Day Trips
 
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.
 
THE MASSED BANDS OF HM ROYAL MARINES BEATING RETREAT
Evening
Wednesday 25th May 2022
£62
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STARTS 6.45PM

A spectacular evening of outstanding military music and pageantry, featuring the precision drill of the 40 strong Corps of Drums and impressive 14-piece Fanfare Team. These concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James's Park.


Coach leaves Stanway at 3pm, Earls Colne 3.15pm, Halstead 3.30pm & Braintree 3.50pm. This event is outside, please dress appropriately.
 
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.
 
The Suffolk Show
Day
Wednesday 1st June 2022
A£62 S£56 C£36
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A unique celebration of everything that makes the county great and showcases the best of Suffolk’s food, farming and agricultural heritage. Enjoy a unique opportunity to get close to some of the 1000’s of animals, including sheep, cows, rabbits, goats and pedigree pigs as well as some incredible horses and ponies. Food and crafts galore, a wonderful day to start the celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8.30am, pickups from Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree to be confirmed. Depart approx 5pm.
 
Dunwich Fish & Chips & Aldeburgh
Day
Wednesday 15th June 2022
£49
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Situated right on the beach at Dunwich, enjoy the most amazing fish & Chips. We then travel on to Aldeburgh for you to enjoy an afternoon of leisure, shopping or a lovely walk along the front.


Leaving Stanway at 10am, pickups from Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree will be confirmed. Depart approx 4.30pm.
 
Superbloom & Tower Of London
Wednesday 29th June 2022
A£68 S£62
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Come and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen at the Tower of London, where a spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers will fill and transform the Tower’s moat. Enjoy an immersive walk through the Superbloom flower field in the moat, then explore the Tower of London, iconic castle and World Heritage Site.


Leaving Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne 8.15am, Halstead 8.30am & Braintree 8.50am. Departing approx 5pm.
 
Framlingham Castle
Wednesday 6th July 2022
£49
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Surrounded by parkland and a picturesque lake, Framlingham Castle was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence. Muster your courage, walk the spectacular wall walk and explore the towering walls behind which Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. From the remarkable 10.5 metres high curtain wall, take in breath-taking views of the Suffolk landscape and imagine life over 500 years ago.


Leaving Stanway at 9am, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree times to be confirmed. Depart approx 4pm.
 
Kia Oval, Surrey V Essex Game, Tour & Afternoon Tea
Tuesday 19th July 2022
£74
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Grace the very spot where cricket heroes of past and present have played, at the iconic Kia Oval Cricket Ground, home to Surrey Cricket Club since 1845. Enjoy an insightful guided tour of the stadium, grab a peek inside the Committee Room and check out the memorabilia showcased inside the Member’s Pavilion. Choose your seat for the match and watch all the action! Your delicious afternoon tea will be served in the 175 Suite.


Coach departs Stanway 7am, Earls Colne 7.15am, Halstead 7.30am & Braintree 7.50am. Depart approx 6.30pm when the game finishes.
 
Horse Drawn Canal Trip
Day
Friday 22nd July 2022
£68
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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 87 miles between the Thames at Reading and the Avon at Bristol. The canal section is 57 miles long and was constructed between 1794 and 1810 to link the Avon and Kennet rivers. The boat leaves from Kintbury in Berkshire. The Kennet Horse Boat Company is a small, family-run business that operates traditional canal barges, working hard to keep the horse-drawn barge tradition alive, you can be assured of a friendly welcome.

Sandwiches, tea & cakes are included during out 4 hour trip.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne 8.15am, Halstead 8.30am & Braintree 8.50am.
 
Wrest Park
Wednesday 27th July 2022
£49
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From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping countryside views and idyllic woodland walks, Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses.  Stroll through three centuries of landscape design showcasing a range of styles including Dutch and Italian, wander along the show-stopping formal Long Water walk and spot beautiful classical statues as you explore the grounds.


Leaving Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Depart approx 4.30pm.
 
Windsor Castle
Thursday 4th August 2022
£60
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In celebration of The Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee in 2022, Windsor Castle will host a special display commemorating Her Majesty's Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.On display will be the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen that day. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with an iconographic scheme of national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-coloured silks, encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne 8.15am, Halstead 8.30am & Braintree 8.50am. Departing approx 4.30pm.
 
Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival: Vision
Saturday 6th August 2022
£49
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£49 Saturday 6th August Celebrating 950 years of Lincoln Cathedral, and the visionaries who had the inspiration to build such a wonderful building and those who followed, changing our lives throughout history. Stunning displays will blossom in every area of the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral, bringing it to life in a unique and inspiring way. The festival will celebrate the life and works of St Hugh of Lincoln, as well as many other notable visionaries whose ideas and actions have shaped the world we live in and changed our lives. The displays will cover poetry, theatre, film, and fashion, alongside history, exploration, invention, and more. There will be something for everyone, from the Mayflower Pilgrims’ journey to the New World to the moon landing and even Harry Potter!


Leaving Stanway at 7.30am, Earls Colne 7.45am, Halstead 8am & Braintree 8.20am. Departing approx 5pm.
 
