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Buckingham Palace & Holbein Trip

The first trip of 2024 will be on Friday 1st March, and it will be to Buckingham Palace.  The cost of the trip will be £65.  It will include 

  • Transport to and from Buckingham Palace 
  • A visit to the Royal Mews 
  • Entrance to the Holbein Exhibition at Tudor Court 

 

We will be leaving Bedford at around 9.30am and returning by 7pm, final timings to be confirmed nearer to the day.  Pick-up will be from the Centre and Aspects Leisure Park Bedford. 

We should arrive at Buckingham Palace by 12pm. Our Royal Mews tour will commence around 12 15pm and last approximately 45 mins. Entrance to the Queen’s Gallery for the Holbein Exhibition will be at 2 30pm. So, you will have plenty of time in between to have a bite to eat. Lunch is not included in the trip, but please do get in touch for advice on where to eat, there are plenty of eating establishments nearby, and if there is enough interest, we would be more than happy to book a nearby restaurant.  We will be setting off for home by 4.15pm.  

In summary on the day you will be able to see behind the scenes at a real working stables in the heart of London, steeped in royal history, and marvel at the iconic 260-year-old Gold State Coach, used at State occasions such as Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and King Charles III Coronation in 2023. We will also see the newest coach at The Mews, The Diamond Jubilee Coach, the livery worn by The King’s coachmen and horses used to pull the carriages.  

Hans Holbein was one of the most talented artists of the 16th century.  The Holbein exhibition showcases one of the most important surviving collections of his work, and includes drawings, paintings, miniatures and book illustrations. Celebrating Holbein’s artistic skill, it explores the career of the artist and the lives of those who commissioned portraits from him, bringing us face-to-face with some of the most famous people of 16th-century England.  Described as “a wondrous show” by The Sunday Times and “Dazzling” by The Evening Standard, the Holbein exhibition is a must see! 

This trip will be extremely popular, so book today to avoid disappointment! 

Members will get priority booking until midday 22nd January 2024, after which the trip will be open to non-members with a closing date of midday 29th January 2024. 

Bookings can be made online here. Alternatively, you can pop in or call the office on 01234 302203 to book. You only have a short time frame to book this trip so please do so ASAP! Once booked on, as always, please email [email protected] with your name, mobile number and where you would like to be collected from, and anyone else that you have booked for. It is important you do this on booking, to ensure your place on the trip.  

We very much look forward to you joining us on the day!