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#DaysOut the top Christmas Markets in the North East:

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Christmas gifts and decorations are steadily taking over the shops. It’s only a short matter of time until we hear Mariah Carey blasting in every store.

It’s time to put on our Christmas jumpers, start (or finish) the Christmas shopping and get in the festive spirit. If there’s one thing that will get you in a Christmassy mood, it’s a Christmas Market.

The North East has plenty of festive markets to discover, here’s a list of the best day coach trips to Christmas Markets:

Harrogate Christmas Fair

Located In the historic market square, with over two hundred stalls of goodies. The perfect place to start the Christmas shopping with a selection of unique handmade gifts on sale.

Little ones can enjoy a visit to Santa’s grotto, whilst older visitors may indulge with a glass of mulled wine in the Food and Drink Marque.

Coach trip details: Sunday 17th November, £18 per adult, £17 per child or silver surfer.

Harrogate in the snow

York, St Nicholas Fayre

Just walking through York’s famous Shambles feels festive, so it’s no surprise that it hosts one of the most popular Christmas markets in the country.

Relish in the festivities, where you’ll even see chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Children can experience good old-fashioned fun on the traditional Helter-Skelter.

Coach trip details: Saturday 23rd November, £15 per adult, £14 per child or silver surfer.

York in snow

Christmas Experience at Castle Howard

Whilst not technically a Christmas market, the Christmas Experience at Castle Howard shouldn’t be missed. The house is decorated top-to-toe with Christmas decorations and roaring fires.

Enjoy festive treats in the catering outlets or meet the big man himself in a fantastic grotto. An event that will certainly gain you some brownie points with the kids!

Coach trip details:  Wednesday 27th November, £30.50 per adult, £29.50 per silver surfer, £22.50 per child.

Christmas Tree

Newcastle International Christmas Market

Back and bigger than ever, what makes Newcastle’s Christmas Market stand out from the crowd is the international element.

Enjoy Christmas stalls and traditions from all over the world, including Bratwurst sausages from Germany, paella from Spain, crepes from France and so much more.

Coach trip details: Thursday 28th November, £10 per adult, child and silver surfer.

Christmas food market

Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum Christmas Market

One of the last Christmas markets of the season at the famous Bowes museum. Every year the museum hand-picks 80 stalls of the best local food, drink and crafts.

The live music adds to the enchanting experience inside the museum grounds. You even get entry to the museum included in your coach trip ticket.

Coach trip details:  Friday 13th December, £15 per adult, £14 per child or silver surfer.

Christmas Market

If you want to book a day coach trip to any of these destinations, contact us here. Alternatively, email us for our 2020 coach day trip brochure.

York

#DaysOut what to do on a day out in York:

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York is a quintessentially British destination with its cobbled streets and a 14th century city centre. It’s almost hard to believe the quaint city was once the capital of Viking Britain.

The city boasts many attractions from award-winning museums to beautiful architecture.  There are many reasons you should visit York and here’s why:

York Minster:

Dating back to the 7th century, York Minster is a one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the world.  The cathedral has a unique medieval gothic style and houses over 800 years’ worth of stained glass.

 

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The Shambles

Inspiring Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films, there’s no denying the magical vibe on York’s most famous street. Wander in and out of the Elizabethan buildings now home to independent stores and cafes.

 

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Betty’s Tea Room

Like any British city, York is filled with tea rooms. However, Betty’s Tea Room is famous for its traditional dining experience. Book in advance to make sure you get a table!

 

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York City Walls

Surrounding the city is the longest medieval town walls in the UK. York City Walls take around two hours to walk and offer views of the city.

 

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National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world. The museum is the perfect place for little ones to learn all about the history of the railway.

 

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Jorvik Viking Centre

This award-winning centre offers a fantastic look into Viking history. Experience the smells, sounds and sights of Viking times through the galleries, exhibitions and ride!

 

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St Nicholas Fair

With Christmas coming around sooner than you think, St Nicholas Fair comes back to the streets of York. The fair sells local products, unique Christmas gifts and a range of international food!

