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AUTUMN TO SPRING DAY EXCURSIONS 2014-2015 CHOOSE FROM 7 DIFFERENT THEMES

Welcome to our latest ‘Excursions’ brochure! nce again we have put together a varied programme of day trips throughout the winter season and into spring. With 7 different themes there is something to tempt every interest from museums and musical events to gardens and historic houses. Why not let one of our excursions brighten up your day!

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SEPTEMBER

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n Cats – Birmingham

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OCTOBER

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n WarHorse – London n Jersey Boys – London n Miss Saigon – London

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NOVEMBER

Sat 1 Sun 2 Mon 3 Tue 11 Thu 13 Sun 16 Tue 18 Thu 20 Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23 Mon 24 Tue 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sat 29 Sun 30

n Peak Railway 9 n Disney on Ice NEW 5 100 years of Magic – NIA n BBC Studio Tour London 8 n Armistice Day Memorial Service at the NMA & Lichfield 16 n Chatsworth House 10 n London Shopper 18 n Abbey-cwm-Hir Hall Dressed for Christmas 10 n Gloucester Quays Christmas Market NEW 11 n Chatsworth House 10 n Spectacular Classics 5 n Harrods Christmas Shopping NEW 12 with Afternoon Tea n West Midlands Safari Park with Christmas Lunch 14 n Christmas at Rockingham Castle with Yuletide Afternoon Tea 11 NEW 6 n Thursford Christmas Spectacular n Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre 13 n Victorian Festival of Christmas – NEW 13 Historic Dockyard Portsmouth n Birmingham Tattoo – NIA 6 n Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre 12 n Christmas in Bakewell 11

DECEMBER

Mon 1 Tue 2 Wed 3 Thu 4 Fri 5 Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14

n Cheshire Oaks n Chatsworth House NEW n Hever Castle with Christmas Lunch n Christmas Music Hall at Wicksteed Park n Hardwick Hall – NEW Dressed for Christmas (NT) n A Tudor Christmas at Haddon Hall n Waddesdon Manor (NT) NEW n Leeds Castle Dressed for Christmas n Bath Christmas Market n East Lancs Railway NEW with Christmas Lunch n John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration – London n Althorp House with Afternoon Tea n Salisbury Cathedral Christmas Carols n Chester Christmas Market n Christmas at Blists Hill – NEW What the Dickens!

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n Chatsworth House 10 n Severn Valley Railway Christmas Lunch 14 NEW 14 n London Festive Lunch Cruise

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n Jack and the Beanstalk – Birmingham n Billy Elliot – London n Enigma – ‘The Code Breakers’ Station with Guided Tour

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Sun 1 Wed 11 Tues 17 Wed 18 Sat 21 Sat 21 Sun 22 Tues 24

n Imperial War Museum London n Les Miserables n Batsford Arboretum – Snowdrops n Bristol Zoo n Kew Palace and Gardens n The National Archive Centre – Kew n East Lancs Railway – February Steam Gala n Melton Mowbray Market & Belvoir Brewery Tour with Lunch

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Sun 1 Wed 4 Sat 7 Mon 9 Wed 11 Thu 12 Sat 14 Sun 15 Tues 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Sat 21 Tues 24 Wed 25 Thur 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29

n London Museums n Hampstead – A London Village n Harry Potter Studio Tour n Deene Park & Stamford n Royal Albert Hall Tour & Albert Memorial Tour n Historic Dockyard Portsmouth with the New Mary Rose Museum including Talk n BBC Media City – Salford n Mothers Day Lunch n National Brewery Centre with Lunch n Watts Gallery n Nostell Priory (NT) n National Railway Museum York n The View from the Shard n Ashmolean Museum Oxford n Hemswell Antiques & Historic Lincoln n Stourbridge Glass Quarter n Hay on Wye – Town of Books n The Living History Tour – Black Country Museum and Severn Valley Railway

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n Showtime ‘Theatre Trips’ n Special Events n Count Down to Christmas n Festive Lunches n Towns & Museums n Historic Houses & Gardens/Parks n Shopping Visits

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SHOWTIME ‘THEATRE TRIPS’ NEW Cats

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14 September 20 Monday 22nd : 5.30pm Depart Henley approx. Arrive: 6.45pm . .0 11 0pm approx Return Henley:

PRICE: £52.50

NEW Miss Saigon

PRINCE EDW MATINEE PERF ARD THEATRE LONDON ORMANCE 2.30 pm (Stalls) Cameron Mackin tosh’s ac

claimed new pro making its highly duction is an The show updates ticipated return to the West En d. Puccini's Madam e Bu modern world, an d is set in the fin tterfly to the American occupa al days of the Vietnam War. Di tion of Saigon at the end of the scover the epic lov tale of a young ba e story and tragic falls in love with r girl Kim, orphaned by war, who an American GI ca lle their lives are tor n apart by the fal d Chris – but l of Saigon.

Thursday 23rd October 2014 Depart Henley : 8. Arrive: 12 noon 30am approx. Return Henley: 9.00pm approx .

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PRICE: £84.50

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PRICE: £59.50

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PRICE: £46.50

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14 th November 20 Wednesday 26 8.30am : Depart Henley on approx. Arrive: 12.00 no . 9.00pm approx Return Henley:

PRICE: £65.50

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lls) joy seasonal en surroundings of chantment within the magnificen the Royal Albert Hall. This impress t setting is a perfe ive ct festivities and en way to start your Christmas joy special Christmas sing along carols plus extra presenter, conduc trimmings. John Rutter is a immerse yourself tor and composer extraordinaire in : performances as his well thought-out and exquisi Orchestra. Raise he conducts the Royal Philharmon te the Royal Albert ic this seasonal fav Hall’s roof and enjoy ourite!

