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The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
The Strongest Link
Churchill’s Few in Kent During The Battle of Britain
With The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
You’ll meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am for morning refreshments at Churchill’s Chartwell on the chalk hills known as the North Downs. Churchill loved being high up here on with the views over the Kent Weald. Our morning route is going to take us through handsome towns and villages including Westerham linked to General Wolfe and Alice of Adventures in Wonderland and Brasted where the self appointed Emperor Napoleon III lived in exile. We’ll enjoy some of the beautiful views and countryside that inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust as we make our way to Biggin Hill.
All air bases with one foot in the Great War are at the top of a hill. Our first brave airmen needed all the help they could get to launch their impossibly frail wood and canvas flying machines and get high enough, quickly enough to intercept the Zeppelins heading for the capital. But it is Biggin Hill’s role in the Battle of Britain that defines its history.
Part of a chain of airfields protecting the capital, Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons flying from Biggin Hill brought down 1400 enemy aircraft of the total of 1884, at the cost of 453 pilots of the total of 544 lost. Winston Churchill called RAF Biggin Hill our Strongest Link. We’ll drive around the perimeter of the air field on a route that takes us through the sleepy village of Downe where we see the house where Charles Darwin wrote his groundbreaking and incendiary works.
On arrival at the new Biggin Hill Memorial Museum a soup and roll lunch with a hot drink is served. You’ll have time to explore the collection and be taken on a tour of the remembrance chapel with beautiful angel windows that was built at the instigation of Churchill before we return to the tea room for a one scone cream tea with a cuppa.
We’ll be heading for home at 4.45pm.
Available Tuesday to Friday all year
Tuesdays are best if you are including lunch and the cream tea.
£39pp inc morning coffee, soup & roll lunch & cream tea
£27pp inc tea or coffee with biscuits at the end of the day (buy your own morning
refreshments and we’ll stop for free time for lunch in Sevenoaks
We know the traffic can be a nightmare but London is still too good to miss. So play it clever in 2019 and 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 -
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Play it clever in 2019 and 2020 with a City & Village Tours Jam Buster.
Tutankhamun in Chelsea 2019 & 2020
The largest collection of King Tutankhamun's treasures ever to travel out of Egypt comes to London this winter. This will be one last visit for the world’s most famous archaeological finds before the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo is completed.
Twelve thousand people visited the Tutankhamun exhibition at The O2 with us in 2007 and 2008. That show sold out. This show will also sell out very quickly.
The show at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea runs from 2 November 2019 to 3 May 2020. Over 150 artifacts are coming to London, more than were shown at The O2 and more than at the original blockbuster show at the British Museum in 1972. Sixty of the finds in the new show have never left Egypt before, but it won’t include the famous death mask which has been deemed too fragile to travel.
The discovery of the boy king’s tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter in an expedition financed by Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle stirred up 'Egyptomania' in England. The 3,300 year old Egyptian designs influenced the art and architecture of the Roaring Twenties.
We are offering the following opportunities for your groups to visit the Tutankhamun Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition.
The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb came at the start of the Roaring Twenties, following all the global upheavals of World War One. The new fangled mass media of newsreels, telephones and newspapers was able to bring news of objects being carried out of the tomb to a wider audience, faster than ever before. Tutankhamun gripped the public imagination and its cultural significance was unprecedented. The designs of Ancient Egypt became one of the major influences on Art Deco and Tut Mania was quickly integrated into everything from fashion, makeup & architecture to the cinema and the music hall.
The Jam Buster version of the tour as described above.
For November & December 2019. Enjoy the Tutankhamun exhibition followed by a Blue Badge Guided tour of the Christmas Lights & Sights.
Stay one or two nights with up to 20 single rooms.
Your choice of dinner, bed and breakfast or just bed & breakfast.
All itineraries bespoke for your group with options including:
•The Tutankhamun & the Roaring Twenties guided tour
•Erudite and Entertaining companion tours of the British Museum
•Matinee Shows in the Royal Docks including The Cockney Matinee, Flanders & Swann and Lunch with Rene & Edith
•West End Theatre