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UK CHRISTMAS & FESTIVE DAY TRIPS BY COACH

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  • Ghent, Belgium

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

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

    For more information, please click here

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    Sat 04 October 2014

    1 Day

    £36 per adult

  • National Memorial Arboretum & Black Country Museum

    This great value weekend includes visit to two wonderful venues, The National Memorial Arboretum & The Black Country Living Museum.
     

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 Saturday The Black Country Living Museum is an award winning open air museum, set in an industrial canal side village, where you can see history brought to life and learn first-hand what it was like to live, work and shop in the 1800s to 1940s. Covering 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum is uniquely placed to tell the story of the creation of the world’s first industrial landscape. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region. Explore the village, where you can meet and chat to the costumed characters and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past. See live demonstrations, traditional entertainment and vintage transport. A costumed Museum guide will escort us on our visit, and our guided tour includes a lesson in the Victorian Schoolroom so please behave! For more information, please click here.

    Day 2 Sunday The National Memorial Arboretum is set in 150 acres of beautiful wooded parkland and gardens. Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and over 300 unique memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country or who have died in conflict. The Arboretum is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial, the recently relocated and rededicated Basra Memorial Wall and the new Royal British Legion’s Never Forget Memorial whose centre point is a beautiful poppy wreath around which Everlasting Poppies are planted. Our visit will include a welcome talk, a land train tour and tea or coffee with biscuits. We arrive in time for the daily Act of Remembrance which takes place at 11am in the Millennium Chapel and includes a Two Minute Silence. For more information, please click here.

    Sat 04 October 2014

    2 Days

    £124 per adult

  • Autumn in the Black Forest

    We return in October to enjoy a week on a remarkably low budget in the Northern Black Forest, based at the homely and welcoming Hotel Adlerpost in Obertal, where our hosts are Jurgen and Gabriele.

    Our daily itineraries will include a trip across the Rhine to the French city of Strasbourg, where we include a boat tour. We visit the local cities of Karlsruhe and Freiburg, and enjoy several days of touring into the Black Forest to visit great attractions, including the waterfalls at Triberg, the Open Air Museum at Gutach, the German Clock Museum at Fürtwangen, the glassmaking at Dorotheenütte, and the delightful glacial lakes at Mummelsee and Titisee. And we include two of the most scenic of the Black Forest’s railway lines, one of them on a heritage steam train!


    Our visit is timed to coincide with the best of the Autumn Colours


    Please be conscious that the hotel does not have a lift, so it may be unsuitable for less mobile travellers. This will be a half-board holiday but on two evenings we will offer you the chance to eat-out at very well-reviewed and reasonably-priced restaurants. We may shuffle our daily itineraries depending on the weather.

    ITINERARY

    Our Tour Driver for this trip is scheduled to be VERNON RODWAY*

    We travel out to the Black Forest on Saturday 4th October and anticipate a relaxing journey on the Autoroute as commercial traffic is light at the weekend. Our schedule brings us across the Rhine and into the Black Forest in time for a welcoming late supper at the Hotel Adlerpost, situated amid forested slopes high in the valley of the River Murg.

    We are fortunate that our first full day in Obertal coincides with operation of the heritage steam train on the local railway - it only runs on five Sundays in the summer season.

    To join the train we first take the coach down to Baiersbronn Station and join a local electric train to the small town of Gernsbach, where we connect with our steam train as it comes in the opposite direction and takes us at gentle pace back to Baiersbronn. For these and all other train journeys on our programme you are accompanied by a Buzzlines guide, so at no stage do we leave you to catch the wrong train and finish up on the far side of Europe! At Baiersbronn we can break for lunch at the cafeteria alongside the station, before we move on just a few miles to the town of Freudenstadt.

    We can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in Freudenstadt, celebrated down the years for the health-giving properties of its clear air. A range of interesting buildings include the 17th Century Lutheran Church and Town Hall, and the cafes and bars fringing the market square always make for a convivial atmosphere.




    On Monday we start early to take the motorway route southwards to the beautiful Lake Titisee. This is a glacial lake, set at 845m height and with a surrounding pathway of around 5km which makes for a lovely 90 minute morning walk. The less energetic can just relax and enjoy the scenery whilst others do the walking!

