Summer Day Trips – Food Festivals

Summer Day Trips – Food Festivals

Get into the spirit of summer on our day trips to some of the country’s ever-popular food festivals. In recent years, they’ve become a staple to the culinary calendar during the summer months with the bustling events taking place all over the UK. If you want to indulge in a range of cuisines, from delicious local delicacies to tempting food from all over the world, enjoy fantastic live entertainment and line-ups of expert chefs – these have all the ingredients for a fantastic day out…

Gloucester Quays Food Festival – Saturday 29th July
Promising to be bigger and better than ever before, expand your food horizons at this eagerly anticipated festival. Unwind on the Quays lawn, soak up the atmosphere and revel in the star quality demonstrations, unmissable entertainment, and food and drink stalls galore.           

Foodies Festival at South Parks, Oxford – Saturday 2nd September
The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, feast your eyes on an array of culinary activities at one of the ultimate social events of the summer which captures the buzzing foodie scene. It won’t take long to hunt down fine foods and tempting treats, and highlights include top chefs featuring in the Chef’s Theatre, a Cake and Bake Theatre, Street Food and more.

Ludlow Food Festival – Saturday 9th September
Ludlow has a reputation for amazing food and drink so it’s no surprise the food festival is held every year, winning the accolade ‘Best Food Festival in the Midlands’. With most events taking place within the castle grounds, it’s the stage for plenty of local food and drink producers, talks, demonstrations and more, guaranteed to provide you with new culinary ideas.

Guernsey – Saturday 16th September
Guernsey enjoyed record numbers of day trip visitors last year and visits for its International Food Festival are no exception. Now in its third year, the island will be celebrating with markets, shows, demonstrations. On our day trip you can treat yourself to some Duty Free shopping on board Condor’s ferry before your arrival at St Peter Port, home to stunning bays, cobbled streets and quaint shops. Approximately 3½ hours free time will be given.

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

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Day Trip to Countryfile Live

Day Trip to Countryfile Live

BBC Countryfile Live is returning once again to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. Last year was a huge success, celebrating all things rural – and this year looks set to play host to another amazing day out with something for everyone. 

The major outdoor event brings award-winning elements of the popular Sunday evening programme to a live audience featuring the Countryfile team, Adam’s Farm livestock displays and rare breed displays, plus a series of hands-on activities and talks for everyone who loves the great British countryside.

Highlights include…
- Adam’s Farm – Countryfile presenter Adam Henson is bringing his farm to the event. Meet the friendly and rare animals, learn about how farmer’s care for their livestock, and hear the story of British farming through the ages.
- The Wildlife Zone – a pop-up nature reserve, for anyone who wants to care for the wildlife on our doorsteps.
- A chance to learn from the experts, watch demonstrations and be inspired by chefs and culinary experts.
- Hundreds of exhibitors to browse and buy from, including food, drink, artisan design and craft, country clothing and gardening, or stroll around the grassy avenues of the Shopping Village. 

Woods Tours have a day trip to Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 6 August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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A visit to one of the Royals’ private gardens

A visit to one of the Royals’ private gardens

Gloucestershire has a wealth of historic attractions, heritage and celebrated gardens. But arguably nothing more special than the Royal country house which stands in Tetbury, exclusively enjoyed by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall – Highgrove. Join us on our day trip for a look at the private gardens…

HRH The Prince of Wales acquired Highgrove in 1980 who has since ceaselessly worked to transform the once bleak landscape, and has captured his environmental philosophy throughout the gardens. Testament to his creativity and imagination, today it is billed as one of the most innovative gardens of our time in the UK.

The Garden Tours invite you through a series of highly individual gardens led by one of the expert guides. The eclectic grounds include a Kitchen Garden, Woodland Garden, Walled Garden, Cottage Garden and a wild flower meadow.

There will also be time to visit the Estate Shop and take home a souvenir or browse the carefully chosen products influenced by the interests of HRH The Prince of Wales. 

What’s included?
A garden tour which lasts approximately two hours and is a walk of about 2 miles. 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.

Whether it’s a special gift or unique day out for yourself, it’s an inspiring ‘must-see’ experience for gardening enthusiasts. 

Woods Tours have a day trip to Highgrove Garden Tour on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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35 Years Valued Service

35 Years Valued Service
A massive CONGRATULATIONS to our Excursion Organiser, Karen, for achieving 35 years service at Woods today!
 
Karen started at 16, the day after her last O Level exam as a switchboard operator, at 18 she took on the task of putting the day trip program together (and hasn't looked back since).
 
On behalf of all your past and present colleagues, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all you've done, and yet to do...
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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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