LATEST NEWS

We're delighted to announce that we were winners of the DAY EXCURSION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR at the British Coach Tourism Awards held at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 21 March!

A NEW CAREER! To meet customer demand, we are currently recruiting drivers to join our top flight team on either a full or part-time basis.  We place a high value on driving skills but your approach to customer care will also be an important part of the job.  We can offer regular local work or more varied duties that include the opportunity to travel further afield!   Our full-time driving staff are salaried and thus assured of a year-round income but if you are looking for part-time employment, we’ll be happy to discuss a mutually beneficial working arrangement.  We are also happy to consider training suitable applicants who would like to obtain PCV licence and pursue a career with us.

For an application form, please call 01778 342224 or e-mail us at enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk.

OUR 2018 DOOR2DOOR HOLIDAY BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE TOGETHER WITH OUR EXCITING NEW SPRING/SUMMER DAY TOUR BROCHURE!

If you are not already on our mailing list, 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.  If you haven't travelled with us before (and even if you have), why not try one of our upcoming breaks?    In June we will be enjoying the North Yorkshire Moors, gorgeous gardens in Dorset, the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia and cream teas in the Cotswolds!  Looking further ahead, don't miss our Italian tour to beautiful Lake Maggiore and our Highland Spectacular in July!

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 2019, 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 29 May - Moreton-in-the-Marsh Market & Bourton-on-the-Water - only £20 pp for seniors
  • Wed 30 May - Boston Market & Skegness - book 4 seats for the price of 3
  • Fri 1 June - The Matlocks - only £15 each for seniors

AND DON'T MISS THESE GREAT TRIPS COMING SOON!

Sat 19 May - Summer Holiday at Milton Keynes Theatre - OR book a fare only for a shopping trip

Sun 20 May - Cotswolds Coach & Rail Tour

Wed 23 May - Holt & Stody Lodge Gardens - last 4 seats!

Sat 26 May - Chelsea Flower Show - a few fare only seats available if you have your own ticket

Tue 29 May - Kent Coast - Whitstable & Herne Bay

Tue 29 May - Bomber Command Memorial Tour (the new Int. Bomber Command Memorial at Lincoln and the Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby)

Thur 31 May - Hampton Court Palace

Thur 31 May - Paradise Park in Broxbourne, Herts - a great family venue for half term

Fri 1 June - Sandringham Woods & Hunstanton

Fri 1 June - Afternoon cruise along the waterways of South Yorkshire on board the Wyre Lady, with tea included. 

Mon 4 June - A chance to explore the market down of Selby (on market day), with it's impressive abbey church

Tue 5 June - Enjoy the magnificent floral displays in the imposing church at Walpole St. Peters Church.  Lunch is included as well as a couple of hours by the sea to round off the day

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 13 June - The Band at Nottingham's Theatre Royal

Sun 17 June - BBC Gardeners World at the NEC

Wed 11 July - An Officer & A Gentleman at MK Theatre

Wed 5 Sept - Buckingham Palace State Apartments, with a guided tour of the gardens


NEW DATES NOW ON SALE!

1)  Due to the continued success of our 'Famous Graves' tour of Highgate Cemetery, we've added yet another date!  Bookings are now open for Monday 22 October - to operate on route 4c - and still priced at £55 pp to include the guided tour and lunch!


2)  The Terracotta Army Exhibition at Liverpool has been incredibly popular and we are now booking for a THIRD departure on Friday 31 August.  


3)  The new Tina Turner Musical is previewing to excellent reviews.  We have now put a third date on sale!  Thursday 13 September - route 1a - £65 pp.  Call soon - it's almost sold out too!


4)  Motown the Musical continues to be so popular!  Our April date was yet another sell-out so we recommend that you book early for our next trip to see this super show on Thursday 1 November.  Route 4c.  £59 pp


5)  Andre Rieu & his amazing orchestra is always popular!  We're delighted to offer tickets to see them perform at Nottingham Arena on Saturday 15 December.  Route 1a (plus Oakham) -  £125 pp!  In great demand - now booking for a second coach!


6)  Christmas at Chatsworth is always a sell-out so, once again, we can only suggest that you book early for this event.  Choose your date - Tuesday 27 November (route 4b) or Tuesday 4 December (route 1a).  Ticket prices are £42.50 for adults and £40 for seniors.


7) The RPO annual Christmas Celebration Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with John Rutter, is yet another popular Christmas event.  Book now for Tuesday 4 December.  Route 4c.  Great value at £57.50 pp.


