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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National Trust Trips in September & October…

National Trust Trips in September & October…

If you need a change of scenery over the next few months, have you thought about a visit to a National Trust property? From enthralling houses with beautiful gardens to estates rich in history, our day trips to National Trust properties guarantee an inspiring and relaxing day out. And even better if you’re a National Trust Member, simply ask a member of our sales team at the time of booking to receive a discount for free admission on production of your passes; visiting a National Trust property couldn’t be easier. Take a look at a selection of our day trips coming soon...

Cliveden – Thursday 28th September
With magnificent views across the River Thames, Cliveden was the glittering hub of society in the early part of the 20th century, and later infamously associated with the 'Profumo Affair'. The spectacular estate, with a celebrated parterre, has a series of formal gardens, an outstanding collection of sculpture and statues, as well as extensive woodland and riverside walks. The house is now let as a hotel, and will accommodate us for a guided tour today. 

Erddig – Tuesday 10th October
Celebrate the restoration of the grand estate and 40 years since it was opened under the care of the National Trust. It is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain, due largely to the close relationship between the family and the servants. The furnished 18th century large country house is complemented by an extensive range of outbuildings, offering a unique insight into servants’ life in the 18th and 19th century. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th-century formal design and has a Victorian parterre and yew walk.

Fountains Abbey – Saturday 14th October
This World Heritage Site, set in 800 acres of beautiful countryside, offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the range of England's heritage. Discover the magnificent 12th century abbey ruins and the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views. Delight in the richly decorated Victorian St Mary's church and take time out to relax in the Reading Room in Elizabethan Fountains Hall.

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

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The “Loveliest Castle in the World’!

The “Loveliest Castle in the World’!

Leeds Castle is reputed to be one of the most romantic and historic buildings in the land and this month we’re visiting the stunning castle for the ever-popular Festival of Flowers event, where you can discover why it’s not called the “loveliest castle in the world” for nothing!

Located in Kent, the castle has sat majestically for over 900 years in vast grounds. Over the years it has been the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and the residence of Henry VIII for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion, and a 20th century retreat for the famous. Surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful parklands, the large cottage gardens are a delight with very English features, from Roses, Lupins and Poppies.

For the ever-popular Festival of Flowers event, where this year’s theme is Enchanted Castle, international and award-winning florists and floral designers will transform the rooms into works of art. See demonstrations, hear talks, and get involved in the workshops that will be on offer on the day.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Festival of Flowers at Leeds Castle on Monday 25th  September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Reasons to visit the UK’s City of Culture 2017

Reasons to visit the UK’s City of Culture 2017

As you may already know, the Yorkshire city of Hull has been officially celebrating with cultural events after winning the title as the UK’s City of Culture 2017. Over the years the city has gone from strength to strength, and now more so than ever there’s plenty to see and do – maybe it’s got you thinking about visiting the vibrant city for yourself and joining the millions who have explored the city this year. Here are just a few of the things to do in Hull… 

  • Hull Old Town

Delve into the heart of Hull’s old town – the city’s medieval heart. Beautiful architecture and cobbled streets are steeped in history, and is where you’ll find atmospheric real ale public houses and Hull Minster. 

  • Indulge in some retail therapy

From small independent boutiques and shops to large shopping centres, Hull has something for everyone. North Point Shopping Centre is the one of the biggest shopping centres in the city, Princes Quay offer both high street giants and one-off, independent shops, whilst locally loved Hepworth Arcade is a Grade II arcade in the Old Town.

  • Spend time browsing the free museums or top attractions

Hull is home to plenty of attractions to keep you occupied. Perhaps discover the eclectic Museum Quarter, a dynamic area home to an abundance of free museums. Discover those celebrating its maritime history, or one of the many galleries. Other top attractions include The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world housed in a futuristic aluminium building.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Hull on Saturday 30th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Day Trips to Suffolk

Day Trips to Suffolk

Think of Suffolk landscapes and you might imagine quintessentially English seaside resorts with unspoilt backdrops of Georgian town houses and fishermen’s cottages. For a change of scenery, why not explore one of the most idyllic areas in England with us for a hassle-free day trip?

Southwold
The allure of this fashionable resort is testament to its famous pier, upmarket independent shops, lighthouse and gorgeous Blue Flag beach decked out with brightly coloured beach huts. Adorned with traditionally English pastimes – from reputable tea rooms and cafés, to cosy pubs and a bowling green, plus an array of designer label shops to quirky stores – it’s the perfect place to simply while the hours away.

Aldeburgh
You might think Southwold takes the spotlight – but discover Aldeburgh and you’ll also find a pretty seaside town brimming with culture. Pastel-coloured cottages and Edwardian villas all sit within an area of natural beauty providing an ambient landscape. Browse the high street where there are clothes boutiques, antiques and arts, an independent book shop and more. Top places to visit include Aldeburgh fish and chip shop, considered by some as the best on the East coast – and or simply relax and enjoy the pebble beach.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Southwold on Sunday 20th August or Aldeburgh on Monday 21st August 2017.

For our full listings of day trips, please click here.

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Visit Althorp

Visit Althorp

This year marks 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales – and you could join us as we take a visit to the home of the Spencer family for over 500 years. The magnificent estate and stunning house offers a fascinating day out for those interested in history, heritage and art, with our day trip including entry to the grounds, including the poignant Round Oval Lake, the current exhibitions and a guided tour of the state rooms of the house.

Situated in Northampton, be encapsulated by the remote setting and the exterior of the House which will be showcased in all its splendour. Step inside and enjoy a guided tour, which will reveal Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics; each room will delight with a fascinating story of its own.

