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THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST 2019 

BOURNEMOUTH 

Pick Up Group: A

Fare: £24.00 

Bournemouth is England’s premier seaside resort with its seven miles of award-winning beaches. It is renowned for its relaxing air, beautiful gardens, pine clad chines and now a panoramic view of the South Coast from a hot-air balloon ride. It also has a wide variety of shops offering both cosmopolitan and vintage shopping. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST 2019 

WANDERING THROUGH WILTSHIRE 

Pick Up Group: J 

Fare: £23.00 

With almost half its landscape falling within an area of outstanding natural beauty, Wiltshire is a wonderfully diverse county and its timeless nature offers endless opportunities to get off the beaten track and explore the rural countryside. Today we have lunch in the market town of Devises, set upon the Kennet and Avon Canal and noteworthy for its large market. During the afternoon we follow the country roads to Lacock where there is time for tea amidst the honey-coloured 15th-century buildings that formed the backdrop for so many BBC TV productions e.g. Cranford, Wolf Hall and the Harry Potter films. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST TO SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST 2019 (3 Days) 

THE THREE JEWELS OF FLANDERS Ypres, Bruges and Ostend 

Pick Up Group: M 

Fare £275.00 (includes ferry fares) 

Our tour is based at the 3-star Best Western Flanders Lodge at Ypres in the Westhoek province of Belgium, a virtually unspoilt part of Flanders bordering on France and the North Sea. 

Friday: Drive to Ypres via the ferry crossing from Dover to Calais and the short drive across West Flanders. We shall have free time during the afternoon to explore this once prosperous medieval town and to settle into our hotel. Ypres: The town found itself just to the west of the front line in 1914 at the beginning of the Great War and was demolished by shelling over the next few years. When peace returned the town was reconstructed as it had once been and today the town acts as a centre for visitors to the battlefields and military cemeteries. You can visit the ‘In Flanders Field’ Museum which provides a moving story of the First World War, and the Menin Gate, a huge stone arch with the names of the missing soldiers of the Battle of Ypres, where the Last Post is played every evening. Ypres has a lively town centre with many pavement cafes and restaurants all overshadowed by the imposing cathedral. We shall then return to our hotel for our evening meal. 

Saturday: After making the short journey across the countryside of West Flanders we shall spend the rest of the day in the City of Bruges. Steeped in history, this ‘Venice of the North’ is a true romantic haven with its medieval buildings, museums, enchanting cobbled streets and network of canals. Centred on the Market Square there are many pavement cafes and a wide variety of shops selling, amongst other things, lace and chocolates. We shall return to our hotel in the early evening. 

Sunday: After a leisurely breakfast we shall drive to Ostend, the ‘Queen of Flanders’. Set in the middle of the Belgian coast, Ostend is an attractive, modern seaside resort with its wide, safe sandy beaches. It is also a fishing port with its bars and restaurants set around ‘Fisherman’s Quay’. We shall return to Calais for the ferry to Dover, arriving home by approximately 9.00pm


FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST 2019 

CLACTON, FRINTON OR WALTON 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

The opportunity to spend the day by the sea at Clacton, Frinton or Walton-on-the Naze. These popular Essex coastal resorts have safe sandy beaches. Clacton is renowned for its amusements. Walton is the quieter, family resort while Frinton caters for the more discerning visitor. Home by approximately 7.30pm.


SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2019 

BRUNEL’S BRISTOL 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £39.00 (includes admission) 

The City of Bristol will always be associated with the achievements of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Having brought the GWR to the city he set about extending the railway across the Atlantic Ocean to America by building the first steamship in the world, SS Great Britain. Today we have the opportunity of exploring this great vessel, seeing how the early passengers lived and slept as they travelled across the Atlantic. There is also an exhibition on the life and works of the great engineer. Nearby we notice the John Cabot Tower and replica of the sailing boat ‘Michael’ in which Cabot discovered America. There is also the Bristol Industrial Museum (admission free) that explains the rise of the Aviation industry and it is possible to use the ferry to ride into the city centre.  Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2019 

TYNTESFIELD (NT) 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £24.00 (NT non-members approx. £16 extra) 

