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5 Locations to Visit after Lockdown

The past year has undeniably been a strange and difficult one for us all, but with the easing of COVID-19 Lockdown measures easing, and as many of you will know, the pandemic has massively affected our industry but we do believe that hope is on the horizon. Therefore, we’ve curated a list of 5 places for your coaching travel inspiration in 2021.

1. Liverpool (of course!)

How could we not start with our home city of Liverpool? It’s a city brimming with heritage and culture. It has a strong maritime history as well as being a modern-day haven for art lovers, theatregoers and museum fans. Liverpool’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is down to its stunning waterfront and amazing architecture. You’ll never be short of things to do in Liverpool, whatever your interests. Beatles fans can take in all of the famous landmarks including Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the iconic Cavern Club, and museum lovers will enjoy the Tate Liverpool Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Or if you prefer a relaxing break, Liverpool has lots of scenic parks and the Albert Dock is a lovely place to sit with a coffee and watch the ships come and go.

2. Lake District

This destination is more of a broad term, but nonetheless; you can visit the Lake District for Britain’s finest scenery, greenest countryside and grandest views. Its stunning patchwork of lakes, valleys and woodland areas make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether it’s on a casual bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills. While the weather is unpredictable, showers and racing clouds only emphasise the amazingness of the cracking scenery.

3. Blackpool

The UK’s favourite holiday resort continues to attract millions of visitors. Families and couples, young and old, Blackpool’s unique appeal is that it appeals to everyone. Whether you’re looking for thrills and excitement, family entertainment and historical, beautiful gardens, alongside stunning beaches, Blackpool has it all. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Zoo, the Blackpool Tower, the Illuminations and a packed year-round events calendar all add to the charms of this seaside spot.

4. Cornwall

Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline with miles and miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and huge creeks – and every mile is accessible on foot. Take a picnic and the dog through fields fringed on a remote beach; clamber down stepping-stone cliffs to rock pools that are works of marine art; swim with seals and harmless sharks. Surfing is a big draw, for all ages – bodyboarding too – and lessons are available on most of the beaches.

5. Last but certainly not least, London

There can be few more cosmopolitan cities on earth than London. People pour in from across the world to visit, work or live. Londoners are used to hoardings marking the progress of colossal infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the restructuring of King’s Cross-St Pancras, and new skyscrapers, even entire new areas, such as the Olympic Park and Battersea Power Station south of the River Thames, are being heavily populated by tourists from far and wide. Restaurants, bars and theatres are always buzzing and the range of events on offer – from sport to food, from music festivals to theatre – is unbeatable in the British Isle.

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COVID-19 Secure Travel with The Big Coach Company

How are we making your journey with The Big Coach Company safe and secure?

At The Big Coach Company, the safety of our guests and employees will always be our number one priority and as a result, we have introduced new procedures when you are ready to travel with us again. We are continually monitoring the government’s advice and will keep this information updated with any changes in line with the evolving guidance.

The maximum capacity of our coaches will be reduced and seats will remain empty to allow for social distancing for guests who are not from the same household. Customers with specific seat requirements for medical reasons are advised to let us know when making a booking so that this can be taken into account.

Our coaches will undergo an enhanced daily cleaning routine, including sanitisation of all touchpoints. Our coaches will be sanitised at the departure and destination and touchpoints cleaned before customers board and disembark their coach.

The air conditioning on our coaches will always supply the largest amount of fresh air possible. The air in the interior of the coach is permanently exchanged; with complete air exchange taking more frequently than once a minute.  The fresh air is taken in from outside and the circulating air remaining only in cooling mode on hot days is cleaned by highly efficient filters. These filters filter out particles from a size of 0.5 micrometres upwards. Droplets containing the virus, or dust particles to which it adheres, can thus be detected and filtered.

Do not travel if you’re experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms.

These include a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. 

Follow social distancing guidance and follow instructions from our interchange teams and drivers regarding social distancing.

Wash your hands before travelling and if you can, bring hand sanitiser for use during your journey. Please be patient as queues are likely and loading and disembarking will take longer than usual.

To help with social distancing, please do not arrive at your departure point more than 15 minutes in advance of your booked journey time.

Keep to your designated seat throughout your journey and only use the onboard toilet if unavoidable.

Once you have arrived at your destination, wash your hands regularly using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser and maintain a safe distance from others from outside your household.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands.

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Essential Entertainment for Travelling by Coach

Summer is finally here folks, and with it, comes the entertainment. Planning a trip to Alton Towers? What about visiting Chester for some Roman history? Wherever you’re going, whoever you’re going with, you’re going to need some entertainment for the journey. After booking your coach travel, have a look below for our favourite ways of making a long journey seem a little shorter.

Thank you for the music

Few things beat a good MP3 player or Smartphone for a long trip up the motorway. Load up your favourite tunes and you’re set to go. If you prefer spoken words to songs, there are plenty of free podcasts available on the internet. Why not download the latest Bugle for a funny look at this week’s news? Failing that, Radio 4 offers dozens of programmes in podcast format every week.

Have I got amusement for you

A quiz is a great way of getting everyone involved. Prepare some questions before boarding, bring along a suitable prize and most importantly, make it fun. Consider adapting a panel show from TV to account for the coach theme for maximum entertainment, such as Would I Lie To You or Never Mind The Buzzcocks. You may find that some of your friends are as funny as the comedians that appear on these programmes.

Reading time

An old reliable stalwart, reading has provided passengers with entertainment since books were first invented. We like to imagine Queen Nefertiti crossed the River Nile with a scroll in her hands. Fast forward more than 2,000 years and books are now even more portable with the invention of e-readers and tablets. These let you take your entire book collection with you on a long journey – perfect if you’ve been known to get through a story quicker than anticipated.

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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.

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