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New 2018 Holiday Brochures Available!

New 2018 Holiday Brochures Available!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new 2018 holiday brochure featuring tours by coach, air & sea! 

 

A lot of time, dedication and sheer hard work has been involved in organising the 2018 departures, and we hope we have managed to include a variety of destinations for every taste and budget.

 

NEW for 2018 are our 'Elite Tours', designed to offer that extra personal touch! On these tours you will recieve a travel pack on departure, complimentary refreshments on board the coach and have the services of a tour manager as well as your experienced tour driver. At the moment we have got 4 tours to choose from, and if these are a success, more will be added for the future!

 

If you're not on our mailing list, then please feel free to request your copy via the website or by calling our reservation team on 01603 754155


Great new deal for Aladdin The Musical in the West End

We have a great new date and price for Aladdin The Musical in the West End. The Disney classic has been brought to life on stage at Prince Edward Theatre in London with over 350 lavish costumes, excellent special effects and a tremendous cast.

The new show has been described as "Sheer Genie-us!" by the Evening Standard, and our first coach excursion to Aladdin came back with excellent reviews. 

From the Aladdin The Musical website the show features "all the songs from the Academy Award-winning classic film, this "shining, shimmering spectacle" (Huffington Post) is everything you could wish for and more.

Aladdin and Jasmine are played by rising British stars Dean John-Wilson and Jade Ewen. Broadway’s Trevor Dion Nicholas has made his London stage debut as the Genie. A fabulous cast and orchestra, over 350 magnificent costumes, and breathtaking sets and special effects come together to create the "sheer Genie-us" (Evening Standard) that is Aladdin, an unmissable event in London theatre."

Join us on our excursion to Aladdin on Thursday 2nd March 2017 for just £72. This excellent price includes a theatre ticket for stalls seating and return executive coach travel. Free parking is available at Stratton Strawless Depot and Harford Park and Ride, as well as our pickups at Hellesdon, Norwich Castle Meadow, Attleborough and Thetford.

Click here to book your seats today, or call 01603 754155 and speak to our reservations team!


Join us in the 47th Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic Vehicle Road Run

This year we'll be taking part in the well known Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic Vehicle Road Run. Taking place on 7th May 2017, hundreds of stunning classic cars, buses and commercials will gather at Christchurch Park in Ipswich before convoying the twelve or so mile journey to Felixstowe seafront where we will spend the afternoon.

We'll be taking one of our 1950s authentic vintage coaches to the event and are offering you the chance to join us, simply click here to book online or give our reservations team a call on 01603 754155.


The Boydguard Including Lunch - Don't miss this spectacular offer!

We have a spectacular offer of a show ticket to The Bodyguard AND a two course Fish and Chip Lunch at Bonds of Mayfair.

Former Secret Service agent, Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love...

Based on the Warner Bros. film written by the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back), with a book by the Oscar-winning and Drama Desk Award-nominated Alexander Dinelaris, this extraordinary new production of THE BODYGUARD is directed by the award-winning Thea Sharrock (Sunshine Boys, Equus, The Misanthrope).

Designs are by the award-winning Tim Hatley (Betty Blue Eyes, Private Lives, Spamalot) alongside choreography by Arthur Pita (English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Young Vic), orchestrations by Chris Egan (Crazy For You, End Of The Rainbow, Grease), musical supervision by Mike Dixon (Never Forget, We Will Rock You), lighting by Mark Henderson (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music, West Side Story), sound by Richard Brooker (Chess, A Christmas Carol, Jesus Christ Superstar) and video designs by Duncan McLean (Shrek, Evita, All New People).

Book online now or call our reservations office on 01603 754155


Extra tickets for Eastons sell-out 'The Go Between' acquired

After selling out our entire coach in less than eight hours, Eastons are pleased to be able to offer a second coach to The Go Between.

This spectacular offer cannot be missed! At just £59 the price includes return executive coach travel, your theatre ticket and lunch at Grace near Piccadilly Circus. Our excursion, on Saturday 15th October, is the final day of the show running after a highly limited period of just five months in the West End.

Featuring stunning music, evocative staging and a passionate, beautiful coming of age story, this bold new musical is delighting and enchanting audiences of all age. Michael Crawford plays Leo Colston, a man still haunted by the events of 50 years ago during the hot summer of 1900 and the time spent in Norfolk at the country house of his school friend Marcus. He vividly recalls his unwitting role acting as a go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian (Gemma Sutton) and tenant-farmer Ted (Stuart Ward). The illicit love affair, carried out against the wishes of her formidable mother (Issy van Randwyck) and behind the back of Viscount Trimingham (Stephen Carlile), drags young Leo into an adult world of passion and intrigue where he discovers feelings he’s never experienced before. Michael Crawford is back centre stage in his first major musical role in more than a decade. Book your tickets today and experience The Go-Between for yourself.

Interested? You can book online simply by clicking here or by calling our reservations office on 01603 754155.


£1 million investment completed with delivery of third brand new coach

Eastons are proud to announce the completion of a landmark £1 million investment with the delivery of our third new coach for the 2016 season.