Lincoln Shops Or Sights
Saturday 6th August 2022
£36
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Leaving Stanway at 7.30am, Earls Colne 7.45am, Halstead 8am & Braintree 8.20am. Departing approx 5pm.
 
Cambridge Eco-Mosque Tour & Free Time In Cambridge
Wednesday 10th August 2022
£46
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The Mosque is designed by the same architect who designed the London Eye and the Treetop walkway at Kew Gardens. Thirty columns reach up to support the roof in a design inspired by the Gothic fan vaulting at near by Kings College Chapel. The Islamic Garden with a whispering fountain also brings the ancient majesty of the Moorish Alhambra to Cambridge.


Pickups from Stanway 9am, Earls Colne, 9.15am Halstead 9.30am & Braintree 9.50am, Depart approx 4.30pm.
 
Mystery Tour
Wednesday 17th August 2022
£46
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So where to this year?

If you haven't tried one of our Mystery Tours, you have no idea what you’re missing…………


Times to be confirmed, pickups will be from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead and Braintree. Not necessarily in this order!
 
Platinum Jubilee - The Queen’s Accession
Buckingham Palace
Friday 26th August 2022
£63 U17 £51
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Recognised around the world as the home of The Queen, the focus of national and royal celebrations. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will feature a display looking at The Queen's Accession to the throne in February 1952. On display will be examples from the remarkable series of portraits taken by Dorothy Wilding, that formed the basis of The Queen's image on stamps and in British embassies across the world until 1971. Also featured will be The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, later Queen Mary, on the occasion of her marriage to the future King George V in 1893. The diamond tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co for R & S. Garrard in a scrolled and pierced foliate form. Queen Mary gave the tiara to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, as a wedding present on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Philip on 20 November 1947.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8am, Earls Colne 8.15am, Halstead 8.30am & Braintree 8.50am. Depart approx 5pm.
 
The Great Stink & Greenwich
Day
Wednesday 28th September 2022
£52
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On arrival we will have tea/coffee & biscuits. Learn the story of spending a penny in London from Roman times to the Great Stink of 1858 and the coming of the Victorian sewers by engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. A guided tour to discover the reservoir that once held 25 million gallons of poo, explore the quirky exhibition and take a tour of the incredible Cathedral of Sewage to see the largest beam engines in the world. Then free to explore to the wonderful collection of toilets. We will then travel to Greenwich where you will have free time to have a late lunch & time for a look around.


Coach leaves Stanway at 8.30am, Earls Colne 8.45am, Halstead 9am & Braintree 9.20am. Depart approx 4.30pm.
 
The Knitting & Stitching Show
Ali Pali
Saturday 8th October 2022
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The definitive event for anyone with a love of textile based craft. One of the biggest textile events in the UK, offering hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, interactive features, professionally curated galleries, as well as hundreds of the most loved exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies.

TICKETS ARE NOT YET ON SALE


Pickups will be from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree. TICKETS ARE NOT YET ON SALE
 
Thursford Matinee’s With 2 Course Lunch
Thursday 1st December 2022
£94
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We will be enjoying lunch at The Olde Windmill before travelling on to the biggest Christmas Spectacular at Thursford.

Traditional Roast Turkey,
Served with all the trimmings and selection of vegetables of the day. Served with cranberry sauce.
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Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pie
Served with roast potatoes and vegetables of the day.
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Grilled Gammon Steak
Served with chipped potatoes, garden peas and onion rings.
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Beer Battered Cod Goujons
served with chipped potatoes, garden peas, tartare sauce and fresh lemon wedge.
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Roasted Mediterranean Pie
A mix of roasted vegetables, topped with a creamy mashed potato topping. Served with a selection of vegetables and roast potatoes
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Traditional Christmas Pudding
Served with brandy sauce & slice of orange
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Apple and Almond Crumble
Served with creamy custard
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Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake
Served with whipped cream and raspberry coulis
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Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee & Mince Pies

P.S. Any dietary or allergen requirements can be catered for, by prior arrangement.



Pickups from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree will be confirmed later.
 
Thursford Matinee’s With 2 Course Lunch
Thursday 15th December 2022
£94
Click here to book

We will be enjoying lunch at The Olde Windmill before travelling on to the biggest Christmas Spectacular at Thursford.

Traditional Roast Turkey,
Served with all the trimmings and selection of vegetables of the day. Served with cranberry sauce.
~~
Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pie
Served with roast potatoes and vegetables of the day.
~~
Grilled Gammon Steak
Served with chipped potatoes, garden peas and onion rings.
~~
Beer Battered Cod Goujons
served with chipped potatoes, garden peas, tartare sauce and fresh lemon wedge.
~~
Roasted Mediterranean Pie
A mix of roasted vegetables, topped with a creamy mashed potato topping. Served with a selection of vegetables and roast potatoes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Traditional Christmas Pudding
Served with brandy sauce & slice of orange
~~
Apple and Almond Crumble
Served with creamy custard
~~
Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake
Served with whipped cream and raspberry coulis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee & Mince Pies

P.S. Any dietary or allergen requirements can be catered for, by prior arrangement.



Pickups from Stanway, Earls Colne, Halstead & Braintree will be confirmed later.