Introducing 4 NEW coach holidays in 2018

Introducing 4 NEW coach holidays in 2018

Did you know we have 4 new short breaks to our 2018 coach holiday programme? If you love regal sights or simply a change of scenery for your festive shopping, we have a break to suit you.  

For regal sights…

Buckingham Palace and Windsor

1 September – 1 night

Follow in the footsteps of the Royals with our tour to two of the finest regal destinations, where thousands of years of unrivalled history are waiting to be discovered. Be welcomed to Buckingham Palace for a tour of the State Apartments, which exclusively opens to the public each summer. It is your chance to step inside The Queen’s official London residence which remains one of the world’s few working palaces, and serves as a lavish backdrop for many national celebrations. We feature a visit to Windsor to provide an opportunity to see the sights during one of its most celebratory years — hosting two Royal weddings in 2018, the Royal Borough offers a wealth of culture and history.

For a nostalgic experience…

Paddle Steamer Waverley & Henley on Thames

26 September – 1 night

Sail aboard the world’s last sea-going Paddle Steamer for a trip to remember. Unlike any other river cruise you can experience, the Waverley is a national treasure restored to 1940s style. See the iconic paddle wheels, towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass for a sense of its unique maritime heritage. Retracing gentle cruising excursions around the UK’s coastlines, it evokes memories of times gone by when large fleets of paddle steamers once served coastal passengers. Today’s travellers will find it a refreshing and nostalgic experience you will never forget, transporting you to fascinating scenery.

For Christmas shopping with a difference…

Chester Christmas Market & Portmeirion Craft Fair  

30 November – 1 night

For a truly magical time enjoy a festive visit to Chester Christmas Market, located in the city’s beautiful Town Hall Square opposite Chester Cathedral. Explore the wooden chalets wrapped around the iconic, sparkling Christmas tree and indulge in a delicious, hot mulled wine. Extend your gift-buying across Chester to experience the charming heritage of this ancient ‘walled’ city.  Shopping and sightseeing in the city are partnered with the leisurely, festive atmosphere of the Portmeiron Food & Craft Fair. The Italianate coastal village of Portmeirion is a stunning setting which complements the magic of Christmastime — this picture-perfect backdrop adds to its unique appeal of spending the day shopping, drinking and tasting Wales!

For an unforgettable performance…

John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

4 December – 1 night

Combine the classic favourite of John Rutter's best-selling Christmas Celebration with the magic of London this festive season. Performed by the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, it is presented by the nation’s favourite choral composer. The extraordinary event embraces Christmas cheer as John Rutter leads a selection of joyful works, with the iconic Royal Albert Hall serving as an enchanting venue for sing-along carols. Join in with the glittering performance of festive fanfares, and be captivated by orchestral and choral pieces. The uplifting experience is guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable memories.

For more information, click here to view our coach holidays from Leicester. 

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New Day Trip now on sale | Highgrove Gardens

New Day Trip now on sale | Highgrove Gardens

With the clocks turning forward to pave the way for the warmer months, you might be inspired to book a day out to one of the most innovative gardens in the country. If you’re a gardening enthusiast or searching for a unique day out, look no further than our day trip to Highgrove Gardens this summer - now on sale. 

Exclusively enjoyed by HRH The Prince of Wales’ and the Duchess of Cornwall, with the exception of limited tours taking place on selected dates throughout the year, take a look at what you can expect to see at these very personal Royal gardens:  

  • Discover the creativity, imagination and horticultural ideas of the Prince of Wales - since 1980 he has worked to capture his environmental philosophy throughout the gardens.

  • Garden highlights encapsulate the unique ambience of Highgrove and showcase its rich variety of landscaping and flora and fauna, including: 

    • The Wildflower Meadow, one of the most picturesque aspects of Highgrove. It complements the Georgian building with its rambling natural beauty.

    • Cottage Garden, a glorious scheme inspired by the colours of Tibet meets a more traditional English style in this idyllic garden, planted with a mixture of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.

    • Sundial Garden, an elegant garden which encapsulates the classic country estate aesthetic.

  • There will also be time to visit the Estate Shop. Maybe take home a souvenir or browse the carefully chosen products influenced by the interests of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The garden tour lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about 2 miles. All garden tours are led by one of His Royal Highness’s garden guides. Visitors with walking difficulties should be aware that some paths are unmade. We suggest you wear stout shoes and suitable clothing as the tours continue during wet weather. Includes admission with all proceeds paid to the Prince’s Charities Foundation.

Keep up to date with new day trips and holidays by checking our website regularly.

Woods Tours have a day trip for Highgrove Garden Tour on Thursday 2nd August 2018. Please click here for more information or to make a booking. 

