Day Trips

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.

The Bluebell Railways, Golden Arrow
Sunday 15th April 2018

The train recreates the fabulous Golden Arrow which once linked London and with the style and panache which made it one of the most glamorous and famous trains in the world. On board you will enjoy fine food and wine served to the standards of yesteryear, 3 courses for you to sit back and enjoy.

Leaving Stanway at 9am, Earls Colne 9.15am, Halstead 9.30am & Braintree 9.50am. Dress is smart no jeans or trainers. (£60 deposit)

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.

Kaleidoscope of Life, Flower Festival
Ely Cathedral
Saturday 23rd June 2018

Ely Cathedral's eagerly awaited Flower Festival returns in 2018 and promises to be one of the most spectacular events in East Anglia. Attractions include eye-catching displays, musical recitals, floral demonstrations and a gift and craft marquee. The Festival's Creative Director is Chelsea gold medal winner, Roger Woolnough. Roger was part of the design team for Westminster Abbey's Festival of Flowers and was the mastermind behind Ely Cathedral's highly acclaimed 2013 Flower Festival, 'In the beginning'.

Coach departs Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Depart approx. 4pm.

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.

The Royal International Ait Tattoo
Sunday 15th July 2018

2018 is a very special occasion as it marks the centenary of the Royal Air Fore. As well as commemorating the past achievements, celebrating the present and hoping to inspire the future. Aircraft are the stars of the Air Tattoo with over 7 hours of flying on Sunday. Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest air show. Chairs and picnics can be brought with you.

Coach leaves Stanway at 7am, Earls Colne 7.15am, Halstead 7.30am & Braintree 7.50am, departing approx. 5pm. (£40 deposit)

Sandringham Flower Show
Wednesday 25th July 2018

Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop, this one-day Show attracts around 20,000 visitors each year. Many of the region's leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit. In addition to these displays the show features display gardens by leading designers, around 200 trade stands (both horticultural and general), a craft marquee, main arena events, and a military band. The Royal marquees contain the competitions in vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral art, with the entries grown by local residents; there are also some open classes which anyone may enter. In the amateur's marquee, local gardening and horticultural clubs enter a judged display competition, whilst the Horticultural Trades marquee features displays by leading nurseries.

Coach leaves Stanway at 8am, with pickups from Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree, departing approx. 4pm.

Country File Live
Sunday 5th August 2018

The summers most spectacular countryside day out is back! Visitors called BBC Countryfile Live 2018 'The best day out in ages!' and also 'An amazing event with something for everyone'! Returning to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace to showcase the very best of the British countryside. As one of the biggest and most exciting new outdoor events of the year, it offers everyone a special day with Countryfile at its heart.  Featuring everything from fantastic live arena shows, live music, amazing animal and livestock displays, food, drink, (The Pub), crafts, clothes, demonstrations and farm machinery. Blenheim Palace is NOT open.

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

Clarence House & Free Time
Friday 10th August 2018

The official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, they receive official guests from this country and overseas on behalf of the nation, and bring together people from all walks of life through official seminars, lunches, receptions and dinners. Several thousand official guests are received at the House annually. Once the London home of Her Majesty The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947 and of The Prince of Wales between the ages of one and three. Clarence House is an important part of the nation's built heritage and, between 2002 to 2003, the House underwent essential renovation and redecoration. It was also the home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002. The Prince of Wales returned to Clarence House on 4th August 2003, the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's birth.

Coach leaves Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am, departing approx. 4.30pm.

The Lord Mayor's Show, Lunch & Fireworks
Saturday 10th November 2018

Reinventing itself to attract a fresh audience, while at the same time not losing sight of its heritage and tradition. The military, Livery and civic elements represent the spine of the procession; while charities, youth associations, overseas organisations and businesses bring the energy and dynamism that capture the essence of a truly global city. All of these elements make the Show one of a kind: bringing together more than 7,000 people, 200 horses and more than 150 floats to make the three-mile procession from Mansion House, past St Paul's Cathedral to the Royal Courts of Justice and back to Mansion House via Victoria Embankment. With a two course lunch and view of the firework display on board a hired boat.

Leaving Stanway at 7.30am, Earls Colne 7.45, Halstead 8 & Braintree 8.20am. Departing approx. 6pm.

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