Maybe pause for a moment of reflection at the Round Oval, where Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest. Since last year it has been undergoing a multi-million pound renovation to honour her memory, to be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of her death in August 2017.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Althorp on Sunday 17th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking. 

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New Theatre Show Day Trips for 2017

New Theatre Show Day Trips for 2017

Many of our day trips to new theatre shows are proving to be a hit this year, including Annie the Musical, An American in Paris and 42nd Street. Our theatre show day trips take the hassle out of securing top price tickets, with setting down points close to the theatre (as parking restrictions dictate) and offer value for money and convenience. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

Read more about London’s new West End shows this year…

Annie the Musical – Thursday 7th September
The world’s favourite family musical made its long-awaited return to the West End in June, where comedy superstar Miranda Hart made her debut as Miss Hannigan. Based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie set in 1930’s New York, the musical charts the journey of Annie as she transforms from forgotten orphan to daughter of a billionaire. 

The much-loved musical has charm to delight any audience young and old, featuring a famous score of songs including the unforgettable It’s The Hard-Knock Life and Tomorrow. Our day trip includes a top price rear stalls ticket for the matinee performance. 

Please note: any alteration to cast members on the day is beyond our control.

An American in Paris – Wednesday 13th September
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. Our day trip includes a top price stalls ticket for the matinee performance.

For our full listings of top theatre shows by coach with local pick-up points in Leicester, please click here.

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Summer Day Trips – Food Festivals

Summer Day Trips – Food Festivals

Get into the spirit of summer on our day trips to some of the country’s ever-popular food festivals. In recent years, they’ve become a staple to the culinary calendar during the summer months with the bustling events taking place all over the UK. If you want to indulge in a range of cuisines, from delicious local delicacies to tempting food from all over the world, enjoy fantastic live entertainment and line-ups of expert chefs – these have all the ingredients for a fantastic day out…

Gloucester Quays Food Festival – Saturday 29th July
Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, expand your food horizons at this eagerly anticipated festival. Unwind on the Quays lawn, soak up the atmosphere and revel in the star quality demonstrations, unmissable entertainment, and food and drink stalls galore.           

Foodies Festival at South Parks, Oxford – Saturday 2nd September
The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, feast your eyes on an array of culinary activities at one of the ultimate social events of the summer which captures the buzzing foodie scene. It won’t take long to hunt down fine foods and tempting treats, and highlights include top chefs featuring in the Chef’s Theatre, a Cake and Bake Theatre, Street Food and more.

Ludlow Food Festival – Saturday 9th September
Ludlow has a reputation for amazing food and drink so it’s no surprise the food festival is held every year, winning the accolade ‘Best Food Festival in the Midlands’. With most events taking place within the castle grounds, it’s the stage for plenty of local food and drink producers, talks, demonstrations and more, guaranteed to provide you with new culinary ideas.

Guernsey – Saturday 16th September
Guernsey enjoyed record numbers of day trip visitors last year and visits for its International Food Festival are no exception. Now in its third year, the island will be celebrating with markets, shows, demonstrations. On our day trip you can treat yourself to some Duty Free shopping on board Condor’s ferry before your arrival at St Peter Port, home to stunning bays, cobbled streets and quaint shops. Approximately 3½ hours free time will be given.

For our full listings of day trips from Leicester, please click here.

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Day Trip to Countryfile Live

Day Trip to Countryfile Live

BBC Countryfile Live is returning once again to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. Last year was a huge success, celebrating all things rural – and this year looks set to play host to another amazing day out with something for everyone. 

The major outdoor event brings award-winning elements of the popular Sunday evening programme to a live audience featuring the Countryfile team, Adam’s Farm livestock displays and rare breed displays, plus a series of hands-on activities and talks for everyone who loves the great British countryside.

Highlights include…
- Adam’s Farm – Countryfile presenter Adam Henson is bringing his farm to the event. Meet the friendly and rare animals, learn about how farmer’s care for their livestock, and hear the story of British farming through the ages.
- The Wildlife Zone – a pop-up nature reserve, for anyone who wants to care for the wildlife on our doorsteps.
- A chance to learn from the experts, watch demonstrations and be inspired by chefs and culinary experts.
- Hundreds of exhibitors to browse and buy from, including food, drink, artisan design and craft, country clothing and gardening, or stroll around the grassy avenues of the Shopping Village. 

Woods Tours have a day trip to Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 6 August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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A visit to one of the Royals’ private gardens

A visit to one of the Royals’ private gardens

Gloucestershire has a wealth of historic attractions, heritage and celebrated gardens. But arguably nothing more special than the Royal country house which stands in Tetbury, exclusively enjoyed by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall – Highgrove. Join us on our day trip for a look at the private gardens…

HRH The Prince of Wales acquired Highgrove in 1980 who has since ceaselessly worked to transform the once bleak landscape, and has captured his environmental philosophy throughout the gardens. Testament to his creativity and imagination, today it is billed as one of the most innovative gardens of our time in the UK.

The Garden Tours invite you through a series of highly individual gardens led by one of the expert guides. The eclectic grounds include a Kitchen Garden, Woodland Garden, Walled Garden, Cottage Garden and a wild flower meadow.

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

What’s included?
A garden tour which lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about 2 miles. 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.

Whether it’s a special gift or unique day out for yourself, it’s an inspiring ‘must-see’ experience for gardening enthusiasts. 

Woods Tours have a day trip to Highgrove Garden Tour on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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