#ThinkCoach - Autumn destinations in the North of England

#ThinkCoach – Autumn destinations in the North of England

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Take advantage of our coach hire and tell us just where you want to go this autumn! Here are some of our favourite autumn destinations and upcoming day excursions to give you some inspiration:

The Lake District

#ThinkCoach - Autumn destinations in the North of England

The Lake District is magical any time of the year but in autumn the beautiful colours of the leaves make for seriously stunning views! This is the prettiest time of the year to visit the Lake District and you can capture some amazing pictures.

The Lake District isn’t just about the landscapes, with loads of activities you can fit in on a day trip. Kick up the leaves, pick up fruit to make your own gin and spend the evening with a pint by a cosy fireplace. The Lake District is also a brilliant place to find early Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

The historic pubs, inns and cosy restaurants are the perfect getaway for a warm break. Roaring fires, delicious food, craft ales and friendly people will make your visit even more special.

If you and your family or friends would like to visit the Lake District this season, please request a quote here.

Sunderland Illuminations

Sunderland Illuminations are back, and we have not one, but two-day trips planned to visit the festival! This year’s festival will be open from Thursday 18th of October until Sunday the 18th of November including weekends.

This event will fill your autumn nights with light and magic. The event transforms Sunderland’s Roker and Seaburn with millions of lights, giant light art and light sculptures. The festival takes place along the coast and the Victorian Roker Park will also be completely taken over with sculptures.

This year, the festival will also boast new light works featuring dinosaurs, pirates and fairies which makes it absolutely perfect for the young members of the family. Plus, if you want to view Sunderland’s coastline from a different perspective, jump on the illuminated observation wheel.

We are visiting Sunderland Illuminations on the 19th of October and the 1st of November. Please contact us on 01325 286924 or request a call back to book your seats.

Beamish Museum

#ThinkCoach - Autumn destinations in the North of England

Autumn is a lovely time of the year to visit the world-famous open-air Beamish Museum, with lovely colours of nature making everything seem even more enchanting than usual!

Beamish Museum is set in 300 acres of the beautiful Durham countryside. The museum tells the story of life in the North East of England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

We are visiting Beamish Museum the 23rd of October and the 21st of November.

Alnwick Garden

Alnwick Garden is open all seasons but the displays are absolutely magnificent this time of the year. The garden is arranged in themed areas, including a poison garden and during this time of the year, an autumn/Halloween garden.  The sculptures, the water features and interactive exhibits make the garden seem magical whatever the weather.

This season you can find your way around the seasonal gardens or you can attend their Halloween events with your family. The Daybreak event is on from the 27th of October to the 31st of October from 11am to 5:30pm and it includes spooky sights and Halloween crafts perfect for children and students.

If you are feeling brave, the Dead of Night event might be for you. The event is on from the 27th of October to the 31st of October from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and it includes a spooky walk around the garden at night and getting lost in the scary Bamboo Labyrinth!

Find out more here.


Our coaches are available for hire for all day hires, school hires, festivals, events and many more.

If you would like to take your group somewhere this autumn, please contact us on 01325 286924 or request a call back here.

#ThickCoach - School and student transport

#ThinkCoach – School and student transport

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Enterprise Travel offers a safe and economical school hire solution. We can organise coach hire for small and large groups of students. So, if it’s the daily trip to school, a trip to the museum, or an away match for your sports team we can make sure your journey is safe, on-time and comfortable.

We can offer you comprehensive planning and help you with any bookings required. You will find we are flexible, friendly, trustworthy and professional!

Our reputation

Enterprise Travel has been providing student transport for schools and colleges for all types and sizes. We enjoy a good working relationship with over 40 schools and colleges across the Darlington area.

Your students’ safety is our priority and we take every step to make sure all students’ and schools’ needs are met. Our years’ experience has given us the ability to understand the special care that is necessary for the transportation of children and young people.

All our drivers are DBS checked and are professionally uniformed and trained. Our drivers go through high levels of ongoing training, such as first-use check refresher courses.

We also make sure that all our vehicles are maintained above the standards set out by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Our coaches

Whether your group is a class size or smaller we have coaches suitable for all coaching needs; should it be for 20 students or 70 students, it would only take one vehicle.

Our 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– all ideal for school transport.

Our coaches are clean and have all the necessary amenities such as toilets, reclining seats, climate control, microphone and DVD players. Our coaches are checked daily and especially before any trips for performance and safety.

Enterprise Travel also offers reliable transport for children with educational needs. We don’t want any child to have to miss out on a school trip! We have experience in providing transport for children with educational needs, so you don’t need to worry about anything.

School packs

Planning a school or college trip can be stressful with all the paperwork that – although necessary -takes up valuable time that you could spend on other tasks. At Enterprise Travel we’re always looking for ways to better our service so we are happy to offer a school pack that has a collection of documents within it that may be very useful to you.

