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 Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Matinees Available Oct ‘20 to May ‘21

Reserve Now & Pay Just Four Weeks Before You Go

When you book group tickets for selected West End Musicals with City & Village Tours you don’t have to pay for the tickets until four weeks before you go. So you'll never have to gamble with group funds.


Book theatre tickets only or combine the show with a three-course hotel carvery meal with coffee in Bloomsbury (just West of the theatres) or our Fish & Chip Feast in Clerkenwell (just East of the theatres) - some of the best fish & chips in London served with mushy peas, cheesecake or ice cream, tea or coffee and a glass of Prosecco. These are restaurants with individual character - a real tonic compared to the identikit chains.


We are the pioneers of the Jam Buster West End Matinee. Forget about eating a big meal at lunchtime and then struggling to keep your eyes open during the show. Forget coming out of the show at 5.30pm and fighting your way home in the rush hour. Play it smart and book a City & Village Tours West End Theatre Jam Buster.


Come into London around 1.00pm and grab a coffee and a sandwich or a sticky bun near the theatre. Enjoy the show, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and then, when you come out of the theatre at the height of the rush hour, let them get on with it while you disappear into a swish hotel for a carvery meal or our rather wonderful fish & chip restaurant, with lots to talk about. Then drive home on emptier roads. And, best of all, when you get home there’s no supper to make! Just take out the bins, kick off your shoes, bit of news headlines and bed.


All together now – wouldn’t it be loverley!


Minimum order 25 tickets.


The show running time is 2 hours 45 minutes which includes one interval.



Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Tickets Only £44pp (Face Value £80)

Tina Ticket plus 2-course Fish & Chip Feast with Glass Prosecco & Hot Drink £61pp

Tina Ticket plus 3-course Hotel Carvery & Hot Drink £65pp


PRICE FREEZE FOR 2020


This prices listed are valid until the end of March 2020. But if you make your booking for a Monday or Friday in 2020 by the end of August 2019 we'll freeze the price at £32 for the day trip, £39 for the Jam Buster including Fish & Chip Supper. The Price Freeze is also available for The Christmas Post at £29 and The Christmas Post including the fish & chip supper at £39pp.


We're offering the 2020 Price Freeze on all of the day trips in The Big Book of Trips with the puffin on the front - if you haven't got a copy you can ask for one to be posted to you by calling us on 0208 692 1133.


Trade terms are no deposit, pay for the trade minimum of 25 people fourteen days out, carry on selling and we'll invoice for the balance after the tour. To run on numbers smaller than 25 there is a fee of £17 per empty place.



HADRIAN’S WALL, BEAMISH & DURHAM


Enjoy a Northumberland group holiday in 2020 with the experts in what you are going to do when you get there. £515pp for a four night/five day half board holiday based on a minimum of 25 people including one free organiser place and the coach from the company of your choice. Prices are also inclusive of 15 single rooms without supplement, all admissions and a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide for two days. As you fill the coach there are more free places at the 31st, 39th, 43rd and 49th places.

This great value five day holiday has a lot going for it. It’s designed for groups who want to really get a flavour of the area they are visiting without walking their feet off. There are two days with a top notch Blue Badge Guide exploring Hadrian’s Wall one day and Durham and the Durham Heritage Coast on the other.


There’s a free day to relax with the option to visit Newcastle plus a visit to Beamish Open Air Museum. And on the way? Well it depends where you are coming from. We’ll work with you to make a good plan. Coming from the South, the Royal Armouries at Leeds is a good pick. It is free to visit and has entertaining daily demonstrations………  Read more here.


A DAY IN THE NEW FOREST


A Day in the New Forest. Including morning coffee and a two course lunch. This day is ideal for groups who like to see a lot without walking too far. Its a great choice for an autumn tour and

is booking now for 2020.

With fairy glades among gnarled oaks and springy heathland manicured by wild ponies, donkeys and deer the New Forest is a magical place to visit. The name is perhaps misleading. It’s not new and it’s not a forest.


William the Conqueror created the New Forest as his royal hunting ground for the pursuit of the ‘beasts of the chase’ - deer and wild pigs. He applied harsh laws to protect the beasts and the land they grazed on – much to the anger of the locals.


Now it is Britain's smallest National Park and although it does indeed have some of the country's last remaining ancient forest today the New Forest is a varied landscape of woods and glades, heaths and moors. Dotted with tiny villages and roamed at will by deer, ponies, donkeys and pigs there is nowhere else quite like it……

Read more here


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. Read more here


FINDERS KEEPERS, AN ANTIQUES CHALLENGE


An entertaining antiques hunting game in the company of an expert from ITV's David Dickinson's Real Deal and Secret Dealers. Includes morning coffee and a very nice two-course lunch with coffee.


…. you'll be given a game briefing with lots of tips from how to spot treasure to how to haggle. The celebrity antiques expert will show you some of the bargains they've bagged locally and they'll give each player a crisp ten pound note….. Your folk can shop individually or team up in pairs, threes or fours etc and pool their money to go treasure hunting. All locations have an antiques arcade and, or a selection of antiques and charity bric-a-brac shops within easy walking distance…… . It looks easy enough on the telly, but how will your group do in real life?


