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  • Bletchley Park National Codes Centre

    Visit Bletchley Park, historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.  Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction

    Seeing one of the Enigma Machines, including the rare 'Abwehr G312', is undoubtedly a highlight of a busy coach day trip out at Bletchley Park, but there is much more than machines in a visit to the historic site. Check out the tales of spies and strategic deception. You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing's silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park. There are more than enough different activities and exhibitions to occupy most people for a whole day on this coach trip, from wartime toys to working computers. There's a wartime mini cinema and an outstanding Churchill collection. Lively exciting events are held on special days throughout the year. Have a look through the ornate Victorian Mansion that was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War. Wander by the Lake, relax and observe the wildlife.

    Whilst you explore Bletchley Park and discover its story at your leisure enjoying the Multimedia Guide, you can also see a wealth of other fascinating galleries and exhibits within the WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks.

    Includes entrance and return travel by coach. Subject to traffic and travel, we aim to arrive around 1130 to midday, and leave for home around 4 to 430pm

    Find out more about the secret world of Bletchley Park by clicking here.

    Tue 26 July 2016

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • Romantic Castles & Gardens of Northumbria

    Uncover a land of outstanding beauty and the precious history of Northumbria, once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. There are castles with enchanting tales to tell, Hadrian’s Wall guarding the Northern Roman frontier, endless stretches of heritage coastline and beautiful countryside with impressive country houses and picturesque villages. It is a beautiful part of the country to visit and the contrast between the spectacular forest, quaint villages and sandy beaches combined with the included highlights make this a popular coach holiday destination.

    EXCURSIONS

    Alnwick Castle & Alnwick Gardens – On our coach holiday, we travel through the Northumberland National Park and spend a day in and around famous Alnwick, whose medieval Castle is considered to be one of the finest in the country. It has been in the Percy family, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland, for over 700 years but more recently found fame as "Hogwarts" in the Harry Potter films plus it has been used in filming for the latest series of ITV drama Downton Abbey. It has magnificent spacious grounds designed by Capability Brown, domineering medieval towers, a 14th century dungeon and beautiful staterooms with Italian Renaissance design. The spectacular 12-acre Alnwick Gardens is a modern creation, a contemporary and exciting garden with a broad appeal. You can experience the vast Grand Cascade with its many weirs and fountains, the Ornamental Garden with more than 15,000 plants, the Rose Garden of walkways heavily scented with climbing and shrub roses, clematis and honeysuckle. There are many secret gardens where you can sit amongst the pergolas, fruit trees and individual pools.

    Bamburgh Castle - Bamburgh also gives a taste of Northumberland’s tremendous heritage of castles, like Alnwick Castle built for defence of the realm reasons. Sitting proudly atop its basalt throne, Bamburgh reigns supreme over the surrounding landscape. With stunning views out to the Farne Islands and north to Lindisfarne, you can’t fail to be impressed before you even get inside. The state rooms are filled with the finest porcelain, china, furniture and artworks. Blood thirst weapons glint from the walls and cases, hinting at the turmoil and sieges that have taken place here. An active archaeology dig also reveals the dark secrets of the Anglo-Saxons.

    If the tide permits, we cross the narrow causeway to the peace and tranquillity of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, famous for both its medieval religious heritage and its picturesque 16th Century Castle.

    Cragside House and Gardens & Northumberland National Park - A day of wonderful scenery as we head out on a leisurely drive into the dramatic Northumberland National Park. With its clear air, clean waters and dark skies, it’s unsurprising the park is officially the country’s most tranquil location. Covering almost a quarter of the county, Northumberland National Park is one of the least populated of the UK’s national parks. We include a visit in the afternoon to Cragside House, an impressive and extraordinary Victorian mansion built for the first Lord Armstrong and the first house in the world to have electricity. Enjoy also the magnificent gardens, lakes and unique Orchard House, which are set in over 900 acres. This is a National Trust property so a reduced price is available for any National Trust members.

    Cragside House & Gardens

    Thu 28 July 2016

    5 Days

    £445 per adult

  • Southend on Sea Summer Special

    With so many things to do in Southend on Sea, one day may not be enough to explore all the attractions and activities.

