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UK CHRISTMAS & FESTIVE DAY TRIPS BY COACH

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  • Maidenhead Lunch Cruise & Henley

    Enjoy a glorious cruise which includes a light lunch served to you as you cruise through a truly unique part of the river Thames followed by free time in picturesque Henley-on-Thames.

    Cruise upstream through Boulters Lock and along the beautiful Cliveden reach, passing Cliveden House. At Cookham Lock the boat turns and makes its way back, but passes Maidenhead to show you the glorious riverside houses of the many celebrities at Bray. While you take in the beautiful scenery of the Royal River Thames, you will then be served with a delicious light cheese and ham ploughmans lunch.

    Henley is a delightful market town in Oxfordshire. It can be found in the beautiful Thames Valley region along one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames. The town is picturesque and relaxing with plenty to see and do at any time of the year. Henley Bridge sits proudly on the river and joins the town to the village of Remenham where the famous Henley Royal Regatta is held. Henley is home to a number of small curiosity and antique shops that are sure to spark your interest. The award winning River and Rowing Museum is also an extremely popular attraction. Key landmarks in Henley include Saint Mary's Church which sits magnificently opposite Henley Bridge. Click here for further information on Henley.

    Price includes return coach travel, cruise & ploughmans lunch and free time in Henley-on-Thames.

    Tue 07 July 2015

    1 Day

    £46 per adult

  • Great Dixter Gardens and a Steam Train ride!

    Another in our series of “Closer to Home” excursions designed for us to avoid motorway traffic and explore the best that Kent and East Sussex have to offer.

    Today we enjoy an exclusive tour of Great Dixter House and its superb gardens, followed by a Cream Tea aboard a steam train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

    Our day starts with a scenic drive across the Weald to reach Great Dixter House and Gardens at around 11am. Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd OBE – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles.  Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. This wonderful house dates in part from the 15th century and its early 20th century extension owes its splendour to none other than Sir Edwin Lutyens.

    Our visit begins with a private tour of the house, and we are then free to explore the beautiful gardens. Refreshments are available from the Loggia, located next to the Shop and include filled rolls, quiches and other savoury snacks, cakes and biscuits, ice creams, freshly ground coffee, tea and cold drinks.  Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnics for which tables are provided.

    After lunch we make the short trip to Northiam where we catch our steam train making initially for the end of the line at Bodiam, and then back to Tenterden enjoying a superb cream tea on the train.

    We complete our afternoon with a free hour in Tenterden to enjoy the Colonel Stephens Museum and the station shop.

    Tue 07 July 2015

    1 Day

    £51.50 per adult

  • Picardy - Two Gorgeous Gardens

    In this day excursion to savour, we take the Channel Tunnel and make for the heart of Picardy to visit two of the region’s most celebrated gardens. 

    We take the 08:20 tunnel crossing to bring us into Calais at around 10am local time, and we then enjoy a scenic drive southwards on the autoroute through rolling countryside to the small village of Paillart, situated between Amiens and Beauvais.  There will be an en-route pause at the Baie de Somme Services.  At Paillart we find a treasure of a garden at the Jardin de Moulin Ventin, rated their favourite by customers on a Gardens of Picardy tour with Buzzlines in May 2014. The waters of the River Noye pass through the heart of this lovely spot, with the waterfalls and cascades of the old mill adding period atmosphere.

    We give ourselves a good 90 minutes to enjoy the Moulin Ventin before moving on to the second wonderful garden of the day as we make a scenic cross-country drive to the Floral Gardens of Digeon.  Previously unvisited by Buzzlines and so new to us, these privately owned gardens in the grounds of a chateau should not disappoint as they have attracted the French Jardin Remarquable accolade, on top of which the adjoining chateau and farm are historic monument registered.  These buildings are surrounded by a park of some 6 acres, richly-adorned with ancient trees and banks of flowers.   A rose garden and floral path also feature, and the garden has tea rooms and a produce shop.

    We expect to have about two hours at Digeon before we head for home at about 5pm to fit with our tunnel crossing which should have us back in Kent for around 8pm.

    Customers are welcome to bring a packed lunch as there are no refreshment facilities at the first garden visited.

