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UK CHRISTMAS & FESTIVE DAY TRIPS BY COACH

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  • A Scenic Tour of the High Weald and Merriments

    A scenic day trip by coach from Kent via the High Weald to visit one of the loveliest gardens in the south-east, Merriments Garden near Hurst Green, a Royal Horticultural Society partner garden and featured this year in a Daily Mail pullout of "20 Enchanting Gardens You Must Visit".

    Merriments’ garden is independently owned by the Weeks family and was established 24 years ago. It has a long season of colour, texture and scent with the very essence of the garden being the exuberant, generous planting and exciting colour combinations.

    The garden has highlights throughout the seasons: In April the wide sweeping borders are filled with thousands of jewel-coloured tulips and complimented by delicate cherry blossoms beautifully framing the pond and the Spring Garden is a patchwork of pretty soft colours. In May there are deep banks of alliums lining the stream bed with candy coloured candelabra primula partnered by poppies, irises and peonies. June has a soft romantic atmosphere with lots of fragrant roses, clematis, irises and poppies. The height and drama in the borders begins to build in July and is at its peak in August, followed in September, with lovely autumnal shades.

    Interesting features include a wild garden with bird hide, a gravel garden, formal potager garden with rill, two ponds with a bridge and a verdant bog garden with deck walkway.

    Merriments has a welcoming restaurant serving great food and traditional table service.  Food is home made and freshly cooked, using local ingredients wherever possible. The restaurant offers  great coffee, lunch or perhaps afternoon tea with freshly made scones.   There is lots of seating inside and a pretty, large sunny terrace to enjoy on a warm day.

    Our coach will depart Ashford at 10:00 and then take us on a scenic tour into the High Weald AONB via Biddenden, Sissinghurst, Goudhurst and Wadhurst to reach Hurst Green before Noon.  Any connecting feeder from Medway and Maidstone will travel via Sutton Valence and Headcorn and can pick up passengers there before meeting the coach at Biddenden.  We expect to leave the gardens at around 16:00 for our more direct homebound journey via Hawkhurst, again meeting our Maidstone connection at Biddenden.

    Sat 02 July 2016

    1 Day

    £26 per adult

  • Bruges

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

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

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

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

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

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

    For our other trips to Bruges, please click here

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

    Sun 03 July 2016

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Romantic Journeys of Devon

    Following the tremendous popularity of our 'Romantic Journeys' tours, we are pleased to again offer this wonderful Devon version. Our varied itinerary provides a delightful way to see some spectacular scenery with a train ride and two boat trips plus time in popular Torquay and Exeter, making it a holiday to remember.

    Visit Devon and you’ll find that there is more to this spectacular and diverse county than you might have thought. In addition to beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, there are National Parks, rustic villages, towns and historic buildings, all of which help give Devon it’s unique appeal. Tiverton is the largest town in mid-Devon and is located on the River Exe between Dartmoor and Exmoor National parks. You can choose to spend your time at leisure to explore Tiverton with its lively shopping centre, castle and museum or join us on our included excursions.

    EXCURSIONS

    Tiverton Horse drawn canal trip with cream tea. Take a trip with a difference aboard one of the very last horse-drawn barges in the UK. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this truly unique and memorable experience of yesteryear on the Grand Western / Tiverton Canal. A cream tea is served during the journey.

    Exeter. We visit this beautiful city steeped in more than 2000 years of history, with the magnificent St Peter's Cathedral and its twin Norman Towers, plus the Historic Quayside and other fascinating attractions, including the unique Underground Passages that date back to the 14th century. The city is surprisingly compact and its attractions are all within easy walking distance.

    Sidmouth We travel to the Jurassic Coast and the timeless resort of Sidmouth. Take a stroll along the picturesque promenade of this Regency seaside town and admire the Georgian and Victorian frontages, along with far reaching coastal views.

    River Exe Cruise Sailing from Exmouth your Skipper will give you a live commentary on the history of the area, the beautiful sights and the resident and visiting wildlife. The Exe is one of the top rivers in the country for wildlife and is a feeding ground for several seals and you maybe lucky enough to see the resident seal on your trip. Cruises are tide dependent so the date, time and route of the cruise may vary.

    South Devon Steam Railway, Dartmoor & Torquay We head for Dartmoor and enjoy a scenic drive to Buckfastleigh where we board the South Devon Railway for a nostalgic seven mile steam train journey following the stunning Dart Valley to the Olde Worlde Town of Totnes.

    Torquay We spend a few hours in the ever-popular resort of Torquay, the “Queen of the Riviera”, and ranked by many as the most glamorous and famous of all the West Country resorts with a palm-tree lined promenade, seafront gardens, a lively harbour and an international marina and sparkling blue seas.

    Sun 03 July 2016

    5 Days

    £435 per adult

  • Warners Bembridge Coast, Isle of Wight

    Remember warm, carefree days by the sea? Warner Leisure Hotels has recreated the perfect seaside setting for you with sea breeze gardens, fantastic Solent views, unique beach and top-notch entertainment at Bembridge Coast Hotel. During the daytime, you could take a stroll along the coastal paths, try something new with pitch & putt or boules, keep fit by challenging an opponent to a game of tennis or just grab a deck chair and enjoy time sitting by the seaside. Bembridge Coast is the ideal place from which to explore the Isle of Wight’s royal history.

