Tue 1st Llyn Peninsula Tour £13:00(R)
Including a guided scenic tour and stops at Fron Goch Garden Centre, Pwllheli & Abersoch.
Wed 2nd City of Chester or Cheshire Oaks £12:00(M)
Thu 3rd Southport £13.50(M)
Mon 7th Horse-drawn boats Llangollen £19:00(M)
This morning we take a scenic tour of the horseshoe pass stopping for a short break at the Ponderosa at the summit. On arrival in Llangollen, you will be taken to the horse-drawn canal boat (included) where you enjoy a 45-minute gentle tour as the boat glides along the canal. Once we disembark you will have two hours free time in Llangollen before heading home through the beautiful Vale of Clwyd.
Tue 8th Powys Castle £26.50(M) (Nat Trust members £14)
Powys Castle is a medieval castle, fortress & grand country mansion near Welshpool. Powys Castle began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys, who held onto their kingdom despite the threats of their more powerful neighbours in Gwynedd and England. Today, the medieval Castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales. The Castle & Gardens have been remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years and reflect the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.
Tue 8th Welshpool & Llanfair Caereinion Railway £27.50(M)
To include free time in Welshpool and a return journey from Welshpool to Llanfair Caerneinion on the scenic narrow gauge railway.
Thu 10th Mystery tour with lunch £27.50(M)
Fri 11th to Sun 13th May Stratford & Vale of Evesham £129:00(E) Single supplement £30:00
Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth. Coach travel.
Day 1: Today we head roughly an hour away to the beautiful town of Stratford Upon Avon where you will be taken to enjoy a 45-minute river cruise passing through some beautiful scenery – perhaps enjoy a tipple from the fully stocked bar. The afternoon is spent at leisure in Stratford.
Day 2: This morning we will wind our way through to the Northern Cotswolds stopping at both Evesham and Broadway.
Day 3: This morning we head out to Historic Lichfield. There are art galleries, antique centres & shops and of course the beautiful three-spired Cathedral.
Sat 12th Ness Botanic Gardens £19:00(M)
The award-winning superb gardens at Ness are situated on the Wirral Peninsula overlooking the Dee Estuary with seasonal flowers, shrubs and trees, in particular Rhododendrons, Azaleas, a beautiful rock garden, enchanting Laburnum arch and spectacular herbaceous border. There is also a café, a shop and a garden centre.
Sun 13th to Mon 14th May Oxford and the Cotswold £99:00(E) Single supplement £30
Included: Coach travel. Dinner bed & breakfast at the 4* Jury’s Inn, Oxford. Excursions as described below.
Day 1: This morning we drive to Oxford ‘the City of Dreaming Spires’ with comfort stops as necessary. We have the entire afternoon at leisure in Oxford, world-renowned for its Universities and beautiful architecture.
Day 2: We couldn’t have a day more different to yesterday! This morning after breakfast we amble on up through the centre of the Cotswolds making stops at Moreton in the Marsh and Broadway. The Cotswolds villages are beautiful and full of romance and character.
Mon 14th Caernarfon & Criccieth £12:00(R)
Tue 15th City of York £16:00(E)
Tue 15th Snowdonia, Llanberis & Electric Mountain tour £20:00(M) (incl tour)
Wednesday 16th – Sunday 20th May Eastbourne & the Bluebell Railway £299;00(E) single supplement £30:00
Your Hotel: The Claremont Hotel on the promenade near the pier. This special tour has been booked well in advance to ensure you all have sea view rooms! Dinner bed and breakfast and excursions below included.
Day 1: This morning we head South for Eastbourne with comfort stops on our way, including a garden centre over lunchtime.
Day 2: Today we enjoy a leisurely departure for, our day trip to the historic town of Rye for market day. This afternoon we spend a few hours in Hastings before heading back to Eastbourne.
Day 3: Enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the seaside town of Eastbourne. Perhaps you will choose to catch a bus to Beachy Head, or a train to the Town of Brighton. Whatever you choose to do – you will enjoy today’s restful day.
Day 4: Today’s special excursion takes us to explore Herstmonceux Castle where admission to the castle and grounds are included. This afternoon the coach will take you to the Bluebell Railway where you will enjoy a 22mile return journey on board one of the vintage steam trains(price included), thought to be part of one of the finest vintage collections of steam locos in the country.
Day 5: We enjoy breakfast before our journey home, with comfort breaks along the way. One of Vicky’s favourite tours!
Wed 16th Litchfield & the National Memorial Arboretum £14:00(E)
Thu 17th Isle of Anglesey tour (and Llangefni market) £12:00(R)
Sat 19th 1940s Haworth & Worth Valley Railway £25.50(E)
Sun 20th 1940s Haworth & Worth Valley Railway £25.50(E)
Mon 21st Portmeirion £23:00(M)
Mon 21st to Wed 23rd May Blackpool £149:00(M) Single supplement £40
Included: Dinner bed & breakfast at the 4* Hilton Hotel, Blackpool. Coach travel.
Day 1: Today we head straight to Blackpool, arriving at lunchtime you have the whole afternoon at leisure before checking into our 4* hotel.
Day 2: Today is a full day at leisure to enjoy Blackpool. Our hotel is central so perhaps jump on a tram to Fleetwood or Cleveleys, or simply enjoy the town centre and all that Blackpool has to offer.
Day 3: Today we enjoy a full breakfast before departing the hotel. We head to Lytham St Annes where we will spend a few hours before the journey home.
Thu 24th Barmouth & Cambrian Coast £13.50(M)
Fri 25th Bolton Market & fish/chips at the Olympus £23.50(M)
Sat 26th Concorde at Manchester Airport £29.50(M)
Sunday 27th Macclesfield Treacle Market £14:00(M)
27-29th Alnwick Castle & Durham £149:00(E) single supplement £38:00
Included: Coach travel. Dinner bed & breakfast at the 3* Jury’s Inn, Gateshead Quays. Entry to Alnwick Castle & Gardens.
Day 1: This morning we head to Leeds where we visit the Royal Armories Museum which is home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour. Check out the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. Discover treasures from around the globe – explore the Ottoman Empire, the Wild West, Europe, Japan and India. Wonder at the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kings of England including Henry VIII who reigns supreme in our newly refurbished Tournament Gallery.
Day 2: The day you’ve all been waiting for! Today we head up to Alnwick where we spend the full day enjoying the castle & gardens. Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK and has served as a military outpost, a teaching college, a refuge for evacuees, a film set and of course a family home.
Day 3: A leisurely departure from the hotel before heading the short distance to Durham where we enjoy around 3 hours to explore the castle, historic houses, museums, churches… or simply stroll through the park and have some lunch.
Mon 28th Llangollen & Vale of Clwyd £12:00(M)
Tues 29th Ironbridge & Bridgnorth £13.50()
Wed 30th Glaslyn Ospreys, Porthmadog & Snowdonia tour £21:00(R)
£5 donation per person goes to the Glaslyn Osprey Project. Today’s tour will include a beautiful scenic drive through the Aberglaslyn Valley stopping in Porthmadog. We have arranged today’s tour to visit the Osprey Project visitor centre during the time when there ‘should’ be chicks in the nest. The cameras fitted in the nests gives us a lovely close up, and somebody in the visitor centre will give us a short talk about what they do. A beautiful scenic and interesting trip.
Thu 31st Ilkley £14:00(E)