See our full selection of day trips available in alphabetical order from shopping trips to historic houses there is something for everyone!
Start the day with morning refreshments next door to Charles Dickens’ old house in Higham, before a coach tour, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, around the area of the little known Hoo Peninsula. See the typical Kentish sweeping chalk downs, vast marshes and estuaries before we head back to Higham for an included roast lunch.
A day that takes you "behind the scenes" at the world's most famous tennis club and home of The Championships. Accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, you'll be taken on a tour that will allow you to walk through the same doors that the player's use and sit in their seats in the Media Centre, visit Centre Court, learn what it takes to grow a perfect grass tennis court and much more.
After meeting our Blue Badge Guide, we’ll start the day at Heaven Farm with morning refreshments before heading back to the coach for a tour of the Ashdown Forest and its wild heaths and moors. Learn how the landscape was once filled with ancient forest trees that were felled for the iron industry and see the UK’s longest row of medieval houses in the market town of East Grinstead.
The East Lancashire Railway is a 12 and a quarter mile heritage line and is home to one of the largest preserved diesel fleets on a UK heritage railway. The last large scale steam gala in the railway's annual calendar, this event features home fleet locomotives as well as special guests. Arriving at Bury, there is time to visit Bury Transport Museum before using your flexible ticket to choose your preferred loco rides for the day.
A day to discover two of the most royally linked buildings in the capital. Our first stop, The Banqueting House, was created as an area to provide court entertainment so hosted a number of masques with dancing taking place beneath the Rubens-painted ceiling.
Bateman's is a seventeenth century house with a twentieth century garden made by Rudyard Kipling, who lived here between 1902-36. Explore the beautiful gardens that surround this beautiful old stone house with an orchard, herb garden, wildflower meadow and pond. Just a short stroll by the river reveals a watermill and beyond that there are farmland walks.
A World Heritage city, Bath is beautiful, elegant and full of spectacular architecture and world class attractions. There are many ways to enjoy your day, explore the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, the Roman Baths and the magnificent Abbey, or perhaps take afternoon tea in the gentle atmosphere of the Pump Room.
Since opening in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is one of London's most iconic music venues. Having hosted performances from Sinatra, The Beatles and Adele as well as being home to the celebrated BBC Proms, the magical Grade I listed building holds stories like no other. On arrival, join the Grand Tour which offers a fascinating journey into the Hall's rich history, astonishing architecture and legendary performances.
A firm festive favourite with Johnsons’ customers and back by popular demand! Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers are an unforgettable delight. In this most festive ballet, gigantic sets, lavish costume, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect pre-Christmas treat.
Blackpool is wonderful at any time, but during the Illuminations it is simply out of this world - an electric extravaganza to take your breath away! At 10 kilometres long, and using over one million bulbs, the Blackpool Illuminations are an awesome spectacle.
Explore lavishly furnished rooms containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Highlights include: Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculpture by Canova and Chantrey.
This was the family home of Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life. The rooms and gardens remain much as they did when he lived there and contain personal memorabilia, books and family photographs. The beautiful terraced gardens contain Lady Churchill's Rose Garden and there are lakes created by Churchill.
Chatsworth House will be magically transformed during the Christmas season with the lower floors of the house decorated to the theme of “A Land Far Far Away”. The glimmer of candles, the fragrance of decorated trees and the sound of music playing, combine to make a unique experience.
Dating back to Roman times, Chester has much to explore and the city retains its atmospheric main streets. It offers buildings rich in history of every era. Perhaps visit the lovely 1,000 year old cathedral, founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092. Take the time to stroll around and explore the city walls. See the ornate Eastgate Clock before visiting the unique medieval, two-tiered 'Rows'. These double-level walkways have balconies and shops at each level.
Chiswick House is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Classical design in England and it’s gardens are the birthplace of the English Landscape movement. Step inside, as part of the Guided House Tour, to see architecture inspired by ancient Rome with key items of designer furniture as well as a rich collection of Old Master paintings.
Wicksteed Park combines excitement and quality entertainment as you step into the historic Edwardian Pavilion. We include a 2 course festive lunch before enjoying the afternoon show, the Christmas Variety Spectacular a cavalcade of Christmas music, dance and laughter from singers and dancers from the West End.