    Once you have experienced the beauty and charm of the Isle of Wight, you will realise why so many people come back time and time again. Offering a holiday for everyone all year round, it is situated just a few miles off the mainland coast but you’ll feel away from it all. It is noted for its mild climate and stunning scenery, with splendid white cliffs, sandy beaches, sparkling waters, picturesque villages and a host of things to do during your stay. There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or try your hand at the many activities on offer.You can spend all of your time in the resort or join us on our included daily excursions. The coach holiday will also include sightseeing tours featuring some of the highlights of this lovely island.

    With all this, you will understand why we recommend the Isle of Wight so highly. Our past coach holidays to Bembridge Coast have received very good feedback and remain popular so early booking is advised!

    ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Short ferry crossings Portsmouth - Isle of Wight
    • 23 acres of grounds with landscaped Spanish Gardens
    • The Late Lounge for evening shows and performances
    • The Four Tides Restaurant for breakfast and evening meal
    • Leisure suite with heated indoor pool
    • Sauna, steam room, tropicarium and fitness studio available
    • Four rink indoor bowls complex. 6 rink outdoor bowls green (main season)
    • Decleor health and beauty therapies available in modern treatment rooms

    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 and unwind, with a wide range of leisure and activity programmes by day as well as superb entertainment each evening. All breaks are based on stylish standard rooms but if you prefer a little more luxury then please check with us about the other options available and pricing for upgrading your accommodation.

    For our other Warner holidays, please click here.

    Warner Leisure Hotels - Life begins at Warner

    Itinerary

    You can spend all of your time in the resort or join us on our included daily excursions. Planned excursions are:

    • An island sightseeing tour with visits likely to include Ventnor, The Needles & Alum Bay
    • Ryde * – subject to demand, we will look to offer Osborne House as an alternative visit but entrance costs are not included and will be payable by customers on the day (excluding January 2016 date as venue is not open)
    • Shanklin and Godshill

    The itinerary is subject to change and days and visits are interchangeable due to weather, month of visit, events on the island and at resort etc. It may be possible to visit other island attractions such as Ventnor Botanic Gardens or the Isle of Wight Steam Railway by using local transport options. Your driver will offer further information on this if required.

    * Please note Ryde is a fairly hilly town so customers with mobility issues may experience difficulties.

     

    Mon 18th January 2016
    Drinks Inclusive Break
    Warner Drinks Inclusive
    A fabulous way to start the New Year. This special drinks inclusive break is perfect for those who want the opportunity to enjoy a few drinks in the evening without having the hassle of paying at the bar. If you’re holidaying with friends it’s even better, no more worrying about whose round it is – we’ve got it covered! Drinks are available from 6pm – midnight from the bar or at your restaurant table. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste with a selection of great branded drinks included in this fabulous package.

     

     

     

    Monday 4th July

    Calling at new ports for 2016! From Athens, to Rio, to Rome and then home - why not hop aboard a fantastic themed cruise on land break in 2016? There’ll be cruise style fun and games every day, exciting nightly entertainment in your ‘ship's’ theatre, plus tantalising food and drinks to get you in the spirit at each port. Best of all, you can enjoy all this without ever leaving the SS Warner.

    Monday 5th September

    We all love a good musical but how often do we get the opportunity to go to the theatre? Our West End to Warner breaks will feature a top vocalist with a stunning repertoire of some of the most magical hits to come out of London’s West End. Of course there's everything else you'd expect on the other nights of your stay, great live music, dazzling Warner production shows and fun game shows and more.


    Mon 04 July 2016

    5 Days

    £449 per adult

  • Ypres Salient & Last Post

    2015 marked the second of three costly First War Battles of Ypres, a battle notorious for the devastating effect of gas attacks by German forces against unprotected allied forces.  This map shows the front line before and after the gas attacks in April and May 1915, and as so often in the analysis of the conflict it underlines the limited territorial gains involved in trench warfare.  The map also illustrates the dramatic shape of the Ypres salient and the extent to which the town itself was effectively hemmed-in from three sides. 

     

     

    After our morning Eurotunnel crossing we first visit the sobering German Cemetery just north of the town of Langemark, superbly explained by the Great War website at http://www.greatwar.co.uk/ypres-salient/cemetery-langemark.htm This sombre place accommodates over 44,000 German war dead, many of them unknown and including some 3,000 who were as young as 14, serving along the Ypres salient as student “volunteers”.   Here we also relate to the propaganda angle which was to resurface under Hitler in World War II.  We also explain the evolution of pillboxes and blockhouses by the Germans in securing defensive positions, and relate some of the stories of VCs awarded to men who led assaults on these fearsome strongpoints.  Our accompanying guides will help us to appreciate both the history of this cemetery and its wider setting along the Ypres salient which saw so much terrible fighting for almost the entire duration of the war.

     

    Buzzlines was privileged in 2015 to be asked to take the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir to visit Flanders and the Somme, and no-one there will forget the moving tributes sung by the choir both at Artillery Road and at Pilckem Ridge, site of the new Welsh Dragon Memorial.   Our exploration takes us onwards to that memorial and to the small exhibition of memorabilia in the café across the road, a good spot for a refreshment break[Please note to be very careful at the Welsh memorial as some drivers pass at dangerous speeds]

    The new Welsh Memorial at Langemark (tree screening has been established since this photo taken in 2014)

     

    Here we will also give an account of the success of the Welsh Guards and the uplifting story of Harry Patch, repatriated after being seriously wounded by a bursting shell at Passchendaele in 1917, he went on to be “the last surviving Tommy”, living to the grand age of 111.  Harry always referred to the date of his being wounded – 22 September – as his own personal remembrance day.  Three of his mates were killed in the same explosion.