    You'll find all the traditional seaside pleasures along the seven glorious miles of seafront and on Southend's award-winning beaches. Ride the railway to the end of the longest pleasure pier in the world, get absorbed in hands-on fun at a museum, or wander among the many parks and gardens. Ride the waves for exhilaration or admire the skill of expert windsurfers and kitesurfers. For the more adventurous, dare to try thrilling rides at Adventure Island, one of the UK's favourite fun parks.

    If you love to shop, then you’ll love Southend-on-Sea. The Town Centre is a unique shopping destination with a variety of quirky independent boutiques and ‘big name’ high street stores, and with over three hundred mouth-watering places to eat, you really are spoilt for choice.

    On arrival in Southend, your eye will be drawn towards the longest pleasure Pier in the world. Standing for over a century it extends 2.158 kilometres (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, and is a well-loved and recognised symbol of Southend and the pleasures of the English seaside. Sir John Betjeman once said, "The Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier" and it's as true today as it was when it first welcomed visitors all those years ago. With truly stunning 360 degree views all year round, Southend Pier is the perfect place to go for a taste of the invigorating fresh air, and experience the freedom of the sea or to simply spend the day fishing at Southend pier.

    At the Pier Head you can visit the active RNLI station and gift shop, relax and take in the fantastic views from the superb sun-deck or stop by The Royal Pavilion, which dominates much of the Pier Head and provides the perfect place for an afternoon tea in the inhouse café. Also located inside the Pier's award-winning entrance, the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) provides a wide range of services and information.

    For more information on Southend, please click here.

    Price 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. 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.

    Subject to travel, we aim arrive around 11am, and leave around 16:15pm

     

    Sat 30 July 2016

    1 Day

    £20 per adult

  • Cromer, Norfolk Coast & Country Retreats

    We head to Cromer, gem of the Norfolk Coast with wonderful attractions from start to finish. Staying at the highly recommended Links Country Park Hotel, we include Sandringham, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and Holkham Hall, one of the Treasure Houses of England. In addition, enjoy a nostalgic trip on the Bure Valley Steam Railway followed by a scenic cruise on the world-famous Norfolk Broads on the fabulous Mississippi Paddle Boat. This tour offers a perfect blend for everyone!

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 - We make our way from Kent with a lunchtime visit to the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. We continue our drive through Norfolk to arrive at our base in North Norfolk late afternoon.

    Day 2 - We make the short journey to the popular seaside resort of Cromer, perched on the very edge of the north Norfolk coast and famous for its tasty crabs, wide open beaches, spectacular cliffs, traditional pier and many of the great landmarks created by the well-to-do Victorian "summer timers". The streets of Cromer today are little removed from how they looked a hundred years ago. We then combine a nostalgic steam train ride with a cruise on the Norfolk Broads. We begin at Aylsham where we join the Bure Valley Railway for the 9 miles ride to Wroxham. The railway is the longest narrow gauge track in Norfolk and you can witness beautiful scenery as the train winds along the River Bure. Later, we board the wonderful Mississippi Paddle boat for a 90 minute cruise on the Broads with witty and enlightening commentary. This luxury river cruiser departs from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds.

    Day 3 - We head to Sandringham, the favourite retreat of the Queen and the Royal Family, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000 hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park.

    Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England's premier lavender farm, renowned worldwide and has nearly 100 acres of lavender under cultivation. Set in beautiful tranquil gardens, the summer season is the most vibrant when all of the lavenders burst into flower and the air is full of the relaxing fragrance. See the world famous lavender gardens, the Lavender Oil Distillery, National Lavender Collection and Herb Garden.

    Day 4 - We enjoy a north Norfolk drive witnessing unspoilt coastline and rolling countryside. We stop at Holkham Hall, where you will enjoy a free-flow visit of this 18th Century Palladian style mansion, home to seven generations of the Earls of Leicester. It is one of the Treasure Houses of England, one of 10 of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England. You can also stroll around the gardens and parkland at your leisure.

    Day 5 - After breakfast, we make our return homeward journey with a final treat of a lunchtime visit to Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town.

    Mon 01 August 2016

    5 Days

    £445 per adult

  • Mississippi Paddle Boat & Norwich

    Explore this beautiful and tranquil area by boarding a luxury river cruiser which runs trips from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds. There is also some free time to visit the beautiful city of Norwich.