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PRICE: £73.50

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: 4.00pm Depart Henley approx. pm 15 Arrive: 5. . 10.30pm approx Return Henley:

PRICE: £44.50

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: 5.00 Depart Henley approx. pm 15 6. Arrive: . .0 11 0pm approx Return Henley:

PRICE: £48.50

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Depart Henley : 8.30am Arrive: 12.00 no on approx. Return Henley: 9.00pm approx .

PRICE: £76.50

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PRICE: £56.50

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BBC MEDIA CITY SALFORD Saturday 14 March 2015 The BBC’s home in the North of England is the location for a host of top BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of the Day, Blue Peter, Dragons’ Den and BBC Breakfast, to name just a few. Well-informed tour guides will entertain you as you walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars giving you a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. No two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun. We also allow for free time at Salford Quays where there is a huge choice of restaurants and shops all undercover. Includes: Guided tour

BBC STUDIO TOUR LONDON Monday 3 November 2014 Join us as we take a trip to the BBC Broadcasting House, as our entertaining and informative guides bring to life the work of the BBC’s brand new, state of the art, multimedia broadcasting centre. On our tour some of the things you’re likely to experience include a camera’s eye view via the big screen into some of the studios broadcasting to the nation such as the Six O’clock News and Radio 1, as well as hearing about the rich history of the building and the BBC. We commence with some free time at Covent Garden prior to our timed entrance in the afternoon. Our tour lasts approximately 1 ½ Hrs and we depart for home directly after the tour. Includes: A guided tour

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EAST LANCS RAILWAY – FEBRUARY STEAM GALA Sunday 22 February 2015 The East Lancashire Railway is a heritage railway located in north-west England. Currently it operates for 12 miles between Heywood, Bury and Rawtenstall. Welcome in 2015 with the first Steam Gala of the year when the line operates an intensive, all steam timetable with locomotives from the ELR home fleet as well as special guests from elsewhere in the country. Includes: All day Rover Ticket

HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR, London Saturday 7 March 2015 The Warner Bros. studio tour provides an amazing opportunity to explore the behind the scenes magic of the Harry Potter films. Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall, explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures. Discover a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle and uncover some deeply guarded secrets. We include time for lunch in Windsor before the tour in the afternoon. Includes: Admission

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KEW PALACE AND GARDENS OR THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE CENTRE – KEW Saturday 21 February 2015 At Kew Palace visitors can experience life as it was for George III and his family, and walk through several rooms restored to the exact condition they would have been 200 years ago. Meanwhile, the living plant collection at Kew Gardens now contains over 40,000 different species and Kew’s seven magnificent glasshouses, display rare and unusual plants from across the world. Alternatively, for those of you researching your family tree, the nearby National Archive Centre contains 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. NOTE: When booking please stipulate which venue you wish to visit – Kew Palace/Gardens OR the National Archive Centre – You will be unable to visit both in the time allowed

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DEPARTURES / PRICING Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 12.00 noon* Depart destination: 5.30pm Arrive Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £43.50 Concession £42.50 Child £40.50

Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 12.00 noon* Depart destination: 5.30pm Arrive Henley: 9.00pm* Adult £52.50 Concession £51.50 Child £49.50

Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 7.00pm* Adult £54.50 Concession £53.50 Child £49.50 Depart Henley: 10.00am Arrive destination: 12.00 noon* Depart destination: 6.45pm Return Henley: 9.00pm* Adult £66.50 Concession £65.50 Child £60.50 Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Kew Palace & Gardens Adult £46.50 Concession £45.50 Child £35.50 National Archive Centre Adult £36.50 Concession £35.50 Child Not Available

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MOTHERS DAY LUNCH Sunday 15 March 2015 As Spring unfolds and the landscape awakens from its winter slumbers why not give your Mother a treat on this her special day! Travelling via Monmouth we enjoy a scenic drive along the Wye Valley to Chepstow. Here we pause at the spectacular 4-Star Marriott St Pierre Park Hotel for a 3-course Mother’s Day luncheon. Our return route takes us via the Forest of Dean before returning home in the early evening. Includes: 3 course lunch

PEAK RAILWAY, Derbyshire Saturday 1 November 2014 We make our way through the stunning Peak District scenery to the historic town of Buxton, where we make a short stop for coffee. We continue through the majestic scenery to Bakewell where there is time to explore and have lunch and perhaps try a pudding or two! We then make the short journey to Rowsley where we will enjoy a nostalgic return train ride to Matlock on the Peak Railway to enjoy more of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Includes: Train ride and free time in Buxton and Bakewell

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ROYAL ALBERT HALL & ALBERT MEMORIAL TOUR WITH LUNCH Wednesday 11 March 2015 We take a fascinating guided tour through this stunning and iconic building, including some of the unseen workings, the auditorium, the Queen’s Box and the Royal Retiring Room. As the hall is a working venue, each tour will be unique! We also visit the nearby Albert Memorial and learn of the links between the two buildings, before enjoying a light lunch. There is then time to explore one of the nearby museums. Includes: Guided tour and light lunch

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THE LIVING HISTORY TOUR – BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSUEM & SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY Sunday 29 March 2015 We commence with a visit to the 26 acre Black Country Living Museum. This Black Country village has been created brick-by-original brick to portray local life in the period from the 1850s to the 1950s. Meet the characters in their period costumes in the original shops and houses, ride on the tram and descend into the underground coal mine. Next we drive to Bridgnorth where we journey back in time and take a nostalgic train ride along the beautiful Severn Valley to Kidderminster. Includes: Entrance to the Black Country Living Museum & journey on the Severn Valley Railway

THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD WITH A WEST COUNTRY CREAM TEA, London Tuesday 24 March 2015 The Shard is an iconic, landmark building, visible from where ever you are in London. Designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano, the building combines offices, restaurants and London’s highest viewing gallery. At 1,016ft high this is the highest building in Western Europe. We travel to level 69 which offers a 360 degree, 64 km incredible view over the city. Enjoy the multimedia displays which tell the past, present and future of London. We commence with some free time in Covent Garden prior to our afternoon visit to the Shard and conclude our visit with an exquisite West County Cream tea at the Grosvenor hotel. Includes: Entrance & cream tea

