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  • London Eye, Carvery Lunch and River Cruise

    A coach day trip not to be missed!

    We combine the The iconic and ever-popular EDF Energy London Eye, a superb 3-course carvery lunch and an enjoyable Thames river cruise together to make this a special day out for all occasions.

    The journey on The London Eye takes approximately 30 minutes to experience the spectacular views of London from high above the River Thames.

    We then take you to a 4-star hotel; the elegant Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge opposite the Victoria & Albert Museum; for an unhurried all-you-can-eat 3 course carvery lunch (be warned do not eat during the morning!) with everything from a salad bar to smoked salmon, freshly carved meat off the bone, pasta, fish, meat and freshly prepared vegetables concluding with a sweet of your choice and teas and coffees - you will have around 2 hours at the hotel for lunch.

    We then travel to join our cruise back to Greenwich. See London from a different perspective with a unique sightseeing cruise on the River Thames.

    Why not treat somebody on this special day?

    Price includes journey on the London Eye, 3-course carvery lunch and one-way river cruise. (At certain times, we may reverse the itinerary, i.e. Cruise, Lunch then London Eye.)

    Sun 24 August 2014

    1 Day

    £74 per adult

  • London Eye, Carvery Lunch and River Cruise

    A coach day trip not to be missed!

    We combine the The iconic and ever-popular EDF Energy London Eye, a superb 3-course carvery lunch and an enjoyable Thames river cruise together to make this a special day out for all occasions.

    The journey on The London Eye takes approximately 30 minutes to experience the spectacular views of London from high above the River Thames.

    We then take you to a 4-star hotel; the elegant Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge opposite the Victoria & Albert Museum; for an unhurried all-you-can-eat 3 course carvery lunch (be warned do not eat during the morning!) with everything from a salad bar to smoked salmon, freshly carved meat off the bone, pasta, fish, meat and freshly prepared vegetables concluding with a sweet of your choice and teas and coffees - you will have around 2 hours at the hotel for lunch.

    We then travel to join our cruise back to Greenwich. See London from a different perspective with a unique sightseeing cruise on the River Thames.

    Why not treat somebody on this special day?

    Price includes journey on the London Eye, 3-course carvery lunch and one-way river cruise. (At certain times, we may reverse the itinerary, i.e. Cruise, Lunch then London Eye.)

    Sun 24 August 2014

    1 Day

    £74 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.

    August 2014 - Our visit in August coincides with the Tudor Living & Jousting event.

    A spectacular battle will be taking place this summer when Sir Sam of Hever throws down the gauntlet and invites knights on horseback to the final Jousting Tournament in an authentic arena complete with royal box. Audor encampment, re-enactments, and stalls with more thrills and spills from the brave knights competing in this year’s jousting tournament. Spectators will be treated to an exciting display of action, stunts, falls and fights as they bring the medieval sport of jousting to life in this former castle of Kings. Which knights will win the tournament spurred on by the cheers of the crowds?

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

    For more information, please click here.

    This may be a shared departure.

    Hever Castle Gardens

    Mon 25 August 2014

    1 Day

    £38 per adult

  • Penshurst Place

    Set in the rural Weald of Kent surrounded by picturesque countryside and ancient parkland, Penhurst Place and Gardens has changed little over the centuries.

    Tour the medieval State Rooms and Gardens, with 500 acres of woods and Parkland offering lakes and scenic walks. Enjoy the Adventure Playground, get lost in the woods and Maize Maze, gaze at old toys and get crafty in the Craft Barn. Whatever your appetite, enjoy seasonal produce in the Restaurant and Pantry, or why not picnic in the Grounds? Travel through their history timeline, unearth fun facts and delve into the world of Penshurst in film.

    One of Penshurst's splendours is the 11 acre formal walled garden, with records dating back to 1346. One of the oldest gardens in private ownership, today the gardens at Penhurst Place offer an abundance of variety in form, foliage and bloom throughout the year. From spring flowering bulbs, through fragrant summer roses and exuberant herbaceous borders to mellow orchard fruits.

    The Grade 1 listed house has two levels, the upper being unsuitable for wheelchair access. Entry into the lower level is possible by ramps. The historic gardens consist of gravel and grass paths, with ramps to each level and plenty of benches throughout.