The opportunity to visit this huge Victorian Gothic estate and house that was built by the family of a wealthy Bristol shipping magnate.  It contains a vast collection of over 1000 of the family’s possessions every article telling a story about the Gibbs family and the world they lived in.  Today we are welcomed into this cherished place to discover the interior of the house and chapel, flower-filled terraces, towering trees and views across the Somerset hills.  There is also a large shop and restaurant. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2019 

BRIGHTON 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

Stylish Brighton is one of our oldest seaside resorts where we can enjoy all the seaside fun including the Palace Pier, the fabulous Royal Pavilion now restored to its 1823 splendour, the amazing Observation Wheel giving us a remarkable view along the south coast, the famous ‘Lanes’ lined with antique shops and boutiques and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


MONDAY 5TH AUGUST 2019

SOUTHEND OR WESTCLIFF 

Pick Up Group: E 

Fare: £19.00 

If you do not want to travel too far but fancy a breath of sea air and a walk along the promenade, we offer the opportunity of five hours beside the sea at our nearest resort whose latest attractions include the Pier Hill Observation Tower and a completely rebuilt promenade running from the Kursaal to the famous pier. Indeed with the fabulous shopping centre and excellent gardens everything combines to give a day out to remember! Home by approximately 6.30pm.


TUESDAY 6TH AUGUST 2019 

BOGNOR REGIS 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £23.00 

At the end of the 18th century this small fishing village developed into a quiet and fashionable seaside watering place. Today it has a fine promenade, gardens and shopping centre. The ‘Regis’ was added in 1905 when King George V convalesced here in 1928. Home by approximately 7.30pm.


WEDNESDAY 7TH AUGUST 2019 

EASTBOURNE 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

An opportunity to listen to the band in ‘Sussex by the Sea’, or take a stroll along the front to admire the colourful gardens and feel the energy of endless blue skies all backed by the rolling South Downs. From the Victorian Pier and three tier promenade to world class marina and water sports centre Eastbourne is both a classic and modern English seaside town. We have at least four hours in Sussex’s premier resort. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST 2019 

RAMSGATE OR BROADSTAIRS 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

The opportunity to spend the day at either Ramsgate or Broadstairs. Broadstairs has an attractive fishing village, renowned for its associations with Charles Dickens and its sheltered beach. Victorian Ramsgate is noted for its famous Royal Harbour, Marina, interesting town museum and traditional shopping


FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST 2019 

PEACEFUL WORTHING 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £23.00 

Worthing is the seaside resort with plenty of style, fine gardens, five miles of seafront and a pier that is still fully functioning. Perhaps its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity encouraged the Princess Amelia, sister of the Prince Regent, to set up home here whilst her brother built his more lavish palace at neighbouring Brighton. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST 2019 

GREAT YARMOUTH 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £24.00 

Great Yarmouth has always been a popular resort with its long sandy beaches lined by Marine Parade and its colourful gardens and countless amusements. The star attraction is the Marina Centre with its large variety of all-weather sports and swimming pools. We have at least four hours at the resort and return home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST 2019 

BRUGES – VENICE OF THE NORTH 

Pick Up Group: F 

Fare: £57.50 (includes ferry fare) 

Join us on the ferry enabling us to visit Bruges one of Europe’s loveliest cities. Renowned for its lace, chocolate and canals, it is a romantic open-air museum of churches and elegant buildings all in virtually unspoilt surroundings. Home by approximately midnight. See page 6 for further details of passport requirements and additional stops.


SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST 2019 

SS SHIELDHALL AND THE THREE QUEENS 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £43.00 (includes cost of cruise)

A unique tour that takes us down to Southampton where we board the Steamship Shieldhall which is a member of the National Historic Fleet. She was launched on the Clyde in 1955 as a heritage cargo/passenger vessel and retains her original machinery. During our cruise we are able to see the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work. The cruise will take us along Southampton Water on one of the few occasions when the three Cunard Liners are all in port, so, it provides a rare opportunity to see Queen Victoria, Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II together. Our steamship is full equipped with refreshment facilities including hot and cold food, beverages and real ale. There will be time in Southampton before arriving home by approximately 7.30pm.


