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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