Big Band Night
Sunday 29th-30th October
Twin/Double £135pp, Single £155 (deposit £60)

A salute to one of the most successful orchestras in the world - James Last.  This spectacular brand new show consists of almost nonstop unforgettable tunes, which made him the 'most commercially successful bandleader' of the second half of the 20th century.  All played in that 'Happy Music Style' that made James Last famous. Staying at the Orchard Hotel on the outskirts of Nottingham, we will arrive approx. 3pm so you have to freshen & dazzle before this Sunday night special which includes a three course dinner & an evening of entertainment. We will depart approx. 11am after a full buffet breakfast on Monday morning. Dress smart for the occasion, no jeans or trainers.

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Broadway's Biggest Show, on the West End's Biggest Stage.  42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway's newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of.

Leaving Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.

Waddesdon Manor at Christmas
Saturday 18th November 2017
NT £35, £47

With the house and grounds decorated and lit for Christmas, ideas should come for your own homes. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with 80 hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets. With an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations and Festive foods to delight you.

Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am, departing approx. 5.15pm.

Winchester Christmas Market
Friday 24th November 2017

Recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, all exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can't be bought on the high street. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, in historic surroundings with an open-air real ice rink.

Leaving Stanway at 7.30am, Earls Colne 7.45am, Halstead 8am & Braintree 8.20am, departing approx. 5pm.

Turkey & Tinsel at RHS Wisley
Wednesday 13th December 2017

Have a fascinating guided tour of RHS Wisley Gardens with an expert guide before enjoying a delicious 3 course festive lunch with a glass of Prosecco. You will then have time to explore the beautiful Illuminations. See gigantic illuminated 'blooms' - designed by Jigantics - as they light up the winter landscape and spark the imagination.

Coach leaves Stanway at 9am, Earls Colne 9.15am, Halstead 9.30am & Braintree 9.50am. Departing approx. 5.15pm.

Thursday 14th December 2017
Saddlers Wells

Matthew Bourne's interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Matthew Bourne's vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokoviev's magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.

A Very "Merry" Lunch
Sunday 17th December 2017

You will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine before you embark on your three-hour cruise. Here you will be served a delicious three course traditional festive lunch with all the trimmings, followed by tea and coffee. There will also be a licensed pay bar for you to use. Appreciate the fantastic entertainment, with festive live music and dancing for everyone to enjoy. Get dressed up in your best Christmas glad-rags & enjoy a great day.

Leaving Stanway at 9.30am, Earls Colne 9.45am, Halstead 10am & Braintree 10.20am. Depart approx. 4pm.

Thursday 21st December 2017

Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians - many of whom are West End performers. The 3 hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It's a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols.

Pickups from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead 9.30am & Braintree.

Christmas Carol Singalong
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Royal Albert Hall

Clap your hands. stamp your feet. and sing your heart out, as irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen leads you through another fun-filled jamboree of his most-loved classic carols and all-time Christmas hits. Raise the roof of the Royal Albert Hall!

Coach leaves Stanway at 12.30pm, Earls Colne 12.45pm, Halstead 1pm & Braintree 1.20pm.

Dick Whittington
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
London Palladium Matinee

The iconic London Palladium will play host to another pantomime for Christmas 2017 with an enchanting new version of Dick Whittington from Qdos Entertainment, the world's biggest pantomime producer. More information on who is starring later in the year.

Leaving Stanway at 9am, Earls Colne 9.15am, Halstead 9.30am & Braintree 9.50am, so there should be time for lunch.

My Fair Lady, The Mill at Sonning (2 course lunch)
With the May trip to Sonning SOLD OUT, don't miss out on My Fair Lady

Saturday 13th January 2018

The story of Eliza Dolittle, the cockney flower girl who speaks in 'yowels' plucked off the streets of London by the arrogant Professor Higgins declaring he can pass her off as a Duchess in six months. Unforgettable songs including, Wouldn't it be loverly? On the street where you live, I could have danced all night and Get me to the church on time.

Pickup from Stanway 9am, Earls Colne 9.15am, Halstead 9.30am & Braintree 9.50am.

