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DAYTRIPS FOR 2019-20

Here are a selection of Day Trips for groups of 30 or more people who like to see a lot without walking too far. Reserve a date for your group with a deposit of just £25, payable by cheque, card or BACS. We can send you a free colour poster to help promote the trip to your members and if you still can’t get it off the ground there’s nothing to lose because your deposit will be refunded in full.


ABINGDON & THE COUNTRY CRUISE


We begin and end in beautiful Abingdon-on-Thames where the mediaeval buildings drip down into the water. With a gentle walk, a little bit on the coach and a two-hour country cruise this tour is a real crowd-pleaser.


THE ANCIENT VILLAGES OF HEATH ROW


Peaceful, remote Heath Row had just about the best farming soil in the country. At night the carts trundled six hours east carrying fruit and veg to Covent Garden and returned full of the city's night soil to empty onto the orchards. Life ticked over slowly in the sleepy Middlesex Parish of Harmondsworth. Until the Vicar sold his farm land and they built an airport on it. We tell the story of the ancient villages of Heath Row and what has and may yet become of them.


The Ancient Villages of Heathrow

APPLES & OYSTERS


We visit the little known gem that is Faversham, a market town set among the Kent apple orchards and the seaside at Whitstable famous for oysters. The day includes morning coffee and lunch in a great pub.

Apples & Oysters

THE ASHDOWN FOREST EXPLORER


This has been a best seller tour now for nearly twenty years.

Explore the Ashdown Forest in the company of a top notch Blue Badge Guide. With morning coffee and lunch included at idyllic Heaven Farm and a cream tea and tour at Saint Hill Manor this very popular day out represents really good value for money.


The Ashdown Forest Explorer

BARROW BOYS & BANKERS


Contrasting stories of rags and riches in London districts a stone's throw from each other but worlds apart. Visit the atmospheric streets of Spitalfields and discover the story of banking in the Square Mile with a coach tour and a visit to the Bank of England Museum.


This tour now includes the Vox headsets for a more intimate tour.

Barrow Boys & Bankers

THE BEAUTIFUL SURREY HILLS


A day out for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far and rather like to spoil themselves a bit.


Well a lot actually, including as it does, morning coffee and pastries at an impressive historic house and a two-course country pub lunch with coffee in a picture postcard village.

The Beautiful Surrey Hills

BEING BRUNEL BRISTOL


In beautiful, vibrant Bristol Isambard Kingdom Brunel found a market for his visionary ideas. Our enjoyable and rewarding day includes visits to two of his finest works - the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain with the new Being Brunel exhibition.

Being Brunel Bristol

BETH CHATTO & THE HA'PENNY PIER


This day is a real tonic. We visit the beautiful estuary of The Stour, where Essex meets Suffolk, journeying from England's smallest town to the sea by the Ha'Penny Pier in Old Harwich. In the afternoon we examine the seaside heritage of Essex en route to The Beth Chatto Gardens.


Beth Chatto & The Ha'Penny Pier

BIRMINGHAM - CITY OF 1000 TRADES


A day that gets to the very heart of this City of 1000 Trades combines the extraordinary Library of Birmingham and the mighty Staffordshire Hoard with a City panorama and the quirky Newman Brothers Coffin Works.


Birmingham - City Of 1000 Trades

BISCUITS & BAYEUX


A Story of Biscuits & the Bayeux Tapestry! Reading Abbey ruins have reopened after 9 years and a multi-million pound programme of restoration. We also discover some of the town's treasures including Britain's full-size copy of the Bayeux Tapestry. We'll meet our Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am to buy coffee before exploring the Abbey Quarter - the grounds of the once magnificent Reading Abbey founded by William the Conqueror's son Henry I.

Biscuits & Bayeux

BUCKETS & SPADES


Explore the social history of the Great British Seaside and visit an Essex hidden garden to meet the owner and enjoy a cream tea.