If you fancy exploring the cobbled streets of York, why not join us on our day coach trip on Saturday the 23rd November. Tickets are £15.00 for adults and £14.00 for children or silver surfers. Contact us to book your tickets here.

You can request a brochure for all of our day trips here.  Our coaches are also available for private hire.

Newcastle Upon Tyne

#DaysOut Baltic Art Centre Gateshead, Newcastle Quayside Market and Tynemouth!

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Enjoy a triple threat coach trip to the Baltic Art Centre, Newcastle Quayside Market and Tynemouth on Sunday 27th October!

You can expect a warm welcome as you arrive into Newcastle upon Tyne. As well as being one of the friendliest cities in the UK, Newcastle is the unofficial capital of the North East.

There’s lots to discover from the canny accent to the iconic seven bridges. The central destination is the Quayside, known for picturesque views and energetic bars.

Quayside Market:

On Sundays the Quayside transforms into a vibrant street market. Running alongside the River Tyne, the atmosphere is buzzing with street performers and independent retailers.

A great place to start your Christmas shopping with stalls selling everything from tasty food, homemade trinkets to unique gifts.

 

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The Eye Bridge and Baltic Art Centre

If you decide to cross the famous Eye Bridge, you’ll see the Baltic Art Centre. Previously a flour mill converted into an art museum. The museum displays contemporary art exhibitions.

On the fourth floor there is a viewing terrace, where you can gaze over the River Tyne. From the terrace you can see Newcastle’s famous kittiwake birds – the largest inland colony in the world.

 

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Tynemouth

The day ends with a trip to Tynemouth. A stunning coastal village, known for spectacular scenery with jagged cliffs and sandy beaches.

You cannot miss Tynemouth Castle and Priory, dramatically standing on top of the cliff face overlooking the beach. The historic site dates to the 8th century, although the ruins you’ll find today are from the 11th.

Tynemouth Pier is perfect for embracing the fresh seaside air. You can walk down the 900-metre pier to the beautiful working lighthouse at the end. As well as the scenery Tynemouth has a collection of independent cafes and shops where you can grab cup of tea or do a spot of shopping.

 

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So, haway then why not join us for a triple-whammy trip to Gateshead, Newcastle and Tynemouth on Sunday 27th October?
Contact us now to reserve your place!

If you’re not interested in our trip to Newcastle, you can order our full day coach trip brochure here.

leeds

#DaysOut free things to do on a day out in Leeds!

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The unappointed capital of Yorkshire, Leeds is a cultural and educational playground. The city cemented its place as an important British destination during the industrial revolution.

The industrial revolution changed the small market town to a city known for ‘manufacturing everything’. The main export of Leeds was cloth, which complements the fact it’s a popular shopping city today.

Whether you’re looking to waste a couple of hours shopping, exploring museums or simply embracing the atmosphere… here are some suggestions for your visit to Leeds.

Discover sculpture at The Henry Moore Institute

One of the largest sculpture galleries in Europe and home to several award-winning exhibitions. You can explore four galleries and the sculptural library.

 

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Get your art fix at Leeds Art Gallery

Just a stone’s throw from the institute is Leeds Art Gallery. The gallery has the best contemporary British Art collection outside of London.

 

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Stay on guard at The Royal Armouries Museum

With five floors of armour from all around the world it’s easy to spend all day here. The museum celebrates themes of war, tournament, self-defence and armour over the ages.

 

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Dream big at the Victorian Quarter

Known to be one of the most spectacular shopping experiences in the UK, the Victorian Quarter has beautiful architecture and luxury stores. It’s worth a window shop, or you could treat yourself!

 

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Wander down the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool canal is the largest canal route in Britain. If you have time you should do the 14-mile walk, or you can enjoy a shorter leisurely stroll – there’s plenty of spots perfect for a picnic.

 

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Look for the perfect gift at the Corn Exchange

Leeds Corn Exchange is full of quirky independent stores ideal if you’re on the hunt for a unique present. If you’re peckish check out Humpit: it’s everyone’s favourite hummus and pitta bar.

