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Beating Retreat

Beating Retreat

Wed 6 June 2018: A Short Break to see the Beating Retreat, The Poppy Factory & Hampton Court with Johnsons Coaches

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The Household Division’s Beating Retreat is a spectacular floodlit evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks. These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park on the Wednesday and Thursday evening before the Queen’s Birthday Parade.


Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690s. Originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signalled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.


Your Holiday Includes

  • One Boarding Point here at Henley-in-Arden

  • Club Class Extra Legroom Coach

  • Our Own Courier Service

  • 2 nights bed & breakfast

  • 1 Evening Dinner at our Hotel

  • Outlined excursions

  • Entrance to the Poppy Factory

  • Entrance & 2-course lunch at Hampton Court

  • Tickets for Beating Retreat


Not Included: All other meals


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Our tour commences with a visit to the Poppy Factory at Richmond. Each year 32 million Remembrance poppies and 80,000 wreaths are made here by a dedicated team of 50 people, most of them disabled. Here, on our guided tour of the factory we learn all about poppy and wreath making before we continue on to our hotel for dinner and our 2-night stay.


This morning we visit Hampton Court Palace, the impressive country retreat of King Henry VIII, situated on the banks of the River Thames. Explore some 6 acres of magnificent buildings and surrounding gardens. 2-Course hot lunch included. We return to our hotel with time to freshen up before taking our seats for this evening's spectacular - 'Beating Retreat'.
Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690's, when the beating of a drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and return to camp as night fell. Today a 'Beating Retreat' is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.


Departing our hotel we transfer to the V&A Museum in Central London, where you are free for individual pursuits and sightseeing, returning home in the late afternoon.

Holiday Inn, Shepperton    ****

Enjoying a peaceful garden setting within 11 acres of leafy grounds. Restaurant & Bar/Lounge, Indoor Pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi. Mobility Grade: 4 – Resort: Level access throughout with lift to all floors.


En Suite Bedrooms * TV * Hairdryer * Hospitality Tray *Lift 


3 Day Tour

Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 June 2018    £305 


Single Room: £56

Holiday Insurance: £18.50

Tour Departs By:  8.00am approx.

Returns By:  7.30pm approx.


Making Enquiries & Booking Your Great Breaks

· Travel in comfort – All coaches used on our GREAT BREAKS will be from our top-class touring fleet, equipped with CLUB CLASS, extra legroom seating, air conditioning, reclining seats and toilet.

· No smoking – Enjoy a great atmosphere!

· Please remember that we operate a no smoking policy on all coaches.

· Choose your seat – Choose where you want to sit on the coach and we will confirm this when you book your break.

· One boarding point with free parking – For a quick start to the beginning and end of your break, there is just one boarding point, here at our premises at Liveridge Hill.


Our car park is safe, secure and well-lit and you can park here for the duration of the break, free of charge.



Our premises are situated one mile north of Henley, on the A3400, travelling towards Birmingham. On arrival, enter via the ‘Entrance’ gateway and follow our staff directions. For passengers being dropped off and collected at the end of the break, there is ample space for this.



Enquiries – just contact our office at Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden (on the Birmingham Road, A3400 north of Henley) or an appointed Travel Agent.


Great Breaks Booking – For a provisional booking, a simple telephone call is all that is needed. We will hold places for you without obligation for 14 days. (Please note; provisional bookings will be cancelled automatically if payment is not received within 14 days).


Confirmation of Booking – In order to confirm your booking we require payment in full within 7 days. Once received we will send you your Great Breaks confirmation, receipt of payment, the number and location of seats booked and confirmed departure time.


Methods of Payment – All normal methods of payment, including cash, cheque, by debit and credit card and by telephone or by post are acceptable.



Cancellation by the Company – Should circumstances arise where, due to less than 20 bookings, we are forced to cancel a Great Break holiday all monies paid by all passengers for that particular excursion will be refunded and following that the Company shall be exempt from any further liability.


Cancellation by the Passenger – You may cancel your Great Break holiday at any time and provided that we receive notice of cancellation within 56 days (8 weeks) of the departure date, then we will refund you the value of the break, less a £20 cancellation charge and the value of your travel insurance premium. No refunds can be given for cancellations made less than 56 days prior to departure. You may be able to claim back the cost of your Great Break (less the insurance premium and the insurance excess charge) through your travel insurance which can be purchased at the time of booking.

For all other terms and conditions please refer to the Trading Charter which is published in our main Summer 2018 Coach Holiday brochure.


Travel Insurance – is available on all of our Great Breaks. Prices commence from just £15.00 per person


Inclusions – The ‘Your Holiday Includes’ section on each page highlights those entrances/admissions that are included within your Great Break price. All other admissions and lunches are not included.


Hotels - Porterage is generally provided in most hotels. Dinners in some hotels are served on a carvery basis, please ask for details.


Alterations – The company reserves the right to alter or cancel any of the Great Breaks listed in this brochure, and to alter the size and specification of the vehicle used.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Henley-in-Arden Park&Ride Park & Ride at Johnsons Depot
Liveridge House, Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden

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