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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!


Sat 8 July - Hampton Court Flower Show

Tue 25 July - Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium

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

Wed 1 Nov - The Lion King Senior Special

 

AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF A CANCELLATION - 2 places now available for the fabulous Jeff Lynne's ELO at Wembley this Saturday 24 June? Please let us know if you are interested - please ring 01778 342224?



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 4 July - Derby where some of the poppies shown at the Tower of London will be displayed - only £20 each for seniors!
  • Mon 24 July - York - book 4 seats for the price of 3

AND DON'T MISS THESE GREAT TRIPS COMING SOON IN JULY

Wed 5 July - Dreamboats & Petticoats at Milton Keynes Theatre

Sat 8 July - Hampton Court Flower Show

Tue 11 July - Olympic Legacy - a guided tour taking a look at what the Olympic Park looks like now, including a peep inside the Velodrome, and rounded off with a relaxing afternoon cruise through the Lee Valley, with a cream tea served as you sail!

Wed 12 July - The Derbyshire spa town of Buxton

Sun 16 July - 'Tram Sunday' - Fleetwood's annual Festival of Transport

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

  • Wed 5 July - Dreamboats & Petticoats at Milton Keynes Theatre
  • Tue 25 July - Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium, with Rufus Hound as Mr. Toad!

NEW TOURS NOW ON SALE

  • Emmerdale Studio Experience - new date added - Friday 15 September - £45 pp (£42 for seniors)
  • 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
  • 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

NB - Date Change for our Harrogate & Emmerdale Outside Set tour – was Saturday 12 August – now Sunday 13 August

ITV have now decided they will be filming scenes for the TV show at their outdoor set, in the grounds of Harewood House, on the 12th and visitors are not permitted when filming is taking place. We have therefore had to change our tour date to Sunday 13th! Price is the same, times are slightly different!

LONDON THEATRE TRIPS - from only £55 pp!

  • 42ND STREET - at the Theatre Royal - Wed 25 October at £59.50 pp
  • BAT OUT OF HELL: THE MUSICAL at the Coliseum Theatre - Thur 20 July - £69 pp
  • MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Shaftesbury Theatre - Thur 19 October - £69 pp
  • THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre - Wed 1 Nov - only £59.50 pp for seniors!
  • WIND IN THE WILLOWS at the London Palladium - Tue 25 July - £59 pp (only £55 pp for children)

FOCUS ON THE R.A.F. - Now on Sale - for lovers of all things aviation!

Scampton Airshow, RAF Scampton, Lincoln

Scampton Airshow - The UK's New International Aviation Spectacular – will offer a unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts and the RAF Falcons (the UK's premier military parachute team) who will all be joining the world famous Red Arrows performing at their home base! Tickets are not available at the gate so book with us now for Saturday 9 September to be sure of your place!

               

RAF in Concert

Once again, we are featuring this popular show that, in 2017, will be marking the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force. The Royal Air Force's finest musicians are performing a stirring ‘Stars & Stripes’ flavoured musical tribute to their fellow aviators for this year's RAF in Concert Tour. Join us at Nottingham’s Concert Hall on Saturday 18 November – booking now! 

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!!  

We are all hard at work putting the finishing touches to our new Door2Door holiday and Out&About day trip brochures, which are due out mid July.  Sue already has almost all the dates and destinations for 2018 spring holidays so please call or email if there's a destination that you would like to ask about.  We're also incredibly busy on coach hire enquiries and bookings and we hardly see the drivers as they are here, there and everywere.  There's certainly 'no peace for the wicked' here in June!