     

    Whilst in Langemark our guides will explain the first use of gas as a weapon along the Ypres salient, and the role of the Canadians and others in closing the resultant 7-mile gap in allied lines.  We visit the statue of the Brooding Canadian at St Julien, which commemorates the 2,000 Canadians killed in that initial gas attack, and here our guides will outline the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge in the third Battle of Ypres in 1917 and involving British, Australian and New Zealand forces.

      

    As we leave Langemark, we pass Artillery Road Cemetery where lies Sgt Ellis Humphrey Evans, posthumously awarded the bard's chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod.   Evans, who had been awarded several chairs for his poetry, was inspired to take the bardic name Hedd Wyn (Welsh: blessed peace) from the way sunlight penetrated the mist in the Meirionydd valleys.   He reminds us of how so many of the richest talents of his generation were lost in this terribly wasteful conflict.

     

    Before heading on into Ypres, we will also visit Essex Farm Cemetery and describe the operation of the dressing station there that connects with the story of Private Strudwick, Lt Col John McCrae and his iconic poem In Flanders Fields, the start of our association with the poppy as our flower of remembrance.  We also dwell here on the history of the Victoria Cross and of recipient Private Thomas Barratt of the South Staffs.

     

    We now continue the few miles into Ypres where we are then free to enjoy the late afternoon in this beautifully restored town.  Aside from the great choice of brasseries and specialist restaurants in the square and surrounding streets, there should be time for some shopping in Ypres, which offers familiar Belgian specialities including of course chocolate and, dare we suggest it, cigarettes and tobacco at only about a third of YK High Street price! 

     

    Those up for some exercise might like to go down to the Menin Gate and then follow the ramparts of the old fortified town down the course of the surrounding moat to Lille Gate on the south side of town, where there are some pleasant gardens. 

     

    We will suggest strolling across to the Menin Gate by 7pm in good time for the ceremony, perhaps a bit earlier if you would like to be at the front.  We won’t try to stay as a group for the evening but your guides will remain available and will have given you good directions on the meeting place and time after the ceremony.  We will aim to be on our way back to Calais, only an hour or so away, soon after 20:30.

     

    Our return tunnel crossing is at 22:50, so we should be back into Kent by around 10.30pm our time.

    Tue 05 July 2016

    1 Day

    £55 per adult

  • British Isles Discovery

    Experience the beauty and heritage of our islands by visiting some of the more interesting, but remoter, parts of the British Isles together with contrasting calls in Dublin and Honfleur. Walk among peaceful hills, view ancient monuments and wander through historic streets. At each port of call you can be as busy or relaxed as you wish, with a full programme of optional excursions. History, heritage and beauty - plus wonderful memories to bring home.

    Sail north to Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, from where you might wish to visit the famous Churchill Barriers, the beautifully preserved Neolithic village of Skara Brae or the prehistoric Ring of Brodgar. From Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, discover the bountiful wildlife and visit the pre-historic Callanish Stones. Picturesque Tobermory presents a truly delightful frontage of colourful hotels, shops and houses which wrap around the scenic bay. Perhaps visit the tiny Isle of Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity. Time now for a complete contrast as you visit the famous bustling streets of Dublin and enjoy some great sightseeing and perhaps a glass of ‘the black stuff’! On to St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity with a tour option to visit Tresco’s famous Abbey Gardens. St. Peter Port on Guernsey is next with its captivating blend of Georgian, Regency and Parisian-style houses set in a tumble of terraces and tiered gardens. In pretty Honfleur, with its delightful old harbour and marina, explore the narrow streets that are little changed since medieval times. It makes a perfect finale to a wonderful cruise.


     

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1: We arrive in Tillbury in ample time to embark the ship before for our 1700 departure.

    Day 2: At sea

    Day 3: Today we spend a full day from 0800-2000 in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

    Day 4:  We arrive in Stornoway, Outer Hebrides at 0800. Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is today the main town on the island of Lewis. The charming town is situated around a bustling harbour and has a range of local specialist shops selling handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and the famous Harris Tweed. The traditional ways of life are still very much in evidence and the beautiful Isle of Lewis is considered the heartland of the Gaelic culture. It is also home to some of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland including the Neolithic Callanish Stones and Pictish Carloway Broch.

    Day 5: Today Tobermory, Isle of Mull is our destination. Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.

    Day 6: We arrive in Dublin at 0900 where we begin the Irish part of our journey. The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

    Day 7: Today we spend the day in St Marys, Isles of Scilly. Britain’s only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life

    Day  8: Guernsey is our next port of call today as we arrive in St Peter Port at 0800. For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St. Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.

    Day 9: On our penultimate day we explore the beautiful Honfleur as we head to the European part of our break. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

    Day 10: Arrive in to London Tilbury at 0700 where you will be met by one of our chauffeur driven vehicles and returned home.

                           

    Prices:

    Standard Plus         Inside View             Baltic deck             £1320*           

    Premium Twin         Inside View             Pacific deck           £1530*           

    Superior Twin         Inside View             Atlantic Deck          £1460*                       

    Single                    Inside View             Atlantic Deck          £1770

    *Prices based on 2 x people sharing a cabin. Other Cabin options available – Please ask for further details.

