collect a leaflet from the Information Centre and enjoy a self-guided tulip trail throughout the grounds. The epitome of elegance, tulips look spectacular planted en masse in either a kaleidoscope of mixed colours or in a uniform colour palette. Wander through the grounds and marvel at the thousands of tulips, in 60 varieties, planted outside the Castle, in the Tudor Garden and throughout the Italian Garden. For more information, 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.

    Hever Castle Gardens

    Fri 05 May 2017

    1 Day

    £41 per adult

  • Chartwell - Home of Winston Churchill

    Spend the day at the beautiful Chartwell House, the much-loved family home where Britain’s wartime Prime Minister lived for more than 40 years. See the rooms as they were in Churchill’s time right down to the daily papers and his famous cigars.

    Bought by Sir Winston for its magnificent views over the Weald of Kent to Sussex, Chartwell was his home and the place from which he drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life. The rooms and gardens remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books, maps and personal mementoes strongly evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this great statesman. The terraced hillside gardens reflect the importance to Churchill of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the water gardens where he fed his fish, Lady Churchill's Rose Garden and the Golden Rose Avenue – a Golden Wedding anniversary gift from their children which runs down the centre of the productive kitchen garden. Many of Sir Winston's paintings can be seen in the garden studio.

    Beyond the gardens there is an expanse of woodland with looped trails and opportunities to stretch your legs. The Landemare café offers a variety of things satisfy your taste buds including lunches, homemade cakes, scones and biscuits.

    For more information, please click here

    Includes return travel by luxury coach and entrance ticket. 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

    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.

    Fri 05 May 2017

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Royal Windsor

    You can’t say the word Windsor without conjuring up images of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, royalty, the changing of the guard, the River Thames and Eton College. Windsor thrives on its royal patronage, rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture and beautiful natural scenery. Add to this an abundance of quaint one-of-a-kind shops and culinary scene headed by the likes of Heston Blumenthal and you’ll have a reasonable idea of the treats in store for you in Windsor. 

    Subject to traffic and travel, there will be around 5 hours free time in Windsor. Enjoy time at your leisure in either the town or at the Castle (entrance is not included). Perhaps even take a cruise down the Thames.

    Includes 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.

    Photographer: Peter Packer
    The Royal Collection © 2010 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    For more information on Windsor, please click here

    Sat 06 May 2017

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • Lille, France

    Visit Lille, France, with its historic town centre, cobbled streets in the old town with fantastic shopping opportunities on this coach day trip. Rubbing shoulders with Belgium just across the border, this often-overlooked city is a treasure trove of cultural and commercial offerings. The evident Flemish influence in the city's old town is a particular highlight, and the warm, friendly nature of the locals is an added bonus. Enjoy wandering around the museums or just relax in one of the many cafés. With shopping from boutiques and antique shops to the Euralille centre. Euralille is one of France's biggest shopping and leisure centres with around 140 shops and the Carrefour hypermarket, you can shop until you drop. 

    Price includes return coach travel and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing. This particular day gives additional time to enjoy Lille. After an early start, subject to traffic and travel we arrive in Lille around lunch time. On the return journey we expect to be back in Kent at around 830pm followed by onward return to your original pickup point.

    For more information on Lille, please click here

    Sat 06 May 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival

    The Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival will be an event like no other. Set in the majestic surroundings of Windsor Castle, the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club has been invited by the Prince Philip Trust Fund to assemble a unique Jaguar display and parade with the ultimate goal of raising funds to support this great cause. One of the largest ever displays of Jaguars, Daimlers and SS cars will be on show along the iconic Long Walk, the stunning tree-lined avenue running for three miles through Windsor Great Park directly to the gates of Windsor Castle. Around 750 Jaguars are expected to line The Long Walk giving the public a chance to admire models covering over 80 years of Jaguar’s rich heritage. For more information on the event, please click here

    Spend all of your time at the Festival or enjoy some time in Windsor itself. You can’t say the word Windsor without conjuring up images of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, royalty, the changing of the guard, the River Thames and Eton College. Windsor thrives on its royal patronage, rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture and beautiful natural scenery. Add to this an abundance of quaint one-of-a-kind shops and culinary scene headed by the likes of Heston Blumenthal and you’ll have a reasonable idea of the treats in store for you in Windsor. Perhaps even take a cruise down the Thames! For more information on Windsor, please click here

    Subject to traffic and travel, there will be around 5 hours free time in Windsor.

    Includes 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.

    Sat 06 May 2017

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • Wonderful Wicklow & Gardens of the Emerald Isle

    Based at the Arklow Bay Hotel only an hour south of Dublin, enjoy a coach tour to Ireland exploring some of the prettiest spots around County Wicklow. 

    You will see at first hand why County Wicklow is known as the 'Garden of Ireland' as we explore the pretty glens, cascading waterfalls, glassy lakes and intimate villages nestled amongst the lush rolling hills that shelter Ireland's east coast. We discover the rose gardens and waterfalls of Powerscourt Gardens, venture along the pathways of Mount Usher Gardens and discover more green-fingered delights at the 17th century Kilruddery Country House.  We also visit the famous Avoca Handweavers' Mill, spend some free time in the historic city of Kilkenny, and there's a free day where you can simply relax in the coastal setting of our hotel or use the local train service to nip into Dublin.

