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Bluebell Railway & Borde Hill Gardens

Price from: 47.50

 

Bluebell Railway & Borde Hill Gardens 

with Buffet Lunch 

£47.50 

16th August 2018 

Coach Departures Hutton, Shenfield, Brentwood, Upminster 

 

Bluebell Railway 2 hour a return trip starting from Sheffield Park  

 

 

 

The Bluebell Railway was one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country resulting in one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.     The Bluebell Railway is popular with film and television productions, especially Horsted Keynes, which has been seen regularly on television and in films, including Downton Abbey, Muppets Most Wanted movie and Churchill’s Secret.  

  

Borde Hill Garden where we stop for your buffet Lunch. Stroll in the gardens. 

 

Borde Hill is a stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage Garden, set within over 200 acres of traditional parkland. It captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate ‘living garden rooms’, fine woodland, parkland, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.  

 

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Neasden Temple & Lunch

Price from: 37.50

The  Neaden Temple & Lunch.

Cost includes coach, guide & Lunch.

 
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The Swaminarayan Mandir was the first traditional Hindu Mandir to be built in Europe. 2,820 tones of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara marble were shipped to India, carved by over 1,500 craftsmen and reshipped to London. In all 26,300 carved pieces were assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle in less than 3 years. It is a miracle of modern times worked by over a thousand volunteers. It is a masterpiece of exotic design and workmanship that rises above London's skyline. Replete with luminescent white pinnacles and glittering marble pillars, it stands as a beacon for Hindus, both young and old throughout the world.

 

You complete your visit with a meal at the delightful Shayona restaurant. Adjacent to the temple. With traditional Indian décor and mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine, it is the perfect way to complete your visit the Shayona Restaurant is a contemporary and authentic Indian vegetarian restaurant offering a delightful range of cuisine faithful to the best culinary traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

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Columbia Road Flower Market & Spitalfields Market

Price from: 19.50

 Vist two of East Londons Oldest Markets 

 Travel in comfort by Coach. Forget the parking. Plenty of room for plants and bargains. Petticoat Lane. & Brick Lane are nearby
 
Columbia Road Flower Market.  Its a magical world of colourful plants and exotic flowers. Wonderful atmosphere Bargain Prices. 52 plants stall Over 30 garden shops and cafes. Old and new merge wonderfully together to create an atmosphere, which visitors cannot resist. The market is now visited by 1,000’s of garden enthusiasts every Sunday, you can search for rarities or general plants and shrubs at wholesale prices. The stock and prices change every week.
 
Old Spitalfields Market is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls.
Stalls sell antiques, food and fashion, varying from distinct and quirky creations from up-and-coming designers to bohemian, vintage and African designs. Boutiques offer everything from hand-crafted wooden toys to today's must-have design items. The mix of well-known chain restaurants and fresh food market stalls provide a gastronomic paradise
 
Cost £19.50
Includes:   Return Coach, Free Optional Guided Walk. I Coach drop off and pick at markets. I Early start for bargains
Depart from Spitalfields approx. 3.30pm
 
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Legal Regal

Price from: 42.50
 
 
Legal Regal.
Lunch at the Elizabethan Hall of Middle Temple.
Guided tour of Lincolns Inn and the Royal Courts of Justice.
 
 
Arriving in the City of London we start with a complimentary coffee at the KnightsTempler Tavern in Chancery Lane before we step back in time taking to the quiet alleys and open spaces of the Inns of Court, a haven within central London.  You start with your guided walk through the beautiful grounds of Lincolns Inn. Here, lawyers, dressed in gowns and wigs, pass against the backdrop of medieval buildings and well-manicured lawns. Its buildings date from the late-15th century.  Lincoln's Inn's lawns were used for executions during the Reformation.
 
