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#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 May, 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 12th May 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!

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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.

Beamish Coach Trip

#DaysOut Step back into history at Beamish Museum

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Step back into the past and experience a sense of magic at Beamish, the North of England’s famous Open Air Museum.

In 1958 Dr Frank Atkinson had a magnificent vision to bring the region’s rich mining and industrial history to life in a museum, and Beamish was born.

Beamish perfectly captures the aromas, sights and sounds of rural and urban North East England at the height of the industrialisation!

What is there to explore?

1820s Pockerly:

Step back to the Georgian times and explore Joe the Quilter’s Cottage, a recreation of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Hedley’s home!

Pockerly Old Hall is the home to the tenant farmer and is surrounded by rich gardens containing the best Georgian herbs, vegetables and plants.

 

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1900s Town:

Discover the Masonic Hall with crazy symbols and furnishings or simply rest in Redman Park – there’s often bass bands playing in the band stand.

Alternatively, wander around the shops, bank or houses of this charming 1900s town – you might stumble upon someone baking traditional cookies!

 

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1900s Pit Village:

The village shows the daily life of mining families, from their little cottages, local church to the school attended by the children – try and stay for a lesson!

Look out for the communal bread oven behind the houses – there’s often scrumptious homemade bread baking inside!

 

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1900s Colliery:

The prosperity of the North East originated in the mining pits, with generations of families working in the mining industry!

Learn about the dangers of working in the mines in the Lamp Cabin or take a guided tour in the makeshift Mahogany Drift Mine.

 

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1940s farm:

The farm is perfect for little or large animal lovers as there’s a selection of animals to visit, along with tractors and other farming tools.

If there’s cooking in the Aga, it’ll be rations as this farm is set in the “make do and mend” era – when many evacuees were sent to live in the countryside!

 

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UPDATE – the next Beamish trip is 23rd June for £13.50* per adult and £12.50* per child

Make sure you don’t miss out on a trip to Beamish with Enterprise Travel on Sunday 10th March for just £13.50* per adult or £12.50* per child!

Call 01325 286924 to book or request a brochure now!

*Admission is not included

Day Trip Harrogate Town

#DayOut – North Yorkshire’s cobbled market towns

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Market towns have an old English charm that dates back centuries, and Yorkshire is nationally known for its wide range of markets.

North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan county rich with history, beautiful countryside and many markets – so which one should you go to?

This February, Enterprise Travel has planned trips to three different market towns in North Yorkshire – join us on 14th February for a trip to Ripon and Harrogate markets or the 22nd February to check out Leyburn market!

What to expect:

Harrogate:

The traditional elegant town of Harrogate was once an exclusive destination for European High Society because of its beautiful spas, exquisite scenery and fresh air.

This idea of Harrogate is still relevant today, known for indulgence, exclusive shops and afternoon tea – if you book in advance you can dine at the famous Betty’s Tea Room.

Harrogate is a vibrant destination with a plethora of independent retailers, quirky eateries and quintessentially British cobbled streets.

The vibe of Harrogate is reflected on market day with a mix of eclectic unique clothing stalls and local food and drink products.

Ripon:

Ripon Cathedral Day Trip

Ripon is the third smallest city in the UK, home to Ripon Cathedral and former home to the famous author Lewis Carroll.

The stunning interior of the cathedral inspired many of Lewis Carroll’s characters in Alice in Wonderland and is located just around the corner from the marketplace.

This busy little city has held market day every Thursday since as early as the 10th century. The market holds over 100 stalls and is located on a market square in the centre of Ripon.

You can expect to see delicious local produce, classic market stalls and unique jewellery retailers.

Book your day out to Harrogate and Ripon from just £14.00pp*.

Leyburn:

This market town is known as the capital of Wensleydale and sits beautifully on the River Ure.

Leyburn is also proudly home to the largest auction house outside of London. Tennants Auctioneers has been operating since the late Victorian ages and auctions a range of high-end antiques and fine art.

The market includes an array of stalls selling a variety of products from local food, hand-crafted ornaments to antiques.

Book one of the first ten seats to Leyburn to take advantage of the 2 for 1 whizze offer!

Request an Enterprise Travel brochure today to find out more about our day excursions or fill in the contact form to book one of our coach trips!

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#DaysOut: January sales special! Washington Galleries and Hartlepool

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Christmas is nearly here, but without sounding like Ebenezer Scrooge, this means the January sales are fast approaching, too!

January can be a bleak time, but booking a day trip or a holiday can give you something to get excited about during this time of year.

One of the great things about January is that many high street favourites are laden with discounts that you’d be silly to miss out on!

If you fancy treating yourself after treating everyone else this Christmas time or you’re already starting the shopping for next year – this Shoppers Special trip to Washington Galleries and Hartlepool is perfect for you!