    Includes return travel by coach, excursion on the Mississippi Paddle Boat and short stop in Norwich.

    For more information, please click here

    Please note this is a longer than normal day trip due to the distance being travelled.

    Tue 02 August 2016

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Brighton - time by the Sea in Sussex

    Spend the day in Brighton on this coach day trip, with its traditional seaside attractions including the superbly restored Victorian Palace Pier together with its excellent shopping areas including the famous 'Lanes' with antique shops abound. Or maybe take in the spectacular Royal Pavilion, seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles.

    Price includes return travel by coach.

    This is a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion serves 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 further information on Brighton, please click here.

    Wed 03 August 2016

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • Brighton Sea Life Centre

    Brighton Sea Life Centre is the world’s oldest operating aquarium and is still an excellent family day out. You can get up close to a wide range of sea creatures, from sharks to stingrays, turtles to starfish plus fish galore! Many of the animals are on the endangered list, have been rescued and cannot be released back into the wild or are part of the Centre’s breeding programme.

    Brand new for 2015 is the Jurassic Seas exhibit, where you can dive into the depths of ancient seas to meet the weird and wonderful creatures that have outlived the dinosaurs and are still around today! Using state-of-the-art technology you can even meet a mighty Megalodon and feed a Plesiosaurus.

    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.

    Wed 03 August 2016

    1 Day

    £36 per adult

  • Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre

    This bold new production of the classic Funny Girl stars Sheridan Smith as Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice. Follow unconventional looking Fanny from star-struck teenager as her vocal talents, comic ability and force of will see her rise to the Broadway limelight. Fanny’s life is not all roses, however, as she has a tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein proves.

    Sheridan Smith puts her own stamp on the role of Fanny, most famously played by Barbra Streisand and the show features some of the most iconic songs in theatre history, including “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “People”

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, 18th May we aim to arrive in London late morning to give you free time before the matinee performance, 4th August is an Evening show, we will get you to Lodnon late afternoon in time for an early dinner before the show.

    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 04 August 2016

    1 Day

    £69 per adult

  • Commemorating the Somme - Mametz & the Devonshires

    A month after the Centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, we offer the chance to visit some of the iconic sites along the southern part of the Somme battlefield. Please note that this programme will involve a number of stops, and that it may not be until mid-afternoon, and that we will offer an extended pause at Delville Wood for those who would like to bring their own lunch.

    Crossing by Eurotunnel, we will take the Autoroute southwards past Arras, giving us a fleeting view of the Canadian Memorial on Vimy Ridge before we turn southwards to make our first stop at the French Memorial Chapel at Rancourt, the largest French Cemetery on the Somme.  There is also a smaller British Military Cemetery opposite.

    From Rancourt we turn on to the D20 for a longer pause at the South African Memorial in Delville Wood, where toilets and light refreshments are available.  From here our route takes us onwards past Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and to the village of Bazentin.  We turn left here to use a minor country road to visit Flatiron Copse Cemetery, probably unique in that there are three sets of brothers buried here, who in each case died on the same day and are buried side by side.  Also laid to rest at Flatiron Copse was Corporal Edward Dyer, who won the VC near Ypres in 1915 only to perish on the Somme a year later. 

    From Flatiron Copse it is about a 500m walk onwards to the Welsh Division Memorial at Mametz Wood and those interested in both sites are welcome to walk ahead of the coach which will then pick them up there.

    For our final call we then continue to the small cemetery south of Mametz marking the sacrifice of the Devonshires on the first day of Battle on 1st July 1916. 

    There are so many other memorials and places in the area it is hard to know when to stop, but we are conscious that with so much getting off and back on the coach we should contain our visits to just those listed, though we will always try to accommodate anyone who has a personal or family connection with other cemeteries that are on our route.

    Leaving Mametz, we choose a different journey home via Amiens, allowing us to break in the city for a couple of hours perhaps to visit the cathedral or enjoy a pleasant stroll along the St Leu waterfront.  From Amiens it is a little over an hour back to Calais where we will aim for a crossing getting us back into Kent at around 9pm our time.