8)  Saturday Night Fever at Aylesbury;s Waterside Theatre on Thursday 11 October.  Route 4c.  £55 pp and only £45 each for all the seniors who love this great musical!


9) The RAF in Concert at Nottingham's Royal Centre on Saturday 27 October.  Route 1a.  £49.50 pp (Seniors £47).  Join us for a centenary salute to the RAF and enjoy a musical journey all the way from 1918 to the present day and beyond!


10)  The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Milton Keynes Theatre on Thursday 22 November.  Route 4c.  £47.50 pp.  A hilarious afternoon from the team who brought us The Play That Went Wrong!


11)  The Shard & Afternoon Tea Cruise on Tuesday 18 September.  Route 4c.  £69.50.  Extra date added due to demand!  


12)  The Mousetrap at the St. Martin's Theatre in London on Thursday 8 November.  Route 1c.  Don't miss this rare special offer to see one of the world's most legendary plays, now in its 66th year!  Only £49.50 pp.


13)  Cirque du Soleil's annual spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall is always a treat.  Next year's show is 'Totem' and we've managed to secure an allocation of seats for the afternoon performance on Friday 18 January.  Route 4c.  £89.50 pp


DATE CHANGE

Wicksteed Park Christmas Show.  Due to operational reasons at Wicksteed, please note that this excursion will now take place on Thursday 6th December, instead of Thursday 13th.

GIVE A GIFT VOUCHER!

If you're 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 also 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!

THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR DATES - ON SALE NOW


Route 5

Tuesday 20 November - £63 pp – centre de luxe raised seats

Sunday 25 November - £65 pp – centre de luxe raised seats - 1 seat only

Wednesday 19 December - £63 – centre de luxe raised seats

 

Route 3b

Sunday 18 November – £65 – centre de luxe raised seats

Tuesday 11 December - £63 pp –centre de luxe raised seats

Thursday 20 December - £63 pp – de luxe seats


OUR FABULOUS LONDON THEATRE TRIPS - start at just £49.50 pp (and make a super present)!

  • 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal - Wed 21 November at £59.50 pp (book lunch at the Strand Palace hotel for an additional £19.50)
  • BAT OUT OF HELL at the Dominion Theatre - Wed 25 July - £69.50 pp (taking names for cancellations and/or possible new date)
  • DREAMGIRLS at the Savoy Theatre - Wed 7 Nov - £59 pp
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Shaftesbury Theatre - Thur 1 November - £59 pp
  • THE KING & I at the London Palladium - Wednesday 19 September - £77 pp (waitlisting for cancellations)
  • THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre - Wed 14 November- only £59.50 pp for seniors (adults £75)
  • THE MOUSETRAP at St. Martin's Theatre - Thurs 8 November - only £49.50 pp  NEW
  • TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at the Aldwych Theatre - Thur 12 July & 6 September (waitlisting only on these dates) and 13 September- £65 pp

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE OFFICE?


Jane recently went to see the Lion King - for the third time.  She said that it was probably around 15 years since her last visit and she'd almost forgotten what a great show it is, although she hadn't forgotten what a great opening scene it has!  The costumes and set designs are brilliant and everyone should see it at least once, if not twice or thrice!  Our next trip is on Wednesday 14 November.


Tory, Carol & Jane had a fabulous evening at the British Coach Tourism Awards at Birmingham's National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 21 March - and were thrilled to bring home to Maxey the award for the Day Excursion Programme of the Year - it's the third time that we have won this award and, as we had some highly respected competition on the shortlist, we feel it's a great honour and a tribute to all the hard work put in our our team.  We are also grateful to all the suppliers and visitor attractions that help us to compile an award-winning programme.


Luckily, the March snow came too late to spoil our 2018 Reunion Weekend, when we were blessed with gorgeous blue skies as we toured the beautiful scenic Malvern Hills and rural Herefordshire. We'd like to say a BIG thank to everyone who contributed to the success of the weekend – most especially the team at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre (including the glassmaker),the staff at the Hallmark Stourport Manor Hotel (especially the team on Saturday evening who made an old man (Chris!) very happy by joining in the dancing), the Abbey Hotel at Malvern and the Telford Hotel & Golf Club for our lunches, the guides at Weston Cider for a fascinating visit and, most importantly, our customers - you are the best!    Carl, Graham, Les, Sue, Jane and Chris, had a fabulous weekend with everyone.  We had (lots of) good food, good fun, and best of all caught up with so many old friends as well as making some new ones too.  Among the many highlights were a birthday and an amazing coincidence when due to a chance remark, one of our customers discovered that the lady sitting next to her was the little girl (not so little, now!) who had been her bridesmaid 64 years ago and who she hadn’t seen since the wedding.  Now that’s something that doesn’t happen every day!