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6 Museums you should visit in 2018

6 Museums you should visit in 2018

Some of the country’s finest museums are just the ticket for a day trip with your friends and family. Some may be volunteer-led, some world-famous, but each have its own speciality. This year there are unique exhibitions you’ll have to be quick to see too. Whether you prefer a focus on our railway heritage or would love to glimpse into yesteryear, see what interests you and take your pick…

Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum, Liverpool – several dates

Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s landmark exhibition. For a limited time only, Liverpool’s World Museum is showcasing spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor — the first time in more than 10 years that they’ve been brought to the UK. You don’t have to be a history enthusiast to appreciate the extraordinary objects and artefacts, which date back from the 8th century BC to the 2nd century AD!

STEAM Museum – Saturday 17 March

Located on the site of what was once one of the largest railway engineering complexes in the world, the museum chronicles the rise of our railways and shares the story of the railway community in Swindon. Rolling stock and locomotives are also on display, such as ‘Caerphilly Castle’ and ‘King George V’.

National Railway Museum – Sunday 25 March

An exceptional museum containing a host of railway memorabilia, you can journey back in time to relive the golden steam era. With giant halls full of railway legends, get up close to locomotives and relics which tell an unrivalled story into our railway heritage.

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings – Thursday 29 March

A fascinating open-air museum in rural Worcestershire, explore a collection of 30 lovingly restored and rescued buildings of historical and architectural interest. Relics of bygone eras include a 19th century working windmill, a medieval town house, a fully-furnished 1940s prefab, and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection spanning 700 years of local Midlands history.

London Museums – Tuesday 10 April

A ‘must-visit’ in the capital, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum or V&A Museum are one of the best attractions in London for free. Come face to face with lifelike animals of the world or follow the mystery trail around the Natural History Museum, find out about space, planes and more at the Science Museum, or visit the V&A Museum, the world’s greatest museum of art and design.

‘Ocean Liners: Speed & Style' Exhibition at V&A Museum – Tuesday 10 April

Since last month the V&A Museum has showcased the glamour of the world’s greatest ocean liners with a new exhibition. It’s a must for visitors wanting a glimpse into the unique journey behind impressive vessels including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra.

The Black Country Living Museum – Sunday 29 April

A great place to revisit time and time again, 2018 marks 40 years since the open-air museum opened. Today it’s filled with original period houses, a 1912 school, plus an underground mine, tramway and more.  There’s plenty to keep everyone occupied, from the tailor’s shop to an old sweet & cake shop and chemist. Adding to the atmosphere are costumed characters making you feel like you are right back in a special time in history, at the once industrialised landscape of the Black Country.

View our full listings of day trips from Leicester here.

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City sights: 4 day trip ideas in March

City sights: 4 day trip ideas in March

Our days out to some top cities offer a historic trip to suit everyone. You’ll know about York’s famous shopping streets The Shambles or Oxford’s stunning architecture, but have you seen the sights for yourself?

Take a break from driving and forget the hassle of parking — we’ve made it easy to pay a visit to some of these renowned destinations! See where we’re heading to this month and make a day of discovering somewhere new.

Lincoln – Friday 9 March

Shaped by 2000 years of history, highlights of this city include Lincoln Castle, built back in the 11th century, and the Cathedral. At some point in history it was the tallest building in the world. Today it may not have that claim to fame, but it still dominates with intricate architecture.

Steep Hill has made the top spot before of ‘Britain’s Great Street’ and it’s easy to see why, where you can discover the cobbled street to find independent gems.

Oxford – Tuesday 13 March

It would be difficult to think of a more famous English city outside of London. While its University Colleges need no introduction, you can join the millions that explore these noble city streets for a taste of culture and tradition.

Head to the world-famous shopping streets, Cornmarket Street and Queen Street, to be tempted by the elegant boutiques and high street favourites. The honey-coloured architecture and medieval charm make strolling around the town a delight.

York – Sunday 25 March

York is a perfect snapshot of medieval history — from its medieval town walls, York Minister, a huge 13th century Gothic cathedral, to the cobbled streets of The Shambles filled with timber-framed buildings.

Worcester – Thursday 29 March

Worcester isn’t short of things to see and do either. It may be famed across the world for its beautiful porcelain and Worcestershire Sauce, but a trip here will award you with a unique shopping experience and modern attractions.

View our full listings of day trips from Leicester here.

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Summer Days Out: RHS Flower Shows

Plan ahead to fill a day in your summer diary to an iconic RHS Flower Show.

It may be cold and uninspiring outside now — but booking early for a flower show will give you something to look forward to in the warmer months!

Filled with beautiful floral designs and stunning show gardens, they promise an unforgettable day to inspire you to get creative in your garden at home. We have five day trips to Flower Shows to choose from:

Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground – Saturday 12 May

Kick off the upcoming gardening season at this beautiful setting at the foot of the scenic Malvern Hills. The truly inspirational show offers show gardens, trade stands and more.

It fills the size of 40 football pitches, so expect to gather plenty of tips, see stunning plants and more.

Chatsworth Flower Show – Friday 8 and Sunday 10 June

Now in its 2nd year, the show promises a range of Show Gardens like no other. Set within the grounds of Chatsworth House amid the landscape of ‘Capability Brown’, the house will give the event a naturally beautiful backdrop.