Cirencester, known as the "capital of the Cotswolds", is home to one of the oldest Charter Markets in the country, having been mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086! Why not visit the Corinium Museum (admission not included) or St Johns Church. In the afternoon we transfer to Gloucester Quays for some retail therapy.
We travel first to the Roman town of Cirencester, the 'capital' of the Cotswolds, with the opportunity to explore the historic town centre and obtain lunch. Our return journey is through the Cotswolds, making a short stop in the lovely old town of Bourton-on-the-Water with its picturesque High Street.
Prepare to be spellbound as you watch this dazzling array of circus styles from around the world. Originally founded by 2 street performers, Cirque du Soleil is now the largest theatrical producer in the world. Each performance is famous for its lack of animals and for being the modern contemporary show that appears today.
Known as TV's longest running soap opera, Coronation Street has been on British screens since 1960 and has aired over 6,000 episodes. We join a Guided Tour of the set which includes Coronation Street itself as well as neighbouring Rosamund and Victoria Streets.
The Kia Oval is one of the Worlds’ most iconic sports grounds with its Royal affinity to HRH Prince of Wales; the birthplace of cricket’s ‘Ashes’ and host to football’s first ever FA Cup Final. We commence with a selection of sandwiches in gourmet breads, homemade sultana scones served with Cornish clotted cream, strawberry preserve, Victoria sponge cake, fair-trade coffee and a selection of speciality teas.
A day that’s full of festive cheer and will leave you ready to open those advent calendars on the 1st of December. After morning coffee and biscuits in Witney, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, we’ll work up an appetite with a gentle walking/coach tour of nearby Downton Abbey locations before heading to a hotel in Burford where you’ll be greeted with a glass of Prosecco before sitting down to a festive Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings.
The perfect way to celebrate Christmas! Experience a festive meal with all the trimmings as the beautiful winter Lancashire countryside passes you by. Arriving at Bury, there will be time to visit the Bury Transport Museum if you wish, before boarding the train to Rawtenstall.
Mon 9 Nov 2020: Elton John is performing his final tour after deciding to concentrate on spending time with his family. The tour will consist of more than 300 shows across five continents around the world. With a huge stage production, you will be taken on a musical and highly visual journey spanning his 50 year career of hits like no-one has seen before!
Wed 11 Nov 2020: Elton John is performing his final tour after deciding to concentrate on spending time with his family. The tour will consist of more than 300 shows across five continents around the world. With a huge stage production, you will be taken on a musical and highly visual journey spanning his 50 year career of hits like no-one has seen before!
Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers, is a heritage site. Visitors can explore and experience the top secret world of iconic WWII Codebreaking Huts and Blocks set within an atmospheric Victorian estate, where 12,000 people worked in complete secrecy.
Situated on the outskirts of Wrexham, Erddig is one of the UK’s finest stately homes, a Grade I listed property, now owned by National Trust. Previous owners, the Yorke family had an unusually high regard for the servants and staff who looked after the house so the tour, which starts 'below stairs' tells the story, over 200 years, through an impressive collection of portraits, photographs and verses.
Sitting on the River Exe, Exeter, with its magnificent Norman Cathedral, is the Capital City of Devon. Why not take a guided walk of the city, or maybe venture underground and visit the 14th century underground passages, built to ensure a constant supply of fresh, clean water to the city.
We drive to Blaenau Ffestiniog where we join the historic Ffestiniog Railway for a 13 ½ mile memorable train ride to Porthmadog. After pausing for lunch (not included), we continue to Portmeirion, an Italianate village overlooking the shores of Cardigan Bay, where there is time to explore the Italian style shops and houses.
A day that offers a taste of a true Dickensian Christmas as depicted on many of the Christmas cards you may well send out each year. This is the story of the famous scene, exported around the world, of a rich man enjoying a hearty feast whilst a poor man looks in the window, nose pressed to the glass, from the foggy streets of London. Accompanied by our Blue Badge Guide, we take you on a unique tour to see both sides of the tale starting at the beautiful old Victorian Leadenhall Market.
Gloucester Quays promises all the hustle and bustle of a Dickensian festive feast when the Victorian Christmas Market returns this November. There will be around 250 decorated stalls, nestled around the ice rink, selling everything from fine food and drink, to children’s toys, artisan jewellery, homewares, clothes and accessories, not to mention a host of handmade trinkets perfect for Christmas gift ideas.