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DEPARTURES / PRICING Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.30pm* Adult £49.50 Concession £48.50 Child £47.50

Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.30pm* Adult £35.50 Concession £34.50 Child £30.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 7.30pm* Adult £59.50 Concession £58.50 Child £55.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 10.00am* Depart destination: 4.45pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £52.50 Concession £51.50 Child £43.50

Depart Henley: 7.45am Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £79.50 Concession £78.50 Child £75.50

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ABBEY-CWM-HIR HALL DRESSED FOR CHRISTMAS, Mid Wales Tuesday 18 November 2014 Set in breathtaking scenery, this beautiful house, built in 1834, is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Admire the opulence of the stunning formal rooms which are beautifully dressed for Christmas. Before arrival at the house, we make a stop at the charming nearby town of Llandrindod Wells with its art and craft shops. Includes: Admission and light refreshments Please bring your carpet slippers!

ALTHORP HOUSE WITH AFTERNOON TEA, Northamptonshire Thursday 11 December 2014 This magnificent estate and stunning house is bursting with history, heritage, art and one of Europe’s finest furniture collections. We will be welcomed into the warmth of Althorp with mince pies and Christmas refreshments before taking a guided tour of the house dressed for a traditional Spencer Family Christmas. We will be treated to a traditional afternoon tea which will be served on the Spencer Family China in the spectacular State Dining Room. Includes: Admission, guided tour and afternoon tea

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET, Avon Tuesday 9 December 2014 Enjoy some festive cheer in a wonderful location. The market is set in the heart of the city alongside the stunning architecture of the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. This year there will be over 140 traditional wooden chalet style stalls each one offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – an exceptional array of Christmas goodies.

CHATSWORTH HOUSE, Derbyshire – Alice in Wonderland Thursday 13 November 2014, Friday 21 November 2014, Tuesday 2 December 2014, Monday 15 December 2014 Chatsworth House will be magically transformed during the Christmas season with the lower floors of the house decorated to the theme of Alice in Wonderland. The glimmer of candles, the fragrance of decorated trees and the sound of music playing combine to make a unique experience. Refreshments are available along with a gift shop offering Christmas goods and produce. Before arriving at the house we make a stop at the nearby farm shop. Both November dates will include the Christmas market offering a wide range of stalls along with seasonal musical entertainment from brass bands to string quartets. Includes: Entrance to House & Grounds

CHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday 13 December 2014 Located within the heart of the city along by the Town Hall and the cathedral this “Old England” themed winter market will feature a range of gifts and winter refreshments. The market offers a wide range of beautiful jewellery, toys, hand-made Christmas decorations, paintings, cards and original art. There’s festive food on offer including roast chestnuts, crepes, warming soups and mulled wine. New to the market this year is a stunning centrepiece featuring a Champagne Lanson bar which is sure to add extra sparkle to the day’s events.

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Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 7.45pm* Adult £45.50 Concession £44.50 Child £40.50

Depart Henley: 12.15pm Arrive destination: 1.45pm* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 6.30pm* Adult £64.50 Concession £63.50 Child £54.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 10.45am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 7.30pm* Adult £34.50 Concession £33.50 Child £25.50 Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £43.50 Concession £42.50 Child £40.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 7.00pm* Adult £34.50 Concession £33.50 Child £25.50


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CHRISTMAS AT BLISTS HILL – WHAT THE DICKENS! Sunday 14 December 2014 Join the residents at Blists Hill as they get into the festive spirit for a Victorian Christmas and experience traditional celebrations from the 1800s. There will be plenty to see as you wander around the town visiting the cottages and hearing stories of life from over 100 years ago including traditional cooking demonstrations. There is plenty of time to visit the town’s shops and enjoy the small market or simply enjoy the music from Brass Bands and Carol singers along with the festive entertainment from the actors in the village. Includes: Admission to Blists Hill

CHRISTMAS IN BAKEWELL Sunday 30 November 2014 Home to the famous Bakewell pudding the town of Bakewell is located in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The cobbled streets and little courtyards of Bakewell look wonderful at Christmas and are the perfect setting for a Christmas market. There are over 40 stalls selling a wide range of gifts as well as festive food and drink including an Italian Christmas food market. All this will be accompanied by carol singers, choirs, and street entertainment along with the Bakewell Silver Band which will be playing throughout the day.

CHRISTMAS AT ROCKINGHAM CASTLE WITH YULETIDE AFTERNOON TEA, Leicestershire Tuesday 25 November 2014 Step back in time with an afternoon visit to Rockingham Castle. The Castle Courtyard, decorated with illuminated trees, offers an insight into how preparations for Christmas would have been made in 1881. The housekeeper, butler and governess have been working hard to prepare the Castle – the fires are lit, the food prepared and the Great Hall table is set for Christmas lunch. Join the guided tour to see them putting the final touches to their work and hear the story of a Victorian Christmas Eve. After our tour we enjoy a festive Yuletide Cream tea before heading home. Includes: Admission, guided tour and Yuletide cream tea

CHRISTMAS MUSIC HALL AT WICKSTEED PARK, Northamptonshire Thursday 4 December 2014

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Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 5.15pm* Adult £38.50 Concession £37.50 Child £35.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £32.50 Concession £31.50 Child £23.50

Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £43.50 Concession £42.50 Child £36.50

Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.00pm*

Founded by Charles Wicksteed, Wicksteed Park combines excitement and entertainment with the tranquillity of a Grade 11 country park. Today we enjoy an afternoon of song and dance. ‘All aboard SS Broadway’. A delightful cast of singers and dancers accompanied by their sensational Adult £47.50 Concession £46.50 band will entertain you as they welcome you on board, a show stopping Child £40.50 tribute to the best loved songs from the golden age of musical theatre. Includes: Admission, lunch and afternoon tea

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GLOUCESTER QUAYS CHRISTMAS MARKET Thursday 20 November 2014 Gloucester Quays is promising all the hustle and bustle of a Dickensian festive feast when the Victorian Christmas Market returns this November. There will be around 130 decorated stalls selling everything from fine food and drink, to children’s toys, artisan jewellery, homewares, clothes and accessories, not to mention a host of handmade trinkets perfect for Christmas gift ideas. Live music will ring out of the Quays from brass bands to Christmas carollers, while the stars of the show are expected to be the larger-than-life wandering characters – including street urchins, ruffians, pickpockets, chimney sweeps and Victorian policemen – all guaranteed to surprise.