Savour the displays of striking floral designers, and maybe grow your knowledge for a space in your own garden from the fresh ideas.

Hampton Court Flower Show – Sunday 8 July

The world’s largest annual flower show provides more gardens, more plants, and more inspiration than ever before.

It extends to over 30 acres of show gardens, set against the majestic backdrop of Hampton Court. They’ll be everything from contemporary to traditional designs — plus over 250,000 flowers right at your fingertips.

Tatton Park Flower Show – Saturday 21 July

A brilliant day out in the lazy hazy days of summer features young and up and coming garden designers.

Set in the magnificent parklands of Tatton Park in Cheshire, there will be innovative Show Gardens, the floral Marquee, talks, demonstrations, advice, tradestands and exhibitors, all wrapped up in a vibrant carnival atmosphere.

View our full listings of day trips from Leicester here.

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6 Destinations for a Coach Holiday

6 Destinations for a Coach Holiday

Are you still wondering where 2018 will take you? Whether it’s to the traditional resorts like Sidmouth, the idyllic Suffolk countryside or to the ever-beautiful Cornish coast, we’ve got the coach holidays to get you there.

In anticipation for the warmer weather, there’s no better time to start booking our breaks — here are some of our holiday choices to inspire you!

Sidmouth

It’s no surprise that Sidmouth has endured as one of the most popular seaside resorts since the Regency times. The timeless town offers beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, clean beaches and friendly shops.

We have tours departing on 15 April for 4 days at the lavish 4-star Victoria Hotel, or 11 July for 5 days at the charming family-run hotel, the Royal York & Faulkner.

Scotland

Scotland is an alluring country which alongside its cultural cities, abounds with shimmering lochs, wild glens and enchanting wildlife.

From staying on the Isle of Skye or Inverness, to a fantastic tour of dramatic Shetland or the Outer Hebrides. Our outstanding range of coach holidays incorporate some of the gems of the areas – plus those you might miss!

Northern Spain

The Cantabrian ‘Cornisa’ lying on the Costa Verde is one of the most beautiful areas of the Spanish coastline. Highlights include San Sebastian, the European City of Culture 2016 complimented by world class golden beaches, and Bilbao surrounded by the mountainous Basque Country.

If you’re thinking of heading further afield this year, why not join us on our relaxing tour? We stay in the small resort of Isla which lies directly on the coast.

Cruise and Stay in Northern Spain – Cantabria, San Sebastian & Bilbao departs on 5 June for 8 days.

Cornwall

A holiday favourite, experience Cornwall’s quaint fishing port and famous gardens. Our tour staying in West Looe provides you with plenty to see and do, with tours to places such as The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. 

Our tour to West Looe & Cornish Gardens departs on 27 May for 5 days.

Isle of Man

The island is one that time forgot, where you can relive its rural methods of transport and magnificent coastlines, valleys and mountains. With it’s own laws, currency, traditions and native tongue, you’ll feel more like you’re abroad than in the UK! Our tour includes trips on the Manx Electric Railway, Tynwald, and Castletown.

Isle of Man – Manx Magic departs on 11 August for 5 days.

Suffolk

Look no further than Suffolk to unwind and explore some of the sleepy corners of the country, from its miles of coastline to medieval towns. Staying in Woodbridge, visits include the coastal gem of Southwold, and the charming Flatford Mill managed by the National Trust.

Genteel Suffolk departs on 19 August for 5 days.

Find our full listings of our coach holidays from Leicester here.

For our 2018 brochure, please request online or call our sales office on 0116 278 6374 for more information.

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4 facts about the Terracotta Warriors

4 facts about the Terracotta Warriors

This month our first day trip to the highly anticipated Terracotta Warriors exhibition is coming up. But with several dates throughout the year, there’s still time to book to see this year’s landmark exhibition!

It will showcase the spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, shedding light on the formative years of the Chinese nation.

Here’s 4 facts you might not know about the exhibition…

Over 180 artefacts will be on display at the World Museum, Liverpool

The unprecedented exhibition will feature more than 180 artefacts from museums across Shaanxi Province in north-west China, many of which have never been on show in the UK before.

Visitors will come face-to-face with some extraordinary Terracotta Warriors and other exquisite treasures – objects which help us to understand more about everyday life in the country more than two thousand years ago.

The exhibition marks 10 years since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture

The exhibition will help to celebrate the 10 year anniversary since Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture. All year, they are set to mark it with a number of other cultural events.

Over 8,000 life-sized Terracotta Warriors have been uncovered since 1974

For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor until a chance discovery in 1974.

The Terracotta Army represents one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century.

They were last brought to the UK in 2007/8

You may remember 10 years ago when a collection was displayed at the British Museum in London. They enjoyed thousands of visitors – some of the highest figures ever recorded at the museum! 

It’s the first time since the 1980s in Edinburgh where they’ve been displayed in a museum outside of London.

Woods Tours have several day trips from local pick-up points in Leicester to China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum, Liverpool, in 2018.

For more information or to make a booking, please click here.

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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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