LATEST NEWS

NOW BOOKING FOR ANDRE RIEU 21 DECEMBER & MORE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE ON 13 DECEMBER!


DUE TO CANCELLATION 1 TWIN ROOM NOW AVAILABLE FOR OUR SEPTEMBER 10TH HOLIDAY TO JERSEY - Please call Sue on 01778 342224 for further details.


AUTUMN 2017/SPRING 2018 DOOR2DOOR HOLIDAY & SUMMER/AUTUMN OUT&ABOUT DAY TOUR BROCHURES NOW AVAILABLE!

Please call 01778 342224 or email enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk to receive copies.  But if you can’t wait for the postman to arrive, email enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk and we will be happy to email PDF versions of either or both brochures. You can also download them from the links on the Contact Us page of this website.


Due to the launch of our new brochures, our telephone lines are particularly busy at the moment.  If you can't get through first time please try again or send us an email with your phone number and we will be very happy to call you back at the earliest opportunity.  We're delighted to say that we've had a record number of bookings in July - so please bear with us if your tickets are taking a little longer than usual to arrive.  For departures after the end of August, we are currently looking at about a 3 week turn-round time.


LAST ORDERS PLEASE!

For certain departures, we sometimes have to finalise our ticket order well before the departure date.  So, please, if you’re interested in any of the following tours, do make your booking sooner rather than later!


Sat 23 Sept - Duxford D-Day Anniversary Air Show

Thur 19 Oct - Motown the Musical

Wed 1 Nov - The Lion King Senior Special

Thur 21 Dec - Andre Rieu

Fri 26 Jan - Cirque du Soleil

 

WORK FOR AN AWARD-WINNING COMPANY!

Would you like to join our top class,professional driving team?   We place a high value on first class driving and customer care skills - and the ability to work as part of a team - and would love to hear from anyone with these credentials who is looking for either full or part time employment.  We can offer regular local work or more varied duties that include the opportunity to travel further afield! In return, we will value your skills and the part you play in our team.  Our full-time driving staff are salaried and thus assured of a year-round income but i you are looking for part-time employment, then we’ll be happy to discuss a mutually beneficial working arrangement.  

Please call 01778 342224 or e-mail us at enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk for an application form.

WE'RE PROUD TO BE SUPPORTING FAITH'S JOURNEY

On Thursday 31st August one of our coaches will be heading to Hunstanton with all proceeds from the trip going to Faith's Journey. Faith lives in Maxey and requires an operation that isn't funded by the NHS, the operation could be life changing for Faith and her family. Find out more about Faith on her website or even better, join us for a day out at a great price in Hunstanton - just £10 per person (under 2's go free). Contact Caroline on 07949091901 to book. www.treeofhope.org.uk/faith-mclennan 


TALK & SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATION

If you would like to know more about our Door-2-Door holidays and you're a member of a local organisation, why not invite us to come along to one of your  meetings?  One of our most experienced team members, Les Staniforth, will come along and present an illustrated talk about our holiday and day tour programme - and also tell you something of our origins and subsequent development.  We are now taking bookings for dates in January, February and March 2018, so please call 01778 342224 or email enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk if you would like to see if we are available on any dates that are convenient for you.  

LOYALTY DISCOUNT

Good news if you're one of the many 'frequent flyer' customers, who travel with us on three (or more) holidays each year!  We will be continuing our Loyalty Discount in appreciation of your support - the more you book, the more you save!  Discounts are also available on many tours if you're a member of organisations like the National Trust and English Heritage.


WE'RE OPEN MON-FRI, 09:00-17:30. Call, email or better still, pop in to see us!

If you want to make an enquiry outside our office hours, please either leave a message on our answer phone (with your telephone number) or email us with your message or a request for us to call you when the office next opens.  

NEW TO COACH TRAVEL? TRY A SPECIAL OFFER!

Why not try one of our super value special offer day trips - with prices from just £10 pp - and see what you think?