    From Titisee we turn back westwards just a short distance to the wonderful city of Freiburg, where we set-down in the old town for lunch and a free afternoon. Freiburg has an almost endless list of must-see sights including its cathedral, widely held to have the most beautiful tower in Christendom. The cathedral square is also remarkable for its Old Granary and Old Trading Centre buildings, in addition to which the Square offers a daily produce market. The Zum Röten Baren(Red Bear) tavern in Oberlinden Square traces its owners back to the year 1311. And there are innumerable museums including the Kleine Welt which presents 250 dolls houses and 500 dolls dating back to 1800.

    We aim to leave Freiburg by 4pm for our return journey so that we can enjoy an evening meal in the scenic surroundings of the very reasonably priced Berghotel restaurant alongside Lake Mummelsee, the highest of all the lakes of the Black Forest. There is a delightful (although in places uneven) pathway around this tiny lake, and also a good souvenir and local produce shop on the site. From Mummelsee it is only 20 minutes or so on the coach back to our hotel.


    On Tuesday we stay in the Schwarzwald as we enjoy some of the Central Black Forest’s great visitor attractions. We begin with a scenic drive southwards to the village of Wolfach where we tour the Dorotheenütte Glass Factory. We then move on to Gutach, where we visit the delightful Open Air Museum, a fascinating and authentic recreation of traditional rural life in the Black Forest. And finally we continue to the fascinating German clock museum in Fürtwangen, followed by a different return route to Obertal to make the most of the stunning scenery.

    We head across the Rhine and into Alsace on Wednesday to visit the city of Strasbourg. Strasbourg's historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such a distinction was awarded to an entire city centre. The city is chiefly known for its sandstone Gothic Cathedral of Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock, its medieval cityscape of Rhineland black and white timber-framed buildings, and for its many medieval streets and squares. On arrival we will transfer to a tourist boat to enjoy a 75-minute cruise around the city’s waterways before leaving ourselves free until late afternoon to take in the city’s many other sights and attractions.

    On the way back from Strasbourg we enjoy the second of our eat-out evenings at the splendid and highly rated Steakhaus Kaminstub'n am Wolsbrunnen in Seebach. This venue is again conveniently close-to-home leaving us just a short journey later in the evening back to our hotel.

    On Thursday morning we turn south along the spectacular route 500 along the western ridge of the Black Forest to the small town of Hausach where we join a Black Forest Railway scheduled service heading for Singen, some 100km to the south-east. We stay with the train route along its most scenic section for 35 minutes to the small town of St Georgen, where we break for lunch. Our coach then backtracks us to the small town of Triberg, famed worldwide for its sequence of waterfalls on the River Gutach. And finally we continue back to Hausach, where we visit the model railway layout dedicated to the Black Forest line. Those who really love their trains can then use their free KONUS passes to follow the coach back to Baiersbronn by train, changing in Freudenstadt.

    We choose Friday as our driver’s rest day ahead of the journey home, but again we can make the most of our KONUS passes as we take a local bus from Obertal down to Baiersbronn, and then make for Karlsruhe on the Murgtalbahn line.

    In Karlsruhe you can stroll the centre at leisure or use your travel pass on the comprehensive tram system to explore this unconventional city of streets radiating from Karlsruhe Palace, or its 2000 acres of public parks and gardens. The Palace was built in 1715 and is now the seat of two of the highest courts in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice. It is also now home to the Badische Landesmuseum (Baden State Museum) and its celebrated collection. Treasures here include an important coin collection, the renowned “Turkish spoils” (Ottoman handicrafts), and countless works of art - some dating back 5,000 years.

    It has been speculated that Karlsruhe was a model for Washington, D.C. as both cities have a centre from which the streets radiate outward and there is much here to please nature and transport lovers. The Stadtgarten is a recreational area near the main railway station and is also the site of the Karlsruhe Zoo, which enjoys good recommendations from Trip Advisor. Then the city has two botanical gardens: the municipal Botanischer Garten Karlsruhe which forms part of the Palace complex, and the Botanischer Garten der Universität Karlsruhe which is maintained by the university.