MONDAY 12TH AUGUST 2019 

SOUTHEND OR WESTCLIFF 

Pick Up Group: E 

Fare: £19.00

If you do not want to travel too far but fancy a breath of sea air and a walk along the promenade, we offer the opportunity of five hours beside the sea at our nearest resort whose latest attractions include the Pier Hill Observation Tower and a completely rebuilt promenade running from the Kursaal to the famous pier. Indeed with the fabulous shopping centre and excellent gardens everything combines to give a day out to remember! Home by approximately 6.30pm.


MONDAY 12TH AUGUST 2019 

WOBURN WILD ANIMAL KINGDOM 

Pick Up Group: D 

Fare: £40.00 (Adult) £38.00 (Senior) £30.00 (Child)

Visit one of Britain’s longest drive-through game reserves containing over 30 species of magnificent wild animals and you will really feel that you are on Safari as you see lions, tigers, rhinos, wolves, bears and many other exotic animals at close quarters. Other attractions include the Monkey Jungle, sea lions, parrots, elephants and giraffes. There is also a picnic area, restaurant and gift shop. Home by approximately 6.30pm.


TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST 2019 

FOLKESTONE AND HYTHE 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

Folkestone will always be remembered as the port from which tens of thousands of soldiers bound for the Great War left in 1914, never to return. They are commemorated by the newly erected ‘Short Step Arch’ standing at the top of the Leas, a beautiful cliff-top walk offering good views across the English Channel towards France. Interesting, old, narrow streets wind down the hill to the harbour from the large shopping centre. By contrast Hythe is a small town noteworthy for its many antique shops and old-fashioned High Street as well as being the terminus of the Romny Hythe and Dymchurch narrow gauge railway. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST 2019 

BRIGHTON 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

Stylish Brighton is one of our oldest seaside resorts where we can enjoy all the seaside fun including the Palace Pier, the fabulous Royal Pavilion now restored to its 1823 splendour, the amazing Observation Wheel giving us a remarkable view along the south coast, the famous ‘Lanes’ lined with antique shops and boutiques and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Home by approximately 8.00pm.

 

THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST 2019 

SOUTHWOLD 

Pick Up Group: S 

Fare: £24.00 

Drive direct to Southwold and enjoy about four hours beside the sea in this unspoilt resort, ideal for those keen on bird watching or just relaxing in delightful surroundings. The streets are filled with elegant 18thcentury flint and colour washed cottages, shops, pubs and cafes all clustered around seven greens. The pier has an amazing water clock, the church is one of the finest in Suffolk and the ‘Old Sailor’s Reading Room’ recalls tales of days gone by… Home by approximately 8.00pm.


FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST 2019 

EASTBOURNE AIRBOURNE 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

Welcome to AIRBOURNE, Eastbourne’s FREE International Air show. This is the first day of the show at which many aircraft both military and civil go through their paces over the sea whilst you watch safely from the promenade. So, come and enjoy all that Eastbourne has to offer from its colourful gardens, bracing air, pier, shopping and all the fun on offer at ‘Sussex by the Sea’. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST 2019 

MARGATE OR BROADSTAIRS 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00 

Enjoy the afternoon beside the sea at Margate or Broadstairs. Both resorts have safe, sandy beaches. Margate’s historic Dreamland Amusement Park which opened again last year was the world’s first amusement park of thrilling historic rides and classic side shows. Today, it will be a visual and sensual delight – a concept not only evocative of Dreamland’s past, but with an eye firmly on its future. The resort is also noteworthy for the newly opened Turner Art Gallery and many interesting arts and crafts shops in the Old Town. Broadstairs is a quieter family resort with a cliff-top promenade, winding lanes, hidden cobbled streets and fisherman’s cottages overlooking a quaint harbour. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST 2019 

STEAMING INTO SWANAGE OR SWANAGE 

Pick Up Group: C 

Fare: £33.00 (includes rail fare) Fare: £25.00 (Swanage only) 

Drive direct to the Isle of Purbeck’s Norden Station and board a steam train, enabling us to enjoy and relive memories of days gone by as we steam through the attractive Dorset countryside to arrive in Swanage in time for lunch. Swanage is a quiet seaside resort noted for the many quaint corners and narrow streets of its old stone town, providing a favourite subject for artists. If you do not wish to join the steam train then stay on the coach through to Swanage. Home by approximately 8.30pm.


SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST 2019 

CLACTON, FRINTON OR WALTON 

Pick Up Group: B Fare: £23.00 

The opportunity to spend the day by the sea at Clacton, Frinton or Walton-on-the Naze. These popular Essex coastal resorts have safe sandy beaches. Clacton is renowned for its amusements. Walton is the quieter, family resort while Frinton caters for the more discerning visitor. Home by approximately 7.30pm.


MONDAY 19TH AUGUST 2019 

SOUTHEND OR WESTCLIFF 

Pick Up Group: E 

Fare: £19.00 

If you do not want to travel too far but fancy a breath of sea air and a walk along the promenade, we offer the opportunity of five hours beside the sea at our nearest resort whose latest attractions include the Pier Hill Observation Tower and a completely rebuilt promenade running from the Kursaal to the famous pier. Indeed with the fabulous shopping centre and excellent gardens everything combines to give a day out to remember! Home by approximately 6.30pm.


MONDAY 19TH AUGUST 2019 

WOBURN WILD ANIMAL KINGDOM 

Pick Up Group: D 

Fare: £40.00 (Adult) £38.00 (Senior) £30.00 (Child) 

Visit one of Britain’s longest drive-through game reserves containing over 30 species of magnificent wild animals and you will really feel that you are on Safari as you see lions, tigers, rhinos, wolves, bears and many other exotic animals at close quarters. Other attractions include the Monkey Jungle, sea lions, parrots, elephants and giraffes. There is also a picnic area, restaurant and gift shop. Home by approximately 6.30pm.


TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST 2019 

BOURNEMOUTH 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £24.00 

Bournemouth is England’s premier seaside resort with its seven miles of award-winning beaches. It is renowned for its relaxing air, beautiful gardens, pine clad chines and now a panoramic view of the South Coast from a hot-air balloon ride. It also has a wide variety of shops offering both cosmopolitan and vintage shopping. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2019 

CROMER OR SHERINGHAM 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £24.00 

We drive to Cromer which this week is celebrating its annual carnival. This delightful Norfolk resort with its narrow streets and beautiful sandy beach is also well known for its crab fishing. Alternatively, stay on the coach and spend the afternoon at Sheringham. This small fishing village has a large open-air market whilst the preserved railway line offers steam train rides to Holt. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST 2019

THAME AND WADDESDON MANOR (NT)

Pick Up Group: A Fare: £20.00 (NT non-members £18.00 extra)

The outward route takes us through the Chiltern Hills stopping for refreshment in the interesting town of Thame the setting for the ITV programme Midsummer Murders. We spend the afternoon at the fabulous mansion of Waddesdon Manor. A magnificent house and grounds in the style of a French chateaux built for the Rothchilds in the late 19th century it boasts a world-renowned collection of French furniture, paintings, and decorative arts. The house stands majestically in a landscaped park offering stunning panoramas, fountains, grottos and an avaiary housing exotic and colourful birds. Time for tea at the house before arriving home by approximately 7.00pm.


FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST 2019

CLACTON AIRSHOW

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00

An opportunity to visit Clacton on the day of its 25th Airshow held on Clacton seafronts and greensward. Clacton will be transformed into a fun filled display/ event site and flight viewing area. Impressive aerobatic displays will take to the skies while a host of exhibition, trade stands, food court and on-site entertainment are available at ground level. So its eyes upwards to the skies. Home by approximately 7.30pm.


SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 2019

PORTSMOUTH HERITAGE, GUNWHARF QUAYS AND GOSPORT SUBMARINE MUSEUM

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £23.00

The opportunity to explore the history of the Royal Navy by visiting the Mary Rose. HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Actions Stations and the RN Museum in the ‘Historic Dockyard’. Alternatively enjoy the Designer Outlet Village at Gunwharf Quays, take a lift to the top of the 500ft Spinnaker Tower and walk the Millenium Promenade to Old Portsmouth, where we can visit the Cathedral and soak up atmosphere of the ancient streets that were once the haunt of ‘Press Gangs’. There is also time to take a ferry to Gosport and visit the local street market or ‘HMS Alliance’ Submarine Base and discover what life was like living for three months beneath the waves. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 2019