You continue through the legal areas to Middle Temple which is used to film television such as “Silks.” You now follow in the tradition of Elizabeth I as you take a grand three course silver service lunch in the splendid Tudor Hall of Middle Temple. According to ancient custom anyone training to be a barrister in Britain must join one of the Inns of Court and dine there 24 times, as well as passing their examinations, before being officially qualified. Middle Temple Hall is perhaps the finest example of an Elizabethan Hall in the country. It is spanned by a magnificent double hammer beam roof. Begun in 1562 when Edmund Plowden, the famous law reporter, was Treasurer of the Inn, it has remained virtually unaltered to the present day. Many famous painting of Elizabethan and Stuart Monarchs adorn the walls.
 
Sometimes groups are allowed to use the High Table for lunch. The table consists of three 29 feet planks of a single oak, reputedly a gift from Elizabeth I to the Middle Temple, cut down in Windsor Forest and floated down the Thames to be installed in the Hall before the building was completed. The Benchers of the Inn still dine at it as they did that evening in August 1586 when Francis Drake, just back from a successful expedition against the Spanish Indies and bringing back from Virginia Raleigh’s Roanoke colonists, was rapturously congratulated by Benchers and members. The hatch cover of his ship the Golden Hind was later used to make the present ‘cupboard’, a table which stands below the Bench table.
 
After lunch we take a short stroll in the grounds of Middle Temple and Inner Temple which are built around a maze of courtyards and passageways before a guided tour of The Royal Courts of Justice with its stunning Gothic architecture which gives the courts its grand and imposing stature. This great Victorian building is frequently seen on the television news as famous appeal cases are held here. 
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Houses of Parliament & Household Cavalry Museum

Price from: 39.50
Your day starts with an opportunity to view the change of the Horse Guards.  You will then enter the Household Cavalry Museum followed by a guided walking tour along Whitehall. Free time for lunch and a tour of the Methodist Central Hall (we recommend the hall Cafe in the Central Hall.) In the afternoon we will enjoy an expert guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
The Houses of Parliament
Your guide will take you along the Processional Route taken by the Sovereign on the annual State Opening of Parliament. You will visit the Chambers of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Included in the tour will be St Stephen's Hall, site of the original House of Commons and Westminster Hall, with its magnificent hammerbeam roof, scene of many important events - among them the trial of King Charles I and the  ‘Lying in State’ of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Household Cavalry Museum
Situated on Horse Guards Parade between Trafalgar Square and Downing Street the Museum lies at the very heart of historic London in magnificent mid 18th century vaulted stables. Dazzling displays of uniforms, weaponry and prized exhibits present a celebration and history of the British Army’s Senior Regiments, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, who also perform the unique role of mounted bodyguard to Her Majesty The Queen on all State and Ceremonial occasions.  Multimedia and touch screen presentations provide fascinating information about all aspects of the daily duties of the troopers and their horses. Visitors can see troopers at work in the stables (through a large glazed partition) preparing for sentry duty and can even try on parts of the uniform.  An experience with something for everyone to enjoy along with the hourly sentry changes outside presenting colourful, traditional and uniquely British pageantry.
Walking Tour along Whitehall 
You pass the Banqueting House, The Welsh & Scottish Offices, Ministry of Defence, The Cenotaph, The Cabinet Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices, Downing Street and HM Treasury buildings. Your guide will provide information on all these landmark government buildings.
Methodist Central Hall
The Hall has played host to events of national and international importance: The Suffragettes who were campaigning for the vote for women met here in 1914. Mahatma Gandhi addressed the Temperance movement here in 1931. During the Second World War General de Gaulle announced the foundation of the Free French movement to the world here in 1940.  Perhaps most famously Methodist Central Hall was the chosen venue for the inaugural ‘General Assembly of the United Nations’ in 1946. Filming of the ‘Calendar Girls’ took place here too. If access is available, we will view Westminster Abbey from the roof. This is where television cameras are installed for state occasions.
 
Tours available on Saturday or when Parliament is not sitting.
 