The Galleries, Washington

The Galleries in Washington contains over 200 stores across a retail park and a shopping centre. Popular retailers include Next, Marks and Spencer and Bonmarche.

If you’re peckish you can stop by one of the many restaurants and cafes. Gillies is a hearty café serving home cooked food at reasonable prices – or check out Redz Fish and Chip Shop for some tasty cod bites!

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Middleton Grange, Hartlepool

The next stop is Hartlepool and for those seasoned shoppers, this makes for round two. Check out Middleton Grange shopping centre, home to over 140 stores and a market hall full of stalls.

It’s understandable that by the afternoon some shoppers may want a change of scenery, but don’t fret there is a range of historic venues just a short walk from Middleton Grange.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool isn’t far, where you can discover HMS Trincomalee – the oldest warship afloat in the UK.

Why not check out Hartlepool Art Gallery while you’re there? This hidden beauty resides in a 150-year-old church. If you’ve spent all your pennies don’t worry, it’s free entry!

 

Don’t miss our shoppers’ special to Washington and Hartlepool the 15th of January 2019. Make sure you book your tickets now for just £14.00 – you’ll save more than that in discounts!

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#DaysOut: Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum Christmas Market

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Check your diaries because one of our favourite day trips is back – Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum Christmas Market, with free museum admission.

Christmas Market:

This is a regional favourite for those with festive fever! If you’re looking for a last-minute present for ultimate brownie points, here is your best bet! The market will host many hand craft stalls with one-off pieces of jewelry, art and clothing whilst also the traditional Christmas market classics.

Fantastic foods:

All the foodies out there, looking for something special and scrumptious? You can expect cheeses, preserves, cakes and fudge from the finest suppliers in the local area so we know it’ll be top notch… (we’re hoping there’s tasters).

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Mid-trip meal:

Christmas shopping can be tiresome so treat yourself to a little snack whilst browsing! It’s well known that the Germans do Christmas markets well so to get in the mood we recommend bratwurst sausage!

Tasty tipples:

Looking for a gift of the liquid persuasion? There will be a wide range of local real ales available, great to gift yourself or finally impress that beer bud you know – and if you prefer the hard stuff? No one is judging here! Luscious local gin will be on sale and trust me, it’s good!

Real Ale Christmas Market

Bowes Museum:

For those who are more “Bah Humbug” than “Merry Christmas,” Bowes museum has a story to tell of its own. The magnificent building stands in the beautiful historic market town Barnard Castle and is home to a significant collection of decorative fine art.
Bowes museum was built in 19th Century by the Bowes – John and Josephine. John the son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore. A successful businessman who profited from coal reserves, John alternated between the UK and France, exploring his real passion – the arts.

John bought a theatre in France – Theatre des Varietes. This is where he met actress and amateur painter Josephine and thus began their mission to create Bowes museum.

Sadly, neither Josephine nor John saw the building complete, after her sudden death stunted his desire to carry on. The building was taken over and finally completed after John’s death.

The museum today spans three floors and offers a numerous amount of quality art works – and has received designated status from the government.

Bowes Museum Coach Trip

Book onto our last excursion of the year, our trip to Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum on the 14th December.

Christmas excursions

#DaysOut – Christmas excursions

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Now that Halloween has passed, we are getting straight into the Christmas spirit! Yes, for some it’s still too early but Enterprise Travel’s favourite season is finally here.

Though it has been said that the Germans do Christmas markets best, we think the Brits know how to celebrate the festive season! Christmas markets and festivities in the north of England have a certain feel to them – maybe it’s the crisp air – and we cannot wait to visit them all.

Here are all of our upcoming Christmas excursions:

Harrogate Christmas Market

Harrogate’s popular Christmas Market returns this November. The market will start from Thursday the 15th and last through Sunday the 18th of November. Admission for visitors is free and in this year’s market more than 200 stalls are expected to join.

In the market, you will be able to find anything from Yorkshire cheeses to Christmas decorations and gifts. The market takes place in Harrogate’s festive town centre that is surrounded with cafes, restaurants and more shops.

Enterprise Travel is visiting the Harrogate Christmas market on the 18th of November. Please call us on 01325 286924 to book your seat or request a call back here.

Find out more about the market here.

York St Nicholas Fair

Let’s be honest, York is a picture-perfect town and especially stunning at Christmas. The Christmas decorations and lights make everything seem magical!

Don’t miss the chance to explore the iconic St Nicholas Fair. York’s festive market is on from the 15th of November to the 23rd of December. Stroll along the medieval streets with a cup of mulled wine, soak up the festive atmosphere and discover Yorkshire produce from all the locals.

