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UK CHRISTMAS & FESTIVE DAY TRIPS BY COACH

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  • Hampton Court Palace

    Visit Hampton Court Palace, an awe-inspiring and flamboyant showcase for kingship. Its vast and never ending vistas, courtyards, gardens and parkland, along with its magnificent State Apartments are designed to impress and rival the greatest palaces of Europe. For 500 years it has stood on the banks of the river Thames, an opulent symbol of power, prestige and majesty.

    Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII's favourite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Tudor Base Court and marvel at the breath taking grandeur of the State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in Henry VIII's extensive kitchens, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth.

    With its beautiful gardens and extensive parkland, set by the riverside, the rose red brick Tudor palace is indelibly associated with Henry VIII. Equally, the elegant Baroque palace, first occupied in 1700, is surrounded by one of the world’s greatest gardens. The sumptuous interiors and furnishings reflect the tastes of many monarchs over the centuries. This is a palace filled with stories and delights.

    You will also be able to see the recently restored 18th century "Chocolate Kitchen". This will combine the re-creation of historic interiors with live interpretation and an innovative audio visual display which will show visitors how this royal beverage was made by Thomas Tosier, personal chocolate maker to George I and George II.

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

    For further information about what to see and do at Hampton Court Palace, please click here.

     

    *NB: This trip was advertised in our 2016 Edition 1 brochure as a Horrible Histories day.

    Wed 01 June 2016

    1 Day

    £43 per adult

  • Colchester Zoo

    Join us on our coach day trip to the wonderful Colchester Zoo.

    Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award and the “Sustainable Tourism Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board.

    With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 40 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, 2 road trains and much more!

    For more information on Colchester Zoo, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach plus entry costs. A discount is available for children aged 3 - 14 yrs.

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

    Thu 02 June 2016

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • Colchester

    A coach day trip to visit Britain's oldest recorded town, beautiful Colchester in Essex, with so much to see and do.

    Colchester was originally a settlement before the Romans came. The Romans were attacked and Colchester destroyed by Queen Boadicea in the year AD60. Colchester is a great place for a day out, with museums, park and the castle, plus many other things to do as well as shopping. There are small specialist shops as well as the well known stores in the shopping arcades.

    For more information on Colchester, 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.

    Thu 02 June 2016

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • Brick Lane Music Hall & Afternoon Tea 2016

    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 spectacular setting of St Mark's in Silvertown church in the Royal Docks area of London.

    With several dates throughout the year, plus new dates regularly added, on this coach day trip you will enjoy an entertaining afternoon with some of the finest music hall and variety artists from around the country whilst seated at tables in a cabaret-style arrangement.

    Additionally, the coach day trip stops at Greenwich town before the show for approx 1 to 1.5 hrs so you get time to see more of this part of historic London.

    The following matinee shows are available and come with an included first class afternoon tea served during the interval:

    Wednesday 16th March – St Patrick’s Irish Show

    An Irish show with Irish music and Irish dancing! Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style with this unmissable show.

    Wednesday 1st June – Sixties Show

    This swinging show celebrates all things sixties: the decade of short skirts, big hair and top music. It has now been announced that Anita Harris will be the guest star.

    Wednesday 26th October - Wartime Show

    Thu 02 June 2016

    1 Day

    £60 per adult

  • Chichester

    Spend time at leisure in Chichester on this excellent coach day trip.

    Compact and intimate, Chichester is made for exploring. There’s history on every corner, from the Tudor Market Cross to the dominant Norman cathedral. But Chichester does modern too with Pallant House Art Gallery and its new high-tech, high spec exhibition halls. There’s fun shopping, with designer label boutiques, stylish restaurants, organic cafés and gastro pubs.

    For more information about Chichester, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach. Subject to traffic and travel we arrive around midday and leave around 4pm.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

     

    Fri 03 June 2016

    1 Day

    £26 per adult

  • Chichester Cathedral Garden of Flowers

    Enjoy a day out to Chichester’s biennial Festival of Flowers event, where you can experience the beauty of Chichester Cathedral decorated with over 70 stunning arrangements.

    The Festival’s theme for 2016 has been announced as ‘The Artist’s Palette’. Chichester Cathedral is particularly famous for its historic, and modern, artworks and the theme will inspire over 240 Flower Arrangers across Sussex to create floral arrangements to sensational effect.  The theme will reflect artists represented in the Cathedral, local Sussex artists and other well-known artists.