    As for transport, in travelling into Karlsruhe from Baiersbronn you will be using part of the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn , well known in transport circles around the world for pioneering the concept of operating trams on train tracks, to achieve a more integrated and versatile public transport system.

    For our homebound day we enjoy an early breakfast before setting off to Calais for our return evening crossing, and finally returning you to your original joining point.

    Additional notes

    If you want to use your KONUS pass to do your own exploring on any particular day, there are many other unvisited destinations within reach, with stunning scenery to be enjoyed en route in trains that offer a forward view! You can hop-on, hop-off the trains to enjoy the excellent scenic walking trails alongside the railway line down the length of the Murg Valley, and if you ask in advance we can try to arrange bike hire for you. You can also quite easily get to Freudenstadt where you change for Offenburg and the Black Forest line, Baden Baden is within easy reach too, and you can take a day return via Frieburg or Rottweil to Lake Constance for a modest supplement to your Konus pass.

    Please don’t forget to allow a little extra for lunches and for the two evening meals out. 150 Euros per person for the week might be reasonable to budget.

    Sat 04 October 2014

    8 Days

    £485 per adult

  • The Cake and Bake Show at Earls Court London

    Following its huge sell our on previous years, the award winning The Cake & Bake Show returns to Earls Court packed with baking madness.The only live experiential event dedicated to the world of cakes, breads & the art of baking.

    The Cake & Bake Show is aimed at all ages with expert run classes and demonstrations for those looking to improve their baking skills; live bake offs and cake competitions, plus some great interactive features. There will also be stands selling the latest baking equipment from piping bags to decorations and for those who just want to enjoy good food, there'll be a marketplace featuring an array of artisan produce including breads, pies, brownies, pastries and of course, cakes. The perfect mix, offering everything from live demos by celebrity speakers to classes with the experts, as well as delicious produce and baking supplies, plus live competitions and so much more...

    Price includes return coach travel and entrance ticket.

    For more information, please click here

    Sun 05 October 2014

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Highgrove Private Gardens Of The Prince Of Wales

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

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

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

    Highgrove image credit Niels van Gijn 2012

    ITINERARY

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

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

    Highgrove House & Gardens

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

    Sun 05 October 2014

    2 Days

    £164 per adult

  • Beamish, Durham & Northumbria Treasures

    Join us as we turn the clocks back and remember how things used to be. At the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Beamish Open Air Museum streets, shops and homes recreate life at the turn of the century. We visit the delightful, historic Cathedral city of Durham which has one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. We also take in wonderful scenery as we head out on a leisurely drive into the dramatic Northumberland National Park and experience how the 'other half' lived at Cragside House crammed with clever gadgets and the first house in the world to have electricity.

    EXCURSIONS

    Day 2 Tuesday Spend the day in the Durham, located on the picturesque River Wear with its iconic Cathedral and Castle, with time to explore at leisure. The panoramic view of Durham Cathedral and Castle has been described as 'one of the finest architectural experiences of Europe,' which is probably why they are now listed as a World Heritage site. The magnificent Norman Cathedral is undoubtedly the highlight of the attractions and around the delightfully compact city centre there are museums, galleries, medieval buildings, plus the quaint cobbled streets and ancient bridges of the old town.  For a different perspective, perhaps take a river cruise. "It's a perfect city. If you have never been to Durham, go there at once", wrote best-selling author Bill Bryson, and we agree! We return via the Angel of The North – a giant sculpture which looks down from the hills south of Gateshead.

    Day 3 Wednesday A day of wonderful scenery as we head out into the dramatic Northumberland National Park. We include a visit in the afternoon to Cragside House, an impressive and extraordinary Victorian mansion built for the first Lord Armstrong and the first house in the world to have electricity. Enjoy also the magnificent gardens, lakes and unique Orchard House, which are set in over 900 acres.This is a National Trust property so a reduced price is available for any National Trust members.

