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FRIDAY 1ST JUNE 2018
DORKING ON MARKET DAY AND POLESDEN LACEY (N/T)

Pick Up Group: B
Fare: £21.00
(NT non members approx £12.00 extra)
Surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills, you can catch glimpses of the wooded hills and open downland as you walk along Dorking’s historic streets. Today is Market Day and it is a joy to wonder around the arts and crafts shops, boutiques, art galleries and jewellers alongside vintage shops and antique centres. After lunch we drive the short distance to Polesden Lacey for the afternoon. “This is a delicious house”, remarked Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey, a country retreat with glorious views across the Surrey Hills. It was the home to the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. Marvel at the glittering Gold Saloon or the extensive collection of art and ceramics and the beautiful rose gardens. Time for tea at the Granary Café before leaving for home. Back by approximately 7.00pm.

SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2018
EASTBOURNE

Pick Up Group: B
Fare: £22.50
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.

Monday 4th June to Friday 8th June 2018 (5 Days)
The Pembrokeshire Coast

Pick Up Group: N
Fare: £395
(includes admission to National Garden of Wales)
The southern counties of Wales are largely unknown to many tourists yet they contain magnificent scenery of sea cliffs, beaches, headlands and caves. Our hotel is the 2-star family owned ‘Merlewood’ situated in Saundersfoot (01834 812421) which proved very popular when we last stayed. There is no lift but bedrooms in this modern building are situated on either the ground or first floor and the hotel provides evening entertainment.
Monday: Our outward journey takes us by way of the Oxford Services (coffee), across the Cotswolds to Ross-on-Wye (lunch) and then to the Brecon Beacons (tea), arriving at our hotel during the late afternoon.
Tuesday: Following a leisurely breakfast, drive to the walled town of Tenby with plenty of time to explore this ancient resort whose narrow streets and alleyways lead down to a picturesque harbour and sandy beaches. In the afternoon we drive along the coast to see St Goven’s Head and Bosherton (tea).
Wednesday: Today we drive to Carmarthen, an historic town whose narrow streets are lined with antique shops and whose large market includes many craft stalls. After lunch we visit the ‘National Botanic Garden of Wales’ that is now in full bloom and home to the largest glasshouse in the world. More recently, a spectacular Tropical House has opened housing orchids, palms and many other stunning tropical plants.
Thursday: Full day tour taking us along the Pembrokeshire coast to St David’s Cathedral (lunch), returning across the Presili Hills to the Llys-y-Fran reservoir (tea).
Friday: On our return journey we break for coffee at Margam Park, lunch in Chepstow and stop at the Reading Services (tea). The tour is scheduled to arrive back in Enfield by approximately 7.00pm.

TUESDAY 5TH JUNE 2018
RAMSTER GARDENS – A SPRING GARDEN OF DELIGHT

Pick Up Group: J
Fare: £27.50
(includes admissions)
We stop for lunch in the historic market town of Godalming set on the River Wey in the shadow of the South Downs National Park. After lunch we shall visit Ramster Garden an enchanted woodland garden renowned for its captivating beauty and tranquillity. Explore the natural winding paths to see spring delights of camellias and ancient magnolia trees, azaleas and rhododendrons and many rare and unusual trees and flowering shrubs. Ramster Gardens are award-winning gardens with over 25 acres of peaceful woodland, views of lakes and hillsides filled with colour and interest. After tea in the teahouse we shall depart arriving home by approximately 7.00pm.

SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2018
BATH – TIMELESS CITY OF GOLD

Pick Up Group: A
Fare: £24.50
No matter how often we return to this city of culture and pleasure there is always something new to discover, particularly now that the ancient baths have been refurbished and a new ‘Bath Spa Complex’ has been opened. We have at least four hours in this World Heritage Site, surrounded by fine Georgian buildings, crescents, squares and shops as well as the most complete Roman remains in Britain. There is also the mediaeval Bath Abbey, outstanding museum of costume, and the Jane Austen Centre that explains Jane’s life in Bath, her family and home. Home by approximately 8.00pm.

