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Thursford Matinee
Thursford
Matinee
Friday 3rd December 2021
£88
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Thursford Matinee. With 2 course Lunch. Friday 3rd OR Monday 20th December.
This year we are including a 2 course lunch at The Olde Windmill Inn, Great Cressingham. Please choose from the following;

Traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings.
Country Cumberland Pie with roast potatoes and veg of the day.
Grilled Cumberland Sausage Ring with mashed potato & peas.
Salmon, Lemon & Dill Fishcakes with chipped potatoes & peas.
Country Vegetable Hot Pot, served with a selection of veg

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Traditional Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce.
Cherry Bakewell Tart with Custard.
Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie with Cream & Raspberry Coulis.

Experience the glitz and glamour of the biggest Christmas Show in the UK. The three hour festive extravaganza is jam-packed with music, dance, variety and amazing costumes performed by 130 professionals, in a stunning Christmas setting amongst traction engines, mechanical organs and traditional merry-go-rounds.


Pickups from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree, times to be confirmed.
 
Mather Bourne’s NUTCRACKER
Saddlers Wells
Evening
Thursday 9th December 2021
£74
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It’s a Nutcracker! like no other, adored by critics and audiences alike. With Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional Christmas favourite. Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this reinvented production for 2020.


Coach leaves Stanway at 3.30pm, Earls Colne 3.45pm, Halstead 4pm & Braintree 4.20pm.
 
Sonning, Top Hat With 2 Course Lunch
Sonning
Matinee
Saturday 11th December 2021
£96
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Sonning, Top Hat with 2 Course Lunch. Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the magic of the world famous dance partnership of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers to the stage. This 2011 musical based on the 1935 film of the same name, tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. With an uplifting and entertaining script, this show celebrates 1930s song, style and romance. Underpinning every scene are Irving Berlin’s magnificent songs including Puttin’ on the Ritz, Cheek to Cheek, Isn’t This A Lovely Day, and of course, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails. As usual our talented creative team will put together stunning settings, sparkling costumes, heavenly choreography, a tip-top cast all wrapped up with – as Irving Berlin says – “music and love and romance; let’s face the music and dance!”


Coach leaves Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am.
 
Thursford Matinee
Thursford
Matinee
Monday 20th December 2021
£88
Last few places left!
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Thursford Matinee With 2 course Lunch. Friday 3rd OR Monday 20th December.
This year we are including a 2 course lunch at The Olde Windmill Inn, Great Cressingham. Please choose from the following;

Traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings.
Country Cumberland Pie with roast potatoes and veg of the day.
Grilled Cumberland Sausage Ring with mashed potato & peas.
Salmon, Lemon & Dill Fishcakes with chipped potatoes & peas.
Country Vegetable Hot Pot, served with a selection of veg

***
Traditional Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce.
Cherry Bakewell Tart with Custard.
Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie with Cream & Raspberry Coulis.

Experience the glitz and glamour of the biggest Christmas Show in the UK. The three hour festive extravaganza is jam-packed with music, dance, variety and amazing costumes performed by 130 professionals, in a stunning Christmas setting amongst traction engines, mechanical organs and traditional merry-go-rounds.


Pickups from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree, times to be confirmed.
 
FROZEN The Musical
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Evening
Thursday 6th January 2022
£80, Deposit £45
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The magical world of Arendelle comes to life with all of your favourite characters and songs to tell a story of love, hope and knowing yourself. Watch as the sisters who melted the hearts of people around the world cast their spell on the West End. Your favourite songs from the film combined with a brand new score from Grammy® and Academy-Award®-winning 'Let It Go' song writing duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The set design, special effects and costumes come together in a breath taking wonderland. Seats are in the Dress Circle.


Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm. For 7pm start.
 
GET UP! STANDUP! THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL
Lyric Theatre
Evening
Thursday 13th January 2022
£75 (deposit £50)
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From the hills of rural Jamaica, armed only with his overwhelming talent and righteous beliefs, Bob Marley  applied himself with resolute determination to achieve international acclaim for his prophetic musical message a gospel of love and unity. With unlimited access to Marley’s platinum-selling catalogue of music, the multi award-winning team of Lee Hall (writer), Clint Dyer (director) and Arinzé Kene (playing Bob Marley) capture the rebellious spirit and story of this universal icon. 


