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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.

Come Sunday for dinner and our joyful Flanders & Swann tribute show. On Monday, following a hearty breakfast, beautifully restored vintage coaches collect you for a picture postcard country drive and a visit to a delightful vintage collection in the Essex Rodings that includes one of the film world's most famous cars.

Day One: Sunday.

Check in at The Swan Hotel is from 2.00pm. Arrive and relax or add a visit on the way - local options include Audley End House (English Heritage), Imperial War Museum Duxford or the Saffron Brewery Tour & Tasting. Dinner this evening is a 3-course traditional roast dinner with coffee and then the show.

The Flanders & Swann & Masters of the Comic Song tribute show.

Singer John Knowles and Paul Higgs on keyboards combine an impressive musicality with warm wit to create an evening of good music and good cheer. Flanders and Swann's own brand of satirical humour has stood the test of time. John and Paul add to the fun with some numbers from other masters of the comic song including Tom Lehrer and the inimitable Victoria Wood.

Day Two: Monday

After breakfast it's all aboard two beautiful 1940s and 1950s coaches from the Lodge Coaches vintage collection for a jolly country drive taking in Finchingfield and the little known Essex Rodings. In pretty High Easter there's time to browse the Lodge family's nostalgic collection of cars, coaches and old garage and bus ephemera. You also get to meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, although, please note that this isn't the original used in the film so this one doesn't actually fly. A ploughman's lunch is served with a nice cup of tea before heading home at 2.30pm.

• One night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

• 5 singles without supplement

• Flanders & Swann tribute show

• Vintage Coach tour & Blue Badge Guide

• Meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

• Ploughman’s lunch with tea/coffee

• Blue Badge Tour Guide on Day Two

• Your choice of coach company

• Driver bed & board, parking & tips

• Free Organiser & Liability Insurance

• 100% Passenger Payment Protection

• Max 33 people with 5 singles

Available Sun/Mon at this price until end March 2020


3* Swan Hotel, Thaxted This historic coaching inn sits opposite the church in the picturesque Essex village of Thaxted. We have booked all 20 stylishly upgraded bedrooms offering a mix of twin, double, and single to accommodate a max of Rooms are bright, elegant and airy with crisp white linen sheets, luxurious 1200 pocket sprung mattresses and tea & coffee facilities.

£229pp Minimum 25 people