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UK CHRISTMAS & FESTIVE DAY TRIPS BY COACH

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  • Bluebell Railway & Sheffield Park Gardens

    The Bluebell is a heritage Steam Railway running through the glorious Sussex countryside and we enjoy a fantastic return journey on the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway.

    The magnificent informal landscape garden at Sheffield Park was laid out in the 18th century by 'Capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G. Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs, and winter walks can be enjoyed in this garden for all seasons. Visitors on the coach day trip can now also explore South Park, 107 hectares (265 acres) of historic parkland, with stunning views.

    Includes return travel by coach with entrance to Sheffield Park Gardens and a 90 minute return journey on the train at the Bluebell Railway.

    A reduced price is available for National Trust members which can be selected during the booking process or please contact us for details.

    Tue 30 May 2017

    1 Day

    £44 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. NEW for 2016 is the British Airways i360, already hugely popular it is the ideal way to have a bird eye view of Brighton.

    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.

    Tue 30 May 2017

    1 Day

    £29 per adult

  • British Airways i360 Tower & Brighton

    Take a flight to the skies and see Brighton and Sussex as you have never seen them before! Cruise up slowly to 450ft high to enjoy breath-taking 360° views of up to 26 miles from the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye. British Airways i360 has a fully enclosed, aerodynamically shaped, futuristic glass viewing pod with room for up to 200 visitors to move around in, admiring the views from all different angles. The beach building, at the base of the tower, includes a stylish brasserie; heritage tea rooms, housed in an 1866 West Pier toll booth; an exhibition; kids play zone and a shop.

    Begin your day in Brighton with a ride on the i360 before enjoying free time exploring all Brighton has to offer 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.

    Click here for more information on British Airways i360.

    Price includes return travel by coach and entrance to the British Airways i360.

    Tue 30 May 2017

    1 Day

    £43 per adult

  • Epsom Derby Day Special with Grandstand Admission

    Derby Day at Epsom Racecourse - Grandstand Enclosure

    The Derby dates back to 1780, and is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world.  With winnings of £1.25m, the Investec Derby has one of the biggest prizes in money in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory brings.  It remains the race that everyone wants to win, as horses and riders push themselves to the limit around the unique and challenging course.

    Situated in the heart of Epsom Downs in Surrey, the racecourse is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and has amazing views.

    We have 3 pricing options available:

    • Grandstand Admission - Possibly the most popular of the enclosures at Epsom, located right next to the Queen’s Stand and provides some excellent views across the whole racecourse
    • The Upper Tattenham Enclosure - This is an open air grass area situated next to the Grandstand with great viewing by the rails running the length of the finishing straight up to Tattenham Corner
    • The Hill - In addition to the above, access to the centre of the course the area known as The Hill is free to pedestrians on Derby day but with a full range of facilities.

    Our Grandstand Enclosure tickets give you entry into the largest enclosure at Epsom. The superb Grandstand, where the Duchess's Stand is located, provides an excellent relaxed atmosphere to view the racing from the bookmakers’ ring and extensive stepping to take in all the action. The Grandstand gives you additional access to the Paddock and Bookmakers’ facilities. It provides some excellent views across the whole racecourse and is within easy reach of the betting hall and the entertainment on offer which includes bars, stands, music and food outlets. 

    Price includes return travel by coach and Grandstand Admission. First race is at 2pm and the last race is at 5.30pm.

    Guests are encouraged to dress up for the Investec Derby Festival, and a dress code does apply. Please click here for further information. 

    Customers cannot bring their own drinks, food or picnic into the Grandstand.
     
    Tickets for admission to The Upper Tattenham Enclosure and The Hill are also available as a value and budget option - see our other listings. Other ticket upgrade options may be available at additional cost on request. Please contact us for further information and prices.

    Epsom Derby Day

    For the latest information on Investec Derby Day, please click here.