Coach leaves Stanway at 3.30pm, Earls Colne 3.45pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
Museums Or Harrods
London
Day
Wednesday 19th January 2022
£36
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Will you choose to visit the V&A with its special exhibition's? The Natural History or the Science Museum? For those that love to shop Harrods is always special and you may even pick up a bargain in the sale!
If your feeling in need of a little pampering or would like to spoil yourself book an Afternoon Tea.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am, Depart at approx. 3.30pm.
 
Cirque Du Soleil, LUZIA
Royal Albert Hall
Evening
Thursday 27th January 2022
£96 (deposit £60)
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Stall seats. Taking you to an imaginary Mexico, like a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breath taking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.


Leaving Stanway at 3.30pm, Earls Colne 3.45pm, Halstead 4pm & Braintree 4.20pm.
 
Pretty Woman
Savoy Theatre
Evening
Thursday 3rd February 2022
£66
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(03.06.21) NEW DATE Thursday 3rd February 2022

GET READY TO FALL IN LOVE
One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time is now coming to the West End! Pretty Woman: The Musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and his long time song writing partner Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”) and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton.


Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
Choir Of Man
Arts Theatre, Covent Garden
Evening
Thursday 10th February 2022
£67
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It’s a party, it’s a concert, it’s a lock in like no other. Featuring breath-taking reinventions of chart topping hits from artists including Guns’N’Roses, Fun!, Adele, Avicii, Paul Simon, Sia and many more. The multi-talented cast of nine guys combine beautiful harmonies and foot-stomping singalongs with world-class tap dance and poetic meditations on the power of community. With a real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the action!


Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
The Drifters Girl
Garrick Theatre
Evening
Thursday 17th February 2022
£70
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They were The Drifters. She was the boss. This is their story. Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon. From the highs of hit records and sell out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl. some of the most iconic songs in history, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin' In The Back Row of the Movies, Stand By Me, Come on Over to my Place and Saturday Night at the Movies. The Drifters Girl is one musical you will never forget.


Leaving Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
Royal Albert Hall Tour & Afternoon Tea
Day
Wednesday 23rd February 2022
£72
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Discover how the building was founded 150 years ago, the royal love story that made it happen, and how we solved one of the UK’s most enduring engineering challenges – the Royal Albert Hall echo. You’ll take a peek at the royal areas of the Hall, see the breath-taking auditorium, and the stage that’s hosted some of the world’s biggest stars. Each tour is different and you never know who or what you may see…


Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Tour will be midday & will be departing approx. 3.30pm
 
Life Of Pi
Wyndham’s Theatre
Evening
Thursday 24th February 2022
£85
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After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive? Featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, Life of Pi is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.


Leaving Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
The Poppy Factory & Light Lunch
Wednesday 2nd March 2022
£55
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The Poppy Factory began in 1922, offering veterans with mental and physical health conditions a place of employment producing Remembrance products for The Royal British Legion and the Royal Family. The factory is based in Richmond upon Thames and currently makes in excess of 5 million poppies, 130,000 wreaths and almost one million crosses and symbols. See how veterans still make Royal and regimental wreaths by hand today. You will even get the chance to make your very own poppy. We will have a light lunch at midday with our tour starting a 1pm.


Leaving Stanway at 9.15am, Earls Colne 9.35am, Halstead 9.40am & Braintree 10am. Depart approx 3pm.
 
Come From Away
Phoenix Theatre
Evening
Thursday 3rd March 2022
£70
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An uplifting, heart breaking, but ultimately joyful celebration of the human spirit. It’s the real-life story of 7,000 air passengers who were stranded in Gander, a tiny Newfoundland town, when North American airspace was shut down in the wake of 9/11. The people of Gander rallied as this tiny community came to the aid of these ‘come from aways’, putting their own lives on hold to welcome the world’s strangers into their homes and hearts. From adversity, friendships grew and as music soared and cultural barriers were torn down, bonds were formed which would last a lifetime. Come From Away is a celebration of hope, humanity and unity.


Leaving Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
The Postal Museum
Day
Wednesday 9th March 2022
£49
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Wednesday 9th March There’s nothing ordinary about the story of the post! From five-wheeled cycles and the first ever stamps to Mail Rail, a hidden underground train ride, where you will discover a unique piece of industrial heritage. Discover five centuries of communications history, from cryptic Victorian Valentine cards to a lion encountered on Salisbury Plain.


Coach leaves Stanway at 9.30am, Earls Colne 9.45am, Halstead 10am and Braintree 10.20am. Departing approx 4pm.
 
