NEW Day Trip for 2019 | Strictly Come Dancing Live!

NEW Day Trip for 2019 | Strictly Come Dancing Live!

It’s that time of year again when Strictly has hit our TV screens and the fabulous tour has been announced. The Arena tour is must-see spectacle for fans of the show and will bring together all the glitz, glamour and magic of the live show.

Book your tickets by coach from our pick-up points throughout Leicester – we have the following day trips available:

Arena Birmingham

Saturday 19 January 2019

£80 per person

Includes an Upper Block 3 ticket for the matinee performance

Nottingham Arena

Wednesday 6 February 2019

£77 per person

Includes a Block 15 ticket for the matinee performance

Secure your seats with a 50% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks before departure. 

Please click here for information or to make a booking.


Stewarts Coach Group are acquired by The Kings Ferry

Stewarts Coach Group are acquired by The Kings Ferry

We are pleased and excited to announce that Stewarts Coach Group have been acquired by The Kings Ferry Group, a subsidiary of the National Express Group.  

This is fantastic opportunity for everyone involved and gives both Stewarts and Woods a strong footing to build on the already successful businesses Andy Cotton and his staff have developed. 

Andy will remain as the Managing Director to ensure a smooth transition into the new ownership, supported by his current Management and Driving Team. 

“This truly puts Stewarts and Woods Coaches into an enviable position being part of a multi-billion International company which has safety at its absolute core. Thank you to everyone involved for your professionalism and loyalty, the future is now significantly brighter for all associated within the Stewarts businesses”. Andy Cotton.

Ian Fraser, Managing Director of The Kings Ferry is keen to engage with both teams and learn not only day to the day business, but the people and what makes it a success. Andy and Ian have been both friends and professional acquaintances for a number of years and both are excited by the opportunity of working together and joining forces.

“Stewarts is a high-quality operation with exceptional customers and people. We have no plans to change what has made it a success, they really are a welcomed addition to the Kings Ferry Group and National Express family” Ian Fraser

Here’s to the next chapter… stay tuned for more updates on Woods joining The Kings Ferry Group.


2019 Coach Holidays & Short Breaks Brochure Out Now

2019 Coach Holidays & Short Breaks Brochure Out Now

Our UK holidays provide for every interest, from railways or wildlife, to gardens or traditional coastal resorts. This year's new highlights include Scotland's Big 5 Safari based in Fort William, or you may be tempted by our charming new holiday futher afield - the Little Railways of the Rhine.

For those who want to see more of the great outdoors, there is the opportunity to venture along the Jurassic Coast or the Lake District with our new walking tours.

What's more, our new range of short breaks are an ideal way to make the most of the UK's best attractions including Buckingham Palace, Longleat, Monkey World and Highgrove Garden.  

You will also find our fantastic new cruise programme, with a choice of two river cruises - Cruise the Danube to Vienna and Budapest or The Delights of Amsterdam and the Dutch Bulbfields - and a new ocean cruise with Fred Olsen - Best of the Fjords. With stylish ships and impressive excursions, we firmly believe they offer an unforgettable maritime experience. 

To view our 2019 Coach Holidays and Short Breaks brochure, click here or request your copy


Issue 3 2018/2019 Day Trip Brochure Out Now

Issue 3 2018/2019 Day Trip Brochure Out Now

With over 30 years’ experience in operating an extensive programme of day trips departing from the
Leicester region, we are once more thrilled to offer an unrivalled selection – from top London shows and
award-winning attractions, to unmissable events like Coronation Street The Tour and Cirque Du Soleil.

As always, our friendly sales team are on hand to provide assistance and answer any queries that you have. Remember it’s always worth taking a look at our website, as new day trips are often added throughout the year to the programme.

To view our Issue 3 Day Trip brochure, click here or request your copy



2019 River Cruise Now on Sale - The Delights of Amsterdam & The Dutch Bulbfields

Venture to the iconic Dutch canals and waterways on our new for 2019 ideal taster cruise, departing Saturday 27 - Tuesday 30 April 2019 from £539.00 per person.

It brings an opportunity to discover the world’s most beautiful spring gardens at Keukenhof and see the riot of colour this country has to offer. The landscape encompasses shimmering lakes and mature trees, plus a number of pavilions offering incredible flower displays. The sights of Amsterdam also await you, the perfect end to your springtime escape.

