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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.

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!

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.

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.


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