    Day 4 Thursday Today’s full day visit to Beamish Open Air Museum is a truly unforgettable experience.  Set in a picturesque valley, Beamish vividly recreates life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800’s and 1900’s. Visit Pockerley with its stunning manor house and railway, and take a tram ride through a real Edwardian market town with its beautifully rebuilt houses and shops.  You can also visit Home Farm, wander around the Pit Village and even enjoy a ride on an old carousel. For more information on Beamish, please click here.

    Mon 06 October 2014

    5 Days

    £389 per adult

  • Yorkshire Treats & High Peaks

    Savour the heritage and scenery of the great county of Yorkshire and the High Peaks of Derbyshire as we visit some of the wonderful sights of Northern England. Explore the absorbing ancient city of York and experience stunning landscapes on our High Peaks tour.  We have a guided visit at beautiful Wentworth Castle Gardens, with a traditional Yorkshire lunch included, and we also enjoy one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets; Brodsworth Hall and its beautiful grounds.

    EXCURSIONS

    York We enjoy a free day in York.  Renowned as England's second ecclesiastical city, it remains a city of contrasts and exciting discoveries. Aside from the historic city centre and its interesting shopping, York offers us its delightful riverside setting, a fascinating walk around the city wall, the National Railway Museum, and of course the magnificent York Minster, the city's icon and the largest medieval Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. Explore history beneath your feet in this fascinating city also with the Jorvik Viking Centre, recounting the city's past into ancient history.

    Wentworth Castle Gardens & Brodsworth Hall Our day starts with the short journey to beautiful Wentworth Castle & Gardens, near Barnsley.  The Grade I registered garden's gently sloping woodland encompasses stunning collections of plants and flowers amidst intriguing 18th century monuments and is elegant and tranquil at any time of year. Here we enjoy a comprehensive group package which includes a drink on arrival, admission to the 60-acre gardens, guided tour and lunch.  Typical lunch comprises Yorkshire pie of the day followed by tea or filter coffee and cake. For those who would like to explore the gardens but find walking any distance difficult, there are 4-seat electric buggies available by pre-arrangement – please ask us if you would like more details.

    After lunch we make another short hop, this time to Brodsworth Hall on the outskirts of Doncaster.  Inside this beautiful Victorian country house almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home. Possessions that took more than 130 years to gather together are still in their original places, from the grandest piece of furniture to family mementoes and humble domestic items.  Meanwhile the beautiful grounds, a collection of grand gardens in miniature, have been restored to their full Victorian splendour, and feature a colourful array of seasonal displays. If you are an English Heritage member please advise us on booking this tour – you will qualify for a £10 reduction on the tour price as you do not have to pay to enter Brodsworth Hall.

    High Peaks We discover the High Peak with a memorable journey over the spectacular Snake Pass as it traverses the heart of the Peak District National Park between the peaks of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow Hill to the tranquil shores of Ladybower Reservoir – famed as the practice area for the “Dambuster” raids of WWII. We also take in the delightful spa town of Buxton, the capital of the High Peak and the highest town in England.

    Mon 06 October 2014

    5 Days

    £349 per adult

  • Cutty Sark & Greenwich

    The Cutty Sark has relaunched, opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service.

    Venture aboard and beneath one of the world’s most famous ships. Walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago. Explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on those epic voyages then marvel as you balance a 963-tonne national treasure on just one hand.

    Also enjoy free time in Greenwich. It’s always a great time to visit Greenwich and browse the museums and markets, wander around Greenwich Park or relax in a riverside pub. 

    For more information on the Cutty Sark, please click here

    Our day trip includes return travel by coach plus entrance to The Cutty Sark. This may be a shared departure with another day trip.

    Tue 07 October 2014

    1 Day

    £35 per adult

  • Greenwich with National Maritime Museum and more

    Set in the heart of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, the National Maritime Museum comprises three sites of architectural and historical significance: the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and the Maritime Galleries. World Heritage Site status was awarded to 'Maritime Greenwich’ by UNESCO in 1997. Set on the banks of the River Thames just four miles downstream from Tower Bridge it is particularly noted for its magnificent architecture, beautiful parkland and a lively town centre not far away.