    £200 per person deposit - Gratuities to be paid on board

     

    The Magellan– Your home from home at sea

    In 2015 Magellan will become the proud new flagship of the CMV fleet and like the Marco Polo and Azores will operate as an adult friendly ship. At 46,052grt she will carry about 1250 passengers accommodated in 726 cabins spanning nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts. Her wide corridors and stairways and expansive deck areas with wood type decking in many areas exude a real feeling of spaciousness with a wide range of comfortable well appointed lounges and panoramic seating and observation areas ideally suited to our scenic cruise programme. Combining expansive, comfortable surroundings and friendly service with stylish entertainment and delicious cuisine, Magellan is the perfect choice for those looking for a greater range of on board facilities. However, she still retains a feel of intimacy and personal attention when compared with the ‘mega’ resort style ships built today. No climbing walls or ice-skating rinks and no kids!

     

    Cabin Options:

    Standard inside twin: 

    Located on Caribbean Deck, these air conditioned cabins all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. All these cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe.

     

    Standard Ocean View twin: 

    These ocean view cabins on Caribbean Deck are with a picture window (except R1, R2, R7, R8, R11, R12, R16 and R17 located forward on Caribbean Deck which have portholes). All these air conditioned cabins offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe.

     

    Superior Ocean view Twin:

    These ocean view cabins are with a picture window, are air conditioned and all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe and are located on Atlantic Main Deck.

      

    Single Ocean view:

    Located on Atlantic Main Deck, these air conditioned cabins are with a picture window and offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. All these cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe.

     

    Our experience of a visit to the ship Magellan:

    ‘It's nice to welcome a new small ship into the world of travel.  Magellan is a mere 46,000 tonnes and will carry (when full) 1250 passengers. Another strong point for Cruise & Maritime is the fact that they have decided to make the ship ADULT ONLY, which I think is a real asset to the whole holiday experience.  I found the ship to be of a super standard throughout. Definitely great for a British audience and working alongside a product that offers clients a fantastic value for money product. 

    The restaurants were spacious and very well designed all very light and airy. The food, in both the buffet restaurants and in the evening for waiter service, were fabulous.  A huge choice and all of a very good standard. The lounges, casino and theatre all offer great entertainment facilities. The sun deck offers a good space for all and a nice pool area, with plenty of areas with nice chairs to enjoy the sun.

    I would recommend this cruise to those of you looking for exceptional value for money, whom enjoy the British feel to your holiday! Magellan is a lovely cruise ship and will certainly provide you with a great cruise experience!

    Wed 06 July 2016

    10 Days

    £1,320 per adult

  • Great Wines & Train Lines!

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

    Our programme today takes us first to Biddenden Vineyard to enjoy a Ploughman’s Platter served with a glass of wine in the lovely surroundings of Kent’s oldest and best-known commercial vineyard.  After lunch, we take a tour of the vineyards and winery, to see how wines, traditional Kentish ciders and apple juices are produced – with time for a little tasting.

    Next we rejoin our coach for a pleasant drive through Wealden scenery to Tenterden where there is time to visit the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum before we take the 3.30pm steam train departing on its round-trip to Bodiam.  On-board you’ll sample nostalgia and service from a bygone era, including a Cream Tea as you sit back to take in the lovely scenery of the Rother Valley.   

    Lunch and steam train are included in the price but please budget a couple of pounds or so extra if you would like to visit the museum at Tenterden Station.

    Wed 06 July 2016

    1 Day

    £56 per adult

  • Hampton Court Flower Show

    For one week in July the majestic Hampton Court Palace provides the perfect backdrop for the world’s largest annual flower show. This famous and highly popular RHS event features hundreds of exhibitors every year and illustrates the best in horticulture during high summer. Hands-on inspiration is at the heart of the event. Discover a mix of glorious show gardens with a wealth of opportunities to see planting and country crafts close up; fine dining with dazzling floral displays and all things 'grow-your-own'; live music with fabulous shopping, fashion and food. A unique day out for all, in a truly majestic setting.

    This coach day trip is a must for gardening enthusiasts or anyone just looking for a great day out! Price includes return travel by coach and Flower Show entrance ticket.


    Please note that entry to the Palace itself is not included on this day trip.

    Our coach has to park in the Hampton Court Green car park. To reach the showground, there are three options:

    • Walking to the show: it is around a 20 minute walk that involves using a footbridge across the road outside the palace
    • If you prefer not to walk: there is a shuttle bus service to Hampton Court station, from where you can take a ferry to the showground (£2.50 for a single journey)
    • If you are disabled: there is a mobility bus service that runs between the Hampton Court Green car park and the entrance to the show

    Subject to traffic, we should arrive late morning, aiming for around 5 hours at venue. Leaving around 4 to 430pm.

    A travel only price may be available if you have your own tickets - please contact us for details.

    Please click here to visit the RHS website for further information on the show.

    Thu 07 July 2016

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • Hampton Court Flower Show

    For one week in July the majestic Hampton Court Palace provides the perfect backdrop for the world’s largest annual flower show. This famous and highly popular RHS event features hundreds of exhibitors every year and illustrates the best in horticulture during high summer. Hands-on inspiration is at the heart of the event. Discover a mix of glorious show gardens with a wealth of opportunities to see planting and country crafts close up; fine dining with dazzling floral displays and all things 'grow-your-own'; live music with fabulous shopping, fashion and food. A unique day out for all, in a truly majestic setting.

