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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Why to visit Monkey World

Why to visit Monkey World

In a few weeks, we’re visiting the internationally acclaimed Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset where there’s no better place to get close to over 250 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys – here’s why you should pay a visit…

It is the largest rescue centre of its kind in the world
Set amongst the woodland lies 65 acres of sanctuary for more than 250 primates of over 20 different species. These include the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa, and Europe’s only Orang-utan Creche.

Many have been saved from abuse, neglect, laboratories, as exotic pets or the entertainment industry, and today the Centre works with foreign governments to prevent illegal smuggling from Africa and Asia and provide them with natural surroundings.

It’s home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’
Monkey Life has had unparalleled access to the Rescue Centre, following the daily lives and dramas of these fascinating creatures since 2006. 

Other TV shows featuring the sanctuary include BBC’s Animal Hospital and Sky TV’s feature highlighting a rescue operation in Turkey of smuggled chimpanzees. 

For a fascinating day out for all the family
There’s something for young and old and the knowledgeable staff are some of the most experienced in primate rehabilitation; they are passionate about the welfare of the primates.  The sanctuary is also home to woodland parks and a café.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Monkey World on Sunday 13th August 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Day Trip to Buckingham Palace

Day Trip to Buckingham Palace

This week Buckingham Palace will open once again for its hugely popular annual Summer Opening. The iconic symbol of the British Monarchy has served as one of several Royal residences around the country since 1837, when Queen Victoria first took up residence. Today thousands visit from all over the globe each year – why not have a day to remember and see the splendour for yourself?

Visitors are able to tour the 19 magnificent State Rooms that form the heart of the working palace and are used regularly by the Royal Family for official entertaining and State Functions. As part of the visit there is the special exhibition ‘Royal Gifts’, telling the story of the Queen’s reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years.

As a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, her work undertaking many official duties in support of The Queen is remembered through a special display in the Music Room – one of the State Rooms open to the public as part of the Summer Opening. The centrepiece of the display is the desk where The Princess worked in her sitting room at Kensington Palace, writing letters, and reading official briefings and correspondence. Many of the objects shown on and around her desk have been selected by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to reflect their mother's commitment to duty and their personal memories of her.

Combine a visit with a Sightseeing Lunch Cruise. Our day trip includes a 75 minute sightseeing cruise with a two-course lunch served on board on Saturday 9th September 2017.

Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Make the Most of Summer: 4 Seaside Day Trips!

Make the Most of Summer: 4 Seaside Day Trips!

Who doesn’t love the seaside? Our day trips this summer offer a short escape for everyone, so why not take your pick from charming Lyme Regis, to simply enjoying the traditional resort of Southend on Sea…

Lyme Regis – Wednesday 26 July
A traditional Regency seaside resort with a long promenade and famous Cobb Harbour. There is a stunning beach along the awe-inspiring Jurassic Coast and offers traditional seaside entertainment, Georgian façades and quaint shopping streets. 

Worthing Festival – Saturday 29 July
The largest seaside resort on the West Sussex coast, head to the seafront and enjoy the wide-reaching views, beautiful beaches, or hunt around the quirky independents, specialist outlets or high street stores. Each year the town enjoys a host of entertainment and stalls in conjunction with Worthing Lions. 

Southend on Sea – Friday 4 August
One of the UK’s most famous seaside resorts, Southend-on-Sea will provide plenty of fun-filled seaside entertainment. With seven miles of coastline, it also home to the world’s longest leisure pier where you’ll be rewarded with unrivalled 360 degree views. There are endless attractions, shops and plenty more, promising something to suit everyone. 

Weymouth – Tuesday 22 August
A seaside atmosphere abounds this favourite coastal destination. Take in the views of the spectacular Jurassic Coastline and walk along the esplanade, where its Georgian buildings make for a beautiful backdrop against the golden beaches. 

For our full listings of day trips from Calcot, Reading, Woodley, Wokingham, and Bracknell, please click here.  

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World-famous Air Show this summer…

World-famous Air Show 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, and coming up soon on our day trip calendar is undoubtedly the most famous…

Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford – Sunday 16th July
Featuring 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.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to RAF Fairford on Sunday 16th July 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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RHS Flower Show Day Trip

RHS Flower Show Day Trip

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.

Why not let the world’s largest annual flower show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, capture your imagination on our day trip this summer? Held since 1990, visitors can enjoy inspirational floral displays, high quality plants and fantastic shopping all in an unforgettable, historic setting.

Highlights include…

  • The world-class Show Gardens including Conceptual and World Gardens, plus ‘Gardens for a Changing World’ to explore how we need to adapt our gardens for the future.
  • The Butterfly Dome, a kaleidoscope of colour where you can marvel at thousands of tropical butterflies and plants.
  • Hundreds of stalls! Browse gardening products or visit the Country Living Pavilion.
  • The Plant Village, Floral Marquee and new-look Festival of Roses – the perfect place to purchase plants and quiz specialists from Britain’s top nurseries.

    Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on Sunday 9th July 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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