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Road Safety Week 2019

It’s Road Safety Week and we’ve been busy supporting the charity Brake with their initiative to ‘Step Up For Safe Streets’.

All this week we have been taking part in various activities held by the Driver Training teams at The Kings Ferry Group. It has been a Group wide effort with the teams at The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches all getting involved and helping raise money for this fantastic cause. 

Monday

To kick off the week-long activities, we were out in the yard at 4am cooking delicious bacon and sausage rolls for our early morning drivers. Needless to say, they went on their way with satisfied bellies and fuel for the day. 
 
Clarkes of London early morning breakfast for drivers
 
During the day, most of our commuter drivers stay at the Millwall coach park until their evening commute. So, we went up there to deliver some online refresher training on-board one of our luxury VIP vehicles which is the perfect mobile classroom! 
 
Refresher iLearn courses at Millwall Coach Park on-board Kings Ferry VIP Coach
 

Tuesday

After a day with the drivers, we turned our focus to the office staff. The dress code for the day was ‘Red’ to symbolise Road Safety Week by Brake.
 
The Kings Ferry & Clarkes of London office staff wearing red for Brake Charity on Road Safety Week
 
And in true Kings Ferry Group style we held a ‘Bake for Brake’, where bakers were pitted against each other in a bid to win a rather fetching apron. The winner of the ‘Bake for Brake’ for The Kings Ferry was our Group Driver Training Manager, Simon, who also helped set up the initiative (possible results fixing we think?!) But congratulations nonetheless! 
 
Bake for Brake charity for Road Safety Week 2019, chocolate cakes, victoria sponge cake, cookies, sausage rolls
 
Chris Burley with Simon Le Mar winner of Bake for Brake charity competition with winners apron
 
Under the supervision of the Driver Training Team, the office staff were also invited to get behind the wheel of one of our coaches to complete a couple of laps around the yard. With 0 accidents and some pretty impressive skills on show, we might have some new coach drivers coming through the Driver Training Academy soon!
 

Wednesday 

This was the day all the drivers looked forward to, the unmissable Driver Skills Challenge. Over the past couple of weeks drivers from far and wide (across the Group) had been nominating a driver to represent their depot and take on the ultimate challenge! We had drivers from The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches battle to win the coveted Driver Skills Trophy and be named our Champion!
 
Driver Skills Challenge for Road Safety Week 2019, nominated drivers from The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches
 
The drivers took on a series of challenges; theory and hazard perception, reversing and manoeuvring, emergency evacuation and safety announcements! Each challenge was overseen by the Driver Training Team and judged under the watchful eye of Simon and a number of Group Directors. 
 
Driver Skills Challenge - Theory & Hazard Perception Test
 
Driver Skills Challenge - Reversing & Manoeuvring
 
Driver Skills Challenge - Safety Announcement
 
Driver Skills Challenge - Evacuation
 
After calculating the results from each challenge, and re-calculating, we had a winner. A huge congratulations to Richard who was representing Leicester based Woods Coaches on being crowned our Driver Skills Champion! Managing Director, Ian Fraser and the new Kings Ferry Group recruit, Simon the Safety Bear were on hand to present the prestigious award and congratulate all our incredible drivers! 
 
The Kings Ferry Group Managing Director Ian Fraser presenting Richard with the Driver Skills Challenge trophy
 
Driver Skills Challenge Winners for Road Safety Week 2019 for Brake charity
 

Thursday

Before our drivers got to their coaches in the early hours of the morning, we hid some surprises on-board. As part of their early morning checks, our drivers had to find TWO delicious bags of sweets. After being fuelled by sugar our drivers took off for their morning duties.  
 
Early Morning Checks Challenge to Win Sweets, Part of Road Safety Week 2019
 
We made our way up to Millwall coach park to deliver some more online training courses which have been a huge success. Our drivers have been taking time out of their break to learn about how we can help make our roads safer for everyone. 
 
iLearn refresher training at Millwall coach park
 

Friday

Road Safety Week isn’t just about keeping our drivers and office staff safe, it’s about helping to keep our community safe too. With the help of our mascot Simon the Safety Bear, we visited Cedar Academy in Strood to deliver our Travel Smart Sessions to KS1 and KS2 pupils. The children were invited on-board our luxury VIP mobile classroom where they took part in activities aimed to give them the tools and knowledge to stay safe near roads and when on their school trips. 
 
Road Safety Week 2019 launch of Travel Smart Sessions at Cedar Children's Academy with Simon, Group Driver Training Manager and Simon The Safety Bear
  
We would like to say thank you to all the companies across our Group for taking part in this initiative and helping raise awareness for such as fantastic cause, Road Safety Week by Brake. Together we have raised £100 which we are incredibly proud of!

The Anti-Bullying Tour With Diana Award Ambassador James Okulaja

The Kings Ferry Group have teamed up with Anti-Bullying Ambassador James Okulaja (AKA Oktave) to embark upon an Anti-Bullying tour around local schools delivering important sessions on anti-bullying and being safe on social media.

Students from Hempstead Junior School, St Margarets Junior School, Rainham Mark Grammar School, Thames View Primary School and Twydall Primary School were be invited on-board Kings Ferry VIP coach, where James delivered presentations in support of Anti-Bullying Week 2019. The sessions have been created to help build skills and confidence in young people, encouraging them to stand up to bullying in their own schools and giving them the knowledge they need to be safe on social media.
 

Oktave

James Okulaja is an anti-bullying ambassador for The Diana Award. He is one of 25,000 ambassadors in the UK and Ireland helping to tackle hate crime by raising awareness and delivering campaigns on anti-bullying. As an ambassador for The Diana Award, he is trained by the Diana Anti-Bullying Campaign to help educate his peers on bullying, lead campaigns, promote a culture which celebrates our differences and helps keep young people safe both online and offline.
 
James Okulaja on-board The Kings Ferry VIP Coach with school children teaching them about staying safe on social media and anti-bullying.
 
When James isn’t campaigning in schools, he writes music based on his own experiences hate crime under the alias Oktave. These songs portray strong messages about positivity and standing up to bullies. Oktave’s recent song ‘Team’ has been viewed over 30,000 times on YouTube, almost as many views as his previous song ‘Oso Saucy’ which has been viewed 34,000 times. 
 

The Diana Award

The Diana Award is a charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. 
 
The charity has three main campaigns that focus on young people and change. The Mentoring scheme offers a series of group sessions to help young people gain an insight into employment and career skills training. The charity’s flagship Award programme recognises the young people driving a positive change in the world, including James Okulaja. While the Anti-Bullying campaign focuses on a positive change in the attitudes and behaviour of young people. 
 
The Anti-Bullying campaign is supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and works to change the attitude surrounding bullying by delivering sessions to schools from Ambassadors like James.  
 

Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from Monday 11th November to Friday 15th November 2019 and is an event which encourages schools in England to come together to help stop bullying. This year’s theme is ‘Change Starts With Us’, with the aim that a small change can make a big difference. 
 

Our Support

The Kings Ferry Group are a firm supporter of James Okulaja’s work against hate crime and bullying. For the anti-bullying tour they have dedicated one of their special VIP coaches to the cause to help James deliver his presentation on. 
 
This isn’t the first time The Kings Ferry Group have supported James with his work, back in September they provided a VIP coach to transport James and his team around filming locations for his music video ‘Team’. A large portion of the video ended up being filmed on-board the coach. 
 
Both James and The Kings Ferry Group will be looking to team up throughout the year to delivers these sessions around the local community on key hot topics. If you would like us to deliver one of these sessions to your school and are in the local area, get in touch with us today to arrange a date
 

We're Eco-Friendly Inside & Out!

World Kindness Day Eco-Friendly Transport

World Kindness Day is upon us and we are showing our love for the planet by reducing our impact on the environment even more!

Our coaches are already a greener way to travel and Euro 6 compliant (Euro 6 is the latest set of standards introduced by the European Commission to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts). But we can always find ways to be more eco-friendly; starting with our office.
 

Going Cupless 

We have over 50 people in our Gillingham head office all fuelled by tea and coffee. So much so that we easily go through a massive 20 litres of hot beverages per day!
 
After realising how many cups we go through on a daily basis and after learning that it takes a single waxed cup up to 30 years to decompose, we quickly decided that this needed to change. 
 
As of the 13th November 2019, we have made the decision to go cupless. There won’t be a waxed cup in sight, with all our employees being encouraged to bring in their own personal mugs (the perfect opportunity for them to dust of those Christmas mugs that have been hiding in the back of their cupboards!).
 

New Paper Waste Bins

While it is necessary for us to print certain documents, we have partnered with a local recycling company to provide us with a solution to effectively recycle our paper waste and monitor the waste we are generating. 
 
The installation of new paper waste bins around the office has helped us reduce our environmental impact. And so we don’t forget to take the recycling bins out, the recycling company comes to the office on a weekly basis to collect and recycle our paper waste. 
 
We are always thinking of new ways in which we can help save the planet and are continuously working to make our coaches even more eco-friendly. 
 

Future Innovation

Our parent company, National Express, are running trials on the first fully electric buses in Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull. Although electric cars have been around for a while, this technology is relatively new in the bus and coach industry. 
 
We’re confident that once the trials on the electric buses are successful, it will not be long until the technology reaches the coach industry. 
 
Find out how green coach travel really is by clicking on the button below. 
 

The One With the Top 5 Christmas Destinations of 2019

Amidst Jennifer Aniston’s recent Instagram success; creating an account and posting her first ‘selfie’ in one day, the one with her friends. We have collated the top 5 Christmas destinations of 2019 for you and your friends to travel to this festive period.
 

Edinburgh, Scotland

East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market in Edinburgh, Scotland

For true Christmas Spirit, head to one of the most magical cities in the world during the festive season. Join Edinburgh’s spectacular 6-week celebration, from mid-November to the amazing Hogmanay celebration in January. You and your friends can take advantage of the immaculately decorated stores open late for some last-minute shopping; soak up the atmosphere at the East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market or enjoy an afternoon tea in The Dome’s Georgian Tea Room – the perfect excuse to marvel at the extravagant decorations inside. 
 