Plans are now under way for next year’s Reunion Weekend at the Buckatree Hall Hotel on 8th February – watch this space for more details in due course!  

Jane & Chris have been up to Lincoln for a preview visit to the new International Bomber Command Memorial, which is now open.  They recommend booking for our 29 May visit to this exciting new venue.  They've also been to Shropshire to conduct some initial research for next year's Reunion Weekend.

The recent sunshine has brought LOTS of holiday and day tour bookings.  Best-selling holidays during the last few days have included Northumbrian Coast & Castles in July and the Magnificent Malverns in October.  The Malverns tour is based at the Abbey Hotel in Malvern.  We stopped off here for lunch during our Reunion Weekend earlier this year and everyone was impressed with the location of the hotel, so close to the centre of this delightful spa town and just around the corner from the actual Abbey (which is also very impressive).  There's a super view from the restaurant and lounge and the hotel has a wonderful relaxing ambience.  We stay in Sunderland for our Northumbrian tour in July which doesn't sound particularly attractive but the Marriott Hotel is at the northern end of the town, in Seaburn, right by the beach, with fantastic sea views and a long level promenade for an after dinner ozone stroll! 

Sue has also just managed to secure a few additional rooms at the popular Trouville Hotel for our 21 July holiday on the Isle of Wight.  Guests particularly like the evening entertainment here and the location, right by the sea.  There's always lots to see as there's usually a constant flotilla of small and large ships making their way into Portsmouth.  Do give her a call asap if you'd like to snap up one of these rooms!

Popular day trip destinations during the last week have included our 29 May trips to the North Kent Coast (Whitstable & Herne Bay) and to the new Bomber Command Memorial at Lincoln, 30th May to Boston Market & Skegness, 1st June cruise along the waterways of South Yorkshire on the Wyre Lady, the flower festival at Walpole St. Peter,  the Band at Nottingham's Royal Centre and An Officer & A Gentleman at Milton Keynes Theatre.  

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

10 June - Chatsworth Flower Show - now taking names for our cancellations waiting list

8 July - Hampton Court Palace Flower Show - 1 seat

12 July & 6 Sept - Tina Turner musical - now taking names for our cancellations waiting list  (more seats available on 13 September)

29 August - A View from the Shard - just one seat (but see above for a new date now on sale)

9 October - Cliff Richard at Nottingham - now taking names for our cancellations waiting list

Jane and Chris have both 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!  

Tory has been to see Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre and loved it!  Read her review of the show on our Facebook page.

SHAWS TOURS IN THE NEWS

The long-awaited International Bomber Command Centre at Lincoln has now opened.  At the heart of the centre in the International Peace Garden is the Memorial Spire, which at 102 feet - the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster bomber - is the tallest war memorial in the UK.  There are stunning views across Lincoln, with a focus on the cathedral, which served as a sighting point for the air crews.  Surrounding the spire is the Wall of Names, a poignant memorial to almost 58,000 men and women who died during WW2.  Inside is the Chadwick Centre, which tells the story of Bomber Command through the eyes of those who witnessed events first-hand.  We think this is an excellently presented venue and recommend you take a look at our Bomber Command Memorial Tour on Tuesday 29 May, which also features the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.  


Another recent opening is the extension to Broadway of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Heritage Railway.  Read all about it by following this link - and then travel on with us on Sun 20 May!
https://www.gwsr.com/news/Press_Office/TRAINS_RETURN_TO_BROADWAY.html

Did you see the recent Antiques Roadshow held in the gorgeous grounds of Helmingham Hall in Suffolk?  Join us for a visit to these Grade I listed gardens on Tuesday 17 July.  Includes a cream tea, too!

CONGRATULATIONS to the team at the Dunoon Hotel in Llandudno for being given the 'Best Hotel 2017' award from North Wales Tourism in November.  Other awards in 2017 were a second AA rosette for the food, AA Silver Star status in recognition of exceptional service and hospitality and a Gold Award from Visit Wales!  If you're impressed by this array of awards, then why not take a look at our 4th June holiday at the Dunoon (page 20 in our 2018 D2D Holiday Brochure)?


If you're a fan of Benidorm (the TV series), then don't miss the new stage adaption which will be touring later this year, with a whole new set of escapades as the show celebrates its 10th anniversary.  If you're a fan of Joyce Temple-Savage and her motley crew, then make sure you book your tickets for our 18th October date at MK Theatre!  