    And as if all the lovely scenery isn't compelling in itself, our well-reported hotel - the 3* Arklow Bay - offers us drinks vouchers every evening and local entertainment on two nights as we experience sparkling Irish hospitality.

    ITINERARY

    We make a very early start on Sunday - leaving Maidstone at 06:00 as we encounter light Sunday traffic in making for our scheduled ferry crossing from Pembroke to Rosslare. After a breakfast break near Reading and a late morning stop close to Swansea, we expect to arrive in Pembroke Dock soon after 13:00 in good time for our 14:45 ferry. Then we have the crossing to look forward as we can stretch legs and relax to enjoy the on-board experience on the Irish Ferries' service. The ferry arrives into Rosslare at 18:45 and from here it is only an hour or so up the coast road to our hotel in Arklow, where we are offered tea and coffee on arrival before we settle down to enjoy dinner.

    For our first full day in Ireland, we begin on Monday with a slide show introduction to the area by one of the hotel staff before we make for our first garden at Powerscourt - reputed to be one of the most beautiful estates in all of Ireland, and voted 3rd best garden in all the world by readers of National Geographic!  There is so much to enjoy about this lovely place that we can't do it justice in a few words and pictures here, so do please review the dedicated web site http://powerscourt.com/

    The highest waterfall in Ireland - one of the delights to be found at Powerscourt Gardens

    Our visit to Powerscourt is not to be rushed and we linger over lunchtime to allow you to relax and enjoy the views from the Avoca Terrace Café. Then in the afternoon we rejoin the coach to visit the famous Powerscourt waterfall, the highest in Ireland.

    From the waterfall, we continue into the nearby town of Bray, where we visit the 17th century Kilruddery Country House and its 17th Century gardens. There is lots of history and spectacle here as we tour the house and then have free time to savour the gardens - all well explained for us by a recent TripAdvisor review - see https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g212098-d534396-r338955686-Kilruddery_House_Gardens-Bray_County_Wicklow.html#REVIEWS

    Back at the hotel, we are treated to after-dinner entertainment as we look forward to the next day touring the memorable scenery of the Wicklow Mountains National Park before we continue into Counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

    So on Tuesday, initially heading north-westwards into the Heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, we pause at Glendalough, where there is a popular visitor centre, before heading south past the county town of Carlow and onwards to the historic city of Kilkenny. Synonymous with so much that is central to Irish history and culture, Kilkenny beckons us with its network of mediaeval alleys set between imposing castle and historic cathedral, with lots of studios, craft shops, pubs and restaurants, and some lovely riverside scenery too. We give ourselves a good three hours to enjoy Kilkenny before taking a more direct route back to the hotel via New Ross and Enniscorthy.

    On Wednesday we return to our gardens agenda as we make first for nearby Mount Usher Gardens. The Garden houses over 5000 species of shrubs and plants. Visitors can follow one of the shaded winding paths and pause on one of the many benches scattered throughout the nine hectares of gardens along the River Vartry. The Avoca Garden Café and Courtyard shops here are also very popular and encourage us to linger long enough for a bite to eat.

    From Mount Usher we head back towards Arklow, making our afternoon stop at the world-renowned Avoca Handweavers mill. Here we see the weavers at work and have the chance to buy a shawl or throw. From the mill it's a short hop back to the hotel where we can relax for the rest of the afternoon.

    After that quite action-packed few days, we schedule Thursday as a free day for local exploration and to ensure our driver is well rested before we set out for home. There are some pleasant local walks to be had along the coastal strip close to the hotel and down to the mouth of the River Avoca, which the town of Arklow straddles. Or of course you can just get your feet up at the hotel and/or use the pool and jacuzzi, and enjoy the views in comfort.

    Anyone who would like to visit Dublin on Thursday can take the train from Arklow Station. It's a fine scenic train journey initially through the countryside inland of Arklow before the line comes back to the coast at Wicklow Town and then follows the coast all the way to Dublin, where the service terminates at Dublin Connolly Station.

    For our final evening at the hotel, we enjoy an Irish themed menu followed by traditional Irish music to perfectly complement our stay in this lovely part of Ireland.

    After an early breakfast on Friday we leave the hotel at 06:45 to be in good time for our 08:45 ferry, which gets us into Pembroke at 12:45. We then enjoy the ride across scenic Pembrokeshire and along the South Wales coast, breaking for an afternoon stop at one of the M4 service stations near Bristol. The journey then continues and we anticipate a further pause west of London before we are back in Kent at around 7.30pm.

    Sun 07 May 2017

    6 Days

    £565 per adult

  • 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal London

    42ND STREET is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway's newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of…

    This highly anticipated new production of 42ND STREET arrives in London in 2017 with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 ready to explode on to the West End's biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Featuring the iconic songs We're In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You & 42ND STREET

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, we aim to arrive in London late morning to give you free time before the performance. Show scheduled to start at 14:30hr.

    For more information on the show, please click here

    42nd Street

    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.

    Wed 10 May 2017

    1 Day

    £59 per adult

  • The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre London

    Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi-award winning musical The Lion King will redefine your expectations of theatre.

    A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart, The Lion King is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. This wonderful, acclaimed show for all ages should not be missed!

    PLEASE NOTE: Children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre.

    For more information, please click here.

    Running time approx 2hrs 30mins. Matinee show starts at 2.30pm

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, we aim to arrive in London late morning to give you free time before the performance.

    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.

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

    Wed 10 May 2017

    1 Day

    £69 per adult