Our next SPECIAL OFFERS include:

  • Fri 18 August - Eastbourne - only £25 for seniors.  See the Red Arrows at today's free air show and check out who else will be putting on a fantastic display in the skies at www.eastbourneairshow.com/Flying-Lineup
  • Wed 23 August & 6 Sept - London (Victoria area) - £15 each for seniors and children
  • Wed 23 August - Bury St. Edmunds - only £15 each for seniors
  • Thur 24 August - Scarborough - only £25 each for seniors
  • Tue 29 August - Skegness - only £10 each for children
  • Fri 1 September - York - book 4 seats for the price of 3 today

AND DON'T MISS THESE GREAT TRIPS COMING SOON 

Tue 22 August - Matlock & Crich Tramway Village

Thur 24 August - Ashbourne & The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Tue 29 August - Harrogate & Harlow Carr Gardens - or spend the day in Harrogate

Wed 30 August - 'All Aboard' the Mid Norfolk Heritage Railway for a train ride from Dereham to Wymondham, followed by a guided tour of the magnificent abbey at Wymondham, a light lunch, an introduce to Wymondham and then some time free to explore this delightful market town at leisure

Wed 30 August - Oxford

Thur 31 August - 'Bucket & Spade' Day!  Choose either Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast or, closer to home, head for Cromer & Sheringham

Sun 3 September - 'Dig for Victory' day at Beamish Museum

GIVE A GIFT VOUCHER !

Are you looking for a present for the person who has everything?  May we recommend our popular gift vouchers – we know how well received these always are as our passengers tell us when they call in to spend them!  They are available in values of £1, £5 and £10 as well as our brand new £25 vouchers - so we can accommodate any amount - and they are presented in an attractive wallet.  They're perfect as a thank-you, anniversary, retirement or birthday gift and so simple to arrange – all we need is a quick call to our office on 01778 342224 or send an email to us at enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk and we will send them quickly by post!  Or you can call in to our office and buy over the counter.

PS Any of our day tours or short breaks also make a wonderful present for a special person and we are very happy to make suggestions!

NEW TOURS ON SALE

Strictly is currently much in the news as we find out who will be this year's celebrity participants!  We'll be keeping close tabs on the release dates for next year's live shows so do email angela@shawscoaches.co.uk if you would like to be notified as soon as we have them on sale.  In the meantime, you may like to book the following new additions to our programme:

Thur 1 Feb – Anton & Erin ‘From Broadway to Hollywood’ at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall.

All fares £67.50 pp.  Route 7a + Oakham

Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton du Beke & Erin Boag, this evening, when they return with an exciting new show celebrating the golden age of Hollywood.   Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes, world class Ensemble Dancers and the full 25 piece London Concert Orchestra, you’ll be blown away as Anton & Erin perform their beautiful dance routines to favourite tunes like Cry Me a RiverMr Bojangles, DowntownNew York, New York, and Couple of Swells


Thur 22 March - 'Crazy for You' at Milton Keynes Theatre

All fares £45 pp inc. Band A ticket for this afternoon’s performance.  Route 7 plus Buckden

Tom Chambers (Top Hat and Strictly Come Dancing) will be showcasing his moves in this high kicking and gloriously glamorous production of  the ultimate feel-good musical which features a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.  Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You will make the afternoon just fly by!

 

Second, how many Elvis fans do we have?  Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous 'Comeback Special' TV programme.   So, we're marking this special occasion with two great performances!

 

Thur 1 March - ‘This is Elvis’ at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

All fares £45 pp inc. a top price ticket for this afternoon’s performance.  Route 4d plus Buckden

A new musical celebrating 50 years since The King’s first live TV special in 1968.  It recreates the drama leading up to his comeback as well as staging the concert and the Vegas debut that followed and features some of his greatest hits like Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and so many more!  Elvis fans – book it now or never!


Sun 29 April - ‘The King is Back’ at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena

All fares £69 pp inc. Band A ticket for this evening’s performance. Route 7b

Internationally renowned as one, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style, charisma and 10 piece band together to show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business.  He looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis and has an on stage charisma that has had audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself.  If you’re an Elvis fan, you won’t be lonesome tonight!


We know that many of you really like our trips to the regional theatres so here's a reminder of a few more events that are currently booking:

 

Wed 15 November - Vincent & Flavia's new 'Tango Moderno' at Milton Keynes

Fri 1 December - The John Wilson Orchestra at Nottingham 'A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals'

Sun 10 December - The Glenn Miller Orchestra at Nottingham

Thur 21 December - Andre Rieu & His Orchestra at Birmingham

Thur 4 January - Brian Conley is hilarious as Buttons in Cinderella at Milton Keynes

Thur 15 February - English National Ballet perform a more refined version of Cinderella at Milton Keynes

Thur 22 February - Beautiful - The Carole King musical at Milton Keynes

Thur 8 March - Son of a Preacher Man (the Dusty Springfield musical) at Aylesbury

Wed 16 May -  The Jersey Boys at Nottingham


AND DON'T FORGET OUR FABULOUS LONDON THEATRE TRIPS - from only £55 pp!

