Day Trips

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
A54, S51

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.

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