    Wed 08 July 2015

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • La Coupole WWII Museum & V2 Rocket Site

    We start the day with 2 hours in Boulogne, you will have the chance to spend some time at the Sea Festival being held in the town and explore the Tall Ships in dock. Some passengers will be staying on in Boulogne but you will be taken on to drop passengers in St Omer before being taken on to La Coupole.

    Our coach day trip visits La Coupole, situated in the Pas-de-Calais, 5 km from Saint-Omer. Built in 1943 – 1944, this huge underground bunker was designed by the Nazis to store, prepare and be the launch site for the V2. This was Hitler’s secret rocket and forerunner of all space rockets, which was aiming to hit and destroy London and reverse the course of the war.

    Since 1997, La Coupole has welcomed 2 million visitors: it’s now an ultra-modern History Centre dedicated to the Second World War and one of the most impressive structures in Northern France. This concrete dome now shelters an exciting exhibition using highly innovative audiovisual technology, synthetic imaging, 3D screens and tactile tables, not forgetting the exhibits such as a genuine V2 rocket and a car used by the French Resistance. Discover life under the occupation in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais but also the astonishing story of the new weapons developed by the Nazi army that led to the space conquest nowadays.

    Price includes return travel by coach, scheduled Eurotunnel crossing plus entry to La Coupole History Centre. Price excludes entry to the 3D Planetarium.

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination. 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 further information on La Coupole, please click here.

    Sat 11 July 2015

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • St Omer, France

    We start the day with 2 hours in Boulogne, you will have the chance to spend some time at the Sea Festival being held in the town and explore the Tall Ships in dock. Some passengers will be staying on in Boulogne but you will be taken on to St Omer.

    Saint-Omer is a delightful market town situated on the edge of Flanders. Named after the monk who founded the town in 637AD, by the 13th century, St-Omer had become one of the most prosperous medieval towns of the region. You’ll notice that the town is surrounded by marshlands which are criss-crossed with a network of intricate waterways with many areas only accessible by boat.

    Why not take a look at the Notre Dame Cathedral which is over 800 years old. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries it is recognised as the most beautiful intact Gothic monument North of Paris. Do not miss the magnificent Rubens and astrological clock. There are audioguided tours in English.

    Price includes return travel by coach, scheduled Eurotunnel crossing and free time in St Omer.

    For further information on St Omer, please click here.

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination. 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 11 July 2015

    1 Day

    £36 per adult

  • Boulogne Sea Festival & Tall Ships

    We head for our scheduled Eurotunnel crossing which takes around 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais. Then on arrival in France, we take the drive to Boulogne-Sur-Mer at the heart of the Côte d'Opale. Boulogne is an enjoyable town to visit with a fantastic French ambiance and a vast architectural and historical heritage, which has earned it the title of City of Art and History.

    The old town is built on the site of a Roman camp, and kept its original size and road layout. The fortifications and the castle (now a museum) surrounding the old town, are some of the best preserved examples of medieval architecture in France. The belfry located just next to the town hall, has been on UNESCO's prestigious list of world heritage sites since 2005. Going up rue de Lille, you come to the Basilica of Notre Dame, the most prominent building in the old town with its 83-metre dome. It was built in the 19th century by Abbot Benoît-Agathon Haffreingue and has a stunning altar, produced in the workshops of the Vatican, made from 147 different types of marble and ornamental stone. The impressive medieval crypt, the largest in Northern Europe, sits beneath the Basilica and contains medieval frescoes and sculptures. The town centre is perfectly located midway between the old town and the port. Mostly pedestrianised, it's a lovely place for a stroll or for a bit of shopping. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants available.

    We visit the town during the 7th edition of its great maritime festival. For 4 days, the sea and the maritime world are honored with the program: a gathering of traditional boats, boat trips aboard sailboats heritage, ships open to visitors, a village of knowledge and maritime traditions, a market of the sea, concerts, songs & dances, tasting seafood, exhibitions and many activities for children and adults.

    You could also visit Nausicaá, the National Sea Centre or take a stroll along the port. Boulogne-sur-Mer has the busiest fishing port in France and is also Europe's leading fish processing centre and you can sample the finest fish and seafood dishes.