TUESDAY 12TH JUNE 2018
FISH AND CHIPS AT DISAPPEARING DUNWICH

Pick Up Group: B
Fare: £37.00
(includes three-course fish & chip lunch)
We drive today to the unknown and peaceful Suffolk coast at Dunwich, where we find the village that slipped beneath the waves during the 19th century. Here we shall enjoy a tempting fish and chip lunch at the restaurant on the beach, and suitably refreshed we drive to the seaside resort of Aldeburgh for the afternoon and tea before returning home by approximately 7.30pm.

THURSDAY 14TH JUNE 2018
JUNE’S JOLLY

Pick Up Group: E
Fare: £17.50
(no reduction for children)
Today we offer you a tour where we don’t tell you where we are going but ensure that you have an enjoyable day out with suitable refreshment and sightseeing stops. It may be the coast, a town or the countryside, the general direction depending on the weather. So celebrate the arrival of Summer and enjoy this special ‘Mystery Tour’ at a mad price! Home by approximately 7.00pm.

SATURDAY 16TH JUNE 2018
STEAMING THROUGH THE COTSWOLDS

Pick Up Group: A
Fare: £41.00 (Adult) / £39.50 (Senior) / £30.00 (Child)
(includes return rail fare)
A tour of the beautiful Cotswold Hills while travelling back in time on a steam train on the 28-mile Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Our journey takes us from Broadway to Cheltenham and back through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The stretch to Broadway was only opened in December and the line commands wonderful views of nearby sleepy hamlets and villages with outstanding vistas of the Malvern Hills and beyond. We stop for a short lunch break at Toddington Station before making our return journey. There are refreshments on the train and at Toddington Station. So sit back and enjoy the nostalgia of days gone by. Home by approximately 8.00pm.

SUNDAY 17TH JUNE 2018
BROADSTAIRS AND THE DICKENS FESTIVAL

Pick Up Group: B
Fare: £22.50
Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs regularly from 1837 until 1859 and immortalised the town as ‘Our English Watering Place’, so come with us today and enjoy a few hours beside the sea on the day that the resort celebrates its ‘Dickensian Associations’ – the townsfolk dress in Victorian costume and there are readings from Dickens on the Quay. Home by approximately 8.00pm.


OAKFIELD COLLECTION

TUESDAY 19TH JUNE 2018
GRAND UNION CANAL CRUISE

Pick Up Group: R
Fare: £36.00
(includes narrow boat cruise and guided commentary)
We shall relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of travelling by narrow boat along a stretch of the famous Grand Union Canal one of our most important waterways. This part of Northamptonshire has a lot to offer from attractive open countryside and wildlife to history and engineering. We pass through the lock to Wolverton Wharf, pass over the Iron Trunk aqueduct and pass through Cosgrove village and the ornamental bridge to Castlethorpe Wharf. We shall have a guide who will point out places of interest and give us some background of days gone by. There is a bar and teas, coffees, soft drinks and snacks are available. We shall stop for a lunch break in the Roman town of Towcester an affluent market town in Northamptonshire close to the racecourse. Home by approximately 6.30pm.


WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE 2018
CHICHESTER, THE HAMPSHIRE DOWNS AND HARBOUR VIEWS

Pick Up Group: J
Fare: £23.00
A scenic tour of the best of the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire scenery. We stop for coffee at Guildford Cathedral before driving across the South Downs to Chichester (lunch) renowned for its magnificent cathedral, market, shops and museum. We then drive around Chichester Harbour to the delightful fishing village of Bosham with its associations to King Harold and being an artist’s haven (tea). Home by approximately 8.00pm.