 

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Investigate the Leeds Owl Trail

If you’ve seen the Leeds Coat-of-Arms you’ll notice two owls. Take the little ones on a hunt for the 25 hidden owl emblems across the city. You can download the map for free online.

 

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Do you fancy exploring some of these sites? Our next trip to Leeds is on Saturday 31st August and is just £15.50 per adult and £14.50 per silver surfer or child. Find out more here or order your coach trip brochure here.

Contact us to book your tickets.

Oxford

Visit the Dreaming Spires of Oxford

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Internationally famous for its prestigious university, Oxford is like nowhere else in England. Named “the city of dreaming spires” by the poet Matthew Arnold as an ode to its spectacular architecture.

The city is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and is dotted with historic sites. You can enjoy everything from quintessentially British afternoon tea, archaeology museums to extravagant gardens. So why not join us for a three-day coach trip to Oxford?

Optional tour – Blenheim Palace

Visit the exquisite Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The palace has two Churchill exhibitions, celebrating his life and the life of his ancestor John Churchill.

You can spend hours exploring the stunning formal gardens, home to the oldest woodland in Europe with trees dating back to the 12th century. If you fancy a bit of fun, try your hand at Marlborough Maze!

 

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Oxford Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

Explore the first botanical garden in the UK. The garden boasts over 6,000 different types of plant and a unique arboretum filled with rare trees.

Discover plants from all over the world growing aside those that grow naturally in Britain. During the summertime you’ll experience the rhododendrons in full bloom.

 

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Walking tours

Fancy yourself the next Albert Einstein or Steven Hawking? Take a walking tour of the famous Oxford University grounds, the oldest English-speaking university in the world.

If you’re more of a pop culture fan, there’s some more ‘exciting’ walking tours available. You can walk in the footsteps of the Harry Potter cast or visit crime scenes from Inspector Morse and Lewis.

 

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Accommodation

Enjoy three nights stay at the 3* Best Western Linton Lodge, located in a quiet area just minutes from the city centre. The trip costs £255, including travel in an executive coach, bed and breakfast, 2 three course evening meals and a hot drink on arrival.

To reserve your place on our trip to the dreaming spires of Oxford on 6th August, click here. If you fancy a smaller trip, you can order a brochure for all our coach day trips here.

Family day out

#DaysOut fun family outings for the summer holidays!

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The summer holidays are fast approaching. Preparing six weeks’ worth of activities to keep yourself and the kids entertained can seem impossible.

Enterprise Travel offers a selection of affordable family coach trips – perfect for creating special memories and (secretly) tiring the little ones out.

If it’s a good old-fashioned beach day or a picnic in a park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Put down your phone screen, pick up the sunscreen and hop on board for one of our family coach trips.

Big Sheep Little Cow

If you’re an animal lover Big Sheep Little Cow will quickly become your favourite destination. Enjoy an educative guided tour, learn about farming and meet all your favourite farm animals.

North Yorkshire’s favourite family run farm. Stop by the café to experience the true taste of Yorkshire with the farm’s own organic milk and ice-cream available.

Sunday 11th August:

£14.00# per adult, £13.00# per child, £20.00# family special.

 

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Scarborough

Scarborough is a traditional seaside destination. If you want to laze on the beach for a few hours, enjoy a donkey ride or devour fish and chips – Scarborough is the place to be.

Step back in time with an optional tour of the Scarborough Fair Collective. The museum showcases a selection of vintage cars and fairground rides.

Sunday 25th August:

Scarborough £16.50 per adult, £15.50 per child.

Scarborough Fair Collective £23.00 per adult, £22.00 per child.

 

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South Shields

Budding historians can learn all about the history of Northumberland at the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum.  If you prefer chilling out instead, South Marine Park is just across from the seafront and the perfect picnic spot.

For those who prefer a more traditional seaside day out – Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is great for rides. Make sure you don’t forget to try out Colemans award-winning fish and chips!

