Month: November 2017

8 Fun School Trips For The New Year

Coach trips have proved a popular, safe and an economical solution for many years and in these times of financial difficulty, The Big Coach Company can provide competitive private coach hire for small or large parties throughout the UK.

We know that School budgets are tight, so don’t forget to carefully work out any additional entry fees to the venue you plan on visiting. Some venues are free for educational visits, but most will have a small cost to each pupil.

It’s best to have a plan before you start, will your next trip be a  day trip, half day or week out of the classroom? Once you have this, we can start on putting a plan together to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as it can. Talk to our friendly team today on 0151 532 5532 to discuss your requirements.

Anderson Boat Lift
The Anderton Boat Lift is a great day out, whether you are a history buff or a family looking for weekend activities.

The Visitor Centre has free entry and is home to a fantastic, interactive exhibition, Gift Shop and Coffee Shop. Discover the history and heritage behind the Boat Lift in the exhibition, take a guided boat trip through the magnificent lift itself, then enjoy a tasty light lunch, sandwich, jacket potato or homemade cake and hot drink in the Coffee Shop, overlooking the grounds.

there is a gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow of this mighty structure. From March to October, you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.

Knowsley Safari Park
Kick off your day with a tour of the 550-acre Safari Drive and get acquainted with over 700 wild animals, from baboons to camels, wildebeest to tigers, all from the comfort of A Big Coach. Knowsley Safari Park is an all-day destination.

On the Foot Safari, you can take a walk on the dark side through the Bat Forest – a 5* home from home for 100 Egyptian fruit bats, or marvel at the birds of prey. The ‘beak to face’ Birds of Prey Experience includes vulture feeding, flying displays and bird handling. Anything could happen as they swoop and dive just inches above your head!

What’s more, you can get up close and personal at the Giraffe Tower with regular giraffe talks from the team, watch the sea lions splash about in our sea lion show, get acquainted with the family of meerkats, and keep an eye out for our cutest duo, the South American bush dogs.

Chester Zoo
With 125 acres to explore, there are 20,000 animals at the award winning Chester Zoo – voted one of the top zoos in the world and the UK’s number one charity zoo. From the magnificent elephants and rhinos to the delicate butterflies, there is a different animal to see around every corner.

With daily animal talks, events, themed play areas, coffee shops, a choice of restaurants and kiosks, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Kids and grown ups will love the Zoofari monorail, it gives you a giraffe’s eye view of the zoo. Or take things a little easier and relax on the lazy river boat ride in Islands.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Catalyst is an interactive science centre whose aim is to make science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Find out how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life – from medicines to Meccano and learn about the ‘chemistry’ industry and its role in our lives, past, present and future.

For an unforgettable experience visit the Alchemy Theatre! With sections in stunning 3D and interactive voting, you can discover how a cancer drug is made, how chlorine is produced, how to recycle or how to help save the world!

Beeston Castle
Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone. With stunning views to take your breath away, long walks through rich woodland for nature lovers and nooks and crannies for kids to hide in you’re sure to have a magnificent day out!

Beeston is also a haven for wildlife and the unspoiled woodland makes it home to a host of birds and small mammals, remember to bring those binoculars and who knows what you may discover.

The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story, Albert Dock is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. The exhibition is located on the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Albert Dock and will guide you through the music, culture and story of the band that changed the world.

Join The Beatles on their journey; first conquering Liverpool, and then the world through immersive recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios.

With information, imagery, memorabilia and video interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, the Beatles Story, Albert Dock tells the story of the fab four

Blue Planet Aquarium
Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the best collections of Sharks, Fish, Frogs, Spiders and Otters – Blue Planet Aquarium is the must-see day out for all the family.

Watch the dive team feed the fish – all in front of the sharks at our awesome Aquatheatre window. Get an up-close view of our black and white tip sharks and Zebra shark in our Coral Reef from our 70m-long underwater tunnel.

World Museum Liverpool
From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities. Travel to distant continents and ancient civilisations in the amazing galleries.

There’s also the Weston Discovery Centre, which offers a range of activities and interaction to provide a fascinating insight into human history throughout the ages.