The Experts & The Locations


Alison Chapman - based on the Kent coast in the Cinque Port of Hythe.

James Layte - Norwich and Kings Lynn in Norfolk and Long Melford in Suffolk.

Karen Dalmeny - Winchester, Southsea, Wallingford, Oxford and Andover.

Jo Brayshaw - Northumberland, Alnwick, Morpeth and Newcastle, Jo can also meet your group in Edinburgh.

Michael Hogben – Hythe, Rye and Canterbury.


Read more here

Group Tour Organisers! Coach Tour Operators!

Looking for new ideas for your group? Keen to learn more about organising great group trips? Want to know useful things like how to set down your party on a double yellow line without getting a ticket?

Subscribe to the City & Village Tours Tit-Bits Weekly email.

Here are some examples of recent Tit-Bits weekly email topics

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How To Get On & Off Coaches Without Getting a Ticket

Getting On & Off the Coach anywhere in the UK is very straightforward when you know how it works. Coaches are passenger vehicles and the rules for picking up and dropping passengers are the same as the rules set down in The Highway Code.

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Tutankhmun Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Good News! The payment deadline for Tutankhamun tickets for 2020. Pay just one month before visit. Organisers plenty of time to include this exciting visit in their 2020 programmes.

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An Essex Jazz Christmas SleepOver  

With The Paul Higgs Quartet, Blue Badge Guided Tour,

a Gardening Masterclass and the Finders Keepers antique hunting game with a David Dickinson's Real Deal expert.

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Vintage Essex

This new "Full Board" Day Trip is an absolute triumph!

This new and very well received day out begins at 10.30am in picture postcard Thaxted with morning coffee and biscuits. included and all laid out ready for you at the old hotel. Our top notch Blue Badge Guide will show you the best of this lovely little town including the wonky mediaeval Guildhall, Dick Turpin's Cottage and Gustav Holst's house near the old church where he played organ and wrote I Vow To Thee My Country. It's a short and easy route designed for people who like to see a lot without walking too far.

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How Will the new Ultra Low Emission Zone Affect My Group?


WEST END THEATRE

Theatre Trips Without Tears

Have a look at some of our packages in the Theatre section here

Booking for Christmas

Have a look at some of our Christmas Trips here

The Big Book of Trips is the winner of the 2019 Group Travel Award for Best Information Product for Groups.


Call 0208 692 1133 for your Print Copy or read online here

JAM BUSTERS

We know the traffic can be a nightmare but London is still too good to miss. So play it clever in 2020 by booking a Jam Buster. Jam Busters are beautifully revamped and new London day trip itineraries specially designed to save you from getting stuck in traffic and spending too long on the coach.

 Choose one of the following traffic solutions:

There are sample Jam Buster itineraries here but any of our London trips can be traffic proofed - just ask us how.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Play it clever in 2020 with a City & Village Tours Jam Buster.

Go to the Daytrips tab above to see our

extensive list of guided days out for groups.

These trips will be available throughout 2020


Call us on 0208 692 1133 to make a booking.








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CITY & VILLAGE TOURS SLEEPOVERS

NOW IN OUR FIFTH YEAR

SleepOvers are our new short breaks of one to four nights in the UK for groups of 25 or more people. If you have seen days out in our brochures over the years that you like the look of but they are just too far for your group to enjoy as a day trip now you can come and SleepOver.

SleepOvers are as easy to book as our day trips

Have a look at our selection of SleepOvers here

We are taking SleepOver bookings for all dates

in 2020 and through into 2021 and beyond...

Entirely Free Colour

Mini-Brochures to Help Promote the Trip


Once you’ve paid the group deposit we’ll send you as many personalised free colour mini-brochures as you need to encourage your members to sign up.

Our attractive brochures describe the SleepOver in detail with descriptions and photographs of the hotel and the places you’ll visit while you’re way.

Refundable Deposits

To reserve a SleepOver for your group we ask you to pay a deposit of £100 - that’s just one payment to cover the whole group.

The £100 group deposit is refundable in full right up until 120 days before departure at which point you can either have the deposit back or you pay individual deposits to move forward with the booking.

Your Coach or Ours

Book your own coach and we’ll always provide bed & board for your driver as well as overnight parking.

Some SleepOvers include the coach (max 160 miles from hotel). On 5-day holidays this saves you money because you don’t pay for the coach to sit idle on the free day in resort when it isn’t needed.

If you want we can book your preferred coach company and favourite driver on your behalf and include the cost of this in our package. This will bring every penny of your members money under our 100% Passenger Payment Protection. And if we book your coach company you’ll get extra free places so that as many as one in ten travel free.

Free Organiser Place & Looking After Your Coach Driver

Prices are for a minimum 25 people and there is always a free place for the organiser. All SleepOvers include bed and board and overnight parking for your driver.

