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


2017 DOOR2DOOR HOLIDAY & 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.


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!


Sun 18 June - BBC Gardeners' World Live at the NEC

Sat 8 July - Hampton Court Flower Show

Wed 23 Aug & Wed 6 Sept - Buckingham Palace State Apartments, including  guided tour of the beautiful gardens

 

AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF A CANCELLATION - 1 place only for Kevin & Karen's 'Dance' at Nottingham Arena on Thursday 1 June £65 (route 7A + Oakham) evening show. Please ring on 01778 342224 if you would like this place?

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.  

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 23 May - Saffron Walden - only £12 each for seniors
  • Tue 30 May - Moreton-in-Marsh & Bourton-on-the-Water - only £20 each for seniors
  • Tue 30 May - Skegness - book 4 seats for the price of 3!

AND DON'T MISS THESE GREAT TRIPS coming soon!

Sun 21 May - Suffolk Coast Special to Southwold & Aldeburgh

Wed 24 May - Holt & Stody Lodge Gardens (inc. a cream tea)

Tue 30 May - Derbyshire Dales & Tissington Well Dressing scenic tour

Wed 31 May - Hereford Cathedral - see the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library (as well as the new stained glass window dedicated to the SAS during our guided tour) and enjoy a cream tea to round off the day!

Thur 1 June - Take the children to Greenwich for a half term outing - and include a ticket for the Star Wars Identities Exhibition at the 02 Arena if you have any 'trekkies' in the family!

Fri 2 June - Enjoy the sea air at Cromer & Sheringham

Fri 2 June - A half term family trip to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Fri 2 June - Our Norfolk Coast & Country Tour includes a scenic ride through the Sandringham Estate, plenty of pretty Norfolk countryside and some sea air at Wells and Hunstanton!

Tue 6 June - Oxford

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
  • Cotswolds Coach & Rail Tour - new date added - Sunday 1 October - £42.50 pp (Seniors £39.50)
  • Famous Graves (our guided tour of Highgate Cemetery)- new date added - Wednesday 18 October - £55 pp inc. lunch
  • 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
  • Disney on Ice at Birmingham - Wednesday 25 October - from £47 pp - perfect for an autumn half term family treat!
  • 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
  • The RAF in Concert at Nottingham's Royal Centre - Saturday 18 November - £49.50 pp - tap your feet and clap your hands to a fabulous selection of great tunes performed in honour of the 70th anniversary of the USAF.
  • John Rutter's Christmas Celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall - Wednesday 6 December - £57 pp
  • 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
  • Andre Rieu & His Orchestra at Birmingham's Genting Arena - Thursday 21 December - £105 pp inc. Band C 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.
  • Cinderella Panto, starring Brian Conley, at Milton Keynes Theatre - Thursday 4 January 2018.  £45 pp (only £40 each for seniors!)
  • Jersey Boys at Milton Keynes Theatre - Thursday 25 January 2018 - £65 pp but only £49 pp for seniors!
  • Cirque du Soleil perform 'Ovo' at the Royal Albert Hall - Friday 26 January 2018 - £89 pp inc. level 1 seat in the stalls
  • Matthew Bourne's Cinderella (the ballet) at Milton Keynes Theatre - Thursday 15 February 2018 - £47.50 pp but special half term fare of only £45 for children
  • Son of a Preacher Man at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre - Thursday 8 March 2018 - £47.50 pp - enjoy the music of Dusty Springfield in this new musical choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood

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

  • 42ND STREET - at the Theatre Royal - 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
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Shaftesbury Theatre - Thur 19 October - £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?

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!!  

Graham has also just returned from our annual Isles of Scilly tour, with a suntan, after a fabulous week, echoed by the customer holiday questionnaire reports.  A number of people liked it so that much that they are planning to join us again next year and Sue is already taking provisional reservations for April 2018.  Give her a call if you are interested. 

Great times were had by all last weekend 13 & 14 May on our 2 trips -  Saturday's Essex Heritage Road & Rail Tour with a ride on the Epping Ongar Railway and Sunday's Thames Cruise with an excellent guide, lovely weather and beautiful scenery! Lots of passengers rang in or emailed to say how much they enjoyed these trips with some wanting to go again next year!