Buckets & Spades

THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CHILTERNS


Enjoy a day exploring the peaceful woody lanes and picturesque towns and villages of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns. This is Midsomer Murders territory. Discover some ancient wall paintings, visit the historic Friends Meeting House at Jordans and the Hughenden and Chequers Valley and sit together for morning coffee and lunch included in the tour fee.

The Buckinghamshire Chilterns

THE CHRISTMAS CARVERY OR SUPPER CLUB


Enjoy a tour of the London Christmas Lights & Sights with a top notch Blue Badge Guide coupled with a tasty three-course carvery with a tea or coffee at a swish London hotel in Bloomsbury or a Fish & Chip Feast including dessert, tea or coffee and a glass of Prosecco in Clerkenwell.

There's also the budget option of ending with fish & chips and a hot drink and letting group members choose and pay for their own desserts and drinks as desired.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH SPECIALS

CHRISTMAS IN FAVERSHAM & CANTERBURY


Today we begin with lunch at an historic old pub in Faversham before an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing in the heart of Canterbury with the option to enjoy Choral Evensong sitting in the Quire at the very heart of Canterbury Cathedral.

Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury

THE CHRISTMAS FLICKS


The Regent Street cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures. In 1896, when the Lumiere brothers' showed flickering moving images to a paying audience here, British cinema was born.

This fun little Christmas trip starts with a matinee followed by a tour that combines London in Film with the Christmas Lights & Sights. The Christmas matinees are classics from the 1940s to the 1960s.


The Christmas Flicks

CHRISTMAS LUNCH SPECIALS


The Christmas Lunch Specials are designed to offer an alternative to the same old group Christmas lunch.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH SPECIALS

THE CHRISTMAS MAD JACK LUNCH SPECIAL


Ring the changes on the same old Christmas lunch for your group this year with Christmas lunch with a morning of sightseeing and an afternoon of good company, board games and quizzing.

Mad Jack Fuller Christmas Lunch

CHRISTMAS MARKETS - BRISTOL

Aim to arrive by midday for a two-course Christmas Lunch made and served by the apprentices of a community restaurant in the crypt of Bristol's fascinating merchant's church of St Mary Radcliffe.

We'll take you by coach for a tour of this vibrant city. See Brunel's iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and panoramic views of the Avon Gorge from up on the Clifton Downs. Bristol's prosperity has always been linked with the sea - the port, once bustling with sailors & merchants trading goods and setting sail - Ship Shape & Bristol Fashion

Christmas Markets - Bristol

THE CHRISTMAS POST

Discover the very British story of posting a letter from Roman times to the coming of the GPO. We combine an entertaining guided coach tour that also shows you the best of Christmas London with a visit to the museum and a ride on Mail Rail, which once whizzed four million letters a day beneath the busy streets of London.


The Christmas Post

THE CLIVEDEN SET

High above the River Thames, behind hanging beech woods, is Cliveden, the country estate of the fabulously wealthy Nancy and Waldorf Astor.

Here, between the wars, the Astors gathered around them the Cliveden Set including the German ambassador Von Ribbentrop, Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd George, Rudyard Kipling and Lawrence of Arabia. Our exciting new day tells the story of the Cliveden Set and their contemporaries in the beautiful Thames Chilterns.

The Cliveden Set

COLCHESTER & THE NIGHTINGALES

We offer trips to Colchester & the wild beauty of Fingringhoe Wick on the River Colne throughout the year - it's a good winter warmer with waders - the birds not the boots! But come in April and May 2019 and up to 40 nightingales will be singing their hearts out at Fingringhoe - and that's a really rare treat nowadays.


Colchester & The Nightingales

CORONATIONS & CELEBRATIONS

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers. Poets, priests, heroes and villains. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, has seen the weddings of sixteen Kings & Queens, is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs and contains memorials to some of our greatest citizens.



