New Elvis Exhibition Returns to The O2…

You may remember the huge success of the 2014/15 Elvis at The O2 exhibition, and if you missed out or want to see more of the King of Rock and Roll, The O2 will welcome back a new exhibition, ‘Elvis on Tour’ – an unmissable opportunity to delve into all things Elvis!

Covering the years 1969 to 1977, the exhibition promises to showcase more than 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives in the UK for the very first time and bring together several items of clothing, memorabilia, guitars and jewellery, and items that were seen in the 1972 documentary ‘Elvis On Tour’.

Never-before-seen artefacts will focus on the hype surrounding his tours during those years, and will offer an amazing insight into one of the most highly-regarded American tours of all time.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Elvis on Tour at the O2 on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and Wednesday 17th January 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.


NEW for 2017! The Postal Museum

NEW for 2017! The Postal Museum

Did you know the new Postal Museum opened to visitors this summer? The Post Office’s abandoned underground railway in London is now an eagerly anticipated tourist attraction and promises to bring the history of this iconic service to life, where five centuries of communications can be yours to discover on our day trip. 

Did you know…?

  • The Post Office Mail Rail was the world’s first driverless electric railway.
  • The plans evolved in the 1900s, as congested streets and fog meant that mail transported between Post Offices and railway stations in London was severely delayed. By 1911, the construction of a driverless train was recommended and work began in 1914.
  • The tunnels were used during the First World War to store and protect art treasures belonging to the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Gallery.
  • From 1927, it operated deep beneath the streets of London – it stretched 6 ½ miles from Paddington to Whitechapel.
  • At its peak, the pioneering tunnels carried more than four million letters silently below ground every day.
  • It closed for good in 2003, and has since been frozen in time from its last day in service and maintained by just three engineers.

Today the Postal Museum is an incredible opportunity to take an immersive subterranean ride through a part of the original underground tunnels.

Woods Tours have a day trip to the Postal Museum and Mail Rail on Thursday 26th October 2017, Saturday 20th January 2018 and Thursday 15th February 2018. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.


National Trust Trips in September & October…

National Trust Trips in September & October…

If you need a change of scenery over the next few months, have you thought about a visit to a National Trust property? From enthralling houses with beautiful gardens to estates rich in history, our day trips to National Trust properties guarantee an inspiring and relaxing day out. And even better if you’re a National Trust Member, simply ask a member of our sales team at the time of booking to receive a discount for free admission on production of your passes; visiting a National Trust property couldn’t be easier. Take a look at a selection of our day trips coming soon...

Cliveden – Thursday 28th September
With magnificent views across the River Thames, Cliveden was the glittering hub of society in the early part of the 20th century, and later infamously associated with the 'Profumo Affair'. The spectacular estate, with a celebrated parterre, has a series of formal gardens, an outstanding collection of sculpture and statues, as well as extensive woodland and riverside walks. The house is now let as a hotel, and will accommodate us for a guided tour today. 

Erddig – Tuesday 10th October
Celebrate the restoration of the grand estate and 40 years since it was opened under the care of the National Trust. It is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain, due largely to the close relationship between the family and the servants. The furnished 18th century large country house is complemented by an extensive range of outbuildings, offering a unique insight into servants’ life in the 18th and 19th century. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th-century formal design and has a Victorian parterre and yew walk.

Fountains Abbey – Saturday 14th October
This World Heritage Site, set in 800 acres of beautiful countryside, offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the range of England's heritage. Discover the magnificent 12th century abbey ruins and the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views. Delight in the richly decorated Victorian St Mary's church and take time out to relax in the Reading Room in Elizabethan Fountains Hall.

For our full listings of day trips departing from local pick-up points in Leicester, please click here.


The “Loveliest Castle in the World’!

The “Loveliest Castle in the World’!

Leeds Castle is reputed to be one of the most romantic and historic buildings in the land and this month we’re visiting the stunning castle for the ever-popular Festival of Flowers event, where you can discover why it’s not called the “loveliest castle in the world” for nothing!

Located in Kent, the castle has sat majestically for over 900 years in vast grounds. Over the years it has been the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and the residence of Henry VIII for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion, and a 20th century retreat for the famous. Surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful parklands, the large cottage gardens are a delight with very English features, from Roses, Lupins and Poppies.

For the ever-popular Festival of Flowers event, where this year’s theme is Enchanted Castle, international and award-winning florists and floral designers will transform the rooms into works of art. See demonstrations, hear talks, and get involved in the workshops that will be on offer on the day.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Festival of Flowers at Leeds Castle on Monday 25th  September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.


Reasons to visit the UK’s City of Culture 2017

Reasons to visit the UK’s City of Culture 2017

As you may already know, the Yorkshire city of Hull has been officially celebrating with cultural events after winning the title as the UK’s City of Culture 2017. Over the years the city has gone from strength to strength, and now more so than ever there’s plenty to see and do – maybe it’s got you thinking about visiting the vibrant city for yourself and joining the millions who have explored the city this year. Here are just a few of the things to do in Hull… 

  • Hull Old Town

Delve into the heart of Hull’s old town – the city’s medieval heart. Beautiful architecture and cobbled streets are steeped in history, and is where you’ll find atmospheric real ale public houses and Hull Minster. 

  • Indulge in some retail therapy

From small independent boutiques and shops to large shopping centres, Hull has something for everyone. North Point Shopping Centre is the one of the biggest shopping centres in the city, Princes Quay offer both high street giants and one-off, independent shops, whilst locally loved Hepworth Arcade is a Grade II arcade in the Old Town.

  • Spend time browsing the free museums or top attractions

Hull is home to plenty of attractions to keep you occupied. Perhaps discover the eclectic Museum Quarter, a dynamic area home to an abundance of free museums. Discover those celebrating its maritime history, or one of the many galleries. Other top attractions include The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world housed in a futuristic aluminium building.

Woods Tours have a day trip to Hull on Saturday 30th September 2017. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.


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