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Essex Folklore, Fables & Smugglers

Essex Folklore, Fables & Smugglers

For 2024 we visit the eastern side of England with a trip to the county of Essex.

For 2024 we visit the eastern side of England with a trip to the county of Essex, giving an opportunity to discover the unexpected from its rustic riches and enchanted heritage. On this holiday we visit the Jacobean splendour of Audley End House, the award winning Green Island Gardens and have a guided tour of the Essex Smugglers’ Trail.

Day 1

We join our coach and travel through the English countryside to Essex, with a lunch stop on the way, before we arrive at the hotel and our evening meal.


Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast we travel to the town of Saffron Walden, with its heritage buildings and its Saturday market held since 1141. From here we travel the short journey to Audley End House and Gardens, once one of the largest and most opulent houses in Jacobean England. Here we learn about its past, both above and below stairs, and look at the gardens remodelled by Capability Brown. Afterwards we travel back to our hotel and evening meal.

B, D

Day 3

Today we join the coach and meet the guide for a half day tour of the Essex coast and Blackwater Estuary, hearing the tales of smugglers from the area. We make a short stop in the ancient town of Maldon, with its river history and timber framed houses. This afternoon we travel to the Green Island Gardens, twenty acres of private gardens designed by its owner with a huge range of unusual trees and shrubs. After an enjoyable day we join the coach for the journey back to the hotel near Colchester.

B, D

Day 4

This morning we depart from the hotel and Essex and travel back to your joining point, with a lunch stop en route.


B=Breakfast Included, D =Dinner Included

Hotel Details: Holiday Inn, Eight Ash Green, Colchester

This three star hotel is set in its own grounds about four miles from the centre of Colchester. Its facilities include a restaurant and lounge, and there is an indoor swimming pool and sauna.

The bedrooms are all en suite with shower over the bath, television, hairdryer and tea/coffee maker.

Please note: There is no lift at this hotel, but it does have some ground floor rooms allocated on a first come/first served basis.



Price Includes:>


  • Three Nights hotel accommodation.

  • Meals on a half board basis. (Breakfast & evening meal)

  • Excursion to the town of Saffron Walden then onto Audley End House.

  • A Half day guided tour of the essex coast and Blackwater Estuary.

  • A visit to Green Island Gardens.

  • Services of our Coach and Driver.



Extra Costs:>


  • Single room Supplement £ 153.00 (Maximum 5 single rooms available).

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Bromyard Bus Stop, Pump Street, Bromyard
Church Stretton Railway Station, A49 side, Church Stretton
Craven Arms Tuffins Lay by Bus Stop, Craven Arms
Hereford Bus Station Stand 1 or 2, Country Bus Station, Commercial Road
Hereford Three Elms Bakers Lane, Off Three Elms Road, Hereford
Ledbury Market House, Ledbury
Leominster Stand 2, Bus Station, Leominster
Ludlow P&R Eco Park, Park & Ride Bus Stop, Ludlow.
Monmouth 2 Coach Bay, Blestium Street, Monmouth
Ross On Wye Bus Stop 4, Cantilupe Road, Ross On Wye
Tenbury Wells Bus Stop, TSB Bank, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells
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