    This coach day trip is a must for gardening enthusiasts or anyone just looking for a great day out! Price includes return travel by coach and Flower Show entrance ticket.


    Please note that entry to the Palace itself is not included on this day trip.

    Our coach has to park in the Hampton Court Green car park. To reach the showground, there are three options:

    • Walking to the show: it is around a 20 minute walk that involves using a footbridge across the road outside the palace
    • If you prefer not to walk: there is a shuttle bus service to Hampton Court station, from where you can take a ferry to the showground (£2.50 for a single journey)
    • If you are disabled: there is a mobility bus service that runs between the Hampton Court Green car park and the entrance to the show

    Subject to traffic, we should arrive late morning, aiming for around 5 hours at venue. Leaving around 4 to 430pm.

    A travel only price may be available if you have your own tickets - please contact us for details.

    Please click here to visit the RHS website for further information on the show.

    Fri 08 July 2016

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • Hampton Court Flower Show

    For one week in July the majestic Hampton Court Palace provides the perfect backdrop for the world’s largest annual flower show. This famous and highly popular RHS event features hundreds of exhibitors every year and illustrates the best in horticulture during high summer. Hands-on inspiration is at the heart of the event. Discover a mix of glorious show gardens with a wealth of opportunities to see planting and country crafts close up; fine dining with dazzling floral displays and all things 'grow-your-own'; live music with fabulous shopping, fashion and food. A unique day out for all, in a truly majestic setting.

    This coach day trip is a must for gardening enthusiasts or anyone just looking for a great day out! Price includes return travel by coach and Flower Show entrance ticket.


    Please note that entry to the Palace itself is not included on this day trip.

    Our coach has to park in the Hampton Court Green car park. To reach the showground, there are three options:

    • Walking to the show: it is around a 20 minute walk that involves using a footbridge across the road outside the palace
    • If you prefer not to walk: there is a shuttle bus service to Hampton Court station, from where you can take a ferry to the showground (£2.50 for a single journey)
    • If you are disabled: there is a mobility bus service that runs between the Hampton Court Green car park and the entrance to the show

    Subject to traffic, we should arrive late morning, aiming for around 5 hours at venue. Leaving around 4 to 430pm.

    A travel only price may be available if you have your own tickets - please contact us for details.

    Please click here to visit the RHS website for further information on the show.

    Sat 09 July 2016

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • RHS Wisley Gardens, Surrey

    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.

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

    A travel only price may be available if you have your own tickets or you are an RHS Member - this can be completed as part of the booking process or please contact us for details.

     

    Sculptures in the Garden - 22nd August

    As you walk around Wisley, you’ll find some inspirational sculptures amongst the planting thanks to the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail! Enjoy this unique art experience with over 60 sculptures by some of the South East’s finest established and emerging artists. The sculptures are crafted from stone, metal, bronze, resin, glass, ceramic, wood and found objects.  Contemporary or traditional – which is your favourite?

     

    Wisley Gardens Flower Show - 7th & 11th September

    Join us for a spectacular late-summer show in stunning surroundings. This floral extravaganza features more than 60 nurseries and trade stands, the National Dahlia Society Show, floral displays by Surrey NAFAS, expert advice, shopping  and much more.

    Tue 12 July 2016

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Ostend & Atlantic Wall Fortifications

    Enjoy a day highlighted by military history and cultural interest as we make for the popular coastal port of Ostend, pausing en route to visit the Atlantic Wall fortifications at Riversidje.

    Our Eurotunnel crossing brings us into Calais at around 11am local time and from here we head first just across the Belgian border to the coastal town of De Panne.  Here we drop off our tramway passengers (a separate excursion paired with this one) and we then continue onwards just past Middelkerke to the Atlantic Wall Museum at Riversidje, where we expect to arrive around 12:30.

    We allow ourselves three hours for our visit here – there is a fine restaurant on site and a walk around the extensive World War II fortifications needs about 90 minutes.

    Over 60 bunkers, observation posts and artillery positions and the 2 km of open or subterranean corridors constitute one of the best preserved parts of the infamous German Atlantikwall. This defence line was built by the Germans during the Second World War from the French-Spanish border to Norway. Thousands of bunkers were constructed to protect the ports and to guard against an allied assault. The museum also houses the only preserved German coastal battery from the first World War. All constructions on the site were restored to their original condition and furnished with authentic objects and furniture.

    Ironically perhaps, these defences were never used for their strategic purpose since following the Normandy landings the Germans withdrew to a new defence line south of the Rover Scheldt.

    Oerlikon anti aircraft gun at Riversidje

    The fortifications do involve quite a lot of walking and there is some sloping and uneven ground, a few steps, and some of the covered passageways have limited clearance and you must mind your head. You are audio-guided throughout so you can go at your own pace but we do caution that those of us who are of limited mobility might find it a bit strenuous.

    At 15:30 we leave Riversidje and head on into Ostend, only about another 15 minutes drive. This should give us a good two hours to round off our day exploring the city centre.

    Ostend is Belgium's premier resort known as the "City by the Sea", with miles of sandy beaches. Stroll down the delightful wide promenades where you will find many shops to browse and buy or perhaps just relax in one of the many bars or restaurants.  Ostend has grown from a humble fishing village into a lively and cosmopolitan seaside resort with a pretty harbour, marina, casino and pedestrianised shopping streets. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do with many activities taking place all year round. It is a fine place to sample a wonderful, friendly European ambience.

