4 Reasons to See the Birmingham International Tattoo | November Day Trip

Each year Arena Birmingham hosts the magnificent Birmingham Tattoo, a spectacle of the world’s finest military bands, music and pageantry. Over 1,000 performers share the stage for an incredible three-hour performance like no other. Promising something for all ages, join the thousands that have visited the largest indoor Tattoo over its 29 years – here’s five reasons to experience this prestigious family event for yourself. 

  • Behold the pomp and pageantry of bands from all over the world…

Each year world-class performers create an exhilarating performance full of massed international bands. This year’s event includes the lead Band of the Household Cavalry alongside all the marching bands, plus the popular Massed Pipes and Drums with Highland Dancers. Joining them are the well-respected Warsaw Police Band from Poland and Adest Musica (The Drum and Showband) from the Netherlands, one of the top international bands.  

  • Enjoy the traditional displays, from field guns racing to dog display teams…

A wealth of displays include the Royal Air Force Cosford Queen’s Colour; a Field Gun Competition featuring crews from the Royal Navy, Army & Royal Air Force; the United Kingdom Disco Display Team – an uplifting dance routine performance by almost 400 enthusiastic young people; a Flyball Dog Display; and The Parade of Massed Standards. 

  • Did you know…?

Each year the event raises money at each performance for the Royal Star & Garter Homes, a charity who cares for disable veterans. The organisers of the Tattoo aim to bring the total raised to an incredible £100,000 during this year’s event. 

  • See the magic of the grand finale…

Guaranteed to be the most unforgettable moment of the performance, the patriotic grand finale will feature all of the performers and special guest appearances by vocal soloist Captain Gary Chilton (from The Soldiers). The event would not be complete without the popular Closing Ceremony which will feature the Royal Air Force Cosford Queen’s Colour and Escort, the traditional Land of Hope and Glory, the Evening Hymn and the Lone Piper. 

Our day trip includes a top price lower block ticket for the matinee performance.  

(Book soon to avoid disappointment! Tickets have to be finalised before the departure date). 

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to the Birmingham International Tattoo on Sunday 26th November 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Tickets Now on Sale | Day Trip to Strictly Come Dancing Live!

Tickets Now on Sale | Day Trip to Strictly Come Dancing Live!

It’s that time of year again when Strictly’s hit our TV screens and the fabulous tour has been announced. Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on the hugely popular tickets to celebrate all the things that make Strictly a smash-hit show – spectacular choreography, dazzling costumes and live music.

Our day trip will take the stress out of travelling to the popular venue of Birmingham Arena for a matinee performance, and will include a top price ticket. Not to mention Christmas will soon be here before we know it! Perhaps you know someone who loves Strictly; why not tick one present off the list and give them a gift to remember? Unforgettable memories of the electric atmosphere will last forever.

Ore Oduba will be back as the tour host, alongside Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. Further casting announcements from the 15th series are yet to be confirmed – visit their website to keep up to date.

Book soon to avoid disappointment! Tickets have to be finalised before the departure date and we only have a limited ticket allocation. Simply reserve your place with a 50% deposit, then pay your balance 8 weeks before you travel.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Strictly Come Dancing Live at Birmingham on Saturday 20th January 2018. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Craft Show Day Trip

Craft Show Day Trip

Whatever your craft passion, there’s no better place to find inspiration for your own projects than at the ultimate knitting and craft event of the year. Established over 25 years ago, the annual event at Alexandra Palace is a staple to the craft calendar and enjoyed by thousands each year. For inspiration, here’s four things to see and do at this year’s show… 

  • View over 350 specialist stalls, from dressmaking, cross stitch and patchwork quilting to felt, haberdashery and card-making – you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s the perfect place to be introduced to something new.
  • Explore 20 textile galleries curated by acclaimed artists.
  • Simply drop in to the Knitting & Crochet Classes for a lesson from the experts.
  • Visit The Sew Today Pattern Classroom – informal demonstrations will take place for sewers of all abilities.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 14th October 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Afternoon Tea Day Trips

Afternoon Tea Day Trips

Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or simply a day out to enjoy with your friends, why not indulge in an afternoon tea? Coming soon, our days out combine top attractions with an afternoon tea to make the day that bit extra special… 

Houses of Parliament & Afternoon Tea – Saturday 21st October
We all recognise the iconic Houses of Parliament – why not step inside and see where politics comes alive? Over 1000 years of the UK’s history can be explored. Or maybe be tempted by the afternoon tea which is served in one of the riverside rooms in the Houses of Commons, overlooking the Thames.

Brick Lane Music Hall & Afternoon Tea – Thursday 2nd November
Enjoy the patriotic wartime show which features some of the best songs ever written in the English language, and a delicious afternoon tea of freshly prepared sandwiches and cakes. This is the only surviving music hall in the country offering entertainment at its very best with fantastic old time music hall humour and music. Includes a ticket for the matinee performance.

For our full listings of day trips departing from local pick-up points in Calcot, Woodley, Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading, please click here.

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Food Festivals…

In recent years, Food Festivals have 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 delicious local delicacies and local chefs – our day trip to Broadstairs Food Festival has all the ingredients for a fantastic day out…

Now in its 9th year, the popular Food Festival where entry is free is your chance to celebrate Kent’s flourishing food and drink scene at a stunning seafront location overlooking Viking Bay. Sample delicious local produce from breads and hot foods to cheeses and ice creams, try out different cuisines from the quality stalls, and watch live cookery demonstrations by passionate local chefs to gather inspiration.

