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Matinée Explorers neither underestimate your minds nor overestimate your legs. Start at midday with a sociable lunch together, enjoy a beautifully crafted tour in the company of an erudite and entertaining Blue Badge Guide and finish the day by 4.30pm.  No Uber-Courier youngster addressing your members as you guys. No patronising sweet talk for the old folk! God forbid! These are proper grown up itineraries for proper grown up people who could do with an understanding that while the mind is still more than willing the flesh can sometimes be a tad weak.


These days are designed for groups with members who are now well into their eighties and beyond, who still

DOWNTON ABBEY COUNTRY

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This is not Highclere Castle but the Oxfordshire Cotswolds where the outdoor scenes are filmed. Enjoy a Blue Badge guided tour of Downton Abbey Country. From the old Roman road we will see sleepy little Shilton where Mr. Bates went to work when he left Downton Abbey and Lady Sybil eloped with her chauffeur Tom.

We also visit 'Yew Tree Farm' and the village filmed as Downton itself.


GALLOPS & GARDENS

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Begin in Newmarket at midday with a two-course carvery lunch with coffee in a newly refurbished racing hotel. After lunch by coach up and over the dramatic swoop of the town gallops and out into handsome countryside dominated by this sport of kings.

Led by a Blue Badge Guide who lives in Newmarket & knows the racing scene 'intimately'

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PIANOLAS, PILOTS & PIRATES

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Stow Maries was a Downton Abbey sort of world - the Officers Mess had indoor bathrooms and a special room just for the silver while the lower ranks slept in tents and made do with outdoor privies.

Enjoy lunch together in the jolly bunting-hung mess Hall with a bit of musical accompaniment and explore the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the moody salt marshes.

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THE WILTSHIRE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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Bradford on Avon is the last outpost of the Cotswolds. A town of just 10,000 souls straddling both river and canal it is immensely picturesque, and neither as well known nor as crowded as Bath. We begin with a two-course carvery lunch at midday and include a few steps to enjoy the heart of Bradford followed by an entertaining coach tour and time for tea followed by an entertaining coach tour through Bath and time for tea in beautiful Lacock.

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THE SUSSEX SEASIDE

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Light on the feet but rich on the senses, we begin in picturesque Old Pevensey where William the Conqueror landed in 1066. Including a 2 course lunch with coffee and a gentle walking tour to explore this picturesque village. We follow that with an exhilarating panoramic coach tour and finish with tea in Eastbourne.

We'll sweep along the seafront and set down at just the right spot for you to enjoy the famous Carpet Gardens.

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN COUNTRY

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This day starts with a two-course lunch at a 4* seafront hotel at Dover Marina which has received consistent rave reviews from our groups. We tour the coast and the countryside in what became known as Hellfire Corner and visit the new Scramble Experience at the Wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

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THE HEAVENLY HIGH WEALD

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This day out is built around a tasty group lunch - two courses with coffee, in a fine country pub at Benenden in Kent, after which we explore the beautiful Kent countryside by coach and visit lovely Cranbrook - the capital of the High Weald.

All Matinée Explorers put a cap on the walking content so that every member of your group are comfortable.

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GEMS, JAMS & BOUNCING BOMBS

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We begin this day with a two course lunch with coffee in the very heart of Colchester where we can show you the best of Britain’s oldest recorded town all within short compass. We take a coach tour out into the Essex countryside and visit the charming museum at Tiptree Jam Factory.

Enjoy a gebut content-rich day in the company of a top notch Blue Badge Guide

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THE WHITE CLIFFS & WALMER CASTLE

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Enjoy exhilarating views from the White Cliffs of Dover without climbing any cliffs or hills! Start at midday with a two course lunch with coffee and then enjoy a scenic drive through some of Kent’s most beautiful coastal countryside with an entertaining and top notch Blue Badge guide. We also visit Walmer - the prettiest of the Kent seaside castles.

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THE HONEY COLOURED COTSWOLDS

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Explore the delights of the honey coloured Cotswolds beginning with a two course carvery lunch with coffee at midday. We visit the village that William Morris lauded as the prettiest in all of England and we end up in Gaol - the quirky and interesting Old Prison back at Northleach where tea and shortcake is also included.

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enjoy a day out together, but who would appreciate the guarantee of a day that’s not going to be too much for them.  Avoid early starts (and the rush hour) by arranging to meet our Blue Badge Guide at midday for a sociable two-course lunch with coffee. Then, not so much a walk as a stretch of the legs to help lunch go down before an entertaining coach tour followed by a stop at an interesting and attractive spot for tea before heading home at 4.30pm. So a shorter day with a cap on the walking but still the entertaining and erudite tour content in the company of one of our top Blue Badge Guide.

Because why should all the youngsters in their seventies have all the fun.