Days Away with Lichfield Garden Centre
Raymond Blanc's 'Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons' in Oxfordshire
Thursday April 30th 2020 - Fully Booked
Now Booking £279 per person / £251 for Garden Club Members
Due to demand, we are now planning a further trip to the world famous 'Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons' for Easter/Spring 2020. Following our first very successful trip in July 2018, we have since returned twice in 2018 and now again next year. This exclusive trip visits the world famous 'Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons'. This venue, hotel and restaurant is run by renowned chef Raymond Blanc OBE, and our day will feature a guided spring walk around the extensive hotel grounds followed by a Champage and Canape reception and an all sumptuous four course Michelin starred lunch with all your wine/soft drinks included.
This is a special day out, and many of our customers have celebrated special occasions by joining us - or simply treated themselves!
Located in the Oxfordshire countryside just off the M40, the venue holds two Michelin Stars, with many of the extensive grounds given over to organic fruit and vegetable production - much of the produce
is used at the Hotel itself.
Click here for full information on this trip - a £100 deposit is required on booking, with the balance due after Christmas.
Please scroll down for details of forthcoming days out by coach.
Updated 4th November 2019 : Limited availability on some trips - book NOW
Please note we will add more destinations after Christmas, including Kew Gardens, Highgrove Gardens and others. Check back regularly or sign up for our monthly newsletter HERE
All our Coach Trips depart from the Garden Centre, there are no pick ups on the way, so we get to the destination more quickly. You are welcome to leave your car in our car park for the day FREE!
Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis and seats on the coaches are not reserved. Payment for the majority of our coach trips needs to be made in full when you book - due to the nature of booking shows and events we cannot offer refunds (unless we have to cancel - a full refund will then be made with as much notice given as possible).
If you change your mind : Please let us know as soon as possible. If the trip is full with a waiting list, we may be able to re-sell your ticket & give you a refund. If this is not the case, unfortunately we will not be able to refund any monies paid.
* Garden Club Members get 10% Off the price on all Coach Trips - Discount applies to Club Member only. If you hold a joint membership, both card holders can take advantage of the 10% Discount.
Call in to book your tickets, or call us on 01543 254306 and we will take payment over the phone. No credit card surcharge.
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Christmas Days Out. Book NOW to avoid disappointment - Ideal Gift idea!
Chatsworth House and Christmas Market.
Please call regarding availability for this trip
Friday 15th November - Departs Garden Centre 9am
£52 per person / £46.80 per person for Garden Club Members
Take a trip this November to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and witness the house decorated for Christmas. Visit the great Christmas Market - over 100 stalls to browse, ideal for present hunting just before the main season. The theme for 2019 is 'In a land far, far away' following in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and Amilia Earhart.
Enjoy lunch at one of the many outlets (or pre-book a table in the main restaurants) - then after lunch we have a timed ticket (1pm) to enter the house. The house visit is self-guided and is sure to be beautifully decorated.
Waddesdon Manor & Christmas Market
Wednesday 20th November - Departs Garden Centre 10am FULLY BOOKED!
£49 per person / £44.10 per person for Garden Club Members
National Trust Members £30
We visited Waddeson Manor for the first time last summer and were very impressed - join us this November on a visit to see the house decorated indoors - and a great light show outdoors!
The Christmas Market has a huge variety of stalls, and you can also visit the Waddesdon Manor shop and Wine Cellar, where you'll find some exclusive 'Rothschild' Wines for sale.
We have a timed ticket to enter the house, where you'll see a number of the rooms decorated for Christmas, then as the sun goes down, you can see the great outdoor Christmas Lights on display
* Waddesdon Manor trip will depart late & return later in the evening as we stay to see the Chrismas Lights - we will leave Waddesdon at around 6pm for a 7.45/8pm return to Lichfield.
NEW FOR 2020 Great Gardens of South East England
Tuesday 28th July Departs Garden Centre 0730am
£399 per person / £349 for Garden Club Members
Update 22nd October - 16 spaces left - All single rooms are now sold, but if you would like a twin/double room for single occupancy, these are available for £449 - please speak directly to our travel partners at Pennywood Tours.
We are pleased to announce our first mini coach break - visiting 5 gardens in the South East for the summer of 2020. Run in conjunction with Pennywood Tours, this trip visits the following gardens :
Waterperry Gardens (Oxford), Merriments Garden, Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and Chartwell. Full details can be found on their website by clicking HERE
Accomodation is at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells and the tour price includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast as well as your entrance to all the gardens above.
To book this tour, you will need to contact Pennywood Tours - you can book via their website HERE, or by calling them on 01622 434981. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Garden Club Members IMPORTANT : Please call us on 01543 254306 to obtain your unique discount code BEFORE you book (applies to both online and telephone bookings).
Highclere Castle - The home of Downton Abbey
Thursday April 23rd 2020 Departs Garden Centre 9am
£55 per person / £49.50 for Garden Club Members
You've seen the movie, now visit the Abbey! Highclere Castle in Berkshire is now famous worldwide following the hugely successful ITV series Downton Abbey. The home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, we visit in April where you can take a self guided tour of the house and grounds. Visit the White Garden, the Secret Garden, the Wood of Goodwill and enjoy the many well stocked borders.
Your ticket also includes entry to the Egyptian Exhibition which is in the basement of the main House. Enter into a celebration dedicated to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who famously discovered the tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922.
You can also pick up all those Downton Abbey souvenirs at the gift shop, and enjoy lunch or a light snack at one of the 3 eateries located on site.
Malvern Spring Gardening Show
Saturday 9th May Departs Garden Centre 9am
£50 per person / £45 for Garden Club Members
Join us in 2020 for this ever popular trip to the first major gardening show of the season at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire.
As well as a huge array of must-have plants to buy, you'll find lots to see in the show gardens, with experts on hand from the RHS advice team in the main marquees. Malvern is also a showcase for the many garden societies and clubs, with many specialist growers attending.
You'll find these in the Floral Pavilion with some of the finest displays of plants in the UK - learn more about all your garden favourites and take away hints and tips to help you succeed at home. Malvern is also full of gardening celebrities - who will you spot?!
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Thursday May 21st 2020 Departs Garden Centre 0730am
£120 per person / £108 for Garden Club Members
Join us on a day out to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. This is possibly the most famous flower show in the world and the place to see the latest trends in garden design and extravagance.
Pick up growing tips from world renowned growers and experts and maybe see a celebrity or two. Why not have a glass of Pimms while you're there...!!
We have limited seats for this trip and Chelsea tickets have sold out quickly for many years, so travel with us and save the hassle and expense of parking or public transport! Your ticket price covers coach travel and entry to the show. We arrive late morning and will leave between 4 and 4.30pm returning to Lichfield by approx 7.30-8pm depending on London traffic!
Please note we require only a £50 deposit when you book, with the balance due by the end of January 2020.
NEW FOR 2020 RHS Garden Bridgewater, Manchester
September 2020 Date TBC
Ticket Price TBC
Join us in the autumn as we take a first look at the newest Royal Horticultural Society garden in Bridgewater just outside Manchester, in Salford. This ground breaking RHS project is transforming an historic space into a beautiful green place for the local community and visitors to enjoy.
The 156 acre site will open initially in the spring of 2020, but with very limited facilities. We visit in the autumn where we will have a guided tour lasting around an hour, with the rest of the time free for you to explore a restoration project in the making.
We will have more news on this trip in the coming months. Please leave us your contact details if you are interested in coming. For more details on the garden in the meantime, take a look at the Bridgewater website HERE