 

'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.

 

There's a super new exhibition that's just opened at Tate Modern - Picasso 1932 Love, Fame & Tragedy.  It's getting excellent reviews so art lovers will be delighted to know that we are featuring a trip to see these wonderful paintings on Tuesday 21 August.


MORE TOURS IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK!

 

One of our favourite ‘murder mystery’ TV shows ‘Shetland’ recently ended its latest run on the TV.  We all love the remote and rugged scenery as well as the stories!  You can ‘Discover Shetland’ for yourself on our 7 days tour (of the same name) departing Tuesday 11 September! Cruise on the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to stay at the Shetland Hotel in Lerwick itself, the town often used in filming this series and, of course, there’s a full programme of enticing days out to enjoy! We’ll explore the Northern Isles of Yell & Unst and learn something of the Vikings when we see a replica Viking Long Ship and remains of an entire Viking settlement! See ‘The Drongs’ – the famous series of sea stacks – and you might spot some gorgeous Shetland Ponies at Tingwall too! Superb scenery, remote beaches, history and Scotland’s hospitality ensure a memorable holiday on this tour!

 

RAF COSFORD AIR SHOW  - SUNDAY 10 JUNE

Always a special event in the aviation events calendar and attracting thousands of visitors, this year’s show is expected to be even more impressive as 2018 is the RAF’s centenary year! As well as a six-hour flying display, the show will have a line-up of 100 static aircraft celebrating the 100 years of the Royal Air Force! There's also plenty to do inside with hangars chock full of interactive exhibits and the RAF Museum Cosford will be open on the day. 

 

We are sending congratulations to the BW Glendower Hotel, St. Annes - with whom we have spent many a happy stay over the years – as they have won 2 new awards from Best Western! They have been named the ‘Most Improved Best Western Hotel’ and the ‘Best Western Hotel of the Year’ (medium sized hotel). Their message reads ‘Well done to all the team and thank you to all of our lovely customers who have made this possible’ so we are passing this on to all of you who stayed there with us on our popular, autumn Lakes and Lights Weekend last year (and to anyone who might like to book for this year’s trip on Friday 12 October)! Enjoy the best of both worlds on this tour – the excitement and colour of the spectacle of the Blackpool Illuminations, the quiet of St. Annes where we stay for 2 nights and the simply stunning scenery of the Lake District on our day out!  

 

FOCUS ON LONDON SHOWS!

 

‘Tina’ – the Tina Turner Musical has recently opened. It tells her story from humble beginnings in Tennessee, the 1960’s when she was married to Ike Turner then the solo career that gave her world-renowned status as one of the best selling artistes and winner of numerous awards! 

 

42nd Street ‘The mother of all show-biz musicals!’ - all singing, all dancing spectacular with the biggest cast on the biggest stage! This show centres on Peggy, fresh to the chorus line but will she get her big chance when the leading lady is injured? A fantastic musical score includes iconic songs ‘We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle off to Buffalo, Dames & I only have Eyes For you’! Not to be missed so join us on Wednesday 21 November with the option of a yummy 2 course carvery lunch at the Strand Palace Hotel before the show to make the day extra special?

 

Bat Out of Hell was a quick sell-out for us this year and we are pleased that it is back at the Dominion Theatre. Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical was Winner of Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018!  This exhilarating tale of star-crossed lovers “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End) with its boundary pushing spectacle, thrilling performances and Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s legendary hits! Join us on Wednesday 25 July!


Fed up with the dull dank days of winter or maybe just thinking about a change to your own green patch – then why not get inspiration on one (or more) of our stunning gardens &/or flower show trips?

 

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – SATURDAY 26 MAY

World famous and for good reason – this show always sets the standard! The 10 new, beautiful, show gardens on Main Avenue will give you lots of ideas and the new ‘Space to Grow’ smaller gardens will inspire! Over 90 exhibits from the world’s best growers, florists and nurseries will be featured in the Great Pavilion. Regular exhibitors include Peter Beale’s Roses, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a new rose being launched at Chelsea!


  

NEW TOURS/E-NEWSLETTERS

We often put new tours on sale between our brochure publication dates.  You can have priority booking by letting us have your e-mail address for our E-newsletters that will keep you up to date with new tours as they go on sale.  Just send your name and e-mail address to enquiries@shawscoaches.co.uk and put 'E-Newsletter' in the title box. 
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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 their Facebook page if you would like to give a donation.

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