    Sat 03 June 2017

    1 Day

    £85 per adult

  • Epsom Derby Day Special - Upper Tattenham entry

    Derby Day at Epsom Racecourse - Upper Tattenham Enclosure

    The Derby dates back to 1780, and is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world.  With winnings of £1.25m, the Investec Derby has one of the biggest prizes in money in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory brings.  It remains the race that everyone wants to win, as horses and riders push themselves to the limit around the unique and challenging course.

    Situated in the heart of Epsom Downs in Surrey, the racecourse is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and has amazing views.

    We have 3 pricing options available:

    • Grandstand Admission - Possibly the most popular of the enclosures at Epsom, located right next to the Queen’s Stand and provides some excellent views across the whole racecourse
    • The Upper Tattenham Enclosure - This is an open air grass area situated next to the Grandstand with great viewing by the rails running the length of the finishing straight up to Tattenham Corner
    • The Hill - In addition to the above, access to the centre of the course the area known as The Hill is free to pedestrians on Derby day but with a full range of facilities.

    One of the faster growing enclosures at Epsom is the Upper Tattenham Enclosure. This is an open air grass area situated next to the Grandstand, and represents excellent value with great trackside viewing by the rails running the length of the finishing straight up to the pivotal Tattenham Corner. It is a pedestrian area with entertainment and a variety of food and drink units. There is access to the rails and bookmakers and sight of the big screen plus a large marquee for cover. You can bring your own picnic into this area.

    Price includes return travel by coach and Upper Tattenham Enclosure Admission. First Race is at 2pm and the Last Race is at 5.30pm

    There is no formal dress code in the Upper Tattenham Enclosure but racegoers should be aware that they will be outside with no cover so it is always best to take note of the weather forecast before heading to the track. 
     
    Grandstand Enclosure or The Hill Enclosure entry is also available - Please see our other listings. Other ticket upgrade options may be available at additional cost on request. Please contact us for further information and prices.

     

    For the latest information on Investec Derby Day, please click here.

    Sat 03 June 2017

    1 Day

    £60 per adult

  • Epsom Derby Day Special - The Hill(or Travel only)

    Derby Day at Epsom Racecourse - The Hill Enclosure

    The Derby dates back to 1780, and is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world.  With winnings of £1.25m, the Investec Derby has one of the biggest prizes in money in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory brings.  It remains the race that everyone wants to win, as horses and riders push themselves to the limit around the unique and challenging course.

    Situated in the heart of Epsom Downs in Surrey, the racecourse is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and has amazing views.

    We have 3 pricing options available:

    • Grandstand Admission - Possibly the most popular of the enclosures at Epsom, located right next to the Queen’s Stand and provides some excellent views across the whole racecourse
    • The Upper Tattenham Enclosure - This is an open air grass area situated next to the Grandstand with great viewing by the rails running the length of the finishing straight up to Tattenham Corner
    • The Hill - In addition to the above, access to the centre of the course the area known as The Hill is free to pedestrians on Derby day but with a full range of facilities.
    The Family Enclosure On The Hill is a relatively new enclosure designed to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy the renowned atmosphere of the Downs in a safe, family friendly environment. Whilst you may not get the best view of the racing from here, you can easily soak up the atmosphere on a budget. With access to exclusive toilet facilities, bars, betting facilities, picnic tables, catering units serving a variety of options and a big screen to watch the racing, this is a fabulous way for adults and children alike to experience one of Britain's biggest days out in a comfortable, family environment. Plus, there is a host of complimentary entertainment to keep the kids occupied and exercised throughout the day. Food and drink for own consumption can also be brought into this enclosure at no cost.
     
    PLEASE NOTE: The Hill enclosure is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the coach park.
     
    Price includes return travel by coach. First Race is at 2pm, Last Race is at 5.30pm.
     
    There is no formal dress code in The Hill Enclosure but racegoers should be aware that they will be outside with no cover so it is always best to take note of the weather forecast before heading to the track. 
     