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Channel Tunnel crossing. Subject to traffic and travel, there should be a minimum of 5 hours free time in Boulogne.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route but it should not greatly affect the timings of the day. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO STOPS AT ANY WAREHOUSES, SUPERMARKETS OR OTHER OUTLETS SCHEDULED TO BE INCLUDED ON THIS TRIP.

    Sat 11 July 2015

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Bruges

    This wonderful coach day trip takes you to one of Europe's most beautiful and best-preserved medieval cities, with something to see at every turn.

    Not many people realise that the historic Belgian town of Bruges, or Brugge in Flemish, is in fact within easy driving distance from Calais to make an ideal day trip destination. Bruges has been called "The Venice of the North" due to its canal-lined streets and stunning architecture. It is easy to explore on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or canal cruiser. Tempting Belgian chocolates, beautiful hand-made lace and world-famous beers make Bruges one of our most popular destinations.

    Bruges boasts a rich cultural heritage. The majestic past of Bruges lives on in the many works of art that can be seen in the many museums, often housed in historic buildings. The many places of interest, too, are silent witnesses to the city’s rich heritage. Bruges has a lot to offer from a culinary perspective too. Many restaurants, cafes and bars offer typical regional dishes of Bruges as well as exotic delicacies for different tastes and budgets. Trip Advisor may be able to help you choose a suitable venue.

    Normally a minimum of 4 hours in Bruges subject to travel time. So as to preserve its unique heritage for locals and visitors alike,coaches are not allowed into the inner city. We therefore park at the coach park which is a flat, leisurely 20 minute walk to the main city centre or closeby there is a bus stop where a frequent bus service runs to and from the city centre.

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO STOPS AT ANY WAREHOUSES, SUPERMARKETS OR OTHER OUTLETS SCHEDULED TO BE INCLUDED ON THIS TRIP.

    For our other trips to Bruges, please click here

    For more information on Bruges including maps and other practical information plus city highlights and places of interest, please click here


    Sun 12 July 2015

    1 Day

    £38 per adult

  • Derbyshire Puddings & Peaks and Yorkshire Treats

    Savour the heritage and scenery of the great county of Yorkshire and the Derbyshire Peak District as we visit some of the wonderful sights and attractions of the region.

    Experience stunning landscapes on our tour of the Peak District including a visit to Bakewell and the famous Bakewell Pudding Shop & Bakery. Here you will learn the art of making an original Bakewell pudding and even get to take one home! We have a guided tour of Brodsworth Hall, one of the most unusual visitor attractions in South Yorkshire. Time really does stand still here as inside this beautiful Victorian country house almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was a family home. We also enjoy a VIP visit to fascinating and delightful Renishaw Hall and Gardens, a hidden gem with a house full of treasures and stunning Italian gardens.

    EXCURSIONS

    Bakewell Pudding ShopBakewell Pudding Shop & Peak District Tour
    The Peak District is renowned for its beautiful scenery and quaint towns. We head to the picturesque old market town of Bakewell set in an enviable location on the banks of the Wye in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Whilst here, we visit the famous Bakewell Pudding Shop, where we can watch the Pudding Maker’s art in action. Tea or coffee in included and you’ll even get the opportunity to make an original Bakewell Pudding yourself to take away with you. We then take in some of the other delights on our scenic ride around the Peak District National Park, a treasure trove of different sights and the wild beauty has been an inspiration to authors and artists alike.  

    Renishaw Hall & Gardens VIP Visit
    A truly beautiful place to visit, Renishaw Hall has been the residence of the Sitwell family for over 400 years. The hall is still very much a family home which adds to its unique atmosphere and our tour will allow you to see some of the spectacular collections of art and furniture that have been acquired by generations of Sitwells. The 4 acre Italian style Renaissance garden offers a unique experience, with an impressive collection of plants complete with fountains and neo classical statues. It is set in acres of parkland with lakeside and nature walks alongside English herbaceous borders and ornamental ponds. On arrival we will be met with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee, followed by a 1 hour exclusive and intimate guided tour of the Manor House. A light lunch will comprise of freshly poached Scottish salmon and roast gammon buffet with a selection of assorted salads and hot new potatoes, followed by tea or coffee. After lunch there will be free time to visit the museum, shop and explore the 300 acres of gardens and grounds at leisure. Our visit here is completed with a sumptuous afternoon cream tea consisting of scones with jam, cucumber sandwiches and tea/coffee.