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Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £28.50 Concession £27.50 Child £25.50

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HARDWICK HALL (NT) DRESSED FOR CHRISTMAS Friday 5 December 2014 We make a coffee stop at Masson Mills Shopping village a unique shopping experience set over five floors before arriving at Hardwick Hall in time for Lunch. The hall is a magnificent statement of the wealth and status of its builder, Bess of Hardwick and remains almost unchanged since she lived there and gives an insight into the formality of Elizabethan courtly life. The hall will be dressed up and decorated for Christmas. Please note that a reduced number of rooms are visible during the Christmas period

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HARRODS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH AFTERNOON TEA Sunday 23 November 2014 If you only visit one store in London, make it Harrods. Established in 1834 it is now world famous, its magnificent architecture makes it an iconic part of London. It has a reputation for excellence and offers finest quality merchandise. From specialized tea to designer fashions spread over 5 floors with over 300 departments including the famous food halls. Late afternoon we visit the nearby hotel The Rembrandt for a traditional afternoon tea complete with delicate cakes, finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Includes: Traditional afternoon tea at the Rembrandt

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LEEDS CASTLE DRESSED FOR CHRISTMAS Monday 8 December 2014 Said to be the loveliest castle in the world, Leeds Castle is set in a superb moated position within a magnificent 500 acre park. A palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon remained a royal residence for 300 years before becoming a private house. Stewards and guides will help you discover the fascinating history of the last private owner Lady Baillie as you visit the State Rooms which will be beautifully decorated in traditional colours with fragrant pine Christmas trees. We finish the afternoon with mulled wine and mince pies in the Fairfax Hall restaurant overlooking the moat and the Castle. Includes: Admission, mulled wine and mince pies

LUDLOW MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 29 November 2014 Jesters, entertainers, archery, historical re-enactments create a medieval atmosphere for your Christmas shopping! All sorts of goodies can be bought for your Christmas stocking from over 100 stalls all in medieval costumes, selling seasonal wares, crafts and historical goods. There are plenty of food and drink stalls, enjoy a mulled wine or a tasty cider! A great treat for all the family with a full programme of entertainment, in the glorious setting of medieval Ludlow Castle. Includes: Admission

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Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart Masson Mills: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £39.50 Concession £38.50 Child £36.50 Reduction for National Trust members Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £50.50 Concession £49.50 Child £48.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 7.30pm* Adult £55.50 Concession £54.50 Child £51.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 3.30pm Return Henley: 5.00pm* Adult £37.50 Concession £36.50 Child £34.50

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Wiltshire Depart Henley: 8.00am Friday 12 December 2014 Explore the historic city of Salisbury which during our visit will be holding their annual Christmas Market, voted last year as one of the Top 10 in the country. A host of beautifully decorated chalets will offer inspiring gifts and gourmet food as well as traditional music and carols to serenade you while you shop. After lunch we head to the cathedral for an afternoon carol concert, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. The impressive cathedral is the finest 13th century cathedral in Britain and has the tallest spire. Includes: Admission to concert, mulled wine and mince pie

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A TUDOR CHRISTMAS AT HADDON HALL Saturday 6 December 2014 Each Christmas Haddon Hall opens its doors to offer a truly unique experience. Glowing with traditional decoration and lighting, there are open fires, music and the very best of festive hospitality The Tudor group will bring Haddon to life with their authentic Christmas preparations. Before arriving at the house we make a coffee stop in Bakewell, arriving at the hall in time for lunch. The Courtyard Pavilion offers plenty of choice, hot rolls, filling soups, mince pies and hot beverages. We have free time in the afternoon to visit the house. Includes: Admission Please note that this excursion is not suitable for the less mobile due to the nature of the house

WADDESDON MANOR (NT), Buckinghamshire Sunday 7 December 2014 This Renaissance style chateau is a delight to visit at any time of year, but particularly so at Christmas. Refreshments will be served on arrival before we enjoy the beautifully and elegantly decorated rooms of the East Wing of the house which resound with music, carols and festive atmosphere. There will be plenty of time to visit the Christmas Fair which is held in the formal gardens of the Manor offering both festive gifts and food. Includes: Admission and light refreshments

WORCESTER VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FAYRE Thursday 27 November 2014 With over a hundred stalls the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre offers an array of local handmade arts and crafts, along with festive gifts for shoppers looking for a perfect Christmas present. There will be plenty of Christmas ‘flavour’ to enjoy with seasonal foods such as roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year there will be a lively entertainment programme with magical dance displays, choirs, instrumental performances and even juggling Victorian themed stilt walkers!