    Price includes return coach travel and entrance. Subject to traffic and travel, we arrive around 11am and leave around 4pm. The House and Toy Museum are open between 12pm and 4pm.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    For more information on Penshurst Place, please click here.

     

     

    Mon 25 August 2014

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Boulogne Sur Mer

    On arrival in Calais, 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.

    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.

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

    Boulogne

    Tue 26 August 2014

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Le Touquet, France by the sea

    We visit Le Touquet, an upmarket seaside resort with a great sense of style and known as being one of the most “chic” seaside towns along the French coast.  Bordered by fragrant pine forests and boasting huge sandy beaches, it’s got plenty to keep you busy and is famous for the wonderful designer shops and a host of lively restaurants and bars and even a casino.

    Please note that it will be unlikely that we will stop at any outlets or supermarkets on this trip.

    Price includes return coach travel and scheduled Eurotunnel crossings. Subject to traffic and travel there should be a minimum of around 4 hours in Le Touquet.

    For further information about Le Touquet, please click here.

    Tue 26 August 2014

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Rural Delights - Gloucestershire, Avon & Somerset

    In this spectacular short break we concentrate on the great outdoors as we visit the West Somerset Railway, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddar Gorge and caves, the Forest of Dean including a cruise on the River Wye, and the famous Bird Gardens and model village at Bourton-on-the-Water. Weather permitting we also schedule a lovely walk alongside the Avon Navigation between Keynsham and Bath.

    Itinerary

    Leaving Kent on the morning of Tuesday 26th August, we aim to reach Bath in time for a short visit to the city centre and a spot of lunch. Then in mid-afternoon, we offer the option of a couple of miles’ stroll westwards out of Bath in the direction of Keynsham. The walk begins as we follow the towpath of the Avon Navigation to Newbridge on the outskirts of Bath. Here, we follow the trackbed of the old railway line between Bitton and Bath as it continues to follow the Avon Valley, thrice crossing the Avon before we reach the village of Saltford where we rendezvous with the coach. For the walk we will be accompanied by one of our Tour assistants.

    Anyone not keen on walking this far is welcome to stay with the coach - you can then take in the riverside scenery at the pick-up spot. From Saltford it is just a short hop into Bristol where we stay at the 4* Doubletree by Hilton - hotel spotters might know it better under its former name - the Ramada. We stay three nights here, with dinner included.

    On Wednesday we make south into Somerset and to Minehead where we take the 10:15 steam train for the full length of the 20 miles of the West Somerset Railway to Bishops Lydeard. This former branch line was closed by BR in 1971 but was reopened as a heritage line in 1975 and has been progressively restored since so that it is now the longest stretch of standard gauge heritage railway in the UK.

    We reach the delightful village of Bishop’s Lydeard just after 11:30 to rejoin our coach, and we then continue to Hestercombe Gardens, just north of Taunton.  Hestercombe is a unique combination of three period gardens: the Georgian Landscape, Victorian Terrace & Shrubbery and the Edwardian Formal - all once abandoned and now lovingly restored.  With over fifty acres of woodland walks and formal gardens, it offers a splendid few hours of peace and tranquility.  The Visitor Centre comprises the Gardens Shop & Plant Centre and the Lutyens Gallery displaying work by local artists, there is an excellent restaurant, and we can also visit the restored 17th century watermill complex which showcases the historic uses of renewable energy alongside original working mill machinery.  The pretty Mill Tea Garden by the Mill Pond is a delightful spot to stop for tea or an ice cream as you walk the gardens.

    In mid afternoon we reassemble for another short hop to the spectacular limestone gorge at Cheddar.  We visit the celebrated Cheddar Caves and tour the main show cave, Gough's Cave, with an audio guide.  Our ticket also offers us tea or coffee and cake at the integral Costa Coffee shop.