    Brodsworth Hall & Gardens
    One of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets, Brodsworth Hall & Gardens is a magnificent stately home. Time really does stand still here as inside this beautiful Victorian country house almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was a family home. Possessions that took more than 130 years to gather together are still in their original places, from the grandest piece of furniture to family mementoes and humble domestic items. The beautiful grounds and grand gardens in miniature have been restored to their full Victorian splendour, and feature a colourful array of seasonal displays. We have a 1 hour guided tour of the hall followed by free time to explore at leisure. If you are an English Heritage member please advise us on booking this tour – you will qualify for a £10 reduction on the tour price as you do not have to pay to enter Brodsworth Hall. Just present your Membership Card on arrival.

    Mon 13 July 2015

    5 Days

    £379 per adult

  • Kensington Palace with Afternoon Tea

    A coach day trip to Kensington Palace, a palace of secret stories and public lives.

    Kensington Palace has been transformed and now has so much more for you to see and do. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's life told in her own words in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; master the games of the royal court in the magnificent King's state apartments; uncover secrets of a fragile dynasty in the beautiful Queen's State Apartments. Take in the Gardens and don’t miss the wiggly walk or the dramatic East front where Princess Louise’s statue of her mother, Queen Victoria, is seated looking out over the park. You can also have a drink and bite to eat in the Palace Cafe or Queen Anne's 18th-century Orangery, in the heart of Kensington Gardens, once the setting for the most lavish of court entertainments.

    In the price, we include an Afternoon Tea in The Orangery at Kensington Palace with an assortment of freshly made sandwiches, an orange scented scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream plus two pastries, with a choice of tea or coffee

    Price includes return coach travel, entrance ticket and Afternoon Tea.

    For more information on Kensington Palace, please click here

    Image © Historic Royal Palaces

    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

    Tue 14 July 2015

    1 Day

    £54 per adult

  • Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle

    Highclere Castle - The film shoot location for Downton Abbey.

    This fantastic coach day trip takes you to Highclere Castle, Newbury to view the stunning landscapes and the great Egyptian Exhibition. Highclere Castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. Built on an ancient site, the original house was recorded in the Domesday Book.

    The present day Castle was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect also responsible for building the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

    The Castle's history also includes a fascinating connection with ancient Egypt, as the 5th Earl, with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The Castle now houses an exhibition that commemorates this historic event, including some rare antiquities from the 5th Earl's earlier Egyptian excavations.

    Highclere Castle is now of course renowned as the film location for the hugely successful Downton Abbey. Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period.

    Includes return travel by coach and entrance to the castle and Egyptian exhibition.

    For further information on Highclere, please click here. 

    Wed 15 July 2015

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • Scotney Castle and the Spa Valley Railway

    Scotney Castle – after a thumping on the Spa Valley Railway!

    Another in our easy-travel series of excursions to places so easily missed here in Kent and just across the county line into East Sussex.

    Today’s excursion takes us first to Tunbridge Wells where we join the Spa Valley Railway for a trip on their heritage “thumper” diesel train. Most Kent and Sussex railway passengers of the last 50 years will need no introduction to the “thumpers”, faithful units whose engine growl could be heard from distance. Many a commuter came home to a ready cup of tea thanks to these reliable engines announcing their approach to the local station! Today’s trip takes us to Eridge and back, departing 10:10 and returning to Tunbridge Wells at 11:38.

    Tunbridge Wells originally had two stations built by rival companies; Tunbridge Wells Central, opened in 1845 by the South Eastern Railway, which is now the only mainline station, and Tunbridge Wells West, which was opened by the London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1866. This is the headquarters of today's Spa Valley Railway.