What’s included in your school pack?

  • Risk Assessment
  • Legal Compliance
  • Health & Safety Declaration
  • List of Drivers and DBS numbers
  • Contact Information

Request a school pack here.

Enterprise Travel caters for a wide range of school transport needs such us:

  • School transport – transport to and from school.
  • Day trips – trips to museums, theatres, exhibitions, sports and more.
  • Airport transfers – airport transfers for school trips abroad
  • Holidays – you can hire our coaches for extended trips in the UK or Europe.


Please get in touch with us if you need advice or if you would rather book over the phone, please call us on 01325 286924. Get a quote today here or request a call back here.

#ThinkCoach – private hire for any event

#ThinkCoach – private hire for any event

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We are known for our day excursions, but did you know you can hire a coach privately? We have many vehicles available for all matters of work and our buses vary in sizes. We have a 34-seat coach perfect for corporate events with a toilet, a 13-16 seat wheelchair-accessible vehicle and many more.

We want to make all trips as easy and comfortable as possible. That’s why here at Enterprise Travel, private coach hire means you can hire our buses for just about anything you’d like.

Here are just some events we could think of:


Private coach hire - Festivals

With many festivals on all summer, we couldn’t not offer you the service of hiring our coaches to reach your destination. Hiring a coach to go to a festival can be very cost -effective, especially when there is a big group of people travelling.

The fun atmosphere in the coach on the way to the festival is another reason to #ThinkCoach as it’s something you miss out if travelling by public transport!

Upcoming festival – Leeds fest

This year’s Leeds festival is on from the 24th26th of August 2018 and we can get you there!  The iconic festival is full of amazing acts this year such us Kings of Leon.

Are you and your friends attending the event and looking for transportation? Call us on  01325 286924 today!

Hen & stag parties

Private coach hire - Hen dos

When planning a hen or stag party the last thing you want is people being late because they didn’t get a taxi or missed the train.  Providing coaches for parties is just one of our core services and we will make sure your trip is safe and on time!

Plus, all our drivers are friendly, laid back and accommodating.

Corporate travel

Here at Enterprise Travel we offer a range of vehicle sizes from 33 to 70 seats, so whether you are looking for corporate coach hire or coach hire to take your employees to an event we are here to help.

In business, being on time and rested for a business event is crucial and hiring a coach will keep you well rested and ready to make a great first impression.

Sports events

Is your football team away for a football match? Don’t worry – we can take all you crazy fans to your destination.

Coach hire for football matches, sports events and sports teams is just one more service that is available from Enterprise travel.


Private coach hire - Weddings

When planning a wedding there’re some many things you need to organise, but wedding transport should be one of the easiest things to plan. We can help you organise coach hire for guests coming from far away.

The last thing you need is trying to find directions for every single guest when you have more important tasks to deal with. This is one of the most important and memorable days of your life and we will make sure all your family and friends arrive on time for the big day.

Day trips

We visit many towns and cities with our day excursions but if you are planning a little day trip for your family and friends and need transportation, our private hire is always available.

We can arrange day trips to anywhere you want – whether it’s a golf trip with your mates, a day at the races or a city break.

Private coach hire - Golf trip


An airport transfer will provide you, your family and friends with transport from your home town to the airport and back. Enterprise Travel is conveniently situated between Newcastle and Leeds airport and we offer airport transfers all year round.


Don’t let the list above put you off – there are many other occasions that we can accommodate! Simply contact us with your request and we can provide you with a quote and give you more details.

 Get a quote today or request a call back here.

#ThinkCoach - Top heritage sites to visit

#ThinkCoach – Top heritage sites to visit

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England has hundreds and hundreds of award-winning heritage attractions that can be ideal for fun day excursions. You might not believe us but here at Enterprise Travel we are really into history and all that…stuff!

Joking aside, the team and I do have some favourite heritage sites that we would like to share with you:

Hadrian’s Wall

Are you a sucker for dramatic scenery? If yes, Hadrian’s Wall is the ideal heritage site for you to visit. If no… what’s wrong with you?!

Hadrian’s Wall is a spectacular 73-mile World Heritage Site full of history and stunning views but if, like me, you are not a keen walker it’s best to cover a short section of the wall or visit the most popular sights.

The wall’s most dramatic site is Housesteads, is the best-preserved fort and the best location to take stunning pictures of the wall disappearing into the distance.

Here at Enterprise Travel we always want you to make the most of our day excursions, so a day trip to Hadrian’s wall can be planned depending on what you would like to see in the area.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey is one of the best-preserved ruined monasteries in England and is a listed building owned by the National Trust.

Surrounded by the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside this heritage site has a lot to offer for a fun day out. On your visit you will learn all about the history of the abbey and take in the beautiful gardens, statues and views.