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Friday 28 November 2014 Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as you stroll around the Dickensian-style snow covered streets and browse the market stalls selling crafts, gifts and food. Be entertained by the wonderland of Victorian characters before visiting the many attractions that the Dockyard has to offer, including the new Mary Rose Museum, The National Museum of the Royal Navy which is one of the country’s leading maritime museums and world famous ships HMS Warrior 1860 and HMS Victory. Includes: Entrance

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Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £40.50 Concession £39.50 Child £38.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 5.30pm* Adult £44.50 Concession £43.50 Child £41.50 Reduction for National Trust members Depart Henley: 9.45am Arrive destination: 10.45am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 5.00pm* Adult £23.50 Concession £22.50 Child £19.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 8.30pm* Adult £52.50 Concession £51.50 Child £49.50

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EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY WITH CHRISTMAS LUNCH Wednesday 10 December 2014 The perfect way to celebrate Christmas! Experience a festive meal with all the trimmings as the beautiful winter Lancashire countryside passes you by. Arriving at Bury we have time to visit the Bury Transport Museum if required before joining our return train ride to Rawtenstall. Your meal is served during the journey and includes Soup, Turkey dinner, Christmas Pudding and mince pies. Includes: Return train ride, 3 course festive lunch and coffee

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HEVER CASTLE WITH CHRISTMAS LUNCH Wednesday 3 December 2014 Christmas is a great time to visit Hever Castle. See the castle beautifully decorated for Christmas with sparkling fairy lights and welcoming log fires. Fabulous Christmas shop packed with gift ideas and a delicious seasonal lunch in the restaurant, the perfect day out to get you in that festive spirit. Enjoy a threecourse traditional lunch, including roast turkey and Christmas Pudding in the Pavillion Restaurant overlooking the Lake. Includes: Entrance to castle & grounds plus 3 course festive lunch and coffee

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LONDON FESTVE LUNCH CRUISE Saturday 20 December 2014 Why not really push the boat out (terrible pun intended) with this wonderful 1 ¾ hour Festive lunch cruise on the River Thames with City Cruises. Departing from Tower Pier enjoy a fabulous 2-course lunch time cruise with full on-board commentary. Free time in Central London with a short tour of the Christmas lights before returning home late afternoon. Includes: River cruise & festive 2-course lunch and coffee

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY CHRISTMAS LUNCH Wednesday 17 December 2014 We join one of the steam trains which operate along this superbly restored branch line for a relaxing ride through the countryside. On our journey from Bewdley we enjoy a delicious starter and main course before we arrive in Bridgnorth for a short stop and a chance to stretch our legs. We enjoy pudding, coffee and warm mince pies on our return journey. Look out for the various stations along the route, together with lovely views of the Severn Valley. Includes: Return train ride, 3 course festive lunch and coffee

WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK WITH CHRISTMAS LUNCH Monday 24 November 2014 Enjoy a tasty Christmas lunch in an unusual venue! After lunch, we visit the all-weather safari from the warmth and comfort of our coach. Look out for the animals tucking into their very own Christmas lunch. Includes: Admission, 2 course lunch and safari tour

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DEPARTURES / PRICING

Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.15pm Return Henley: 7.15pm* Adult £69.50 Concession £68.50 Child £65.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £66.50 Concession £65.50 Child £60.50

Depart Henley: 7.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £59.50 Concession £58.50 Child £53.50

Depart Henley: 11.30am Arrive destination: 12.30pm* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 5.30pm* Adult £75.50 Concession £74.50 Child £70.50

Depart Henley: 10.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 3.30pm Return Henley: 4.30pm* Adult £39.50 Concession £38.50 Child £36.50


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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, Oxford Wednesday 25th March 2015 The Ashmolean is Britain’s first public museum and the greatest university museum in the world. Here you will find objects from across the globe dating from 8000BC to the present day. The famous Alfred Jewel, magnificent Pre-Raphaelite paintings, exquisite Chinese jade and ceramics, Samurai armour from Japan and the finest collection of pre-dynastic Egyptian artifacts outside Cairo are some of its most famous exhibits. Coffee upon arrival followed by a one hour guided tour after which we are free to explore the museum at leisure or discover the historic sites of Oxford. Includes: A ‘Ashmolean highlights’ guided tour and refreshments on arrival

‘ENIGMA’ – THE CODE BREAKERS’ STATION WITH GUIDED TOUR, Buckinghamshire Sunday 25 January 2015 Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park Home of the Code breakers is a heritage site. Visitors can explore and experience the top secret world of iconic WW2 Code breaking Huts and Blocks set within an atmospheric Victorian estate, where 12,000 people worked in complete secrecy. Our visit includes a guided tour of the Park, which gives a background to the Code and Cypher School, then through the Cryptology Trail, viewing largest and most comprehensive public display of Enigma machines in the world. Includes: Admission, guided tour and audio guide

HAY-ON-WYE – TOWN OF BOOKS, Herefordshire Saturday 28 March 2015 Hay-on-Wye is a small market town in Powys, situated on the Wales/England border. The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Often described as the “Town of Books”, it is the National Book Town of Wales and its numerous bookshops are a delight to browse at any time of year and it is the twin town of Timbuktu!

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HISTORIC DOCKYARD PORTSMOUTH WITH THE NEW MARY ROSE MUSEUM INCLUDING TALK Thursday 12th March 2015 The ship that captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 is the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world and the brand new museum will reunite her with many of her 19,000 artefacts and crew in a unique journey through Tudor life. For the first time crew members will be brought to life giving visitors the chance to come face to face with the carpenter, cook, archer and even the ship’s dog, ‘Hatch’! For your special interest we include ‘The Men of Mary Rose’, an illustrated talk using evidence from contemporary sources, artefacts and human remains found on board the ship. There will be free time after your visit to the museum to view all the other attractions at the Historic Dockyard including HMS Warrior and HMS Victory. Includes: All attraction ticket and timed entry to the Mary Rose Museum and illustrated talk

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, London Sunday 1 February 2015 This award-winning museum tells the story of 20th century conflict on the home front and on the front line. To mark the First World War Centenary discover the new exhibition entitled ‘Truth and Memory’ – the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years. Other new and exciting family exhibitions will include ‘Horrible Histories’, ‘Spies’ and Supplying Frontline Afghanistan’. Other permanent exhibitions and galleries include ‘The Lord Ashcroft Gallery’ featuring the largest collection of VC’s. The ‘Holocaust Exhibition’, ‘Secret War’ and ‘A Family in Wartime’. Includes: Admission is free

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DEPARTURES / PRICING Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 5.30pm* Adult £42.50 Concession £41.40 Child £39.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 10.45am* Depart destination: 3.30pm Return Henley: 5.00pm* Adult £39.50 Concession £38.50 Child £32.50

Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.30pm* Adult £27.50 Concession £26.50 Child £21.50 Depart Henley: 7.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 8.30pm* Adult £62.50 Concession £61.50 Child £56.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £27.50 Concession £26.50 Child £23.50

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LONDON MUSEUMS Sunday 1 March 2015 It will be hard to choose how to spend your time, there is so much to see! Perhaps opt for the Natural History Museum, where you can learn about volcanoes and earthquakes, the Science Museum which tracks the development of the modern world, or The Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s greatest museum of art and design. Admission is free, although there may be a charge for special exhibitions.

