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SLEEPOVERS

A collection of SleepOvers 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

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THE BEDFORD SUNDAY NIGHT SLEEPOVER

2 days

Based at the 4* Georgian Swan Hotel in Bedford’s Cultural Quarter overlooking the Great Ouse, this two day break is a real treat for 2019/20. If you don’t know Bedford it will come as a very pleasant surprise. With an afternoon tea cruise exclusively for your group, a Sunday evening dinner and a cooked breakfast. On the Monday we have a really enjoyable day out for you in the company of one of our top notch Blue Badge Guides.

The Bedford Sunday Night SleepOver 2018

BIRMINGHAM SLEEPOVERS                                                                                          2-3 days

Enjoy one night at the brand new Birmingham Park Regis - a very swanky and centrally located 4* star hotel and some shopping & sightseeing in Britain’s Second City. On Sunday spend free time in the Birmingham Christmas Market and on the Monday enjoy a day with our expert Blue Badge Guide including the Staffordshire Hoard, the Library of Birmingham and the new and quirky Coffin Works.

Birmingham SleepOvers 2018

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL SLEEPOVER

2 days

Stay at the Cathedral Lodge in the private precincts of the Cathedral with your own private pass to swan past the queue of tourists at the gatehouse and come and go from the Cathedral as often as you want

Canterbury Cathedral SleepOver

THE FRIARS PILGRIMAGE ADVENTURE

2 days

The theme of this two day break combining two popular day trips - A Medway Mosaic and Faversham & Canterbury is the mediaeval industry of pilgrimage. To enter into the spirit we stay at Aylesford Priory Guesthouse in 13th century monks cells updated with all the mod cons of the 1950s. Not for everyone then but absolutely marvellous for groups with a sense of adventure who would enjoy something a bit different to the usual hotel experience

The Friars Pilgrimage Adventure 2018

THE GREAT STINK & LONDON’S LOST RIVERS

2 days

Two thousand years ago the Romans enjoyed indoor plumbing at their villas but until a couple of hundred years ago Londoners were still throwing the contents of their chamber pots out of the window. The streets of London were shaped by its many rivers but, where once they served the city, as the population grew so they became its deadliest problem.

The Great Stink & London’s Lost Rivers

FLANDERS & SWANN TRIBUTE SHOW IN SURREY

2 days

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, were at the heart of 50’s and 60’s satire in the form of the theatrical revue. Enjoy a glorious wallow in the past with our tip-top tribute show. It’s not an impersonation show, but singer John Knowles and keyboard player Paul Higgs are serendipitously similar in appearance to the originals and their quick wit and exemplary musicianship are put to good use in recreating the magic of a Flanders & Swann performance.

Flanders & Swann Tribute Show in Surrey

HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE CREAM TEA CRUISE

2 days

This overnight stay combines a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio tour to see the sets from the Harry Potter film series and a day with a top notch Blue Badge guide on our ever popular Olympic Park tour, visiting the London Aquatic Centre and the Velodrome and complete a super 2 day break with the Lee Valley Cream Tea Cruise .

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Cream Tea Cruise 2018

LONDON SLEEPOVER SPECIAL OFFER

2 days

The Clarendon Hotel is a cracking family run hotel on elegant Blackheath, a stone’s throw from Royal Greenwich Park & museums. Just 8 miles from Trafalgar Square it’s an ideal London base without the hustle, bustle and noise of staying in the centre. Just right for groups with older members. Our London SleepOver Special Offer is designed to welcome groups who know of us by reputation to come and enjoy one of our award winning guided tours

The London SleepOver Special Offer

SALISBURY & WINCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET

2 days

Enjoy a free day of shopping and sightseeing in Salisbury with a SleepOver at a handsome 4* Georgian city centre hotel followed by a Blue Badge guided tour of winter landscapes in the beautiful Test Valley, lunch and a visit to the Norman Abbey in Romsey and an afternoon at the Winchester Christmas Market.

Salisbury & Winchester Christmas Markets 2018

SAVER LONDON THEATRE SLEEPOVER

2 days

Come for a West End Matinee Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday and stay that night at the 3* Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath Village, a five minute walk across the heath to Greenwich Park and enjoy free time the following day to enjoy the free Greenwich attractions including the National Maritime Museum and the Queens House


Saver London Theatre SleepOver 2018

THE VINTAGE ESSEX SLEEPOVER

2 days

The Swan Hotel sits opposite the old church in Thaxted where Gustav Holst played the organ. For over 1000 years people have lived in and visited this small country town. With its famous Guildhall, old Church and Windmill set against a backdrop of mediaeval houses Thaxted is the jewel in the crown of Essex.

