Blenheim Palace Christmas Market and Light Trail: Sunday 12th December. The after-dark illuminated trail sparkling in The Great Outdoors, your adventure begins at the Christmas Market in the Great Court. Wander through the boutique chalets filled with an assortment of hand-picked, hand-made, irresistible gifts and tempting treats for foodies. With over 70 designer/maker craft traders who will be housed in wooden chalets in the Great Court, their distinctive range of artisan products will make perfect treats and gifts this Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun through the Palace’s picture-perfect gardens. Look forward to some together time with family and friends as you discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze up at the larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. The crew of talented independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special. Price £45.00 per person. (price does not include admission to the Palace) Coach will depart Stevenage at 14.00 (2pm)
Oxford Stories & The Secret Village: Tuesday 3rd August. A quintessentially English day out explores the many stories from Narnia and Alice in Wonderland to Tolkein and Philip Pullman and from Brideshead Revisited to Inspector Morse.We begin in a Morse pub at 10.30am for morning coffee & biscuits included before striking out with a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide into the Oxford of story tellers. It’s a flat and gentle walk that anyone with a stick will manage quite comfortably. Back at the pub enjoy a slap-up fish & chip lunch before a short coach transfer to the River Thames at Folly Bridge for two little cruises past Christchurch Meadow and the university boat houses to the secret village of Iffley. We discover an absolute gem of a church and a pub that you can’t reach by foot where there’s time to buy a cuppa or a G&T watching the boats pass through picture postcard Iffley Lock before we cruise back to Folly Bridge. You’ll be ready to drive home from Folly Bridge Oxford at 5.45pm. With few overseas visitors this is a great year to see Oxford, trip including morning coffee & lunch, Thames Cruise & Blue Badge Guide throughout. Price £59.00 per person. Coach will depart Stevenage at 08.30.
RHS Wisley Garden spectacular flower show: Sunday 12th September 2021. With amazing displays, award-winning nurseries, advice, National Dahlia Society Show & more. Wisley is one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration. The Glasshouse Gallery housed an artistic photography exhibition by Susan Phelps, capturing the fascinating and often unseen details of nature in the world around us. The annual National Dahlia Society (NDS) Show returned to Wisley to showcase the very best in dahlia cultivation. The NDS marquee was a riot of colour, with more than 100 vibrant competition classes. The best dahlia blooms from visitors own gardens were judged by a panel of experts and awarded first, second and third prizes. The Surrey area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) exhibited stunning floral art creations under the theme ‘Déjà Vu’ – a reflection on past themes from 10 years of the show at Wisley. . Price £35.00 per person, coach will depart Stevenage at 09.00.
The New Forest Matinee Explorer: Thursday 16th September. The New Forest Matinee Explorer begins at midday at a 15th century thatched forest pub. During the summer months ponies and donkeys gather in the shade of this lovely inn. Enjoy a 2-course lunch with coffee together before we slip into the forest following in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, commoners and gypsies, smugglers and lovers. Over the past millennium a wealth of myth and legend has wound itself around the forest trees like a clinging vine. Your expert guide will chart a course to the heart of this enchanting world. You’ll see the Rufus Stone commemorating the controversial death of flame haired William II and see picture postcard villages including one that had to go to court to decide if it was in the forest or not. We visit a picture postcard thatched village and a 13th century church guarded by an ancient yew where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, lies buried. We’ll take you through Lyndhurst the “Capital” of the Forest and to the deer enclosure and ornamental drive at Bolderwood where huge trees including California Redwoods line our route. For tea we stop in Beaulieu, “the Historic Heart of the New Forest”, dating back to the days of King John. The name means beautiful and it is. No other place in the forest can match Beaulieu for historic interest and here too you may see donkeys and ponies ambling along the pavements. There are two or three places selling tea to round off an enjoyable day out. We leave Beaulieu at 4.30pm to begin the drive home. Coach will depart Stevenage at 09.00. Price £54.00 per person.
Brooklands Museum: Sunday 8th August. Step back in time to the days of innovation, determination and record-breaking on the site of the world’s first racing circuit. Hear the stories of the pioneering men and women that shaped the world of motoring and aviation. Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles and a collection of civilian and military aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber and Concorde. Originally constructed in 1907, the Brooklands race track was the ‘Ascot of Motorsport’ in its heyday. The outer circuit was 2 ¾ miles long, 100ft wide, with two long straights joined by two sections of the banked curve up to 30ft high. Today only sections of the race track survive. Concorde Mach 2 tour: Enter into the life of the jet-set as our Concorde Crew guide you under the wings and through the cabin of the world’s fastest aircraft, introducing you to the thrills and extravagance of a Concorde flight. Mach 2 Tour Supplement Adults £6 Children £3.00. (Concorde Mach 2 tours must be booked in advance) Price £40.00 per Adult, £30.00 per child & includes a 20 minute talk. Coach will depart Stevenage at 09.00