     

    Photograph with acknowledgements to Wikipedia and author Wernervc

    Thu 04 August 2016

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre EVENING SHOW

    A Summer Showtime Special to see an evening performance of Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg's LES MISERABLES which is indisputably the world's most popular musical - seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries, 291 cities and sung in 21 different languages. Includes the songs I Dreamed A Dream, Do You Hear the People Sing, Bring Him Home and many more. This spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece continues to thrill audiences day after day.

    This follows the struggles of Jean Valjean, who after breaking his parole, begins an honourable new life in anonymity. When an innocent man, thought to be the escaped Jean Valjean, is arrested, the real Valjean, now named Monsieur Madeleine, surrenders his new life and confesses his real identity to the court. The story is a powerful tale of love, courage and emotion and manages to pinch sympathy and forgiveness towards Valjean, despite his former villain façade.

    For more information, please click here.

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

    Show starts at 730pm. Running time approx 2hrs 50mins

     

    Please click here for other dates available. This show is also available to book on our regular Saturday London Showtime day trips

    Thu 04 August 2016

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • Aladdin the Musical

    Brought to theatrical life by a legendary creative team, Disney's new Broadway musical Aladdin will sweep you into a world filled with beauty, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. Follow the story of Aladdin, a young man living on the streets of Agrabah, as he finds a magical lamp and turns his fortunes around with the help of a larger than life Genie! Will Aladdin be able to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, defeat the evil Jafar and free the Genie from a lifetime of servitude?

    With exhilarating choreography, show stopping production and astonishing visual effects - including a real flying carpet - Disney's Aladdin has been described by New York Magazine as 'musical comedy wish-fulfillment'

    Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin features lyrics by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book. Featuring the timeless songs from the classic film including A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights along with new music written for the production, Aladdin is an extraordinary theatrical event you will want to be amongst the first to experience.

    4th August - This show will be a matinee performance. Please note, for this performance we have tickets in the Dress Circle.

    19th November - This show will be a matinee performance. Please note, for this performance we have tickets in two different price tiers. All seats are in the Grand Circle.  Seats in rows N & M will be £65pp. Seats in rows H & J will carry an extra supplement of £17pp. Please select the correct option when booking.

    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.

    Thu 04 August 2016

    1 Day

    £70 per adult

  • 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, 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 Saturday London Showtime day trips

    Thu 04 August 2016

    1 Day

    £53 per adult

  • RHS Gardens Hyde Hall

    A visit to the RHS Hyde Hall estate is unforgettable in any season and allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature. Hyde Hall is in an area of Essex that has very low rainfall, and this factor, combined with the soil conditions and exposed nature of the site, makes it a challenging area for gardening. A visit will show that by choosing the right plants for the right places and by working with the prevailing conditions, it is possible to create a garden of beauty. See Hyde Hall's gardens and enjoy peaceful walks, gardening inspiration & gorgeous views over the open countryside.

    Our visit on coincides with the popular annual Hyde Hall Flower Show. Browse, buy and obtain advice from around 60 specialist nurseries and trade stands, including many RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winners. Exhibitors will also have stunning floral displays to delight and inspire you. There'll also be amazing and innovative displays created by local Essex floral artists that celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. There is more than enough room for everyone with the 360-acre estate and gardens where visitors can relax and enjoy peace and tranquility.

    Price includes admission and return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    A travel only price is available for RHS Members, this option can be selected during the booking process or please contact us for details.

    For more information on RHS Hyde Hall, please click here

    Fri 05 August 2016

    1 Day

    £33 per adult

  • Romney Marsh Rail Rover

    Our new series of “Closer to Home” day excursions introduces us to lots of exciting new destinations here in Kent or just into East Sussex. No worries about traffic on the M25 or in Central London, we can expect a short and easy journey giving us maximum time to enjoy our destination.

    Today we offer a special day with the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway as you have an all-day, all-stations pass on the RHDR between Hythe and Dungeness. Your day-pass also covers entry to the toy and model railway exhibition at New Romney.   You can enjoy a stroll around the centre of Hythe and alongside the Royal Military Canal, or you can alight at Dymchurch to visit the sands and funpark just a few hundred yards away. The vast shingle beach at Dungeness will also be of interest, and there are also great views from the old lighthouse if you can manage the 300-odd steps!