    It isn’t essential to partake of the beer but the beer tourism website http://belgium.beertourism.com/cities/ostend provides a splendid overview of the city and its sights. 

    Having rejoined our tramway explorers we will all leave Ostend at 17:50 for our return Eurotunnel crossing and we expect to be back in Kent around 8pm our time.

    Our day includes travel by luxury coach with local pick-ups, Eurotunnel crossings and entry to the Second World War fortifications at Riversidje. Home pick-ups can be requested at an additional cost of £25 covering both pick-up and return journey in the evening.  This additional cost is only applied to the first person picked up at that location. There is no charge for any additional persons at that pick-up spot.

    Wed 13 July 2016

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • De Panne or Ostend

    De Panne in Belgium is a quiet and friendly town and is attractively situated in a sandy valley and is reported to have the most beautiful sand dunes on the North Sea coast of West Flanders. De Panne was originally a fishing village, very popular with artists, which quickly developed into a modern holiday centre. It is much favoured by the French, and has many attractions and leisure activities. The town and its surroundings became famous during the First World War as being the only unoccupied part of Belgium and the residence of King Albert and Queen Elizabeth. For further information on De Panne, please click here.

    Or spend time in the well known enchanting Belgian seaside town of Ostend which combines a fascinating history with a thriving modern culture. Described as the cultural capital of the Belgian coast, it has become a firm favourite with British visitors. Ostend is Belgium's premier resort known as the "City by the Sea", with miles of sandy beaches. Stroll down the delightful wide promenades where you will find many shops to browse and buy or perhaps just relax in one of the many bars or restaurants. Ostend has grown from a humble fishing village into a lively and cosmopolitan seaside resort with a pretty harbour, marina, casino and pedestrianised shopping streets. Visitors will be amazed by all there is to see and do with many activities taking place all year round. It is a fine place to sample a wonderful, friendly European ambience. For further information on Ostend, please click here.

    Price includes scheduled Eurotunnel crossing and return travel by coach.

    Wed 13 July 2016

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Lullingstone Castle & World Gardens

    A delightful "closer to home" excursion visiting Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford, one of England’s oldest family estates, dating back to the time of Domesday.   The present Manor House and Gatehouse were built in 1497 and have been home to the same family - the Hart-Dykes - ever since. Both Henry VIII and Queen Anne are known to have been regular visitors.

    In 2005, Tom Hart-Dyke created within the castle grounds a "world garden" brimming with rare and unusual plants from all over the world.  He came up with the idea whilst undergoing a 9-month hostage ordeal in the Colombian rain forest!

    Our visit is timed for arrival at Lullingstone at 10:30 for a guided tour of the house and gardens, concluding with a light lunch in the castle marquee.  Lunch menu is:

    July                                                                       

    • Home-made quiche salad
    • Sherry trifle
    • Mineral water

    September

    • Ploughmans
    • Chocolate Roulade
    • Mineral water

    Please advise the office when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

    After lunch there is opportunity to relax in the castle grounds before we rejoin the coach for the shortest of hops into the picturesque village of Eynsford with its lovely riverside setting and a selection of pubs for afternoon coffee before we set off for home.

     

    Please Note: The September date for this trip were originally advertised in the 2016 Flier Edition 2 as 10th September.

    Thu 14 July 2016

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Bewl Water and Rye

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

    Today’s excursion takes us first to the delightful scenery of Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, and through the lovely backdrop of the High Weald AONB.  We will aim to arrive at Bewl Water by 10:30 to be able to savour a good three hours visit.

    Set in over 1,000 acres of beautiful wild countryside and now under new management, Bewl Water is South East England's largest lake.  With a 13 mile perimeter there are numerous sporting and leisure activities, ranging from some of the country's finest trout fishing, to sailing, windsurfing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking on the water, and cycling, walking, running and riding around the footpaths and tracks.  The new management team is also introducing a lake cruise.

    We will enforce none of that, the scenery is yours to explore at leisure, but a gentle rowing boat excursion is recommended if the weather is good.  The newly refurbished Waterfront Cafe and Restaurant offers stunning views across the lake with reasonably priced family fare using local produce and with a wealth of sheltered outdoor terracing where you can make the most of the views.  And the new Boat House Bistro offers an alternative option for lunch.

    At 1.30pm we will depart Bewl Water for the scenic ride down to the historic town of Rye where we enjoy a free couple of hours, departing for home at around 4pm.

    Pick-ups for this excursion will be available in Staplehurst in addition to normal pick-up points across Kent. 

    Fri 15 July 2016

    1 Day

    £22 per adult

  • Baltic Cities & St Petersburg

    Rich in history, art and culture, the Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating cruising destinations. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals and architectural influences reflect both east and west. A highlight of this cruise is an overnight stay in St. Petersburg with two full days to explore ornate churches and cathedrals, the magnificent Hermitage Museum with its world-renowned art collection and opulent palaces once home to Russian tsars.

    Relax as you cruise towards the Baltic Sea with its strong maritime heritage. Beautiful buildings, a cosy knot of attractive streets laced with winding canals, charming Copenhagen is the first of six fascinating ports of call. Explore this warm, welcoming city, or perhaps visit the enchanting Tivoli Gardens. Warnemünde, on Germany’s Baltic coastline, offers an optional tour to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Rostock or to discover highlights of historic Berlin. In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, exploring the Old Town reveals a wonderful medieval gem of castles, turrets, spires and winding cobbled streets.

