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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 which gives us an opportunity to tell some of the stories of bravery and courage shown by the men and women who served here.


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

JAM BUSTERS

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 - just ask us how.

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.

Tutankhamun & the Roaring Twenties


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 Tutankhamun Jam Buster


The Jam Buster version of the tour as described above.

Tutankhamun & the Christmas Lights


For November & December 2019. Enjoy the Tutankhamun exhibition followed by a Blue Badge Guided tour of the Christmas Lights & Sights.

Tutankhamun SleepOvers


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

•River Cruises

•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

The Render Report


Stuart Render

Coach Tourism Specialist


Stuart attended the Kentish & Cockney Christmas SleepOver as a guest of City & Village Tours. Before embarking on his current career as an advisor and PR specialist to the coach tourism industry he was for six years editor of Coach Monthly magazine.

Read here

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extensive list of guided days out for groups.

These trips will be available throughout 2019 and 2020.

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CITY & VILLAGE TOURS SLEEPOVERS

NOW IN OUR FOURTH 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

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.

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.

We are taking SleepOver bookings for all dates

in 2019 and through into 2020 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.

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 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.

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 visits has been extended to late October 2019 giving Group Tour 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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The Great Stink

2019 is the 200th anniversary of the engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette - the man who built London's Victorian sewers. Visit his Cathedral of Sewage as part of a day trip with a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide. The day includes a very short walking tour and coach tour in central London and a Thames Cruise. You can also opt for a day completely outside of ULEZ.

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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

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

THE PEOPLE’S POST


A Crowd Pleaser for Autumn, Winter or Christmas that is also Booking Now for 2020.


The People's Post tells the very British story of sending a letter from Roman times to the coming of the GPO. Includes morning coffee with biscuits, free time for lunch in a fascinating and unknown slip of the city and a visit to the Postal Museum with a ride on Mail Rail. Ideal for folk who like to see a lot without walking too far and a great choice for an autumn or winter tour. We've also got a Jam Buster version (noon to 6.3pm) with a fish & chip supper and a festive version called The Christmas Post, which combines the Postal Museum and Mail Rail with a tour of Christmas London by Night.


All tours are led by a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide - your entertaining story teller, logistics manager and master of ceremonies rolled into one. Don't give your customers a damp squib of a day out. Give them a day to remember with some City & Village magic.


We are easy to work with, reliable and every single one of our 18 Awards for Best Guided Tours, Best Brochure or Best Overall Group Supplier were voted for by Group Travel Organisers. They are proper awards, not rewards for advertising!


As one of our coach ops, who'd tried the new boys on the block said:


"Book with City & Village Tours. They'll turn up and so will your Dinner!"

Rachel from the City & Village Tours Operations Department went to the Postal Museum this week and took her first ride on Mail Rail. She was a bit apprehensive at the beginning, but once they got going she loved it.

Strictly speaking visitors must be able to walk 100 yards unaided and climb 70 steps in case the train breaks down in the tunnel and you have to be evacuated. This has never happened and we wonder what might happen if London Underground banned all but the fit and able!  Martin, one of our Blue Badge Tour Guides, says sometimes when the train pulls away for the 15 minute round trip, with all the sticks and rollators our customers have left on the platform it looks like the miracle at Lourdes!


Mail Rail ride stops at stations where film projections include footage of the men working there. If you have anyone who's claustrophobic fear not - they can decide on the day whether it's for them or not and there's always the option of taking a seat in the mini-theatre right next to Mail Rail to watch a film of exactly what you would see from the train. All around Mail Rail are displays of postal history including a carriage from a Royal Mail train where, like Rachel below, visitors can don a traditional brown jacket and cap and have a go at sorting the mail while the floor moves to simulate the train motion.

The Postal Museum can be a bit confusing for unaccompanied groups and of course the driver can't leave the coach.

It's split over two sites and the ever-changing arrangements for joining the Mail Ride can catch visitors out. This is definitely a visit that benefits from the cool organisational skills of a top notch Blue Badge Guide. And what's more when they've spent the morning tracing the story of sending a letter from Roman times to the coming of the GPO, your folk are all warmed up to it so the museum really comes alive.