    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.

    Fri 03 June 2016

    1 Day

    £38 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 and it is one of today's greatest sporting spectacles.

    There is simply no event quite like the Derby Festival. It’s fabulous combination of fun, fashion and truly fantastic racing makes it a great day out by coach. The Investec Derby race boasts an unrivalled roll of honour, from legendary names such as Seabird, Nijinsky, Mill Reef and Shergar, right up to 2014 hero Australia.

    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. Times are yet to be confirmed but 1st race is normally around 140pm, last race around 530pm. We will aim to leave around 6 to 630pm.

    Group discounts available on request.

    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 04 June 2016

    1 Day

    £70 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 and it is one of today's greatest sporting spectacles.

    There is simply no event quite like the Derby Festival. It’s fabulous combination of fun, fashion and truly fantastic racing makes it a great day out by coach. The Investec Derby race boasts an unrivalled roll of honour, from legendary names such as Seabird, Nijinsky, Mill Reef and Shergar, right up to 2014 hero Australia.

    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. Times are yet to be confirmed but 1st race is normally around 140pm, last race around 530pm. We will aim to leave around 6 to 630pm.

    Group discounts available on request.

    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 04 June 2016

    1 Day

    £55 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 and it is one of today's greatest sporting spectacles.

    There is simply no event quite like the Derby Festival. It’s fabulous combination of fun, fashion and truly fantastic racing makes it a great day out by coach. The Investec Derby race boasts an unrivalled roll of honour, from legendary names such as Seabird, Nijinsky, Mill Reef and Shergar, right up to 2014 hero Australia.

    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. Times are yet to be confirmed but 1st race is normally around 140pm, last race around 530pm. We will aim to leave around 6 to 630pm.

    Group discounts available on request.

    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 04 June 2016

    1 Day

    £25 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.

    For more information, please click here

     

    *New Easter 2016*

    Land of Lions is a new state of the art enclosure for London Zoo's Asiatic lions, of which only 500 remain in the wild. Celebrating the vibrant culture of the lion’s native home, the Gir Forest in India, visitors will then reach the heart of the exhibit - the national park. Inspired by the landscape of the Gir Forest, visitors will come face-to-face with the breath-taking big cats in the 360° lions’ den.

     

    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.

    Mon 06 June 2016

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • Camden Lock Market

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

    London’s original arts and crafts market since 1972, Camden Lock Market by the Regents Canal has a vibrant collective of shops and market stalls selling crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac and food & drink amongst many other things. For further information, 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.

    Mon 06 June 2016

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • Lovely Lincolnshire

    England's second largest county is an outstanding area of ever-changing landscapes, picturesque countryside plus exciting and scenic destinations.

    With its great diversity there is something for everyone in Lincolnshire, and a world of rich history, heritage and tradition is waiting to be discovered.

    Experience lazy waterways, one of Europe's most iconic and magnificent Cathedrals, a beautiful 17th century Manor House garden and England's grandest Elizabethan House.

    DAY 1: Join us as we travel to Lincolnshire to stay at the Wyndham Garden Grantham, our travel will have comfort stops en route and arrive at the hotel late afternoon, early evening.


    DAY 2: We will start our first day in Lincolnshire with a guided tour of Burghley House, as well as Brewhouse Interpretation Centre, the Historical Garden of Surprises and the Contemporary Sculpture Garden. A Gift Shop and Garden Shop will be available for visitors to browse.
    Our afternoon will take us for a Rutland River Cruise. What better way to relax and unwind than with a cruise around Rutland Water? The Rutland Belle sets sail daily from Whitwell Harbour on a leisurely cruise around the reservoir. Visitors can enjoy an audio commentary from the knowledgeable and amiable Captain whilst admiring the views of the country from the water. Refreshments are available on board and will be paid directly by guests. Seating is either under cover or up on deck weather permitting!


    DAY 3: We will have a private tour with the Head Gardener at Aubourn Hall Gardens & Grounds, they are set in a beautiful village, 7 miles South of Lincoln has 10 acres of glorious borders, shrubs, walks and ponds surrounding this 17th century Manor House. They only open on a few occasions per year for the public. Our afternoon will take us to Cranwell Aviation which is probably the most famous landmark in Royal Air Force (RAF) history. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre portrays the fascinating story of this historic establishment from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day, Click Here for more information.

