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#DaysOut Free things to do in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Whey aye man! If you’re looking for a day out to combat the January blues, Newcastle Upon Tyne is the canniest destination. Our coaches are available to hire for day trips and other occasions.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Technically the centre is in Gateshead, but either way it’s a must-see attraction in Newcastle with four floors housing ever-changing exhibitions. The centre has unrivalled views of the Tyne bridges and you can check out the kittiwake colony: one of the furthest-inland nesting sites in the world.

 

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Quayside Market

On a Sunday, a market takes over Newcastle’s famous Quayside. If you fancy a bite to eat street food vendors galore. The market sells local produce, arts and crafts and other knick-knacks. The perfect place to go for a stroll. Stunning views of the River Tyne.

 

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Millennium Bridge

The world’s first and only tilting bridge, the Millennium Bridge is a one-of-a-kind monument. The bridge tilts to let larger vessels go down the River Tyne. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see the bridge in action, with the bridge only taking 4.5 minutes to open.

 

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Side Gallery

Showcasing some of the world’s best documentary photography. The Side Gallery tells stories that have often been marginalised telling tales of people and powerful landscapes through images and video.

 

 

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Bessie Surtree House

A romantic Jacobean home on Newcastle’s Quayside. Bessie Surtee house contains many period features and you can see back to the days of the 16th and 17th centuries. Bessie became famous for eloping after escaping a first-floor window to marry John Scott, who later became Lord Chancellor of England.

 

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Ouseburn Farm

Located in the artsy Ouseburn area of Newcastle is this small, charming inner-city farm. The farm has been around since 1976 when parents from Byker bought land so their children could have access to nature. The farm is a working farm today with animals big and small for you to meet!

 

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If you’re planning a day trip to Newcastle Upon Tyne, why not hire a coach? Enterprise Travel have a large fleet ranging from 15-seater minibuses to larger executive coaches.

Enterprise Travel is available for private hire for all events, you can request a quote here. We also run a selection of day coach trips you can request a brochure here.

 

Richmond

#DaysOut the market town of Richmond

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Yorkshire has an abundance of market towns, so deciding which one to visit can be a difficult task. Whilst most of these towns offer a warm atmosphere and a buzzing market square, Richmond in North Yorkshire is a town with a difference.

Richmond is a hidden gem with a deep history, beautiful countryside and cultural quirks. If you’re thinking of venturing to Richmond, here’s what you should see:

The Georgian Theatre Royal

The oldest working British theatre in its original form. Today the theatre serves as a museum and working community playhouse. Rumour has it, Shakespeare visited the theatre and the sign from his visit hasn’t been cleaned since.

 

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Richmond Castle

You can’t miss Richmond Castle; it stands boldly on a cliff above the River Swale. The castle is the best-preserved Norman castle in England. The castle was still being used in the early 1900s to hold WWI conscientious objectors – you can still see their graffiti on the castle walls.

 

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The Station

An old Victorian railway station converted into a cinema and cultural hub. The building hosts regular community event and art exhibitions. You can enjoy food at the tasty café or browse several local independent stores.

 

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The Green Howards Museum

If you’re familiar with North Yorkshire or familiar with the army, you’ll know that Richmond is right on the cusp of Catterick Garrison. The garrison is the largest British arm barracks in the world. The Green Howards museum celebrates the lives of the Green Howards Regiment from the Yorkshire area.

 

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The River Swale

The Batts run alongside the River Swale, in summer this is a popular location for BBQs and paddling. In winter, along The Batts is a lovely place to walk your dog or to stop to and get a picture by the River Swales Falls.

 

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Easby Abbey

Just a short drive from Richmond is Easby Abbey, a collection of impressive ruins of a former monastery. The parish church is still used today and has a rare collection of 13th century paintings.

 

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If you’re planning a group trip to Richmond, you can request a quote for our private hire services here. We also run coach day trips and coach holidays. Request a brochure now.

Party New Year

#ThinkCoach for your New Year’s Eve Party

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Nothing says New Year’s Eve like dressing up in your favourite clothes and celebrating with the people you love the most. The pubs are buzzing, restaurants are fully booked and there’s parties everywhere.

If you’re celebrating with family, friends or colleagues there’s one thing for sure: you want to have a stress-free time. With taxi queues a nightmare and pre-bookings already full, travel can be the most stressful part of the evening.

Our coach fleet is available for private hire on New Year’s Eve. The fleet ranges from a 16-seater minibus with wheelchair access to larger coaches – including our V.I.P coach for the extra-fleeky.

Our coaches are just as clean on the outside as they are on the inside.  All our drivers are DBS checked, professional and uniformed.

We can take you exactly where you need to go and back home afterwards. Let us help you have one less worry this year – just sit back, relax and enjoy your night!

You can request a quote by filling in a form on our website or by calling 01325 286924.  If it’s not for New Year, we are available for private hire all year round.

We are not just available for private hire we also offer coach holidays and coach day trips. You can find out more by ordering one of our brochures.

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 29th September 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 , call 01325 286924 to book or request a brochure now!

*Admission is not included

Horse racing

#ThinkCoach for the Races: don’t worry about transport, worry about your outfit!

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The sun is beginning to appear, beer gardens are filling up and you’re starting to plan your summer outings – what about a quintessentially British day at the races?

Horse racing originated amongst the tribesmen of Central Asia and is reported across many countries throughout history.

Horse racing in the UK is traced back as early as the 12th century and it’s well-known that King Charles II regularly held horse races (between two horses) as a form of entertainment.

Underneath Queen Anne’s reign in the early 1700s, horse racing became a betting sport and the racers increased from two to as many as fifteen.

The races lady

In 1711, horse racing became a professional sport in the UK, Royal Ascot was born, and racecourses erupted across the country.

Horse racing today is a mix of old and contemporary traditions, from boozing on champagne, XXL fascinators and the not-so-new obsessive gambling.

Although Royal Ascot is Britain’s most prestigious racing event, there are many others you can attend from the British Classics to cheaper local racing events with a less strict dress code.

Whether it’s Thirsk Racecourse or Ascot Racecourse you’re attending, transport should be stress-free and seamless – Enterprise Travel drivers may not wear fascinators, but they are uniformed and professional.

Enterprise Travel has a range of vehicles available so you can arrive however you like from 16-seater with disability access, larger standard coaches to our deluxe V.I.P. coach for the more bougie race-goers.

If you’re not a horse racing fan, don’t let that put you off – there’s many other trips we can accommodate, simply contact us with your request and we can provide you with a quote!

Get a quote here or call 01325 286924 for more information.