Coronations & Celebrations

A COTSWOLDS COUNTRY FILE

The Cotswold Farm Park is home to sandy haired TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson. It was set up by his father (photo) in 1971 to promote rare breeds. We combine our visit with a coach tour of the Cotswolds starting with morning coffee and Lardy Cake (included in the tour fee) at Burford, and stopping for lunch off the beaten track in a gem of a town. Please avoid the new extra long coaches if you want to enjoy the most scenic route today

A Cotswolds Country File

COTSWOLDS JEWELS

Today, in the company of a top notch Blue Badge Guide, we explore beautiful landscapes and visit an Indian Palace on a Cotswold Hill.


Cotswolds Jewels

CREEKS, COCKLES & COCKNEYS

This day starts on a lonely hilltop looking out over Hadleigh Castle and the Thames Estuary, includes a coach tour of an unexplored area of Essex, a two-course lunch with coffee in a 3* seaside hotel, free time in Southend and a visit to picturesque old Leigh-on-Sea.


Creeks, Cockles & Cockneys

CRUISING INTO CHRISTMAS

Come to Royal Greenwich from 1pm and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas shopping in the covered market and boutique style shops with time to visit the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House (both are free entry).


Cruising Into Christmas

D-DAY IN PORTSMOUTH

2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It is a great year to visit Portsmouth which played a pivotal role in the operation that turned the tide of World War II. Visit Fort Nelson, the Allied Commanders' brewhouse in the original D-Day village and the wonderfully revamped D-Day Story in Southsea - home of the Overlord Embroidery - 34 hand-stitched panels telling the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

D-Day In Portsmouth

A DAY IN CAMBRIDGE

Smaller and more compact than Oxford, Cambridge is a cultured pearl in a rich agricultural sea.

Set on a river bend, Cambridge has kept its rural feel with cattle grazing within 500 yards of the market square. Our full day in Cambridge includes visits to the American Cemetery and Kings College Chapel with an option to stay for Choral Evensong.

A Day In Cambridge

A DAY IN THE NEW FOREST

We begin at a 15th century pub haunted by the last New Forest Highwayman. Come at 10.30am for morning coffee before we slip into the forest following in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, commoners and gypsies, smugglers and lovers.

Over the past millennium a wealth of myth and legend has wound itself around the forest trees like a clinging vine

A Day In Cambridge

DOWNTON ABBEY COUNTRY & THE PORT MEADOW CRUISE

Visit a farm where time stands still, enjoy a tour of Downton Abbey Country in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and cruise through the serene and ancient landscapes into the heart of Oxford.

You don't have to be a Downton fan to be thoroughly charmed by the beautiful locations we visit.


Downton Abbey Country & The Port Meadow Cruise

THE DOWNTON ABBEY MATINEE EXPLORER


We are going to take a tour of Downton Abbey Country. From the old Roman road we will see sleepy little Shilton where Mr. Bates went to work when he left Downton Abbey and Lady Sybil eloped with her chauffeur Tom.


The Downton Abbey Matinee Explorer

AN EAST ANGLIAN PANORAMA


Join us to explore slumbering villages and pastoral scenes immortalised by Constable and Gainsborough. With morning coffee and a two course lunch included this is a super day out in the valley home of artists and weavers.

 


An East Anglian Panorama

ELTHAM PALACE & THE THAMES CRUISE

Textile millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built their 1930s mansion onto the Great Hall of Eltham Palace, the childhood home of Henry VIII creating an Art Deco masterpiece. Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am at Eltham Palace, for time to buy coffee before a very entertaining morning that takes us from the Tudors to the Twenties.



ELTHAM PALACE & THE THAMES CRUISE

THE ESSEX HIGHLANDS

A popular tour in our programme for two decades. With morning coffee and lunch included at a great country pub, a coach tour of the little known Essex Highlands in the Hundred of Uttlesford and time for tea and a wander in beautiful Saffron Walden, this is the stuff that great days out are made of.



The Essex Highlands

ESSEX WINTER WARMER - WITH A VISIT TO THE CHOCOLATE LADY

The ideal day to keep your group warm and entertained in the colder months. An entertaining coach tour through beautiful Essex country villages, free time for lunch in Saffron Walden and in the afternoon a visit to the Chocolate Lady for tea, a talk and a demonstration of chocolate making. We’ve been taking groups to Julie for twenty five years now and she is always great fun.