The medieval Guildford Castle in the centre of town boasts landscaped gardens and great views from its square tower. Alternatively visit the Guildford Cathedral, famous for its lack of stain glass windows, or visit the museum with over 75,000 exhibits from the local area.
A festive visit to a country house as it opens its doors to invite you into its “Dreams of the 1920’s”. With decorations extending throughout the house and into the surrounding grounds as well as festive themed music, you’ll be able to enjoy a Guided Tour of the house which will include the State Rooms, Below Stairs as well as the Terrace Gallery.
If you only visit one store in London, make it Harrods. Established in 1834, it is now world famous with its magnificent architecture making it an iconic part of London. It has a reputation for excellence and offers the finest quality merchandise – from specialised tea to designer fashions, spread over 5 floors with over 300 departments including the famous food halls.
The Warner Bros. studio tour provides an amazing opportunity to explore the behind the scenes magic of the Harry Potter films. Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall, explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures. See a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and recreation of Platform 9 3/4.
Henley on Thames is a 13th century market town that is widely regarded as being one of the most beautiful towns in England. Enjoying a wonderful riverside setting, the town boasts a delightful array of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon we continue to Greys Court (NT).
We stop in Newbury, allowing time for lunch before our afternoon visit to Highclere Castle. The castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon, and is one of England's most important Victorian castles. Set in spectacular parkland, its stunning state rooms include the Saloon, Music Room and Library. The Castle was one of the major film locations for the popular TV programme 'Downton Abbey', with the movie having recently been in production back in the grounds.
'Downton Abbey' is opening its doors again for a movie version in September 2019! Join us on our special springtime dates to Highclere Castle, more lovingly known as Downton Abbey, and follow in the footsteps of the Crawley family and their servants on this real life film set.
HRH The Prince of Wales has spent over 30 years transforming the grounds of Highgrove into some of the most outstanding and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom. There are a number of different interlinked areas in the gardens and it is also home to part of the national collection of beech trees and large-leaved hostas, which the Prince maintains on behalf of Plant Heritage. Our Guided Tour lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about two miles.
Become a chocolate connoisseur for the day at the very aptly named School of Chocolate! We start with free time in Leeds first to shop, sightsee and, more importantly, work up an appetite for the afternoon ahead. The Tasting Adventure guides you through a full chocolate tasting with their in-house chocolatier.
We arrive in London with free time for lunch in Covent Garden before our visit to the 'Cradle of Democracy'. On arrival at the Sovereign's Entrance, we are met by our guide and proceed up the stairs used by the Queen for the State Opening of Parliament. During the 90-minute tour, you will see the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and the Chamber of the House of Lords.
The lovingly restored Jordan's Mill is now only one of a handful of working watermills in the country and is a fascinating insight into the heritage of flour milling in Britain. Enjoy a Guided Tour of the mill and explore the gardens. We'll then spend the afternoon at nearby Stotfold Watermill, one of only four listed in the Domesday Book. You'll be invited to join the walk around the beautiful Grade II listed building with a talk .
Appearing this Summer for a strictly limited run, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat returns to the London Palladium. One of the world’s most beloved musicals, the multi-award winning show has had multiple runs in the West End and Broadway as well as having appeared on international tours and productions in over 80 countries! See the smash hit starring Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan!
Travelling through the Peak District National Park, we arrive at the stunning Upper Peak Forest Canal to board the Judith Mary, a 72 foot long restaurant canal boat. Now in her 36th year, you’ll enjoy a 2 hour peaceful cruise through outstanding countryside with magnificent views of the mountains all around.
Relax and unwind on a leisurely horse drawn barge journey through the Berkshire countryside. Just sit back and soak up the beauty of the countryside from a totally different viewpoint. We will be stopping in Newbury for free time and lunch prior to meeting our boat in Hungerford for our 2 ½ cruise, pulled by heavy crossed-shire horses, to Kintbury.
Set in beautiful landscapes with glasshouses and such a vast range of rare and beautiful plants, there is plenty to see. We visit during the Orchid Festival, a spectacular display of colour. Explore the exotic world of orchids and tropical plants and find out about the importance of these beautiful and diverse species.