    Around 1876, these two stations were linked by a tunnel enabling connections between the London to Brighton and the London to Hastings lines. From Tunbridge Wells West there were direct services to Brighton and Eastbourne and north-bound to London Victoria.  Passing into the ownership of the Southern railway in 1923, the route became a very popular cross country link with over 100 trains passing a day.

    Steam finally gave way to diesel multiple units in the mid 1960s and as economic conditions began to erode the viability of lesser routes, lines began to close all around. Sadly the Eridge to Hailsham branch (the Cuckoo Line) closed in 1965, East Grinstead to Groombridge in 1967, and then Uckfield to Lewes in 1969. Eventually the Tunbridge Wells to Eridge section, starved of so many feeder routes, closed on 6th July 1985.
      
    Following closure and a hastily-convened meeting in Groombridge village hall, a charitable society was established to fight for the reopening of the Tunbridge Wells to Eridge line. The group, blissfully unaware of the fact that anyone would use such an acronym to poke fun at them, named itself the "Tunbridge Wells and Eridge Railway Preservation Society" (TWERPS)!

    The next few years were a long, hard struggle against the ravages of vegetation, disinterest and outright hostility from some quarters, but in 1994, with a generous loan from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the society acquired the line and by winter 1996 they were running trains down half a mile of track towards Groombridge, hauled by RSH 0-6-0T "North Downs". This was helped by a merger between TWERPS and the North Downs Steam Railway at Dartford.  

    After a remarkable effort by members, the line was again opened through to Groombridge in August 1997, which took the total length up to three and a half miles. News spread about the route and passenger numbers rose. The owner of the High Rocks Inn built a station at High Rocks, half way between Tunbridge Wells and Groombridge which opened in August 1998.

    Many improvements have been made since then including the introduction of more steam locomotives, rolling stock and the building of a signal box, which came from Buckden (Cambridgeshire). This will eventually operate all the signalling at Tunbridge Wells West. Meanwhile, developments at Groombridge have seen a brand new station building, a signal box, refreshment kiosk and two canopies recovered from Gravesend West Street station all being erected to a fine standard by a small group of volunteers since 1997.

    In mid 2007, after a lot of discussions with Network Rail and other parties, physical work began on the Eridge extension, with the commencement in construction of a signal box at Groombridge. This controls the passing of trains at the station and enables the railway to operate a two train service. Contractors were hired to restore the section of running line parallel to the mainline between Birchden Junction and Eridge, and after seemingly interminable delays and complications, the extension finally opened to the public in March 2011. The line now offers a 10-mile return trip through the sandstone ridge west of Tunbridge Wells and offers some delightful scenery as well as a great illustration of our railway heritage.

    Following our train ride we make the short journey to Lamberhurst, and the magnificent Scotney Castle, now in the care of the National Trust. Arriving at lunchtime, we might head first for the tearooms, which serve delicious hot lunches or lighter options including freshly made sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, and cakes, perhaps returning for a scrumpious cream tea before we make for home later in the afternoon.

    Set in over 700 acres of parkland, the gardens surround the ruined medieval manor house, superseded in the 19th century by a new structure which has become known as Scotney Castle. Celebrated for their spring azaleas and rhododendrons and wonderful Autumn colours, the castle gardens should offer their roses and wisteria in full show for our visit.

    For want of time we have not scheduled a visit to the castle itself on this occasion so our ticket will be garden-only, but anyone who would like to pay the little bit extra to visit the house will be welcome to do so, reflecting that one of the apartments served as a weekend retreat for Prime Minister Thatcher in the 1980s.

    National Trust Members price £28 : Please note you must please bring your membership card to avoid being surcharged on the day

    Thu 16 July 2015

    1 Day

    £36.50 per adult

  • Three Countries to Sluis

    Travel from England and then through France and Belgium into Holland. We arrive in Sluis with plenty of time for lunch and sightseeing. This typically Dutch town is a delight with its canalside setting, windmills, attractive architecture and excellent shops. 

    This coach day trip includes return coach travel and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    Sat 18 July 2015

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Cumbria, Lake District & Border Towns

    For sheer splendour, few places in England can measure up to the Cumbrian and Lake District landscapes as breath-taking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps with a mix of high craggy mountains, undulating hillsides and of course some of the largest and most beautiful natural lakes to be found anywhere in England. Scenic countryside, picturesque villages and plenty to see and do make up this delightful region, and we offer a taste of the very best.