London, England

Christmas in London, England, Christmas Destinations 2019

Spending Christmas in London is nothing short of magical. Department stores are adorned in luxurious Christmas decorations, not to mention the world-class window displays that will leave you in awe. The illuminations in Kew Gardens and the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square are sure to get you into the festive spirit. But if that doesn’t give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, perhaps sipping a warm mulled wine and indulging on roasted chestnuts at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market will. 
 

York, North Yorkshire

St. Nicholas Christmas Fair in York, Christmas Destinations 2019

The York Christmas Festival attracts more and more visitors every year. With its fantastic ice sculptures, spectacular shows and artificial snow, York loves all things Christmas. You can pick up some last-minute handmade gifts at the St. Nicholas Fair and visit the large Christmas tree in St. Helen’s Square. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend some quiet time with your loved ones, you can escape to Castle Howard, a fairytale country house adorned in traditional decorations.
 

Aviemore, Scotland

Aviemore in Cairngorms National Park in Scottish Highlands, Scotland

The enchanting town of Aviemore is one of the most scenic places to spend your Christmas holidays. Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in Cairngorms National Park, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas you may well see one here. To add to the magic of Christmas in Aviemore, you also have a fantastic chance of spotting the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. If you can prise yourself away from your cosy, snow-covered cottage, head to the town for the annual Christmas Eve Parade, which features Santa with his team of Cairngorm Reindeer and a spectacular fireworks display at the Cairngorm Hotel. 
 

Rochester, Kent

Dickensian Christmas Market in Rochester, Kent

Image: Medway Council

A Christmas Carol is one of the most loved Christmas stories of all time, and with Rochester having such strong connections to Charles Dickens, it’s only fitting there’s a huge celebration dedicated to the author. The Dickensian Christmas Market takes visitors back 200 years over the festive period to bring the author’s world back to life. The streets come alive with Victorian performers, a fantastic Christmas Market and even artificial snow. With a dramatic cathedral and a medieval castle, Rochester sets the tone for a magical season.
 
If you and your friends are looking for the perfect Christmas destination to celebrate the festivities in but aren’t sure on how to get there, we offer private coach hire for any group size. We provide everything from small 16 seat coaches to large executive vehicles. 
 

Official Music Video for TEAM

The official music video for Team by James Okulaja has been released. 

James Okulaja AKA Oktave has released his latest track ‘Team’ with the help of local sponsors The Kings Ferry, McDonald’s Chatham and the Medway Rugby Club. 
 
The anti-bullying ambassador for the charity The Diana Award, uses his incredible talent to raise awareness around social issues. James is one of 25,000 ambassadors in the UK and Ireland who help create campaigns to tackle cyber-bullying and hate crime. He has worked with the likes of Google, Snapchat and Facebook, as well as HRH Prince William. 
 

The Message Behind The Song

Team carries with it a strong message to the hate crime James has endured. He explains, “TEAM is about lifting up the people around me, exaggerating the excellence of the people I surround myself with and amplifying the fact that we don’t care about the hate we get or approval from society. We will still be successful regardless of people’s negative opinions.”
 

Exclusive Preview

Before the premiere, James came to our head office in Gillingham to give an exclusive preview of the finished music video. The reaction to it was brilliant, both the Executive and Marketing team loved it and we cannot wait to see what reaction it gets in public. The video has already attracted almost 4,000 views on YouTube in just 3 days!
 

James Okulaja with The Kings Ferry Groups' Ben Bhattal, Carl O'Neill, James Okulaja, Ollie Taylor and Sam Adams

Left to right; Ben Bhattal (Group Business Development Director), Carl ONeill (Group Sales & Marketing Director), James Okulaja (Rapper Oktave), Ollie Taylor (Operations Controller), Sam Adams (Head of Marketing)

Carl O'Neill, Group Sales and Marketing Director says, "We have really enjoyed working with James (AKA Oktave) on his latest Music video. It's encouraging to see a talented and driven individual make such an impact in his local community by using what he enjoys the most to raise awareness around such key and relevant topics. James’ latest number is around the challenges we face in day to day life and how our support system, and team help us to tackle these."

"It was great to be a part of the video by providing one of our VIP coaches and the finished outcome is incredible. The TEAM had a lot of fun during the filming and we are pleased to be working with such a talented individual and look forward to the exciting projects ahead."
 

Does Your Workplace Celebrate Christmas?

Workplace Christmas Celebrations

With less than 2 months until Christmas, it won’t be long until the humming of Christmas songs start to echo through the office. 

With most companies having already started looking at ways to celebrate the festive season, there are some which refuse to do so. According to a study by Perkbox, 41% of offices fully embrace the Christmas spirit, whereas a close 38% are workplace Grinch’s.
 
Christmas is the perfect time to reward your employees for their continued hard work and there are plenty of ways to do it. Some companies tend to buy their employees personalised gifts. While others offer incentives during the quiet period to help boost morale and sales. In addition to arranging activities in the build up to Christmas; Christmas jumper days, office decorating competitions, Secret Santa, baking festive cookies and arranging a Christmas dinner. 
 

The Gift of Giving 

Gift-giving can go a long way in the eyes of your employees. According to research by Instantprint, 94% of employees would like to receive a gift from their employers at Christmas in order to feel valued and appreciated. However, studies by Perkbox show that a massive 45% of employers don’t give their staff any gifts!
 
A small show of gratitude can be important for your workforce. Something as simple as an early finish, a Christmas gift voucher or a free bar at a party. As a result, this can help boost morale, loyalty and productivity in the workplace. 
 

The Office Christmas Party

An office Christmas party is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season. It’s an excuse to strengthen relationships between different departments as well as giving your employees a chance to get to know each other. Employers can also use the event to hold an award ceremony to give recognition to hard-working individuals. 
 
A study by Perkbox shows that 86% of organisations will host a Christmas party for their staff. Event planning platform Eventbrite puts the cost of parties at £42.48 per head, while in London the cost increases to £56.49 per employee. 
 
We all know Christmas parties can be expensive and there’s a lot of hard-work that goes in to arranging this annual celebration. So, to help keep costs down and because we are in a celebratory mood, we are giving all Christmas party coach hire bookings an exciting 10% off* when you quote 'XMAS19'!
 
 

Terms and conditions: this offer is valid on new enquiries only, it cannot be applied to existing bookings. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

 

A Guide To Surviving Your Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party

The annual office Christmas party is coming up, so be prepared for dodgy dancing, festive jumpers and loose lips. 

Although Christmas parties are fun and considered a laugh, there are plenty of opportunities for embarrassing mishaps that you’ll live to regret the following day.
 
Here are some dos and donts when it comes to your office Christmas party… 
 

Do Dress To Impress

Dress smart – remember you are around your boss and colleagues so you want to avoid anything too risky. If in doubt ask your colleagues what they will be wearing and if all else fails you can’t go wrong with a Christmas jumper!
 

Don’t Get Over The Top Drunk

Christmas is a time to be merry but when it comes to alcohol and work dos, this can often lead to some embarrassing moments if not kept in check. Try to pace yourself and don’t let the mulled wine get the better of you and talk you into office politics. 
 

Do Avoid Social Media

Social media can be great but you don’t want to come across as that person who documents the whole evening from behind a screen. Enjoy being in the moment, take the time to have fun and get to know your colleagues on a personal level. 
 

Do Keep It Professional

Although a Christmas party is the time to unwind, remember who you’re with. You don’t want to get too familiar with your colleagues or behave inappropriately in front of your boss. Try to stay away from the gossipmongers if you’ve had a few drinks, you wouldn’t want to say something you might regret in the morning.
 

Don’t Make ‘The Move’

While there may be a lot of Dutch courage going around, an office party is not the time or place for a drunken hook-up. In a survey by Recruiting Times, 39% of people admitted to ‘intimate activity’ at the office Christmas party. Office flings can have a really serious effect on your career and reputation, so before you do anything, consider the consequences of your actions! 
 

Don’t Overindulge 

We all love free food but you don’t want to be remembered as the one who ate everything and left none for everyone else. While it’s a great idea to eat if you’re drinking alcohol, be mindful of your colleagues. They need to eat too! 
 

Do Have Fun

Most importantly, have fun! Get involved in the festive games and have a boogie on the dancefloor with your boss. It’s important to let your hair down and forget about work. This is your chance to show your colleagues a bit of personality, show them the relaxed and fun side of you. 
 

Do Arrange Travel To Get Home

Lastly, with all the free-flowing booze on offer it’s easy to forget how much you’ve drunk, even if you’re not feeling the effects. It’s best to be safe than sorry so make sure you have arranged transport for you and your colleagues at the end of the night. That way at least you will have a safe way of getting home if you’ve had one too many. 
 
A great way to ensure you all get home safely is by hiring a private coach. Whether you need a simple shuttle service picking people up from different locations and dropping them off, or are looking to continue the party after on-board our luxury VIP coaches, we have a transport solution suitable for any office Christmas party.
 

Large Coach Operator of the Year at the RouteOne Awards 2019

RouteOne Award Large Coach Operator of the Year 2019 Winner
 
The Kings Ferry in Gillingham, Kent has won Large Coach Operator of the Year (over 50 vehicles) at the prestigious RouteOne Awards 2019. The winners were announced on Wednesday 2nd October at the annual award ceremony which recognises and celebrates achievements, innovation and the highest standards of excellence in the coach and bus industry. 
 
The Large Coach Operator of the Year award recognises a company that has a commitment to quality, innovation and customer service. The Kings Ferry won this accolade from a shortlist of six finalists.
 
Ian Fraser, Managing Director of The Kings Ferry Group was at the event to accept the award, he proudly says, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the team from across all of our Group sites in Reading, Leicester, London and Kent for their continued support and hard work. It is thanks to every member of the team that we have won this award and I am honoured to be able to work alongside them all.”
 
The company is renowned for providing premium and luxury coach travel across the South East of England, utilising the latest innovations in safety, comfort and technology. The Kings Ferry has proudly won 44 industry awards in addition to this years’ RouteOne Large Coach Operator of the Year. Previous awards include: Managing Director Ian Fraser being crowned Manager of the Year at the 2018 RouteOne Awards and winners of the Gold Award for Top Large Fleet Operator at the UK Coach Awards in 2017 for the second consecutive year. 
 