    Alternatively you can spend the afternoon in Sleaford, which is a pleasant market town with many fine buildings. Take the riverside walk to Cogglesford Watermill, a pretty historic mill on the banks of the river Slea, producing stone ground flour on special working days.


    DAY 4: Today we visit Lincoln city, starting our day with a guided tour of Lincoln Cathedral. Dominating the Lincoln skyline, a visit to this breathtaking medieval cathedral is a must. Until the collapse of its spire in the 16th Century, it held the record for the tallest building in the world for over 200 years. The afternoon will give you free time to explore the city.


    DAY 5: Our morning will give us time spend in Stamford, proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as “the finest stone town in England”, Stamford was declared a conservation area in 1967. It has over 600 listed buildings of mellow limestone in the town centre including five medieval churches, all real gems. Following this we will make our journey back to Kent.

    Mon 06 June 2016

    5 Days

    £399 per adult

  • Bletchley Park National Codes Centre

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

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

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

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

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

    Tue 07 June 2016

    1 Day

    £44 per adult

  • Picardy - Two Gorgeous Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

    Wed 08 June 2016

    1 Day

    £45 per adult

  • Harrogate & Yorkshire

    We are delighted to return to a super location for this 5 day coach holiday. The rolling dales and rugged lay of the land make the region a favourite destination. Our coach holiday is based in the attractive spa town of Harrogate, with its magnificent Victorian buildings, broad tree-lined boulevards and wide open spaces. Reminders of the regal era are the 19th century Royal Pump Room Museum, housing the original sulphur well and the Royal Baths Assembly Rooms, built in 1897, where the Turkish baths are still in daily use. You could also visit famous Betty's Tea Rooms or stroll around Valley Gardens, known worldwide for their flower displays. Harrogate is a great place to visit at any time of the year but we also experience the wonderful eminent estates of Yorkshire with visits to Castle Howard and historic Harewood House, two of the Treasure Houses of England.

    Altogether, some great places to visit, based in a famous hotel close to the city centre, and with no extra supplements for single travellers.

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1 - Departing Kent this morning we make our way north to Harrogate. On arrival our luggage is taken to our rooms and we have time to settle in prior to dinner this evening.

    DAYS 2 - 4  – At leisure in Harrogate or join us on our included excursions.

    YORK

    Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families and groups. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city. We will have a day free to explore this city giving you the chance to delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river.

    HAREWOOD HOUSE
    Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire. The house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape. This fine Georgian mansion has works by JMW Turner and El Greco, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture and fabulous Robert Adam interiors. As well as the house, you can explore the renowned lakeside Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite award-winning gardens, and breathtaking views throughout the "Capability Brown" landscape. In each room, friendly guides are on hand to offer insights into the history and detail of the House, including the extensive art collections. Perhaps treat yourself to a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea and experience the high life, relaxing on the south facing Terrace with spectacular views over the award winning formal parterre and landscape as Red Kites soar overhead. 

    CASTLE HOWARD
    Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-centuryCastle Howard residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. Known as the film location for "Brideshead Revisited", this spectacular house is still owned and lived in by the Howard family, adding a personal dimension to this beautiful setting. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, the stunning interiors of Castle Howard are the perfect backdrop to world-famous collections; from frescos and furniture to paintings and porcelain, all brought to life by friendly and knowledgeable guides. Castle Howard's magnificent grounds and idyllic gardens, with statues, temples, lakes and fountains, give endless opportunity to relax and explore. Meander along the woodland and lakeside walks and discover seasonal displays, or enjoy the tranquil setting of the 18th-century walled garden with its rose collection and ornamental vegetable garden.

    DAY 5 - This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we leave our hotel and make our way back home, making suitable refreshment and lunch stops on the way.

    Sat 11 June 2016

    5 Days

    £409 per adult

  • Marle Place & Gardens

    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.

    A privately owned garden, Marle Place is a multiple winner of the Kent Wildlife Gardens Gold Award, given by Kent Wildlife Trust.  It describes itself as a plantsman and artist's garden, featuring a Victorian gazebo, Edwardian rockery and walled fragrant garden, a restored 19th century greenhouse with orchid collection, a mosaic terrace and ornamental ponds. The 17th century house with a massive chimney is of architectural interest, but is not open.

