These next few weeks are very important for venues as they start to re-open to the public. Looking at the venues’ websites, it is clear that they are very aware of staying Covid-secure. Only if they can open safely will our groups feel safe in returning to them for days out.






Borde Hill


We are blessed in Sussex to be so close to so many excellent National Trust properties. They have re-opened 135 properties around the country. They are limiting the number of visitors. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Mostly tickets have to be bought by 3pm at the latest on the day before the visit.

Chichester: (read a review)

  • Festival Theatre: Has started to advertise outdoor plays and cinema. Highlighted so far is a multi-star run between 28th August and 31st August.
  • Pallant Gallery: Re-opens on 5th August. Read a review
  • Planetarium: Is open again with limited numbers.
  • Canal Trips: sadly canal trips, with their famous ‘fish and chips’ and ‘pie and mash’ themes, are still suspended
  • Weald and Downland Museum: A trip back to the middle ages is open but you need to pre-book. Read a review here.

Arundel: (read a review)

  • The Castle: Their fantastic gardens have suffered in the lock-down but with the help of technology the castle has been able to give a view of the mind-blowing work undertaken by the garden team. The castle re-opens from 5th August.
  • The wetlands and boating lake are open

East Grinstead


Haywards Heath


Lower Beeding

  • Leonardslee Gardens: After a considerable financial investment, the gardens are back for the public to savour! Leonardslee Gardens is open and you don’t need to pre-book. Read a review here.


  • Wakehurst Place: Famed for its seed bank but as beautiful as any of our fantastic local gardens. Open but you need to pre-book a slot. Read a review here



  • Wings Museum: This delightful, volunteer-run museum has had to postpone some of its more adventurous events (such as re-starting an original Merlin engine). It is open now. Pre-booking is needed. Read a review here.



Not everywhere is open yet and we await the figures to see whether it is safe again for more vulnerable people to start to return.

Holt coaches, which normally carry 16 or 19 people, can carry up to 10 passengers maintaining a metre distance between each. Masks should be worn. Hand sanitiser used when getting on the coach. The re-circulating air-con will not be used. All hard areas are sanitised after each journey. Embarking will be less of a scramble, filling up the back seats first.

To recognise the lower capacity on the coaches we are offering reduced prices for bookings made before 1st September 2020 for the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Trips in Surrey and Sussex – £200
  • Trips in Kent and Hampshire – £245
  • Pick up from Heathrow Airport – £245 (plus pick up fee)
  • Pick up from Gatwick Airport – £190 (plus pick up fee)
  • Trips in London – £275

(Subject to availability. New bookings only. Offer can be withdrawn without notice). If you think now is safe for you to start visiting again, we can help with your coach transport.

Holt Services Ltd