Essex Winter Warmer

FINDERS KEEPERS AN ANTIQUES CHALLENGE

Calling all groups who enjoy a lunch and a bit of a laugh here is something a little bit different. Our very own antique hunting game is based in a selection of attractive English towns and cities. The Finders Keepers day begins at 10.30am with morning coffee and biscuits during which a celebrity antiques expert joins

you for a team briefing and some top tips.


Finders Keepers An Antiques Challenge

THE FLICKS

British cinema was born in London in 1896 when the first moving pictures were shown in Regents Street. By 1914, with 500 cinemas in the capital, the pictures were replacing Music Hall and Variety as the night out of choice for millions of Londoners.

We tell the story of film in London from the advent of the silver screen to the blockbusters that are filmed on location in London today. We also visit the quirkily wonderful Cinema Museum in the old workhouse where a young Charlie Chaplin stayed.

The Flicks

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

Charles Dickens didn't exactly invent Christmas but he did create an idea of a London Christmas that has been exported around the world. It's a picture of foggy streets and hearty feasts with the rich man at his table and the poor man with his nose pressed to the frosted glass. We show both sides of the coin through the foods people ate and the shops and markets they visited to buy them.

Food Glorious Food

FROM THE DEVIL TO THE DEEP BLUE SEA

For centuries it was traditional to blame great big bits of geology on the Devil. We savour the remarkable views from the Devil's Kneading Trough and take a scenic drive across the Kent Downs to the sea at Folkestone. A sociable 2-course lunch with coffee is followed by a Behind the Scenes Tour at the stately old Grand Hotel. That's the quirky Edwardian hotel on the Leas, not the run down hotel in the harbour

From The Devil To The Deep Blue Sea

GALLOPS & GARDENS

Begin in Newmarket at midday with a two-course carvery lunch with coffee in a newly refurbished racing hotel. After lunch by coach up and over the dramatic swoop of the town gallops and out into handsome countryside dominated by this sport of kings. We stop in beautiful Bury St Edmunds for a gentle meander in the ancient Abbey Gardens - it's not a long walk at all - just far enough for some fresh air to rekindle the appetite for tea.

Gallops & Gardens

GHOSTS, GALLOWS & GANGSTERS

London is the most haunted city in the world. Once called the "City of Gallows" visitors had to pass a hanged man at every gate. We seek out ghosts, gangsters & the mystery of Jack the Ripper. Expect goosebumps and giggles.


Ghosts, Gallows & Gangsters

GHOSTS OF THE ROMNEY MARSH

The Romney Marsh is a remote and mysterious landscape of wide horizons dotted with small villages and ancient churches and pubs beneath huge starry skies. This was a big smuggling area where ghost stories were told to explain those mysterious bumps in the night.

Enjoy an afternoon or evening coach tour full of Marsh mysteries with visits to two country pubs followed by fish & chips at the famous Pilot Inn at Dungeness

Ghosts Of The Romney Marsh

THE GILDED AGE in London

After the American Civil War, the US economy grew at lightning speed. The so-called robber baron families built vast fortunes from monopolies in steel (Carnegies), oil (Rockefellers), railways (Vanderbilts) and real estate (Astors). Mark Twain called these unprecedented times The Gilded Age.


The Gilded Age in London

GIN LANE

In Georgian London the Gin Craze took hold. Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two with fresh straw to fall on. We explore the London immortalised in William Hogarth's Gin Lane from the rookeries of St Giles-in-the-Fields and Seven Dials to posh St Martin-in-the Fields. In the afternoon we tour London's oldest gin distillery.


Gin Lane

THE GREAT STINK


Two thousand years ago the Romans enjoyed indoor plumbing but until a couple of hundred years ago Londoners were still emptying their chamber pots out of the window.

In 1858 the long hot summer turned into The Great Stink with the Thames little more than an open sewer.

