DAYS OUT WITH GROUPS DIRECT

Days out at are all about having fun. From steam train rides to walking tours and garden visits to guided brewery tours, we cover all areas of Group Travel. If you have an idea that we haven’t thought of, please let us know and we will create a bespoke itinerary just for you!

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The Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre are set in the High House Production Park in Purfleet amid beautifully restored historic buildings and landscaped gardens. They are fascinating and inspiring places to visit and learn about the skills behind theatre set construction, design and costume making. You will discover the fascinating world of painters, carpenters and metalworkers as they make the Royal Opera House designers’ vision into reality

ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition is the brand new can’t-miss, 14,000 square foot immersive experience that invites you inside the iconic band’s personal and creative journey as it 'skilfully weaves the story of their meteoric rise’ (The Mirror) to global superstardom.

We are excited to announce our brand new day out, taking you behind the scenes at the London Coliseum.  Explore the hidden world of ENO (English National Opera) and discover the secrets of the largest theatre in London’s West End on one of these fascinating guided tours. 

Explore over 600 pieces of British Music memorabilia, including outfits worn by artists from David Bowie and Dusty Springfield, to the Spice Girls, and Adam Ant and musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols. You can even see the original statues from the Brits, and memorabilia from the Beatles through to Adele. 

The consumer revolution has shaped the way we live, shop, eat, communicate and entertain ourselves. The Museum of Brands tells the extraordinary story of achievement and innovation, through things that have been largely discarded – packaged products, leaflets, posters, toys, magazines, postcards – from Victorian times to modern days. 

2th - 16th September 2020. Your group will experience the castle rooms decorated by an impressive line-up of international award-winning floral designers. They will also discover a programme of floral demonstrations, specialist talks and daily garden tours, plus a variety of stalls on the Pavilion Lawn where beautiful flowers and garden accessories can be purchased. 

8th - 14th June 2020. Join in with a week of tours, talks and activities all themed to Leeds Castle’s abundance of wildlife and beautiful gardens. Leeds Castle has three gardens: The Princess Alexandra Gardens, The Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces and The Culpeper Garden.

23rd - 25th May 2020. Join young King Henry VIII at the Joust and, just as at The Field of Cloth of Gold, cheer on your team when England takes on France in a true competition demonstrating the finest skills of agility, foot combat and horsemanship.  Watch archery and firepower displays throughout your visit, with Tudor music and living history encampments to discover.  

25th July - 23rd August 2020. Have a go at sword fighting, crossbow, 16th-century football and a ‘Tudor dance off’ during a summer of sporting activities for all visitors. Experience falconry and wrestling and see Tudor cooking demonstrations.

23rd to 31st May 2020. Support your chosen champion from the English and French camps as both Kings compete to up the stakes in everything from jousting, wrestling and foot combat, to courtly dance and quick-wit. Which King will win and how will the loser soothe his bruised ego? 

10th April to 31st August 2020. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, the Grand European Summit held between Henry VIII and Francois I of France, Hampton Court Palace will be the place to be for all things Tudor. 

Saturday 8 February – Sunday 8 March 2020. Following lunch, make your way to Kew Gardens. Kew’s 25th annual orchid festival will celebrate the incredible wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia - a vast archipelago of more than 17,504 islands, including Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Papua and Bali. Indonesia’s landscape is as diverse as the flora and fauna that inhabit it, from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcanoes.

Known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel, the Painted Hall is a spectacular 18th century masterpiece of baroque art.  iscover one of London’s hidden gems, the magnificent Painted Hall, in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’, Sir James Thornhill’s magnificent Painted Hall is an epic baroque masterpiece.  

Hidden beneath the streets of Westminster is a secret world that played a pivotal role in the defence of Great Britain during World War II as Churchill and his inner circle plotted the route to Allied victory. Your self-guided tour starts with a short introductory film, preparing you for the immersive and extraordinary glimpse into Churchill’s historic underground bunker that lies ahead of you. Within the price of this tour, audio guides are available. 

As the UK’s favourite 20th Century building, and located at the heart of the UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry Cathedral is a must-see attraction. Following lunch, make your way to the Imperial War Museum Duxford for a self-guided tour of this impressive museum, housing iconic exhibits such as Concorde, Spitfire, Lancaster and Vulcan Bombers. Duxford is also home to The American Air Museum, carefully curated to tell the story of two nations united through war, loss, love and duty. 

 

As the UK’s favourite 20th Century building, and located at the heart of the UK City of Culture 2021, Coventry Cathedral is a must-see attraction.

Coventry Transport Museum, which opened in 1980, houses a collection of vehicles that is acknowledged as being one of the finest in the world, and the largest in public ownership. The museum tells the story of a city which changed the world through transport. Your group can expect to encounter captivating displays, interactive galleries and highly immersive exhibitions.

Treat your group to a lazy lunch cruise, with good food and great views of London’s iconic sights from the river Thames. Your 1 hour 45 minute river cruise, with live commentary, gives you plenty of time to enjoy both the view and the company of your group. 
 

Following a 2 course lunch in a nearby restaurant, make your way to Joiner Street where you will gain access to one of London’s favourite attractions.  Formally inaugurated on the 5th July 2012, London’s tallest building, The Shard, came to life. Standing proudly 1,016 ft above London Bridge Street in South London, The Shard was the vision of one man, Co-Owner and Developer, Irvine Sellar.
 

Go deep into the heart of the UK’s largest sports and music venue to those areas usually reserved for the biggest names in sport and music. Your tour will include the ‘Crossbar Exhibition’ and ‘Walk of Legends’, the changing rooms, press conference room, players’ tunnel, pitch-side, Royal Box and a photograph with the FA Cup.