You can also explore Broadstairs’s historic town or enjoy the beach; the timeless seaside town has plenty of charm and character.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Broadstairs Food Festival on Saturday 30th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Coastal Day Trip – Whitstable

Coastal Day Trip – Whitstable

For a change of scenery this month, why not visit Whitstable? Here are three things to see and do at this boho, laid-back fishing town on the Kent coast…

Discover the mix of quality shops
Head to Harbour Street to see its plethora of pretty shop fronts which sell quality items, from boutiques, art galleries and gift shops, to delicatessens, butchers and bakers which trade side by side – all of which have established Whitstable as one of the best places to find one-of-a-kind items.    

Unwind by the beach and harbour
Take a stroll by Whitstable’s working harbour or enjoy the unspoilt coastline.

The harbour, built in 1832, is still a working port with a fascinating history, and the shingle beach is traditionally English, lined by brightly coloured fishermen huts.

Visit one of its independent restaurants
Whitstable is famed for its oysters, so perhaps visit an independent seafood restaurant. Or if a day trip to the seaside isn’t complete without fish and chips or you want to try an independent restaurant, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Whitstable on Sunday 17th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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The “Loveliest Castle in the World’!

The “Loveliest Castle in the World’!

Leeds Castle is reputed to be one of the most romantic and historic buildings in the land and next month we’re visiting the stunning castle for the ever-popular Festival of Flowers event, where you can discover why it’s not called the “loveliest castle in the world” for nothing!

Located in Kent, the castle has sat majestically for over 900 years in vast grounds. Over the years it has been the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and the residence of Henry VIII for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion, and a 20th century retreat for the famous. Surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful parklands, the large cottage gardens are a delight with very English features, from Roses, Lupins and Poppies.

For the ever-popular Festival of Flowers event, where this year’s theme is Enchanted Castle, international and award-winning florists and floral designers will transform the rooms into works of art. See demonstrations, hear talks, and get involved in the workshops that will be on offer on the day.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Festival of Flowers at Leeds Castle on Monday 25th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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4 Reasons to visit Guernsey | Day Trip

4 Reasons to visit Guernsey | Day Trip

Why not head further afield for a day out with a difference? Travel as foot passengers from Poole to St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, on board Condor’s £50m fast ferry and discover why it’s one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns.

1). Amble around the charming shopping streets
St Peter Port is perfectly formed and has retained much of its charm in its pedestrianised shopping streets and arcades. Boutique and family-run independent shops can be explored alongside larger branded stores, from the affordable to the luxury. Explore the delights of the ‘Old Quarter’ and you will find an eclectic mix of antique shops and locally made craft shops – no two shops are the same. Many goods are priced extremely competitively in Guernsey as excise duty rates are lower than those in Britain.

2). Enjoy the beautiful harbour
Watch the world go by as you wander the bustling waterfront and admire the views of sailing yachts and fishing boats, and maybe stop by in one of the quayside cafés. 

3). Discover the history of Guernsey
It’s no surprise that St Peter Port is considered the most beautiful town on the Island; testament to Guernsey’s history, there are beautiful streets and historic attractions. Castle Cornet provides a spectacular backdrop to the town, which stands at the mouth of the harbour and offers a fascinating insight into hundreds of years of history.

4). Guernsey’s International Food Festival will be taking place
The Food Festival will be showcasing the best in island cuisine, celebrating with markets, shows, demonstrations, and interactive events. Guernsey is renowned for its delicious seafood, dairy and a whole host of local produce.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Guernsey on Saturday 16th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Reasons to visit Wells and Glastonbury

Reasons to visit Wells and Glastonbury

Whether you enjoy browsing quaint shops or love exploring history and heritage, this beautiful part of Somerset has it covered…

Roam the city centre and explore the history of Wells
Whilst Wells is the smallest city in England, it has plenty to offer for those eager to explore historic sights. The unspoilt centre is home to the famous 13th century Cathedral, and many historic buildings including the moated Bishop’s Palace, St Cuthbert’s Church, and Vicars’ Close – which claims to be the oldest purely residential street in Europe. The narrow streets and an eclectic mix of building styles all reflect on the continuing development of the town throughout the ages.

Discover Glastonbury’s English charm and attractions
It’s not just Glastonbury Festival which tempts thousands of visitors each year; it is well worth a visit for its quintessential English charm, culture and history. The traffic-free market town plays host to Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor, and plenty of interesting shops and independent specialists in their field offering a good old-fashioned service.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Wells and Glastonbury on Wednesday 30th August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Visit Althorp

Visit Althorp

This year marks 20 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales – and you could join us as we take a visit to the home of the Spencer family for over 500 years. The magnificent estate and stunning house offers a fascinating day out for those interested in history, heritage and art, with our day trip including entry to the grounds, including the poignant Round Oval Lake, the current exhibitions and a guided tour of the state rooms of the house.

Situated in Northampton, be encapsulated by the remote setting and the exterior of the House which will be showcased in all its splendour. Step inside and enjoy a guided tour, which will reveal Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics; each room will delight with a fascinating story of its own.                                                                                       

Maybe pause for a moment of reflection at the Round Oval, where Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest. Since last year it has been undergoing a multi-million pound renovation to honour her memory, to be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of her death in August 2017.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Althorp on Sunday 3rd September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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