Excursions

Deluxe Adriatic Explorer

Deluxe Adriatic Explorer

11/05/2018 - 18/05/2018

Sail past secret coves, red-roofed villages and ancient olive groves on this 8 day island-hopping cruise across the glorious Adriatic Sea. Along the way visit, fashionable Hvar, historic Split, Korcula, Ston, Dubrovnik, Mijet and Solta and sample delicious local wine and cuisine.

Artists and Martyrs + Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Artists and Martyrs + Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

06/06/2018

In the company of an entertaining Blue Badge guide enjoy a day in ‘Darling Buds of May’ country with a country coach tour and a visit to Pluckley, the most haunted village in England. We travel on to Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald and spend a late afternoon in the glorious gardens of Sissinghurst Castle, the most famous 20th century gardens in England. Their White Garden will be at its best in June. Morning coffee and lunch are included.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

14/06/2018

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. We have best priced tickets in the Dress Circle for this fabulous show. An optional dinner is offered before the show.

The Tall Ships Festival  (FULL)

The Tall Ships Festival (FULL)

08/07/2018

Greenwich proudly welcomes back a breath-taking 40 strong fleet of Tall Ships and the event promises to go off with a real bang thanks in part to its spectacular fireworks display over the banks of the River Thames. The evening begins on board a river cruiser at Tower Bridge with a bubbly reception before a tasty finger buffet is served. You’ll be sailing through the heart of the action, past the world renowned Tall Ships in Greenwich. There’s a bar on board and with the landmarks of London spectacularly illuminated against the night sky, this really is the best way to enjoy both the Tall Ships and the city’s famous fireworks display.

Agatha Christie's 'The Unexpected Guest' at The Mill at Sonning

Agatha Christie's 'The Unexpected Guest' at The Mill at Sonning

22/07/2018

We had a wonderful experience on our visit to The Mill in January, so we just had to return, this time for lunch and a play – an intriguing ‘whodunnit’ which twists and turns towards an edge-of-your-seat climax, leaving you guessing until the last chilling moment.
Having known and worked with Agatha Christie, who better to direct her plays than the remarkable Brian Blessed, who enjoyed tremendous success of SPIDER’S WEB and THE HOLLOW.

The King and I Musical

The King and I Musical

27/07/2018

The King and I tickets were some of the hottest on Broadway. The West End revival of The King and I will be some of the most sought-after tickets of 2018.
We have managed to get best seats for an evening performance, so book now to ensure you’ll see this incredible show before it leaves the London Palladium for its world tour!
The show features such beloved classics as I Have Dreamed, Getting to Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Shall We Dance, and Something Wonderful.

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

04/08/2018 - 12/08/2018

Thanks to Fred Olsen’s Braemar which has shorter, shallower dimensions you’ll experience unforgettable scenic cruising of narrow fjords and waterways on this incredible eight night sailing. You’ll take in spectacular landscapes and highly-rated natural wonders which are out of reach to larger cruise ships. You can enjoy wonderful varied scenery – rugged cliffs, waterfalls, soaring mountains, a glacier and two Natural World Heritage sites. Visits to two vibrant Norwegian cities – Bergen and Stavanger are included.

The Social History of English Afternoon Tea

The Social History of English Afternoon Tea

14/08/2018

We visited Woburn Abbey last year for an enjoyable garden tour and a delicious afternoon tea, but this event is slightly different. It’s an event to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week – The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey presents ‘The Social History of English Afternoon Tea’.

We have reserved tables at this prestigious event on 14th August and the format of the day is:
• 12.30pm – arrival to the Sculpture Gallery
• 1.00pm – Illustrated talk by Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
• 1.45 pm – Afternoon Tea will be served. We are, of course, including a glass of bubbly.
• 3.00pm – Question and answer session.

Square Mile Curios

Square Mile Curios

16/08/2018

Join us to discover some new Square Mile Curios in the City of London. In a series of short walks through a twist of fascinating narrow lanes and alleys we visit the brilliant new London Mithraeum, now restored to its original site as part of Norman Foster’s Bloomberg HQ. At Guildhall, see a priceless collection of paintings and go inside one of London’s newest and quirkiest museums – the City of London Police Museum. Peek inside a police cell from 1888, marvel at a suffragette bomb in a mustard tin and many other surprises. Morning refreshments, lunch, tea and biscuits included.

Frogmore House and The Savill Garden

Frogmore House and The Savill Garden

23/08/2018

Our morning visit is to Frogmore House which has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years. It is no longer an occupied royal residence, but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining. We travel on to the Savill Garden where you can enjoy a Gardener’s Lunch in the company of one of the Royal Gardens team giving you an opportunity to ask an expert anything about the Savill Garden, or your own garden whilst enjoying a buffet lunch in a private marquee on the lawns. You can then enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the garden.
(Picture of Frogmore House Phillip Craven Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

Rockies Rail and an Alaska Cruise

Rockies Rail and an Alaska Cruise

13/09/2018 - 27/09/2018

Join us for a wonderful 15 day adventure to Canada. Here you will discover Canada’s awe-inspiring scenery and premier cities on the Rocky Mountaineer before taking to the seas for a week-long cruise through Alaska’s pristine wilderness. Here, you’ll see stunning fjords and glittering glaciers, and keep a lookout for thrilling wildlife.

Cruise - Spain & Portugal with the Seville Fair

Cruise - Spain & Portugal with the Seville Fair

06/05/2019 - 18/05/2019

On a 12 night cruise, you can immerse yourself in the quintessential cultures, customs and traditions of Spain and Portugal as smaller-sized Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of five captivating cities.
In Spain, you’ll call at charming Cádiz for ancient treasures and delicious tapas; visit laid-back La Coruña; and sail all the way to stunning Seville, where your extended stay coincides with the annual Feria de Abril festival.
The Portuguese leg of this sailing includes stops at Lisbon – Portugal’s attraction-packed capital – and Leixoes, your gateway to the enchanting historic sites and world-famous port wine cellars of Oporto.

Exploring Wells and Bristol

Exploring Wells and Bristol

03/06/2019 - 07/06/2019

Do you remember the 1960s Bert Bacharach song: ‘Trains and boats and planes’? We’re going to enjoy all three in Wells and Bristol on a super five day break with all excursions included.

We have decided to return to the lovely hotel we stayed in last November when we visited Longleat. The Best Western Swan Hotel in Wells was so comfortable, the rooms were lovely, the food was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. This time we are including a full itinerary for you – a harbour cruise, a train ride on the West Somerset Railway, guided tours of Wells Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace and Garden, a guided tour of Bristol, Clifton Suspension Bridge and visits to the famous SS Great Britain & the new Aerospace Bristol Museum with its wonderful Concorde exhibit.

Summer in Switzerland - Wengen and Ticino by Rail

Summer in Switzerland - Wengen and Ticino by Rail

22/06/2019 - 29/06/2019

This 8 day, 7 night half board holiday includes two magnificent popular destinations, excellent hotels and 1st class rail travel where possible. Our holiday starts in the car-free resort of Wengen – situated on a wind-protected sun terrace at the foot of the Jungfrau. From here you will visit the Alpine garden and panoramic view from the Schynige Platte, travel on the Brienzer Rothorn Steam Railway which has been huffing and puffing since 1892, Schilthorn – the James Bond mountain with panoramic views of the Swiss skyline including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On to Lucerne where you can enjoy the Mediterranean flair of Lugano with its parks, flowers, villas and sacred buildings, a 180-degree panoramic view of Lake Maggiore, the Centovalli and the Maggia Valley on mount Cardada. Have fun with a risotto making workshop at a typical Ticino grotto restaurant.