    Grandstand or Tattenham Enclosure entry tickets are also available - Please see our other listings. Other ticket upgrade options may be available at additional cost on request. Please contact us for further information and prices.

    Derby Day at Epsom 

    For the latest information on Investec Derby Day, please click here.

    Sat 03 June 2017

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • Brick Lane Music Hall 25th Anniversary & Lunch

    Originally located in the former Truman's Brewery building in London's Brick Lane, you will now find the Brick Lane Music Hall in the former church of St Mark's in Silvertown in the Royal Docks area of London. Expect to enjoy an entertaining afternoon on this fantastic coach day trip, with some of the finest music hall and variety artists from around the country performing whilst you sit at tables in a cabaret-style arrangement.

    Join us for Brick Lane's fantastic Anniversary Showcase, celebrating 25 years of great entertainment and with an included three course lunch. 

    Our day trip includes return travel by coach, lunch and show ticket.

    For other dates to Brick Lane Music Hall, please click here

     

    Thu 08 June 2017

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show - New for 2017

    For the first time in more than a decade, the RHS is embarking on a spectacular new show with a style and content unlike any of its existing events.

    Set in the stunning grounds of Chatsworth House, the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show offers the opportunity to experience ‘Capability’ Brown’s unforgettable landscapes, relax on the banks of the River Derwent and indulge in views of one of the UK’s most spectacular stately homes.

    It promises to be an incredible new show – a stunning addition to the flower show calendar, bursting with fresh ideas that will delight visitors.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1: Travel to our hotel. We will take a short lunch stop in the wonderfully conserved town of Stamford, the most complete stone town in England; whole streets unchanged over the centuries and with 600 listed mellow limestone buildings. Magnificent Georgian architecture, niche shopping, beautiful riverside meadows, prestige local food and a vibrant Arts Centre combine to make Stamford a visitor must.

    Day 2: A full day at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. After breakfast, we make the journey of around an hour for the highlight of our tour. The show will be held on the banks of the River Derwent providing some of the most magnificent views in the country amid ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes. Set in the grounds of the spectacular home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House will give the event a dramatic and beautiful natural backdrop.

    Chatsworth House - backdrop to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

    Chatsworth is no stranger to innovation – legendary designers ‘Capability’ Brown and Joseph Paxton both shaped its breathtaking gardens and it was here that Paxton built the glasshouse which inspired the design for his famous Crystal Palace structure. While the setting celebrates design revolutionaries of the past, the show will provide a platform for design revolutionaries of the future. A striking reconstruction of Joseph Paxton’s magnificent Great Conservatory is the spectacular setting for amazing floral displays and plant sales. Explore mini plant worlds themed around habitats such as woodland, Mediterranean and jungle. Discover a range of Show Gardens like no other, where designers push boundaries to create daring and innovative designs. Exciting categories will provide a blank canvas for designers to showcase their ground breaking ideas.

    Day 3: After breakfast we make our way back to Kent stopping for lunch enroute in the famous university city of Cambridge with its historic streets, ancient colleges and lovely bridges spanning the River Cam.

    Fri 09 June 2017

    3 Days

    £219 per adult

  • Pairi Daiza Park

    ‘Pairi Daiza’, ancient Persian for ‘enclosed garden’, is the term that was used in the earliest known reference to the notion of ‘paradise’. No other name could so perfectly greet you to the extraordinary garden, a little paradise on earth.
    Leave your troubles outside as you come through the gates; open yourself up to the wonders that await you. Once inside, lush nature in the form of centuries-old trees, intriguing plants and exquisite flowers from all over the world will wave you in.
    Finally and most spectacularly explore the vast amount of animals that live and thrive here, view the giraffes from their observation tower and even touch the elephants as they are walked around their enclosure.