We are visiting St Nicholas Fair in York the 24th of November. Seats are going fast so please contact us to book tickets for you and your friends.

Find out more about the market here.

Christmas experience at Castle Howard

Visiting Castle Howard at Christmas is once in a lifetime experience and will instantly put you in the Christmas mood. Christmas at Castle Howard is ideal for groups: tours and talks are available and you can choose from a house preview tour, Grand tours and many more.

Experience the stunning decorations all around the house, the open fires and of course the popular 25 foot traditional Christmas tree decorated with over 3,000 baubles.

Here is a little taste of the beautifully decorated house:

Castle Howard is a place like no other – enjoy a magical day on November the 28th. Book your seat today to avoid disappointment.

Newcastle International Christmas market

The International Christmas market will take place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street from the 16th of November to the 16th of December.

The Newcastle Christmas market gets bigger and better every year and this year the organisers have promised for something a bit more special. The market will have stalls from all over Europe, waffles from Holland, paella from Spain and desserts from France.

The market will also welcome local traders and once you have tasted all the delicious food, you can find handmade gifts for your loved ones.

We are visiting the Newcastle Christmas market on the 30th of November, call us on 01325 286924 to book your 2 for 1 Whizze tickets.

Find out more about the Newcastle International Christmas market here.

Skipton Christmas market

Last but not least in our list of Christmas destinations to visit is Skipton Christmas market. The market is on from the 2nd of December to the 9th of December and is known as UK’s best large speciality market.

The market takes place in the high street with many local charity stalls, gift stalls and entertainment, making Skipton an ideal market to find a Christmas bargain and get in the Christmas spirit.

We are visiting Skipton Christmas market on the 2nd of December.

 

If you would like to book seats for any of these Christmas excursions please call us on 01325 286924.

Coach hire is available for any Christmas festivities you might want to attend, all day hires, events and many more.

#DaysOut – Whitby Goth Weekend

#DaysOut – Whitby Goth Weekend

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Thousands of goths will be travelling from all over the UK to Whitby this month for the annual goth weekend. Hold on, hold on – don’t make up your mind just yet!

The festival is not just about goths – it is centred around alternative music, shopping, cars, costumes and quirky events. All are welcome – even if you just want to be goth for a weekend. And if you love Halloween, the Whitby Goth Weekend is a must!

The festival is from the 26th to the 28th of October. Don’t worry about getting there –  we’ll arrange a Halloween trip for you and your friends and take you and bring you back from ‘spooky land’!

What is the Whitby Goth Weekend about?

The Whitby Goth Weekend began in 1994 when a group of pen-pals got a few bands together and picked Hampshire and Whitby for the cities’ Dracula connections. The festival has now grown to be one of the world’s most popular goth events.

In the last 10 years, the October weekend has been held on or near Halloween which attracts large numbers of non-goths that either dress up in Halloween costumes or historical or sci-fi costumes.

The festival now also attracts other alternative subcultures, including punks, rockers, Victoriana, members of the steampunk subgenre and many more.  You see – you don’t need to be ‘goth’ to visit the event!

Things to do at the festival:

The Whitby Goth Weekend has a lot to offer for all visitors’, goths and non-goths. Events such as the Whitby Kustom Car Show and the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market are regular events that take place every year. Here are some more details about these activities:

Whitby Kustom Car Show

We love cars, we love coaches and this show is right up our street. No need to be a goth to appreciate Kustoms in their greatness.  The Whitby Kustom show had been described as “a visual spectacle never before seen in the UK” and “an experience not to be missed”.

All cars are pre-1975 and the show is situated close to the town centre.

Find out more here.

Bizarre Bazzar Alternative Market

Stop by the alternative market to warm up with a bite to eat, a hot drink or treat yourself to a spooky souvenir and goth clothing.

The Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market is a three-day shopping extravaganza from the 26th to the 28th of October with opening hours on Friday and Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Entry is free and the market features over 100 stalls selling everything from alternative clothing and jewellery to cakes and wine.

The Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market takes place at the Whitby Leisure Centre and at the Whitby Brunswick Centre.

Find out more here.

Illuminated Abbey

Okay now this is a must see! The Whitby Abbey is a stunning building that is visited by tourists all year round but this month you have the opportunity to see a more dramatic and spookier Abbey.

From the 25th to the 31st of October you can view the Whitby Abbey in a new light. The Illuminations make a stunning view, so make sure to have your camera ready to snap some shots.

Check the ticket prices here.

 

We know how much our followers love Whitby and visiting Whitby at this time of the year is an experience you will never forget.

If you want to visit the Whitby Abbey or Whitby during the goth weekend, we’ve got your transportation! You can easily request a quote or request a call back. Our 33-seat midi coach is ideal for day hires for small to medium groups of people.