RouteOne Awards 2019 Winners
 
The RouteOne Awards took place on 2nd October 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
 

Our Driver's Most Memorable Moments

Being a coach driver for one of the most luxurious coach companies in the UK certainly has its perks. Our drivers have met famous faces, attended weddings, had some uninvited guests and even appeared on TV! 

Racking up thousands of miles between them every week, they are the best storytellers on the road. Have a read of some of their most memorable moments…
 

A Fast Food Stop Off

We once had John Travolta and his family on-board. They were travelling on the Orient Express and during the coach leg of the journey, he asked the coach driver to drive into London with just him and his family on-board. He stopped off along the way and bought his family and the driver a McDonalds. 
 

The Biggest Boyband in the World

During the London 2012 Olympics we transported a host of big names; Sir Paul McCartney, The Spice Girls, The Who and One Direction. One of our VIP drivers Kevin recalled how down to earth the One Direction members were. “They settled in the rear lounge and looked relaxed, they were really friendly and shook my hand as they left.” 
 

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go VIP

Earlier this year, Billy Ocean performed live in 9 locations across the UK on ‘The Best of Billy Ocean’ tour. Billy and his team travelled on-board one of our VIP coaches, driven by Daniel. 
 
“I turned up to work just like any other day and checked my pigeon hole for the jobs I had coming up. I couldn’t believe what I’d been given, the Billy Ocean tour! I was buzzing, I heard that something big had come in a few days before but never imagined it would be assigned to me. Definitely a highlight of my career meeting Billy Ocean, what an honour!”
 
Not only was Daniel invited backstage where he was able to get some photos of the singer and his band but he was also given complimentary tickets to watch the show. 
 
Billy Ocean and band backstage at The Best of Billy Ocean tour
 
Billy Ocean singing on The Best of Billy Ocean tour
 

The 28 Day Battle

Our VIP driver Frank embarked upon an incredible 28-day trip with Prime Minister David Cameron during his Conservative campaign back in 2010. “I found him to be very approachable, interesting and friendly. This trip was very enlightening and I would enjoy doing a trip like this again if given the opportunity.”
 
Shortly after the campaign came to a close, Frank received a letter through the post thanking him for his service.
 
The letter read, “ Dear Frank, 
 
Thank you very much for your commitment and hard work during the election campaign. 
 
It was down to your constant dedication that we were able to visit such a high number of marginal seats and meet so many members of the public. 
 
I know that everyone who travelled on the campaign coaches was impressed not only with the professionalism and expertise of your driving, but also the politeness and high level of customer service that you provided. I am also hugely grateful to you for the commitment you gave during the final 36 hour campaign. Without you, this simply would not have been possible. That we were able to cover the ground we did and were delivered safely to our final destination is testament to your skill and expertise. 
 
Once again, many thanks for your hard work throughout and for literally going the extra mile!
 
With my thanks, 
 
David”
 
Prime Minister David Cameron letter to Frank for work on Conservative Battle Bus election campaign
 

Getting Cold Feet

Our Managing Director, Ian Fraser was asked to present an award at the Music Week Awards alongside actor James Nesbitt OBE. Before walking on stage the event organisers told Ian he would only need to open the envelope and announce the winner, it sounded simple enough. However, when Ian walked out on stage there was an autocue. First it showed James’ script which was a couple of sentences and then it showed Ian’s script followed by a HUGE paragraph that he had to read out. Panic set it and Ian cut straight to opening the envelope without saying a word! James was laughing on stage and said, “I love it when these things go wrong!”
 

Where’s Woody?

Our VIP Driver Frank had the exciting opportunity to drive the ‘Rest of the World’ at Soccer Aid 2010. He met some great legends such as, Jamie Redknapp, Zidane, Mike Myers and Woody Harrelson. Frank recalls one day when he saw Woody Harrelson walk down by the river without any security guards, thinking that was a bit odd. Shortly after, a load of security guards ran out towards Frank asking if he’d seen Woody to which he said, “Yes, he walked down by the river!” When they finally found him, he was playing football in an enclosed pitch with a load of kids! 
 
Frank was with the ‘Rest of the World’ team for a full week driving them to their training ground at Fulham, before taking them to the Soccer Aid Match at Manchester United’s ground. He even got given a full breakfast from Woody Harrelson! 
 

Fast Cars & Big Stars

“I had the pleasure of being with Santander and taking the president of the company and his family to the 2010 Silverstone Grand Prix. One evening, the Santander president invited English Formula 1 Driver, Lewis Hamilton to join him for dinner and I drove them to the restaurant on-board the VIP coach.”
 
“He was a very polite and kind person, it was a pleasure to meet all of the Santander team and Mr Lewis Hamilton.”, says VIP Driver, Frank.
 

The Bodyguard

Our VIP driver was with Whitney Houston for three days in Manchester while she was performing at Manchester Arena. She travelled with a huge entourage and a lot of security. “I remember thinking her bodyguards were massive and really scary!”, recalls Frank.
 

Strictly Business

Our VIP Driver Frank ended up in the local newspaper after driving the Strictly Come Dancing professionals and celebrities from BBC Television Centre in London to Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. “It’s a really fun job because they’re all such nice people. They treat me really well and there’s always someone laughing. Everyone has a bit of a sweet fight at the beginning of the journey on Friday.”, says Frank. 
 
Amongst the celebrities was Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe. Speaking on Ann, Frank said, “We stopped at the services on the M6 and she got mobbed by fans there. She’s a lovely woman, as is Pamela Stephenson.”
 
However, not all the celebrities got on at the BBC Television Centre, “I had to pick up Matt Baker from Oxford services and his little boy sat in the driver’s seat and pretended to drive the coach, which was lovely.”
 
Frank didn’t just have the professionals and contestants on-board, the judges came on too. “They used to set up the judges in the rear lounge, including Len Goodman. They would hook up the coach TV’s and watch the celebrities and dancers doing their rehearsals.”, said Frank.
 
VIP Driver Frank is the local newspaper for driving Strictly Come Dancing professionals and celebrities
 
Our drivers have had some weird and wonderful experiences driving their coaches all over the UK and Europe. If you’re looking to become a coach driver and tell your own unique stories, take a look at our current vacancies for licensed and non-licensed PCV drivers.
 
 
 

Luxury Travel meets Luxury Travel at Rolls-Royce Charity Event

Rolls-Royce Evelina Art for Allergy x Dine on the Line Charity Event

Luxury Travel and Art come together to raise £1.7m for children’s charity

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are unquestionably the creator of the world’s finest luxury motorcars and the brand epitomises the ultimate luxury car experience.  Having been at the forefront of VIP and luxury travel for many years The Kings Ferry Group was the natural choice when it came to transporting their VIP guests to the prestigious Evelina Art for Allergy x Dine on the Line charity event, held at the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex.
 
This major philanthropic event was held in support of allergy research at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.  The event was held on 21st September 2019 and raised over £1.7m.  One of the highlights of the show was the collaboration between Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and world-renowned artist Marc Quinn who will now design a bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom featuring the iris of the winning bidder’s daughter.
 
The Kings Ferry Group were delighted to provide seamless transportation to the event on-board their luxury VIP coaches including three transfers from three different locations.  The Kings Ferry Group’s fleet of luxury VIP coaches sets the standard in opulence and grandeur featuring the finest fittings, sumptuous seats and display lighting. 
 
Sophia Jackson, Sales Executive at The Kings Ferry Group said ‘After working on this for a few months I was delighted to see it all come together and I felt very proud to have helped contribute to such an incredible event.’
 
The Kings Ferry offers the highest standards in customer service and is fully equipped to provide tailor made travel solutions to their customers.  The superiority of their attention to detail is second to none such as ensuring that everything served on-board was British from the Belu Water to the Nyetimber wine. 
 

First Year Anniversary For Stewarts Coach Group & The Kings Ferry Group

Woods Coaches with anniversary gifts from The Kings Ferry Group
 
On the 12th September 2018 The Kings Ferry Group acquired Stewarts Coach Group Limited, an award winning independent coach business with bases in Reading and Leicester.  Stewarts provides corporate travel and private hire services as well as operating an established day tour and holiday programme, incorporating the brands Woods Coaches, Woods Tours and Stewarts Tours.  In order to ensure a smooth transition to the new ownership, the existing Managing Director of Stewarts Coach Group, Andy Cotton stayed with the business to drive business growth opportunities.  One year on and Stewarts and Woods are celebrating substantial growth and success.
 
Managing Director of The Kings Ferry Group, Ian Fraser has been delighted with the progress that has been made this year.  In response to the first year anniversary he said "I would like to begin by thanking all the people in both Stewarts and Woods for their fantastic attitude to the new ownership. I can say that the overwhelming impression has been one of open mindedness, cooperation and a brilliant ‘can do’ approach. I have been impressed by everyone I have met."
 
"Andy kept telling me how good his people were but now we have experienced it first hand, I can say that we didn’t realise just how good they all are."
 
"Since day one I wanted us to work with our new colleagues in a collaborative and consultative way. Whilst acquiring a new business isn’t always plain sailing, I truly believe that the business as a whole is reaping the rewards of working collaboratively. Together we have made a number of developments in the businesses which has helped drive improvements in a number of key areas including customer satisfaction, revenue, fleet investment, pay and profit."
 
"I am very proud of the achievements everyone within the business has made and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves. They have played a huge part in the success of the acquisition over the last 12 months."
 
The acquisition last year sparked an ambitious strategy focusing on a significant increase in revenue and profits across the Stewarts and Woods brands.  A new marketing strategy, which rolled out new product offerings to passengers, as well as developments in key areas of the business, has seen a substantial increase in revenue for FY19 particularly the Woods Holidays Programme, which is on target to hit a 23% year on year increase in revenue.
 
The fleet investment has certainly benefited Stewarts and Woods.  At Woods this first year saw the introduction of the very first Double Deck Coach as well as the start of a new airport service from Stansted Airport to Manchester and Liverpool.  The coach fleet has increased from 16 to 25 vehicles and an additional 18 full-time drivers have joined the team.  The ongoing increase to the coach fleet will offer a wider choice of vehicles on the tours programme and bring in new business opportunities.
 