ARMISTICE DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM & LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE Tuesday 11 November 2014 The National Memorial Arboretum comprises 150 acres of trees and 130 memorials of national significance. It is the home of the moving Armed Forces Memorial which remembers those who have given their lives since the end of WWII. In 2014 to mark the WW1 Centenary, the Arboretum will open a special trail which will incorporate specific memorials, trees and dedications to all those who fell between 1914-18. Arriving in time for the 10.30am outdoor Armistice Day Memorial Service we can then choose to explore the Arboretum further via the Land Train or take our coach to the nearby city of Lichfield, with its Cathedral and many shops. Any visitors wishing to apply for tickets to be seated at the Armed Forces Memorial Service can apply by downloading a form from the NMA website from 1st September at www.thenma.org.uk. Admission is free but donations to the Arboretum can be made on site

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Friday 27th March 2015 Home to glass making for over 400 years, the Stourbridge Glass Quarter not only enjoys a wealth of glass making heritage but is also home to a vibrant community of glass companies and innovative studio glass artists. Broadfield House Glass Museum, Red House Glass Cone and Ruskin Glass Centre are at the heart of the Quarter with each venue bringing a different dimension to visitors’ exploration of glass, past and present. Includes: A guided ‘Great Glass’ tour with entrances to the Ruskin Glass Centre, Tudor Crystal, Red House Glass Cone, Broadfield House Glass Museum

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Wednesday 18 March 2015 The only Gallery in the UK dedicated to a single professional artist, Watts Gallery houses a collection of works by the eminent Victorian artist, G.F. Watts. After our guided tour there is time to explore the nearby Watts Chapel and take lunch before we commence with our afternoon guided tour of Limnerslease, the home of G. F. Watts and Mary Watts. Includes: Admission refreshments on arrival & guided tours

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Saturday 21 March 2015 The National Railway Museum in the picturesque city of York has long been the home of Britain’s rich railway heritage and is the largest museum of its kind in Britain. It displays a collection of over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock. The museum includes exhibitions, fascinating memorabilia, science shows, storytelling plus much more! Free admission

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DEPARTURES / PRICING Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 8.30pm* Adult £27.50 Concession £26.50 Child £23.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 9.45am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 5.15pm* Adult £28.50 Concession £27.50 Child £24.50

Depart Henley: 9.30am Arrive destination: 10.15am* Depart destination: 4.45pm Return Henley: 5.30pm* Adult £35.50 Concession £34.50 Child £30.50

Depart Henley: 7.30am Arrive destination: 10:30am* Depart destination: 4.15pm Return Henley: 7.15pm* Adult £53.50 Concession £52.50 Child £50.50 Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £35.50 Concession £34.50 Child £30.50

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BATSFORD ARBORETUM SNOWDROPS WITH AFTERNOON TEA Tuesday 17 February 2015 We commence with a visit to Moreton-in-Marsh Tuesday morning market before continuing to Batsford Arboretum in the Cotswolds. Home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos. Covering some 56 acres visitors can expect to see drifts of snowdrops at their very peak nestling among the trees. After our tour we enjoy afternoon tea before departing for home. Includes: Entrance to Batsford Arboretum with a guided tour & afternoon tea

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BRISTOL ZOO Wednesday 18 February 2014 At Bristol Zoo Gardens you can enjoy an amazing world of animals, all within our award-winning 12 acre gardens. With over 400 species and nine animals houses under cover, perhaps visit the new gorilla house with 180 degrees guest viewing area of these magnificent animals. It’s one of the best days out in Bristol whatever the weather. Includes: Entrance

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DEENE PARK & STAMFORD Monday 9 March 2015 We arrive in the ancient, unspoilt, market town of Stamford, with its superb collection of medieval and Georgian buildings. In the afternoon we visit Deene Park, a sixteenth century manor house, which has been home to the Brudenell family since 1514 including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade; this rambling, castellated Tudor and Regency mansion is surrounded by beautiful gardens, a large park and lake. Includes: Entrance to Deene Park and afternoon cream tea

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HAMPSTEAD – A LONDON VILLAGE Wednesday 4 March 2015 Travelling to Hampstead, we meet our local guide at 10.30am for morning coffee and biscuits before being whisked off to see the Hampstead Garden Suburb, including the Avenue; a millionaire’s row and one time home to Billy Butlin and Gracie Fields. We stroll down through the lanes of old Hampstead – the Montmartre of London, a pleasant and easy walk, that brings us back to the pub for a tasty roast of the day lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Kenwood, House, a superb country house gifted to the nation by the Guinness family. The House, with its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection has a vast array of masterpieces on display, including Rembrandt’s self-portrait, and be awed by the breathtaking beauty of architect Robert Adam’s library. Includes: Guided tour, morning coffee, ‘Roast of the Day’, pub lunch & guided tour of Kenwood House

