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Essex and Epping Forest

Essex and Epping Forest

Door to Door Service

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Door to Door Service

This marvellous tour samples the best of West Essex, featuring visits to the famous Waltham Abbey, the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the world’s oldest wooden church. We enjoy the history of a wartime airfield and make hay on a farm, as well as spending a day exploring the delightful Epping Ongar Railway! With plenty to do, and interesting titbits in abundance, we’re sure you’ll love soaking up the history, culture and stunning scenery of this wonderful area

 

Cheshunt Marriott Hotel****

The Cheshunt Marriott offers the best of both worlds, combining a tranquil location with quick and easy access to central London. Set on the doorstep of the Lee Valley Regional Park in rural Hertfordshire, the hotel is just 15 minutes' walk from lush parkland and beautiful lakes. Some rooms offer picturesque views of the garden and grounds. The lobby bar has a vibrant modern décor, with a variety of seating and space in which to relax. All bedrooms have air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. The hotel does not have a lift

 

Price includes

  • Door to door pick up service

  • Elite coach travel

  • 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Day Rover Ticket on the Epping Ongar Railway

  • Entrance to Greensted Church

  • Entrance to North Weald Airfield Museum

  • Entrance to Barleylands Farm Park

  • Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms and Pantry

  • Entrance to Waltham Abbey Church

 

** TO BOOK THIS HOLIDAY, CLICK ON THE "DEPARTURE DATE" TAB & THEN ON THE SHOPPING TROLLEY ICON**

Day 1

Your holiday starts with a pick-up from home by one of the vehicles in our Door-to-Door service and this will bring you through to our coach. Once everyone is on board, we'll make our way to Huntingdon with suitable comfort breaks during the journey. We'll aim to arrive late afternoon to give you time to unpack and freshen up before dinner.

Day 2


Starting our day on the Epping Ongar Railway, we travel through picturesque countryside on a steam-hauled train to the town of Ongar, where we disembark and visit Greensted Church, the oldest wooden church in the world. We then return to North Weald station, where we have time for a visit to the North Weald Airfield Museum, which houses a collection of heritage & memorabilia telling the story of the adjacent North Weald Airfield and its wartime significance (N.B. large groups may need split visits into blocks). We can choose to jump on a steam or diesel train for an atmospheric trip through parts of the beautiful Epping Forest, or to continue browsing the Airfield Museum, after which we return to the hotel for our evening meal.

Day 3

We begin this morning with a bang, paying a visit to the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey where we can explore the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants. In the afternoon we travel to Barleylands Farm Park, where we can make some new farmyard friends! Daily animal activities include lamb bottle feeding, snake talks in a huge Reptile House and a meet & greet with the centre's awesome birds of prey. We can take a break and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms & Pantry, located on-site at Barleylands, before waving goodbye to our furry friends and returning to Cheshunt.

Day 4

This morning, we visit one of the area's most well-known landmarks, Waltham Abbey Church. The site has been home to a church since 610 A.D., and the magnificent building which stands today enjoyed fame and prestige during the Middle Ages as a popular site for pilgrimages. After departing the Abbey, we bid goodbye to Essex and return home.

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** TO BOOK THIS HOLIDAY, CLICK ON THE "DEPARTURE DATE" TAB & THEN ON THE SHOPPING TROLLEY ICON**

Mercure Great Danes Hotel****

A modern 4-star hotel set in 20 acres of grounds, the hotel has all the amenities you would expect including Brasserie and Bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa bath. There is a lift to all floors except in the Old Manor House Wing. All the bedrooms are en-suite and have TV, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer.

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