Delivered to us on Wednesday from Moseley Distributors, an industry leader in the supply of coaches and the UK's largest independent coach dealer, is the second of a pair of VDL Futura 2 coaches; the first of which was delivered in May. These two executive coaches join our Mercedes Benz Tourismo delivered in May which completed the trio of new coaches for the year.

Investment is a key factor contributing towards the success of our day excursion and holiday programme which was awarded the prestigious "Top UK Coach Travel Programme" at the UK Coach Awards in April.

The VDL Futura 2 is the successor to the older Bova Futura, which was one of the longest selling coaches on the market. Our history with the Bova Futura dates back as far as the 1980s with vehicle A585GPE, one of the first Futuras delivered in the United Kingdom.

Thirty years forward and the VDL Futura 2 is better than ever, with an ultra-clean Euro 6 standard engine, generous leg room, climate control and an onboard toilet and washroom. At the rear of the coach our two new VDL Futura 2s are specified with four seats rather than five to offer premium space and extra comfort to passengers travelling 'on the back row'.

Our three new coaches are allocated to our drivers Shaun, Gary and Corbett and will see use across our programme on UK and Continental Holidays, Weekend Breaks, Day Excursions and private coach hire.


More Excursions & West End Theatre Shows

Here at Eastons, we've been working hard to keep updating our award winning 2016 Day Excursion programme, and we are pleased to announce some brand new additions, as well as securing additional dates for popular sold out trips! Reservations can be made online, or by calling our office on 01603 754155.

 

Andre Rieu, Wembley Arena, London: Tuesday 20th December 2016

His concerts are unique, his secret: The joy of music! André Rieu, together with his 60 piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and many international soloists, returns to the UK to enthuse fans with his humorous and a colorful new program. >>> Book Online

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Together Tour, Eventim Apollo, London: Thursday 8th December 2016

Two of the greatest voices in the world, the nation's leading musical theatre star, Michael Ball and the nation's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, today announce that they are joining forces for the first time, to record a brand new album as well as take to the stage for a unique UK Headline Tour! >>> Book Online

Olympia International Horse Show: Saturday 17th December 2016

A Saturday afternoon show at Olympia - The London International Horse Show. Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World CupTM Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World. >>> Book Online

Motown The Musical: Thursday 20th October 2016

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music…and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and so many more. >>> Book Online

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical: Thursday 27th October 2016

The story of Carole King’s journey from schoolgirl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their friendship and rivalry with song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her rise to stardom. >>> Book Online

Disney On Ice, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena: Friday 18th November 2016

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination when Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now a full length production live on ice and skating into a city near you. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.” >>> Book Online

Snow White, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena: Tuesday 20th December 2016

The Scary Queen; Spice Girl Mel B, crashes into Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham this Christmas, heading up a mega star cast as The World’s Biggest Panto returns with the wickedly enchanting tale of Snow White. Every seat’s a great seat when the action comes to you - with a giant castle, amazing special effects, 24ft high fountains, aerial acrobatics, our the seven dwarves, plus many more festive (and snowy) surprises… and with a massive 10m wide TV screen you won’t miss a moment! >>> Book Online

Bruges Christmas Markets: Saturday 3rd December & Saturday 10th December 2016

Take in the beautiful sights, scents and sounds of the bustling Bruges Christmas Markets; an almost fairytale like land pefect for a Christmas retreat. The main market is situated in Grote Markt, which is surrounding by wooden chalets and centred by a beautiful ice rink. Other markets are situiated around this peaceful city with unique traders offering all manner of festive food and goods. >>> Book Online

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland & London Shopping: Choice of Dates, November & December 2016

Get into the festive spirit as family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. For those wishing to head for some retail therapy, you are just a minute-or-two walk away from Oxford Street, one of the best known shopping streets in London. >>> Book Online

 

 


A whole new range of new excursions added

We have recently added a whole new range of day excursions to our award winning 2016 programme. Bookings can be made online or by calling our reservations office on 01603 754155.

Hampton Court Flower Show Thursday 7th July 2016
By popular demand, a fourth coach is added for the Hampton Court Flower Show, the world's largest annual horticultural event. >>>Book online

Sandringham Flower Show Wednesday 27th July 2016
After selling out two full coaches, a third coach is added to this popular flower show which this year celebrates its 135th anniversary. >>>Book online

Royal Greenwich, Cutty Sark and The Royal Observatory Tuesday 16th August 2016
Always a firm favourite on the Eastons calender, two extra dates are added for a visit to the Royal Greenwich area of London. >>>Book online

Guys and Dolls at Phoenix Theatre Wednesday 21st September 2016
Another excursion added for a London theatre, we will be visiting Guys and Dolls this September. >>>Book online

Brighton Day Trip Sunday 2nd October
After our earlier date has sold out, a second date is added for Brighton - the sunny seaside capital of the south coast of England. >>>Book online

Royal Greenwich, Cutty Sark and The Royal Observatory Saturday 15th October 2016
Always a firm favourite on the Eastons calender, two extra dates are added for a visit to the Royal Greenwich area of London.  >>>Book online

