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Day Trip to Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 13th July ( private hire coach)

Join us on a full-day private coach trip to the world-famous 'Shakespearean' Stratford-upon-Avon. We'll be travelling by executive air-conditioned coach to this historic location.

This location is most famous for being the birthplace of arguably the world's greatest writer, William Shakespeare. The town is a living, breathing shrine to the life and works of its most famous son. Shakespeare also grew up and died in Stratford. This beautiful and unmistakably Tudor town still retains many of the sites from the Shakespearean era [masked]).

However, Stratford-upon-Avon is 'not' just for those with an interest in Shakespeare. The town is built around the picturesque River Avon, and any trip to the area is not complete without a leisurely stroll along this historic waterway. Within the centre of the town, many of the historic buildings still feature the original half-timbered, black and white design. Hours can be spent simply wandering around the quaint streets of this market town and taking in the stunning architecture. Straford-upon-Avon is generally considered as a 'Must-See' UK destination.

The return journey from London to Straftford-upon-Avon is just under 2 hours each way. We've chosen Stratford-upon-Avon for our second day trip as it has so much to offer. Once again, my brother Terry and myself (Martyn) will be jointly hosting this event. This month we spent the entire day in Stratford-upon-Avon to ensure the very careful planning of the trip (just as we did for our for our very successful first trip to Bath).

Also included in the price will be a guided walking tour of the city that lasts up to 2 hours (we've booked two tour guides because if the coach reaches full capacity there'll be too many people for a single guide). There'll be a number of optional meeting points throughout the day, so no-one will be left by themselves. We'll arrive back in London at approximately 8:10pm. Then all attendees will have the option of joining us at a great London pub for a night-out until around midnight where we can chat about our day-trip experiences over a few drinks and continue socialising. We can only offer this trip to adults aged 18 and over due to concerns over increased legal responsibilities that may otherwise be involved.

Please scroll down past the beautiful photos of Stratford-upon-Avon below to read the full plan, itinerary and what's included in the price:











































Itinerary and what's included in the price

9:00 am - Coach pick up point at Temple Place, Victoria Embankment, Central London, WC2R 2PH. The pick-up-point is very near Temple Underground Station (see map link above and scroll down for a photograph of the exact location). We'll be travelling by an air-conditioned executive coach (included in the price). We recommend members arrive by 8:45 am. The coach will only wait for a maximum of 10 minutes and we will be on our way by approximately 9:10 am.

11:10 am - Approximate arrival time in Stratford-upon-Avon. The coach will drop us off at Riverside Car and Coach Park. This is the largest coach park in Stratford-upon-Avon. As soon as we arrive we'll walk everyone around to the front of the coach park, where the 'Straford Visitor and Leisure Centre' is located. Here there are toilets and a shop serving light snacks/drinks. This will just be a 15-20 minute break until the guided walk starts at 11:30 am.

11:30 am until 1:30 pm - Guided Walking Tour of Stratford-upon-Avon (included in the price). The tour will take approximately 90 minutes to 2 Hours. The tour meeting point will be at the front of the Stratford Visitor and Leisure Centre (where we will already be located). Please can everyone ensure they are waiting at the guided tour meeting point at 11:30 pm

1:30 pm until 3:00 pm - This is free time for lunch and to continuing exploring Stratford-upon-Avon. We anticipate members will divide into small groups. However, members are more than welcome to join my brother and myself (we'll make sure no-one is left out). We'll be having lunch around the Greenhill Street area (just 5-minutes from the very central tourist area) Here there are an abundance of places to eat - including numerous restaurants, buffets, cafes and take-aways.

3:00 pm - Optional meeting point for those who want to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace. This attraction is highly recommended by us. We will meet outside the actual birthplace house on Henley Street (it's very central, easy to find and will be pointed out to you on the earlier guided tour).

Shakespeare's Birthplace entrance fee is not included in the price. However, for those who want to visit this world-famous location, we have arranged an 'open number' group discount booking (£9.50 per person). We will collect the money at 3pm on the day for those who want to visit (although visiting Shakespeare's Birthplace is not compulsory and you can decide on the day whether you want to come along or not).

Shakespeare's Birthplace is one of the most famous attractions in the world. This is the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up. Here visitors can discover the fascinating story of William Shakespeare's early years, and see where he spent the first five years with his new wife. See how his father, John, earned his living as a glove maker and explore The Shakespeare Exhibition, before entering the house and it's outstanding gardens. There are also in-house actors. All-day they perform scenes and exerts from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, and are always happy to receive requests.