Bank holiday – Monday 26th August:

£16.00 per adult, £15.00 per child, £25.00 family special.

 

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Enterprise Travel offers a wide selection of coach day trips all year round. You can also choose Enterprise coaches for private hire and holidays. To reserve your place call 01325 286924 or you can request a brochure of all of our trips here.

#DaysOut Stunning scenery for summer days!

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The skies are clearing and it’s the perfect excuse to explore all the scenery the UK has to offer. With some stunning locations right on your doorstep – why not treat yourself to a day of scenery and adventure?

After just a couple of hours travel by coach you can experience everything from traditional seaside towns to charming country villages. So, hop on board and join us for a summer scenic coach trip:

Keswick:

A landscape that offers it all. Peacefully nestled beneath Skiddaw mountain, views of Lake Derwentwater and a bustling market square.

If you fancy something different you can visit the Lake District Wildlife Park. The park has over 100 species of exotic animals and boasts a beautiful backdrop.

Sunday 19th May, adult £17.00, silver surfer or child £16.00

Prices including tour of the Lake District Wildlife Park: adult £28.00, silver surfer £26.00, child £25.00

 

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Yorkshire Dales:

Wander through the wilderness of the Yorkshire Dales – famous for the Yorkshire three peaks, meandering streams and hay meadows.

Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Wensleydale Creamery. Discover the birthplace of Wensleydale cheese and taste the flavours of Yorkshire!

Saturday 25th May, adult £16.00, silver surfer or child £15.00

 

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Alnwick and Amble:

This trip is a double whammy. Hit the historic town of Alnwick, known for its castles and gardens then travel onto the beautiful coastal town of Amble.

A perfect trip to experience both sides of Northumberland – from the dramatic coastline to historic country towns.

Sunday 26th May, adult £16.50, silver surfer or child £15.50

 

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Whitby, Scarborough, Scarborough Fair:

The quirky seaside town of Whitby is a must-see British location. The coastal town has a collection of museums, gothic shops and traditional seaside attractions.

With ties to Dracula and the most delicious fish and chips in the world – there’s something for everyone to sink their teeth into.

Saturday 1st June, adult £16.00, silver surfer or child £15.00

Optional tours to Scarborough and Scarborough fair available (for an additional cost).

 

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Rothbury and Cragside House:

Enjoy an hour at Rothbury market town, potter round the shops and grab a bite to eat before traveling over to Cragside House.

Home to Lord Armstrong an important Victorian inventor. The house is full of wonder – combining the magic of Victorian gadgetry and the spectacular woodland surroundings.

Sunday 9th June, adult £33.50, silver surfer or child £32.50, admission included.

 

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Enterprise Travel offer a range of coach trips all year round. To reserve your place on one of these trips call 01325 286924 or request a brochure here.

Enterprise Travel wins an award!

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Darlington based coach company Enterprise Travel has officially been named the “Best Coach Hire Company – County Durham” at the 2019 SME News Transport Awards 2019.

SME News is a quarterly magazine celebrating and educating the UK’s SME community.  This year, SME News introduced the annual transport awards with the aim of rewarding small and medium sized transport companies for their achievements.

The success of Enterprise Travel comes from the ability to adjust and adapt their services in the face of industry challenges – solidifying consumer confidence.

The company goes from strength to strength through the ever-changing development of social media strategies and dynamic booking systems.

About Enterprise Travel:

Enterprise Travel has an impressive fleet of 18 vehicles and has worked with a selection of impressive clients from Mowden Park RFC, Darlington County Council and Theatre Hullaballo.

The modern large fleet of coaches range from a 13-16 wheelchair-friendly mini coach, 70-seater large coaches and 25 and 34-seater midi coaches.

Enterprise Travel works with every school and college in Darlington and many more in the wider area of Country Durham. All drivers are DBS checked, professional and uniformed.

Alongside school runs, Enterprise Travel offers a large selection of day trips across the UK and ski holidays further afield – recently taking a fleet load to Croatia.

Enterprise Travel is also popular for private hire including weddings, festivals and corporate events – you can receive a personalised quote online.