    With not so far to travel, we make a leisurely mid-morning start from Maidstone, enjoying a scenic drive through Wealden scenery to arrive at Marle Place at around 11am., where the owners will be waiting to take us on a guided tour of the grounds.   We can then enjoy the gardens at leisure with lots of early summer flowers to see.

    As well as its delightful gardens, Marle Place also has its own gallery which accommodates work by resident artist Lindel Williams.

    The Cart-bay Tearoom serves tea, herbal tea, coffee, home made cakes and light lunches, and Marle Place is happy to welcome those bringing their own sandwiches.  The Potting Shed Shop sells various collectibles, both old and new, and there is also a plant stand.

    We allow ourselves nearly five hours at Marle Place to fully appreciate these lovely gardens before we return to Maidstone.

    Sat 11 June 2016

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • Midnight Sun and the Summer Solstice Cruise

    On this spectacular cruise you’ll have some incredible experiences. See the majestic Torghatten ‘mountain with the hole’, one of Norway’s most astonishing natural wonders; glide alongside the lofty, snow-capped peaks of the Seven Sisters; and cross the Arctic Circle en-route to the land of the midnight sun, calling at picturesque ports to experience endless days as the mesmerizing summer solstice reaches its peak.

    Experience the lifestyle of the indigenous Sami people and discover the UNESCO-listed prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft from Alta; and cruise to the North Cape – Europe’s northernmost point – in overnight sunlight to spot native Arctic seabirds, enjoy delicious, locally caught King Crab and admire the stunning ocean scenery. Go dog sledding or snow-shoe trekking into the Arctic wilderness from Tromso, or stay in the city to visit the amazing Arctic cathedral and ride the cable car to discover incredible scenic views of the gorgeous surrounding landscape

     

    Itinerary:

    Day 1: We depart from Dover - Home of the famous White Cliffs and one of England's most iconic towns. 

    Day 2 -3: Cruising

    Day 4: We arrive in Alesund, Norway early morning. Ålesund is an astonishing visual experience, an art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. Stroll through the pedestrianised streets, enjoying the art galleries, diverse shops and lively cafés, or climb 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla to enjoy panoramic views of this attractive city.

    Day 5: Todays cruise takes us through some magnificent sights. The pretty village of Rorvik; Black Glacier -  spread out over an impressive 375 square kilometers - is the second largest glacier in Norway; Torghatten - along the coast of Toget island (Norway) past Torghatten, a mountain known for its distinctive hole, or natural tunnel through its centre and finally the Seven sisters mountain range.

    Day 6: We arrive in Harstad early morning - One of the mountainous archipelagos of the 70-mile long Lofoten island chain.. We depart late evening and continue our journey.

    Day 7: Today is spent in Alta, Finnmark - Alta has a fascinating history, having been inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times. Explore the Alta Museum or visit Hjemmeluft to see the largest collection of rock carvings in Scandinavia, dating from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago

    Day 8: We cruise the North Cape today and visit Honningsvag - Many call it the 'top of Europe'; Honningsvåg is framed by rugged mountains and the Arctic Ocean. The world's most northerly city is the gateway to the North Cape, where thousands of reindeer graze in the summer months.

    Day 9: Today is spent in Tromoso - known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, boasts stunning coastal views from Mount Storsteinen, reached by cable car. Visit the iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ or take a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home.

    Day 10: Intercoastal scenic cruising

    Day 11: We arrive in Trondheim early morning - This was the first Norwegian capital, founded 1,000 years ago by Viking King Olav Trygvasson.

    Day 12: Intercoastal scenic cruising

    Day 13: Cruising

    Day 14: We arrive back in Dover this morning before we board our vehicle home.

     

    Prices:

    Standard Twin             Inside View                Atlantic deck              £1750*           

    Standard Twin             Ocean View                Marina deck               £1850*           

    Superior Twin              Ocean View                Lido deck                   £2400*                       

    Single                         Outside View              Atlantic Deck              £3200

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

    Free drinks & tips paid

     

    Your Ship – Black Watch

    Cruise ships were once famous for their style and charm. Black Watch harks back to those days, when quality and service were taken for granted. Sleek and intimate, with cabins and suites for 804 people, Black Watch has a warm welcome waiting for you.

