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EASTER OFFICE HOURS - please note that we will be closed from 5.30 pm on Thursday 13th April until 9.00 am on Tuesday 18th April.


STEPS TICKETS - ON SALE NOW + MORE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE TO SEE MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE ON 13 DECEMBER!


2017 DOOR2DOOR HOLIDAY & NEW SPRING/SUMMER 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.


BUS ROUTE CHANGES - SERVICE 100 - MARKET DEEPING/SPALDING

Please note that timetable and route changes will come into effect on Saturday 4th March.  In particular, the service will no longer serve Black Prince in Market Deeping and Millfield Road in Deeping St. James.  Please call 01778 342224 or email enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk for a copy of the new timetable - or ask our service driver for one.  The new timetable will be available on our website from Friday 3 March.


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!


Wed 10 May - 42nd Street - 1 seat only

Sun 11 June - RHS Chatsworth Flower Show - 1 seat only

Sun 9 July - Hampton Court Flower Show - 3 seats only


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, particularly as one of our highly valued, longstanding drivers will be retiring shortly.  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 - and will 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.


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.  (We may also have a few dates available in April this year).

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:

  • Tue 16 May - Cambridge for a Tenner!
  • Tue 23 May - Saffron Walden - only £12 each for seniors

AND DON'T MISS THESE GREAT TRIPS coming soon!

Mon 17 April - 'Festival of Steam' at Chatham's fascinating Historic Dockyard

Tue 18 April - Let's Explore - Canterbury

Wed 19 April - Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Fri 21 April - Harrogate Flower Show

Sun 23 April - Stratford-upon-Avon for St. George's Day (and Shakespeare's birthday)

Fri 28 April - Fish, Chips & Cromer Crabs - a tasty lunch followed by some sea air!

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!

UPCOMING SHOWS

  • Fri 9 June - Good Mourning Mrs. Brown at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena
  • Wed 5 July - Dreamboats & Petticoats at Milton Keynes Theatre

NEW TOURS NOW ON SALE

  • Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace  - new date added Tuesday 19 September  - £55 pp inc. admission & lunch
  • Five Guys Named Moe at the new pop-up Marble Arch Theatre - Thursday 21 September - book and pay before the end of June - only £49.50!
  • Cotswolds Coach & Rail Tour - new date added - Sunday 1 October - £42.50 pp (Seniors £39.50)
  • Motown the Musical at London's Shaftesbury Theatre - new date added - Thursday 19 October - £69 pp inc. top price theatre ticket
  • Beautiful at London's Aldwych Theatre - new date added - Tuesday 24 October - £59 pp inc. top price theatre ticket
  • 42nd Street at London's Theatre Royal - new date added - Wednesday 25 October - £59.50 pp inc. top price theatre ticket
  • Cabaret at Milton Keynes Theatre - Thursday 2 November - £55 pp inc. Band A theatre ticket
  • Steps 'Party on the Dance Floor' 20th Anniversary Tour at Birmingham's Genting Arena - Saturday 9 December - £72.50 pp inc. Band A concert ticket
  • Nutcracker at London's Coliseum Theatre - the perfect Christmas outing on Thursday 28 December.  Choose either Stalls seats at £79pp or Front Upper Circle at £59.50 each.  Afternoon performance.
  • Jersey Boys at Milton Keynes Theatre - Thursday 25 January 2018 - £65 pp but only £49 pp for seniors!

SIMPLY THE BEST SELECTION OF AWARD-WINNING LONDON THEATRE TRIPS!

  • 42ND STREET - at the Theatre Royal - Wed 10 May (1 seat only at £55pp) and Wed 25 October at £59.50 pp
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Dominion Theatre - Wed 7 June - £65 pp
  • BAT OUT OF HELL: THE MUSICAL at the Coliseum Theatre - Thur 20 July - £69 pp
  • BEAUTIFUL at the Aldwych Theatre - Tues 24 October - £59 pp
  • CAROUSEL at the Coliseum - Wed 19 April - £99 pp
  • FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at the Marble Arch Theatre - Thur 21 September - £49.50 pp for bookings paid by 30 June
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Shaftesbury Theatre - Thur 19 October - £69 pp
  • STEPPING OUT at the Vaudeville Theatre - Wed 3 May - £65 pp
  • THE GIRLS at the Phoenix Theatre - Thur 20 April - £69 pp
  • WIND IN THE WILLOWS at the London Palladium - Wed 26 July - £59 pp (only £55 pp for children)

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE OFFICE?

