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Kew Orchids in a Storm

Kew Orchids in a storm: The weather on Monday, which had been so bad over the weekend that Kew actually shut (!), was much better. Some sunshine initially and a few showers after lunch. It felt hard to complain though as the Kew Orchid Festival was held in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. It was therefore, dry where necessary and wet also where necessary. Exactly what you expect from the world’s premier horticulture venue.

Group Travel from Sussex

Holt Services took our 19-seater coach to Lindfield, West Sussex to collect the good people of the Lindfield Horticultural Society. Holt Services has a long history of providing coach travel to groups in Sussex and Brighton. Setting out just before 09.00, and suffering a slow M25 the coach arrived at Kew, Elizabeth Gate at 10.45.

Elizabeth Gate is the officially recommended arrival gate for the Princess of Wales Conservatory. However, if it is raining, the Victoria Gate is better as the shop, cafe and loos are close by. Elizabeth Gate has the Orangery but it is not so well positioned. Victoria Gate is better for pick ups as well as you can all collect together in the shop, whilst someone goes to check if the coach is ready.

The trip was a major success. All the group had a wonderful time. Kew Orchids in a storm! Back in Lindfield just before 18.00. All in all a very good day.

The Rest of Kew Gardens

The point of the journey was to see the orchids. They were a brilliant sight – flower as art without doubt. But it cannot be denied that all of Kew is a miracle preserved. The old cast iron of the glass houses sits opposed to the very modern science that keeps rare and vulnerable plants propagating.

Should you wish to book a 19 seater Holt Services coach from Sussex to Kew, the cost is just £350. Click here for contact details to check availability.

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Windsor is more than just a castle

Windsor is more than just a castle. Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park is hugely popular. It provides an alternative to the more familiar castle when visiting the royal town. The Park has been connected with our monarchs from before William I used the landscape as a hunting ground a thousand years ago.

Windsor Great Park

The Park took shape through original planting of the Long Walk by Charles II. Queen Victoria so liked to entertain on the shores of Virginia Water. Today’s key Royal connections continue under the stewardship of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, and his title of the Ranger of Windsor Great Park.

The most well-known image of Windsor Great Park is arguably the iconic view down the Long Walk, towards Windsor Castle at the far end. This tree-lined avenue stretches down towards the ancient fortress, and illustrates the regal grandeur and Royal heritage of Windsor Great Park.

Red Deer are easily spotted. They have a population of around 500 and so roam freely around the Deer Park enclosure. Established by the chief Park Ranger in 1979, the current herd are all descendants of 40 hinds and two stags originally introduced . The deer are accustomed to seeing visitors walking around, and will remain fairly close, often posing nicely for photographs!

Windsor Great Park

Savill Garden

In 1932 King George V commissioned the Garden. It was named Savill Garden after its creator, Eric Savill. The Garden span 35 acres and looked after by a team of horticulturists. They aim to produce a riot of colour all year round; even over the winter. Of special significance and must-sees are the original weeping willow tree, the Golden Jubilee Garden and the Rose Gardens.

Plant hunters journeyed across the globe to source plants, and later to breed them into the familiar cultivars. From the vibrant summer blooms of Paeonia ‘Augstin d’Hour’ from China, to the clove-scented flowers of the Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, which come originally from the Himalayas and flower during the winter months.

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge sits proudly in the centre of Windsor Great Park. It overlooks the Great Meadow Pond and the estate’s vineyard.

After the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell divided up and sold off lots in Windsor Great Park. Army Captain, John Byfield, built the house in 1650. After the Restoration, King Charles II made the house the official residence of the Ranger of the Great Park, a Crown appointment always held by someone close to the Sovereign. The house was called Byfield House until 1670. Renamed New Lodge, and at times also known as Windsor Lodge or Ranger Lodge. However it is 3.5 miles from the castle.

Making the best of your coach excursion

Combining a morning at the Castle with an afternoon at Savill Garden is a perfect use of our mini-coach. Because there is on-site coach parking near the Garden, this helps even those for whom the walk may be too taxing. And so everyone gets to see more of the delights Windsor has to serve.

To hire Holt’s luxury 19-seater coach for an excursion to Windsor, the cost is just £350

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Kensington Gardens – Statues, Palace

Kensington Gardens – Statues, Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Holt Coach Services take excursions all around the South and South East of England. However the trips to London are by far the most intense.

Whichever place you chose as your initial place of interest, within a few minutes walk you can be lost in the history of something completely different and equally fabulous.

Somewhere as familiar as Hyde Park leads to Kensington Gardens Statues, Palace and then the Royal Albert Hall…..unbelievably good fortune to be in London.

Parking can be a real problem if you drive up to London. Going by coach makes life a lot easier. Also you don’t have to worry about a weary drive home if you have put in the miles whilst in London. Put the seat back and snooze on the way home. Returning refreshed and inspired.

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RHS Gardens Wisley

The wonderful folk of Ditchling Horticultural Society enjoyed a day in the sunshine at Wisley. The displays at the flower show were stunning. The RHS Gardens truly a work of natural art. Meet Ditchling Horticultural Society here.

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