    During the day there are around eight steam trains in each direction, so essentially it is an hour between services, perfect for hopping on and off to take in the sights and attractions of Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney and Dungeness. The Station Cafés will be open at Hythe and New Romney and there is a wider selection of regular food outlets in Hythe and Dymchurch including some great fish & chips at the Torbay restaurant in Hythe High Street – a 10 minute walk from the light railway station.

    Our service will be timed to arrive at either Hythe or New Romney by around 10:00 in time for the first departures of the day. For the homeward journey at the end of the day, our coach will start from New Romney at 17:00 and also pick-up in Hythe at 17:30 before departure.   Some local feeder vehicles may run direct to and from Hythe.

    Fri 05 August 2016

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • Monet's Garden, Paris & Versailles

    This wonderful coach break combines the timeless beauty of Paris; one on the world's most celebrated cities, with the splendid house and gardens of Claude Monet; inspiration for so many of his paintings, plus the spectacular Versailles; where you can visit the Palace which was the royal residence of France for little more than a century when the French Revolution began.

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1 - Leaving the local area by coach in the early morning, we'll head to the Channel Tunnel for our scheduled crossing to France. From Calais, we make our way to Giverny to visit the house of one of the most famous artists in the world and the gardens that inspired him. Monet’s Garden has an intimate and welcoming feel and these wonderful flower gardens stand in contrast to France’s numerous formal gardens.

    The gardens have been lovingly restored and give a vivid impression of Monet's favourite subject for painting. There are two parts of the garden which contrast and complement one another - a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden. You will be able to explore and marvel at the vibrant flora and fauna and abundant colour that inspired much of this great impressionist’s finest work. 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.

    The taking of pictures is permitted in the garden, but only from the walkways. Photos and videos are strictly forbidden in the house, however pictures can be taken out of the windows in Monet's bedroom. Picnics are forbidden and no catering facilities are available at the venue.

    From Monet’s Garden, we journey on an hour or so to our hotel located in Orgeval , on the outskirts of Paris. We stay on a bed and breakfast basis, but meals can be taken either at the hotel or perhaps in one of the nearby restaurants. Further information on these can be obtained at the hotel.

    DAY 2 PARIS - Nowhere in the world is quite like Paris; nowhere quite so exciting, glamorous or beautiful, especially in the summer, when it is bathed in glorious sunshine. Discover - or rediscover - all the wonders of the French capital as we enjoy a full day in this beautiful city.

    Paris in Summer

    Discover Paris' famous sights on our included sightseeing tour - the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the gleaming dome of Sacre Coeur - and then have free time to explore at your leisure. It is a wonderful place to wander - with its famous landmarks, fascinating museums, pavement cafes from which you can watch the world go by, stylish stores and specialty shops. Perhaps visit the renowned Cathedral of Notre Dame or for a different view of the city, we recommend our optional narrated River Seine cruise. We depart from Paris late evening to give you the opportunity to purchase an evening meal in one of the many lovely restaurants it has to offer.

    DAY 3 VERSAILLES - After an early breakfast, we leave the hotel and make the short journey to visit the exquisite Versailles, where you can choose to visit the Palace of Versailles a World Heritage Site with 800 hectares of manicured gardens, sculptured statues and ornamental fountains. This is one of France’s most visited attractions and it is one of the most impressive achievements of 18th century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. No expense was spared in the creation of the sumptuously decorated palace, best known for its Hall of Mirrors, which was previously used for lavish celebrations. Wonder at the grandeur of its opulent architecture and interiors, stroll through the intricately designed gardens and visit the fascinating exhibitions. 

    We will look to allow a good amount of time in Versailles to be able to take in all of the sights and leave mid to late afternoon to head back to Calais for our evening crossing back to the UK. Please note that entrance into the Palace of Versailles is NOT included in this tour.

    Palace of Versailles

     

    Fri 05 August 2016

    3 Days

    £210 per adult

  • Buckingham Palace and Clarence House

    Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic town houses in London and is the official residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Built between 1825 & 1827 to the designs of John Nash, Clarence House takes its name from its first occupant, William Henry, Duke of Clarence, later William IV. The arrangement of the rooms and the groupings of their contents remain much as they were in Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's time, with important works from Her Majesty's famous collection of art in their former positions. Today, visitors are guided around the five rooms on the ground floor, where official engagements are undertaken and important guests are received by Their Royal Highnesses.

