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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Day Trip to Ryde, Isle of Wight by Hovercraft

Want to head a bit further field without the hassle? From Southsea, in just ten minutes you could be at the seaside resort of Ryde by the fastest route Isle of Wight foot passenger service, offering easy access to the UK mainland.

Operated by the world’s longest running hovercraft operator, it will take you direct to what’s often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Island’. Step ashore onto the island’s largest town and spend the time here as you wish. With British seaside vibes and a sweep of Victorian and Regency buildings, there’s almost every amenity you could wish for from a seaside town whether you want to take a relaxing stroll on the esplanade and vast golden beaches, or maybe enjoy a spot of shopping.

The pier is considered to be the world’s oldest; it was originally constructed in 1814, and remains the place to enjoy the gorgeous scenic views across the Solent to Portsmouth. But it’s not just traditional seaside entertainment – Ryde is home to established shopping streets offering something for every kind of shopper, with independent boutiques and antique shops.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Ryde on Saturday 17th June 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Railway Day Trips

Railway Day Trips

There’s nothing quite like a nostalgic train journey as you’re whisked through some of the country’s most exquisite rolling countryside, past picturesque villages, wooded valleys, farmland and sleepy unseen corners to evoke memories of a bygone age. And it’s not just a day out for railway enthusiasts; our day trips cover beautiful parts of the UK and many are combined with relaxing attractions, or lunch and cream tea. Take your pick from traversing through the heart of Hampshire, through one of England’s finest landscapes – the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or to the quaint Cotswolds scenery…

Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) including Ploughman’s Lunch and Jane Austen’s House Museum, Hampshire – Thursday 8th June
Includes a 90-minute steam train journey through the heart of Hampshire from Alresford to Alton and return where a cheese ploughman’s lunch will be served on board. You will then travel by coach and visit the 17th century house where Jane Austen lived from 1809 to 1871; 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of her death. Here she wrote and revised her 6 novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

Borde Hill Garden and The Bluebell Railway – Tuesday 4 July
Take a ride on the Bluebell Railway from East Grinstead and return and experience the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Steaming through the countryside you will see wooded valleys, streams and rivers, and meadows with wild flowers. In the afternoon we will visit Borde Hill Garden in Haywards Heath, renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, offering an enjoyable day out for horticultural enthusiasts. The Edwardian Garden was created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke in the early 1900s, and today is still lovingly cared for and continues to be developed by generations of the same family. The garden is home to a series of intimate and enchanting ‘garden rooms’, with the Green Tree Gallery, plant sales and gift shop. A late lunch can be taken in the café or tea room on site (pay on an individual basis on the day), or you may take a picnic if you prefer.

VIP Day Out – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway including Lunch and Cream Tea – Thursday 17th August
Includes a two-course lunch served in the main restaurant of the 4-star White Hart in Stow on the Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and home to numerous antique shops. This will consist of roast chicken supreme, spring onion mash, green beans and tarragon sauce, followed by sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Travel from Toddington via Winchcombe, Rotherington to Cheltenham Race Course and return on board a steam hauled train. This preserved steam and diesel heritage railway built in 1900-1906 passes by some of the most beautiful scenery and sleepy villages of the Cotswolds. Before departing for home a Cream Tea, consisting of a scone with jam and cream, tea or coffee will be served at The Flag & Whistle Café at Toddington.

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

 

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Bank Holiday Weekend Day Trip

Bank Holiday Weekend Day Trip

Need a day out during the May Bank Holiday weekend? See the charms of Arundel in West Sussex or choose our trip with admission included to the magnificent Arundel Castle.

The picturesque market town captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and country pursuits, all within a stone’s throw of London. Discover the heritage of the town’s one thousand year history as you browse its town centre, which offers plenty for every kind of shopper with a plethora of antique shops, boutiques and art galleries.

Dominating its skyline is Arundel Castle. Set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and commanding views across the South Downs, the castle has a significant history. Since 1067 it has been the seat of the Duke of Norfolk, and today houses a grand and rare collection of furniture, paintings, tapestries and more in the carefully preserved rooms, from the Armoury and Barons’ Hall to the beautiful Regency library.

For the Bank Holiday Weekend, the Castle goes back in time to 1475 and will be filled with the sounds of battle and conflict to show the importance of artillery in taking a castle, and as a battle field weapon, skirmishes between the two sides and crafts, costumes and armour of the period.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to Arundel, or Castle Siege 2017 at Arundel Castle on Saturday 27th May 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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New for 2017! ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ at Kensington Palace

There’s never been a better time to visit Kensington Palace, with 2017 honouring the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales marked by celebration of some of her most beautiful outfits. Our day trip is an unmissable opportunity to get a closer look at the ‘people’s princess’s’ chic outfits and discover the evolution of her image and style. 

You’ll explore the historic royal abode which was a place of unique significance in her life; the place she called home from 1981 and today the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and view the celebrated outfits from throughout her life which will be on display.

Highlights of the visit include the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s and the chic suits that made up her ‘working wardrobe’ in the 1990s, the pale pink Emanuel blouse worn for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House.

Other attractions at Kensington Palace include the Queen’s State Apartments where you can explore these cosy, private rooms that were once used by Queen Mary II for relaxation, and The King’s State Apartments, a sumptuous set of rooms each grander than the last, and the Palace Gardens are an intimate, tranquil and secluded oasis where the highlight is the Sunken Garden.

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ at Kensington Palace on Wednesday 24th May 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Garden Inspiration at Malvern Spring Festival

Garden Inspiration at Malvern Spring Festival

There’s no better time to get outdoors, draw inspiration and find fresh ideas for your summer garden – and at an RHS Flower Show, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out. Why not join us on our day trip coming soon to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival?

Inspired by Malvern’s heyday as one of England’s finest spa resorts and nestled in the beautiful Malvern Hills are breath-taking floral displays, prized blooms from leading UK nurseries, show gardens and more.

This year promises to reveal its biggest ever floral marquee, boasting an unrivalled selection of leading nurseries and a new centrepiece, the Plant Finder Parlour, providing daily talks. Experts will also be on hand for you to learn ever more tips about all things gardening, no matter what your ability. Head on to marvel at the Show Gardens created by prestigious RHS medal winners, amble through the Grow Zone to see how to create your own productive garden, or lose yourself in the new tranquil Spa Gardens.

But it’s not just gardening; there’s a whole host of lifestyle exhibitors, food and family entertainment, a perfect mix whether you’re a horticulturist or a newcomer!

Stewarts Tours have a day trip to RHS Malvern Spring Festival on Sunday 14th May 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.

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Congratulations to our competition winner!

Congratulations to our competition winner!

Many thanks to all those who entered our recent competition.

We are delighted to announce the winner Mr Clare, from Woodley, whom along with a guest will enjoy a day trip of his choice.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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