Cost £39.50 includes;
Expert guided walking tour of Whitehall.
Entry & tour of Houses of Parliament & Cavalry Museum.
 
Not included Transport or Lunch.
 
Accessibility rating: Level walking 800m at any one time. Wheelhair access when pre-booked.
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Cutty Sark & Emirates Cable Car, Thames Clipper River Trip, Plus Pub Lunch & Guided Tour of Old Royal Naval College.

Price from: 35

 A very special day in Greenwich. 

This day out has been created for you exclusively by Talk-Tourism.

Your day starts with your guide in the Royal Docks once the largest dock complex in the world and soon to be regenerated. We take a short walk along the dockside from the ExCel Exhibition Centre to the Emirates Cable Car Station where we stop to admire the Dockers Statue and take in the  great views of the Britannia Village, Canary Wharf, The O2 Arena, ExCel Centre and SS Robin - the world’s oldest complete steamship.  

Flying at 295 feet you continue with a your flight over the River Thames on the Emirates Airline from the cable car station in the Victoria Dock to the O2 arena in Greenwich. During the flight you will see views of River Thames windings its way into the capital. High up you can see the Thames Barrier, Royal Docks, London City Airport, O2 Arena Olympic Stadium, Canary Wharf, The Shard and the Skyline of the City of London. Look for Anthony Gormley’s giant creation of “Quantum Cloud”

Once you have landed at the O2 Arena complex you take your short river trip using the Thames Clipper service around the Greenwich Peninsula. Take in the great views of Canary Wharf the West and East India Docks developments. This is the best way to enter Greenwich as laid out in front of you are the iconic buildings of the Old Royal Naval College, with the Painted Hall and Chapel, The Queens House, The National Maritime Museum and high on the Hill the Royal Observatory.

Before you go on the Cutty Sark your guide will provide an overview of its history and what to look at when onboard. The Cutty Sark which has been refitted at a cost of over £50m opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. Travel through time and tide to explore the ship’s rich and tumultuous history; her various cargoes from tea and wool to buffalo horns, and the cultures and lives she has touched throughout her 140-year lifespan.  

The Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time; she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service. The ship is fully accessible with lifts and easy access which allows everyone to venture both underneath and aboard this unique and beautiful three-masted sailing ship. By raising the ship three metres above her dry dock, it is now possible to view the elegant lines of her hull which enabled her to glide speedily through the water and made her so successful. 

Next it’s a stop at the one of our specially selected restaurants in Greenwich.

After Lunch you have a guided tour of the Painted Hall and The Chapel which are part of Old Royal Naval College. The Painted Hall is described as the “the Finest Dining Hall in Europe” A great way to finish your specially created day out.

 Lunch optiond included:-
The  Mitre Pub The Pilot Pub;  Clarendon Hote;l extra £3 per person 

 Cost £45 Includes:-

  • Coach for minimum 35 persons maximum 50 miles from venue.
    (Ask for quotation less than 35 persons or 50 miles from venue)
  • Group organiser option:- One free Place for every 38 paying adults.
  • Guided Tour Royal Docks.
  • Pub Lunch.
  • One way flight on Emirate Airline.
  • Entry to Cutty Sark.
  • Thames Clipper boat trip.

Cost £35 Includes:-

  • Use of own coach or joining coach group at ExCel Exhibition Centre Wetern Gateway entrance.
  • Guided Tour Royal Docks.
  • Pub Lunch.
  • One way flight on Emirate Cable Car.
  • Entry to Cutty Sark.
  • Thames Clipper boat.
  • Coach transfers.

Please note.
The Old Royal Naval College is a popular venue for filming which can close buildings at short notice. Talk-Tourism will always provide an alternative. 

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Kensington Palace

Price from: 29
 
The Home of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses.
This visit has been specially created by Talk-Tourism using specialist tour guides who will accompany you during your entire visit.
 