Prices include up to Ten Single Rooms Free of Supplement

With up to ten rooms for singles included free of supplement you won’t end up chopping up your free place to offset the cost for your single travellers.

Enjoy a SleepOver with the experts in what you do when you get there.

We create original and entertaining itineraries with our team of top notch Blue Badge guides and then hand pick well run and interesting hotels that you’ll love as much as our days out.

The Price You See is What You Pay - There Are No Hidden Extras

What you see on the page is exactly what you will pay. For the sightseeing elements absolutely all admissions are included and all guides are top notch Blue Badge guides. There’s none of this prices from business - you won’t call us to find that the price in the brochure is only available if you come in February.

Your Members Money is 100% Safe With Us

Our 100% Passenger Payment Protection means that every penny of your members money is fully covered in compliance with the Package Travel Regulations.

Your Peace of Mind

And for your peace of mind we also include free Group Travel Organiser Liability Insurance on every trip.

While you are away you will have a 24/7 emergency contact number so you can always reach us.

14 April 2020

Refunds Update &
The Overs Quarantine Club

 

       City & Village Tours has so far refunded over £100,000

to groups forced to cancel by the Covid-19 Crisis –

even if it was at a day's notice.


This is Doreen & Tony King celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary ten years ago. Tony was a cinema projectionist in the late 1940s when he met Doreen who was an usherette. The day they got married they celebrated with a punnet of strawberries and then went home to their mums, who they hadn't yet told.


For 25 years Tony worked in the Power Station next to Bazalgette's Cathedral of Sewage on the Thames Marshes and Doreen worked in Woolworths and then they took on a newsagent which they ran through to their retirement.


They worked hard, lived within their means and never had a penny of debt. They must have been right up there among the first working Londoners to go to Spain back in the 1960s - putting three kids in the back of a Hillman Minx and driving across the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava.

They are the reason why City & Village Tours will weather this storm. The values of hard work and living within your means have distilled down into Managing Director Gyll King.

It means that we go into this unprecedented crisis with no debt and a prudent reserve. It means that we can pay our bills and refund all of our groups who'd paid for but not been able to come on their day trips, holidays, West End Theatre trips or to our Matinee Shows in the Royal Docks. And we can pay our staff until normal business resumes. 


And Doreen & Tony? They are still here, 88 and 92 and God willing they will celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary on 6 July this year.


Looking to the Future

As the coming weeks unfold it may become clearer when we can return to our normal lives. Your folk, members of your groups or people who look to book public excursions with their local coach company, are going to be keen to enjoy their day trips, theatre visits and holidays. 

We’re ready and willing to take bookings on the understanding that the arrangements may have to be stood down. Our booking terms & conditions have always been based on deposits that are 100% refundable and that hasn’t and won’t change so there is absolutely nothing to lose.

The best way to contact us is by email info@cityandvillagetours.com. We are in the office some days but mostly working from home so if you call you may have to leave a message but we will come back to you.

Telephone 0208 692 1133   info@cityandvillagetours.com

We have been sharing days out with groups for 32 years and in more recent years holiday & SleepOvers, West End Theatre Matinees and our own weekly Matinee Shows at the Tereza Joanne in London's Royal Docks but for the time being we can't do any of that.
 
So we’ve set up The Overs Quarantine Club for people who like being together but who've got to be alone for a little while. Based around a Facebook group we're into our third week of Good Morning live chats at 8.00am, a daily Tea Time quiz at 4.00pm and ad hoc live events that include Virtual Village Hall talks, relaxation sessions, dance classes and starting this week coming Couch Outings. 
 
Coming soon Blue Badge Tour Guide Owen Joseph presents another Couch Outing - Tutankhamun & the Roaring Twenties, especially for groups who'd booked to see the Tutankhamun exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery in London's Chelsea only to be thwarted by the pandemic. Every group that should have joined us for the Tutankhamun exhibition whether as part of a day trip or SleepOver have already received 100% refunds. That includes groups forced to cancel at just one day's notice. On all holidays we have deducted just £5pp for the admin cost of compliance with the Package Travel Regulations.


So How Do I Join in with The Overs Quarantine Club?
 
If you are already a Facebook member use this link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2495715694091476/?ref=share

To create a new Facebook account is quick, easy and free.


1. Go to www.facebook.com/r.php.

2. Enter your name, email or mobile phone number, password, date of birth and gender.

3. Click Sign Up.

4. To finish creating your account, you need to confirm your email or mobile phone number. 


Beyond that you can go to town and upload a profile picture and information about yourself (remember this is a great way to keep in touch with family and see photographs that they put on their Facebook pages) or just use the bare bones of your new account to join our Facebook group which is called The Overs Quarantine Club and start connecting with our quizzes, talks and other activities and events. 

Let your members and customers know that The Overs Quarantine Club is here to keep them company and bring people together while we all have to be alone for a little while.

You can write to us at theoversquarantineclub@cityandvillagetours.com - which might just be a world record for longest email address!