The Vintage Essex SleepOver

WINCHESTER - Bombay Sapphire & Finders Keepers

2 days

You know you are somewhere special as soon as you step through the front door of the Winchester Royal Hotel, as you are greeted with an impressive entrance and sweeping staircase. This charming 16th Century Hotel is a hidden gem within the heart of Winchester. Come for an overnight stay with a visit to the Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill on the beautiful River Test and enjoy some fun and games with the Finders Keepers antique hunting game.


Winchester - Bombay Sapphire & Finders Keepers

WINCHESTER CHRISTMAS OPTIONS

2 days

Enjoy a free day of shopping and sightseeing in Winchester with a SleepOver at a handsome 4* city centre hotel followed by a Blue Badge Guided tour of winter landscapes in the beautiful Test Valley, lunch and an afternoon at the Salisbury Christmas Market.



Winchester Christmas Options

ARTS & CRAFTS LIVERPOOL

3 days

One of last year’s best selling SleepOvers. Our groups enjoyed staying in the centre of the city and they loved the enthusiastic and entertaining Liverpool Blue Badge Tour Guides. We were delighted to find that in nearly every group there were folk who took themselves off to the Cavern Club where they were delighted to find themselves dancing down Memory Lane in the company of other sixties kids*.


Arts & Crafts Liverpool

THE BEAUTIFUL SURREY HILLS SLEEPOVER

3 days

Stay at the plush HQ of the Police Federation and explore The Beautiful Surrey Hills with visits to Polesden Lacey, Watts Gallery & Artists’ Village, chocolate box villages and exhilarating view points. A mixture of top notch Blue Badge guiding and in house expertise will bring out the best of one of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes.

The Beautiful Surrey Hills

BLACK GOLD, CARDIFF & THE RHONDDA

3 days

The story of Cardiff’s growth from a small fishing village to when the ‘black gold’ of the Rhondda became one of the most valuable commodities in the world. The story is told from the perspective of the Marquis of Bute – the richest man in the world, the ship owners, agents and mine owners who met to make and lose fortunes at the Coal Exchange, now a luxury hotel where we stay and, of course, the coal miners of the Rhondda Valley.

Black Gold, Cardiff & the Rhondda

THE COTSWOLDS EXPLORER

3 days

This three-day tour at a 4* hotel brings together three popular City & Village Tours itineraries:

The Downton Abbey Matinee Explorer, Cotswolds Gold and The Cotswolds River Thames Explorer.

The Cotswolds Explorer 2018

THE CONSTABLE COUNTRY SLEEPOVER

3 days

“I associate my careless boyhood with all that lies on the banks of the Stour. Those scenes made me a painter”. John Constable Characterised by open spaces and big ever changing skies the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley embraces one of our most cherished landscapes. Explore Constable Country and walk in the footsteps of a great artist. We stay with dinner, bed and breakfast at the swish Stoke by Nayland golfing and spa hotel.

The Constable Country SleepOver

THE ESSEX CURIOS SLEEPOVER

3 days

Southend on Sea is a great base for this three day break. The 4* Park Inn by Radisson Palace looks out over the water on the Western Esplanade within a few minutes’ walk of the beach, gardens and shops. Nearby the popular Cliffs Pavilion offers a wide programme from touring musicals to comedy and film.

Essex Curios SleepOver2018

HIDDEN LONDON INTERIORS SLEEPOVER

3 days

This 3 day trip is based at the Clarendon on Blackheath. Just eight miles from Trafalgar Square it’s an ideal London base without the hustle, bustle and noise of staying in the centre. Led on two days by a Blue Badge Guide we open the door on some of the Capital’s most beautiful Hidden Interiors

Hidden London Interiors SleepOver

KENTISH CURIOS & CURLING SLEEPOVER   

3 days

This three-day tour at a 4* hotel brings together three popular City & Village Tours itineraries: The Downton Abbey Matinee Explorer, Cotswolds Gold and The Cotswolds River Thames Explorer.

Includes 10 single rooms free of supplement, all entrance fees, free group organiser place and free driver room with bed & board.

Kentish Curios & Curling SleepOver

OXFORD & THE COTSWOLDS

3 days

This three day SleepOver based in a stylish modern hotel just outside Witney combines a visit to Blenheim Castle with two popular City & Village Tours itineraries: Downton Abbey Country and Oxford, the Isis and Iffley.

