See our full selection of day trips available in alphabetical order from shopping trips to historic houses there is something for everyone!
Mon 9th Dec 2019: Enjoy 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.
Mon 3rd Feb 2020: Discover 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.
Mon 16th Mar 2020: 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.
Tue 18 Feb 2020: The historic and mind-blowing city of Bath is home to many world famous monuments, including the ancient Roman Baths and the breathtaking Abbey. This City resembles all that is wonderful about English heritage with many different hotels, restaurants and attractions to visit.
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.
Tues 19th, Wed 27th Nov, Fri 6th & Mon 16th Dec 2019; Enjoy 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.
Wed 18th Mar 2020: 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.
Tue 29th October 2019: 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.
Sunday 19th January 2020: 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.
Mon 25th Nov 2019: Purely enjoy 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.
Wed 4th Dec 2019; Discover 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!
Mon 9th Mar 2020: 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.
Sun 17th Nov 2019: Discover Gloucester Quays! 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.
Tues 26th Nov 2019: 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.
Sun 8th Dec 2019: Discover the wonderful 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.
'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.
Thurs 28th Nov 2019: Enjoy 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.
Wed 26th Feb 2020: Discover beautiful landscapes with glasshouses with 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.
Tues 19th Nov 2019: Enjoy 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.
Wed 18th Dec 2019: 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.
Frid 15th Nov 2019; 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.
Thurs 21st May 2020: 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.
Sat 14th Dec 2019: 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.
Fri 29th Nov 2019: 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.
Sun 3rd Nov 2019: All aboard the Severn Valley Railway! Travel through miles of the Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside on one of the UK’s premier heritage railways passing breath-taking scenery. With a roast lunch included at the Engine House visitor centre.
Mon 24th Feb 2020: Discover 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.
Tue 17th Dec 2019: Join us this festive season on this fantastic Christmas train journey! Steaming out of Bridgnorth into the Darkness of the Severn Valley, stations are transformed into glittering displays & winter wonderlands, the train lit up in all its glory
Wed 22nd Jan 2020: 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.
Wed 25th Mar 2020: 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.
Tues 11th Feb 2020: Discover 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!
Fri 6th Mar 2020: Discover 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.
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
Mon 13th Jan, Mon 20th Jan, Mon 27th Jan 2020: 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!
Tues 3rd Dec 2019: 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.
Mon 23rd Mar 2020: Enjoy 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.