Home Call 0208 692 1133 for more information about this daytrip



Matinee Explorers are specially designed days out for the deeply retired. Just the ticket if your members are now moving into their eighties and nineties. The mind is still willing but, well you know the rest. Matinee Explorers begin at midday with a sociable 2-course lunch and coffee at an attractive pub or restaurant. And because you don’t have to set off from home until after 10.00am there’s more time to limber up and let medications kick in.

Matinee Explorers are designed for people in their eighties and nineties but they are still more about the grey matter than the grey hair. It’s about striking the right balance, neither overestimating your legs nor underestimating your minds. After lunch together, not a walk but time to stretch the legs and help lunch go down. Just what the doctor ordered. Then a coach tour with a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide and an interesting place for tea before heading for home at 4.30pm.

The New Forest Matinee Explorer begins at midday at a 15th century thatched forest pub. During the summer months ponies and donkeys gather in the shade of this lovely inn. Enjoy a 2-course lunch with coffee together 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. Your expert guide will chart a course to the heart of this enchanting world. You’ll see the Rufus Stone commemorating the controversial death of flame haired William II and see picture postcard villages including one that had to go to court to decide if it was in the forest or not.

We visit a picture postcard thatched village and a 13th century church guarded by an ancient yew where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, lies buried. We’ll take you through Lyndhurst the “Capital” of the Forest and to the deer enclosure and ornamental drive at Bolderwood where huge trees including California Redwoods line our route.

For tea we stop in Beaulieu, “the Historic Heart of the New Forest”, dating back to the days of King John. The name means beautiful and it is. No other place in the forest can match Beaulieu for historic interest and here too you may see donkeys and ponies ambling along the pavements. There are two or three places selling tea to round off an enjoyable day out.

We leave Beaulieu at 4.30pm to begin the drive home.

Adults & Seniors: £29

Available weekdays all year

Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019

Other Matinee Explorers

The Heavenly High Weald (Kent)

Gems, Jams & Bouncing Bombs (Essex)

The White Cliffs & Walmer Castle

The Honey Coloured Cotswolds

The Sussex Seaside

The Downton Abbey Matinee Explorer (Oxon)

Pianolas, Pilots & Pirates (Stow Maries)

The Wiltshire Golden Triangle

Battle of Britain Country (Kent)

Gallops & Gardens - Newmarket & Bury

Call us on 0208 692 1133 if you would like to discuss any of our tours

35 miles