If you are considering attending Shakespeare's Birthplace, please ensure you read the paragraph below titled 'Shakespeare's Houses'

4:30 pm until 5:30 pm - Optional meeting point at one of Stratford-upon-Avon's many pubs. We will meet again outside Shakespeare's Birthplace and then walk to a suitable nearby pub. There are a number of possibilities (and we have already spoken to the management in many pubs when we visited Stratford-upon-Avon). However, it has not been possible to reserve an area on a Saturday as the city can be so busy (this is very common at major tourist locations). So the pub we choose will be selected on the day (my brother Terry or myself will scout ahead 30 minutes before our optional meeting point to find a suitable pub that it is not too busy). There are many large pubs so we'll definitely find somewhere suitable (we already have a preference for one particular pub with a large beer garden). This method worked exceptionally well on our last day-trip.

6:00 pm - Return journey home by the same executive coach. The pick-up point will be at exactly the same place from where we were initially dropped-off (Riverside Car and Coach Park). Please can everyone arrive by 5:45 pm

8:10 pm - Approximate arrival time in London. The coach will drop us off at Temple Place (the same location from where we were originally picked-up at the start of our journey).

8:10 pm until midnight - Optional night out at a great London pub called the Old Shades on Whitehall in Central London until around midnight. Walking to the pub will take approximately 10 minutes from the drop-off point (Those who are coming can walk with us together as a group). It's a nice walk, mainly along the riverside of the Thames.

Shakespeare's Houses

We are only recommending a visit to one of Shakespeare's Houses - The Birthplace (as stated above). This is due to time constraints. Also, Shakespeare's Birthplace is widely regarded as the best and most famous of the houses.

However, we do wish to inform members that there are different tickets available. For example, some members may alternatively want to plan their own day in Stratford-upon-Avon and buy a separate 'Shakespeare Five House Pass' (including Shakespeare's Birthplace). The pass costs £22.50 (with concessions available).

If you are interested you can find all the details on the official

Also feel free to contact us and we will provide you with details of the different tickets and houses you can visit. However, please note that some of the houses are 1-3 miles outside the city centre (so you will need to personally plan this carefully if you wish to visit numerous houses).


Emergency mobile phone numbers to contact during the day

Please take these two mobile phone numbers that you can ring during the day (please only ring if it is absolutely necessary). My number is[masked] (Martyn). My brother's number is[masked] (Terry). We will also be unable to delay the coach arrival/departure time or other planned events as we have to adhere to a tight schedule.


The price doesn’t include:

• Entry into Shakespeare's Birthplace (although, as already stated above, members who decide to visit will receive a discounted price as part of our group). You can tell us on the actual day whether you want to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and we will then collect the money. We have prearranged an 'open-number' group booking.

• Meals, drinks and personal expenses.


Pick up Location Photograph Below - Temple Place, Victoria Embankment, London

(Also see map link above)



All payments are to be made online in full if you decide to RSVP (you will be taken to the payments page after you RSVP). Payments are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. We hope members will understand that if we provided one person with a refund then every person would be entitled to a refund. If we allowed that to happen then we would risk losing the substantial amount we have already paid for the whole trip.



While we have organised over 100 free events on our other meetup group (Friends in London Meetup), it would not be possible to plan trips of this scale without an organisation fee included in the price. Therefore, included in the cost of £32 will be a contribution to my brother and I for organising this trip.

Please also note that if there are still places available, we shall also organise this event on Friends in London as a joint meetup event. Friends in London is an all-inclusive general events meetup group with free membership and almost entirely free events. It's open to everyone (including all members of Day Trips from London). It's a very friendly meetup group where everyone is there to meet new people.


If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us. We'll be more than happy to answer any queries. You can contact us at any time via email (click on organiser photographs for the 'send email' option) or by mobile phone after 6pm [masked]).

Our first trip was a real success. We're very confident this second trip will be another thoroughly enjoyable and exceptionally interesting day.

kind regards
Martyn and Terry

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  • Rebecca

    A great day out in a beautiful part of the country! Brilliant weather and a lovely group of people to enjoy it all with. Thanks to Martyn, Terry and Co. for organising it all and being so wonderfully inviting! Looking forward to the next one : )

    July 17, 2013

  • Marcellina

    Brilliant day! Well organised!!!!

    July 16, 2013

  • vikas

    Next time James :-)

    July 16, 2013

  • James W.

