New Day Trip! The Band Musical 2018

Did you know we’re offering a new day out this year to the fastest-selling theatre tour in British history? See this hit new production, The Band, with our day trip to the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Due to popular demand the tour has added more dates around the UK – now is an unmissable opportunity to secure top price tickets for this truly heart-warming production!

Featuring the music of Take That, written by Tim Firth, and produced by David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams, it debuted in September to a score of excellent reviews from critics and audiences alike around the UK. 

If you remember BBC One’s Saturday night show ‘Let it Shine’ back in January last year, the winners Five to Five star in this new musical comedy about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

Take That fans can also get set to enjoy plenty of their hits and have all those brilliant memories flooding back.

Woods Tours have a day trip to The Band Musical at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton on Friday 8th June 2018. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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January Special Offers

January Special Offers

There’s no better way to banish the January blues than with a bracing walk along a beach, or shopping ‘til you drop in a fabulous city. Luckily there’s still time to book one of our special offers in January! Here’s three ideas from our day trips coming up soon.   

York – Sunday 21st January
York has a medieval charm and unique heritage. Visit here to combine seeing the sights with retail therapy, all within the ancient city walls. Enjoy the atmospheric setting of the cobbled streets of The Shambles, peruse the independent gems or high-street favourites. 

Bath – Saturday 27th January
Discover one of England’s most timeless cities. Maybe explore the relics of one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world, the Roman Baths, discover architectural gems such as Bath Abbey and the Royal Crescent. Or simply wander the unique shops among the elegant Georgian architecture.

Holt and Sheringham – Tuesday 30th January
There’s nothing like a fresh winter’s day near the coast – how about a scenic day out to two of North Norfolk’s most picturesque towns?

Holt, an ancient town a few miles from the coast, is one of the finest independent areas to shop in Norfolk. Maybe window-shop around boutiques and antique shops around its hidden yards and alleyways. A visit to Sheringham wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the award-winning beach. A breath of sea air during these winter months, the flat promenade offers views of the spectacular low cliffs.

For more information or to make a booking, view our full list of day trips from Leicester here.

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6 Top Day Trips for 2018

6 Top Day Trips for 2018

Need ideas to start filling up your 2018 calendar? Give yourself something to look forward to – plan ahead for a perfect day out to some of these top attractions, events and theatre shows.

60103 Tornado on the North York Moors Railway
An unmissable trip for every railway enthusiast! This promises to be a day to remember behind one of UK’s fastest and most sought-after steam trains, 60163 Tornado, on Wednesday 7th March. It will make its way through the stunning North York Moors National Park, one of Britain’s greatest heritage railway experiences, on a return journey from Grosmont to Pickering.

Dancing on Ice Live UK Tour
If you’re planning to make the new series a staple to your Sunday night when it returns to our screens this week, why not see the spectacular performance for yourself at the Dancing on Ice Live tour? Following a four year break, it will celebrate all the things that make it a hit show – and this time the legendary Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will take up their new roles as Head Judges, and will once again be joined by a host of celebrities and professional skaters. 

We have day trips on Tuesday 10th April at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham or Saturday 14th April at Arena Birmingham.  

The Terracotta Warriors 
Don’t miss the hugely anticipated exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool.  For the first time in 10 years, the spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor have been brought to the UK in an unprecedented exhibition. It will feature a number of exquisite objects and artefacts, many of which have never been on show in this country before.

We have several dates throughout 2018 – please book soon to avoid disappointment!

New Theatre Shows
London’s spectacular West End won’t disappoint again this year – and we have tickets to a whole host of new shows, including the Strictly Ballroom the Musical on Wednesday 23rd May, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Thursday 21st June, and The King and I on Wednesday 5th September.

Highlights include the Tina Turner Musical, unmissable for fans of one of the best-selling artists of all time. The new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race, and features her much loved songs.

Tipped to be London’s theatrical event of the year is at The King and I at the iconic London Palladium – an unforgettable production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I considered ‘the greatest musical from the golden age of theatre!’.

RHS Flower Shows
See for yourself why RHS events continue to top the gardening calendar and draw thousands of visitors every year.

Our day trips include Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday 24th May, held within the Royal Chelsea Hospital since 1912 and today considered the most famous flower show in the country. 

Other favourites include the largest flower show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Sunday 8th July, or you can discover upcoming designers and inspirational show gardens at the Tatton Park Flower Show on Saturday 21st July. Chatsworth Flower Show is also back for a highly anticipated 2nd year, with our day trips on Friday 8th June and Sunday 10th June.

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
Ladies Day needs no introduction! Dress up for the finest day in the racing calendar, one of the most prestigious social events in the world where heritage and racing combines with a party atmosphere. 

Choose from tickets in the Windsor Enclosure or Queen Anne Enclosure on our day trip on Thursday 21st June.

View more of our day trips from Leicester here.