Sad to say that at the end of March, we said goodbye to our popular driver, Ken Peplar, who has retired after completing almost 30 years' service with us.  Ken has been another highly valued member of our team and we'll miss his calm, professional demeanour and his many years' of experience.  Goodness knows how many times he's driving up and down the A1 to the London theatre in the last 29 years! We wish him a long and very happy retirement.

We're delighted to welcome David Hedison back to the team for what we hope will be the second and last time!  David's experience was sorely missed when he left a year or so ago to try something new and it's a pleasure to have him back.

CONGRATULATIONSCongratulations - and a BIG thankyou to our driver, Les Staniforth, who completed 40 years' service with us on 14 March!  Those of you who know Les don’t need us to tell you what a wonderful ambassador he is for the firm and for his profession.   He’s been all over the UK and Europe with our tour customers and with private groups, many of whom ask to travel with him again and again.  His stories are legendary, although we are hoping he might come up with some new jokes during the next 40 years!!  

Lots of our customers are planning a spring holiday!   This week's most popular holiday choices have included Weston-super-Mare and Jersey!  If this lovely sunshine is making you want to book a holiday, then why not take a look at our May tours to Scotland, Bournemouth or Snowdonia & Anglesey? Sue may also still be able to secure places on our  April departure to Dublin & Co. Wicklow.  (She placed a booking for our Easter tour less than 24 hours before it left for Ayrshire!).  

 It’s been another great week for day trip bookings - thank you so much for all your bookings from our  new Spring/Summer Out&About brochure.  Please bear with us as we are running a little behind on ticketing due to the volume of bookings that have come in, but Angela (assisted by Jenny & Sue) has been doing a grand job in catching up.    Best sellers during the last few days have included May departures to the Emmerdale Experience, Essex Heritage Rail & Road and Bury St. Edmunds & The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.  Looking further ahead, Skipton & The Dales in July and the Solent Cruise Ships in August have been particularly popular, along with our visit to Hull in October and the Lion King in November. 

Jane & Angela have been to see a preview of 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!  So, don't miss our 7 June departure!  Jane has also seen 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 - we've being singing '42nd Street' ever since.  Don't miss our 10th May trip to see the show at Drury Lane Theatre Royal - it's great value at £55 pp!


Whilst in London, Jane took the opportunity to visit the David Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain and, if you love his art do, please, snap up one of the last few remaining tickets for our 4th May day trip.  There are 12 rooms full of a wonderful selection of his work from his years as a student in London right through to the present day.   Each room is dedicated to a particular type of work and, whilst it's almost impossible to pick a favourite, the life size portraits in Room 5 along with the spectacular paintings of the Wolds and the Four Seasons videos were probably top of Jane's list.


The last weekend of February may not have been a time of celebration for Welsh rugby fans, but it was definitely a great weekend for us – and how appropriate that we spent our annual Reunion Weekend in Wales!   Carl, Graham, Les, Sue, Jane & Chris had a fabulous weekend with almost 100 customers at the Metropole Hotel, in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells - see the photos on our Facebook page!   We had (lots of) good food, good fun, and best of all caught up with so many old friends as well as getting to know some new faces too.  Even a rainy day on Saturday couldn’t dampen our spirits!  We’d like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who joined us for the weekend and to those suppliers who helped to make it such a success, most especially everyone at the Metropole and the ‘ladies in red’ from Builth Wells who sang so beautifully.   We ended the weekend with a delicious lunch at the Hallmark Hotel at Stourport-on-Severn and - surprise, surprise - this is the venue for next year’s Reunion!  Sue is already taking provisional bookings (subject to confirmation when further details/pricing is available), so do please give us a call or email sue@shawscoaches.co.uk if you would like to join us?  Sad news, though, for 'Reunioners' - we're sorry to tell you that Frank Goodley passed away this week.  

A BIG thank you to Gary, Carl & Graham for organising our (late) Staff Xmas Party at the Stage.  Great night guys - although still not quite sure how Sue & Graham's team managed to win the quizzes?????????

Jane & Chris have also been down to Bournemouth to visit two hotels that will be featuring in our 2017 Door2Door brochure – the Durley Dean on the West Cliff and the Hallmark Carlton on the East Cliff and each about a 10 minute stroll to the Pier and town centre.   The Durley Dean is a good standard 3 star property, with a magnificent Victorian style restaurant – it’s the venue for our summer holiday in this popular south coast resort.  The Hallmark Carlton is a 4 star hotel,overlooking the bay, and we are booked in for a festive ‘Mistletoe & Wine’tour in November and for our 2017 Christmas tour.