    'I have recently visited the Pairi Daiza park and have never seen anything like it! It's such a big place with so much to do. Going into a bat chamber, touching both elephants and giraffes and even seeing Pandas so close. They were just a handful of wonders in our day. I have visited many zoos, even those to claim to be the best in Europe but they have nothing on the Pairi Daiza Park. I would definitely recommend a visit. Just 2 hours from Calais it means you can have a nap on the way there and back.'
    Claire, Ashford

     Pairi Daiza Pandas

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

    Normal pickup points are available throughout Kent.

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For further information on Pairi Daiza, please click here.

     

    Sat 10 June 2017

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • Ghent, Belgium Extended Day

    Visit the wonderful and often overlooked city of Ghent for the quaint cobbled streets, and speciality restaurants tucked away in back streets in this delightful medieval town. Take a stroll through Ghent’s history with its backdrop of tiny houses overhanging the River Lys with their intricately carved stonework or climb 90 meters to the belfry of the Cloth Hall and see the whole of the city in one go.

    Under the watchful eye of Gravensteen Castle or Castle of the Counts, the city boasts an Opera House, 18 museums, 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. The most visited site in Ghent is the famous polyptych, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, painted by the brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck in 1432. It still hangs in its original location, the St. Bavo Cathedral.

    For more information, please click here

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    Sat 10 June 2017

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Warners Holme Lacy in Herefordshire

    A fantastic early summer break based in Herefordshire, a county of unspoilt countryside. We stay in Holme Lacy, one of Herefordshire's treasures set in the idyllic Wye Valley, an area famous for its charm and beauty. This magnificent Grade I listed mansion was built in 1674, and was reportedly visited by Charles II, and William Pitt the Elder, who held Cabinet meetings in the gardens. This beautiful Georgian manor house, complete with beautiful ceilings and ornate state rooms stands in 20 acres of parkland. Surrounding the main house are the formal gardens which were restored to their original design. Holme Lacy also features a great range of facilities and activities which include a leisure centre with heated pool, sauna & steam room, tennis courts, outdoor bowls green, archery, freshwater angling, cycle hire plus a library, Restaurants, Terrace Room coffee shop and the Pavilion bar.

    With this wonderful midweek break, you can spend all of your time at Holme Lacy enjoying the superb facilities, or join us as we take in the surrounding area on our included excursions. Discover towns of distinctive character and a wealth of varied landscapes on our excursions including Ludlow and Hereford along with following the Black and White Village Trail through some of the most attractive villages in England.

    Warner Leisure Hotels offer the ideal surroundings for a break, each with its own unique atmosphere and appeal. As the holidays are exclusively for adults, you'll find it easy to relax, with a wide range of leisure and activity programmes by day as well as superb entertainment each evening. For our other Warner holidays, please click here.

    Holme Lacey indoor pool

    Shows, dancing and much more! Holidays are a time to relax, time to treat yourself and also time to enjoy some fantastic evening entertainment, and Warners breaks are designed for just that!

    Mon 12 June 2017
    Big Band Sounds with Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra
    Chris Dean leads the Orchestra, showcasing their finely blended sound and conjuring memories of the glittering and glamorous days of the Big Band era.

     

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Monday - After joining your tour coach, we make our way westwards from Kent with stops for refreshments and a lunchtime opportunity on the way. We aim to arrive at our base at Holme Lacy mid to late afternoon in good time to settle in and freshen up before dinner.

    Days 2-4 You can spend all of your time in the resort or join us on our included daily excursions.

    Planned daily excursions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are:

    • Ross on Wye, Symonds Yat & The Wye Valley This excursion takes us to renowned beauty spot of Symonds Yat, with magnificent views across the Wye Valley before visiting the historic market town of Ross on Wye. The spectacular surrounding countryside and picturesque village atmosphere of Ross on Wye, with its impressive 17th century Market Hall and Tudor timbered houses, make it picture-postcard material.
    • Hereford We make an afternoon visit to this beautiful town with its wonderful Cathedral and famous for being the home of the SAS. The City straddles the banks of the River Wye and is the natural centre of Herefordshire life.