    So, be captivated by the entertaining cabaret at the Neptune Lounge,and fire-up your taste buds for a treat at the Glentanar Restaurant.  Or, share a relaxing drink over panoramic views across the ocean in our Observatory Lounge.

     

    Facilities:

    Atlantis Spa & Salon

    Drift away and submerge yourself with one of our lush treatments. From our ‘Extreme Comfort’ facial to an ‘Aromaceane Wrap’, massages, reflexology and more, we can’t help but soothe you. Or glam up for the evening - we’ll make you feel extra special in our sleek salon. Our team of stylists will treat you to a new style, cut, blow-dry or maybe some holiday highlights - whatever you’d like. Just sit back and let us do the pampering. So treat yourself on your cruise, we have something for everyone. The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early.

    Promenade

    Feel a gentle morning sea breeze, take an afternoon meander, or a stroll by moonlight. Take a walk on the decks of our cruise ship and watch the ocean pass by. You can play shuffle board or deck quoits on the promenade, but don’t forget to look up. There could be beautiful scenery coming up on your horizon.

    Dining

    Whether it’s a formal night or one of our special themed nights on board Black Watch you will be assured of a great atmosphere as you enjoy your meal.

    Entertainment

    There is plenty to enjoy on board your cruise ship Black Watch during the days and there is always something interesting in the evenings. With cabarets and dancing, stand-up comics and energetic reviews and a range of theme nights there is something for every guest.

      

    Cabin Options:

    Suites

    Suites on board Black Watch range from approximately 150 square feet for a Single Balcony Suite, to approximately 550 square feet for a Premier Suite. Premier and Marquee Suites have a bedroom and sitting room, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television, a fridge and mini bar.

    Superior & Balcony Suites have a bedroom and sitting area, balcony, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge.Superior Junior Suites, Terrace Balcony Suites and Junior Suites have a sitting area, bathroom with bath and/or shower, television and a fridge.Suite accommodation may offer twin or double beds.  Please ask for specific details when making your booking.
    The following grades of Suite are on board Black Watch:  Premier Suite, Marquee Suite, Superior Suite, Balcony Suite, Superior Junior Suite, Terrace Balcony Suite, Junior Suite & Single Balcony Suite.

     

    Balcony Cabins

    Balcony Cabins on board Black Watch are approximately 160 square feet, and approximately 150 square feet for a Superior Single Balcony Cabin.

    These Balcony Cabins have a cabin with balcony, bathroom with shower.  All Balcony Cabins on board Black Watch have a hairdryer and television. The following grades of Balcony Cabin are on board Black Watch:  BC, J. Recently re-fitted, Black Watch’s cabin options now include 27 Terrace Cabins on Lido Deck 7.

    Offering guests their own outdoor space, these cabins are perfect for those who wish to enjoy the refreshing sea air and wonderful scenery from the comfort of their own room. Terrace Cabins have their own sociable terrace balcony, hairdryer, television and bathroom with shower.

     

    Outside Cabins

    Outside Cabins on board Black Watch range from approximately 160 square feet to approximately 200 square feet for a Superior Outside Cabin.  All Outside Cabins have a bathroom with a shower and/or bath.

    Some Outside Cabins have picture windows, and all cabins have a television.

    The following grades of Outside Cabins are on board Black Watch:  A, B, C, D, E, F.

     

    Inside Cabins

    Twin Inside cabins on board Black Watch are all approximately 140 square feet in size, have a bathroom with a shower, and can be found on Atlantic and Marina Decks.  All Inside cabins also have a television.

    The following grades of Inside Cabin are on board Black Watch:  H, I.

     

    Single Cabins

    Single cabins on board Black Watch range from 140 square feet for a Single Inside Cabin, to 150 square feet for an Single Outside Cabin.  All single cabins on board Black Watch have televisions.

    All single cabins have a bathroom with shower (some may also have a bathtub).

    Sun 12 June 2016

    14 Days

    £1,850 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. 2016 will be no different; we have a selection of Mystery Tours planned for you to enjoy.

    We include our longstanding 3-day trips, plus weekend breaks. 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.

    We continue to follow the same principles on all of our Mystery Tours. Accommodation will be of a very high standard with included excursions along the way and, as usual, they continue to represent great value for money. 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.