  • 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal - Wed 25 October, 29 November & 31 January at £59.50 pp
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Dominion Theatre - Sat 20 January - £65 pp
  • EVERYBODY'S TALKNG ABOUT JAMIE at the Apollo Theatre - Wed 7 March - £67.50 pp
  • EVITA at the Phoenix Theatre - Thur 12 Oct - £59 pp
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Shaftesbury Theatre - Thur 19 October - £69 pp
  • THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre - Wed 1 Nov & 28 February - only £59.50 pp for seniors!
  • THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the Duchess Theatre - Sun 14 January - £55 pp (or £75 pp inc. lunch)
  • THE RAT PACK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS at the Theatre Royal Haymarket - Thur 18 January - £59 pp

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE OFFICE?

CONGRATULATIONSCongratulations - and a BIG thank you to our driver, Graham Knott, who completed 30 years' service with us on 11 May!   Graham joined us almost straight from school,having only just passed his car test.   He made himself useful around the yard whilst we trained him up for his PCV test and has been making himself useful ever since!  He went on to become one of our top tour drivers,travelling all over the UK and Europe and gaining a well-deserved reputation for the kind and caring attention he gives to customers.  He's also a great help in the office when we are thinking up new tour ideas.  His next challenge is to beat Les's record of 40 years' with the firm!!  


MORE CONGRATULATIONS - this time to Angela in the office who 'earned' her 20 year badge on 28th July.  She came to help us out during a difficult - and upsetting - summer when two members of staff  were very ill and very soon became a very highly valued member of our office team.  Her background of working at Thomas Cooks proved invaluable and her command of English grammar is similarly highly valued when it comes to writing our tour brochures!   As Richard said in his thank you card, customers love her 'chirpy' manner.  She always tries so hard to sort out any concerns that customers may have and we really appreciate her diligence and attention to detail.  

We have had rather a lot of day trip bookings so please bear with us if your tickets take a little longer than usual to arrive.  Sue has had a week's holiday and has been very pleasantly surprised by all the holiday bookings we've taken during her absence!  We've had lots of bookings for October departures including Autumn Colours in Snowdonia, Cornish Coves & Poldark Country, the Welsh Marches and our annual Lakes & Lights weekend.  Looking further ahead, our trip to Paignton next March has also been extremely popular.  

If you fancy getting away from it all in the next few weeks, then why not take a look at our super 5 day holiday at the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea, where the long, level seafront is backed by award-winning gardens and, of course, you just can't afford the wonderful sea views?  The itinerary includes a couple of excellent NT properties - Uppark and Hinton Ampner - as well as a day out to Chichester (with a harbour cruise) and a whole day to explore the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.   Other departures coming soon include N Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Derbyshire's lovely Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales by Coach & Rail and Picturesque Pembrokeshire.

We've also been busy taking lots of day trip bookings.   In August, we are now sold out for  the Harry Potter Tour on 21 August - but do let us know if you would like to be contacted in the event of any cancellations?  Other popular choices during the last week have included Skegness and the Mid Norfolk Railway at the end of August, York on 1st September, the exciting new Penny Post Museum at the end of October, 42nd Street and our Thursford Christmas Spectaculars. 

The following departures are very close to being sold out so please call us asap for the last few remaining places:

29 August - Brecon Mountain Railway - 2 seats only

12 September - Buxton & The Peak Forest Canal Cruise - last 5 places

13 October - Neil Diamond

25 October - 42nd Street - 1 seat only

15 November - Thursford Christmas Spectacular - 1 seat only

19 November - Thursford Christmas Spectacular - last 5 seats

20 November - Thursford Christmas Spectacular - 1 seat only

Jane & Angela have seen An American in Paris at London's Dominion Theatre.  It's such a lovely show, so refreshing, with lovely singing and dancing, most especially if you love the grace and elegance of ballet.  We were also really impressed by the stage sets - so cleverly designed and, clearly, the critics agree with them that this is a must-see show!     Jane has also been to see 42nd Street and was equally impressed - the tap dancing routines were fabulous, the stage sets and costumes were gorgeous and it's a really happy, feel-good show.  The reviews have been great and we are not at all surprised to see that bookings are already coming in for our new dates for both these shows!  

