NEW for 2017! Dinosaurs in the Wild

Opening for the summer at the NEC this week is its new £12 million attraction, Dinosaurs in the Wild. Offering an immersive adventure for all the family to experience living dinosaurs, take a day trip back in time with our visit on Sunday 30th July.

Leave the 21st century and travel back to 67 million years ago for an ultimate voyage of discovery. Combining the very latest scientific research, the show will use cutting edge 3D effects, animatronics, sound, and lighting to guide you across a prehistoric landscape to a ground-breaking research station. It’s the very first time that the public will see realistic representations of just how the prehistoric world and the awe-inspiring animals looked.

During the 70-minute experience, you will marvel at scientist’s laboratories, see incredible sights like young dinosaurs in cages, and ride across Cretaceous plains through herds of huge dinosaurs.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Dinosaurs in the Wild, NEC on Sunday 30th July 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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NEW for 2017! Extra dates for ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ at Kensington Palace

There’s never been a better time to visit Kensington Palace, with 2017 honouring the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales marked by celebration of some of her most beautiful outfits. Our day trip is an unmissable opportunity to get a closer look at the ‘people’s princess’s’ chic outfits and discover the evolution of her image and style.

You’ll explore the historic royal abode which was a place of unique significance in her life; the place she called home from 1981 and today the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and view the celebrated outfits from throughout her life which will be on display.

Highlights of the visit include the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s and the chic suits that made up her ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s, the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House.

Other attractions at Kensington Palace include the Queen’s State Apartments where you can explore these cosy, private rooms that were once used by Queen Mary II for relaxation, and The King’s State Apartments, a sumptuous set of rooms each grander than the last, and the Palace Gardens are an intimate, tranquil and secluded oasis where the highlight is the Sunken Garden.

Woods Tours have added extra dates for the day trip to ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ at Kensington Palace on Tuesday 31st October or Sunday 26th November 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Railway Day Trips

Railway Day Trips

There’s nothing quite like a nostalgic train journey as you’re whisked through some of the country’s most exquisite rolling countryside, past picturesque villages, sleepy unseen corners or mountainous landscapes. Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or simply want a day trip covering beautiful parts of the UK, you can take your pick from traversing to the rooftop of Wales, to a steam train journey on the North York Moors Railway…

Nene Valley Railway and Peterborough Garden Park – Wednesday 14th June
Why not step back in time for a return trip from Wansford Station. Running for 7.5 miles through the 500-acre Ferry Meadows Country Park into Peterborough and return, it’s a living heritage railway tended by volunteers to offer a place to learn about the railway’s history and see the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area. We also visit Peterborough Garden Park, home to garden and lifestyle shopping. Van Hage, the premier garden centre, is also located here and boasts innovative products and complementary lifestyle departments.

Snowdon Mountain Railway – Wednesday 28th June
For a unique journey, experience the only cog railway in the country. Reputed to be a journey of a lifetime and boasting majestic views you’re unlikely to forget, this train journey to the summit of Snowdon is operated by a traditional diesel service aboard a contemporary carriage. There will be a stop of 30 minutes where the award-winning Snowdon Summit Visitors Centre is located before returning to Llanberis station. Please note that as the weather on Snowdon is very unpredictable and can change very quickly, trains cannot proceed all the way to the summit if weather conditions become severe. In such cases trains will terminate at Rocky Valley which is 5/8th of the way up Snowdon.

Pickering and The North York Moors Railway – Sunday 2nd July
How about a steam train journey on the famous North York Moors Railway, one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences? After exploring the historic market town of Pickering, home to plenty of independent shops and tea rooms, travel on a steam train journey from here to Grosmont, evoking memories of a bygone era through exhilarating countryside.

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

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NEW for 2017 – Scampton Air Show, plus more Air Shows this summer…

Every summer, the country plays hosts to a number of spectacular air shows all over the country. And you don’t just have to be an aviation enthusiast – the events make for an entertaining day out for all the family. Take a look at our day trip calendar so far this year, including the brand-new event at the home of the RAF Red Arrows this year…

RAF Cosford Air Show – Sunday 11th June
Cosford airfield will be a hive of activity for its annual Air Show. Attracting up to 50,000 visitors every year, the show enjoys a thrilling main air display, military displays, a Vintage Village, trade stands, and a variety of entertainment. Themes for this year are ‘International Co-Operation’, ‘Space’, ‘Battlefield Support’, and the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Includes admission to the air show and museum where you will find over 70 historic aircraft on display in three wartime hangers.

Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford – Sunday 16th July
This world-famous air show features the UK’s largest and most diverse display of aircraft both in the air and on the showground. Watch the thrilling flying display, made up by a line-up of aircraft from all over the world (an experience sure to amaze even a seasoned air show veteran!), plus first-class entertainment, activities and exhibits. The theme this year is the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force and visitors can expect to see some of the most iconic US military aircraft – past and present – on display.