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NOSTELL PRIORY (NT) Thursday 19 March 2015 Formally the site of a monastery, Nostell Priory is an 18th-century architectural masterpiece, with Chippendale furniture, fine collections and landscape park and gardens. We step inside rooms that were dressed to impress, designed by James Paine and Robert Adam. Take time to discover the detail in exquisite plasterwork, hand painted wallpaper and amazing paintings. The house is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, lakes and formal gardens. Includes: Admission & light refreshments in the afternoon

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DEPARTURES / PRICING Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive Moreton in Marsh: 10.00am* Arrive Batsford: 12.30pm* Depart destination: 4.15pm Arrive Henley: 5.15pm* Adult £44.50 Concession £43.50 Child £39.50

Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Arrive Henley: 6.30pm* Adult £44.50 Concession £43.50 Child £39.50 Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive Stamford: 11.15am* Depart Stamford: 1.15pm Arrive Deene Park: 1.45pm* Depart Destination: 5.00pm Arrive Henley: 6.30pm* Adult £48.50 Concession £47.50 Child £44.50 Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 4.45pm Arrive Henley: 7.15pm* Adult £62.50 Concession £61.50 Child £59.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.30am* Depart destination: 4.30pm Arrive Henley: 7.00pm* Adult £46.50 Concession £45.50 Child £39.50 Reductions available for (NT) National Trust Members

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CHESHIRE OAKS Monday 1 December 2014 This McArthur Glen Designer Outlet is the largest in Europe, with 120 stores selling branded and designer goods at great discounts. A 500-seat Food Court and 4 restaurants make this a shopping experience to remember. Includes 10% discount card valid in selected stores

HEMSWELL ANTIQUES & HISTORIC LINCOLN Thursday 26 March 2015 Hemswell Antiques Centre is situated on the former site of RAF Hemswell, approximately 14 miles north of Lincoln. Here we can discover Europe’s largest selection of dealers who can offer you the widest possible range of antiques, collectables and antique furniture. Located within three separate buildings you will find around three hundred display areas, which will keep you enthralled for hours. Take your time to wander through their vast array of bygone treasures and – who knows – you may discover that antiques bargain you’ve been searching for? In the afternoon we visit the historic City of Lincoln with its awe inspiring cathedral where we can look back at over 2000 years of history and discover the cities Roman, Norman, Medieval, Tudor and Georgian heritage.

LONDON SHOPPER Sunday 16 November 2014 A great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop! Undoubtedly the shopping capital of the world, London has an incredible array of shops catering for every taste and budget. Oxford Street lies at the very centre and major department stores rub shoulders with shopping arcades and boutiques.

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Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive destination: 10.30am* Depart destination: 4.00pm Return Henley: 6.00pm* Adult £27.50 Concession £26.50 Child £24.50 Depart Henley: 8.30am Arrive Hemswell: 11.00am* Depart Hemswell: 2.00pm Arrive Lincoln: 2.30pm* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 7.00pm* Adult £34.50 Concession £33.50 Child £29.50

Depart Henley: 8.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 8.00pm* Adult £27.50 Concession £26.50 Child £24.50

Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Tuesday 24 February 2015 Enjoy the variety of stalls at the bustling street market, where you Depart destination: 4.30pm Return Henley: 6.30pm* can buy anything from cheese to carpets and candles to olives! We continue to the Belvoir Brewery, where we enjoy a tasty lunch and a guided tour of the brewery, along with a pork pie and Adult £40.50 Concession £39.50 Stilton cheese tasting. Child £34.50 Includes 2 course lunch, guided Brewery Tour and beer

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NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE WITH LUNCH Tuesday 17 March 2015 We commence with a morning visit to the Cathedral City of Lichfield before arriving at the National Brewery Centre in Burton for an included 2-course lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a 2 hour ‘Full Flagon’ tour of the centre, exploring the attractions of the Brewing Experience Museum, incorporating the Bass Collection and William Worthington’s Brewery, led by a specialist tour guide. Includes ‘Full Flagon’ Brewery Tour, 2 course lunch including tea & coffee and 1 strip of beer tasting tokens

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Depart Henley: 9.00am Arrive destination: 11.00am* Depart destination: 5.00pm Return Henley: 7.00pm* Adult £49.50 Concession £47.50 Child £45.50

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MAKING ENQUIRIES AND BOOKING YOUR EXCURSION INFORMATION AND ADVICE Contact our Travel Office at Henley in Arden. Callers are welcome at our offices at Liveridge Hill (on the Birmingham Road A3400, just north of Henley) where there is ample free parking. You will find our cheerful staff happy to answer any queries you may have. EXCURSION & SHOWTIME BOOKINGS To make a provisional booking, a simple telephone call is all that is needed. We will hold places for you without obligation for 7 days. You can book directly with our Travel Office, through an appointed Travel Agent, or on-line at www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk. Please note that provisional bookings will be cancelled automatically if payment is not received within 7 days. CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING In order to confirm your booking, we require payment in full within 7 days. Once payment is received, we will send your confirmation/receipt, the number and location of seats booked. Pick-up times will be confirmed within five days of the excursion departure date. Please check your confirmation details carefully as late alterations will incur charges. METHODS OF PAYMENT All normal methods of payment, including cash, are possible at our Offices. By post, with a cheque (a booking form is enclosed for your convenience) or by debit/credit card – i.e. Switch, Visa, Mastercard, by telephone or by post. PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO: ‘JOHNSONS COACH TRAVEL’. Please note there is a 2% charge for payments made by credit card. REDUCTIONS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, STUDENTS & CHILDREN Senior Citizens and Students (with a valid student card) are carried at the Concession rate. Children aged 4-14 are carried at the Child rates listed in this brochure. Please note we cannot accept unaccompanied children below 14 years of age. CANCELLATION (a) BY THE COMPANY – should circumstances arise where, due to less than 20 bookings, we are forced to cancel any excursion; all monies paid by all passengers for that particular excursion will be