    For our penultimate day our driver takes us out of Bristol so that we can pause at the Clifton Suspension bridge over the Avon Gorge. We then continue just a few miles before crossing the Severn to Chepstow and onwards into the Forest of Dean.  From Chepstow we enjoy a scenic drive following the Wye Valley northwards to Tintern, where we pause at the Wye Valley Centre at Abbey Mill.   In the heart of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Abbey Mill offers superb elevated views of the Wye and is perfect for just relaxing and taking in the view.  On site there is an operational water wheel, an arts, crafts and gift centre, a coffee shop and restaurant, so plenty of interest for staying on site and a great base for a riverside walk if you're feeling energetic.

    In the afternoon we see the river valley from a closer perspective as we take a Kingfisher cruise out of Symonds Yat and our on-board commentary helps us appreciate the natural history of this beautiful part of the Forest.   Then, from Symonds Yat we make our way across country to Gloucester where we pause late in the afternoon to spend some free time in the historic docks, before we continue back to Bristol and our hotel.

    On Friday we head for home but there is more to look forward to as we travel back through Gloucester to the charming hamlet of Bourton-on-the-Water on the northern edge of the Cotswolds.   Here we visit the Birdland park and gardens where we can witness over 500 exotic and rare birds from all over their world, before we move on to the equally impressive model of Bourton village, built to one ninth scale in 1937 and where even the trees are in miniature!

    By early-afternoon we resume our home bound journey aiming to be on to the M25 ahead of peak traffic.

    Tue 26 August 2014

    4 Days

    £305 per adult

  • Pairi Daiza Park

    Buzzlines will be running a day excursion to this wonderful animal park in one of our brand-new 53-seaters on Tuesday 26th August.

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

    Normal pickup points are available throughout Kent.

    This trip is also available as a local excursion with no feeders to the Romney Marsh area with selected pickup points shown below. There will be no feeder services – you join the coach and we go direct via the Channel Tunnel. The Park is open until 7pm so we expect to be able to enjoy a good 6 hours there.

    The pick-up schedule for the Romney Marsh area is:

    Lydd 06:30

    New Romney 06:45

    Dymchurch 06:55

    Hythe 07:10

    Saltwood 07:20

    Eurotunnel crossing time 08:20

    Return crossing 21:20 (local time)

    Intermediate stopping points on the coast road can be arranged at St Mary’s Bay or West Hythe if required.

    Costs including entry tickets:

    Adults and Children aged 11 upwards £57

    Children aged 3-11 £50

    Children under 3 £35

    Front seat supplement £10

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For further information on Pairi Daiza, please click here.

     

    Tue 26 August 2014

    1 Day

    £57 per adult

  • Kennett & Avon Horse Drawn Barge Coach Trip

    The Kennet & Avon Boat Company's canal cruises give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Kennet & Avon Canal. A part of England's heritage, the barge "Kennet Valley" has no engine and is powered solely the horse.

    This fantastic coach day trip includes return travel by luxury coach and canal cruise with cream tea served on board, consisting of locally baked fruit scone, homemade jam with cream and a slice of sponge cake.

    April date now 28th April 2014 - originally advertised as 30th April.

    Wed 27 August 2014

    1 Day

    £42 per adult

  • Kew Gardens, Kew Palace & The Royal Kitchens

    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. 

    The Royal Kitchens at Kew are also open to visitors for the first time in over 200 years. 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 27 August 2014

    1 Day

    £37 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. 

    Thu 28 August 2014

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • Highgrove Private Gardens Of The Prince Of Wales

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

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

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

    Highgrove image credit Niels van Gijn 2012

    ITINERARY

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

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

    Highgrove House & Gardens

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

    Thu 28 August 2014

    2 Days

    £164 per adult

  • Swansea Bay & The Gower Peninsula

    Swansea Bay is a place of impressive contrasts: City and country; historic and contemporary; grand parkland and pounding surf. Situated on the sandy south west Wales coast, the county area includes the breathtaking beauty of the Gower Peninsula with miles of unspoilt coastal panoramas, award-winning golden beaches and lush rolling countryside. Experience the picturesque scenery and Gower Heritage Centre along with a visit to the superb award-winning National Botanic Garden of Wales, a stunning jewel nestled in the countryside. See the best of what South Wales has to offer, explore the rich heritage and culture of a region and come and discover why Dylan Thomas wrote so passionately about his home town of Swansea, Wales' second-largest city, sitting on the five-mile sweep of Swansea Bay. Combining this with a stay at the Aberavon Beach Hotel, ideally situated on the Aberavon seafront with two miles of flat promenade to enjoy, this great getaway is a perfect mix of scenic sights and delights.