    In contrast St. Petersburg is a city of imperial splendour with grand cathedrals, palaces, gilded domes, minarets and soaring fountains. An overnight stay here enables you to discover the Russian city of the tsars through a selection of carefully chosen day and evening excursions. Known as the ‘White City of the North’, Finland’s capital Helsinki is always a delight with its Uspensky Cathedral and Sibelius Park, dedicated to the great composer. Alternatively an optional tour introduces the historic old town of Porvoo. Your final stop is Nynashamn with optional tours to Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital city. Relax and reflect on this wonderful cruise as Magellan sails back to Tilbury. 

     

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1: Following a collection from your home we take you to board the Magellan in ample time for your 1600 departure from Tilbury.

    Day 2: We spend today at sea enjoying the many on board facilities.

    Day 3: We arrive in Copenhagen (Denmark) at 1100 and stay until 1800. Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia, capital of Denmark for over 600 years and home to the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen is the most charming of Baltic cities. Beautiful parks and gardens, attractive 17th and 18th century buildings, grand castles and the elegant Amalienborg Palace – home to the reigning Queen Margrethe II, grace the city that is laced with a labyrinth of winding canals. Cafes and restaurants spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the cobblestone streets in historic Nyhavn. The atmospheric waterfront area is a popular meeting place along with the world’s oldest entertainment park Tivoli Gardens.

    Day 4:  Today we stop in Warnemünde (Germany) until our late 2200 departure.

    Day 5: At sea

    Day 6: Explore Estonias capital, Tallinn today where you will experience a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic city. Tumbling down Toompea Hill, the historic Old Town is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and spires. Wrapped within the original medieval wall, which is studded with imaginatively named towers, the Castle, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Town Hall Square and Gothic Town Hall survive along with the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries. Just outside the city Rocca al Mare is an open-air museum of Estonia’s rural architecture from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

    Day 7 & 8: We arrive at 0930 in St Petersburg (Russia). Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 as his ‘Window on the West’. Drawing inspiration from Europe, the Russian Tsar and his successors created an extraordinary city on the banks of the River Neva with opulent palaces, ornate churches and splendid parks all part of the supremely elegant architectural ensemble. The magnificent Hermitage and its priceless treasures of art, grandeur of Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and gilded fountains in the gardens at Peterhof illustrate the lavish lifestyle of Russia’s former ruling elite. The birthplace of Russian ballet, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to take in the performing arts. We depart on day 8 at 1900 and continue onward with our journey.

    Day 9: Today we explore Helsinki (Finland). Finland’s capital is a vibrant, modern city, yet very much in harmony with the surrounding nature. Its centrepiece is the majestic Senate Square lined with elegant neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral with white Corinthian columns and five green cupolas. A striking exception to Helsinki’s general architectural style is the Russian Orthodox, onion-domed Uspenski Cathedral, which stands on a hill at the end of Market Square and dominates the city skyline. Built into solid rock Temppeliaukio Church is also somewhat unusual. Museums are plentiful with the National Museum of Finland, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Museum amongst the most notable.

    Day 10: Spend today in Nynashamn (Sweden) - Lying on the southern tip of Södertörn, Nynäshamn only took shape in 1898 with the start of the building of the Nynäsbanan railway, which connected the then Parish of Ösmo with Stockholm. Today’s modern town is a gateway to Sweden’s 700-year old capital and optional excursions feature the highlights of the city often described as ‘beauty on water’. Discover Gamla Stan the enchanting medieval Old Town, Stockholm’s magnificent fortress-like City Hall and the marvellous Vasa Museum built around the 17th century warship that sank in Stockholm’s inner harbour on its maiden voyage.

    Day 11: At sea

    Day 12: At sea

    Day 13: Arrive in to London Tilbury at 1200 where you will be met by one of our chauffeur driven vehicles and returned home.

     

    Prices:

    Superior Twin          Inside View              Atlantic deck           £1540*           

    Standard Twin         Ocean View              Caribbean deck       £1690*           

    Superior Twin          Ocean View              Atlantic Deck           £1990*                       

    Single                     Ocean View              Atlantic Deck           £2430

    *Prices based on 2 x people sharing a cabin. Other Cabin options available – Please ask for further details.

    £200 per person deposit

    Gratuities to be paid on board

     

    The Magellan– Your home from home at sea:

    In 2015 Magellan will become the proud new flagship of the CMV fleet and like the Marco Polo and Azores will operate as an adult friendly ship. At 46,052grt she will carry about 1250 passengers accommodated in 726 cabins spanning nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts. Her wide corridors and stairways and expansive deck areas with wood type decking in many areas exude a real feeling of spaciousness with a wide range of comfortable well appointed lounges and panoramic seating and observation areas ideally suited to our scenic cruise programme. Combining expansive, comfortable surroundings and friendly service with stylish entertainment and delicious cuisine, Magellan is the perfect choice for those looking for a greater range of on board facilities. However, she still retains a feel of intimacy and personal attention when compared with the ‘mega’ resort style ships built today. No climbing walls or ice-skating rinks and no kids!

     

    Cabin Options

    Standard inside twin: 

    Located on Caribbean Deck, these air conditioned cabins all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. All these cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe.

     

    Standard Ocean View twin: 

    These ocean view cabins on Caribbean Deck are with a picture window (except R1, R2, R7, R8, R11, R12, R16 and R17 located forward on Caribbean Deck which have portholes). All these air conditioned cabins offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe.

