Excursions

Theatreland & The Royal Opera House Backstage Tour

Theatreland & The Royal Opera House Backstage Tour

30/04/2019

This is an opportunity to step inside the amazing Royal Opera House, which has reopened following a massive £50 million renovation. You will have a backstage tour + a guided tour of the inside and outside of this beautifully refurbished building. A delicious three-course lunch + tea/coffee is included in a private dining room before we step into Theatreland to hear about Legends and Landmarks on a guided historical walking tour.

Dining Club - Afternoon Tea @ Milton Keynes Theatre + Northern Ballet's  'Victoria'

Dining Club - Afternoon Tea @ Milton Keynes Theatre + Northern Ballet's 'Victoria'

02/05/2019

Join us for a delicious Afternoon Tea in the new Marlborough Gate Bistro at Milton Keynes Theatre before we enjoy a wonderful performance by the Northern Ballet of ‘Victoria’. We have excellent seats in the stalls and we can pop back into the Bistro in the interval to finish our tea. Northern Ballet’s ‘Victoria’ is choreographed by Cathy Marston and brings the sensational story of Victoria to life in dance.

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.

The Flicks

The Flicks

30/05/2019

British cinema was born in London in 1896 when the first moving pictures were shown in Regent Street. By 1914, with 500 cinemas in the capital, the pictures were replacing Music Hall and Variety as the night out of choice for millions of Londoners. You will hear the story of film in London from the advent of the silver screen to the blockbusters that are filmed in London today. We also visit the quirkily wonderful Cinema Museum in the old workhouse where a young Charlie Chaplin stayed,

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, Ticino and Zurich by Rail

Summer in Switzerland - Wengen, Ticino and Zurich by Rail

22/06/2019 - 29/06/2019

This 8 day, 7 night half board holiday includes three 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 and enjoy a day in Zurich before returning home.

9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre

9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre

03/07/2019

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring West End musical!
9 to 5 the Musical is about to get down to business – with a strictly limited season at the West End’s Savoy Theatre. Starring Louise Redknapp, Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton. We have excellent seats in the stalls for the matinee performance of the show, followed by dinner.

A Cotswolds Country File

A Cotswolds Country File

08/07/2019

The Cotswold Farm Park is home to sandy haired TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson. The first of its kind in the world the Farm Park was set up by his father in 1971 to promote rare breeds. We combine our visit with a coach tour of the Cotswolds starting with morning coffee and Lardy Cake at Burford, and stopping for a carvery lunch off the beaten track in a gem of a town.

Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' at The Mill at Sonning

Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' at The Mill at Sonning

14/07/2019

We return to this popular theatre for Noel Coward’s Private Lives. We have a selected a Sunday matinee, so you will be able to take a stroll by the river, or enjoy a drink in the bar before your delicious Sunday Lunch followed by the hilarious performance. Since its opening at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930, Private Lives has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences worldwide. After his huge success at The Mill with BLITHE SPIRIT, The Mill is delighted to welcome back Tam Williams to direct another of Noël Coward’s glittering comedies.

Vintage Essex

Vintage Essex

23/07/2019

In partnership with Lodge Coaches of High Easter, near Chelmsford, we take you to Vintage Essex, a very entertaining day out for those of you who like to see a lot without walking too far. We combine the best in Blue Badge guiding in picture postcard Essex villages with an afternoon at the Lodge Coaches HQ in the Essex Rodings. We’ve included a ploughman’s lunch and rides in their vintage fleet of 1940s and 1950s coaches. We also meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Belmond British Pullman – Murder Mystery Lunch

Belmond British Pullman – Murder Mystery Lunch

23/08/2019

Step on board the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and experience the excitement of luxury train travel. Expect luxury, glamour and a dash of adventure on an unforgettable trip through the British countryside. Restored to their former glory, the Belmond British Pullman’s carriages are as famous today as in the heyday of train travel. There’ll be flowing champagne, wonderful food, an exciting murder mystery and we guarantee that you’ll be whisked back to a more elegant era.

Scotland - A Highland Experience

Scotland - A Highland Experience

06/09/2019 - 11/09/2019

Get a taste of the true celtic spirit in the majestic highlands of Scotland on this 6 day, 5 night holiday staying half-board at the very welcoming Duke of Gordon hotel. Excursions will include the Highland Games, the Crannog Centre – an ancient loch dwelling, a Highland distillery, the Wildlife Park and a trip up the Cairngorm Mountains on the funicular railway.

Warner Bros - The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour

Warner Bros - The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour

24/09/2019

We were invited to the Studios last year and it was an amazing insight to see how these films are made and the work effort and preparation necessary to bring them to the screen. The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films – just in case they were ever needed later on in the series. You too will be able to gaze in wonder at the stunning exhibits and we shall also be able to enter the new set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank as the studio unveils its biggest expansion to date.

Grand Tour of India

Grand Tour of India

06/11/2019 - 24/11/2019

Come with us and enjoy a fabulous escorted adventure to India where you’ll discover one of the world’s most captivating countries. A place which has to be seen to be believed, India is a land of chaos and colour, history and charm, impressive sights and unforgettable scenery.
This is an all-out exploration of India, from the Golden Triangle in the north – that’s Agra for the Taj Mahal, Old and New Delhi and the pink city of Jaipur – as well as to Ranthambore National Park for tiger safaris. We travel on to Kerala’s peaceful backwaters in the south and through the coffee-growing regions and some amazing scenery. . You’ll stay in beautiful 4* or 5* hotels and finally end up on the coast in Kovalam for some relaxation on the beach.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

05/12/2019 - 06/12/2019

Join us to enjoy Britain’s biggest and most exciting Christmas Show. At Thursford you can experience the popular blend of Christmas entertainment with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, songs and carols. The cast of 130 professional West End performers create an amazing performance. The pageant of spectacle and colour features seamless musical transitions, from up-beat dance routines to choral renditions of Christmas carols. There’ll be an overnight stay at Dunston Hall – a grand Elizabethan-style mansion.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

09/01/2020

THE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC ORIGINAL IS BACK IN THE WEST END.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Mary Poppins will open on 13th November 2019 and we have been fortunate to get 25 excellent tickets in the stalls for Thursday, 9th January 2020 and a further 20 tickets for Thursday, 18th June 2020. We have 2.30pm matinee tickets for both shows and we shall be arranging an optional lunch nearer the time.

& Juliet - Her Musical

& Juliet - Her Musical

06/03/2020

& JULIET is the joyous, new West End musical that asks – What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? Soaring with pop anthems from artists including Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande, & JULIET is a riotous blast of fun and glorious music that proves when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo. Starring the award-winning Miriam-Teak Lee, who was one of the stars of the original London cast of Hamilton and will now take the lead role of Juliet in this vibrant new musical.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

18/06/2020

THE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC ORIGINAL IS BACK IN THE WEST END.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Mary Poppins will open on 13th November 2019 and we have been fortunate to get 25 excellent tickets in the stalls for Thursday, 9th January 2020 and a further 20 tickets for Thursday, 18th June 2020. We have 2.30pm matinee tickets for both shows and we shall be arranging an optional lunch nearer the time.