The drivers at Stewarts have certainly been kept busy with a significant increase in the amount of transfers being completed in July 2019 than the previous year. The drivers have been enjoying the variety of different work this year including international travel.
 
When it comes to employment The Kings Ferry Group has not held back in supporting Stewarts and Woods.  As well as several new appointments there has been an increase in opportunities for both employees and workflows. New positions have been created in Training and Compliance, Sales, Mechanics and Drivers.  
 
Linny Smalley-Ward, General Manager at Stewarts says "There is no doubt that every single person in our team at Stewarts has pushed that little bit harder to ensure we have delivered on each task that has been set, I couldn’t be prouder of everyone and everything that we have achieved."
 
Stewarts Coach Group with anniversary gifts from The Kings Ferry Group
 
Looking ahead the future is bright.  With a focus on providing the best drivers, highest safety standards and cutting edge fleet of vehicles, leveraging the increased geographical presence that The Kings Ferry Group can offer will ensure that a higher volume of customers can experience the unrivalled reputation and customer care that both Stewarts and Woods deliver.
 
As Bill Tanser, General Manager at Woods says "All at Woods are really excited to see what the future holds."
 
 

Anti-Bullying Ambassador, James Okulaja, Tackles Hate Crime With A Brand New Song

When the opportunity arose for us to sponsor the aspiring rapper James Okulaja AKA Oktave in his new music video, we couldn’t say no.

The anti-bullying ambassador for the charity The Diana Award, uses his incredible talent to raise awareness around social issues. James is one of 25,000 ambassadors in the UK and Ireland who help create campaigns to tackle cyber-bullying and hate crime. He has worked with the likes of Google, Snapchat and Facebook, as well as HRH Prince William. 
 
James Okulaja with HRH Prince William outside Google Headquarters
Photo: Outside Google headquarters in London (left to right; Brent Hoberman (Chair Taskforce), James Okulaja (Young People’s Panel), The Duke of Cambridge and Matt Brittin (President EMEA Business and Operations at Google))
 
Using his youth as an advantage, James is able to connect with young people when discussing the importance of keeping safe online. With the support from Kent Police, he regularly communicates his message in schools through assemblies and workshops. More recently James has discovered a new way of getting his message out there – through his love of music. 
 
James’ previous song ‘Oso Saucy’ is about rising above bullies and haters. The music video was sponsored and filmed in the popular dessert café, Creams, in Chatham Dockside. Since being released at the Medway Youth Awards, the video has received over 30,000 views and has gained the praise of several celebrities, including lead guitarist of popular boyband The Vamps, James McVey.
 

TEAM

Off the back of the success of his first music video, James decided to write his next song ‘TEAM’. A song which carries a strong message around hate crime. James explains, “TEAM is about lifting up the people around me, exaggerating the excellence of the people I surround myself with and amplifying the fact that we don’t care about the hate we get or approval from society. We will still be successful regardless of people’s negative opinions.”
 
When one of our Operations Controllers, Ollie Taylor approached us and told us about the work James had been doing, we had to invite him in for a chat. James came to The Kings Ferry head office to discuss a sponsorship opportunity and it was clear our values aligned. 
 
Carl O'Neill, Group Sales and Marketing Director says, "We have really enjoyed working with James (AKA Oktave) on his latest Music video. It's encouraging to see a talented and driven individual make such an impact in his local community by using what he enjoys the most to raise awareness around such key and relevant topics. James’ latest number is around the challenges we face in day to day life and how our support system, and team help us to tackle these."
 
"It was great to be a part of the video by providing one of our VIP coaches and we are really excited to see the finished outcome. The TEAM had a lot of fun during the filming and we are pleased to be working with such a talented individual and look forward to the exciting projects ahead."
 
 
Ollie Taylor, James Okulaja and Carl O'Neill
Photo: Outside The Kings Ferry Head Office (left to right; Ollie Taylor, James Okulaja and Carl O’Neill)
 
We arranged for one of our luxurious rear-lounge VIP coaches to transport James and his crew between filming locations. We also let them take over our Kings Ferry VIP Instagram to offer exclusive behind the scenes footage. 
 
James Okulaja (Oktave) exiting Kings Ferry VIP Coach
Photo: Exiting The Kings Ferry VIP Coach, James Okulaja with his crew.
 
We weren’t the only ones who felt inspired by James’ anti-bullying message, the Medway Rugby Club and McDonald’s Chatham owner Gian Chahal kindly sponsored the music video and allowed James and his team to film exclusively on the rugby grounds and inside the McDonalds restaurant. They were gifted free meals by owner Gian, and given delicious Apple Pies for the coach journey. In addition, they were also allowed behind the counter in the fast-food restaurant where the team made their own iconic Big Macs!
 
“A massive thank you to everyone at Kings Ferry, McDonalds Chatham and Medway Rugby Club for supporting this project. I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future and what we come up with next!”, says James.
 
The music video for TEAM by Oktave will be released on 11th October 2019 in association with Kent Police for Hate Crime Awareness Week.  
 

Top 3 Christmas Markets

It’s that time of year where people are starting to think about Christmas shopping, some of you may be so incredibly organised you have already finished! 

If you’re in search for some Christmas magic and gift inspiration, the best place for you to go is to a Christmas Market. With cute wooden chalets, handcrafted decorations and traditional festive foods, you will find everything you need at one of these markets. 
 
We’ve been taking people to Christmas Markets for many years now and over time these three have proved to be the best in our eyes;  
 

Christmas Markets

Arras, France

30th November – 30th December 2019
 
Arras Christmas Market
 
Surrounded by Flemish Baroque architecture, is the magnificent Grand’Place. Each year the main square transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland. With over 140 artisans and exhibitors, you are bound to pick up some delicate Christmas goodies. From authentic wooden toys to handcrafted decorations, this French Christmas market has something wonderful for everyone. 
 
If Christmas shopping has left you feeling a bit peckish, there are plenty of food stalls dotted around serving roasted chestnuts and spiced bread.  
 

Bruges, Belgium

25th November – 31st December 2019
 
Bruges Christmas Market
 
The Bruges Christmas Market is a wonderful event that embodies Christmas spirit. Grote Markt is where all the magic happens. Lined with pretty, wooden chalets and a glittering ice rink, Bruges is Belgium’s most popular Christmas market. The festive atmosphere spreads beyond Grote Markt as there are unique little markets all over the city.
 
Belgium is famous for its incredible food with the Bruges Christmas Market showcasing all the best delicacies. Warm up with some freshly baked waffles and a cup of hot cocoa or perhaps celebrate with a traditional Belgian beer. 
 

Bath, England

28th November – 15th December 
 
Bath City Christmas Market
 
The award-winning Christmas Market in Bath is a wonderful event lasting 18 magical days. With over 150 twinkling chalets to wander around, you are bound to pick up some festive goodies for a loved one.  You will find personalised presents, traditional Christmas decorations and artisan gifts created by local makers. 
 
Throughout the market you will find plenty of delicious food to satisfy your appetite. From tasty burgers and hog roasts to caramelised nuts, all washed down with a warm glass of mulled wine. 
 

How to get there

Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones; family and friends. So what better way to spend time with them than to hire a coach to travel to one of these fantastic Christmas Markets.
 
Coach travel doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t need huge groups to make it worth your while. The key is to hire the most accurate size coach to keep costs low for everyone, we have 16 to 77 seater coaches. There’s also more than enough room to transport all the presents you’ll be buying!
 
Make this Christmas magical with coach hire through The Kings Ferry. 
 
 

Brexit | Travelling to Europe After A No Deal Brexit

Visiting Europe after Brexit

Brexit

Stay up to date 

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU. Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement.If the withdrawal agreement is not signed by the UK and the EU, the UK could still leave with no deal on 31 October 2019.We have been advised by the Department of Transport that there will be changes that may affect you travelling to Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 
 
We will continually update this page with the latest Brexit related travel information. However, please be advised to check the Government website for the latest information on a regular basis if you are planning to travel or are travelling into Europe in the immediate future. 
 
You can sign up to get email alerts from the Government to get the latest information.
 
You can also get travel advice for the country you’re visiting, including local information about travel, laws and customs, and money.
 

Passports: Check if you need to renew

Did you know you may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after Brexit.
 
On the day you travel, your passport will need to:
have at least 6 months’ validity
be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
 
If you do not renew your passport, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
 
If you are unsure if your passport will allow you to travel, you can use a Government tool to check whether your passport is valid for the country you’re visiting.
 
Please note, it usually takes 3 weeks to renew your passport. Although, there is a premium service if you need it sooner.
 
These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.
 

Healthcare: Check you’re covered

You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad.
 
After Brexit your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be valid.
 
It’s particularly important you get travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not.
 
You can read advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover.
 

Travel

There may be changes after Brexit. What these are depend on how you’re travelling.
 
However you travel, check before you leave for any delays or disruption.
 

Flights, ferries, cruises, Eurostar and Eurotunnel, bus and coach services

 
After Brexit, the following will be able to run as before:
flights
ferries and cruises
the Eurostar and Eurotunnel
bus and coach services between the UK and the EU
 
If you’re flying:
airport security procedures will not change for direct flights to and from the UK
there should not be delays at airport security if you change flights in EU airports
 
Bus and coach services to non-EU countries, for example Switzerland or Andorra, may be effected and as a result may not be able to run. The government is working to make sure that these continue to run with minimal or no disruption. Please check the Government website for updates or contact your dedicated travel consultant if you have any further questions.
 

Entering other countries

Visas: you should not need one for short trips

After Brexit, you will not need a visa for short trips, according to European Commission proposals. You could stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, or to work or study.
 
Please check the Government website for updates. 
 
When the rules are confirmed, information about how to get a visa if you need one will be on each country’s travel advice page.
 
Travel to Ireland will not change after Brexit. 
 

Border control: you may have to show your return ticket and money

 
At border control, you may need to:
show a return or onward ticket
show you have enough money for your stay
use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
 

Other Brexit changes

You’ll need to declare cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you take it between the UK and any other country.
 