    Enjoy a relaxing break and explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. The unsurpassed landscape has inspired the artistic works of many artists, poets and novelists including William Wordsworth who declared that the Lake District was ‘the loveliest spot man hath ever found.’

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1: We make our way to the North West with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon, in good time for our first evening meal together.

    DAYS 2 - 4 At leisure in and around the hotel or join us on included excursions in the hands of our knowledgeable driver.

    Our excursions include two full days exploring different parts of the wonderful Lake District with a special lake cruise. On another day, you can spend time in Penrith or go on our visit to Gretna and Carlisle. Visits and routes taken are subject to change.

    Penrith or Carlisle & Gretna Have time to enjoy the facilities in the hotel or explore Penrith which is a busy market town nestled in the Eden Valley in the heart of Cumbria. The old town centre buildings are mostly local red sandstone which epitomises many of the buildings in this area. There are plenty of old streets and shops to explore and Penrith Museum, housed within the Tourist Information Centre, will tell you more about the area and its history. The attractive St Andrew’s Church is just off the market square and up the hill from there, opposite the railway station, is the 14th century Penrith Castle which is now in ruins but the remains are interesting and are free to visit. Good local walking routes are also available.

    Alternatively join us as we hop across the border for a short visit to to world famous Gretna Green, historically linked to romance and one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. A scenic drive follows including a stop in the historic border city of Carlisle, the Capital of Cumbria. Being steeped in history you will literally be walking in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, early missionaries and medieval traders. A settlement was established in Roman times at this important crossing of the River Eden and Hadrian's Wall. During the Middle Ages, the border settlement frequently passed from English to Scottish rule as the two countries fought for control. The impressive Carlisle Castle is over 900 years old and has been the focal point of many battles, and it also houses the Border Regiment Museum. Closeby Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery tells more of the local history. Further towards the city centre are attractions including majestic Carlisle Cathedral, Guildhall Museum, St Cuthbert’s Church and the old West Walls. There is a pedestrianised shopping area and you will also find the Market Hall, one of the few covered Victorian Markets remaining in the Country.

    Keswick & Northern Lakes Highlights Tour
    The Northern Lakes area covers almost half of the Lake District National Park. The carved out landscape of the Northern Lake District offers stunning scenery, with high mountainous peaks and flowing valley floors, carved millions of years ago by glaciers heading South. We discover Keswick, a popular and pretty tourist town nestled between Derwent Water and Skiddaw mountain. Attractions include the Pencil Museum, Keswick Museum and The Puzzling Place plus some lovely peaceful park areas. In the pedestrianised town centre, find the old Moot Hall which now houses the Tourist Information Centre. There are abundant shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. We also see the attractive market town of Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth, with attractions including Wordsworth House on Main Street and Jennings Brewery, as well as a mix of unique small shops.

    South Lakeland with Coniston cruise
    We travel past the tranquil waters of Ullswater to Patterdale and over the spectacular Kirkstone Pass which then brings us to Windermere and go along the full length of the lake. We find beautiful Coniston Water, at the foot of the ‘Old Man of Coniston’ and best known for the world record speed attempts in the 1930’s and 1960’s. We enjoy a cruise aboard the Steam Yacht Gondola - the perfect way to view Coniston’s spectacular scenery. Designed to be different, Steam Yacht Gondola is the unrivalled sailing experience of the Lakes. Now in the care of the National Trust, enjoy the charm of travel once experienced by wealthy Victorians. Ride in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relax on her open-air decks as she glides across Coniston Water.

    DAY 5: After breakfast, we make our homeward journey, arriving back in Kent early to mid evening.

    Sun 19 July 2015

    5 Days

    £459 per adult

  • Kent & East Sussex Railway Rover

    Another in our series of “Closer to Home” excursions designed for us to avoid motorway traffic and explore the best that Kent and East Sussex have to offer.