Chris (W) has been lucky enough to get a preview invite to the new Postal Museum in London, due to open shortly.  He was REALLY impressed and recommends you book up quick for our 31st October tour!

We've had excellent feedback on our 'Famous Graves' tour and are now selling a third departure on March 14th.


SHAWS TOURS IN THE NEWS


We all found the TV coverage of the Passchendale commemoration very moving.   If you want to find out more and maybe pay your own private respects, why not take a look at our 'The Last Post - Ypres' tour in November?  This 4 day trip, departing on Friday 3 November,  is fully guided through out by Derek, a member of our team whose knowledge of WW1 is almost encyclopedic.  Derek will highlight the events that took place between June and November 2017 and the weekend will include a visit to Tyne Cot.    We stay at the Novotel Hotel in the centre of Ypres, which gives you the opportunity to attend the Last Post - you won't forget the experience!  Please call or email for further details.


There’s a brand new scene at the Emmerdale Studio Experience showcasing Super Soap Week's catastrophic car crash. Come and check it out on our next trip, which is on Friday 15 September!

Buckingham Palace State Apartments- Summer 2017 ‘Royal Gifts’.  Each of our visits to the Palace will include this special exhibition within the admission price. It will relate the story of HM The Queen’s reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years. With gifts representing every continent, including those from world leaders such as former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition will present a spectacular and breath-taking display of craftsmanship from across the globe. Choose from 15 August (also featuring a fabulous afternoon tea at the 5 star Hilton Waldorf Hotel) or 17 September. 

Angels on High!  This Christmas, a host of angels will descend on Castle Howard, populating the grand state rooms to spectacular effect.  Our Christmas at Beamish & Castle Howard weekend will make a lovely start to your Christmas festivities, especially as the tour concludes with Christmas Lunch at Castle Howard.  Fri 3 Dec x 3 days.  £290 pp.  For further details see page 22 of our Autumn/Spring Door2Door holiday brochure or contact us.


FOCUS ON The Knitting & Stitching Show at London’s Alexandra Palace.  We are now taking bookings for our annual visit to this show on Sunday 15 October.  The exhibition will be bursting at the seams with galleries of textile art, workshops, demonstrations and shopping opportunities galore.  Visitors will be able to stock up from 350 specialist retailers and you'll find everything from screen-printing materials to silk fibres; sewing machines to luxury yarn, patterns for knitting, crochet and dressmaking, plus haberdashery, beads and more choices of fabric than you can find anywhere else in the country!  To reserve your seat, please call us on 01778 342224 or email enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk.  For a full list of exhibitors and workshops,visit the website www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london.


FOCUS ON FLYING!

Our day trip to the new RAF Scampton Air Show is now sold out but we are keeping a waiting list so let us know if you would like your name to be included.  

You can still book for the Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show at Duxford on Saturday 23 September.  Displays will include a mass fighter formation of 14 Spitfires, five Hurricanes demonstrating fighter attack formations and nine tiger months flying in close formation.

FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Tue22 Aug – MATLOCK & CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE.  You're entitledto unlimited rides on the vintage trams at Crich during your afternoon here butyou will need to pay a nominal additional fee if you want to take a ride on thehorse-drawn tram that's scheduled to be operating today! 

Thur 24 Aug –ASHBOURNE & THE ECCLESBOURNE VALLEY RAILWAY.  We're back inDerbyshire, today, to spend an hour or so in the pleasant market town ofAshbourne (on market day) before we ride through the pretty peaks anddales to Wirksworth, where you'll step on board the diesel heritage passengerservice for a scenic journey along the pretty Ecclesbourne Valley. Afternoon tea back at Wirksworth Station will round off your day!

Wed30 Aug – ALL ABOARD FOR WYMONDHAM & THE ABBEY!  Enjoyan 11 mile ride on the Mid Norfolk Heritage Line from Dereham to Wymondham (asfeatured on Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys), followed by aguided tour of the magnificent Abbey at Wymondham.  Also included isa light lunch and a short tour of the town plus time to explore furtheron your own! 

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