LATEST NEWS

DATE CHANGE - FAMOUS GRAVES ( Highgate Cemetery) - Changed from 18 October because they are fiming in the cemetery - will now be on 9th November! 2 seats now available!

 

STRICTLY LIVE - on sale now!

 

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.


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 25 October - Disney on Ice

Wed 15 November - Tango Modern

Sun 26 November - Birmingham Tattoo

Wed 6 December - RPO & John Rutter's Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall 

Thur 21 December - Andre Rieu

Thur 28 December - The Nutcracker

Fri 26 January - 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 we headed 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 www.treeofhope.org.uk/faith-mclennan  or take a look at our Facebook page if you would like to give a donation.


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:

  • Mon 23 October - York - book 4 seats for the price of 3!
  • Tue 24 October - Norwich - half term offer only £10 each for children!
  • Fri 27 October - Chesterfield (market day) - only £17.50 for seniors
  • Fri 27 October - Lincoln for a Tenner!

AND DON'T MISS THESE GREAT TRIPS COMING SOON!

Mon 23 October - The Tower of London - or maybe sightseeing in the City?  You'll be close to the Tower Bridge Walkway, St. Katherine's Dock, HMS Belfast, Hays Galleria, St. Pauls, etc.

Wed 25 October - Disney on Ice at Arena Birmingham - or book a fare only to shop or sightsee.  Maybe take the children to the Sea Life Centre or visit one of the city's great museums?

Thur 26 October - Morgan Motor Museum & Factory Tour or spend the day looking round the spa town of Great Malvern

Thur 26 October - Half term special to Crocodile World, near Brize Norton

Sat 28 October - Derbyshire Autumn Lights - Matlock Illuminations, river procession and firework display, including a meal beforehand

Sun 29 October - Autumn Colours at Kew Gardens 

Tue 31 October - London's fascinating new Postal Museum - guided tour inc. the 'Mail Rail'

Tue 31 October - Norfolk Autumn Lunch Tour - calling at Kings Lynn (on market day), Sandringham (for an included lunch) and a short stop at Hunstanton

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., £10 and £25 - 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 Come Dancing the Live Shows - we now have our tickets.  Book now to see this hugely popular event at Nottingham Arena on Wednesday 7 February - £70 pp.  Departure points in Maxey, Deeping, Peteborough, Bourne, Stamford and Oakham. 

And, if you're a Strictly fan, you may also like 

 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!

 

MORE GREAT DAYS OUT ON SALE NOW!

 

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 4 March - Tornado on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

All fares £69 pp inc. a return train journey from Grosmont to Pickering and back.  Route 1a.

Limited availability and a rare chance to travel behind this legendary locomotive!


Thur 12 April - New date now on sale for 'Motown the Musical' at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Excellent value at £59 pp.  Route 1 + Buckden


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!


Sat 26 May - Chelsea Flower Show

All fares £95 pp inc. adm.  Route 8 + Buckden


Sun 10 June - RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

£52.50 pp inc. adm. to the flower show.  Route 7a


Wed 13 June - 'The Band' at Nottingham's Theatre Royal

All fares £65 pp for an afternoon performance.  Route 7a + Oakham

Don't miss the new musical all about a boy band and featuring the music from Take That!


Wed 11 July - 'An Officer & A Gentleman at Milton Keynes Theatre

All fares £57.50 pp inc. Band A seat for an afternoon performance.  Route 4d + Buckden

Don't miss the world premiere of this new musical featuring songs like Girls Just Want to Have FunMaterial GirlUp Where we Belong and lots more tunes that have you dancing in the aisles!


Thur 12 July - 'Tina - the Tina Turner Musical' at London's Adelphi Theatre

All fares £65 pp - Route 1

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'

Wed 6 December - John Rutter & the RPO's Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall

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

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
  • EVERYBODY'S TALKNG ABOUT JAMIE at the Apollo Theatre - Wed 7 March - £67.50 pp
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Shaftesbury Theatre - Thur 12 April - £59 pp
  • 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're pleased to welcome Deborah Smith to the reservations team.  Debs will be 'learning the ropes' for the next few weeks but is already taking bookings and helping Angela with day trip ticketing.    

Popular day trip choices in the last week have included the Morgan Motor Museum in October, Harrogate Christmas Market in November and our Christmas visit to Wicksteed Park for lunch and an entertaining afternoon.     

Popular holiday destinations have included our Christmas & Beamish and Castle Howard weekend at the beginning of December, our Country & Western Weekend in Caernarfon in February and Exploring East Anglia in April.   If you fancy getting away from it all in the next few weeks, choices include our autumn New Forest weekend or maybe a 5 day 'Mistletoe & Wine' themed stay in Bournemouth departing on November 13th?   Please ring us on 01778 342224 for more info or a copy of our latest brochure?

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

22 October - Blackpool Illuminations - 2 seats

Tue 21 November - Christmas at Chatsworth - 1 seat

26 November - Birmingham Tattoo - 3 seats only

12 December - Wicksteed Park for lunch and entertainment

21 December - Andre Rieu

Thur 25 January - The Jersey Boys, Milton Keynes

PLUS don't miss the last few remaining seats for this year's Christmas Spectacular at Thursford

20 November - 1 seat

19 December - 2 seats

Jane has seen  42nd Street and loved it  - 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 quickly for our 31st October tour! Here's the info!

The London Postal Museum collection spans five centuries of history and covers everything from ground-breaking design and quirky technology to the intimacy of personal letters.  Secret, forgotten and abandoned until now, passengers can take an approx 20 minutes ride on the ‘Mail Rail’ (the Post Office Railway) a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge, driverless underground railway that was built by the Post Office with assistance from the Underground Electric Railways Company of London, to move mail between sorting offices beneath the streets of London. Travel through hidden tunnels and discover this unique piece of industrial heritage and see the original trains that powered mail underneath London for over 80 years!

We've had excellent feedback on our 'Famous Graves' tour of Highgate Cemetery and now have some seats available for extra dates on Thursday 9 November and Wednesday March 14th. 

SHAWS TOURS IN THE NEWS


'The Band' has opened to great reviews - book now to see this musical (based on the songs of Take That) at Nottingham on Wednesday 13 June.


Listen out for Craig Revel Horwood doing the rounds to talk about his production of Son of A Preacher Man .  If you're a fan of Dusty Springfield then you shouldn't miss our 8th March trip to see the show at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre!


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.


Angels on High!  This Christmas, a host of angels will descend on Castle Howard, populating the grand state rooms to spectacular effect and the nostalgia of Beamish is always a joy! 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.


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