    In these midsummer visits to the K&ESR in Tenterden we take advantage of the busy peak-season timetable, with five services a day available in each direction between Tenterden and Bodiam.   We aim to arrive at Tenterden by 10:00 to be in good time for the first service of the day departing at 10:40, and we then stay on the line all day with the coach not leaving until the final train of the day returns to Tenterden from Bodiam at 17:20.

    There will be plenty of time to explore the line and its destinations at will. Its 10 mile course takes us from the Kentish Wealden surroundings of Tenterden and into East Sussex, following the valley of the Rother past Northiam and on to Bodiam. Options for the day include (for the energetic!) a walk from Northiam Station into the village for Great Dixter House and Gardens, or the Toy and Pedal Car Museum. There is also a lovely secluded walk between Northiam and Bodiam explained for us by the very helpful Walk & Cycle website at http://walkandcycle.co.uk/sussex/trail?trailcode=SUSSTR0137

    Bodiam itself offers its famous castle, and back at Tenterden there are all the attractions of the station, its shop, museum and café, and the delightful town centre shops and avenues just a short walk away.

    Tue 21 July 2015

    1 Day

    £34 per adult

  • Kew Gardens & Kew Palace

    Enjoy two great historic attractions in one single day out.

    This unmissable coach day trip takes travellers to the stunning Kew Gardens, London where they can explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. Climb to the treetops, delve into rainforest or discover more on a guided tour.

    Kew has a pivotal role as a world-leader in plant science and conservation, and giving visitors a glimpse into the important role botanic gardens play in the future of the planet.

    Kew Gardens, the greatest of all public gardens in Britain and perhaps the world and is often referred to as the Royal Botanic Gardens. Exotic and unusual plants from around the world, with over 40,000 species in total. With its royal heritage, historic buildings and 300 acres of green space, Kew is much more than just a garden, Kew is a perfect day out.

    Some attractions may not be available for reasons beyond our control.  The Temperate House is closed for restoration until 2018. For the latest details and information on Kew please click here.

    Our visit also includes entry to Kew Palace*, a four-storey brick house built in 1631. First used by the Royal Family in 1728, the Palace was purchased by George III in 1781 as an annex to the White House (located where the sundial now stands) to accommodate his growing family. Subsequently, it became a more permanent home for the Royal Family, and King George IV was born here. 

    After having lain untouched for over 200 years, you can also now explore the Royal Kitchens at Kew. Step back in time to 6 February 1789 when George III was given his knife and fork back after his first bout of ‘madness’. For more information on Kew Palace and The Royal Kitchen, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach, entrance ticket to Kew Gardens and Kew Palace. Subject to traffic and travel, we arrive late morning and should have around 4.5 to 5 hours free time. This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    * Entry to Kew Palace may be on a first-come, first-served basis on certain days subject to the number of visitors at the venue.

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    Wed 22 July 2015

    1 Day

    £41 per adult

  • Arundel Castle & Gardens

    The seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. This fantastic coach trip takes you to one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings.

    The castle will be holding a Jousting and Medieval Tournament week during our visit, it is Europe's largest and longest competition of it's kind.
     
    A new formal garden was opened in May 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales - The Collector Earl's Garden. The area was orginally part of the kitchen garden but had been used as a car park since the 1970s until its redevelopment. It is a memorial to the 14th Earl of Arundel, an avid art collector. There is a central canal and domed pergola.

    For more information about Arundel Castle, please click here

    Includes admission and return travel by coach. Includes access to all areas of Castle except Castle bedrooms but can upgrade for a small fee on the day payable at the Castle.

    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.

     

    Thu 23 July 2015

    1 Day

    £42 per adult

  • Arundel

    This coach day trip visits Arundel, West Sussex.

    This picturesque modern market town is full of history and heritage and contemporary culture, and known for two famous landmarks, Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral, which dominate its impressive skyline.

    Combine a thousand years of history with independent shops, contemporary art galleries, restaurants and pubs... there is something for everyone when you visit Arundel.