The Drifter Girl
Garrick Theatre
Evening
Thursday 10th March 2022
£76
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They were The Drifters. She was the boss. This is their story. Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records' hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon. From the highs of hit records and sell out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl. some of the most iconic songs in history, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin' In The Back Row of the Movies, Stand By Me, Come on Over to my Place and Saturday Night at the Movies. The Drifters Girl is one musical you will never forget.


Coach leaves Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
The House On Cold Hill
Sonning Mill
Day
Saturday 19th March 2022
£96
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Inc 2 course Lunch. A ghostly story of the Harcourt family, who move into the house of their dreams that has been empty for the last 40 years. However, their dream home quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares as they begin to wonder whether they may not be the only residents at Cold Hill… a modern-day supernatural thriller that will send shivers down your spine and make you think twice about returning to a dark, empty house after the show.


Coach leaves Stanway 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am.
 
Princess River Cruise
Day
Wednesday 30th March 2022
£56
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Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the scenic River Trent in all of its seasonal glory  departing from Nottingham for a two hour cruise. You will take in the views of this historic city between Holme Pierrepont and Wilford Church. Enjoy either Hand Carved Roast Pork Loin or Roast Chicken Breast served with Roast Potatoes, Minted New Potatoes, Selection of Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy followed by Chocolate Fudge Cake with Whipped Cream. Vegan / Vegetarian options available.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne 8.15am, Halstead 8.30am & Braintree 8.50am, depart approx 3pm.
 
Hampton Court Palace
Day
Wednesday 6th April 2022
A £68 C £54
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Experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall and Tudor kitchens. Discover the spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II and explore Hampton Court Palace’s outdoor spaces and 60 acres of magnificent gardens, including the world's oldest puzzle maze, a recordbreaking grape vine, three National Plant Collections.


Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Depart approx 4.30pm.
 
Tina The Musical
Aldwych Theatre
Evening
Thursday 7th April 2022
£76
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Born Anna Mae Bullock and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings, Tina would rise to fame as the Queen of Rock n Roll and go on to sell more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical follows the highs and lows of Tina's career and personal life and features the songs that you know and love.


Leaving Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
Pashley Manor, Tulip Festival
Day
Saturday 23rd April 2022
£48
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Carpeted with over 35, 000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for us all to enjoy. One hundred and eight varieties of tulip are planted in colour themed garden ‘rooms’. Follow the winding paths down to the woodland, where the Bluebell Walk is often in flower around the same time as the tulips. Pashley Manor is on the border of Sussex and Kent.


Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am, departing approx. 3.30pm.
 
The Lion King
Lyceum Theatre
Evening
Thursday 28th April 2022
£80 (£40 deposit)
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As the sun rises and the city reawakens, watch in awe as giraffes strut, gazelles leap and birds swoop bringing the Serengeti, and the story of Simba, to life all around you…
Ingenious puppetry, stunning effects and the enchanting music by Elton John, Tim Rice and Lebo M will transport you to the heart of the African Pridelands.


Leaving Stanway at 4pm, Earls Colne 4.15pm, Halstead 4.30pm & Braintree 4.50pm.
 
Leonardslee Gardens
Day
Saturday 21st May 2022
£49
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Magnolias towering 40 feet high, Camellias in groves, footpaths winding through hills carpeted in bluebells, many hundreds of Rhododendrons and beautiful displays of Azaleas. Dependant on the Spring we have is what you will see. Home to wildlife including foxes, rabbits, grey squirrels, badgers, weasels, stoats, shrews, voles, and our now famous wallabies. The estate is home to over 100 free roaming deer.


Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Departing approx. 4.30pm.
 
Orwell Lady River Cruise With Afternoon Tea
Thursday 26th May 2022
£72
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Cruise from Ipswich’s Orwell Quay all the way to the Historic Harwich Harbour, the Pilgrim Fathers departure point on the Mayflower and Samuel Pepys’ parliamentary seat. See HMS Ganges at Shotley and the UK’s largest container port at Felixstowe, before our return journey. Approx 3.5 hours A generous traditional treat of sandwiches, cakes and scones, all homemade, served with tea and coffee, buffet-style. There is a bar on board.


Leaving Stanway at 11.50am, Braintree 12.10pm & Halstead 12.30pm. Orwell Lady, departs at 2pm arriving back at the Quay at approx. 5.30pm. We will depart soon after.