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Christmas Opening Hours 2017

Christmas Opening Hours 2017
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Weather Warning

Updated 08.43HRS 10/12/17: We are currently operating our Grassington and York excursions as per schedule although we have no information about our local roads we have an up to date report from one of our drivers that there is NO snow north of Leicester and the motorway is currently clear - if you decide not to travel please call our emergency telephone number 07717128936 so we can inform our drivers - thank you.

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Updated 21.43HRS 09/12/17: We have just received the following IMPORTANT message about LINCOLN CHRISTMAS MARKET - SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017

Simon Walters, Strategic Director for Communities and Environment at City of Lincoln Council, said: "After much consideration, and with great regret, we have had to make the sad decision to cancel the final day of this year's Lincoln Christmas Market. This follows strong advice from partner agencies concerned about tomorrow's weather forecast and its potential impact. The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the city and county and are also predicting 10cm of snow to fall. Given that many people travel to the Market from all over the UK, we must make this difficult decision to ensure our visitors stay safe. The three days of Lincoln Christmas Market this year have been fantastic, with around 180,000 visitors who, once again, have given us some fantastic feedback. We would like to thank all of those visitors, along with residents, stallholders and all our staff for the great support everyone has given this year." 

Therefore with regret our excursion tomorrow is now CANCELLED please do not travel to your pick up point. Thank you.

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Updated 17.43HRS 09/12/17: Due to the closure of the Black Country Living Museum and Blits Hill Mumseum's BOTH of these excursions tomorrow are now cancelled. Please do not travel to your pick up point, our office staff are trying to call you to advise you - we will are still running our other excursions, and will evaluate again in the morning. Thank you.

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Severe weather warning for snow - we are currently monitoring the weather forecasts and contacting the various attractions for all of our trips tomorrow we will endeavour to operate these as per program. Should a decision to cancel be made then we will attempt to contact you by telephone as soon as we can, we appreciate that this may well be a disappointment but we have to consider the safety of our customers/drivers and vehicles. Further updates will appear as and when we have more information, anyone wishing to cancel please contact our emergency number 07717128936 - Thank you.

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Christmas Markets | Festive Day Trips

Christmas Markets | Festive Day Trips

Taking place around every corner of the country, Christmas Markets are magical places to explore this festive season. Authentic wooden chalets decked out with twinkling fairy lights and festooned with Christmas colours are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit – what better way to discover a unique gift or indulge in an array of seasonal food and drink? Take a look at our Christmas Market day trips coming up soon…

Cirencester Christmas Market – Saturday 2nd December
This lovely Cotswolds town hosts a tasteful German style market where pretty wooden chalets stand amid a mass of sparkling white pea lights, offering a selection of refreshingly different and unique quality goods. Cirencester also has many small independent shops which can be found in courtyards, alleyways and stylish precincts.

Bath Christmas Market – Tuesday 5th December
Experience why this enchanting event draws visitors from all over the country, and see the historical city come alive with a festive buzz as you explore the tangle of chalets festooned with greenery and lights. The market’s historic open-air site is bordered by the famous Bath Abbey and Roman Baths which creates a magical ambience for this traditional family event. Discover a unique gift from the distinct British stalls, from handmade jewellery and Christmas decorations to novel homeware pieces, or indulge in the array of tempting food.

Lincoln Christmas Market – Friday 8th and Sunday 10th December
The medieval square, lying between the impressive Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral, is the perfect backdrop to the German style, traditional Christmas market. Soak up the festive atmosphere around this cathedral city with 2000 years of history and browse over 250 stalls selling unique gifts – perfect for present buying!

York Christmas Shopping – Sunday 10th December
York is particularly magical at Christmas time. Enjoy the atmospheric Christmas shopping experience as the city’s transformed into a festive scene – whether you’re searching for a unique gift or love designer labels and high street shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Oxford Christmas Market – Tuesday 12th December
The city of dreaming spires will be filled with festive joy at the Christmas Market, which takes place once again in Broad Street. With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, there will be numerous festive decorated stalls offering unusual and handmade gifts and colourful decorations, amongst the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon and delicious food and drink.

Peterborough Christmas Village and Peterborough Garden Park – Thursday 14th December
Seek inspiration for Christmas gifts at Cathedral Square, in the beautifully decorated Christmas Village. Includes a visit to Peterborough Garden Park, which combines the premier garden centre Van Hage with a mix of lifestyle retailers.

For our full listings of day trips from local pick-up points in Leicester, please click here.

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London Theatre Day Trips | Our Pick’s for This Winter

London Theatre Day Trips | Our Pick’s for This Winter

Take the hassle out of experiencing the magic of the West End and secure tickets to one of London’s smash-hit shows by coach. Whether you’re a regular theatre-goer, never experienced a top show, or struggling to think of a perfect gift for someone, our day trips offer value for money and convenience for a hassle-free day out. All of our theatre shows include top price tickets, never a cheaper option which people would be disappointed with – so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

Why travel to a West End show with Woods Tours?

