Historical Days Out in May

Historical Days Out in May

Step back in time and learn about the history of bygone eras on our day trips. Whether it’s a stately home from the 18th century or ancient properties cared for by the National Trust, award-winning museums which tell the story of life from the 1820s to the 1940s, maritime heritage at sites such as the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or maybe World War history at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome – we have just the ticket whatever your interests! 

Day Trips coming soon…

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – Sunday 7th May 2017
History comes alive at the home of the Royal Navy. Surrounded by working docks and historic buildings, you can discover where historic ships were built and understand the Navy’s past, present and future at this awe-inspiring setting. New for 2017, visitors can see the Mary Rose like never before, the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world. Today it is a captivating new experience where visitors can meet the crew in peace time and at war, and discover thousands of Tudor artefact treasures. Other attractions on site include HMS Victory where you can follow in Nelson’s footsteps, HMS Warrior 1860, and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. 

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Chatham Historic Dockyard – Sunday 14th May 2017
Delve into history on this 80-acre site in Kent where there are three historic warships; a Victorian Royal Navy sloop HMS Gannet, the last WW2 destroyer HMS Cavalier, and a Cold War submarine and the very last Royal Navy warship to be built at Chatham, HM Submarine Ocelot. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to discover British maritime innovation, engineering and design spanning over 400 years of history as you walk the decks. Head to the Victorian Ropery and learn about one of the finest 18th century manufacturing buildings.

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Chartwell – Saturday 20th May 2017
You’ll be spoilt for choice for history at the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life, now in the care of the National Trust. With rooms and gardens which remain much as they were when he lived here, this relaxing day promises a fascinating look at personal memorabilia, books, and family photographs. The beautiful terraced gardens contain the lakes Sir Winston created and Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden, and many of his paintings can be seen in the garden studio.

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For our full listings of day trips with local pick-up points in Leicester, please click here or call 0116 278 6374 for more information.

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4 Cities for Shopping or Sightseeing

4 Cities for Shopping or Sightseeing

Travel to some of the UK’s best cities and indulge in a little retail therapy, or maybe do a spot of sightseeing – on our days out, the choice is yours! Take a look at what’s coming up on our day trip calendar for inspiration…

Bath – Sunday 30th April 2017
One of the most architecturally beautiful cities in the UK, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy a spot of shopping set against a backdrop of Georgian buildings, home to some of the best independent shops outside of the capital and high street names. Or maybe delve into the Roman, Regency and Georgian heritage and visit some of its impressive architectural gems such as Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, or Royal Crescent. 

Liverpool – Sunday 7th May 2017
Spend time at this fabulous city, the centre of maritime, cultural and sporting excellence. Its unrivalled architecture and heritage including its world-famous waterfront, itself named as a UNESCO World

Heritage Site, is complimented by more listed buildings and monuments than any other UK city outside London which reinforces the city’s reputation as a place of true aesthetic excellence. The heart of the city has a fantastic range of shops, from independent eateries to one-of-a-kind shops.

London Long Day – Tuesday 9th May 2017
A hassle-free way to explore the capital, approximately 9 hours free time will be allowed in London. Maybe explore one of London’s top attractions or simply enjoy the city’s top shopping hotspots. Whatever you choose to do, we propose to set down/pick up in a central location on Park Lane, near to Marble Arch.

York – Saturday 27th May 2017
Feel like you’re taking a walk through history on our day trip to York. Explore the traffic-free centre within the ancient city walls and walk along the cobbled streets of The Shambles. Award-winning attractions include the York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, or Castle Museum (admission extra) where you can walk through the lifelike replicas of Victorian and Edwardian streets.

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

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Relaxing River Cruises

Relaxing River Cruises

A leisurely river cruise is one of the most relaxing ways to see the ever-changing landscape and beautiful scenery across the country, and we’ve got it covered with our day trips. Take your pick from a cruise across the River Tyne, enjoy a unique Aqueduct cruise above the River Lune, cruise along the River Thames on our Windsor day trip, or perhaps see the sights of our capital from a different perspective by combining it with a lunch on board and a visit to Buckingham Palace.

Day Trips coming soon…
Quay to Sea Cruise, Newcastle – Sunday 23rd April
This three-hour cruise from Newcastle’s Quayside with commentary on board is a fantastic way to see the changing face of the River Tyne from the best vantage point in town. The cruise takes you under the magical Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which opens especially for the cruise to enjoy the panorama of the Tyne Gorge before returning downriver as far as the river mouth. On the cruise you will see the legendary shipyards of Tyneside, the Port of Tyne, and the glorious vistas of the river mouth, including Tynemouth Castle and Priory, and the beautiful sandy beaches of South Shields. The cruise turns at the piers, where seals and dolphins may even be seen, before returning to Newcastle's Quayside.

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Lancaster and the Lune Aqueduct Cruise – Tuesday 23rd May
A unique piece of civil engineering, the 18th century Lune Aqueduct is one of the ‘wonders of the waterways’ which will take you nearly 100ft above the River Lune on a tranquil 1¾ hour luxurious, fully enclosed cruise. The voyage is a unique experience where you can admire the beautiful rural views and countryside.

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

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In the spotlight: Day Trips to Milton Keynes Theatre

In the spotlight: Day Trips to Milton Keynes Theatre

Whether you’re a first-time theatre goer, love musicals, or would simply prefer not to venture to London, our day trips to the modern Milton Keynes Theatre are perfect for seeing world-class productions in the heart of the city.

Less travelling time coupled with top price stalls tickets make it an ideal choice – all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

Coming up, we have the following matinee performances:

Evita – Wednesday 24th May 2017
Since 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has won several accolades including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical, and was the first British musical to win a Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway. Following its smash hit run at the West End, Bill Kenwright’s production is set to thrill audiences once again this year. It tells the story of Eva Peron, following her journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the spiritual leader of the nation by the Argentine people.

Dreamboats and Petticoats – Wednesday 5th July 2017
Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling albums of the same name, the story charts the talented young musicians Norman and Bobby in 1961 and features some of the greatest hit songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era. With teenage romances seamlessly weaving with the old classics, it is a truly timeless show of pure nostalgia.

Wonderland the Musical – Wednesday 19 July 2017
This adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ is making its UK premiere. The new production is a timely story of love in all its forms and about the power of everyday magic in our lives, including catchy songs from Frank Wildhorn, the writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’.

Please call our sales team on 0116 278 6374 for further information. For our full listings of day trips with pick-up points in Leicester, please click here.

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Investing in new vehicles

Investing in new vehicles

Woods are proud to announce further investment into our fleet with a Premier Executive 53 Seater Coach.

With DVD player and TV screens, refreshment facilities and a toilet, this vehicle has everything you need to make your journey enjoyable.

For a free, no obligation quote, please click here.

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