If you’re a business:
you may need to make a customs declaration if you take goods with you to sell abroad or use for business
find out what else you need to do to prepare your business for Brexit
 
 
For further details on any of the above and for information regarding; driving, travel insurance policies, pet travel, mobile data roaming or if your travel company goes out of business, please visit the Government website
 

The Great Office Bake Off

Here at The Kings Ferry we love The Great British Bake Off. We love it so much so that we decided to hold our own ‘Great Office Bake Off’.

After enlisting the help of the team, we created our own awesome promotional video on-board our VIP coach and the #GOBO Challenge was born. 
 

The #GOBO Challenge

We challenge other companies around the UK to take part in the Great Office Bake Off and to show us their best bakes. With the likes of National Express and Waterstones already getting involved, there’s still time to share your office’s bakes. 
 
To be part of the challenge, all we ask is that you use the #GOBO and tag us in so we can see your delicious creations.
 

Vote for Your Star Baker

As if we could settle for a bake off video, every Friday staff at The Kings Ferry bake that week’s theme. We’re not sure about everyone else but in this office we are fuelled by cake and sugar!
 
It’s then up to our fantastic followers to vote for their favourite on our Facebook page and crown the weeks’ Star Baker.
 
Let’s take a look at the entries so far… 
 
 

Week 10 | The Grand Finale

Your #GOBO 2019 Champion...

Over the past 10 weeks, our bakers have treated us to some incredibly delicious treats. They’ve combined flavours, experimented with colours and took on each weeks’ challenges like pros! 
 
So without further ado, it’s our pleasure to announce that your #GOBO Champion 2019 is… JAY!
 
Great Office Bake Off Champion 2019 Jay Watkiss
 

Entries...

Our 2 most notorious bakers have entered the tent for the last time for their chance to be crowned the #GOBO 2019 Champion!
 
Will it be Jay with her no soggy bottom Sausage Rolls, or Charlotte with her eye catching Cheeky Chocolate Oreo Cake?! 
 
Vote for your winner now!
 

Week 9 | Patisserie

Your Star Baker...

The independent adjudicator Mrs Betty Crocker was on hand to call this one!! Your week 9 star baker is the brilliant Jay with her stunning Profiteroles!! 

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Our bakers this week are both previous Star Baker winners – so it’s going to be a tough one this week!
 
Both bakers have created some delicate treats for our Patisserie week. Our Cake Star Baker Jay has made Profiteroles and Festival Star Baker Charlotte has made Eclairs. But who will add another Star Baker to their belt? 
 
Vote for your favourite! 
 
 

Week 8 | Pastry 

Your Star Bake...

The votes are in and the nation has decided on their favourite Gregg's pastry bake. The classic sausage roll is this weeks' Star Bake!

Greggs Sausage Roll

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Our bakers had a few disasters last night baking their pastries so we have enlisted the help of our good friend Gregg!

We've got two incredible bakes that have torn the nation, Gregg's succulent Steak Bake and the classic Sausage Roll, both equally delicious but only one can win! 

Vote for your favourite! 

 

Week 7 | Festivals 

Your Star Baker...

Charlotte's adorable Easter Bunny cupcakes hopped their way into becoming our Festival Star Baker, thanks to your votes!

Week 7 Festival Star Baker Charlotte with her Easter Bunny Cupcakes

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Our bakers this week are Cassie and Charlotte.
 
Both bakers were working hard all night to bring some delicious treats for festival week. Cassie has made spooktacular Halloween Gingerbread biscuits and Charlotte has made Easter Bunny Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes.  
 
Who will be your Star Baker? 
 
 

Week 6 | Dessert

Your Star Baker...

Jade’s melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Ganache Tart was rich, moreish and decorated delicately with chocolate leaves. Thanks to your votes, Jade is our Dessert Week Star Baker!

Jade with autumnal Chocolate Ganache Tart Great Office Bake Off Week 6 Winner

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Our bakers for this week are Steph, Jade and Alison. 

All three bakers have been waiting for this week to showcase their delicious desserts. Steph has made a luxury Millionaire Shortbread Cheesecake, Jade has made a autumnal Chocolate Ganache Tart and Alison has made a White Chocolate Cheesecake Surprise.
 
Who will be your Star Baker? 
 

Week 5 | Roaring '20's

Your Star Baker...

Jodi and her scrumptious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake was the centre of attention and thanks to your votes she is our Week 5 Roaring 20’s Star Baker!

Jodi with Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for The Great Office Bake Off Star Baker Week 5

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Our bakers for this week are Jodi and Graham. 

Both bakers have dedicated their bakes to the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Jodi’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake embodies the 1920’s, a classic bake. Graham’s Lemon Cupcakes take inspiration from the famous 1920 Ritz Carlton Lemon Cake. 
 
Who will be your Star Baker?
 

 

Week 4 | Dairy

Your Star Baker...

 

Vikki's Banoffee Pies were the obvious winner for Week 4 and thanks to your votes she was crowned our Star Baker for Dairy Week.

Vikki Street with Banoffee Pies

Entries...

 
We only had one baker this week, Vikki. 
 
Vikki’s duo of Banoffee Pies went down extremely well in the office, but she’s not giving the recipe away as it’s a family secret. As no one else in the office volunteered for Dairy Week, we had to improvise and find a fake image of a cheesecake. 
 
Who will be your Star Baker?  
 

 

Week 3 | Bread

Your Star Baker…
 

Gemma's spectacular Rosemary & Sea Salt bread went down a treat and is our Week 3 Star Baker thanks to your votes. 

Gemma's Rosemary & Sea Salt Bread | Bread Week Star Baker

 

The Entries…

 
Our two bakers this week are Gemma and Jay.
 
Both bakers raised the bar with some interesting flavours. Gemma’s homemade Rosemary and Sea Salt bread has filled the office with its sensational aroma. Jay’s homemade Sweet Cinnamon Sugar bread has the perfect amount of sweetness to satisfy any sugar craving.
 
Who will be your Star Baker?
 

 

Week 2 | Biscuits

Your Star Baker…

 
Sophia’s Gingerbread embodied the infamous Kings Ferry crown this week winning the majority vote. It was so delicious, it was gone within the hour!
 
Biscuit Week Great Office Bake Off Star Baker Winner

 

The Entries…

 
Our two bakers this week are Nicki and Sophia. 
 
Nicki’s chocolate-chip shortbread cookies are coloured in our iconic green and yellow, a winning combination. While Sophia’s giant gingerbread is in the shape of our fabulous crown, definitely a crowd pleaser. 
 
Who will be your Star Baker? 
 

 

Week 1 | Cake 

Your Star Baker…

 
Jay’s homemade fruit cake won the heart of the nation in our first ever Great Office Bake Off. A delicious entry and well deserved!
 
Great Office Bake Off Cake Week Star Baker Winner

 

The Entries…

 
Our two bakers this week are Jay and one sheepish baker who wished to remain anonymous.
 
Jay’s homemade fruitcake is garnished with edible daisies, a sweet bake cooked to perfection. Whereas our sheepish baker had a little help from the local Tesco, in the shape of a chocolate birthday cake. 
 
Who will be your Star Baker? 
 

 

 

The Great Escape to the Countryside

Breathe in the fresh air of the British countryside as you sit back and relax.

Embark upon a rural escape where you’ll find rolling hills and cobblestone streets. 
 
With most Britons living amongst the hustle and bustle of cities, a countryside getaway is the perfect solution for some downtime. Reconnect with nature and watch the world go by from one of these idyllic destinations;
 

Lake District

Lake District Countryside
 
Located in North West England, the Lake District is a World Heritage Site. With its high fells, glacial lakes and rural villages, it’s no surprise tourists from around the world visit this magnificent destination. It is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike is part of the National Three Peaks Challenge, a challenge that involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales, often within 24 hours.
 
The Lake District not only has the highest peak but it also holds other national records. It has Wastwater, England’s deepest lake and Windermere, the longest lake in England.
 

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Countryside
 
The Cotswolds span almost 800 square miles across five counties. It is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. With lively market towns, typical quaint English villages, breath-taking castles and gorgeous country houses, sightseeing in the Cotswolds will take you on a tour of all things countryside. 
 
The Cotswolds also benefit from a rich harvest of cheeses, meats and locally brewed drinks. Visitors can enjoy a spot of fine dining and taste the fresh local produce in one of the many Gastropubs and old Inns.
 

Snowdonia 

Snowdonia National Park Mount Snowdon
 
Snowdonia is a spectacular National Park in northern Wales surrounded by mountains and glacial landforms. It is home to the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon. Many have scaled the mountain as part of the National Three Peaks Challenge. However, for those who don’t fancy hiking to the top the iconic Snowdon Mountain Railway will take you up to the summit. Mount Snowdon has some of the most beautiful views from its peak, treating its visitors to views across the sea to Ireland.  
 
Snowdonia has plenty of activities to do in addition to hiking to the top of its famous peak. Take a refreshing dip in the deep, clear waters of the Watkins Path waterfalls. The park also has countless mountain biking trials for you to discover. If you’re looking for a thrill why not whizz along the sky on the world’s fastest zip line! 
 

Getting to the Countryside

Many National Parks welcome coaches in a bid to reduce the amount of cars roaming around. Coach travel is one of the most eco-friendly modes of transport. 
 
If you’re travelling as a group, no matter the size, we can get you to your destination altogether. We regularly transport groups to the UK’s National Parks; from ramblers to wedding parties and everything in-between!
 
Find out how you can escape to the countryside with The Kings Ferry. 
 
 

VIP Offer

VIP Offer

Want to add that extra bit of class and style to your VIP coach hire? We have a luxurious offer available!

Enquire for a VIP booking and you will receive not one but TWO FREE bottles of Champagne* - the perfect start to your journey with The Kings Ferry.

Simply enter/quote voucher code ‘VIP45’ upon enquiry to receive your two complimentary bottles of bubbly – then sit back, relax and enjoy!

VIP offer available for a limited time only.

Get A Quote

*Terms and Conditions Apply

Offer only available if the Voucher code ‘VIP45’ is used when enquiring. Offer available to bookings with a VIP vehicle only. 2 bottles per vehicle. Bottles will be placed on hired vehicle on the day of travel. Not available for existing quotations. Not available to tariff or contracted customer bookings.

Coach Driver Career Roadmap

When you become a coach driver within The Kings Ferry Group, it’s not just a career you are signing up for, it’s to be part of a family. 

