Summer Days Out: RHS Flower Shows

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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