THURSDAY 21ST JUNE 2018
HASTINGS

Pick Up Group: B
Fare: £22.50
Today we visit Hastings, famous for its associations with the Norman Invasion of 1066. Other attractions in the town include the re-opened pier, large shopping centre, castle ruins perched high on the cliff and of course ‘Foyle’s Walk’ where the famous TV series Foyle’s War was filmed amidst the interesting antique shops. Home by approximately 8.00pm.

SATURDAY 23RD JUNE 2018
BLENHEIM PALACE, PARK AND FLOWER SHOW

Pick Up Group: A
Fare: £39.00 (Adult) / £37.00 (Senior)
(includes admissions to Flower Show and Blenheim Palace)
Visit Blenheim Palace at a time of year when the magnificent grounds host a glorious Flower Show featuring over 100 floral and garden exhibitors, a Grand Floral Pavilion, Show Gardens and a Floral Art Marquee. There are also celebrities, gardening talks and shopping. There will also be the opportunity to visit the palace and gardens, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and one of the great treasure houses of England. Home by approximately 7.00pm.
OR
OXFORD – CITY OF DREAMING SPIRES
Pick Up Group: A
Fare: £20.00
Spend a day in Oxford, the University City renowned for its ancient colleges, riverside walks, museums, excellent shopping centre and the refurbished Oxford Castle which includes a buzzing market, restaurants and Visitor Centre that explains how the buildings of the former gaol have silently born witness to 1,000 years of history. Home by approximately 7.00pm.

Sunday 24th June to Thursday 28th June 2018 (5 Days)
Waterford – Classic Ireland

Pick Up Group: N
Fare: £460
A short break in the sunniest (?) corner of Ireland where a warm welcome always awaits visitors in Waterford, Ireland’s premier seaside resort. Our hotel is Treacys Hotel and Spa which is located on Waterford Quays and has a superb new leisure centre with indoor swimming pool. There is entertainment provided on most evenings.
Sunday: The outward journey takes us by way of Oxford Services (coffee), Cheltenham (lunch) and Pant, by the Brecon Mountain Railway (tea) arriving at the Swansea Mercure Hotel for our overnight stop.
Monday: Following a leisurely breakfast we drive to Fishguard to board the afternoon sailing to Rosslare and then drive direct to Treacys Hotel and Spa at Waterford. The hotel has a lift, swimming pool, sauna and provides entertainment on most nights.
Tuesday: Free day in Waterford with a visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory which features the world’s largest collection of this iconic brand. The town is characterised by narrow streets, historic architecture and the ‘Viking Triangle’ that defines the historic centre of Waterford.
Wednesday: Today we visit medieval Kilkenny, known as the creative heart of Ireland and home to many specialist craftspeople. We can visit the studios and shops in the design Craft Centre and see the famous Kilkenny Castle, before returning to our hotel by way of New Cross (tea).
Thursday: Depart hotel following an early breakfast before this morning’s ferry crossing from Rosslare to Fishguard and then travelling along the motorway to Enfield. The tour is scheduled to arrive back home by approximately 11.00pm.

TUESDAY 26TH JUNE 2018
SOUTHEND OR WESTCLIFF

Pick Up Group: E
Fare: £19.00
For details refer to Saturday 26th May 2018.

THURSDAY 28TH JUNE 2018
CLACTON, FRINTON OR WALTON

Pick Up Group: B
Fare: £22.50
For details refer to Thursday 31st May 2018.

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018
NOTTINGHAM CITY OF LACE

Pick Up Group: A
Fare: £23.50
We repeat this tour after many requests to return. We have at least four hours in the city that became world famous as a centre of lace-making. In addition to the huge Victoria and Broadmead shopping centres, there is the castle, legendary home of the Sheriff of Nottingham from the tales of Robin Hood, and also the site where Charles I raised his standard at the start of the Civil War in 1642. The Lace Hall, Lace Centre, Caves, Canal Museum and Brew House Yard may also be visited. Home by approximately 8.00pm.