The abbey is also known for its wildlife: see the butterflies fluttering through the garden and even take pictures of the 300 deer living in the park.

Have a delicious meal in the visitor centre restaurant where a range of seasonal food will be offered to you or snack in the abbey tea room while enjoying the lakeside views. Taste delicious chutneys, teas or buy some to take home from the gift shop.

The abbey is open daily throughout the year and school groups are allowed. Guided tours and events are available, find out more here.

Salts Mill

Finally, Salts Mill is our hidden gem and absolute favourite destination for a day trip. Saltaire is a beautiful and historic place with lovely old buildings, canals, shops, pubs, gardens and many more. We believe it’s the perfect location for a day excursion as you can explore and see everything in one day.

Salts Mill is a former textile mill that is now redeveloped to an art gallery, shopping centre and restaurant complex in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. The building is named after Sir Titus Salt and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Salts Mill might be one of the better-known destinations, but we believe it’s a must-see heritage site. You can start your day trip by visiting the art gallery in Salts Mill, have a lunch break in one of the restaurants and then go off exploring Saltaire.


Here at Enterprise Travel we have a great relationship with over 40 schools and colleges in Darlington.  Our coaches are suitable for school trips, should it be for 20 students or 70 students and all our drivers are DBS checked and professionally trained.

We know that planning a school trip can be very stressful, with all the paperwork that although necessary, take up valuable time. At Enterprise Travel we’re always looking for ways to better the service we offer, with this in mind, we’re now happy to offer a school pack that has a collection of documents within it that may be useful to you.

Find out what’s included in our school pack here.

Whether you want to visit your favourite heritage site with a group of friends or want to travel to a specific event with your family, our coaches are suitable for all groups.

Contact us for your next day excursion and we will provide you with great rates and a fun and safe day trip!

#ThinkCoach - 4 travel headaches you can avoid by getting an airport transfer

#ThinkCoach – 4 travel headaches you can avoid by getting an airport transfer

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Travelling to and from the airport can be stressful whether it is business travel or vacation.  Furthermore, the anxieties and frustrations of travelling with heavy suitcases and the costs of transportation can make your journey unbearable.

If you want to reduce your stress levels and cut down the cost of parking fees and travel costs, airport transfers can be a great option for a stress-free and fast transport. An airport transfer will provide you, your family and friends with transport from your home town to the airport and back.

By hiring an airport transfer service, you can enjoy a smoother ride and avoid these 4 travel headaches:

1.      Being late

Travelling to the airport by train can be extremely stressful due to delayed time tables, transfers, currying luggage and more.

Using a car can similarly be very stressful if you encounter traffic, get lost or have the wrong directions to the airport. By hiring our airport transfer service, you are in the safe hands of our experienced drivers, who know their way around and will drive you safely to the airport.

A coach will pick you up on time and will get you to the airport on time, with no changes that will affect your journey. Many travellers worry about missing their flights, which causes significant stress, but when hiring airport transfer you will be dropped off on time and you can calmly check in and enjoy your journey.

Enterprise Travel drops you off right outside the terminal entrance so there is no time to waste walking though car parks.

2.      Fuel cost & travel cost

Where do we start: Fuel cost? Airport parking costs? Taxi costs? Public transportation costs?

If you are driving to the airport with your own car then you need to consider fuel costs and the cost of airport parking, or the cost for arranging for someone else to drop you off and take your car back.

Hiring a taxi service can also be very expensive, especially if you consider the distance between your home to the airport. Likewise, if you are using public transportation you are most likely going to need to pay for multiple modes of transportation in order to get to your destination on time.

Next, hiring an airport transfer can be especially cost effective when you are travelling with a group of family and friends.

3.      Feeling of insecurity

The feeling of insecurity when travelling to the airport or back is very common and sometimes minor setbacks like missing a train or a bus can create a more serious problem. Travelling with a group can be even more stressful and disorganised. Furthermore, if you are travelling with a large number of suitcases, there’s a risk of losing your belongings.

An airport shuttle coach can fit a large number of passengers and can carry all your belongings safely.

4.      Uncomfortable journey

Being uncomfortable is everybody’s worse nightmare when travelling. Taking public transportation – especially for a family or a group of people with many suitcases – can be very uncomfortable. Dragging heavy suitcases, changing transport, not finding enough seats for everyone, checking on the kids every 5 seconds… it can all be a bit too much.

Using an airport transfer service will put your mind at ease about everything: your luggage is safe, your trip is sorted, and all you have to do is just relax and enjoy the journey to the airport.

Our coaches offer the highest quality, with spacious seats, heating, air conditioning, a fun atmosphere and of course very friendly drivers.


Anyone who has travelled before can see all the benefits of utilising an airport transfer service! Enterprise Travel is conveniently situated between Newcastle and Leeds airport and we offer airport transfers all year round.

Get a quote today or request a call back here.