Lots of our customers are planning a spring holiday!   This week's most popular holiday choices have included our June departures to Paignton and Scarborough and our July holiday to Weston-super-Mare.  If you are looking for a late break, then we're off to spectacular Snowdonia at the end of this month.    If you fancy getting away from it all after the forthcoming General Election, may we recommend our Irish holiday staying on the west coast at Bantry Bay?  Carl will take you on some lovely outings including a trip to the beautiful gardens on Garnish Island  and to see the historic signal station at Mizen Head.  

Thank you so much for all your bookings from our  new Spring/Summer Out&About brochure - and we've just had another exceptionally busy week.  We've been taking quite a few bookings for our Whit week departures at the end of May and for our special offer departures in May.   Looking further ahead there's been a flurry of bookings for our 4th July trip to Derby, where the famous 'Weeping Window' display of ceramic poppies can be seen at the city's Silk Mill.   Our annual Thames Lunch Cruise & Houses of Parliament tour has been another popular choice in July. In August, we've been delighted to see lots of people book for Ipswich-On The Waterfront on the 17th as we had some fabulous reports of this trip in 2016. Derbyshire's Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on August 24th has also been popular.   Later in the year, our new October date for 42nd Street is proving a bit hit (much like the show!) and we've had lots of interest our new October half term trip to Disney on Ice in Birmingham.  (Lots of favourite Disney characters will be in the show including from Frozen, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid as well as Micky & Minnie of course)! You may also find it helpful to know that some of our Thursford Christmas Spectacular dates have only just a few seats remaining.

Jane & Angela have been to see 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 the last few seats on our 7 June departure!  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 date for this show - Wed 25 Oct!  


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?    

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!

Buckingham Palace & guided Garden tours - did anyone catch the excellent Alan Titchmarsh show on TV on Sunday evening 14 May? It's all about the splendid gardens at the Palace, the wildlife found there and the work involved in keeping the gardens pristine through the seasons! Come and see for yourself - there's still time to book for either 23 August and 6 September. Lots of the planting is sentimental to Her Majesty with trees planted by her father and other family members. Both of our visits will include the new 'Royal Gifts' exhibition (see below) in the palace which is a display of lots of official gifts to Her Majesty received from around the world during her long reign. (Alan also mentioned that all the waste from the Royal Mews Horses is used around the garden with excellent results)!! So why not see them for yourself if you book for .....

Royal Mews & the Queens Gallery - Wed 13 September. Visit the Mews with its historic carriages and you maybe lucky enough to see some of the lovely horses that are housed in these working stables as well as the fabulous state coaches, incluidng the Gold State Coach used in every cobronation sice George lV in 1821! After soaking up the history, we also include a visit to the Queens Gallery for its new summer exhibition! The Royal Collection contains the world's finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice's most famous view-painter, Canaletto (1697-1768).  (See below)! NB Canaletto Exhibition now open!!

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!

Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium - more stars have been announced!  Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot will be joining Rufus Hound in this new musical which will be opening at the end of June.  Don't miss our school holiday special on Wednesday 26 July.  It's great value at £59 pp and has a special reduced fare of £55 for children.

Derby – Tues 4 July If you missed the Poppies at the Tower – then here’s your chance to see them but, this time, on display in Derby. Derby, as a whole, played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft.

 

A ‘Weeping Window’ of several thousand of the ceramic and hand made poppies, commemorating the First World War, may be seen ‘pouring’ from a high up window at Derby’s Silk Mill where, during the First World War, the Mill was divided into two businesses one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort. 

If you missed them at the Tower then don’t miss this evocative and moving display at Derby.

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.

 

FOCUS ON VENICE!

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.

A new exhibition ‘The Art of Venice’, in the Queens Gallery, presents a spectacular selection of eighteenth-century Venetian art, with Canaletto's greatest works shown alongside paintings by his contemporaries.   For some wonderful views of Venice, book a seat on our 13th September day trip (which also includes a visit to the Royal Mews where you should be able to see the Diamond Jubilee Coach and the famous Windsor Grey horses) or, better still, why not join us on our 7 October tour to The Dolomites & Lake Garda, which includes a day out to magical Venice?

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

136th Sandringham Flower Show – Wed 26 July. One of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England and much more than just a Flower Show being an excellent day out, filled with family entertainment! Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sandringham Park with Sandringham House and Sandringham Church as a backdrop, this one-day event has, from the beginning, been privileged to enjoy Royal patronage. Leading nurseries and horticultural specialists exhibit and the show also features splendid display gardens by leading designers, around 200 trade stands (both horticultural and general), a craft marquee, main arena events, children's entertainment and a military band- not to be missed!

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