Our people are at the core of our business and are the focus of some of our key vision and values. Each person receives ongoing support throughout their entire career with The Kings Ferry Group. We provide further training, assessments and other opportunities within the business to everyone. 
 
There are two starting points available for drivers; if you already have a PCV licence you get to skip ahead and start straight on the commuter services. If you don’t have a PCV licence you can enrol on to our brand new Driver Training Academy. As a Trainee we will teach you all you need to know about becoming a fully-fledged coach driver. 
 

Being a Coach Driver with The Kings Ferry Group can lead you anywhere. Click on the banner below to see where your journey can take you…
 

Coach Driver Career Roadmap
 
From being a Trainee in our Driver Training Academy to receiving VIP status and performing at the highest level, a career as a coach driver with The Kings Ferry Group is like no other. 
 
With such a diversity of work and a range of choices, there is a role for everyone. It’s our job to ensure we put the right people in the right places to allow them to reach their potential.
 

Life beyond a Coach Driver…

 
A career as a coach driver doesn’t have to be restricted to the road. We have office based roles available to drivers who are looking for a break from behind the wheel. You can start as a Duty Controller and get promoted all the way up to Management. 
 
There’s no need to feel confined to one depot either. Whether you are a driver or working in the office, we are open to cross company opportunities. As a Group and part of National Express, we have depots in; Gillingham (Kent), Dover, London, Reading, Leicester, Birmingham and Heathrow. 
 

Are you ready to start your career with The Kings Ferry Group? 

 
If you are new to coach driving and haven’t got your PCV licence yet, find out about joining our Driver Training Academy, click here for more details.
 
If you already have your PCV licence and would like more information on what it’s like to work for The Kings Ferry Group and details on how to apply, click here for more information.
 

 

Partying in the Capital: where to go

London’s nightlife scene is one of the best in the world. With such a diverse culture in the capital, it brings with it a whole host of new, exciting experiences from across the globe.

From ball pit bars and ping-pong tournaments to traditional British pubs and secret underground speakeasies, you are sure to have a great night out when visiting one of these incredible London hotspots… 
 

Shoreditch

Shoreditch, London
 
Shoreditch is the creative hub of London’s East End. Known for its hip pubs, colourful street art and legendary nightclubs, Shoreditch is bursting with young creatives and trendsetters. This lively neighbourhood has a fantastic nightlife scene.
 
From ping-pong tournaments and gastropubs to cocktail bars and rooftop terraces, a night out in Shoreditch is certainly unique. 
 
Home to one of the best cocktail bars in the world, Happiness Forgets is a secret underground speakeasy bar that serves legendary cocktails in a candle-lit basement. It’s definitely worth a visit.
 

Camden Town

Camden Town, London
 
Known for its alternative vibe, Camden Town is famed for its bustling markets, live music scene and street performers. Taste your way around the world at Camden Market sampling delicacies or stroll through the streets gazing up at the amazing street art. 
 
Camden is a hot spot for tourists, teenagers and punks. You’ll find everything in Camden, from cultural restaurants and free comedy clubs to iconic pubs and soulful live bands.  
 
The biggest pub in Europe also lies on the streets of this alternative town. The Worlds End is Camden’s most popular pub and serves brilliant locally brewed beers. 
 

Brixton

Brixton Jazz
 
Brixton is a lively, multicultural area in South London infused with Afro-Caribbean heritage. With such a diverse culture, Brixton is full of international flavours brought to you from pop-ups and restaurants. 
 
Brixton is a hotspot for musicians, live DJs and stand-up comics. Its brilliant nightlife scene has something for everyone, from reggae and drum ‘n’ bass to Afrobeats and old school hip-hop. Music-lovers can enjoy late night beats from the infamous Brixton Academy and Hootananny. 
 
For soulful partying, The Blues Kitchen is the place to be. Dance the night away to blues and disco tunes while sipping on exotic bourbon cocktails. The Blue Kitchen also dishes up flavours of the Deep South to complement its blues vibe.
 

Party the night away…

 
Discover London’s best nightlife scenes without the worry of getting there and back. Coach hire to London is convenient and cheaper than you think. 
 
Every great journey starts here!
 
 

Destination Unknown

The UK is full of rich culture and history in every corner. From seaside towns to medieval cities, there is a place for everyone when travelling around Britain. 

We’ve compiled a list of our 5 best places to visit in the UK;
 

Bath

 
Bath City
 
Best time to go: July – August
 
The World Heritage City of Bath is oozing with rich history and culture. Famed for its ancient Roman Baths, visitors can enjoy a dip in Britain’s only natural thermal waters. The history lesson doesn’t stop there, the impressive Bath Abbey dates back to the 7th century and was a former Benedictine monastery. Jane Austen was also a prominent figure in Bath, the city was at the heart of her life and works, visitors can explore this in the Jane Austen Centre. 
 

Inverness 

Inverness Loch Ness Scotland
 
Best time to go: April – September
 
Explore the largest city in the Scottish Highlands. Stroll through the 19th-century Victorian Market, marvel at the stunning Cathedral in Old Town and enjoy breath-taking views of the River Ness from Inverness Castle. Discover the extraordinary Loch Ness, a 23-mile long lake, home to the legendary Loch Ness monster. Will you catch a glimpse of the infamous mythical creature?
 

Oxford

Oxford, England, Places to visit in the UK
 
Best time to go: July – August
 
Nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, Oxford revolves around its prestigious university. The stunning 12th century medieval architecture in the city centre is what draws visitors to the city again and again. When you’re not gazing up at the incredible buildings, many opt for a relaxing punt along the river in flat-bottom riverboats. 
 

Brighton

Brighton Pier, England
 
Best time to go: May – August
 
Brighton is a lively coastal town with plenty of things to do for everyone. Brighton’s iconic pier is a great place to start, it’s full of arcades and thrilling rides. If you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle, The Lanes alleyways are known for its antique shops, quaint cafes and traditional British pubs. Brighton has an incredible arts scene and a colourful nightlife scene popular with parties. 
 

Cardiff

Cardiff, Wales, Places to visit in the UK
 
Best time to go: June – August
 
Cardiff is Wales’ capital city and has the largest population in the country. It’s a friendly city with a fantastic indie food scene, intimate gigs and a spectacular city-centre castle. The beautiful bay of Cardiff is almost six-miles long, with many fantastic places to shop, dine and explore, it’s the perfect place to discover the best of Wales. 
 

Make this summer one to remember… 

 
Explore what the UK has to offer and stop off at some fantastic unknown destinations along the way. Kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry.
 
Every great journey starts here!
 
 

Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2019

Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2019

Join us for Fright Nights 2019, Thorpe Park’s most terrifying Halloween event. Reawaken your darkest nightmares as you battle to survive 8 horrifying scare attractions. 

With TWO brand new live-action horror experiences, prepare to have your deepest, darkest phobias unleashed. Face your fears with the return of SIX frightening favourites including the award-winning The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare and the petrifying Platform 15.
 
Do you dare to ride into the dead of night and explore an Island home to FEAR itself?
 

Blair Witch

 
Blair Witch Thorpe Park Fright Nights
 
Venture deep into the cursed Black Hills Forest and discover the truth behind the legend of the Blair Witch. This iconic horror movie maze will take you through the eerie wilderness as you fight to take on the evil that lurks beyond the darkness. 
 

The Walking Dead: Do or Die

 
Make your way through the compound towards Sanctum in this live-action outdoor maze. However, the road to safety isn’t as easy as it seems. Survival only comes to those who find food. Rumour has it there is an unexplored Del Arno trailer nearby that might be your ticket to Sanctum but will you survive long enough to see it?
 

The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare

The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare Thorpe Park Fright Nights
 
Live out your worst nightmares as you find yourself with other survivors at the terrifying mercy of the notorious Saviours. Staring straight into the face of death, relive the horror of the post-apocalyptic world of zombies. Experience terrifying iconic scenes of the world’s biggest horror franchise including the world’s first experience of Season 7. 
 

Platform 15

 
All aboard! Depart on a one way ticket as you trek along the deserted railway line in search for the notorious Sleepy Express. Don’t lose track and disturb the haunted souls that were once on board, or you may just experience the same chilling fate. Can you out-run what lies ahead or will your journey terminate at Platform 15? 
 

Screamplexx Cinema

Screamplexx Cinema by Bloody Cuts Thorpe Park Fright Nights
 
No Halloween event is complete without a terrifying horror movie marathon. Watch from behind the safety of your popcorn as you immerse yourself in a series of spine-chilling, terrifying short films.  As if watching the scariest of movies isn’t enough there will be a few spooky surprises along the way - they don’t call it a Screamplexx 4D experience for nothing! 
 

CONTAINMENT

 
Can you find the antidote to a deadly infection before the time runs out? Working in groups, you’ll be locked inside four frightening rooms in the ultimate timed escape. Facing your worst nightmares, you’ll need to break the codes and make your way through each chilling challenge to save humanity. 
 

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Too scared to go alone? 
 
Grab a group of your most formidable friends for the best chance to survive the Island! 
 
Armed with a fearsome coach and its driver, head to the home of fear with a deadly deal. Save up to 35% off entrance and travel prices, even if you can’t save yourself! 
 
 

48 Hours in the City of Love

The City of Love Paris, Wedding Couple in front of the Eiffel Tower
 
Paris, the city of love, is one of the most romantic destinations on Earth and is the second most popular place in the world for proposals. Every corner of this city oozes romance, from rooftop gardens and dining under the stars to Champagne toasts and cute bike rides. 
 
If you’ve only got 48 hours in this beautiful city, make it count with these top places to visit! 
 

Sacre-Coeur 

sacre-coeur paris
 
Sitting atop the hill of Montmartre is the stunning white-domed Sacre-Coeur, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. This beautiful church is the second most visited church in Paris, being beaten only by the Notre Dame. Visitors can bask in the church grounds or attempt the 300-step climb to the top of the dome for a spectacular view of the city. 
 

Champs Elysees

 
The Champs Elysees is the world’s most beautiful avenue. Lined with gorgeous trees and stretching almost 2 kilometres, this avenue is definitely worth a visit. With luxury stores, Michelin-star restaurants, quaint cafes and famous nightclubs decorating the avenue, there is something for everyone. A visit to the Champs Elysees wouldn’t be complete without a stop off at Laduree for a taste of France’s famous macarons.  
 