National Pet Show at NEC Birmingham Saturday 5th November 2016
For the pooch and pet lovers, an exciting show of shopping, shows and exhibitions >>>Book online

Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Genting Arena Tuesday 22nd November 2016
A live concert experience featuring one of the most recognisable voices of all time backed by the stunning Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. >>>Book online

Symphonic Rock at Royal Albert Hall Wednesday 23rd November 2016
An epic night of music featuring the sounds of Queen, David Bowie, Led Zepplin, Adele and The Beatles amplified by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. >>>Book online


Some excellent customer feedback this May

This month we're celebrating some excellent customer feedback coming in. On all of our holidays we provide customer feedback forms to help us understand what our customers love, and what they would like to see added or improved. This month, we've received numerous accounts from customers who have gone beyond this to make contact with us.

Helen Copperthwaite wrote into the Eastern Daily Press this month...

"Award Deserved: How heartening to see the report (EDP May 6) that Eastons Coach Holiday firm has received a Gold Award at the the recent National UK Coach Industry Awards ceremony. I am a regular traveller with Eastons on both five-day holidays in both the UK and Europe and also on their varied and interesting day excursions. Robert Easton and his team of friendly, helpful and safe drivers provide the best customer service I have experienced on these types of trips. The coaches are excellent, clean and modern and the drivers are always well breifed and knowledgeable about the destination, facilities etc. Some years ago I decided never to travel with any other coach company and have never regretted that decision. I heartily congratulate the whole Eastons team on their well deserved award."

Jackie Flatt 

"On behalf of me and my husband we both like to say what a wonderful time we have going on your trips. We recently went to Stratford  Upon Avon and had an enjoyable day. The bus driver Martin was very friendly as they always are. We have some more planned in the coming year and will be going on more in the future. Definitely recommend to friends and family.”

Dave Leggett

"Just a quick post to say a big thank you for a superb day on 11/05/2016 going to The Lion King. A great trip all round, a truly wonderful show to see and fantastic seats in the Royal Circle. Driver Joe was superb giving us a fascinating guided tour of London on the way in and out with lots of facts and figures. Super clean and comfortable modern coach as well. Look foward to next trip with Eastons, just got to decide where to go which won't be easy with such a huge choice"

Claire Smith

"Thank you Eastons for a wonderful holiday to Shropshire. The new coach is sooo comfortable. Hotel was extremely good and Gary was great too. Looked after us very well, even though he had to wait for over an hour for us to get off the train at Bridgnorth, he was so patient."


Ten things you probably didn't know about London

Trips to London are among the best selling excursions on our award winning programme and most of our customers have travelled to the bustling capital with us... but we bet you didn’t know these ten facts about London!

  1. A higher proportion of the Underground system is overground That’s right. Only 45% of the tracks are in underground tunnels, the other 55% of the network is actually out of tunnels.
  2. London buses were not originally red What?! The first London bus was actually blue. London buses were painted in different colours to signify the route they operated on. In 1907 London General Omnibus Company painted all their buses to stand out among the competition.
  3. The staircases of the Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf can get wider In the event of an emergency or threat, the staircases of the Barclays skyscraper in Canary Wharf can expand by 200mm to allow extra capacity.
  4. There is a place in London where you must drive on the right hand side of the road Unlike everywhere else in the United Kingdom you must drive on the right hand side of the road along the entrance to The Savoy Hotel (Near Strand). The reasons are not known, though it is believed so that taxis and private hire vehicles can drop off right outside the entrance door.
  5. Black cab drivers in London must memorise every street in a six mile radius of Charing Cross Before becoming a licenced black cab driver, candidates must pass what is known as ‘The Knowledge’. This test means that all the streets within a six mile radius of Charing Cross must be known from memory.
  6. The clock faces of Big Ben are only cleaned once every five years Approximately every five years a team of absailers clean the clock face with soap and water.
  7. The shortest journey on the tube takes around 20 seconds The shortest possible journey on the tube is between Covent Garden and Leciester Square, taking just about 20 seconds. Infact, the stations are so close together that you can stand half way between each station entrance on Long Acre and see both of them.
  8. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament Your guess is as good as ours, but yes it is illegal to die anywhere in the Houses of Parliament.
  9. The 32 London Eye capsules represent the 32 London Boroughs But… the capsules are numbered 1-33! The number 13 is emitted from the numbering, possibly because of superstition.
  10. There are 28,000 tulips outside Buckingham Palace According to The Royal Parks, there are 28,000 tulips planted outside Buckingham Palace in the memorial gardens.

Have the facts above got you intrigued? Go and find out for yourself! Take a look at these London excursions:

Buckingham Palace Choice of Dates
London Eye & Thames River Cruise Choice of Dates
Houses of Parliamet Choice of Dates

For our full list of London excursions, please click here.

Or, see all of London at once with our Big Bus Tours tickets. These can be added to any London at Leisure or travel only option. For more information, see our London at Leisure excursions.