Like any museum, if you arrive cold, tumble off the coach and find your own way it can be a bit of a damp squib. But our  entertaining morning tour breaks the ice and warms everyone up so that by the time they get to the Postal Museum your customers are chatting away and enjoying a shared experience.


A top notch Blue Badge isn't just an expert logistics manager who delivers an entertaining commentary. A good guide is your master of ceremonies, moving your customers from one interesting thing to another.


Exactly the sort of day trip that gets folk coming back for more.


Straight up, our day knocks the Museum and Belgo lunch option into a cocked hat.

Our guide will be waiting for your coach at the Museum of London in the City at 10.30am where coffee and biscuits is all ready for your customers. Your driver can set down and then park up at one of the many bays on St Martin-le-Grand and Angel Lane. If they set down at 10.30am they'll be needed to collect the party again at midday as, after morning refreshments, we take your customers on a short and interesting walk through Postman's Park to the old Head Quarters of the GPO not just for London and the UK but for the whole empire!


The short walking tour, easy enough for folk using sticks and rollators, is followed by a coach tour that takes us deeper into GPO London as we go, quite literally from pillar to post telling a very British story.


We've chosen Exmouth Market for our lunch stop. The traditional London street market is long gone but on weekdays there is a thriving food market with pavement cafe style seating plus a choice of traditional pubs and restaurants. You can also opt to include the best fish & chips in London with a hot drink for just £11pp. The afternoon is dedicated to the Postal Museum and Mail Rail. There's a cafe on site where your customers can buy refreshments before the coach picks them up right outside at 4.45pm to head home. The tour costs £32pp.


If you are looking for a really memorable day out we have day trips good to go for weekdays in October and November 2019. Call Rachel 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.

Jam Buster Special Offer With Fish & Chips £39pp

You can also enjoy this day as a Jam Buster, which is not only good for avoiding the rush hour traffic at both ends of the day and allowing time for your pick up  route, but because you'll not set off from your end until 10.00am or even 10.30am it is ideal if your customer base includes folk who need time to let joint medications kick in or water tablets to wear off before getting on the coach.


Your coach will arrive to meet the guide for free time for lunch in and around the Museum of London at midday. At 1.30pm they'll enjoy the little walk followed by the coach tour - nothing is abridged, its the full tour content. After a visit to the Postal Museum and a ride on Mail Rail, while the London rush hour kicks off we disappear into a nearby restaurant for just about the best fish & chip tea in London, served with a hot drink. You'll be ready to drive home on much emptier roads at 6.30pm. This option costs £39pp.


Available now for weekdays in October and November 2019.

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.


To book call Rachel on 0208 692 1133. info@cityandvillagetours.com


Read the tour itinerary here http://www.cityandvillagetours.com/peoppost19-20.html

The Christmas Post

Discover the very British story of posting a letter from Roman times to the coming of the GPO with a visit to the Postal Museum including a ride on Mail Rail and an entertaining guided coach tour that also shows you the best of Christmas London.


Meet our Blue Badge Tour Guide at 1.00pm to buy lunch in and around the Museum of London - there are two museum cafes and one restaurant plus a Pret and a pub.  We begin our tour with a little bit on foot through the heart of the postal city followed by a coach tour that ends at The Postal Museum. The visit includes a Mail Rail ride but if anyone can't join in through poor mobility or plain old claustrophobia don't worry because there's an excellent little film of everything you would see from the train. After a break to buy a cuppa we're back on the coach to take in the best of the 2019 Christmas Lights. The Christmas Post finishes at Somerset House where you can buy refreshments. Or you can opt to add a fish & chip supper.


Available weekdays from 20 to 25 November 2019

£29pp or £39 including the fish & chip supper, served with peas and a hot drink.


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.


Booking now on 0208 692 1133

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.

The Big Book of Trips is the winner of Best Information Product for Groups in the 2019 Group Travel Awards. Make sure you've got a copy.

Call 0208 692 1133 for a print copy

Or email info@cityandvillagetours.com



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