    Can't believe I missed this - and I just studied Shakespeare!

    July 16, 2013

  • Bob W.

    A great day out. Well organised and good company. Thanks to all concerned.

    July 15, 2013

  • Pb3

    This was a great trip! Great group of people and well timed. Thanks to Martin, Terry and the team for organising.

    July 15, 2013

  • Ke Chen

    Thanks for organising a great day trip, looking forward to next one!

    July 15, 2013

  • Julie G

    Many thanks to Martyn, Terry, John and Maggie for organising a great day out to such a beautiful place. I had a wonderful time and met some lovely people . The trip was well organized and I look forward to the next one.

    July 15, 2013

  • Amit

    Fantastic day out - was really great to see Stratford and make the most of such a beautiful day. Thanks to Martyn, Terry, John and Maggie Lee for all the time spent organising the event/helping ensure the day ran so smoothly. Was great to meet so many new people - as nice as Stratford is, its mostly the friendliness of everyone in the group that makes the day so great - thanks everyone :-)

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Martin

    I would just like to say thank you. I had a very nice time and met some great people. Wonderfully warm hosts.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Sarah K.

    Another super trip! Well organised and great fun with a friendly bunch of people. 5 big gold stars to the Lloyd boys! :)

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Anca

    I enjoyed it as much as Bath trip, very good organisation, nice people, well done guys and thank you

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Benita

    The ducks on the roof of the bus early before leaving was a good sign for a good day! ;-) Well organized and lovely people! Thank you!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Callie

    As with the Bath day trip; well planned, organised and friendly atmosphere.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Simon

    Another superb day out! organisation was to the usual exceptionally high standard and a friendly and fun atmosphere too.... Thanks again to the excellent organisers they even laid on perfect weather :-)))

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Hugh

    OK so a few brief shots of our fab day out now posted above to get you started. Bear with me this week - the usual Flickr link and personal portraits may have to wait while I sort some family affairs out.

    July 14, 2013

  • Hugh

    Scorzchio. Luckily found a shady spot to while away the afternoon with a bottle of Buck's Fizz. Well planned and organised, with everyone's goodwill creating a perfect day.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • vikas

    Thank u for organising the trip. The trip was well organised and gives an opportunity to see new places and make friends. Looking forward to the the next one

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Jacqueline S

    Air Con Coach was a relief to a long day in the sun. Thanks guys for organising trip where we made new friends and just lazed about near the water, ducks and swans...even found ourselves at The Lazy Cow pub....scary but true. Till next time; enjoy life.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Celine M.

    Great meetup!
    We were quite a lot of people but all of them were great and really nice! really appreciated the visit of Stratford Upon Avon and Martyn and Terry were really nice and helpful! A great, sunny and warm day and a really good team of people

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Beatriz

    Back on waiting list :) my student can no longer make the Sat morning class. I am crossing my fingers and toes!

    July 11, 2013

    • Beatriz

      Woohoo! Booked and paid! Its going to be a great day! See you all on Saturday

      July 11, 2013

  • Julie G

    Looking forward to a great day out and meeting new friends. The weather is going to be beautiful.

    July 9, 2013

  • bunny

    Hello Martyn: I will now be flying in from Dublin that day, and can't join this. Looking forward to joining one of your day trips when I visit UK again.

    July 6, 2013

  • Hugh

    Hey Terry, Martyn -
    There's a fair chance I could find a '+1' to help with any last minute cancellations / dropouts.
    But am not sure how to register a "maybe" on the waitlist.
    Keep me in mind ? Diolch ffrind. Hugh

    July 2, 2013

  • Sonal

    Really looking forward to this!!

    July 1, 2013

  • Mudi

    :-( I can't make. I'll be out of the country. Have fun and I'll see you on the next one.

    June 22, 2013

  • Pauline H.

    Sounds like a really interesting and worthwhile visit but unfortunately have another commitment that day. I'm sure you'll all have a brilliant time!

    June 17, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    Did this day trip last year it's a great day out, hope you all have a good time.

    June 17, 2013

  • Amit

    Looking forward to it. Hope we get good weather - though I'm sure it'll be a great day anyway.

    June 17, 2013

  • Mike

    Damn, can't make that date, have a great time everyone :-)

    June 16, 2013

  • terence f.

    sorry to miss this trip but I have to be at a friend's charity concert at 18:30 in west London. Enjoy the trip.

    June 16, 2013

  • Benita

    Love this!(-:

    June 16, 2013

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