    Price includes return travel by coach. 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

    For more information on Arundel, please click here

    Thu 23 July 2015

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • Shreks Adventure! London

    Start your day but stepping into and starring in your very own hilarious, mad-cap adventure to the kingdom of Far Far Away surrounded by Shrek and his much loved Dreamworks friends. The world’s funniest tour begins when you board a magical ‘Dreamworks Tours’ red London bus driven by the mischievous Donkey, where chaos, calamity and endless fun are the name of the game Explore the fantasy worlds of Far Far Away and meet everyone from Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, ‘Gingy’ the Gingerbread man to Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs. But beware, Rumpelstiltskin, wearing his ‘angry wig’, will do all he can to disrupt your tour and stop your return to London. Will you collect all the special ingredients needed for the magic spell to transport you safely home? 10 fairy-tale themed shows with a good dose of Donkey’s cheekiness, amazing animation and captivating storytelling from Dreamworks, the producers of Shrek.

    After the tour you will then have free time to explore the Southbank and Westminster before heading back to Kent at approximately 1630hrs.

    The Shrek tour lasts approximately 80 minutes.

     This could be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion could 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 25 July 2015

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • London Zoo

    Embark on a wild adventure - discover over 650 amazing animal species right in the heart of the capital. Set in leafy Regent's Park amid heritage- listed buildings and beautiful gardens, ZSL London Zoo gives you a great excuse for a big day out.

    There's something for everyone, from Asian lions to Sloth bears and the incredible 'Animals in Action' demonstration where our finest flying, leaping and climbing animals show off their skills. Set in the heart of London's majestic Regent's Park, London Zoo boasts not only a vast array of amazing animals, but also beautiful gardens, fine art and astounding architecture.

    For more information, please click here

    Price includes entrance ticket and return travel by coach. Subject to travel and timings, we normally arrive late morning and have around 5 hours free time.

    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.

    Sat 25 July 2015

    1 Day

    £42 per adult

  • Following the Morriston on Tour

    Another in our easy-travel series of excursions to venues so easily missed here in Kent . And this one is very much a one-off occasion as we seize the opportunity to follow the Morriston Orpheus Choir as they begin a commemorative tour that will take them onwards for the following week in Flanders and the Somme.

    The Morriston Orpheus is celebrated as one of the finest of all the Welsh Male Voice Choirs. It has to its credit landmark performances in Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York, and has a lengthy recording catalogue. Led and inspired by Musical Director Joy Amman Davies, the Choir is expected to number more than 80 members for this tour, with almost that many families and followers joining them from their South Wales home. Buzzlines is helping to sponsor the tour in collaboration with the KM Media Group and the vehicle manufacturer MAN.

    Our day begins as we assemble to gather for our first rendezvous with the choir at the new Step Short Memorial on the Leas in Folkestone. The Choir will perform a short tribute here, before we rejoin our coaches for the short journey to Capel-le-Ferne where we disembark at the Battle of Britain Memorial where again the choir will offer its salute to the Few, and give us a chance to visit the newly constructed visitor centre built in the shape of a Spitfire wing. We will give ourselves a good interval to linger awhile here to take in the memorial site and its superb views from the top of the White Cliffs. There is also a refreshment facility here.

    Come lunchtime we move onwards to spend the afternoon free in Canterbury, where there will be opportunity to relax in the City Centre or visit the Cathedral and any of the range of museums and shops.   Then as the afternoon winds down we graduate to the Marlowe Theatre ready to take our seats for the Morriston’s Gala Concert. This will be a full length concert, with the Choir enjoying local support from both the Folkestone & Hythe Orchestral Society – Folkestone Symphony – and Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir.

    If you have ever wanted to join in singing Land of my Fathers, here is your chance!

    We can expect to leave Canterbury at around 10pm to get everyone home.

    As with all of our Closer to Home day excursions, it is likely that many customers will be ferried to and from destination directly by feeder vehicles so please do not be deterred by the thought of a convoluted coach trip at the end of the day.

    PLEASE NOTE – Buzzlines also has on sale a short break departing Dover by ferry on the morning of Monday 27th to accompany the Choir as it visits and performs its tributes at battlefield memorials in Flanders and the Somme. If you wish to conjoin excursion and tour you are welcome to book both and decide if you would like us to find hotel accommodation for you on the Sunday night.

    Sun 26 July 2015

    1 Day

    £54 per adult