Cirque OVO
Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 18th January 2018
Stalls £94

A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, OVO uncovers the natural world at our feet. Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love. Crawling with fun, OVO is a non-stop riot of energy and movement featuring many of Cirque du Soleil's mind-blowing signature acts including a stunning 14m high flying trapeze act - the biggest of its kind!

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.

Tour of the Houses of Parliament & Lunch
Saturday 20th January 2018

We arrive in London and enjoy a 2 course lunch at Brown's with tea or coffee, before a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. Highlights of the tour include: Westminster Hall, Norman Porch, Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Prince's Chamber, Lords Chamber, Central Lobby and the Members' Lobby.

Departing Stanway 9.30am, Earls Colne 9.45am, Halstead 10am and Braintree 10.20am.

Postal Museum & Lunch
Friday 26th January 2018

Visit the newly opened Postal Museum in London, before enjoying a two course lunch. The museum's galleries will take you on a journey through five-centuries of world-class curiosities, providing a different, previously unseen view on some of the world's most significant historical events, and an insight into the quirky beginnings of the earliest social network. Once you have explored the museum, your ticket will then grant you access to a subterranean world that - up until now - remained hidden from public view.

Descend into the old engineering depot of Mail Rail - the one hundred year old little-known Post Office railway - and board a miniature train designed to transport people through its narrow tunnels for the first time. The train ride will pass through and stop at the original Mount Pleasant station platforms 70 feet underground, where an impressive audio visual display will take riders back in time, giving an insight into the heyday of the railway. Following your visit to the Museum, sit down, relax and have a two course lunch with tea or coffee.

Leaving Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne 8.15am, Halstead 8.30am & Braintree 8.50am.

Young Frankenstein
Garrick Theatre
Thursday 1st February 2018

Legendary film maker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Dr Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced 'Fronk-en-steen') inherits a castle in Transylvania leading him to fulfill his grandfather's legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from hunchback henchman Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancée Elizabeth, his experiment yields madcap success and monstrous consequences.

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.

Strictly Come Dancing, The Live Tour
The O2
Saturday 10th February 2018
£89 (£50 deposit)

Block 102, Rows U, V, W, X, Y
With limited tickets this event will sell FAST

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.

Anglesey Abbey & Snowdrops
Friday 23rd February 2018

Anglesey Abbey has one of the finest snowdrops collection in the country with over 300 varieties of the delicate white flowers, including 20 varieties that have been discovered at Anglesey Abbey. The gardens are awakening as spring flowers herald the arrival of longer (and hopefully warmer) days. Step inside Lord Fairhaven's sumptuous home and journey back to the golden age of country-house living. Venture into the Domestic Wing and get a taste of life 'below stairs' in the 1960s.

Leaving Stanway at 9am, Earls Colne 9.15am, Halstead 9.30am & Braintree 9.50am. Departing approx. 3pm.

Everybody's Taling About Jamie
Apollo Theatre
Friday 2nd March 2018

Jamie New is sixteen, doesn't quite fit in, lives on a council estate in Sheffield - and has a secret to tell. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight to become a sensation, in a fearless, funny, fabulous brand new musical sensation. music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. The musical is inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16.

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.

National Theatre Tour & Lunch
Saturday 10th March 2018

The National Theatre is a working building, producing over 20 new productions every year. Preparation for the shows, including rehearsals, prop and costume-making all happen on site. No two tours are ever the same, so come and see what's happening behind the scenes today. Lunch will be a delicious fish and chip meal at a traditional chippy.

Morgan Car Factory Tour with Lunch
Wednesday 21st March 2018

If you think you don't have an interest in motor cars, then you can't have visited the Morgan Car Factory, where each vehicle is hand crafted using just three core elements: Ash, Aluminium and leather. The craftsmanship and design of these awe-inspiring cars will leave you wanting to put your name on the year long waiting list for your own, totally hand-made, Morgan Car. We would suggest you don't make an impulse purchase on an empty stomach, so take the time to think about your possible investment over lunch, followed by tea and cake.