 

THE GREAT STINK

GUILDFORD & WATT'S ARTISTS VILLAGE


In the company of a friendly and informative Blue Badge Guide you'll explore the beautiful county town of Guildford and its remarkable modern Cathedral and visit Watts Gallery - Artists' Village - a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills.



Guildford & Watt'S Artists Village

HAMPSTEAD - A LONDON VILLAGE


London's richness and variety results from its growth as a tapestry of villages each with its own character and history.

Few have retained the village atmosphere as well as Hampstead.

We take a short walk through attractive lanes lined with beautiful old houses and visit one of London's last remaining grand country houses. Morning refreshments and a roast lunch are included.


Hampstead - A London Village

THE HEAVENLY HIGH WEALD


This day out is built around a group lunch at midday, two courses with coffee, in a very fine country pub at Benenden in Kent after which we explore the beautiful Kent countryside from high in the coach and visit Cranbrook the capital of the High Weald.


The Heavenly High Weald

HIDDEN LONDON & THE REGENTS CANAL


This day, with a gentle walking tour and a cruise on the Regent's Canal, has been one of our most popular tours for 30 years and now includes the Vox Wireless Tour Guide System.


In 1666 the Great Fire of London swept away much of the mediaeval City but the flames died to ashes to leave one corner untouched -


Hidden London & The Regents Canal

JEWISH LONDON


Jewish people came to London during Roman times and have been part of capital's story for 2000 years. We trace the story of the Jewish presence visiting the UK's oldest synagogue and the Jewish Museum.



Jewish London

JOHN CONSTABLE'S STOUR VALLEY


John Constable was born, lived and painted in East Bergholt and his father owned nearby Flatford Mill. The garden at East Bergholt Place has been called the Cornish garden in Suffolk.

The tour fee includes morning coffee and lunch at a fine country pub and a top notch Blue Badge tour guide.

John Constable'S Stour Valley

A KENTISH CHRISTMAS


Enjoy sweeping views over the Thames and Medway on the little known and mysterious Hoo Peninsula, a roast lunch together and Christmas shopping and sightseeing in lovely old-fashioned Rochester.

Meet at 10.30am in a pub next door to Charles Dickens' old house at Higham for coffee and biscuits included in the tour fee.


A Kentish Christmas

LEGAL LONDON


Now including the Vox Wireless Tour Guide System.

Between royalty at Westminster & commerce in the City, mediaeval lawyers found a quiet niche in which to practise their craft. They're still here in a part of London hidden to most visitors.

Come on a fascinating journey as we visit Legal London


Legal London

LICHFIELD & THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM


A day to remember in the company of a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide includes a visit to Lichfield, just north of Birmingham and The National Arboretum where we take a land train tour.

Why was son of Lichfield Samuel Johnson so rude about the Scots? We also visit the Erasmus Darwin House which gives a real flavour of this Georgian city. We'll stay in Lichfield for free time for lunch:

Lichfield & The National Memorial Arboretum

THE MAD JACK FULLER TRAIL


Mad Jack Fuller was an eccentric Georgian squire who built a series of follies near Eastbourne in Sussex.

Raised up high in your coach you'll feel like you are on top of the world up on the South Downs ridgeway with far reaching views across to Beachy Head! This day comes with morning coffee with biscuits and lunch, included in the tour fee


The Mad Jack Fuller Trail

MEDWAY & THE MOVIES


With visits to little known Upnor Village and Castle and a film locations tour at Chatham Dockyard this entertaining guided day offers your group something a little bit different for 2019.

The picture postcard tiny High Street ends at riverside gate through which we step back in time. During Henry VIII's reign the Upper Medway was the principal anchorage for the Royal Navy.


Medway & The Movies

MIDSOMER MURDERS & THE GORING GAP CRUISE


The Goring Gap is the dramatic gorge where the mighty River Thames chiselled its way through the Chiltern Hills during the last ice age. Nearby are the picturesque villages and towns filmed as the fictional county of Midsomer. We visit Alfred the Great's Wallingford and Dorchester -a head-turning village full of mediaeval, Tudor and Georgian buildings before rounding off our day out with a cruise through the Goring Gap.