    A visit to Clarence House lasts approximately an hour.

    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 The Palace is not being used in its official capacity, visitors can enjoy the nineteen magnificent state rooms. The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

    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.

    This wonderful coach day trip includes entry ticket to both Clarence House and Buckingham Palace and return coach travel. You will have some free time between the visits for lunch or spending time strolling through the Royal Parks, St James Park or Green Park. 

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    Top Image copyright Photographer: Derry Moore Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
    Bottom image copyright Photographer: Christopher Simon Sykes Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

    Sat 06 August 2016

    1 Day

    £57 per adult

  • Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour London

    People the world-over have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures have made this iconic series beloved to both young and old – and now the doors are opened for everyone at the studio where it first began.

    Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced, the Studio Tour showcases the incredible British talent, imagination and artistry that went into making the impossible a reality on screen. Visitors will relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life.

    The tour is estimated to take approximately three - four hours, however, as the tour is mostly self guided, you are free to explore the attraction at your own pace. During this time you will be able to see many of the best-loved sets and exhibits from the films.  Unique and precious items from the films will also be on display, alongside some exciting hands-on interactive exhibits that will make you feel like you’re actually there. The Studio Cafe and other outlets offer a range of freshly prepared hot and cold refreshments, which are available all day every day. The magic also continues in the Gift Shop, which is full of exciting souvenirs and official merchandise, designed to create an everlasting memory of your day at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

     

    Sat 6th August – Finding the Philosopher’s Stone

    This summer celebrate the epic quest Harry, Ron and Hermione embarked upon to find and protect the Philosopher’s Stone. For the first time ever, there will be a moving display of the Devil’s Snare that the magical trio encountered in their hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone in Creature Effects. Learn how one of Ron Weasley’s favourite games, Wizard’s Chess, was brought to life on a large scale by Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson and his team. The giant chess pieces will move across a chequered board, as if by magic, on the backlot!

     

    Sun 30 October – 15th Anniversary Film Celebrations

    Fifteen years after the UK premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, you will be able to admire authentic sets, props and costumes first created during production. The Great Hall will be dressed with a section of the Hallowe’en feast (complete with the costume of Professor Quirrell) and you'll have the opportunity to discover more about other sets that have stood the test of time including the Gryffindor common room, boys’ dormitory and Hagrid’s hut.

     

    Sat 10 December – Hogwarts in the Snow

    See the sets decorated as they were for festive scenes and behind-the-scenes secrets will be revealed about how filmmakers created fire, snow and ice for the films.

    Sat 06 August 2016

    1 Day

    £60 per adult

  • Bruges Late Day Trip

    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. An adaption to our usual Bruges day trip as we will give you longer to explore and even get some dinner before heading back to Kent.

    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.

    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.

    Our late days on the 19th Novmeber and 1st April are connected to the the Bruges Concertgebouw trips. You will leave Bruges after the event has finished.

    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 07 August 2016

    1 Day

    £40 per adult

  • BBC Countryfile Live

    Explore every aspect of the British countryside in the beautiful setting of Blenheim Palace during the BBC Countryfile Live event.

    The main centre-piece of the day will be the main arena, where throughout the day there will be a dramatic and theatrical celebration of rural Britain as you journey through time and the seasons. Countryfile’s Adam Henson will be bringing his farm to Blenheim so you can see some of the rare breeds featured on the show and children will love the baby offspring in the Animal Petting Barn! In the Wildlife Zone, you can learn more about the birds, bees and beasts that inhabit our countryside and get tips on caring for the world around us. You can also attend the National Trust Theatre and attend debates and Q&A sessions on the future of rural Britain.

    With so much to see, you’ll also want some time to relax in the Great British Summer Beer Garden, where you can sit back and enjoy some great live performances including acoustic music sets, poetry readings comedy and traditional dance. Alternatively, visit the Village Green, complete with bandstand and maypole. Watch demonstrations of rural crafts or join in with family entertainment which as Morris dancing, cricket, Punch-and-Judy shows and a vintage funfair.

    For more information on BBC Countryfile Live click here.

    Sun 07 August 2016

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • Derbyshire Puddings 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 08 August 2016

    5 Days

    £405 per adult