    • Ludlow A visit to beautiful Ludlow is not to be missed and it has often been referred to as the perfect historic town. With a magnificent ruined castle at its heart, it has over 500 listed buildings including the Grade II listed Feathers Hotel which must be one of the most photographed buildings in Shropshire. Stroll along the medieval streets and visit Castle Square for the historic street market.

    • Black & White Village Trail Enjoy a hearty Warner’s breakfast before we then set off on the ‘Black and White Village Trail’ - one of the famous features of this area. The Black and White trail is a circular meander that takes in some of the most unspoilt villages of Herefordshire.
    • Stockton Bury Gardens In the afternoon explore this lovely four-acre garden which is home to a medieval pigeon house, kitchen garden, water gardens and well-planted borders.

    Day 5 - After a leisurely breakfast, we make our return homeward journey with a lunchtime stop. We aim to get you back home late afternoon.

    Mon 12 June 2017

    5 Days

    £429 per adult

  • An American in Paris the Musical

    Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war…

    Prepare to be swept away by this stunning reimagining of the Oscar® winning MGM film, featuring many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most popular songs, including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful and They Can’t Take That Away From Me.

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

    For more information on the show, please click here

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

    Wed 14 June 2017

    1 Day

    £65 per adult

  • ZSL 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.

    Land of Lions is London Zoo’s newest and most breathtaking exhibit and transports visitors from the heart of London to India’s vibrant Sasan Gir, where they can get closer than ever before to mighty Asiatic lions, of which only 500 remain in the wild. The new state of the art enclosure has three walkways covering the 2,500sqm exhibit with thrilling, immersive Indian-themed areas to explore - including a train station, crumbling temple clearing, high street and guard hut. For the first time, big cat lovers can embark on an interactive Indian adventure as they help ZSL’s forest rangers deal with a ‘lion-emergency’ in the Gir Forest, and lend a hand to the veterinary team who come to the rescue. Land of the Lions will inform, inspire and excite wildlife lovers of all ages and promises to be an experience unlike any other!

    For more information about London Zoo, 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.

    Wed 14 June 2017

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • Camden and Camden Markets

    This coach day trip includes visits to a renowned London destination.

    Camden Town has been a residential area since the 1790s. But it was only the development of the Grand Union Canal and the improved railway transport that turned it into a bustling part of London. Today, visitors and locals gather here to hunt for treasures in Camden's markets, stroll by Regent's Canal, sample cuisine from around the world and listen to live music. Many famous people, including Dylan Thomas, Walter Sickert and Amy Winehouse, have made Camden their home. Camden has a labyrinth of open-air markets and other stores that will keep even the keenest shoppers busy, such as:

    • Camden Lock Market – London's original arts and crafts market since 1972 selling crafts, books, clothing, jewellery and food and drink amongst many other things.
    • Camden Lock Village – clothing and accessories, as well as a range of unusual items.
    • Camden Market – originally named Buck Street, this market sells fashion for all tastes.
    • Inverness Street Market – a few of the original fruit stands remain but most have been taken over by footwear and souvenir stalls.
    • Stables Market – a mix of permanent shops and stalls selling household items, antiques, alternative clothing and food.

    For further information on Camden Market, please click here.

    Includes return travel by coach with around 4 to 5 hours free time in Camden.

    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.

    Wed 14 June 2017

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre London

    Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg's LES MISERABLES 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 is hunted for decades by ruthless policeman Javert. Valjean begins an honourable new life in anonymity but when an innocent man is arrested for his crime, Valjean surrenders his new life and confesses his identity to the court.This 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 on the show, please click here or see the trailer below

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

    This 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

    Show starts at 230pm. Running time approx 2hrs 50mins

    Tickets for this show are also available on request for our regular Saturday London Showtime day trips

    Wed 14 June 2017

    1 Day

    £70 per adult

  • Mystery Tour

    Our Mystery Tours have been a favourite for many years, travelling to different secret destinations across the country and staying at some of our highest rated hotels.

