3 Museums Meander 
Wednesday 13 April 2016 

South Kensington is famous for its three huge world-class museums all next door to each other, and here’s a chance to explore any or all of them.

 

The Natural History Museum charts the development of life on earth, the planet, our environment and evolution in over 30 galleries. This includes sections on dinosaurs, fossils, mammals and gemstones, and always exciting temporary exhibitions.

 

The Science Museum is very hands-on these days, and its historic collections form a fascinating record of scientific, technological and medical change since the 18th century. The interactive experiences explore everything from transport, flight and space exploration, to telecommunications, medicine and time.

 

The Victoria & Albert is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, a treasure house of artefacts of fashion, furniture, textiles, photography, architecture and sculpture, from many of the world’s richest cultures stretching back 3,000 years. There are always temporary exhibitions and on your visit there’ll be ones on wedding dresses since 1775, the fashion photographer Horst, and the painter Constable (charges may apply).

 

Or you could catch a bus or tube and go shopping (Harrods and Harvey Nicks are just up the road) - so long as you’re back by 4pm we don’t mind!

 

 

 
 

   
Abbotsbury Gardens & Swannery, Dorset 
Saturday 29 May 2016 

 

In the morning enjoy the 20 acres of this beautiful garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world and particularly famous for its camellia and magnolias. Try the Colonial Restaurant if you’re hungry and check out the gift shop and superb plant centre.

Nearby is the famous Swannery, home to 600 mute swans. On our visit this afternoon you may be lucky enough to see fluffy cygnets hatching from eggs in nests near the pathways and you’ll certainly enjoy the mass feeding session at 4pm.

 
 

   
Ashdown Forest Explorer 
Thursday March 10, 2016 

We will meet our tour guide on the edge of the Ashdown Forest at Heaven Farm just south of East Grinstead. Morning coffee and biscuits, included in the tour fee, are all laid out in the Old Stables ready for your arrival at 10.30am. During the morning sit back on your coach to enjoy the Ashdown Forest Explorer. A massive and ancient forest once covered much of South East England but in Sussex the mighty oaks were felled to fuel the furnaces of the iron industry leaving the wild heaths and moors that we see today. We pass through the ancient market town of East Grinstead, home of pioneering 1940s plastic surgeon Archie McIndoe and his Guinea Pig Club. Here we see the longest row of medieval houses in the country. We’ll also drive through the forest village of Hartfield which is Winnie the Pooh country and then back through the Chelwood Gate to Heaven Farm for a scrumptous Steak & Mushroom lunch, included in the tour fee.  In the afternoon we visit Saint Hill Manor a beautiful 18th century country house. This is far more intimate than a stately home tour and there are no roped off areas.  A succession of distinguished and eclectic owners including the Maharajah of Jaipur, an American Ambassador’s wife and the science fiction writer and founder of Scientology L Ron Hubbard, have each left their stamp on this interesting house.  A rather unusual feature of Saint Hill Manor is a fascinating monkey mural, filling a whole room and painted by a nephew of Winston Churchill for the wife of an American ambassador and it’s here that we finish our day with a cream tea served in some style before heading for home at 4.45pm.

 

 

 
 

   
Bath Christmas Market 
Saturday December 3, 2016 

Bath must be the finest Georgian city in the land, it wa the Romans who first discovered the hot springs here.  See those ancient Roman Baths, marvel at the splendid Abbey and wander through grand Georgian strrets, and the elegant squares and crescents for which Bath is famous.  The town is brimming with things to see, like the award winning Bath Christmas market, there are unique and interesting shops to tempt you too.

 
 

   
Bath, Somerset 
Monday April 4, Friday September 2, Saturday December 3, 2016 

Set in a valley by the River Avon, in rolling Somerset countryside, this must be the finest Georgian city in the land, but it was the Romans who first discovered the hot springs here.

 

See those ancient Roman Baths, marvel at the splendid Abbey and wander through grand Georgian streets, and the elegant squares and crescents for which Bath is famous. The town is brimming with things to see, and there are interesting and unique shops to tempt you, too.

 
 

   
Beaulieu & Simply Ford. 
Sunday May 1, 2016 

Souped-up Cortinas, modified Fiestas, old Anglias, glitzy Zodiacs, Simply Ford is a great opportunity to admire some amazing cars and their enthusiasts.  Find time to enjoy all of Beaulieu, as your entry include admission to The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, 007’s fantastic cars and gadgets, the Palace House, Abbey and more.

PRICE INCLUDES: Coach & admission to Beaulieu.

 

 
 

   
Beaulieu Austin Seven Rally 
Sunday July 3, 2016 

The 750 Motor Club’s annual National Austin Seven Rally returns for its 54th gathering at Beaulieu.  Austin 7s of all types from all over the United Kingdom and Europe gather for an event full of activities, including an Austin Autojumble, driving skills tests and concours competition.

As well as being an opportunity to view an array of Austin Sevens, there is also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer... Your entry will include admission to all the Beaulieu attractions including; The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Place House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

 
 

   
Bicester Shopping Village 
Thursday May 26, 2016 

Discover many leading fashion and lifestyle brands, all offering fabulous savings . . . up to 60% at more than 130 top-name boutiques, from Anya Hindmarch to The White Company, Hugo Boss and Salvatore Ferragamo, etc, etc. And with great coffee, snacks and meals in the Village’s cafés and restaurants, it’s a shopping day out to relish.

 

 

 
 

   
Blenheim Palace  
Tuesday 9 August & Wednesday 14 December 2016 (Christmas Event)  

Soak up the atmosphere of one of England’s largest stately homes. Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is a unique example of English Baroque architecture set in over 2000 acres of beautiful Capability Brown landscaped grounds. The magnificent Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, award-winning formal gardens and the great Lake, offering an unforgettable day out for all. Refreshments and lunches can be purchased from The Water Terraces Restaurant, The Pleasure Gardens Café or The Pantry. After lunch take a stroll around the park and formal gardens and be sure to visit the many unique gift shops Blenheim has to offer.

The Palace will be decorated for Christmas and the shop has a fabulous range of seasonal items.

Included: Coach transfer & admission.

 
 

   
Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes 
Wednesday April 26, 2016 

Seeing one of the Enigma Machines that dramatically shortened the course of the Second World War and saved the world from an awful future has to be a highlight of a visit to this important place. And discover the many brave tales of daring spies and strategic deception.

 

You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing’s silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park. There are both indoor and outdoor activities,

so do wear sensible clothing and footwear.

 

 

 
 
 
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