King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester Cathedral, the Guild Hall, The Curve Theatre and the Highcross Shopping Mall are just some of the attractions, all within easy reach of our city centre set down point. With so much to do and see, you will need to come back and visit again! (Admissions not included)
Join us for a festive lunch on a visit to Littlecote House. Built in the mid-1500’s the Grade I listed Tudor manor is set in 113 acres of landscaped gardens and rolling parklands. Today, under the ownership of Warner’s, it has a story that spans centuries, including playing host to occupying Romans, a Civil War army and was the location of a tryst between King Henry VIII and his third queen to be, Jane Seymour.
Liverpool's Albert Dock area offers an interesting array of waterfront shops, cafes and museums, together with many reminders of its past. We start the day with a fascinating boat trip on the River Mersey, followed by free time for lunch. We then join a local guide to commence our on-board Musical History Tour which includes passing the childhood homes of famous stars, pausing at well-known TV and Film locations, as well as Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and the birth places of The Beatles.
Join us on this Day Trip to The British Museum which now holds over 8 million pieces, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire, and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
Enjoy the festive lights and iconic sights of our capital from the warmth and comfort of the coach. On arrival, enjoy some free time close to Covent Garden and, of course, the beautiful Somerset House, a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London where you’ll see the ice-skaters and the beautiful tree.
The skies above Wiltshire are set to be filled with dozens of spectacular hot air balloons as Longleat stages its annual Sky Safari extravaganza. Following on from the popularity of last year's event, organisers are hoping this year's will be the largest annual event of its kind in the UK with over 100 balloons scheduled to take part. Hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, including Longleat's very own 'flying lion' will be making a series of mass ascents into the sky above the estate.
Longleat House is set within 900 acres of stunning Capability Brown landscaped parkland, and is one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain. The festival of light is held every year, and features giant Chinese Lanterns hand made out of steel frames which are covered in beautiful silks.
The castle square, with its traditional open-air market and the town's historic Castle provide the perfect backdrop for this popular festival. This small town has a large reputation for good food and drink, and will feature well over 100 quality small independent food and drink producers from the Marches, the England-Wales border country.
Malvern's annual pageant of food, fruit, forestry and flowers gives a flavour of the countryside at its autumnal best. Enjoy the rich coloured blooms of the Gardening Show. Marvel at giant vegetable exhibits and relish the taste of homemade food and wine.
Based on P L Travers' Mary Poppins children's books, the childhood favourite 1964 Disney film, and, of course the new sequel, this practically perfect revival returns to its original home at the Prince Edward almost 15 years after it first premiered! A joint production between Cameron Mackintosh and the Walt Disney company, it's the must see musical of the moment.
Enjoy beautiful surroundings and Christmas lunch along with musical accompaniment at The National Memorial Arboretum. The UK's year-round Centre of Remembrance is a spiritually uplifting place which honors the fallen, recognizes service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial honoring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways.
Be magically transported back in time at the Festival of Christmas and into a bygone era of beautiful snowy streets, colourful characters and toe-tapping entertainment. Now in its 20th year, you’ll find the traditional Christmas market, where you can unearth unique gifts, nestled amongst the Dockyard’s world-class attractions.
Be transported back in time, for a full day of 40's spirit, glamour and nostalgia at one of "Britain's best vintage festivals". The Historic Dockyard pays homage to the heyday of the big band and blitz spirit, showcasing the best the era had to offer. From numerous areas filled with unique vintage traders and stalls, to nostalgic sing-a-longs, 40's entertainment, fashion shows, vintage car parades, Spitfire aircraft displays and much more, there is so much to see and do.
We travel direct to Sheffield Park Station, to enjoy a delightful return steam hauled train ride on the Bluebell Railway travelling through the picturesque Sussex countryside from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. We then transfer to the magnificent informal landscapes of Sheffield Park Garden (NT).
Allow us to take you on the Silverstone Experience – a journey through the past, present and future of Silverstone and British Motor Racing, at the entrance to the iconic Silverstone Circuit. As you journey through the Exhibition, listen to fascinating stories of human endeavour, great sporting rivalries and engineering innovation as told through state of the art interactive displays and iconic imagery.
Skipton Market is unique, with a history dating back to medieval times and plays a huge part in the life of the town being located on the main High Street. Next, we continue to Haworth, home of the famous Brontë sisters, with its historic cobbled Main Street, iconic parsonage and rolling moors.