Now owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, the 5.9 mile long Silverstone race circuit is located on the site of the former World War II bomber base, RAF Silverstone. 

Visit this beautiful twelve-roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child in the village of Shottery in Warwickshire.

Discover the beauty beneath your skin at BODY WORLDS London, the original display of real human bodies, now in its permanent flagship home on Piccadilly Circus. 

With 2020 marking the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we have created a unique, educational day excursion to Kent. 

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England; a unique and theatrical introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection. With the Norman cathedral still dominating Canterbury’s skyline, this historic Medieval city has been a pilgrimage site for over 800 years since the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Beckett, by Henry II of England, in 1170. Part of the city, including the cathedral, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

London Transport Museum, located in the heart of Covent Garden, explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. 

Your group will watch a personal demonstration of ‘hand raising’ a pork pie and discover how Melton Mowbray became so famous for pork pies. After building up an appetite sampling the wares, make your way to Oakham, a short 20 minute drive away*, for your 2 course lunch, 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site has almost 1000 years of intriguing tales to tell. Your group will meet the Yeoman Warders, better known as the Beefeaters, marvel at the fabulous finery of the Crown Jewels and discover an unrivalled collection of royal arms and armour in the iconic White Tower, dating back to 1075. They will also be able to explore all the roles this impressive building has had to play throughout the centuries – from medieval palace and fortress to infamous prison and execution site. 

We love Kew Gardens. All year round we send Group bookers to these relaxing and educational gardens where the views and smells will brighten up your day no matter what the weather is doing.

Based at Laverstoke Mill in leafy rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester and 60 miles from London, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history.

This new tour includes a guided visit to The Clink! The name ‘Clink’ seems to have been attached to the prison in the 14th century.

This relaxing and traditional tour includes cruising along the idyllic Loxwood Link section of the canal on the Surrey/West Sussex border. On arrival we have organised a scrumptious Ploughmans lunch with a cup of tea.

Finally, it's your chance to step inside this amazing venue which has been reopened due to popular demand and following a massive £50 million renovation.

This fascinating day excursion includes an informative and entertaining Blue Badge Guided tour of the Inns of Court, following a delicious three course lunch with a drink.
The Inns of Court are totally unique in ambience and character and there really is nowhere else quite like them in the whole of London, if not in the whole of England.

Go back in time to the golden age of the silver screen. You will be treated as a VIP as you tuck into popcorn and sip your Prosecco in this intimate venue.

A tranquil oasis in the heart of London’s bustling Camden Lock. Board your traditional canal boat to explore London’s historic and picturesque Regents Canal before enjoying a delicious Fish and Chip lunch, which is an experience in itself!

Explore the famous Highgate Cemetry, with a fascinating 90-minute guided tour of the West Wing. You will also have free time to wander the East Wing, and see graves of famous people such as Karl Marx. Includes a 2 course lunch.

Hovercraft Experience and Lunch

On this epic day out your group will experience the ultimate power of the Hovercraft as you launch from Southsea to the Isle of Wight. Once you arrive in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, a two course lunch with coffee and mints will be waiting for you. While away the rest of the time either on the beautiful beach of Ryde or in the independent shops in this beautiful town. Why not extend your stay on the Isle of Wight for a night or so?  Talk to our team who can organise this for you.

Ever wondered how gin is made? Join us for a fun and informative tour around our working distillery in Stratford upon Avon. This tour is complimented by a relaxing River cruise with Fish and Chips. We can guarantee you’ll definitely see Stratford’s swans!

‘Picture This! Life Through A Royal Lens’. A new exhibition at Kensington Palace for 2020. Opening on 15 May 2020, Kensington Palace will reveal a new exhibition exploring the British royal family’s enduring relationship with the camera.

Midsomer Murders is as popular now as when the first murder was committed at Badger’s Drift way back in 1997. To date, there have been 105 episodes and 222 deaths, with the television series regularly getting audiences of over 7 million UK viewers.

H. Forman & Son remains a family concern, the last of the original London smokehouses. It is not every day that you can witness a Guinness World Record Salmon Carver in action. Don’t miss your chance to see Darren Matson in action on this “outstanding” tour of the H. Forman and Son’s famous smokehouse. 

Discover the heritage and rural beauty of the Lea Valley, whilst cruising aboard a modern, fully licensed vessel that is accessible to all. To start your day, sit down at a local restaurant and enjoy a two course lunch before commencing on your two and a half hour canal cruise. Throughout your cruise, you will have a guided commentary by the friendly skipper.

Go on a journey of discovery to find out the history of Beefeater London Gin, followed by a fish and chip lunch, followed by a visit to the Imperial War Museum, where you have free time to explore the newly created galleries.

Now in its seventh year, Call the Midwife regularly captures the hearts of over 10 million viewers who tune in to watch the much-loved programme. However, little do those viewers know that the historic Dockyard Chatham has been the backdrop for many of the show’s most iconic scenes.

Horse-Drawn Canal Cruise and Lunch

This relaxing cruise is the perfect way to see the unspoiled River Wey & Godalming Navigations. The boat will be pulled by one of the heavy horses along both natural river and a canal section and through one of the oldest boat locks in the country. Travel quietly in the time honoured way as generations of river boatmen have throughout history. 

Steam trains and delicious food go hand in hand, so why not spend the day on the Bluebell Railway for this family friendly adventure?

The Postal Museum brings together fascinating exhibitions and unveils the mysterious Mail Rail to the public for the very first time. Journey through five centuries of world-class curiosities that changed the world. From global innovations and crackpot schemes to pirates and highwaymen, find out how the world’s first social network kept us all in touch.