  • Coach travel is a convenient way to travel to London – so you have no hassle with driving
  • Local pick-up points in Leicester
  • No parking costs as the driver sets you down close to the theatre (as parking restrictions dictate)
  • Cost effective – individual tickets plus travel costs would add up to more than our prices
  • Split the cost – simply book with a 50% deposit, then pay your balance 8 weeks before you travel

November Day Trips…

An American in Paris – Wednesday 8th November 2017
(Last chance to book! The show is set to finish early January).

A breath-taking Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams, winner of four Tony Awards, and featuring some of the greatest music and lyrics ever written. It opened to a record-setting 28 five-star rave reviews from the critics! The elegant musical tells the story of a young American GI pursuing his dream to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war. Following a chance encounter with young dancer Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a modern romance of art, friendship and love.

42nd Street – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Not seen in London since 1990, the musical 42nd Street has made a West End comeback. This classic tale has returned with a brand-new production which will take you back in time to the height of the Great Depression in New York, following the story of Peggy Sawyer who gets her big break in a new musical. Includes a top price stalls ticket for the matinee performance. 

January Day Trips…

Phantom of the Opera – Thursday 4th January 2018

One of the best-loved shows which celebrated its 30th anniversary in the West End last year. It has won several accolades including three Olivier Award and seven Tony awards. With exceptional casts, visual effects, stunning costumes and quoted as a “spectacular piece of true theatre”, it continues to reach worldwide audiences. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s interpretation of the gothic novel of the same name include classic hits Music of the Night and The Phantom of the Opera. Includes a top price stalls ticket for the matinee performance.

The Rat Pack – Thursday 25th January 2018

New for 2018, The Rat Pack ‘Live from Las Vegas’ will be returning once again to the West End – its first appearance was back in 2003 where it won its first Olivier Award nomination.  Drift back in time to the glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainments and experience Frank, Sammy and Dean performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band. Featuring a score of hits including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp. Includes a top price stalls ticket for the matinee performance.  

For our full listings of day trips departing from local pick-up points in Leicester, please click here.

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Tickets Now on Sale | Day Trip to Strictly Come Dancing Live!

Tickets Now on Sale | Day Trip to Strictly Come Dancing Live!

It’s that time of year again when Strictly’s hit our TV screens and the fabulous tour has been announced. Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on the hugely popular tickets to celebrate all the things that make Strictly a smash-hit show – spectacular choreography, dazzling costumes and live music.

Our day trip will take the stress out of travelling to the popular venues of either Birmingham or Nottingham Arena for a matinee performance, and will include a top price ticket. Not to mention Christmas will soon be here before we know it! Perhaps you know someone who loves Strictly; why not tick one present off the list and give them a gift to remember? Unforgettable memories of the electric atmosphere will last forever.

Ore Oduba will be back as the tour host, alongside Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. Further casting announcements from the 15th series are yet to be confirmed – visit their website to keep up to date.

Book soon to avoid disappointment! Tickets have to be finalised before the departure date and we only have a limited ticket allocation. Simply reserve your place with a 50% deposit, then pay your balance 8 weeks before you travel.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Strictly Come Dancing Live at Birmingham on Sunday 21st January 2018 or at Nottingham on Wednesday 7th February 2018. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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New Elvis Exhibition Returns to The O2…

You may remember the huge success of the 2014/15 Elvis at The O2 exhibition, and if you missed out or want to see more of the King of Rock and Roll, The O2 will welcome back a new exhibition, ‘Elvis on Tour’ – an unmissable opportunity to delve into all things Elvis!

Covering the years 1969 to 1977, the exhibition promises to showcase more than 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives in the UK for the very first time and bring together several items of clothing, memorabilia, guitars and jewellery, and items that were seen in the 1972 documentary ‘Elvis On Tour’.

Never-before-seen artefacts will focus on the hype surrounding his tours during those years, and will offer an amazing insight into one of the most highly-regarded American tours of all time.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Elvis on Tour at the O2 on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and Wednesday 17th January 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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NEW for 2017! The Postal Museum

NEW for 2017! The Postal Museum

Did you know the new Postal Museum opened to visitors this summer? The Post Office’s abandoned underground railway in London is now an eagerly anticipated tourist attraction and promises to bring the history of this iconic service to life, where five centuries of communications can be yours to discover on our day trip. 

Did you know…?

  • The Post Office Mail Rail was the world’s first driverless electric railway.
  • The plans evolved in the 1900s, as congested streets and fog meant that mail transported between Post Offices and railway stations in London was severely delayed. By 1911, the construction of a driverless train was recommended and work began in 1914.
  • The tunnels were used during the First World War to store and protect art treasures belonging to the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Gallery.
  • From 1927, it operated deep beneath the streets of London – it stretched 6 ½ miles from Paddington to Whitechapel.
  • At its peak, the pioneering tunnels carried more than four million letters silently below ground every day.
  • It closed for good in 2003, and has since been frozen in time from its last day in service and maintained by just three engineers.

Today the Postal Museum is an incredible opportunity to take an immersive subterranean ride through a part of the original underground tunnels.

Woods Tours have a day trip to the Postal Museum and Mail Rail on Thursday 26th October 2017, Saturday 20th January 2018 and Thursday 15th February 2018. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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