Before you enter the Palace your guide will explain how in the summer of 1689 William and Mary bought Nottingham House, a Jacobean mansion and transformed it into a Royal Palace. There is a short walk through Kensington Gardens, passing by Queen Anne’s Orangery and the beautiful Sunken Gardens before arriving at the Palace, now the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George.
 
The Palace was home to Queen Victoria for the first 18 years of her life; only hours after learning that she had become Queen the young Princess made her way down to the Red Saloon to hold her first Privy Council Meeting.
 
Historic Royal Palaces have recently spent £12m restoring the State Apartments and landscaping the gardens and adding a new entrance loggia, restaurant and gift shop, creating the perfect day out. The Palace gardens lead onto the Broad Walk, the Round Pond and into the wider Kensington Gardens as they would have done in the days of King George II and his wife Queen Caroline. 
 
You will see how Kensington Palace’s royal owners have used its spaces and shaped its physical transformation since acquiring it in the late 17th century right up to the present day. When William and Mary bought Nottingham House from the 2nd Earl of Nottingham for £20,000 they instructed Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the King's Works to begin an immediate expansion of the house. Keeping the shell of the structure intact.  Wren proceeded to add a three-story pavilion at each of the four corners, providing more accommodation for the King and Queen and their attendants.
 
‘Fashion Rules’. This  exhibition takes a look at dresses worn by three royal women in their fashion heydays: HM Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s, Princess Margaret in the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s. Five rooms of elegant dresses are featured with 21 exceptional couture dresses. You can explore how these royal women reflected the style and trends of the day, negotiating the rules of dressing fashionably within the ‘rules’ of a royal wardrobe. The exhibition is complemented by film and photography to set the scene.
 
‘Victoria Revealed’. This exhibition explores in her own words the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents - Queen Victoria. You can see many objects including dresses, diaries, paintings and wedding gifts. You will have an insight to the romance of her early relationship with Prince Albert. See gifts which Queen Victoria exchanged with Prince Albert during their engagement in 1839 and her wedding dress. Glamorous jewellery, poignant mourning clothes and other personal items sit alongside replica Victorian children's toys. Try-on clothing and fun interactive experiences for all visitors.
 
‘The King's State Apartments’.  Follow in the footsteps of visitors to the court of George I and II. Climb the magnificent King’s Staircase and see if you can master the ‘games of court’.
 
 
Cost from £29.00 Per person. 
Includes: Specilist tour guides throughout the day, entry to Palace.
 
Accessibility: 600yd walk through Kensington Gardens. Several flights of stairs and steps within Palace. Lifts availible with prior arrangment.
 
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Kew Gardens & Kew Palace.

Price from: 25
Kew Garden & Exclusive Tour of Kew Palace.
The most renowned gardens in the world.
 
There are many world-class attractions to see and experience at Kew Gardens. From Historic buildings and glasshouses to inspirational gardens and landscapes.  Whatever time of year or the weather Kew has something for everyone.  
 
Talk-Tourism has created this unique event in the Royal Botanical Gardens. You will get the most from the day with your own tour manager organising an exclusive guided tour of Kew Palace and use of the “The Kew Explorer” people mover which enables you to get an excellent overall view of the 120 hectares (300 acres) of Kew. The current route has stops close to buildings and areas of interest within the Gardens, and your 'Explorer' ticket enables you to get on and off at any of the stops throughout the day.
 
