Our day excursions to towns and cities are a great way to explore locations at your own pace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover Georgian London and the history of when the gin craze took hold. Painter William Hogarth created the "Gin Lane" series voicing his concerns regarding the mass consumption of gin in the 1750's. Follow in his footsteps, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide, to discover the old haunts depicted in his art.
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 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.
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.
Discover the Albert Dock area offers an interesting array of waterfront shops, cafes together with many reminders of its past. The Tate Gallery, Maritime Museum and the 'Beatles Story', a shrine to the legendary pop group, are all found here.
London's canals have a fascinating past however you may not know that they are linked with the city's ice industry. London Canal Museum is, first and foremost, a water-ways museum where you can learn about the people who lived and worked on the water, the history of the canals, the cargoes carried as well as the horses that helped transport and pull them.
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.
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.
The River Severn loop in Shrewsbury is one of the most stunning river journeys in the UK. We join 'Sabrina', a modern day triple deck passenger boat for a forty five minute sailing from the port at Victoria Quay, near the Welsh Bridge, to the English Bridge and back. Our cruise includes live commentary and tea/coffee.
Live the beach life in Southport; with 22 miles of coastline and plenty of beaches, it's a perfect place to relax and unwind. This classic seaside resort has scenic parks and gardens, fabulous shopping and numerous traditional seaside amusements. Stroll down the award-winning promenade and onto the UK's oldest iron pier and try the old penny slot machines in the Pavilion at the far end.
The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway recreates the Golden Age of Steam with an enchanting 28-mile round trip through the Cotswold Hills with glorious views across the Vale of Evesham. Departing from Broadway, we journey via Toddington, Winchcombe, the Greet Tunnel and the Dixton Cutting to Cheltenham Racecourse. Here our coach is waiting to take us into Cheltenham for a few hours before returning to the station for the return journey.
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.
West Bay is a charming fishing village on Dorset's Jurassic Coastline. West Bay has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years while playing host to ITV's smash hit drama Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman. It's not hard to see why the location was chosen -West Bay offers some stunning landscape to explore with breath-taking views from its dramatic coastline.
Whitby's skyline is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey. This traditional maritime town, with its old cobbled streets and alleyways that run down to the bustling quayside, picturesque houses and award winning West Cliff beach lined with traditional huts, make this the perfect place to spend the day.
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.
For 900 years, Windsor Castle has been continuously inhabited and has been improved and restored by successive Monarchs. Known as the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, it is, today, one of the official residents of The Queen and her favourite weekend home. Step inside St Georges Chapel, the location of many royal weddings, including Prince Harry to Meghan and Princess Eugenie to Jack.