Oxford & The Cotswolds

ROYAL GREENWICH & WEST END THEATRE                                                                 

3 days

A value for money three day SleepOver based at The Clarendon Hotel on Blackheath with a Blue Badge Guide each day. Enjoy the Strand Palace two-course carvery with coffee, a Thames Cruise a visit to the Cutty Sark, a night at the theatre (top price West End Theatre ticket dress circle or stalls), a ride on the Thames Cable Car and a visit to Eltham Palace.

Royal Greenwich & West End Theatre 2018

SUFFOLK COAST & COUNTRYSIDE

3 days

This three day break will show you some of the very best of Suffolk and has the added draw of a built in option to leave your golfers behind to play the hotel’s championship course while you enjoy a day out exploring the Suffolk Coast with a top notch Blue Badge Guide.


Suffolk Coast & Countryside

THE SUPER SWISH SUSSEX SLEEPOVER

3 days

A three day break staying in the heart of Sussex at Buxted Park - a truly magnificent country house hotel set in 300 acres of Ashdown Forest parkland. This tour combines three of our most popular Sussex day trips- The Ashdown Forest Explorer, The Sussex Prairie Garden & The Mad Jack Fuller Trail.

This is a SleepOver with knobs on!

The Super Swish Sussex SleepOver 2018

VERNACULAR SPECTACULAR

3 days

“There is no town in north Essex – and very few in England – to equal in beauty, compactness and and juxtaposition of mediaeval Georgian architecture, the town of Thaxted”. Sir John Betjeman Just as the stories of ordinary people are so often lost in the noise of royalty and aristocracy so too is the majesty of vernacular architecture lost in the shadow of palaces and churches. Aimed at U3As, National Trust groups, Arts Societies and all groups with a thirst for knowledge.

Vernacular Spectacular

WILD & WONDERFUL SUSSEX

3 days

An action-packed three-day trip staying in picture postcard Bramber or by the sea at Worthing. We visit St Mary’ House & Garden, Lancing College Chapel, the remarkable Sistine Chapel church at Goring-on-Sea and the gorgeous Sussex Prairie Garden. We’ve also arranged an exhilarating wildlands safari at the little known Knepp Castle Estate that your members will remember for a very long time.

Wild & Wonderful Sussex 2018

WINCHESTER & PORTSMOUTH

3 days

Three Days: Visit Winchester where Jane Austen was buried 200 years ago this year, stay two nights with dinner, bed and breakfast slap bang in the heart of Portsmouth at the Royal Maritime Hotel, enjoy two days with the Blue Badge Guide exploring Portsmouth including Fort Nelson, the Hot Walls, the Royal Dockyard and the Mary Rose Museum.


Winchester & Portsmouth 2018

AN ESSEX JAZZ CHRISTMAS - with antiques & gardening

4 days

Here is a splendid programme of activities, entertainments and tours to bring your folk together for a very enjoyable four days before Christmas Stay three nights at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend on Sea and enjoy Finders Keepers - our antiques hunting game, a day out with a top notch Blue Badge Tour and a gardening masterclass at RHS Hyde Hall. On the last evening, there’s a Gala Dinner and private performance of A Brief History of Jazz with the excellent Paul Higgs Quartet.

Essex Jazz Christmas - with antiques & gardening 4

A KENTISH & COCKNEY CHRISTMAS

4 days

This is 100% not turkey & tinsel. It’s a beautifully crafted 4 day pre-Christmas break for groups who’d like to spend a few days together with a festive feel but don’t want to be made to pull crackers in November! Enjoy two days out with a top notch Blue Badge Guide, a Behind the Scenes Tour, some free time locally and a Cockney Christmas Gala Dinner

A Kentish & Cockney Christmas

ANOTHER ISLAND - ISLE OF WIGHT off the beaten track

5 days

We’ve been taking groups to the Isle of Wight on day trips for more than a decade. For 2019 and 2020 we are going off the beaten track with an interesting new itinerary. Please note that on the Isle of Wight single rooms are at a real premium so this holiday will best suit groups where singles don’t mind sharing twin rooms. This five day break includes ferry crossings and our coach from the Isle of Wight, who comes and gets you. Not only do they know the Island like the back of their hand - you only pay for four days coach hire - saving money on the rest day. The hotel faces Sandown’s golden beach with evening entertainment.

Another Island - Isle of Wight off the beaten track

HADRIAN'S WALL, BEAMISH & DURHAM

5 days

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.