Kew Palace is within the grounds of Kew Gardens. We have arranged your exclusive tour of Kew Palace. The palace was well known as sanctuary for King George III during his bouts of illness, presumed as 'madness' but now known to have been porphyria. Queen Charlotte, his devoted wife, spent her last days at 'dear Kew' before she passed away in her bedroom at Kew Palace. And two of their sons, including the Duke of Kent, father to the future Queen Victoria, were married in the first floor Drawing Room. The palace hosted the private 80th Birthday party of HM The Queen in April 2006. Not to be missed is the palace garden named the Queens Garden which has been restored to their original setting to include plants used for medicinal purposes.
The Rhizotron and Treetop Walkway is a permanent attraction in the heart of Kew Gardens, designed by the architects of the London Eye.  The energetic can climb up from tree root to tree top for an amazing view. Firstly, journey underground amongst the tree roots in the Rhizotron. Then climb or use the lift 18metres up to our Treetop Walkway to enjoy a trees-eye view of Kew with some amazing views across the Gardens. Along the way learn more about how trees work, and their impact on the world around us.
Everyone is provided with a garden map, making it easy to explore the gardens at leisure. Take a stroll through the gardens using the Sackler Crossing Bridge which allow you to cross the lake and connects the two art galleries. You can visit the many plant houses including the Palm, Water Lilly and Alpine Houses. 
 
Take a picnic or use one of the several restaurants within the gardens, including the Orangery.  
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True and False London

Price from: 32.00

True Or False.
The London Trip with a Difference.

Fun Event with Lunch and Prizes but no Walking.

This is a very popular and relaxing panoramic sightseeing tour with an on board guide. We have created a selection of true and false tours for Westminster, The City of London, Greenwich, East London and the Olympic Park. 
Alternatively, using our network of experienced on board guides we can create days out to cover different parts of London which maybe of special interest to you.

 

Your way onboard expert tour guide will act as your question master. 

All you have to do is tick TRUE or FALSE on your supplied answer sheet.

 You could be the lucky prize winner: 

This is a relaxing day out with no walking and a chance of winning the prize for the most correct answers. 

 Cost includes:

Coach Guide

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Bletchley Park. The Code Breakers

Price from: 37.50

Experience The Enigma. Bletchley Park Station X. Secret Code breaker station of WWII.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by the Bletchley Park customer service team and your guide for the day. After tea and coffee, the guide will give a short introductory talk, followed by the first half of the tour. This takes place around the outside of the wartime buildings in the grounds of Bletchley Park, where visitors are given a detailed history of the site and its code breaking activities. You will discover what went on at each of the key locations, including the famous code breaking huts, and there will also be a chance to see the Polish Memorial in the stable yard. This part of the tour lasts approximately 1¼ hours. This will be followed by break for lunch. '
A 30 minute talk which tugs at the heart strings and captures the imagination of every generation. A World War Two Evacuee's Story' by Joan Draper. A moving, humorous and honest personal account of a World war Two evacuee and life in wartime Britain as seen through the eyes of a child.

The second half of the tour resumes after lunch and will include a visit to Block B museum which tells the complete Bletchley Park story. It houses the Abwehr Enigma machine, Lorenz machine, Bombe Rebuild, Alan Turing statue, World War Two Aviation display, Home Front Exhibition, Toy Collection, Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry at Pegasus Bridge display, and a German Signals Group. The tour will also include a visit to the Colossus Rebuild, the first semi-programmable electronic computer. The afternoon part of the tour usually lasts 1½ - 2 hours.
The tour is rounded off with an opportunity to visit the gift shop situated in Block B which stocks a fascinating range of books and souvenirs. Visitors will then have afternoon tea and coffee, and there will also be a little time to go back and look at any exhibit in more detail before departure.There is so much to see from wartime toys to working computers. There's a wartime mini cinema and an outstanding Churchill collection. You will also have the opportunity to browse in the shop for that all important memento of your visit before being escorted by your guide back to the Mansion for refreshments before departure. Includes walking tour of 45minutes

Includes the services of Bletchley Park Guides and Story Tellers.
Lunch Tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival and departure.

 

 

Not included
Coach Transport 

We can provide a coach and as aguide price £10 per person for 35 persons minimum and up to 50 miles from venue.  (Ask for quotation for more than 50 miles from venue)

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The Cinema Museum

Price from: 27.50

Visit the cinema with Coach Potato. We start with a Fish and Chip lunch at the famous Masters Super Fish.This is an opportunity to be one our first groups to visit the Cinema Museum as it opens its doors to the public.
The Cinema Museum in Lambeth is one of London‘s most eccentric museums. Housed in the Victorian magnificence of the old Lambeth Work House where Charlie Chaplin’s mother and children was once admitted. The museum is one of London’s best-kept secrets.
Can you remember continuous film shows, Saturday morning pictures, Charlie Chaplin films?