    You can enjoy a walk along the River Thames or in Greenwich Park before eating in one of Greenwich’s restaurants. Greenwich shopping is excellent, and you can walk everywhere and easily enjoy the fascinating combination of historic Greenwich Market and quirky, independent and designer shops. Also close by, you could visit the Cutty Sark which has relaunched, opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service.(Admission costs apply)

    Includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure.

    Admission charges may apply to some special exhibitions and events at the Museums and these are not included unless otherwise stated

    For more information on Greenwich, please click here

    Tue 07 October 2014

    1 Day

    £23 per adult

  • Brick Lane Music Hall Show & Afternoon Tea

    Originally located in the former Truman's Brewery building in London's Brick Lane, you will now find the the Brick Lane Music Hall in the former church of St Mark's in Silvertown in the Royal Docks area of London. With various dates throughout the year, plus new dates regularly added, on this coach day trip you will enjoy an entertaining afternoon with 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.

    Includes return travel by coach and show ticket.

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

    7 October 2014 Be-Bop-A-Lula 50s Show with Afternoon Tea
    A brand new show dedicated to 50′s rock and roll

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

    For further information on Brick Lane please click here.

    Tue 07 October 2014

    1 Day

    £59 per adult

  • Cite Europe & Belgium Continental Shopper

    Visit Cite Europe; a vast shopping mall with around 250 shops to choose from. A paradise for serious shoppers and save money at the same time to buy wine, beer, spirits and food.

    The coach will drop at Cite Europe first for those who want to spend all their time there. We then travel over to Belgium to Adinquerke for any passengers wishing to make a visit here before returning to Cite Europe for limited time.

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing. Subject to travel, we drop at Cite Europe first around 1pm local time for customers wishing to spend all of their time there. We then head to Adinkere for a visit of around an hour around before returning to Cite Europe. We depart from Cite Europe around 515pm. Our return tunnel crossing arrives back in the UK around 630pm.

    For more information on Cite Europe, please click here.

     

    Wed 08 October 2014

    1 Day

    £31 per adult

  • The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre London

    Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi-award winning musical THE LION KING will redefine your expectations of theatre.

    A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart, THE LION KING is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. This wonderful, acclaimed show for all ages should not be missed!

    PLEASE NOTE: Children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre.

    For more information, please click here.

    Running time approx 2hrs 30mins. Matinee show starts at 230pm

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Other pricing options may be available on request. Subject to travel time, there should be some free time to enjoy prior to the show.

    This show is also available to book on our regular London Showtime day trips

    Wed 08 October 2014

    1 Day

    £60 per adult

  • London Day Out / Covent Garden Web Special BOGOF

    Free time to sightsee, shop or explore around our great capital,London. Covent Garden is a great place to visit with lots always going on. Perhaps visit a museum or two or take in some of the other well known visitor attractions. It is one of the best cities in the world with so much to see and do especially in the run up to Christmas.

    For this trip, we are likely to drop along The Strand, near to Covent Garden. Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery, and Southbank with the London Eye are all around ten minutes walk away. A tube station (Covent Garden or Leicester Sqaure) is close by for anyone wishing to explore further afield.

    We arrive in London around 1130am and depart around 5 to 530pm, subject to travel.

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

    For more information on what to see and do in London, please click here.

    Wed 08 October 2014

    1 Day

    Buy one get one free per adult

  • The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

    Visit the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London.

    This flagship event at Alexandra Palace has been running annually since 1991 and has become the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK.

    The Knitting and Stitching Shows are the definitive and best exhibitions for lovers of textiles in the UK and Ireland. As the name suggests, it covers knitting and stitching but SO much more; crochet, embroidery, patchwork and quilting, felt-making, shibori dyeing, jewellery-making, card-making, felt, embossing… the list goes on! There is so much to see and do you’ll find it hard to fit everything into one day; hundreds of exhibitors selling specialist supplies that you can’t find in the shops, galleries from leading artists and groups, plus hundreds of workshops to introduce you to lots of new subjects! There are lots of initiatives for anyone who wants to get started with crafts, so whether you like to cross stitch in your spare time or you’re a mixed media artist with a studio, The Knitting and Stitching Show is not to be missed.