Midsomer Murders & The Goring Gap Cruise

THE MONUMENTS MAN


Join The Monuments Man, Blue Badge Guide Robin, for a fascinating day decoding church monuments in which sound research meets detective work.

The art of the British Isles, changing fashions in dress and cultural attitudes towards death are tied up in these creative works. We visit four churches in and around Stafford.


The Monuments Man

THE OLD KENT COAST


Broadstairs and Deal are survivors of a bygone age. The Secret Gardens of Sandwich are one of Monty Don's top ten gardens.

Broadstairs was a favourite summer resort of Charles Dickens.

Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Mary Pickford honeymooned here and Edward Heath sang in the church choir. The town still maintains its air of gentility.


The Old Kent Coast

OXFORD, THE ISIS & IFFLEY


Our gentle walking tour through the heart of the university city includes the beautiful courtyard of the Bodleian Library and one of the Oxford Colleges for a trip down memory lane or an introduction to the life of an Oxford student through the ages.

Oxford, The Isis & Iffley

THE PEOPLE'S POST


The very British story of sending a letter from the Romans to the GPO including the Postal Museum and a ride on Mail Rail.

We are going to discover nothing less than how the ingenuity of the postal service shaped the world we live in today.



The People's Post

POMP & CEREMONY


Blue Badge Guide Martin served in the Scots Guards taking part in the Changing of the Guard, Trooping the Colour as well as royal weddings and state visits.

Long term C&V guides Sean, Owen and Sarah are experts in all matters state and ceremonial.

This tour now includes the VOX Wireless Tour Guide System - you'll not miss a word and enjoy an insiders' fly on the wall experience in tourist London"!

Pomp & Ceremony

THE ROMANTIC COTSWOLDS & CHAVENAGE


Painswick is the Queen of the Cotswolds. Malmesbury is The Queen of Hilltop Towns. Come from North of Chavenage (M5, A40) and we will begin with morning coffee in Painswick followed by a coach tour of the Gloucestershire Golden Valleys. Come from the South (M4) and we'll begin with morning coffee in Malmesbury followed by a gentle trail through the honey stoned streets and quaint tumble of old shops and inns of Malmesbury to visit the imposing and beautiful seventh-century abbey.

The Romantic Cotswolds & Chavenage

ROMNEY MARSH CHURCH CURIOS


Today we visit three iconic mediaeval marsh churches, each with a curious feature and enjoy morning coffee with biscuits and the option of a carvery lunch. We've also costed in a donation for each of the churches

Romney Marsh Church Curios

THE ROYAL LANDSCAPE HERITAGE TOUR


After ten years of touring the Royal Landscape we can now take you into areas of Windsor Great Park normally reserved for the Royal Family's private use, where Her Majesty rides and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh takes his carriage for a spin. We visit Windsor Farm Shop, have free time for lunch in Windsor and enjoy The Savill Garden.


The Royal Landscape Heritage Tour

ROYAL LONDON - with Buckingham Palace


Organisers booking group visits to Buckingham Palace must pay long in advance and will lose the money if anyone cancels. Book with us and you'll pay just a week before you go.

We'll even refund up to five Palace tickets for people who can't make it on the day - that's over £100 in Palace tickets. Our day includes a top notch Blue Badge Guide, morning coffee and biscuits and a Royal Parks coach permit to go where other tours cannot go.


Royal London - with Buckingham Palace

THE ROYAL RIVER EXPLORER


In the morning an Eton walking tour or Thames Villages coach tour. In the afternoon a cruise from Windsor past the homes of the rich and famous on the Maidenhead Millionaires' Row to Boulters Lock.


The Royal River Explorer

SHAKESPEARE'S STRATFORD


William Shakespeare lived and worked in London for much of his theatre career but his family were born and raised and lived and died in Warwickshire in his home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. We visit three houses each very evocative of the life and times of this handsome market town and telling the story of Stratford's most famous son.