NEW FOR 2017! Scampton Air Show – Sunday 10th September
Located at the home of the RAF Red Arrows, providing a fantastic base for a family day out filled with aviation action. This new, unique show features a five-hour flying display, a static display of modern fast jets and historic World War II aircraft, and interactive activities designed to entertain the whole family.

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

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Historic Houses and Castles

Historic Houses and Castles

Why not take a leisurely day out and explore a piece of history? Whether it’s to view the magnificent gardens of a castle, glimpse into the great history of a Tudor castle, or discover those featured in TV shows, we have something for everyone on our day trips to the UK’s finest historic houses and castles.

Day Trips coming soon…
Holkham Hall – Monday 5th June
Head to one of North Norfolk’s most beautiful estates, located on the coast at Wells next the Sea and home of the Coke family and the Earl and Countess of Leicester. Characterised by a distinct Palladian style, its impressive past in echoed in the elegant Marble Hall, State Rooms and the vast old kitchen. The mansion is still very much a family home. You can also explore the new exhibition ‘What the Butler Saw’, which will delve into the fascinating archives to tell the colourful stories of the people who lived and worked here – those who have helped to keep the great house running over the last 200 years.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens – Thursday 8th June
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle will capture your imagination with history dating back to the 1400s and nine magnificent gardens swept around the castle. Once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, it is thought to be the only private castle in England where a queen is buried within its grounds.

Sissinghurst Gardens – Saturday 17th June
Sissinghurst Castle is renowned for its world-famous garden. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson transformed the garden in the 1930s around the surviving parts of the Elizabethan mansion, and are of huge importance in English garden design. Here you can amble through one of the country’s most romantic gardens, which enjoys colour throughout the season.

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

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Day Trips to RHS Flower Shows

Day Trips to RHS Flower Shows

The history of the Royal Horticultural Society dates back to the 1800s and is best-known as the country’s leading gardening charity. With several gardens to its name, most famous of all are its annual flower shows which promote horticulture around the country. Each with their own distinct character, they are an unmissable experience for gardening enthusiasts or newcomers alike.

Most prestigious of them all is Chelsea Flower Show, held in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Get your hands on tickets by joining us on our day trip – thousands visit from all across the globe, often including members of the Royal Family. Be inspired by the very best in garden design, with diverse themes in the Show Gardens, fresh contemporary gardens, the Artisan gardens and plenty more.

Please click here for more information on our day trip to Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday 25th May or Saturday 27th May 2017.

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has developed a reputation in recent years too, for highlighting innovative and cutting edge design. In the height of summer world class garden design is showcased within the generous parklands of Tatton Park in Cheshire. Highlights this year include a brand new Bus Stop Boulevard, where numerous bus stops will be covered in plants and designed by local communities. There will be an explosion of colour in the Floral Marquee and more inspiring gardens, from Back to Back Gardens to classic Show Gardens. Billed as the biggest garden party in the North, it promises a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. 

Please click here for more information on our day trip to Tatton Park Flower Show on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

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

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Coastal and Seaside Day Trips in May

Coastal and Seaside Day Trips in May

A day out to the coast may be all you need for a short escape, and our day trips coming up soon have something for everyone. Take your pick from exploring a nostalgic seaside resort like Scarborough, heading to a cultural Kent seaside town or enjoying one of the finest parts of the Norfolk coastline…

Scarborough – Monday 8th May 2017
For a touch of nostalgia, Yorkshire’s traditional seaside town has it all. Scarborough is reputed to be one of the world’s first seaside resorts, with a sweep of Victorian buildings along the promenade providing a backdrop to the award-winning sandy beaches. Boasting plenty of attractions appealing to visitors young and old, from traditional amusement arcades to the historic castle, Scarborough paints a picture of a perfect family-orientated town.

Whitstable – Thursday 18th May 2017
Sitting on the Kent coast, Whitstable is one of the most artistic seaside towns. With a distinct character and relaxing atmosphere, it is famous for its vast shingle beach and seafood eateries. The endearing harbour is a good place to simply sit and watch the world go by, or take a stroll around the laid-back high street and browse the art galleries, museums, independent shops, artisanal bakeries and welcoming pubs. This historic fishing town promises plenty to keep you occupied or to simply relax.

Wells next the Sea – Tuesday 30th May 2017
The pretty North Norfolk town of Wells-next-the-Sea has been enjoying the revival of the British seaside over recent years. A major draw for visitors is the generous, flat sandy beach edged with a plethora of colourful beach huts. Further inland gorgeous Georgian houses imbue the town with a sophisticated elegance reminiscent of a bygone age. From several quaint shops and traditional pubs to a gentle harbour, Wells has a lot to offer.

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

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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. 

Please click here for more information.

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.

Please click here for more information.

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.

Please click here for more information.

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.

Please click here for more information.

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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