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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

Go to the Daytrips tab above to see our

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