    For further information on the show, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach and entrance ticket to the show.

    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 09 October 2014

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Bluebell Railway & Sheffield Park Gardens

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

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

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

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

    Sat 11 October 2014

    1 Day

    £42 per adult

  • Royal Air Force Museum London, Hendon

    Opened in 1972 by Her Majesty the Queen and situated on the historic site of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, the Royal Air Force's North London Museum is London’s only attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft.

    With free interactive and fun activities, including their 3D Cinema (located in Milestones of Flight) and the emotive and uplifting sound and light show Our Finest Hour (located in the Battle of Britain Hall), the museum offers an entertaining and educational day out for all the family.

    For more information, please click here

    Our day trip includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination 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.

    Sun 12 October 2014

    1 Day

    £25 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 12 October 2014

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

    Visit the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London.

    This flagship event at Alexandra Palace has been running annually since 1991 and has become the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK.

    The Knitting and Stitching Shows are the definitive and best exhibitions for lovers of textiles in the UK and Ireland. As the name suggests, it covers knitting and stitching but SO much more; crochet, embroidery, patchwork and quilting, felt-making, shibori dyeing, jewellery-making, card-making, felt, embossing… the list goes on! There is so much to see and do you’ll find it hard to fit everything into one day; hundreds of exhibitors selling specialist supplies that you can’t find in the shops, galleries from leading artists and groups, plus hundreds of workshops to introduce you to lots of new subjects! There are lots of initiatives for anyone who wants to get started with crafts, so whether you like to cross stitch in your spare time or you’re a mixed media artist with a studio, The Knitting and Stitching Show is not to be missed.

    For further information on the show, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach and entrance ticket to the show.

    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.

    Sun 12 October 2014

    1 Day

    £37 per adult

  • Warners Bembridge Coast, Isle of Wight

    Warner Leisure Hotels offer the ideal surroundings for a break, each with its own unique atmosphere and appeal. As the holidays are exclusively for adults, you'll find it easy to relax, with a wide range of leisure and activity programmes by day as well as superb entertainment each evening. We stay at the highly recommended Bembridge Coast Hotel.

    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. 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!

    For more information on the Isle of Wight, please click here.

    For our other Warner holidays, please click here.

    Itinerary

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

    • A coastal sightseeing tour with Ventnor, Freshwater Bay, 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 2015 date as venue is not open)
    • Newport & 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.

     

    26 JANUARY 2015 - DRINKS INCLUSIVE BREAK   Drinks Inclusive Break
    A fabulous way to start your coach holidays in 2015. 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 every night. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste with many great branded drinks* included in this fabulous package. Selected brands include: 

    • Draught Beer - Worthington Bitter
    • Lager - Carling (Draught), Carling, Becks(Bottled)
    • Cider - Blackthorn (Draught)
    • A range of non-alcoholic drinks including all draught soft drinks, tonic, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale, selected fruit juice and cordials, Standard Breakfast blend Tea & Coffee(excludes Latte, Cappuccino etc)
    • Wine - Florento, Long Acre, Red/Rosé or White
    • Spirits - Smirnoff Vodka, Bacardi, Bells Whiskey, Gordon’s Gin, Courvoisier Brandy, Lambs Navy Rum
    • Vermouths and Sherry - Martini Extra Dry, Martini Rosso, Martini Blanco, Harveys Cream Sherry

      * Other Premium brands are also available at normal tariff prices.

     

     

     

    Mon 13 October 2014

    5 Days

    £389 per adult

  • Cotswolds Explorer Coach Day Trip

    Expect to enjoy a full excursion taking in the magnificent scenery and beautiful villages and towns of the Cotswolds on this scenic coach day trip. Houses and inns built out of the old Cotswold stone can be seen when we explore some of these lovely picturesque villages with suitable lunch and coffee stops on the way.

    Subject to traffic and travel, we may limit our route to best maximise the time spent in the area.

    Price includes return travel by coach. Fairly early start times with return back to Kent mid evening.

     

    Tue 14 October 2014

    1 Day

    £34 per adult