A truly iconic day out with a difference to visit Concorde – the Flagship of the British Airways fleet – at Manchester Airport. See where the Queen sat during the guided tour. With extended time in the flight deck, it’s a great opportunity for you to marvel at Concorde’s unique aviation engineering. You’ll be taken underneath the aircraft to explore the ground-breaking technology behind the supersonic airline.
Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating story of how the beautiful Grade II listed house became the location of Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940. After watching a short award-winning film, join the guided tour to discover stories of leadership, courage and technology and how the Battle was won as Britain’s darkest hour then became her finest.
Our first stop of the day celebrates all that is art and craft. The British Ironwork Centre is home to some of the most beautiful and intricate art pieces and sculptures known to the UK. After light refreshments, we then take you along to Blists Hill where you can travel back to a time gone by and experience a different way of life in a world before TV's, cars and mobiles.
The fair is probably the leading event of its type in the world. The show, on a mammoth 500-acre site, recreates English country life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The extraordinary spectacle includes 200 working steam engines, 100 fairground organs, 50 showmen's engines, old time steam fun fair, vintage tractors, cars and motorcycles.
Holding a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces, the Museum of Timekeeping explores the story of time – past, present and future. Located at the home of the British Horological Institute at Upton Hall, the working museum is where you’ll be able to see everything from tiny watches to enormous church clock mechanisms – most of which are still in action!
Today we bring five centuries of communications history to life. With the help of our Blue Badge Guide we start our walking/coach tour, highlighting reminders of the historical Penny Post network. Discover the old parish markings, street and shop signs used to deliver the letters before the use of house numbers and postcodes.
This popular excursion allows you unprecedented access to the Royal Mint to discover the people and events behind the coins in your pocket, and hear some surprising stories from our history. Located in South Wales, the Royal Mint puts 1000 years of history into combining the finest craftsmanship with cutting-edge techniques to make coins and medals for over 60 countries.
Back by popular demand – Get into the Christmas Spirit with the Thursford Christmas Spectacular! This is a fabulous extravaganza of seasonal entertainment. The largest and most popular Christmas show in England with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, Christmas songs, carols and singing and dancing from the cast of over 100, set in the magical surroundings of the mechanical Organs and fairground Carousels of the Thursford Collection
A cultural day out to celebrate the centenary of the discovery that captivated the world! The largest collection of King Tutankhamun's treasures ever to travel out of Egypt can be seen in London's Saatchi Gallery. 60 of the 150 original artefacts appearing will be on their first journey outside of Egypt so should not be missed!
Accompanied by our very knowledgeable resident bird expert Ashley Grove, come with us to the Welney Wetland Centre. This is a fantastic day out that offers you the chance to get close to some amazing wildlife, while enjoying stunning winter scenery. Enjoy watching thousands of wading birds, flocks of ducks and geese as well as spotting barn owls, hares and bats.
Set amongst breath-taking Capability Brown parkland, Weston Park is the former home of the Earl of Bradford. After included tea and biscuits on arrival, you’ll be able to tour the house, on a self-guided basis, to see its significant collections of furniture and many famous paintings as well as over 3,000 books in the Library. From the very unique Gobelin tapestries, specially commissioned for the house, to the stunning Dining Room decorated for Christmas, there’s a lot to see.
Situated on the Bristol Channel, Weston-Super-Mare is a traditional resort with a spacious, level promenade and attractive parks. Revisit your childhood as you take a stroll along the Grand Pier and enjoy the atmosphere, the spectacular views over the channel and the entertainment on offer.
A gentle day out, with stunning scenery plus an included carvery lunch! We head to the immensely picturesque town of Bradford on Avon. Not as well-known nor as crowded as Bath, it’s our location for lunch as well as a stroll around the town, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, to see the Saxon church nestled amongst the buttery ashlar stone houses.
One of the largest independent aviation museums in the UK, Yorkshire Air Museum is home of the Allied Air Forces Memorial of Europe and is located on the site of former RAF Elvington – a WWII airfield used extensively by Allied bomber crews during the war. With 15 indoor exhibitions within preserved historic wartime buildings plus an impressive collection of over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, it’s sure to be a day out you’ll remember!