The content of The Cinema Museum represents cinema's rich history from the earliest days to the present. You will be in small groups for the museum guided tour which is conducted by its curators. The tour explores the museums vast collection of film memorabilia, including posters, art deco cinema chairs, ushers‘uniforms from the 1940s and ‘50s, tickets, ashtrays and popcorn cartons, as well as an archive boasting hundreds of books, photos and 17 million feet of film.

Cinemas in the ’30s were fancy places. You were served by uniformed staff. There would be a commissionaire to greet you, a hat-check person and usherettes. The uniforms were part of a cinema’s identity. The ’60s saw a decline in formal cinema-going, although The Empire in Leicester Square had a commissionaire up until the ’90s. The majority of the uniforms in the museum’s collection are from the 1940s.
The Cinema Museum is just a short distance from our favourite fish restaurant
where we stop for lunch

Included in price - Lunch, Tour of the Museum a  selected short filmshow.

Not included
Coach Transport 

We can provide a coach and as aguide price £10 per person for 35 persons minimum and up to 50 miles from venue.  (Ask for quotation for more than 50 miles from venue)


 

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Coach Potato Marathon

Price from: 22.50
  Experience the London Marathon route before the great event. 
      “Feel the burn” from the comfort of your luxury coach.
             £2 from every ticket sold goes to eradicating polio worldwide.
 
The Coach Potato tour is popular with friends, family and supporters of those runners who have gained entry to the race as they can almost feel the effort required to complete the course. It’s a great way for runners taking part in the London Marathon for the first time to familarise the route in Coach Potato comfort.
 
Your experienced London guide will explain the history, stories and race facts that make these 26 miles of London so special.
 
You start at Blackheath and pass Greenwich Park where over 30,000 runners will start the race travelling through Greenwich and down towards the River Thames at Woolwich before returning to Greenwich Town passing the National Maritime Museum and Royal Naval College you then sight the Cutty Sark now completely renovated. You continue on towards Tower Bridge through the London’s docklands area of Surrey Quays and then once over the bridge we travel to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf.   You have a short refreshment break before continuing your journey passing the Tower of London and then entering the City London with its historic buildings dating back to the great fire in 1666. These buildings are set against some of the great modern building designed by Britain’s new wave of famous architects. You follow the race route along the banks of the River Thames. More of London’s history awaits you as we enter the City of Westminster travelling towards the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The Coach Potato event is nearly complete with just a walk into the Mall to cross the finish line for your medal ceremony in the Mall.

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The coach pick-up point is at 11.00am.

Emirates Cable Car Station at O2 Arena.   Nearest Station is North Greenwich, Jubilee Line.
 
Other pick up points can be arranged for larger groups
Tour last 4.5hours
 

 


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Thames river cruise

Price from: 39.00

Runnymede to Windsor Return

2 ½ hour Thames River Cruise & Lunch

Coach Departs

Hutton 8.45am, Shenfield 8.50am, Brentwood 9.00am.

Thursday 10th August

Cost £39

Take in the beautiful scenery of the Royal River Thames, we will serve you with a delicious traditional Ploughman’s Lunch

The boat leaves from the Runnymede Boathouse for a cruise through Old Windsor Lock, past the Village of Datchet and through the grounds of Windsor Castle. The boat turns at Romney Lock for the journey back to Runnymede.  A relaxing cruise which includes an individually served light lunch. The level landing stages and easy access to the boat makes this an ideal trip

Lunch English Cheddar cheese
Slice of finest ham
Coleslaw
Green salad with tomatoes
Pickles and chutneys
Roll and butter

Slice of cake

Cup of tea or Coffee.

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