Hadrian’s Wall, Beamish & Durham

THE NORTHUMBERLAND COAST

5 days

We stay on the outskirts of Berwick on Tweed in a Georgian country house set in 15 acres of beautiful gardens. With just 19 rooms this is an elegant and intimate family run hotel. After dinner take a 15 minute stroll along the cliff tops to the Scottish border. But you can come back for a Scottish Borders & Edinburgh Break (and believe me, you will want to come back) - this week is all about Northumbria.

The Northumberland Coast

THE PEAK DISTRICT

5 days

OK we admit it. We like fine hotels and really good days out. If day one and five don’t work for your direction of travel we will bespoke alternatives for you. Other hotels are available.

The Peak District

SISSINGHURST & THE CINQUE PORTS

5 days

This carefully crafted five-day break explores the Kent coast and countryside with visits to Walmer Castle and the White Cliffs, the Battle of Britain Memorial, Deal, the Romney Marsh with a ride on the famous miniature railway to Dungeness for fish & chips at the legendary Pilot Inn plus two of the outstanding treasures of the Kent countryside – Sissinghurst Castle and the Port Lympne Reserve.

Sissinghurst & The Cinque Ports

A STORY OF SUFFOLK

5 days

This is a great trip. Over five days you’ll take in some of the very best of Suffolk and all at an enjoyable, gentle pace. You’ll stay at Suffolk’s finest hotel set in 120 acres of stunning historic parkland and surrounded by beautifully peaceful countryside. There’s the added draw of the hotel’s championship golf course and driving range as well as days out exploring the Suffolk Coast with a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide.

A Story of Suffolk

SUSSEX COASTAL CURIOS & THE SOUTH DOWNS

5 days

This five day break is based at a premier 4* seafront hotel in Eastbourne. With three theatres, sandy beaches, the Towner Art Gallery and the famous Carpet Gardens Eastbourne is a great base for a week away. We’ve designed a 5 day itinerary that mixes guided tours with special visits and free time to do your own thing.

Sussex Coastal Curios & The South Downs 2018

THE SUSSEX CURIOS WINTER WARMER

5 days

This five day full board break is based at a premier 4* seafront hotel in Eastbourne. With three theatres and sandy beaches for winter walks Eastbourne is a great base for a winter break. We’ve designed an itinerary that mixes guided tours and special visits with free time to do your own thing.


The Sussex Curios Winter Warmer2018

VICTORIA’S DIAMOND ISLE

5 days

You could be forgiven for thinking that the very spirit of old England has been distilled into a diamond shaped island set in a sparkling sea. We’ve been taking groups to the Isle of Wight on day trips for more than a decade - now we enjoy taking groups to enjoy a whole week of wonders on Victoria’s Diamond Isle.


Victoria's Diamond Isle 2018

THE VILLAGES OF LONDON

5 days

An erudite and entertaining five day London break based at the 3* Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath Village. We explore the concept of the capital as a tapestry of villages. We visit Hampstead & Kenwood House, East London including the William Morris Gallery and the Olympic Park, Holland Park, the Design Museum and Kensington Palace and Royal Greenwich and Eltham Palace

The Villages of London 2018

WINTER BREAK ON THE OLD KENT COAST

5 days

A five day winter break based at a great hotel, newly refurbished, with a group friendly large bar and lounge area. It’s just a minute from the beautiful Folkestone Leas - ideal for gentle walks with sea views. We’ve a balanced programme of activities planned including first and last day visits, two days of sightseeing with an award winning City & Village Tours Blue Badge Guide and an after dinner talk & Show & Tell with TV antiques expert Alison Chapman (Secret Dealers and Dickinson’s Real Deal).

Winter Break on the Old Kent Coast 2018

YORKSHIRE & HULL

5 days

Enjoy a week away in Yorkshire, staying in either Scarborough or Leeds and experience the very best Yorkshire has to offer. With visits to York and Hull - The City of Culture for 2017 - and the James Herriot Museum in Thirsk and free time to explore Robin Hood Bay and Whitby.

Yorkshire & Hull 2018

YORKSHIRE DELIGHTS - HARROGATE, MOORS & DALES

5 days

With its handsome historic buildings and beautiful gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations. Browse the antiques shops try the famous Betty’s tearoom, explore the Montpellier Quarter with the Royal Pump Room Museum and pamper yourself in the gorgeous Moorish-style Turkish Baths & Health Spa.


Yorkshire Delights - Harrogate, Moors & Dales 2018




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