Give your mum the greatest gift this Mother’s day – an extra special day out with you. Whether you discover a new city together or take her on an island escape, one of these ideas is sure to create memories that she’ll talk about for years to come.
On Sunday 22 March, on Mother’s day itself, you can travel along the Thames Valley by steam to Mottisfont House, an 18th Century House surrounded by ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns. Inside the house, admire the extraordinary drawing-room painted by Rex Whistler or visit the art collection in the top-floor gallery. Outside, carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled garden and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round.
Travel from London Paddington or Slough. You will be transferred to the House by road coach from the nearby station of Winchester. Once there you’ll have around three hours to explore the House and Gardens before returning to Winchester where you will have time to visit the iconic Cathedral before re-boarding the train home. Click here to find out more and book.
On Thursday 23 April, travel to the iconic Blenheim Palace, the principal residence of the Duke of Marlborough and the only non-royal country house in England that holds the title of ‘palace.’ Built between 1705 and 1722, it was a gift to John Churchill – the 1st Duke of Marlborough – by Queen Anne in thanks for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
There is very little that can prepare you for the grandeur and magnificence of Blenheim Palace, especially when walking into the Great Court. Constructed in an English Baroque style, the Great Court is designed to overwhelm the visitor arriving at the palace.
Travel from London Paddington or Slough. You will be transferred to the railway by road coach from the nearby station of Oxford. You will have around 3.5 hours to explore at your leisure, then some time in Oxford prior to re-joining the train. Click here to find out more and book.
On Sunday 21st June, feel like royalty on a special day out to the Isle of Wight, where you have the option to visit the stunning Osborne House. Queen Victoria once said of the palatial holiday home ‘it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’ and the house was used in the 2017 film Victoria and Abdul.
Travel from London Paddington or Reading. You will be transferred to the Isle of Wight by ferry and then by road coach to Osborne House. You will have around four hours to explore the National Trust Property at your leisure. Click here to find out more and book.
On Saturday 12th September, get dressed up for Goodwood Revival and enjoy thrilling races and witness the start of the hugely popular St Mary’s Trophy and Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. You will be able to explore the fun and frolics of Over the Road and experience the wonderful period theatre around the motor circuit.
Travel from London Paddington, Slough or Reading. You will be transferred to the railway by road coach from the nearby station of Chichester. You have the choice of either an Entry Only ticket or a Roving Grandstand ticket for your visit to the Revival. Click here to find out more and book.
Click here to see a full list of our 2020 tours, including short breaks and special Cream Tea tours.