Highgate Cemetery Tour & Lunch
Friday 20th April 2018

Opened in 1839 as a plan now known as the 'Magnificent Seven'. Find out about the architecture of the tombs, the Victorian attitude to death, and see the Egyptian Avenue and Circle of Lebanon. A 90 mins guided tour around the famous Highgate Cemetery, see graves of famous people in the West Wing, including director Jane Arden, painter Lucian Freud, Charles Dicken's wife. You will then have free time to wander the East Wing, where Karl Marx, author Douglas Adams, presenter Jeremy Beadle and artist Patrick Caulfield are. There are two flights of stairs on the normal route. If you have access requirements, please let us know in advance. Two course lunch with tea or coffee.

Move Over Mrs Markham
Saturday 28th April 2018
The Mill at Sonning Matinee
Lunch & Play, £79

The setting is an elegant London flat belonging to the happily married Philip and Joanna Markham. Philip, a straight-laced publisher of children's books, has reluctantly agreed to let Henry Lodge, his partner, borrow the apartment for the evening to entertain a new girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham has allowed Linda Lodge to borrow the apartment so she can rendezvous with her lover. What nobody knows is that the Interior Designer has also decided that this is the night he wants to try out the new oval bed - with the au pair girl When the Markhams' evening out is cancelled, it is too late to let any of the parties know and three sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom at the same time. The situation is further complicated by the arrival of Olive Harriet Smythe, a dour and successful authoress. The frantic efforts of the Markhams to hide the amorous goings-on and, at the same time sign up Miss Smythe, lead to a hectic and hilarious evening where, as in all farces, chaos and confusion reign!!

Norfolk Broads
Friday 11th May 2018

Wroxham Barns lovely restaurant is where we will enjoy a 2 course lunch. There is something for everyone in Wroxham Barns - shopping, eating, crafts, beauty and even mini golf! We will then embark on a 2 hour river trip on the Norfolk Broads. A full commentary from the skipper will ensure you don't miss a thing, explaining the origins of the Broads, identifying points of interest along the way and showing you the abundance of local water birds as they come into view. There is no better way to learn about the Broads whilst taking in the beautiful scenery all around you, with a hot or cold drink and some light refreshments to enjoy as you go.

Strictly Come Dancing, The Musical
Piccadilly Theatre
Monday 21st May 2018

The uplifting story that inspired the world to dance. When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. Featuring the film's classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Pehaps and Time After Time alongside electrifying new songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 5pm.

Saturday 9th June 2018
NT £34, £44

Sat within the ruins of a great Elizabeth house, framed by the rich Kentish landscape of woods, farmland, lakes and streams, the famous garden with its pink brick tower is the result of creative tension between the formal design of Harold Nicolson and the abundant planting of his wife, Vita Sackville-West. The layers of colour, intimacy of different garden 'rooms' and rich herbaceous borders are the epitome of an English garden and provide an ever changing picture through the seasons.

Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Departing approx. 4.30pm.

Kennet Horse Boat
Friday 22nd June 2018

The Queen reopened the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1990, after it had been extensively cleared and refurbished by dedicated waterway enthusiasts and local volunteers. It runs through what is often spectacular scenery for 140km (87 miles) between the Thames at Reading and the Avon at Bristol. The canal section is 92km (57 mile) long and was constructed between 1794 and 1810 to link the Avon and Kennet rivers.

Royal Norfolk Show
Wednesday 27th June 2018
A£54, S£51

The Royal Norfolk Show is an annual agricultural show, and is held by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. It is the largest 2 day agricultural show in England, and has been held almost every year since 1847. With a grand ring for entertainment, food & drink on sale, music & arts, fashion & shopping there is something for everyone.

Leaving Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree pickups available.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Sunday 8th July 2018
RHS £60 £65

The world's biggest annual flower show. Flanking both sides of the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace, you can enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits.

Leaving Stanway at 7.30am, Earls Colne 7.45am, Halstead 8am & Braintree 8.20am. Departing approx. 4.30pm.

Aldwych Theatre
Thursday 19th July 2018

It's simply the best new musical! Celebrating the life and songs of Rock'n'Roll icon Tina Turner, a collaboration between Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd, Sister Act choreographer Anthony van Laast, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set designer Mark Thompson and Tina Turner, the legend herself. From modest beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, Anna Mae Bullock defied the bounds of her age, gender and race to become global superstar Tina Turner. One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, she has won 11 Grammy Awards and sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in music history.

Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.