If you would like to hear more about the Enterprise Travel story call us on 01325 286924 or request a brochure here.

Holy Island

#DaysOut – Day tripping to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

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If you fancy treating yourself to a day filled with stunning scenery and a wealth of history, a trip to Holy Island is perfect for you!

The coastal island is home to a tiny population of just over 160 people but attracts over half a million visitors every year.

The base of Anglo-Saxon Christianity and victim to numerous Viking raids across the years – the island is surrounded in myths, stories and historical contradictions.

The island is ever-changing, only accessible at certain times of day by a singular causeway – covered twice a day by the crashing waves of the North Sea.

The top attractions on Holy Island include:

Lindisfarne Priory:

The monastery was originally founded by St Aidan in 635AD but is mostly recognised for St Cuthbert’s residency. The birthplace of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels – walk in the footsteps of 7th century monks and experience the serenity of the ruins.

 

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Lindisfarne Castle:

Built on a volcano to defend the Scottish attack in the 1500s, the castle is a fortress. Visible from miles around and part of the iconic scenery of Northumberland. The castle itself boasts breath-taking views of the Northumbrian coastline.

 

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Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve:

Holy Island captures man and nature together perfectly, alongside the historic routes is the magnificent impact of nature. Controlled by the sea, explore miles of sand dunes. Internationally known as home to wintering birds from the Arctic Circle, unique plants and other wildfowl.

 

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St Aidan’s Winery – Lindisfarne Mead

Lindisfarne Mead is a local delicacy. The fortified wine is made from honey and pure water from the islands artesian. Known as the “nectar of the gods” – the small gift shop is the perfect stop for a taster!

 

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If you would like to travel to Holy Island, the next Enterprise Travel coach trip is Sunday 22nd September and includes a stop off at Heighley Gate Garden Centre.

Book your place now for just £17 per adult or £16 per silver surfer or child – call 01325 286 924 to get your ticket!

Snowdonia coach trip

#DaysOut: Egg-cellent easter events!

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Easter is approaching and there’s school holidays to fill, so don’t just sit and drown yourself in chocolate, get out and about this Easter weekend!

Sure, you could hide eggs around your garden, but you do that every year – why not surprise your family with a fun-filled day they’ll never forget?

This year, Enterprise Travel has not just one but four Easter weekend trips to choose from – so hop on board our coaches for an eggs-tra special Easter!

Good Friday – Friday 19th April

York:

Wander around one of the UK’s most historic towns with plenty to discover from Gothic architecture to quaint traditional tearooms.

Explore the cobbled streets as the Great York Bunny Search returns – discover 26 unique bunny sculptures hidden across the city: you’d be hopping mad to miss it!

York coach trip

Bridlington:

Discover dramatic coastline, sporting fun and award-winning promenades – Bridlington is the perfect British seaside town!

Home to several Easter traditions, watch runners in Bridlington’s Easter 5-mile Dash or reminisce with old-school donkey rides and swing boats at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Bridlington Coach Trip

Easter Monday:

Flamingo Land – Family Special:

Visit Yorkshire’s ultimate theme park and zoo for a spectacular family day out. Enjoy amusements, rollercoasters and exotic animals – don’t forget to check out the new male black rhino, Baringo!

Hunt for an egg in Dino-Dig sands to receive a sweet treat or follow the Easter Zoo Trail for a chance to win an annual pass!

Flamingoland Coach Trip

North Wales and Snowdonia:

If you fancy a quiet Easter this year, why not leave the kids at home and treat yourself to a three-day trip to North Wales and Snowdonia?

Relax in the Royal Victoria Hotel based at the foot of Snowdonia with breath-taking views of Lake Peris and Lake Padern.

Enjoy two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, hotel entertainment and admission to Bodnant Gardens for just £185.00 per person.

Snowdonia Coach Trip

If you are busy over Easter weekend, don’t worry Enterprise Travel run a variety of trips all year long, order a brochure to find out more or call 01325 286924 to reserve your place.