    NEW for 2017 - Mystery Tours will now offer even better value, more variety and more mystery as we will include an added-value visit in the tour itinerary. This could be a tourist attraction such as a garden or historic house, a river cruise or train journey or maybe lunch or afternoon tea at a pleasant venue.

    Our Mystery tours include our longstanding 3-day trips, plus great value overnight getaways. In addition to these, we have our special 4-day Easter, Christmas and New Year Mystery Tours and a 5-day Mystery Turkey & Tinsel break. As well as adding in a 4 day – full attraction inclusive break and a 4 day Continental Mystery tour. Each date will feature a different hotel and destination.

    Where will our new departures take you - Up North? Way out West? Could it be in the country, in a city centre or by the sea?

    Please note: Never take a bet with your driver about your destination.... he will always win!

    Alongside our existing mystery travellers, we look forward to welcoming anyone joining us to try these out for the first time. Enjoy one of the best regions in the UK, whilst staying at a super hotel with bed, breakfast and evening meal, and with daily excursions also included all for one great price.

    Thu 15 June 2017

    4 Days

    £279 per adult

  • Voices of Summer - Wales

    This is our regular "Voices of Spring" coach tour from Kent to the Welsh Valleys, to include the annual home-town concert by the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir. This year however, the concert has been delayed to Saturday 17th June so it becomes "Voices of Summer" instead!

    This year we stay at the handily situated Best Western Aberavon Beach hotel, overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of Port Talbot. After our outward travel day where we offer time for a pub lunch in the delightful market town of Chipping Sodbury, we will spend Saturday exploring Swansea before going on that evening to attend the choir's performance at the newly commissioned Great Hall at Swansea University. Then on Sunday we visit the National Botanical Garden of Wales with its magnificent Lord Foster inspired Great Glasshouse before going on to enjoy a coach ride across the Gower Peninsula; and en route home on Monday we will enjoy a scenic run up the Wye Valley for a lunch-break in Cheltenham before heading for home in the afternoon.

    ITINERARY

    For our opening day on Friday we will proceed via the M25 and M4, aiming to arrive in the charming small town of Chipping Sodbury where we break for a couple of hours. Chipping Sodbury is notable for its elongated market square, or "Chepynge" as it was called in medieval times and this is the derivation of the name 'Chipping' as also attached to other Cotswold towns like Chipping Norton and Chipping Campden. Known as Broad Street, this is bordered with a wonderful assortment of houses from every period, but largely 17th-century Cotswold stone buildings or Georgian of mellow brick. Most of these are now occupied by bright and cheerful shops which still retain a lively country atmosphere. There are several renowned pubs, the TV-associated Hobbs House Bakery, and former England wicket-keeper Jack Russell might also be encountered as he has an art gallery in town.

    Moving on in mid-afternoon, we will be aiming to arrive at about 17:00 for our stay of three nights at the 3* Aberavon Beach Hotel overlooking Swansea Bay.  The hotel building might not win any architectural prizes, but inside it's well up to Best Western standards and wins consistently decent reviews for comfort, facilities and service.  Our stay is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

    On Saturday we focus on Swansea itself and begin with a visit to the delightful Clyne Gardens. This beautifully landscaped and sheltered parkland is best known for its rhododendrons and azaleas, which might still be in late display and of course there will be lots of other early summer blooms to savour. From the gardens we continue a short distance to the Mumbles, where we pause over lunchtime at the picturesque Bracelet Bay. Its local pub, the Pilot, wins excellent ratings.

    From Mumbles we then follow the coastline back to Swansea’s maritime quarter, where we have a free afternoon. Visitor attractions here include the very highly rated Dylan Thomas centre plus the nearby Swansea Museum and National Waterfront Museum. The Quadrant Shopping Mall is also just a few minutes walk away, and if none of these appeal you might like just to stroll away the afternoon around the waterfront and marina.