Take the stress and headaches out of organising coach hire for school trips with The Big Coach Company.

Plan a spectacular New Year’s Eve in London

Even though it is November, 2018 will be here sooner than you think and now could be the time for people to plan their New Year’s celebrations.

If you start to make your preparations now, you could end up saving a significant amount of money compared to making plans and booking your tickets and travel closer to the time. These events are very popular too, so don’t be surprised if the best parties are sold out quickly.

London New Year’s Eve Fireworks tickets are now on sale for £10 each. You can buy up to four tickets to this spectacular event for you and your friends. Remember if you want be there on the night and get the best view, you must get a ticket. But hurry, they’re going fast. Book yours at the seetickets.com website.

Once you have partied the night away on New Year’s Eve, you could then enjoy all of the January sales on the following day. While some retailers will be closed, many are open and will have their bargains already available.

Perhaps take a look in the huge Topshop store on Oxford Street or explore the amazing designer retailers in Covent Garden. If you’re looking for something a little quirky, Camden Town will be the place to go.

Many of the capital’s top attractions will be open for the day as well, along with a spectacular New Years Day parade, where visitors can look forward to dancers, acrobats and marching bands in a fantastic ceremony to welcome the arrival of 2018.

See something that takes your fancy? Get a quote for your group to visit! With us driving you there or home, you can make your visit as booze filled as you want!

Don’t let your New Year’s Eve plans fizzle out with a disappointing pop!

Plan Your Christmas Day out by Coach

Whether you want to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or get cracking on your Christmas shopping with friends at Manchester’s Christmas Markets, there are plenty of opportunities to join in with seasonal activities all throughout the UK.

If there’s a whole group of you heading to a festive event, why not get into the Christmas spirit by travelling there with The Big Coach Company. After all, it means you don’t have to worry about missing trains or finding multiple parking spaces, and if you care to enjoy a glass or two of mulled wine, you’re free to do so.

Manchester Christmas Markets
Bursting with Yuletide cheer, Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets are a remarkable sight, with over 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread right across the city centre.

The Manchester Christmas Markets will be returning to the city from November 10th 2017 to 20th December 2017.

The main market hub will again be based in Albert Square, in front of Manchester Town Hall, where the wooden stalls will remain open for an extra day, until 21st December 2017.

Over 300 stalls offer mouthwatering food and drinks, clothing, toys and trinkets. This buzzing city provides an exciting atmosphere that will really get you geared up for the festive season!

Get into the Christmas spirit while you browse the traditional wooden chalets and twinkling stalls.

For more information about the Christmas Markets visit the Manchester Christmas Markets website.

Christmas at Liverpool One
The countdown to Christmas officially begins in Liverpool on Thursday 9th November 2017 when the iconi30-metre tree will be lit up at 6pm.

The party starts at 4pm that day with festive street performances, including storytelling, dancing, singing and lots of special effects.

There will be appearances from Christmas panto stars and Santa is even expected to stop by to wish everyone well before his busiest time of the year.

After the lights are switched on, people can head into Bar Hutte located underneath the Christmas tree for a festive tipple. If that’s not your thing, you can go up to Chavasse Park, where there will be more Christmas food and drink stalls, plus children’s attractions and rides.

For more information about Christmas at Liverpool One visit the Liverpool One website.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Treat the kids to a festival of all things Christmassy with a trip to Winter Wonderland, which is now in its 11th year. The Magical Ice Kingdom will showcase snow and ice sculptures centred around the theme of water creatures, while Zippos Circus will see acrobats flying through the air.

When it’s time to refuel, the Bavarian Village and Ice Bar offer refreshments that very much fit in with the theme of the occasion. From hot food to steaming drinks, it’s a great way to keep warm and everyone fed and watered.

Finally, finish your visit with a ride on the Giant Observation Wheel. You’ll have fantastic views over London and will be able to see all the twinkling Christmas lights.

Winter Wonderland is taking place at Hyde Park, from November 17th to January 1st.

For more information about Winter Wonderland in London visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website.