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
 
The magnificent Arc de Triomphe lies at the top of the Champs Elysees. It’s the biggest arch in the world and allows visitors to climb to the top for breath-taking views over the city. 
 

Louvre

The Louvre Museum in Paris
 
The iconic glass pyramid lies at the entrance to the Louvre. With over 380,000 objects and 35,000 artwork displays, the Louvre is the world’s largest art museum. This historic monument is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, its most popular attraction. 
 

Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle
 
The Sainte Chapelle features the most extensive glass window collection in the world. The windows tower an impressive 15 metres high, leaving visitors looking up in awe. Sainte Chapelle’s French Gothic style is what attracts so many through its doors, that and it’s located a short 5-minute walk from the world famous Notre-Dame.
 

Jardin des Plantes

 
The Jardin des Plantes is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon. It’s the main botanical garden in France and covers an incredible 28 hectares. The garden features libraries, artworks, greenhouses and a small zoo. 
 

Eiffel Tower

 
The most famous landmark in France, the Eiffel Tower offers the best views of Paris. Visitors can stop off at one of the 3 levels. Level 1 and 2 offers visitors a spot of shopping as well as gourmet dining. The Michelin-star Jules Verne restaurant on Level 2 offers romantic candle-lit dining, perfect for a proposal. A visit to the incredible observation deck on level 3 is a must, it offers the best 360 views of the city!
 

Fall in love with Paris…

 
If you’re planning a group trip to discover this beautiful city, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry. 
 
Every great journey starts here!
 
 

 

Experience the Laid-Back Surfer Vibes of Cornwall

Cornwall is Europe’s hotspot for surfers, attracting surfers from around the world to take to the waves. 

Cornwall’s perfect position means its rugged north and west coasts get the biggest and best waves from the powerful Atlantic Ocean. In contrast to the south coast which is calm and known as the Cornish Riviera. 
 
Catch a break at one of these fantastic surf beaches. 
 

Fistral Beach, Newquay 

Surfer at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach is the epicentre of Europe’s surfing scene. Visitors can learn to surf from Fistral’s countless surf schools. While the regular 8ft swells attract some of the biggest names in surf. The annual surf festival Boardmasters transforms Fistral Beach bringing pro surf, skate and BMX competitions, including World Surf League contests.  

Best for… All skill levels
 
You’ll love… the famous Cornish Cribbar. With swells reaching up to 30ft, this is Cornwall’s best known big wave spot for experienced surfers.  
 

Gwenver Beach, Penzance 

Surfer at Gwenver Beach, Penzance, Cornwall

Gwenver Beach is quite possibly the most exposed beach in England. Less than 2 miles from Lands’ End, Gwenver feels the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a secluded beach only accessible by foot, making it much less crowded than the nearby Sennen Beach. 

Best for… Intermediate, Expert
 
You’ll love… the powerful waves. These solid 6ft swells have the power of the Atlantic Ocean behind them, making them unsuitable for beginners but fantastic for experienced surfers. 
 

Polzeath Beach, Padstow 

Surfer at Polzeath Beach, Padstow

Polzeath is a beautiful sandy beach, which in low tide spans around half a mile in all directions. It’s one of the safest beaches along this stretch of coast and has been awarded Blue Flag status. Due to its gentle shelving and sheltered beach, the waves here lack power making it perfect for beginners.  

Best for… Beginners
 
You’ll love… the long slow breaking waves make the ideal conditions for learning to surf. 
 

Grab your surfboard and let’s go!

Hit the waves and catch that perfect break, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry today. 
 
Every great journey starts here!
 
 
 
 

Discover the Great British Coast

From rugged cliff-faces to tranquil golden sandy beaches, Britain’s coastline is one of the best in the world. 

The Great British Coast is dotted with hidden beaches, stunning bays and breath-taking walks. Prepare to look out in awe as you explore what Britain has to offer. 
 

Rhossili 

Rhossili, Gower Peninsula, Wales, British Coast
©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
 
Where is it? Gower Peninsula, Swansea in Wales. 
 
What’s special? With dramatic scenery and Wales’ most iconic cliffs, Rhossili is a beautiful 3-mile stretch of coastline. This National Trust site has breath-taking headland walks including a walk to the highest point of Gower. 
 
Best place to stay… The Kings Head Inn is a 17th century inn set in the heart of Gower. It serves traditional pub food from steak and ale pies to beer battered fish with homemade chips. 
 
London to Rhossili takes… 4.5 hours.
 

Bamburgh

Bamburgh Beach and Bamburgh Castle British Coast
Credit: Britain on View/www.visitnorthumberland.com
 
Where is it? Northumberland, England.
 
What’s special? The clear seas and sandy beaches of Bamburgh stretch far and wide. On a warm summers’ day you can look out across the sea for views of Farne Islands. Perched on top of the hill, overlooking the glorious beach is the iconic Bamburgh Castle. 
 
Best place to stay… The Victoria Hotel is set in the heart of Bamburgh, a mere 12-minute walk from the magnificent castle. The hotel serves delicious regional food all day within the Bar & Brasserie.
 
London to Bamburgh takes… 6.5 hours.
 

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands Near Barnstaple North Devon Great Britian

Where is it? Saunton in North Devon, England.
 
What’s special? This 3-mile stretch of golden sand is hidden behind the largest dunes in Britain, Braunton Burrows. It’s a popular spot for surfers as the crashing Atlantic waves give surfers the perfect break.   
 
Best place to stay… The Saunton Sands Hotel is a stunning beachfront hotel perfectly positioned for the best views from every room. As North Devon’s leading hotel, it features a luxurious spa to help you unwind after a long day of exploring.  
 
London to Saunton Sands takes… 4.5 hours.
 

Whitstable

Whitstable, Kent

Where is it? Kent, South East England.
 
What’s special? Whitstable is famous for its annual oyster festival. Try your hand at the famous oyster-eating competition and watch the fantastic parades and performances. When the festival isn’t on you can enjoy coastal walks and feast on some of the freshest seafood in the county. 
 
Best place to stay… The family-run Hotel Continental on the seafront offers the perfect setting for a coastal escape. You can even stay in a uniquely converted beach hut and enjoy breakfast in the main hotel.  
 
London to Whitstable takes… 1.5 hours.
 

Lochinver

Loch Inver, Scottish Highlands

Where is it? Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland in Scotland. 

What’s special? By day trek to the peak of Mount Suilvan and by night dine in Michelin-starred restaurants. This busy fishing harbour is the perfect base for walkers, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts.   
 
Best place to stay… Mountview boasts unrivalled views of Loch Inver from each of its accommodations. Guests can stay in a Mega Pod, log cabins or a converted croft house for an authentic highland experience.
 
London to Lochinver takes… 12 hours.

 

Are you ready to explore?

 
Get on the road to discovering the Great British Coast, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry today.
 
Every great journey starts here!
 
 
 

Kids Go Free This Summer

If you're struggling to think of things to do with the kids this summer holiday, why not take them to London for free! From 22nd July until 27th September 2019 children under the age of 12 will be able to travel on-board our commuter services free of charge when accompanied by a fare paying adult.

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Not only can your kids travel with you for free onboard our commuter services, you won’t even need to spend a penny for a fun-filled day out with our roundup of free things to do in London.

The Science Museum

The Science Museum London Kids Go Free
 
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Their interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.
 
Entry is free, but charges apply for the IMAX 3D Cinema and some special exhibitions and attractions.
Open 10.00-18.00 daily.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
 

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum London Kids Go Free

One of the most iconic and impressive buildings in London, the Museum recently reimagined its spectacular Hintze Hall. Discover star specimens such as Hope – a 25-metre blue whale plunging down from the ceiling, a rock as old as the solar system and one of the UK’s most complete dinosaurs.
 
Other treasures from the Museum’s unique collection of more than 80 million specimens can be seen across its many permanent galleries, which includes one of the world’s most impressive dinosaur exhibitions. The Museum has a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions which includes its world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. There is also an exciting after-hours events programme featuring early morning yoga, silent discos and dinosaur sleepovers.
 
With regular family exhibitions, plenty interactive activities and action-packed school holiday programmes, there's something for everyone at the Natural History Museum.
 
Entry to the Natural History Museum is free. There are admission charges for some of the special exhibitions and events.
Open daily 10.00-17.50. Last admission 17.30. Open late on the last Friday of each month. 
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
 

Tate Modern

Tate Modern Gallery London

A day out in London isn't complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
 
Entrance for the gallery is free, charges for events/special exhibitions
Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00
Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
 

British Museum

British Museum Free

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.
 
World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.
 
Entrance to the Museum is free. A donation of £5 is recommended. There are admission charges for special exhibitions and some events
Open daily 10.00-17.30. Open late on Fridays until 20.30
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
 

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Marvel at street performers in Covent Garden. Since the 1660s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance. The first record of Covent Garden street entertainment came in 1662, when Samuel Pepys’ diary notes that a marionette show featuring a character named Punch took place on the Piazza. Today, the custom continues with a whole host of daily performances you can watch for free!
 
Entrance to Covent Garden is free
Open daily
Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
 

Free Walking Tour of London

London at Dusk

No other tour covers so many major London landmarks! Have your cameras at the ready as you walk past Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, and see where the Queen and Prince Charles live as you stroll past Buckingham and St. James’s Palaces. On this 3-hour walking tour you'll tick off many of London's must-see sites.
 
This is a gratuity-based free walking tour
Tours start every day in front of the Apple Store in Covent Garden and finishes by Westminster Abbey. Please check neweuropetours.eu for details of tour times
Apple Store, 1-7 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8HB
 

Camden Market

Camden Market London

Camden Market started off as a small arts and crafts fair in the backyard of Dingwalls. Originally it was temporary and only open on Sundays, however its popularity grew fast. Today they are the largest market in London, open seven days a week. Camden Market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and intendent stores next to The Regent’s Canal. 
 