    By 4pm we will gather to return to the hotel for an early supper before we head off to Swansea University to enjoy the great annual home town concert of the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Those who followed the great Somme Centenary commemoration last July will have seen the choir perform memorably that day, and Buzzlines had the privilege of taking them there.  We enjoy a splendid relationship with the choir, and they look after us superbly at the concert by inviting us to the Lord Mayor's reception and finding us some of the best seats.

    Dress code for the evening is incidentally quite relaxed but the Choir will of course be immaculately presented and those of us who would like to enter the spirit of the occasion in our own Tuxedos and cocktail dresses will not be out of place!

    The Morriston Orpheus Choir probably needs little introduction. Like so many of the great male voice choirs, the Morriston is rooted in the coal, steel and railway industries of South Wales. Formed in April 1935, the Choir is one of the best-known of all the great Welsh Choirs and counts amongst its greatest moments its performances in the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York.  Its repertoire is almost boundless and includes gospel music, West End favourites, operatic pieces, religious material and all the great classics of the Land of Song. 

    After the concert, the choir and audience mingle in the bar area and there is a great chance to meet choir members, including Musical Director Joy Amman Davies who will be happy to sign programmes and CDs.

    On Sunday we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting off for a guided visit to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales, where a glance at the on-line site map is enough to underline the sheer scale of this millennium project. http://www.gardenofwales.org.uk/garden-map-features/garden-features/  This is a 568-acre site! You will be invited to walk the beautiful necklace of lakes, visit the Tropical House, the historic Double Walled Garden, the Japanese Garden and so much more. Lord Foster’s stunning Great Glasshouse, which houses the best collection of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the northern Hemisphere, springs to life during Spring and early Summer. This is the most exciting time to visit this architectural gem when plants burst into bloom and visitors are greeted by intoxicating smells and sights from lands far away.

    http://www.virtualperspectives.co.uk/NBGW/index_full.html

    Those of us who are a bit less mobile shouldn’t be deterred. There is a courtesy golf buggy service to shuttle visitors from the reception area to the Great Glasshouse or to the Stable Block where the main restaurant and gift shop are situated. You can also hire a mobility scooter for the duration of our visit but please ask us to reserve one for you when you make your Buzzlines booking as there are only six of them at the NBGW. The cost is payable on arrival at the gardens (currently £5).

    We allow ourselves until early-afternoon to enjoy these inspiring gardens before moving on to tour a little of the lovely Gower Peninsula, with a late afternoon pause at the Gower Heritage Centre followed by a direct run back to the hotel.

    Come Monday it is time to head for home, but we have time to spare so we take a scenic route via Raglan and Monmouth through the Wye AONB to Ross-on-Wye, and from here we will travel through rural west Gloucestershire to Cheltenham for a lunch break and time to wander the pedestrianised regency centre. We then continue our journey home by mid-afternoon.

    Fri 16 June 2017

    4 Days

    £325 per adult

  • A Taste of Switzerland & The Swiss Chocolate Train

    A memorable coach break from Kent taking us to Switzerland, where you can experience the modern-day factual equivalent of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, sample wonderful Gruyère cheese, hear the gentle chimes of cowbells in the Alpine breeze and gasp in awe as you travel across sparkling mountain ravines on a narrow gauge railway.

    Based in the Swiss resort village of Leysin, set high in the Vaud Alps of Switzerland, you will enjoy magnificent views in all directions with snow-capped mountains, rolling green pastures and, below the town, the stunning blue waters of Lake Geneva with Switzerland on one side and France on the other.

    Our superb programme of visits is balanced by time to relax and absorb the majestic scenery and clear mountain air. For any of our planned excursion days you can of course alternatively simply enjoy free time at leisure in Leysin. The highlight of the tour is a day out on the Swiss Chocolate Train where you will ride in 1st class comfort with stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères along the way.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 - Saturday
    Following a fairly early start to make our Eurotunnel crossing, we follow the French Autoroute to our overnight stop in the Dijon area where dinner will be served.