     

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 We travel westwards from Kent pausing for suitable comfort and lunch time stops on the way. We then cross the River Severn estuary into Wales and on to our hotel in Aberavon arriving late afternoon.

    Day 2 Just a short drive from Swansea, the Gower Peninsula is more than just a pretty face. It was designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956, and we’re glad to say it hasn’t changed much since! Extending westwards from the picturesque Victorian seaside village of Mumbles, the Peninsula has enjoyed special protection of its wonderful landscape so that visitors can enjoy all its pristine glory from golden beaches to soaring cliffs with green woodlands and gentle hills. We discover Gower today with an included visit to the Gower Heritage Centre, which offers a watermill and a museum, but most of all enjoy a guided tour of the Gower Peninsula.  A fully qualified guide will accompany us to point out the highlights of Gower: from the heights of Cefn Bryn and the historic “Arthur’s Stone” to the breathtaking beauty of Rhossili beach and the nature reserve of Worm’s Head and the dramatic 250ft cliffs. We finally return to the Heritage Centre for a wonderful Cream Tea consisting of a scone with clotted cream, jam, Bara Brith and Welsh Cake served with tea or coffee.

    Day 3 Carmarthenshire bound today as we visit the famous multi-award winning National Botanic Garden of Wales, the most visited garden in Wales. Set in parkland and secluded woodland, it is home to a unique collection of over 8,000 different plant varieties in imaginatively themed gardens. The centrepiece is an impressive Great Glasshouse, the world’s largest single span glasshouse designed by Lord Foster, that has the best display of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the Northern hemisphere. Other highlights include the beautifully restored Double Walled Garden, Tropical House, Japanese Garden and Bee Garden. We return across the beautiful Brecon Beacons.

    Day 4  We include a guided tour of Wales' leading chocolate factory and find out exactly how chocolate is made. Learn about the humble cocoa bean, where in the world these curious seeds are grown, and how they are turned into delicious chocolate. Hear about the fascinating history of chocolate, the guilty pleasures of the ancient Aztecs, Columbus' big discovery, and lots, lots more. Smell delicious chocolate being melted in giant chocolate kettles, and of course, there'll be plenty of samples to eat during your visit! NOTICE: The Chocolate Factory is a family-run business and a real, working factory - sorry, no chocolate rivers or Oompa-Loompas! The rest of the day will be free to explore Swansea, or return to the surroundings of the hotel. Swansea is Wales’ Waterfront City with its award-winning Marina and Maritime Quarter. Swansea’s city centre is a vibrant hub with over 230 shops and a fabulous market that’s home to all sorts of local delicacies. There are loads of places to visit in Swansea including the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum and the National Waterfront Museum to name but a few. One of Swansea’s museums is Wales’ newest and the other is Wales’ oldest – Dylan Thomas even described it as a “museum that belongs in a museum.”

    Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we begin our homeward journey crossing and make our way back to Kent enjoying refreshment breaks along the way.

    Sun 31 August 2014

    5 Days

    £359 per adult

  • Winchester

    Popular for its shopping streets and architecture, its floral summer season and quirky open air events, Winchester is most well known for its eleventh century cathedral and for the Great Hall which for over 600 years has housed the mysterious Round Table. Winchester College is the oldest continuously running school in the country, whilst the Hospital of St Cross, a medieval almshouse, still offers the Wayfarer’s Dole to travellers as it has done for more than eight centuries. Home of good food, birthplace of the modern game of cricket, resting place of author Jane Austen and inspiration to the many craft-makers and artists who live here, Winchester is truly a destination for all seasons.

    Includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    For more information on Winchester, please click here.

    Sun 31 August 2014

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • Marwell Zoo coach day trip

    Enjoy a day out at amazing Marwell Zoo near Winchester in Hampshire.

    A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to majestic giraffes, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, curious meerkats to bat-eared foxes – the 140-acre park is home to over 180 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

    Please click here for more information on Marwell Zoo.

