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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.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Liverpool

Whether it’s a family tradition or you just want an excuse to continue the festivities and learn about another culture, Chinese New Year is an exciting event and one that Liverpool knows how to host.

10 years on from the Year of the Rat in 2008, the city of Liverpool will celebrate the year of the Dog with a kaleidoscope of culture, art, sights and sounds.

While many people worry about the prices of trains or the stress of driving, taking the coach can be a quick and cost-effective way of making it to the city celebrations. With enough space for you and all your friends, you can enjoy the journey without any of the tension caused by finding your own way there.

A three-day celebration will take place across Liverpool’s Chinatown; an area of Liverpool adorned by an iconic Chinese Arch, that was gifted to the city in 2010 by twin city, Shanghai; The largest outside of China itself.

Lighting up the Chinese Arch, the Black-E and The Arch, there will be projections, music and lighting, that together will tell the story of Liverpool’s incredible Chinese history and culture.

Starting from the very beginning, when many Chinese sailors came to Liverpool as part of a new shipping line company, the displays will take spectators on a journey through to present day and beyond to the ambitious future of Liverpool’s Chinese cultural ties.

Chinese New Year will be part of the ‘China Dream’ season, that sees Liverpool embrace contemporary Chinese arts and culture from February 2018 to October 2018.

China Dream will inspire visitors with a programme including the wonder of the Terracotta Army at the World Museum the Moon Festival and Shanghai Film Festival.

More information will be announced soon but follow the conversation with the hash tags #ChinaDream#CNY and #Liverpool2018 on social media.

Photograph credit: Arthur John Picton on Flickr.

Last Minute Coach Hire this Christmas

It has really snuck up on us, don’t panic but it’s now December! That means the number of days we’ve got left for Christmas shopping is getting critically low.

Not to panic, though, there are plenty of places to head when you want to go shopping, and you’re sure to find everything you could possibly need for shopping in Liverpool or Manchester.

Stress free

Travelling into a big city like Liverpool or Manchester can be a pain sometimes. At Christmas time, this is only exacerbated with the rush of last minute shoppers. From the moment you arrive at the Christmas Markets to the multiple journeys criss-crossing the city, you will wish there was a better option.

Thankfully there is! Booking a last minute minibus or coach trip for you and your friends will mean you don’t have to catch specific connections, battle through crowds to get on the train or even know where you’re going. You can just sit back and relax as a big coach driver takes you to the heart of your shopping experience. In our opinion, it’s the only way to travel; especially at this time of year!

Make it fun!

What could be better than shopping with friends? Booking a minibus or coach makes it easier for you to make a day of it as a larger group. You can all travel together, arrive at the same time and know where you need to be at any given time.

To add to this, you can also give your trip a little cosmopolitan trip. If you were driving to your Christmas shopping destination, it would mean not being able to stop off for a drink during the day. However, if you get the coach, you and friends can nip in somewhere festive for a bite to eat for lunch and even a few cocktails, hic. It’ll really help to break up the day and make the whole thing feel more like an event.

Getting home

Imagine if you were planning to head back home after you picked up everything you could possibly want for Christmas on the train, only to find there’s nowhere to store all of the presents you’ve bought. It’s a nightmare, but a real possibility when you’re travelling via this method. It can even restrict what you buy.

For our coach travellers, however, there is the added bonus of storage space under the coach. This means you can buy as much as you want, and have the peace of mind that there’ll be more than enough space under the coach to carry all of your presents home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transport Everyone to the Panto by Coach

Seeing a pantomime is an enduring tradition in many families at Christmas time. Tickets are often bought in advance and before you know it, the time has come to get everyone to the theatre to see what Buttons, the Dame and everyone else has got in store.

If you have a rather large brood, plenty of extended family or go to the panto with a big group of friends, then hiring a coach could be a great option. There’ll be no need to worry about how many cars to take, what’s the fastest route or where to park; it’ll all be taken care of.