Shakespeare'S Stratford

THE SHARD, THE BARD, THE BISHOPS & THE BROTHELS


A very entertaining and gentle walking tour on London's Bankside with a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide using the crystal clear VOX headsets and a visit to The View at The Shard. Beautifully organised on a 100% refundable group deposit of £25 with the tour payment due just two weeks before you come.



The Shard, The Bard, The bishops & The Brothels

SMUGGLERS & STRAWBERRY JAM


A top notch Blue Badge Guide, beautiful countryside, rich history, rattling good stories and a new opportunity to enjoy a tractortrailer tour and a cream tea at the Tiptree Jam Factory.

Smugglers & Strawberry Jam

SNAP, CRACKLE & SHOP!


The story of Britain's favourite brands and the advertising that sold them to us. Including morning coffee, tea & cake and a visit to the quirky Museum of Brands.


Snap, Crackle & Shop!

SQUARE MILE CURIOS


This brilliant new tour has received rave reviews and now comes with the Vox Wireless Tour Guide System to create an even more enjoyable and intimate experience.


Square Mile Curios

THE SUFFOLK COASTAL TOUR


Explore the Suffolk Coast with visits to Southwold and Aldeburgh and enjoy a fish & chip lunch at the famous Flora Tea Rooms on Dunwich beach.

In Aldeburgh the Moot Hall, once in the centre of the town, now teeters on the water's edge.

We see where the fishermen still sell their catch on the beach and marvel at the controversial Maggi Hambling scallop sculpture.

The Suffolk Coastal Tour

A SUFFOLK SYMPHONY


Explore the life and work of Benjamin Britten with visits to the coastal town of Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings and Britten's beloved Red House. This is a good stand alone day or follow up to our popular Suffolk Coastal Tour.

A Suffolk Symphony

SUSSEX & THE PRAIRIE GARDEN


Visit the Upper Adur Valley in West Sussex - dotted with pretty villages and beautiful views. You can opt for free time to do your own thing for lunch in lovely Steyning or add a carvery lunch in beautiful Bramber. In the afternoon we visit one of England's most glorious gardens and round off a memorable day out with tea and home made cake.


Sussex & The Prairie Garden

THE SUSSEX COASTAL ART TRAIL


Join us for a cultural adventure on the Sussex Coast with visits to The Towner Art Gallery at Eastbourne, the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhillon Sea and the award winning Jerwood Art Gallery at Hastings.


The Sussex Coastal Art Trail

SUSSEX COASTAL CURIOS


This day is both entertaining and easy on the feet with the added attraction of sitting together for morning coffee and a chicken lunch included in the tour fee.


Sussex Coastal Curios

THE SUSSEX SEASIDE


Light on the feet but rich on the senses in the morning we enjoy off-the-beaten track Old Pevensey with morning coffee & lunch included. In the afternoon we take a panoramic coach tour across the South Downs to Beachy Head before stopping in Eastbourne for free time for tea.

The Sussex Seaside

SYON HOUSE & LONDON'S ARCADIA


The Duke of Northumberland's Syon House is London's only surviving ducal residence.

Richmond has long been a favourite retreat of royalty, the rich and the famous. We also explore London's Arcadia. developed in Georgian times.


Syon House & London'S Arcadia

A TALE OF TWO RIVERS


Tidal rivers are magical places.

At low tide meandering streams cross shining mudflats. At high tide vast expanses of water reflect the changing light of wide skies.

We visit two of the most beautiful tidal rivers in East Anglia beginning with time to buy morning coffee at a farm overlooking the River Orwell and mix sightseeing from the coach and a visit to the ancient heart of Ipswich with an afternoon tea cruise on the Deben.

A Tale Of Two Rivers

THIS COUNTRY CALLED ENGLAND


We begin, where England began, at Kingston-Upon-Thames with the option of a riverside pub lunch in handsome Thames Ditton or free time for lunch in Windsor.