refunded. Following that, the Company shall be exempt from any further liability. However, in addition to this, we will offer a 5% discount off the price of an alternative excursion booked as a result of the cancellation. (b) BY THE PASSENGER – Excursion Bookings You may cancel your booking at any time prior to departure, subject to the following conditions: (i) For cancellations notified to us more than 7 days prior to the departure of the excursion, a £5.00 charge per booking is made. (ii) For cancellations for which less than 7 (but more than 1) clear days notice is received, a £15.00 per person charge is made. (iii) For cancellations made within 1 day of the excursion, the full cost of the excursion will be charged. (iv) Special cancellation charges may apply where admission tickets are purchased in advance. (c) BY THE PASSENGER – Showtime Bookings You may cancel your booking at any time prior to departure, subject to the following conditions: (i) Should cancellation occur at any time prior to departure, a charge will be made for the relevant show ticket cost included with your Showtime excursion, plus £10 per person to cover administration, unless the tickets are re-sold. (ii) Where tickets are re-sold, a £10 per person administration charge will be made. PERFORMING ARTISTS For some shows, it may be advertised that a well-known personality is taking a starring role. We cannot be held liable, if on the date of our visit, the personality is unable to perform and is replaced by an understudy. ALTERATIONS The Company reserves the right to alter excursions or prices, the size and specification of the vehicle used, or to cancel any excursion listed in this brochure. Please note that if you request a change of boarding point, this may incur an administration charge. ADMISSION CHARGES Are included in all prices unless stated.

BOARDING INFORMATION Notification of Boarding Times You will be informed of your pick up time by post, 5 days prior to the departure of the excursion. If you have not received your pick up time within 3 days of departure, please contact our Travel Office on 01564 797000 (Option 0). Group Booking When reserving 15 or more places in a single booking, we are pleased to offer 1 pick-up from a location of your choice (Subject to vehicular access). Discounts may also be available dependant on numbers booked. Late Booking If your booking is made within 7 days of departure, some pick up points may not be available and payment in full is required at the time of booking. Please check with our Reservations staff who will be happy to advise you. Feeder Vehicles Feeder vehicles may be used to bring you to join the main coach. Please note that the feeder vehicle may be a Coach, Minibus or Taxi. Coaches For your comfort and peace of mind, all our ‘Club Class’ coaches have the following luxury features: • Extra legroom and reclining seats • Seat belts on all seats • Toilet/washroom • Hi floor style for excellent sightseeing • No smoking • Air conditioning

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13M 12 11 10 9 8 7 Toilet & Washroom 6 D C 5 D C 4 D C 3 D C 2 D C 1

B B B B B B B B B B B B B

DRIVER

our 44 seat ‘Futura’

our 49 seat ‘Futura’

CLUB CLASS

CLUB CLASS

RESERVED SEATING ON ALL EXCURSIONS

A A A A A A A A A A A A A DRIVER

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BOARDING POINTS FOR ALL EXCURSIONS Acocks Green Alcester Balsall Common* Balsall Common Birmingham Central Bromsgrove Coventry Dorridge Evesham* Hall Green Hampton Road, Warwick Henley High Street Henley in Arden* Hockley Heath Hopwood Services* Johnsons Stratford* Kenilworth Kineton Knowle Leamington Spa Lillington Maypole Olton Redditch Shipston on Stour Shirley Santander Shirley Skan Solihull Stratford upon Avon Studley Warwick Bus Station Warwick Tesco* Wellesbourne Wootton Wawen

Acocks Green Bowl, Westley Road Bus Stop Outside The Library, Birmingham Road Blooms Garden Centre, Kenilworth Road B92 0LP Bus Stop, Station Road, Junction with Kenilworth Road Bus Stop, Bottom of the Steps by the Town Hall, Paradise Circus Bromsgrove Bus Station, Crown Close, Opp Asda, Stand 5 Coach Lay-by Hales Street, Opposite Old Fire Station Bus Stop, Railway Station, Station Approach Evesham United Football Club, A46, Cheltenham Road, WR11 2LZ The Rug Shop, Robin Hood Island Coach Park in front of the Girls Marching Band HQ, Hampton Road, Warwick Bus Stop Outside the Three Tuns Pub (and opposite) Henley High Street Johnsons Travel Office, A3400, B95 5QS Bus Stop, Opposite Pearsons Shop, Stratford Road Junction 2 of the M42 Burton Farm, Bishopton, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 0RW The Clock, Bus Stop Bus Stop, Next to the Swan Hotel, Warwick Road Bus Stop, Junction Station Road and Warwick Road Junction of Newbold Terrace and The Parade Bus Stop, Outside Tesco Extra, Cubbington Road Bus Stop, Outside Sainsburys, Maypole Lane Bus Stop, Station Entrance Church Green Bus Stop, by HSBC Bank Front of The George Hotel, The Square Santander, Junction of Stanway Road and Stratford Road Bus Stop, Outside Skan Building/Instone Footwear Bus Stop, NatWest Bank, High Street Lay-by, Opposite Civic Hall, Rother Street Lay-by, Outside Co-op Supermarket, Alcester Road Market Street, Stand E Bus Stop, Opposite Petrol Station, Off Emscote Road CV34 5QJ Outside Village Hall, School Road Bus Stop, General Store, A3400 (and Opposite)

PICK UP TIMES WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 5 DAYS OF THE EXCURSION

*PLEASE NOTE THAT FREE CAR PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT: Our Travel Offices: Liveridge House, B95 5QS – FREE Blooms Garden Centre: Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, B92 0LP – FREE Evesham: Evesham United Football Club, A46, Cheltenham Road, WR11 2LZ – FREE Hopwood Services: Junction 2 of the M42 – FREE Johnsons Stratford: Burton Farm, Bishopton, CV37 0RW – FREE Warwick Tesco: Tesco Superstore, Emscote Road, CV34 5QJ – FREE Parking at any of the above locations is at your own risk, Johnsons cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused while parked at any of the locations listed. Please ensure valuables are left out of sight and your vehicle is secure before you depart on your trip.


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