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Beating Retreat Great Break

Beating Retreat Great Break

Visit the Poppy Factory, Hampton Court Palace & the V&A Museum with our short break to London staying at the Holiday Inn in Shepperton

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Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th June 2019


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.

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.


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

  • Guided Tour of 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'.


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.

Your Hotel


4* Holiday Inn, Shepperton

Enjoying a peaceful garden setting within 11 acres of leafy greenery, this hotel has all the comforts and amenities you need to enjpy a short break.  Level access throughout the hotel with lift to all floors.


Hotel Facilities:


  • Restaurant

  • Bar/lounge

  • Indoor pool

  • Sauna

  • Steam room

  • Jacuzzi

  • Terrace & Garden

  • Free WiFi

  • En Suite Bedrooms 

  • TV 

  • Hospitality Tray 

  • Hairdryer 

  • Lift


Duration, Departure Dates & Price


3 Day Tour

Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 June 2019



Tour Departs By: 8.00am | Returns By: 7.30pm




Single Room: £68

Holiday Insurance: £19.50 (IPT included)



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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 Depot Park & Ride, Johnsons Depot
Liveridge House Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden

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