     

    Superior Ocean view twin:

    These ocean view cabins are with a picture window, are air conditioned and all offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. They are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe and are located on Atlantic Main Deck.

     

    Single Ocean view:

    Located on Atlantic Main Deck, these air conditioned cabins are with a picture window and offer private en-suite facilities with shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space. All these cabins are equipped with a flat-screen television, hairdryer and personal safe.

     

    Our experience of a visit to the ship Magellan:

    ‘It's nice to welcome a new small ship into the world of travel.  Magellan is a mere 46,000 tonnes and will carry (when full) 1250 passengers. Another strong point for Cruise & Maritime is the fact that they have decided to make the ship ADULT ONLY, which I think is a real asset to the whole holiday experience.  I found the ship to be of a super standard throughout. Definitely great for a British audience and working alongside a product that offers clients a fantastic value for money product. 

    The restaurants were spacious and very well designed all very light and airy. The food, in both the buffet restaurants and in the evening for waiter service, were fabulous.  A huge choice and all of a very good standard. The lounges, casino and theatre all offer great entertainment facilities. The sun deck offers a good space for all and a nice pool area, with plenty of areas with nice chairs to enjoy the sun. I would recommend this cruise to those of you looking for exceptional value for money, whom enjoy the British feel to your holiday! Magellan is a lovely cruise ship and will certainly provide you with a great cruise experience!

    Fri 15 July 2016

    13 Days

    £1,690 per adult

  • Farnborough International Air Show

    The Farnborough International Airshow 2016 is ready for take-off! Held every two years, it welcomes visitors through its gates for unrivalled aviation excellence and family entertainment. Enjoy an incredible air show with the unique opportunity of getting up close to the numerous aircraft on static display.

    Undoubtedly, the stars of the show are the diverse range of aircraft within the static and flying displays. The 5 hour flying display will be bumper to bumper with non-stop action, guaranteed to get your pulses racing. It will feature everything from historic aircraft dating back from WW1 through to modern day civil airliners, business aircraft and fast jets. Whilst aerobatic display teams, wing walkers and parachute teams enthral the crowds with their daring stunts. All enhanced by an illustrative commentary that is broadcast across the event.

    And it doesn't stop there. In addition the entertainment arena – Farnborough Airshow Live - will feature a number of large screens giving technical and flying information as the aircraft appear and an interactive and informative live stage show with fun and colourful presenting, competitions and interviews.

    There is so much to see and do for adults and children of all ages - with an exciting Space Zone and Innovation Area; General Aviation exhibition and static aircraft displays, and a selection of rides and games to keep the kids entertained.

    Live, feel and breath the world of aviation at the Farnborough International Airshow on our fantastic coach day trip.

    Price includes return coach travel and Standard Admission ticket. On arrival at Farnborough, there are free shuttle buses running from the car park direct to the show site.

     

    For further information about Farnborough Airshow, please click here.

     

    Sat 16 July 2016

    1 Day

    £70 per adult

  • Three Countries to Sluis

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

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

    Sat 16 July 2016

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Farnborough International Air Show

    The Farnborough International Airshow 2016 is ready for take-off! Held every two years, it welcomes visitors through its gates for unrivalled aviation excellence and family entertainment. Enjoy an incredible air show with the unique opportunity of getting up close to the numerous aircraft on static display.

    Undoubtedly, the stars of the show are the diverse range of aircraft within the static and flying displays. The 5 hour flying display will be bumper to bumper with non-stop action, guaranteed to get your pulses racing. It will feature everything from historic aircraft dating back from WW1 through to modern day civil airliners, business aircraft and fast jets. Whilst aerobatic display teams, wing walkers and parachute teams enthral the crowds with their daring stunts. All enhanced by an illustrative commentary that is broadcast across the event.

    And it doesn't stop there. In addition the entertainment arena – Farnborough Airshow Live - will feature a number of large screens giving technical and flying information as the aircraft appear and an interactive and informative live stage show with fun and colourful presenting, competitions and interviews.

    There is so much to see and do for adults and children of all ages - with an exciting Space Zone and Innovation Area; General Aviation exhibition and static aircraft displays, and a selection of rides and games to keep the kids entertained.

    Live, feel and breath the world of aviation at the Farnborough International Airshow on our fantastic coach day trip.

    Price includes return coach travel and Standard Admission ticket. On arrival at Farnborough, there are free shuttle buses running from the car park direct to the show site.

     

    For further information about Farnborough Airshow, please click here.

     

    Sun 17 July 2016

    1 Day

    £70 per adult

  • Pairi Daiza Park

    Only in Belgium could you find a globally themed botanical garden and zoo, with over 4,000 animals, on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey. Our only question is why didn’t we discover Pairi Daiza sooner? One of Belgium’s ‘Hidden Gems’, Pairi Daiza in Brugelette, is a vast 55-hectare (140-acre) park and is one of Wallonia‘s top attractions

    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 on-line reviews!

    Normal pickup points are available throughout Kent.

    Normal tunnel times will be 0820/0850 outbound and 2020 (local time) leaving Calais

    Costs including entry tickets:

    Adults and Children aged 11 upwards £58

    Children aged 3-11 £50

    Children under 3 £35

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For further information on Pairi Daiza, please click here.

     

    Sun 17 July 2016

    1 Day

    £58 per adult