Great times were had by all on our recent trips to the Essex Heritage Road & Rail Tour with a ride on the Epping Ongar Railway and the 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 making plans for a post Election holiday!   This week's  popular holiday choices have included the our Manchester Ship Canal Weekend on 4th August and our Scottish Highlands tour in September.     If you fancy getting away from it all in the next few weeks, then do give Sue a call as she has managed to get some extra rooms for our annual stay at the Rosemundy House Hotel in St. Agnes in July.  Other choices in July include a 5 day value break in Weston-super-Mare and, at the end of the month, why not join us for our 'Rendezvous in Yorkshire'?  We'll be staying at a lovely, family-owned, canalside hotel (the Rendezvous!), which is just outside Skipton.   This holiday includes the gorgeous scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park as well as visits to the RHS Harlow Carr garden and Harewood House plus a nostalgic ride on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (who remembers Jenny Agutter in 'The Railway Children')?

Our team have also been busy taking lots of day trip bookings.  Boats, trains and gardens have been popular choices in the last few days, especially our Broadland Boat Train Special and the Brecon Mountain Railway.    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.     Later in the year, our Christmas outing to 'Auntie Brenda's Christmas Tale' at Wicksteed Park is now over half full - how about that for forward planning?!   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 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!  Expect to see a new date on sale soon for this superb 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 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!  We are now fine-tuning the tour itinerary but 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

Buckingham Palace & guided Garden tours - did anyone catch the recent Alan Titchmarsh TV show 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 our trip on 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 .....

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 Tuesday 25 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.

The Wind in the Willows opens at the London Palladium

Preview nights from 17 June – Opening night 29 June!

Leading comedian, actor and presenter Rufus Hound is scheduled to star as the amazing Mr. Toad in this spectacular new musical based on

Kenneth Grahames much-loved classic which reunites Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and

lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe!

Jamie Hendry (Producer) commented I hope that readers will fall in love with Grahames story as much as I did, which ultimately led to the

commissioning of this musical.

Julian Fellowes For my adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, which I have loved since I was a boy, to play the London Palladium, the most

famous theatre of my childhood, is to bring together two of my life-long favourites. Its a dream come true, really.

George Stiles & Anthony Drewe (Music & Lyrics): It's so thrilling to be coming to one of London's greatest theatres with this brand new

version of The Wind in the Willows. We've had a joyous time working again with Julian Fellowes and writing a score that celebrates this

quintessentially British classic in all its eccentric glory.

Look out for expected great reviews!  Booking now for Tues 25 July with special fare of £55 for children - a great treat for the summer holidays!

Zoorassic Park at ZSL London Zoo

A new herd of animals is arriving at ZSL LondonZoo this summer, as the Zoo becomes home to the most colossal creatures ever towalk the earth - dinosaurs!  Forjust six weeks, visitors will be taken back in time to a prehistoric worldwhere they will come face-to-face with life-size, moving dinosaurs - from thegiant but gentle brachiosaurus to the towering tyrannosaurus rex. Includedin Zoo entry, visitors will take a trip via a time machine to the Mesozoic era(about 65 million years ago – give or take a few days), where ZSL’s tour guideswill help visitors spot dino-faves like the triceratops, standing guard overits nest, or take them through an encounter with the armour-plated edmontonia -a tank-like dinosaur covered in spikes.  With a fun trail for kids to complete, fossildigs to explore and baby dinosaurs to meet, our trip to the Zoo on Monday 31stJuly will make a great family outing!  

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 August, 6 or 17 September. 15 August includes a scrumptious, champagne afternoon tea at the exclusive Waldorf Hilton after the Palace visit and 6 September  include the popular guided garden tour after the State Apartments.

 

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!


NEWS FOR STRICTLY FANS!!

CABARET (at the popular Milton Keynes Theatre) - some Cast Members have just been announced headed by internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprising his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, fresh from STRICTLY, who will be making her stage debut as Sally Bowles.   Bill Kenwright's multi-award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a dark and sexually charged haven of decadence, at the heart of which the legendary Sally Bowles performs at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. Directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Javier de Frutos, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres.  Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Money Makes The World Go Round, Two Ladies, Maybe This Time and of course Cabaret! Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, Cabaret has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscars, 7 BAFTAs and 13 Tonys. 

A bargain at just £55 each for the matinee show on Thu 2 November! Booking Now!

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