Scenic days our to the country or coast.
Our first visit today is Melton Mowbray on market day then after lunch we visit the award-winning Gates Garden Centre with its traditional tearoom and over 10,500 square metres of indoor and outdoor display areas. You’ll find everything from garden tools and pots to patio furniture, water features, clothing, homeware and pet care, there’s something for everyone.
We head for the Peak District and pause in the delightful spa town of Buxton famed for its water and Georgian architecture before carrying on into the High Peak to join the Judith Mary Narrow boat for a 2-hour cruise complete with your choice of Home-made Local Beef Hot Pot Served with red cabbage and French bread or Home-made Broccoli and Stilton Bake Served with seasonal vegetables/salad both followed by apple pie and cream.
Enjoy a day out at Windsor with an included cruise along the Thames and entrance to Windsor Castle. Take the chance to see The State and Semi State Appartments, Queen Mary`s Dolls` House & of course St George`s Chapel venue for the biggest wedding of the year.
Our first port of call today is Wroxham, capital of the Broads and home to the world’s largest village store. Later in the afternoon we move onto the village of Horning to board the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat for an hour and a half cruise.
This excursion combines two of our favourite trips to make one Great Day Out, travelling through scenic Derbyshire we make our way to Bakewell home to the largest market in the Dales. After time for shopping and lunch we make the short journey up into the High Peak to join the Judith Mary for a 2 hour cream tea cruise along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal
The award winning West Midlands Safari Park in Worcestershire is home to over 1700 animals we start the day with the Safari Drive Through where we will encounter Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Rhino, Giraffe and much more. Then you are free to visit all the other attractions including Land of the Living Dinosaurs with it`s 38 animatronic dinosaurs, the African Village home to the Meercats and Lemurs and the latest exhibition Ice Age complete with Fiery Volcano & prehistoric animals.
Ostend at anchor is the largest maritime festival on the North Sea, More than 140 old rigged ships will be present with the three-masted ship “le Français” and the Polish three-masted ship “Dar Mlodiezy” expected to attend. Add in the 100 exhibition stands plus entertainment featuring maritime music, along with all Ostend`s usual attractions and this is a day not to be missed.
This morning we cruise the Thames from historic Runnymede to Windsor passing the pretty villages of Old Windsor & Dachet before travelling through the grounds of Windsor Castle for some free time to explore Windsor itself. Later in the afternoon we bid farewell to Royal Windsor and cruise further up the Thames passing the homes of the rich and famous at Bray before arriving at Maidenhead to rejoin our coach.
2018 sees the return of the RHS to Chatsworth, this show set in the magnificent backdrop of the beautiful Peak District Stately Home will feature spectacular displays, inspirational gardens, fascinating talks & of course great shopping this show sold out last year so early booking is essential as it is set to once again prove one of the highlights of the RHS calendar.
Skegness,Lincolnshire`s largest resort is renowned as one of the country’s top seaside destinations.With an award winning Blue Flag beach and a seafront buzzing with funfair excitement, to the picturesque Compass Gardens offering a quiet area to sit and watch the world go by there is plenty to see and do.
Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside Stratford-Upon-Avon is brimming with olde English charm and famous the world over as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Spend the first part of your day exploring this delightful town before taking to the water aboard the Rita Ellen for a 1.5hr Cruise complete with commentary and an Afternoon Tea.
After enjoying free time in Margate to explore and purchase lunch we travel the short distance to the Hornby Hobbies Visitor Centre which features rare products from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives. Don’t miss the spectacular Model Railway and Scalextric layouts as you journey through the history of Britain's best-loved toys
The Cromer Pier Show returns for its 43rd year, the highly acclaimed and Only ‘End of the Pier’ Show in the world! Enjoy Norfolk’s world famous all singing all dancing traditional summer show. Presenting the very best in live variety with an eclectic blend of great pop music, breath taking West End ballads, speciality acts and humour from top comedians.
Today we visit two delightful Suffolk seaside resorts Aldeburgh, famous for many things including great fish & chips, the Music festival plus Maggi Hamblings' Scallop on the beach and Southwold renowned for its Pier and glorious sandy beach, many quirky independant shops and of course the Adnams Brewery.
Dating back to 1163 and the most prominent fishing port in Belgium for centuries, this city combines an old medieval centre complete with small houses and cobblestone streets with a long sandy beach flanked by a promenade bustling with seafront cafes and bars & is home to the largest marina in northern Europe.