    Sun 12 June 2016

    3 Days

    £199 per adult

  • Hole Park Gardens

    Another of our series of closer-to-home excursions to the best attractions of Kent and East Sussex.

    Today’s trip takes us back into the Kentish Weald to enjoy the lovely gardens of Hole Park, near Rolvenden.  We will make a relaxed start to the morning as we head first for Tenterden where there will be an opportunity to visit the town centre and enjoy a morning coffee and a stroll along the High Street.  The western end of Tenterden High Street is a particular delight, with its wide grass verges studded with Plane Trees and with a number of pubs and tea rooms inviting you to pause awhile.  There is also the option of a short stroll town to the heritage railway station where you can view the steam trains and perhaps visit the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum (small entrance fee).

    At around 1pm we aim to leave Tenterden for the short onward journey to Hole Park Garden.  Spread over 15 acres, this is a garden for all seasons set in the heart of a country estate.

    Formal, walled, meadow and woodland gardens are a feature and Hole Park is best known for its extensive topiary, fine lawns and specimen trees, plus a spectacular display of Spring colour from the bluebells and rhododendrons, followed in the early summer by stunning wisteria and herbaceous borders.

    If you would like to bring your own lunch there is a picnic area, but the gardens also offer us homemade tea and light lunches, plus a plant stall and gifts.

    We will aim to leave Hole Park at about 4pm to be en route home before peak hour traffic.

    Tue 14 June 2016

    1 Day

    £25 per adult

  • Royal Ascot "Ladies Day" Coach Trip

    Visit the world's most famous racecourse where tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in one glorious setting. A perfect excuse to enjoy the Best of British!

    Although the whole week at Royal Ascot is a fashion show like no other, it is Thursday when the designer creations and millinery masterpieces reach the greatest heights.

    Thursday’s highlight and feature race is the Group 1 Gold Cup, a battle of stamina and determination over two miles and four furlongs. This gruelling long distance world championship is not for the faint-hearted.

    One of the most glamorous events in the British racing calendar. You can enjoy an eyeful of fashion as well as a good day's racing! This coach day trip to the premier occasion is pure fun, so put on your finery and join us! (Smart dress code is required)

    After joining our coach, we travel to Ascot for our day of racing. Your ticket includes a Silver Ring or Grandstand entrance ticket where you can place your bets and soak up the atmosphere for a fabulous day out. After the last race, the coach will take you back to your original joining point.

    Please choose between Silver Ring and Grandstand admission at the time of booking.

    Grandstand admission offers guests an enhanced experience of Royal Ascot. With the Parade Ring centrally located, Grandstand admission guests will be able to enjoy the pre-race build-up then watch the magnificent horses charge down the home straight from elevated vantage points. Guests can also enjoy varied restaurants and bars throughout the day. Ladies in the Grandstand are encouraged to dress as for a formal occasion. A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times. Gentlemen in the Grandstand are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

    Located on the straight mile, the Silver Ring is a vibrant and exciting enclosure that puts racing and socialising at the centre of the event. Guests within the Silver Ring will be the first to see the Royal Procession as The Queen’s landau passes the railings and will be the first to hear the thunder of the hooves as the world best racehorses reach the final straight. The Silver Ring enclosure also boasts delicious food and drink outlets, providing guests with the opportunity to experience spectacular cuisine without the formalities of other enclosures. Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

    Please note that fancy dress, novelty, and branded or promotional clothing is not allowed, and bare chests are not permitted at any time.

    Picnics are allowed in the Silver Ring only. However, they must be brought to the racecourse in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box. Many of our customers choose to have their picnic on arrival before heading on to the course.

    Silver Ring Adult brochure price from £61pp
    Grandstand upgrade Adult brochure price from £107pp - can be added during the booking process. 

    Raceday Programme
    Subject to traffic and travel we arrive at Ascot around 11:30 am
    2:00 pm Royal Procession
    2:30 pm First Race
    4:25 pm Feature Race
    5:35 pm Last Race
    6:15 pm Leave Ascot for journey home

    Times may be subject to change.

    Please refer to Ascot's website for all the up-to-date information including dress code, picnic policy and timings for the day.

    Thu 16 June 2016

    1 Day

    £61 per adult