The Scouse Cinderella, The Royal Court Theatre

A scouse twist on a classic tale, The Scouse Cinderella follows the rebellious Cinders as she heads to the ball to get so drunk she loses a shoe. The show is packed with gags, live music, and a pumpkin that turns into a Delta. There will be minging sisters, a lairy fairy and probably some dwarves who’ve got lost. It is running from 23rd November 2018 to 19th January 2019. Tickets are £1400 and can be booked online.

Beauty and the Beast, Unity Theatre

Coming to the Unity Theatre this November, Beauty and the Beast will be highly theatrical and a bold retelling of the family classic. The performance will show that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can be beastly as times. Beauty and the Beast is aimed at children over 5 and their families. It runs from 30th November 2018 to 5th January 2019. Tickets can be booked online and ticket prices are from £9.50.

The Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, Everyman Theatre

Notorious dame Francis Tucker and the master of mischief Adam Keast are set to bring audiences to their feet to dance, cheer and avoid a soaking this Christmas. A traditional pantomime with a chilly twist, The Snow Queen offers singing, dancing and plenty of entertainment to the chilling tale. Running from 24th November 2018 to 9th January 2019, tickets start at £15.00 and can be booked online.

Dear Santa, The Atkinson, Southport

From author of well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell beings Dear Santa to The Atkinson this Christmas. The pantomime will take the audience on a Christmas adventure as Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic present to Sarah, but he doesn’t get it right straight away. With the help of his cheeky elf, Santa finally settles on the perfect present – with plenty of music, laughter and audience participation. This one runs from 12th December to the 18th December 2018. Tickets are £12.50 and can be bought online.

Cinderella, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight

This magical rags to riches story of Cinderella promises dazzling costumes, sparkling scenery, popular songs and a laugh a minute. The cast is star-studded this year as X Factor’s Gary Barker plays Prince Charming, Hollyoaks’ Darren John-Langford as one of the ugly step sisters and comedian and impressionist Michael Bailey returns to play Buttons. It runs from 15th December 2018 to 31st December 2018. Tickets are £15.00 each and can be purchased online.

Cinderella, Manchester Opera House

Singer and theatre star Gareth Gates is joining Coronation Street ’s Connor McIntyre and Les Dennis in Manchester’s biggest pantomime this year. The Pop Idol runner-up will star as Prince Charming in Cinderella while Connor and Les will be the Ugly Sisters. It’s running from Saturday, 8th December to Saturday, 30th December 2018. Tickets, costing from £12, can be booked online.

Doctor Dolittle, The Lowry, Salford

Doctor Dolittle will star Mark Williams as the eccentric Doctor, while former Coronation Street stars Brian Capron (Richard Hillman) and Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby) will play Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow and Polynesia the parrot. The show is running from December 11 to January 5. Tickets, from £19.50, can be booked online.

Snow White, The Albert Halls, Bolton

The tale of Snow White is a pantomime classic and it’s coming to The Albert Halls in Bolton this Christmas. Michael Starke, star of Brookside and Benidorm, will be performing alongside former X Factor contestants David Heath and Sam Callahan. Singer Charlotte Dacia will take the lead role of Snow White and of course it wouldn’t be the same without those trusty dwarfs Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey. It’s on from December 1 to 30. Tickets, from £14, can be booked online.

Sleeping Beauty, The Plaza, Stockport

The Plaza always puts on a good show at Christmas and this year’s production promises to be one of the best yet. Comedian Ted Robbins and Emmerdale’s Claire King will both make a welcome return to the Plaza to star in Sleeping Beauty. The show promises ‘beautiful costumes, stunning sets and spectacular effects’ and is running from 30th November until 6th January 2019. Tickets cost from £13.75 and can be booked online.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Octagon Theatre

This year’s Octagon show is taking place at the University of Bolton Stadium where it promises to transform the Premier Suite into ‘the technicolour land of Oz’. Swapping her ruby slippers for red trainers and picking up new friends along the way, Dorothy travels to the Emerald City with Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the cowardly Lion, in search of the Great Oz – a wonderful wizard from Wigan. The production will run from December 4 to 31. Tickets cost from £16 and can be booked online.