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

    Sunday 31 August 2014 - Our visit coincides with a chance to see Rise of the Dinosaurs, the latest world-class event from Marwell Wildlife following the hugely successful ‘Go! Rhinos’ project of last summer and award-winning ‘Christmas at Marwell’. This summer dinosaurs will inhabit this quiet, leafy corner of Colden Common, transforming it into a Jurassic jungle. Adventurers will be enthralled by our awesome dinosaurs as they come to life with animatronics, roaring or even spitting at anyone who dares to get near them. Rise of the Dinosaurs is included in the price.

    Sun 31 August 2014

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • Royal River Thames Cruise - Runnymede to Windsor

    This lovely coach day trip includes a relaxing 90 minute Thames cruise from Runnymede, followed by free time in Royal Windsor. 

    Passing the Bells of Ouzeley, Old Windsor, Datchet and the Home Park with view of the Castle, we ascent the impressive Romney Lock with a glimpse of Eton College and arrive in Windsor below the Castle just upstream of the Sir Christopher Wren House Hotel.

    After the cruise enjoy free time in wonderful Windsor. The great Royal Palace of Windsor Castle dominates the skyline of this delightful, historic town nestling on the banks of the Thames. Enjoy time at your leisure in either the town or at the Castle (entrance is not included).

    Price includes cruise and return travel by coach.

    Tue 02 September 2014

    1 Day

    £36 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 may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    For further information on Brighton, please click here.

    Wed 03 September 2014

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • The Royal Pavilion Brighton

    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 and it is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. The Royal Pavilion is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain.

    Please note the Prince Regent gallery is on the first floor of the Royal Pavilion and is currently accessed via a staircase.

    For further information on the Brighton Pavilion, please click here.

    You can also spend free time in Brighton on this great value 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.

    Price includes return travel by coach and entry to The Royal Pavilion.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    For further information on Brighton, please click here.

     

    Wed 03 September 2014

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Worthing

    Discover the deligths of Worthing, a classic British seaside town and one of the most attractive resorts on the South Coast, with its lovely promenade, live entertainment, excellent shopping and beautiful parks and gardens.

    Worthing is the largest town in West Sussex and a lively destination for shopping, eating, entertaining and fun by the seaside. It has award winning beaches as well as the stunning landscape of the South Downs. Strolling along the palm-lined promenade on the sea front you’ll find activities for everyone plus the Art Deco architecture of Worthing Pier and a tranquil sculpture garden at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery amongst other attractions.

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

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    Wed 03 September 2014

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • Wisley Gardens Flower Show Coach Trip

    This fantastic coach day trip visits the breathtakingly beautiful Wisley Gardens during their annual flower show. This must-see show promises to provide a great day out for gardeners of all abilities. With around 40 exhibitors including specialist nurseries and garden sundries as well as a stunning display by the Surrey NAFAS, the show is a must for all plant lovers. Enjoy the delights of this spectacular, yet intimate late summer show and also take in the delights of Wisley Garden itself.

    The garden of the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley has become a 'mecca' for garden-lovers everywhere. Wisley is a very beautiful garden with romantic half-timbered Tudor-style buildings. There is a canal designed by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, a rock garden, formal and walled gardens, mixed borders, a rose garden, glasshouses, a fruit field and an arboretum. As the days gradually shorten there is still an abundance of colour and form in the garden, and much to take inspiration from - fruit, veg, flowers, grasses, trees, and wide open spaces.

    The Wisley Plant Centre and Shop are open throughout the year. The Plant Centre sells superb ranges of houseplants, bulbs and seeds and a full range of plants and trees for your garden. The Shop has an excellent range of horticultural books, china, glass, kitchen wares and confectionary. Wisley also has Café's, a fully licensed Restaurant and Coffee shop for all visitors refreshment needs.

    Includes return travel by coach and entrance. A reduced travel only price is available where you have your own tickets for example for RHS Members.

    This may be a shared departure.

    For more information on Wisley, please click here.

    Other trips to Wisley are available. Please click here for further information.

    Thu 04 September 2014

    1 Day

    £36 per adult