Price includes: 

▪ Return coach travel from the UK
▪ Return Eurotunnel
▪ Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
▪ En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
▪ Three nights’ cruise on a full board basis
▪ Early risers and mid-morning tea/coffee
▪ Entertainment every night of your cruise
▪ Visits to Amsterdam and Kampen
▪ Entrance to Keukenhof Gardens
▪ Services of a Cruise Manager

Click here to view the full itinerary. 



Extra date for TINA: The Tina Turner Musical day trip

Extra date for TINA: The Tina Turner Musical day trip

Due to demand, we have added another additional date for London’s most anticipated musical of the year — TINA: The Tina Turner Musical. Having opened at Aldwych Theatre last week, it may ‘simply the best’ musical this year!

Presented in association with Tina Turner herself and directed by internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd – the director behind the hugely successful Mamma Mia – the new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 11 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them.

Why travel to a West End show with Woods Tours?

  • Coach travel is a convenient way to travel to London – so you have no hassle with driving

  • Local pick-up points in Leicester

  • No parking costs as the driver sets you down close to the theatre (as parking restrictions dictate)

  • Cost effective – individual tickets plus travel costs would add up to more than our prices

  • Split the cost – simply book with a 50% deposit, then pay your balance 8 weeks before you travel

Woods Tours have a day trip to TINA: The Tina Turner Musical from Leicester on Thursday 29 November 2018. Price includes a top price stalls ticket.

Please click here for information or to make a booking.


Introducing 4 NEW coach holidays in 2018

Introducing 4 NEW coach holidays in 2018

Did you know we have 4 new short breaks to our 2018 coach holiday programme? If you love regal sights or simply a change of scenery for your festive shopping, we have a break to suit you.  

For regal sights…

Buckingham Palace and Windsor

1 September – 1 night

Follow in the footsteps of the Royals with our tour to two of the finest regal destinations, where thousands of years of unrivalled history are waiting to be discovered. Be welcomed to Buckingham Palace for a tour of the State Apartments, which exclusively opens to the public each summer. It is your chance to step inside The Queen’s official London residence which remains one of the world’s few working palaces, and serves as a lavish backdrop for many national celebrations. We feature a visit to Windsor to provide an opportunity to see the sights during one of its most celebratory years — hosting two Royal weddings in 2018, the Royal Borough offers a wealth of culture and history.

For a nostalgic experience…

Paddle Steamer Waverley & Henley on Thames

26 September – 1 night

Sail aboard the world’s last sea-going Paddle Steamer for a trip to remember. Unlike any other river cruise you can experience, the Waverley is a national treasure restored to 1940s style. See the iconic paddle wheels, towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass for a sense of its unique maritime heritage. Retracing gentle cruising excursions around the UK’s coastlines, it evokes memories of times gone by when large fleets of paddle steamers once served coastal passengers. Today’s travellers will find it a refreshing and nostalgic experience you will never forget, transporting you to fascinating scenery.

For Christmas shopping with a difference…

Chester Christmas Market & Portmeirion Craft Fair  

30 November – 1 night

For a truly magical time enjoy a festive visit to Chester Christmas Market, located in the city’s beautiful Town Hall Square opposite Chester Cathedral. Explore the wooden chalets wrapped around the iconic, sparkling Christmas tree and indulge in a delicious, hot mulled wine. Extend your gift-buying across Chester to experience the charming heritage of this ancient ‘walled’ city.  Shopping and sightseeing in the city are partnered with the leisurely, festive atmosphere of the Portmeiron Food & Craft Fair. The Italianate coastal village of Portmeirion is a stunning setting which complements the magic of Christmastime — this picture-perfect backdrop adds to its unique appeal of spending the day shopping, drinking and tasting Wales!

For an unforgettable performance…

John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

4 December – 1 night

Combine the classic favourite of John Rutter's best-selling Christmas Celebration with the magic of London this festive season. Performed by the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, it is presented by the nation’s favourite choral composer. The extraordinary event embraces Christmas cheer as John Rutter leads a selection of joyful works, with the iconic Royal Albert Hall serving as an enchanting venue for sing-along carols. Join in with the glittering performance of festive fanfares, and be captivated by orchestral and choral pieces. The uplifting experience is guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable memories.

For more information, click here to view our coach holidays from Leicester. 


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. 


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.


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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