In the afternoon we cruise past the Queen's backyard to the meadows at Runnymede where you can opt to visit an intriguing meadow artwork commissioned for the Magna Carta anniversary.


This Country Called England

THE VALE OF BELVOIR


We visit Grantham and discover a remarkable and rare chained library and, of course, the birth place of the Iron Lady, take in wonderful panoramas on a drive across the Vale of Belvoir and end the day in Melton Mowbray. A two course with coffee is served in a handsome hotel.


The Vale Of Belvoir

VERNACULAR SPECTACULAR


People are so often lost in the noise of royalty and aristocracy so too is the majesty of our vernacular architecture lost in the shadow of palaces and churches. The vernacular is that built in the local tradition with locally available materials and skills. We spend the morning in picture postcard Thaxted - a veritable Smorgasbord of English vernacular architecture, with morning coffee and lunch at an old hotel. In the afternoon, a country tour and visit to two spectacular cathedrals of wood.


Vernacular Spectacular

VIEWS & VISTAS - WITH THE BRIGHTTON I360


Enjoy a day of beautiful Views & Vistas on the South Downs including the Devil’s Dyke, cliff top Lewes and the new British Airways Brighton i360 - the world’s first vertical cable car designed by the couple who designed the London Eye.

Views & Vistas

VINTAGE ESSEX


In partnership with Lodge Coaches of High Easter, near Chelmsford, we bring you Vintage Essex, a very entertaining new day out for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far. We combine the best in Blue Badge guiding in picture postcard Essex villages with an afternoon at the Lodge HQ in the Essex Rodings including a ploughman's lunch and rides out in their vintage fleet of 1940s and 1950s coaches.

We also meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Vintage Essex

THE WILD WEST


Some of London's wildest green spaces lie to the West. Wimbledon Village oozes with old country charm.

Aristocratically affluent Barnes tucked into a bend of the River Thames is an enclave of genteel calm not far from the madding metropolis. And once you are on the Wetlands reserve? Well if it wasn't for the London skyline you'd think you'd think it was the Norfolk Broads! Join us for a breath of fresh air to explore London's Wild West.

The Wild West

WILLIAM MORRIS, EPPING FOREST & THE CREAM TEA CRUISE


Arts & Crafts man William Morris was born in the Lee Valley village of Walthamstow just above the City and just below Epping Forest.

An award winning gallery dedicated to his life and work is now housed in his splendid Georgian Manor house home.


William Morris, Epping Forest & The Cream Tea Cruise

THE WILTSHIRE GOLDEN TRIANGLE


Bradford on Avon is the last outpost of the Cotswolds. A town of just 10,000 souls straddling both river and canal it is immensely picturesque, and neither as well known nor as crowded as Bath.


The Wiltshire Golden Triangle

THE WINDRUSH COTSWOLDS


Louis Thacker looked after thousands of our guests in the run up to the London Olympics as landlord of the Pilot Pub near the Millennium Dome. We followed him to the Mad Hatter Hotel in Blackfriars and now we've followed him to Burford in the Cotswolds where we begin our day at 10.30am with morning coffee and cake.


The Windrush Cotswolds

WINTER & CHRISTMAS IN WINDSOR - with Windsor Castle


During the winter, with fewer tourists around, extra rooms known as the Semi-State apartments are opened at Windsor Castle. For Christmas the castle decorations include a spectacular tree. You'll also tour the Royal Landscape and visit the Windsor Farm Shop where the Queen sells produce from the Royal Farms.


Winter & Christmas In Windsor - With Windsor Castle

THE WYE VALLEY & THE ROYAL FOREST OF DEAN


The beautiful Wye Valley is Border Country, fought over for centuries by the English and the Welsh. The great primeval Royal Forest of Dean is a fairy tale Queen of Forests where witches live, miners are free and sheep have badgers. With wonderful scenery all day, a River Wye Cruise and tea and homemade shortbread included in the tour fee this is a great day for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far

The Wye Valley & The Royal Forest Of Dean

Abingdon & The Country Cruise