Get Your Skates on This December

One of the lovely things about the festive period is all of the outdoor ice rinks that pop up across towns and cities throughout the UK. Take a break from the stresses of buying and wrapping presents and planning the Christmas meal to enjoy some time with family and friends. Strap your skates on and go for a whirl and twirl.

See something that takes your fancy? Get a quote for your group to visit! With us driving you there and home, you can indulge in as much skating, Christmas markets and festivities as you want!

Seasonal Ice Skating Liverpool Pier Head
Liverpool’s Christmas Ice Festival is back for another year at the Pier Head. It is promised to be even bigger and better this year with even more space to skate. There is a covered outdoor Ice Rink situated on one of Liverpool’s best known historic locations, the Pier Head, so you can skate away under a clear canopy to keep you dry and with the stunning Three Graces as a backdrop.

Get your skates on from 17th December 2017 to 7th January 2018.

Manchester Ice Rink
Manchester’s Ice Rink is situated in a great new location at First Street by Deansgate Locks for 2017. Skate day or night right up to December 23rd. As well as ice skating, First Street has plenty of food, drink and entertainment options to enjoy throughout the festive period.

Skating begins from 15th November 2017 to 23rd December 2017.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Among the most popular seasonal ice rinks is the one set up in front of the Natural History Museum. With the stunning architecture of Alfred Waterhouse in the background, fairy lights hung in the trees and a large Christmas tree right in the middle of the ice, it’s an enchanting place to get into the festive spirit. Warm up with a tasty treat from Hotel Chocolat after you’ve finished skating.

Open now and available until 7th January 2018.

Skate at Somerset House
Another fantastic backdrop is Somerset House, whose courtyard will once again be transformed into an icy paradise. With 900 square metres of skating space, you’ll be able to show off your skills to the max. The apres-skate at this venue is also second to none, with mulled wine from Fortnum’s Lodge and a wide selection of hot food on offer.

Get your skates on between 15th November 2017 and 14th January 2018.

Tower of London Ice Rink
The dry moat of the Tower of London isn’t so dry, as it is filled with ice to create an atmospheric rink in a historic setting. Once the sun goes down, the castle will be lit up to offer even better views as you whizz about the ice. Probably the highlight of the Tower of London’s offering will be the fact that The Pie Man of Chelsea Green will be in attendance. He has been delighting customers with sausage rolls and pies since 1984 and will help to fill rumbling tummies.

Skating begins on 17th November 2017 to 2nd January 2018.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Hampton Court Palace’s ice rink is bigger and better than ever before, with 1,040 square metres of skatable space. The former home of Henry VIII makes for a stunning location, especially due to its proximity with the Thames. As well as grabbing a bite to eat, you’ll be able to enjoy Duppy Share Rum punches after your time on the ice.

Open from 24th November 2017 to 7th January 2018.

Skylight
For something entirely different this festive season, head to a former carpark in Wapping that will be turned into the hippest ice rink in town. Sitting atop the roof means the views will be unrivalled and Skylight is collecting together a good array of street food and Christmas drinks to make it all the more special.

Skate from 2nd November 2017 to 6th January 2018.

Manchester Christmas Markets

Bursting with Yuletide cheer, Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets are a remarkable sight, with over 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread right across the city centre.

See something that takes your fancy? Get a quote for your group to visit! With us driving you there and home, you can indulge in as much mulled wine as you want!

The Manchester Christmas Markets will be returning to the city from November 10th 2017 to 20th December 2017.

The main market hub will again be based in Albert Square, in front of Manchester Town Hall, where the wooden stalls will remain open for an extra day, until 21st December 2017.

Over 300 stalls offer mouthwatering food and drinks, clothing, toys and trinkets. This buzzing city provides an exciting atmosphere that will really get you geared up for the festive season!

Get into the Christmas spirit while you browse the traditional wooden chalets and twinkling stalls.

You’ll find enticing gifts including decorative pottery and ceramics, handcrafted toys and decorations, jewellery and Christmas trees, plants and bulbs from Holland. Continental sausages, roasted almonds, crêpes as well as Bavarian beer and Glühwein which all provide the perfect alfresco snack.