Cinderella, Oldham Coliseum

There’s another production of Cinderella running this year, at Oldham Coliseum. It’s one of the longest running shows, opening on 10th November and finishing on the 12th January 2019. There’ll be music, songs and slapstick, plus ‘a sprinkling of fairy dust for the perfect Christmas celebration’. Tickets cost from £13.50 and can be booked online.

Sleeping Beauty, Gracie Fields Theatre, Rochdale

The popular tale is also being brought to the big stage at Gracie Fields Theatre this Christmas. The Chase’s ‘Vixen’ Jenny Ryan is starring as Carabosse, Graham Cole of The Bill fame as Merlin, and Hollyoaks’ Milo, Nathan Morris, as The Prince. Performances are running from 22nd December to 31st December 2018. Tickets, from £14, can be booked online.

Make the Most of Summer with The Big Coach Company

It has been a long winter, but before we know it, the summer will be here, bringing with it lots of opportunities to enjoy ourselves. Hiring a coach from The Big Coach Company is a stress-free way to negotiate the transport conundrum for a variety of activities and days out.

Here are five ways to take advantage of The Big Coach Company services this summer:

1.      Family days out

If you’ve got a large extended family or are keen to group together with other families to take the little ones on adventures this summer, then a coach is the answer to all your troubles. Whether you fancy a trip to a theme park or the zoo, a National Trust property or a day out in one of the UK’s thriving cities, a coach will transport you all there and back without the burden of worrying about directions or finding parking spaces.

2.      Sports days

Not all schools have playing fields or athletics tracks on-site, which can be a nightmare when it comes to the annual sports day. If parents need to get their kids to a separate location then it can become a logistical nightmare. Teachers can rely on The Big Coach Company to transport all the children plus their equipment to wherever the event is taking place, meaning everyone will arrive at the same time.

3.      School trips

If you’ve ever tried to take a large group of children on public transport, you’ll know it’s easier said than done. Never mind the hassle of counting them all onto the bus or train and off again, there’s also the challenge of getting them to stay in their seats and give a good impression to the general public while in their school uniform. Whether it’s the weekly swimming lesson or a trip to a historical site, cut out the stress by opting for private hire coach instead.

4.      Festivals

Summer and festivals go together like fish and chips, and if you’ve got plans to spend a few days in a field listening to music, chances are there’ll be a whole crowd of you going. With plenty of space to pack the tents, sleeping bags and cool box, a coach is the easiest way to get you all there. And if your festival days are over and you’re concerned about your children’s summer plans, suggest to them that they hire a coach – they’ll thank you for it later.

5.      Weddings

Transport is one of those elements of a wedding that often goes overlooked, but can cause real problems if it isn’t organised properly. Get all of your guests from the ceremony location to the reception venue without having to give out numerous renditions of the directions. The Big Coach Company even offers a double decker bus for hire, which will comfortably transport up to 85 guests to your venue.

Double Decker Bus Hire from The Big Coach Company

The Big Coach Company is pleased to announce double decker bus hire. Our Volvo Olympian double deck bus is great for those who want to transport lots of passengers for short distances. It is ideal for fans attending a football game or a local sports team ready to win the next leg of their tournament. The double decker bus can seat more than 70 passengers comfortably.

Our bus is maintained to the same high standard as expected with all The Big Coach Company vehicles. We take great pride in our appearance and your comfort, that is why our vehicles are fully valeted on a regular basis. It has recently seen a vast amount of engineering work to bring it up to our high standard of vehicle maintenance.

Our double decker bus is highly maintained and routinely serviced at our depot in Liverpool – and inspected to ensure safety, comfort and reliability for our passengers. All our vehicles adhere to the Ministry of Transport and Government legislation.


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