    Day 2 - Sunday
    After breakfast, we make the onward journey with comfort stops on the way. Travel permitting, we will stop in the beautiful Swiss city of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva with time to explore the attractive Ouchy lakeside area, before continuing on to the welcoming 3-star Hotel Central-Residence in Leysin where we will have a welcome drink with time to settle in before a relaxing evening dinner in the traditional restaurant. 

    Spend all of your time in and around Leysin or join us on our included excursions.

    Day 3 - Monday
    For our first full day in Switzerland, we explore some of the towns and villages around breathtaking Lake Geneva. We first make our way to the picturesque town of Vevey where you can take a gentle stroll around the town and along the lake shore to marvel at the views across the lake.

    At the heart of the vineyard terraces listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the outstanding Lavaux Vinorama introduces you to the wines of this unique Swiss region. Our visit includes entrance and wine tasting.

    We then return along the lake shore to the elegant town of Montreux where there will be free time to explore the promenade or make use of the excellent views.

    Lavaux

    Day 4 - Tuesday
    We leave a day free for you to relax and take in the sights of Leysin at your own pace. You may choose to relax at the hotel, making use of its extensive leisure facilities, wander around this mountain village or perhaps make your way to the Berneuse Cable Car, which goes up to the summit of the mountain for perfect views of Geneva and Mont Blanc on a clear day. There is also an excellent value bus service that runs regularly around the village to aid access.

    Day 5 - Wednesday
    After a relaxing Tuesday, on Wednesday we have a fairly early start as we make our journey to Montreux to board our train for the highlight of our stay. The famous Swiss Chocolate Train winds its way through the majestic mountain countryside of western Switzerland to the lovely town of Broc. Travelling 1st class, en route we enjoy a refreshing morning coffee and croissant whilst taking in the stunning views. On arrival in Broc, we visit the headquarters of Nestlè. Here we visit the famous "World of Chocolate", where the makers provide us with an insight into their history and methods through a short film and factory visit, all topped off with some chocolate sampling. We then rejoin our train and continue to Gruyères with free time for sightseeing or lunch before visiting the fabulous Gruyères Cheese factory.

    The chich mountain resort of Chamonix

    Day 6 - Thursday
    Today, we head across the border to Chamonix via the beautiful mountain road giving us outstanding views as we cross the mountains. This chic mountain resort is excellent, and there are several opportunities for sightseeing including a cable car up the Aiguille du Midi for amazing views of Mont Blanc or the more leisurely glacier railway. 

    Day 7 - Friday
    It is sadly time to bid farewell to our hosts in Switzerland and begin our journey home via our overnight hotel in the Metz area with dinner.

    Day 8 - Saturday
    On our final day, after breakfast we continue our journey with suitable stops on the way arriving back  in Calais for our early-evening return Tunnel crossing.

    Hotel Central Residence

    Departure from Kent:

    Pickup points are available throughout Kent. Anyone from further afield can join us on any Buzzlines trip. We are happy to advise on parking for you here in Kent, or help you to find overnight hotels if needed. Also keep in mind Ashford International Station is only 37 minutes by High Speed train from London St Pancras – with our Ashford pickup point nearby

    Groups:

    This holiday may be booked or part-booked by groups, and may be arranged to a similar itinerary on other dates. To register group interest in this trip please call the office on 01303 261870 or email groups@buzzlines.co.uk

     

    Sat 17 June 2017

    8 Days

    £749 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

    Sat 17 June 2017

    1 Day

    £29 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.

     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.

    Sat 17th June 2017 - Our visit coincides with Arundel Castle's Four Nations Medieval Tournament event. The Knights, Squires, and Men-at-Arms of Raven Tor Living History Group will meet in a Medieval Foot Tournament representing England, France, Poland and Denmark . With competitions using a variety of weapons, the free-style fighting of the combatants will be the nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th century. With Story Teller, falconry display, have-a-go-archery and a tented encampment of crafts and displays, there is plenty to see and experience.

    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 17 June 2017

    1 Day

    £46 per adult