SOUTHSEA 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £23.00

Drive direct to Southwold and enjoy about four hours beside the sea in this unspoilt resort, ideal for those keen on bird watching or just relaxing in delightful surroundings. The streets are filled with elegant 18thcentury flint and colour washed cottages, shops, pubs and cafes all clustered around seven greens. The pier has an amazing water clock, the church is one of the finest in Suffolk and the ‘Old Sailor’s Reading Room’ recalls tales of days gone by… Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST 2019

BOGNOR REGIS AND HARBOUR VIEWS 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £23.00

A tour that takes us through the Alice Holt Forest and across the South Downs to the quiet resort of Bognor Regis noted for its fine promenade and attractive gardens. Time for some lunch and a stroll along the promenade before driving around Chichester harbour to the delightful fishing village and artist haven of Bosham (tea). Home by approximately 8.00pm.


SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST 2019

MISSISSIPPI RIVERBOAT CRUISE 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £33.00 (includes cruise)

We drive to the Norfolk Broads and after lunch in the Broadland Village of Horning board the ‘Southern Comfort’ which is a unique reconstruction of a Mississippi Riverboat to spend the afternoon cruising through the Broadland scenery. Tea is available on board. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


MONDAY 26TH AUGUST 2019 

GREAT YARMOUTH 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £24.00

Great Yarmouth has always been a popular resort with its long sandy beaches lined by Marine Parade and its colourful gardens and countless amusements. The star attraction is the Marina Centre with its large variety of all-weather sports and swimming pools. We have at least four hours at the resort and return home by approximately 8.00pm.


TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST 2019

NORTHAMPTON AND ALTHORP HOUSE 

Pick Up Group: A 

Fare: £35.00 (includes admission)

Time for lunch and sightseeing in Northampton before spending the afternoon at Althorp, which since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales has become a house known across the world. Before then it was known to connoisseurs as the most classic of English stately homes on account of its setting and contents. Enjoy the warmth and splendour of the Spencers’ family home,the tranquil beauty of the Round Oval, Diana Exhibition, Picture Gallery and State Bedrooms. Home by approximately 7.30pm.


WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST 2019 

MARGATE OR BROADSTAIRS 

Pick Up Group: B 

Fare: £23.00

Enjoy the afternoon beside the sea at Margate or Broadstairs. Both resorts have safe, sandy beaches. Margate’s historic Dreamland Amusement Park which opened again last year was the world’s first amusement park of thrilling historic rides and classic side shows. Today, it will be a visual and sensual delight – a concept not only evocative of Dreamland’s past, but with an eye firmly on its future. The resort is also noteworthy for the newly opened Turner Art Gallery and many interesting arts and crafts shops in the Old Town. Broadstairs is a quieter family resort with a cliff-top promenade, winding lanes, hidden cobbled streets and fisherman’s cottages overlooking a quaint harbour. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST 2019 

BRIGHTON

Pick Up Group: B

Fare: £23.00 

Stylish Brighton is one of our oldest seaside resorts where we can enjoy all the seaside fun including the Palace Pier, the fabulous Royal Pavilion now restored to its 1823 splendour, the amazing Observation Wheel giving us a remarkable view along the south coast, the famous ‘Lanes’ lined with antique shops and boutiques and Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST 2019 

SOUTHEND OR WESTCLIFF 

Pick Up Group: E 

Fare: £19.00 

If you do not want to travel too far but fancy a breath of sea air and a walk along the promenade, we offer the opportunity of five hours beside the sea at our nearest resort whose latest attractions include the Pier Hill Observation Tower and a completely rebuilt promenade running from the Kursaal to the famous pier. Indeed with the fabulous shopping centre and excellent gardens everything combines to give a day out to remember! Home by approximately 6.30pm.


SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST 2019 

ENCHANTING SLUIS – A TASTE OF HOLLAND 

Pick Up Group: F Fare: £61.00 (includes cost of ferry fare) 

We shall visit the pretty Dutch town of Sluis which is just over the border in that part of Holland cut off by the estuary of the River Schelde which flows into Antwerp. We shall make our usual stops for cigarettes, tobacco, wines, beers and spirits. Home by approximately midnight. See page 6 for further details of passport requirements and additional stops.