SHAWS TOURS IN THE NEWS

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh have been to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to open a new elephant enclosures.  Our next trip to the UK's biggest zoo will be on Friday 2 June!

Tate Britain's David Hockney exhibition has been one of the fastest selling exhibitions ever hosted by the gallery.  The Times has given it a 5 star review.  Don't miss our Thursday 4 May day excursion to see it!  The exhibition is an extensive selection of some of the artist's most famous paintings, drawings, prints and photography across six decades!

Hereford Cathedral – Wed 31 May.  If you come with us on this visit to the historic cathedral, it gives you the chance to view the amazing, 13th century Mappa Mundi as well as the chained library where many ancient tomes are housed - including the 8th century Hereford Gospels.  The cathedral has long had a unique relationship with the SAS. The SAS Regimental Association has commissioned a memorial – a wonderful sculpture and stunning new stained glass window entitled ‘Ascension’ by John Main RA that are now in situ.

Mrs. Brown's Boys is back on our small screens!  Let us know ASAP if you want to see the new show 'Good Mourning Mrs Brown' at Nottingham Arena on Friday 9th June!

42nd STREET -  Don’t miss Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton as she is scheduled to join the huge all singing, high-kicking cast as Dorothy Brock alongside Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer.  Featuring the iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadwayand Shuffle Off To Buffalo, 42nd STREET arrives on the West End’s biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in spring 2017.  Join us for our trip to this amazing spectacular at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Wednesday 25 October!

 

Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre opened 15 March and there are some good reviews – here are some of the comments!

 

‘There are some spot on performances in this West End Revival of Richard Harris’s likeable play about hoofers in a church hall’. 

 

‘There are matchingly accomplished turns wherever you look’.

‘Although the women rule the roost, an honourable mention must go to the mild-mannered insurance-man Geoffrey, who before the dancing comes together at the 11th hour, in a welter of top-hats and tumbling ticker-tape, tap-springs about like a demented pony. Fun’.

‘But the show builds neatly to its can-do, feelgood, tap-dancing finale in which the participants overcome loneliness, resentment, class difference and a preponderance of left feet to strut their stuff together’.

 

‘And when they do finally dance, you want to dance too!’.

 

Scheduled to star Amanda Holden & friends, join us on Wednesday 3 May for this fun, feel good show!

 

Buckingham Palace announces new exhibition for Summer 2017 ‘Royal Gifts’

 

Each of our visits to the Buckingham Palace State Apartments 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 & 23 August, 6 or 17 September. 15 August includes a scrumptious, champagne afternoon tea at the exclusive Waldorf Hilton after the Palace visit, 23 August & 6 September  include the popular guided garden tour after the State Apartments.

 

Queens Gallery & Royal Mews – Wed 13 September - Canaletto

The Royal Collection contains the world's finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice's most famous view-painter, Canaletto (1697-1768) and were bought by the young George III in 1762 from Canaletto's agent and dealer Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice.

This new exhibition ‘The Art of Venice’, set in the Queens Gallery, presents a spectacular selection of eighteenth-century Venetian art, with Canaletto's greatest works shown alongside paintings and works on paper by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. The exhibition explores the many delights of eighteenth-century Venice, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival, bringing the irresistible allure of the most beautiful city in the world to The Queen's Gallery.  Before the splendour of the these works, spend some time in the Royal Mews where you should be able to see the Diamond Jubilee Coach and the famous Windsor Greys carriage horses along with other state carriages and livery!

Great summer gardens at the NEC Sunday 18 June! 

BBC Gardeners’ World Live, one of the country’s biggest and best gardening shows, this year, will be celebrating 50 years of BBC2’s Gardeners’ World with an Anniversary Garden, birthday cake, special themed gardens and a host of birthday treats. We all remember Percy Thrower and Geoff Hamilton with great affection! Our tickets also include free entry to the BBC Good Food Show for fabulous summer food - located just next door to BBC Gardeners’ World Live - where you’ll find hundreds of food stalls, live demos and top chefs

Harrogate & Harewood House – Sunday 7 May  

I wonder if you enjoyed the spectacular series ‘Victoria’ on TV recently? If so, then don’t miss this trip to Harewood House, one of the country’s greatest treasure houses! You may recognise the lavish interior as parts became Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for the series. The opulent State Floor rooms will come to life with costumes and outfits worn by Jenna Coleman (Queen Victoria) and some personal objects owned by Queen Victoria and her Lady in Waiting, Charlotte will be displayed. Queen Victoria is the great-great-great-grandmother of the current Earl of Harewood! Calls at Harrogate at lunch time!

 

 

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