Entrance to Camden Market is free
Open daily from 10am until late
Chalk Farm Road, London
 

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guards London

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony where The Queen's Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace to the New Guard. Changing the Guard begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:00 sharp following a march by a detachment of the Old Guard, with musical support, from St. James's Palace and the New Guard led by a Regimental Band from Wellington Barracks.
 
The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes and we advise that you arrive at Buckingham Palace no later than 10:15 to bag yourself a good spot amongst the crowds.
 
Watching the Changing of the Guard is free of charge and no tickets are required
Changing of the Guard takes place most days from 11:00. Check changing-guard.com before your visit
Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
 

Kids travel to London free when accompanied by a full paying adult. 

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Take a Taste Tour of the UK

Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect excuse to feast your senses on new sights, sounds and smells. A tour of the UK will take you to places you’ve never been before and experiences you never knew existed! 
 
As a nation of foodies, our beloved country is full of local delicacies that will have your taste buds tingling. Taste your way around the UK with these local delicacies, if you’re brave enough. 
 

Haggis

Haggis Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? Everywhere in Scotland
The secret ingredients… Sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal and spices. 
You’ll love it… if you can get past the mental barrier of eating a sheep’s heart. Our Managing Director Ian loves it (albeit he’s a Scotsman), but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re in the area. They even do a veggie version!  
 

Welsh Rarebit ‘Rabbit’

Welsh Rarebit Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? Everywhere in Wales
The secret ingredients… Cheese, eggs and milk – not a rabbit in sight!
You’ll love it… it’s the most famous Welsh dish of them all. Imagine the warm cheese sauce poured over a slice of toast, sound familiar? That’s because it is, it’s known as the posh cheese on toast and it’s delicious! 
 

Eton Mess

Eton Mess Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? England 
The secret ingredients… Strawberries, meringue and whipped cream. 
You’ll love it… this dish can’t go wrong. This summer dessert is a delicious concoction of broken sweetness all mixed together to make one yummy delicacy. 
 

Pie, Mash & Liquor

Pie Mash Eels and Liquor Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? East London
The secret ingredients… Beef pie, mashed potato, eels and parsley liquor.
You’ll love it… it’s the product of the pie and eel farmers joining forces back in the day. Although, the parsley liquor isn’t actually alcoholic and contrary to the myth it’s not made from eel water either – we don’t think! 
 

Devon Cream Tea

Devon Cream Tea Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? Devon 
The secret ingredients… Tea, scones, clotted cream and jam. 
You’ll love it… but only if you do it the Devon way. The clotted cream goes on first then you add the jam. If you do it the other way round then you’ve got yourself a Cornish Cream Tea.
 

Are you feeling hungry for adventure?  

Get on the road to discovering the great tastes of the UK, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry today.
 
Every great journey starts here! 
 
 
 

At The Great Lines On Armed Forces Day

On the 29th June, we were invited to an Armed Forces Day event at Gillingham’s Great Lines Park.

This fantastic event saw the local community come together to show their support for servicemen and women.

On The Day 

Saturday 29th June was officially ‘the hottest day of the year’ with temperatures soaring to 31C, but that didn’t put people off.

The event saw displays and parades from various divisions; Royal Engineers, the Infantry, Royal Navy and many more. 

Our Invite

As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, we were invited to exhibit at the Great Lines event.

Recruitment Team at Armed Forces Day 2019; Lok Gurung, Lee Miller, Leigh Marriott & Simon Le Mar

Our recruitment team were on-site with our new training coach to discuss employment opportunities after service. The event was a huge success for us, it attracted over 20 academy sign ups and 6 new driver recruits!

A Couple of Special Visitors

We had a special visit on-board our training coach from the Deputy Mayor of Medway, Habib Tejan. Our Group Training and Development Manager, Simon Le Mar was on-hand to discuss The Kings Ferry and our new Driver Training Academy. 

The Kings Ferry Team with Deputy Mayor of Medway, Habib Tejan. (Left to right; Simon Le Mar, Habib Tejan and Lok Gurung)

The Deputy Mayor wasn’t the only one who was impressed by our coach, this dog seemed to enjoy his time on-board too.

Boxer Dog on The Kings Ferry Training Academy Coach

Our Fantastic Team

We would like to say a huge thank you to our Driver Recruitment team; Simon Le Mar, Lee Miller and Leigh Marriott for giving up your time to help out on the day. We would also like to say thanks to Lok Gurung, one of our ex-forces drivers who gave up his time to come down on the day to speak to potential new recruits. 

Well done to the team on this successful event – we know it wasn’t easy in the intense heat.   

If you would like to become a Coach Driver but don't have the relevant licence, fear not. Our Driver Training Academy will get you qualified and provide you with a full-time job upon success. For more information on how to sign up, click on the button below.

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Glastonbury Festival 2019

Glastonbury Festival is the UK’s biggest music festival and the largest Greenfield festival in the world! 

2019 saw the annual festival return to Worthy Farm following a fallow year. It was held over the 26th–30th June and saw an impressive 175,000 festival-goers attend. 
 

Big Names

Glastonbury Festival has always been home to some of the biggest names on the planet. David Bowie headlined the festival back in 1971, the only year the festival was free. The 1980’s saw headlining acts such as; Hawkwind, Van Morrison, UB40 and The Cure. The 90’s brought with it a rock and roll vibe, whilst the noughties had something for everyone; pop, rock and electronic! 
 
This year’s festival was headlined by The Killers, Stormzy and returning for the fourth time, The Cure. The infamous Pyramid stage saw Stormzy sport a Banksy vest, Kylie Minogue’s emotional Glastonbury debut and a surprise speech from Sir David Attenborough praising the festival for going plastic-free which secured the biggest cheer of the event.
 

Transporting the Thousands 

The Kings Ferry coach at Glastonbury Festival
 
When 175,000 people descend onto one farm in the middle of Glastonbury, it’s no surprise the council fear the overwhelming traffic levels. That’s where the ticket and coach combo’s come in, and subsequently us!
 
When it comes to complex transport requirements, there aren’t many that top Glastonbury. For years we’ve been transporting thousands of festival-goers and this year was no different as we transported an enormous 44,000 passengers. 
 

The Secrets behind This Mammoth Task 

Transporting 44,000 people is no easy task, it requires planning - lots of planning and plenty of coffee!
 
We started arranging the transport for Glastonbury at least 8 months in advance as 875 movements took place. This is where our network of sub-contractors were maximised. Our own fleet and network of operators transported passengers from 29 cities across the UK including; Edinburgh, Newcastle, Norwich, London, Exeter and Swansea. 
 
With over 23,000 Glastonbury tickets to distribute to passengers, it was paramount that we get the right tickets to the right coaches. Did you know, each ticket has its passengers photograph on it? In hindsight, this could have been a logistical nightmare, but luckily we’re pretty experienced at it. 
 

The Force of the Operation

120,000 miles, 44,000 passengers, 23,000 tickets, 875 movements with a force of 362 drivers were at the wheels of this operation. 
 
We’ve asked our drivers time and time again what they enjoyed about transporting passengers to Glastonbury. In the past, many have said it’s the atmosphere on the coaches, the buzz around the festival but this year we had a totally different response. 
 
This year the thing the drivers enjoyed THE most was the lack of mud – there wasn’t a patch of mud in sight. We had clean coaches all round and welly sales were possibly at an all-time low! 
 

The Langa Methodist Church Choir

Amongst the thousands of festival-goers on our coaches, we transported the amazing Langa Methodist Church Choir. Originating from Cape Town, South Africa, the choir travelled to Glastonbury for their Sunday opening slot on the Pyramid Stage. Watch them get ready for their big performance on-board our coach on BBC Two iPlayer.  
 
Langa Methodist Church Choir Getting On The Kings Ferry Coach
 
The Kings Ferry Coach driving the Langa Methodist Church Choir To Glastonbury
 
The Langa Methodist Church Choir singing on the coach to Glastonbury
 
Langa Methodist Church Choir getting off coach at Glastonbury Festival
 

Where It All Began

Over 10 years ago, The Kings Ferry Group won a tender for See Tickets. After undergoing a trial at Paddock Wood’s Hop Farm, we were asked to transport festival-goers to Glastonbury. Needless to say, we delivered and the rest is history! 
 

Glasto 2020

Now that Glastonbury Festival 2019 is over, it’s not long before we start arranging the transport for 2020. Every November we get to work arranging the hundreds of coaches needed for the festival the following June. 
 
Next year Glastonbury Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary and we can only imagine that 2020 will be bigger and better than ever before, definitely not one to be missed!
 

One Amazing Effort

We would like to say a huge congratulations, thank you and well done to the team and our partner operators!
 
This mammoth job ran smoothly and without a hitch. That’s all thanks to the Business Development, Sub-Contracting, Contracts, Engineering, Operations and Administration teams at The Kings Ferry Group. As well as, a huge thanks to the 362 drivers and our fantastic sub-contractors, of whom we would not have been able to do this without.
 
If you need transport assistance with an event, get in touch with our team. Call us on 0845 643 4123 or submit your details using the button below. 
 
 
 
 

Saluting Our Forces in June

Poppy on British Army Uniform

The Armed Forces will always have a special place in our hearts at The Kings Ferry Group.

We have numerous employees from management to drivers, who come from a military background. Our support for the armed forces doesn’t just stop at employment, our chosen charity is Help for Heroes. A charity which provides lifelong support to service personnel and veterans who have sustained injuries, illnesses and wounds whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.  
 
Throughout the month of June we had the honour of being involved in multiple Armed Forces events. From transporting veterans to taking schools on battlefield tours, we have been all over the UK and Europe. 
 

75th D Day Anniversary

At the beginning of June, Stewarts Coaches, part of The Kings Ferry Group, were asked to transport veterans, members of parliament and the press for the 75th D Day Anniversary. The commemorations took place in Portsmouth and saw some impressive displays from the Red Arrows. All our drivers noted how emotional the day was and that they were honoured to have been a part of it. 
 
Find out what happened at the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations and see for yourself what our drivers got to experience. 
 
 

Battlefields Tours

With the D Day Anniversary taking place at the beginning of June and Armed Forces Day being held at the end, battlefield tours have been in high demand. We’ve visited famous battlefields and landmarks in France, Germany and Belgium. 
 
Take a look at some photos of our journeys and see what our customers have said about their battlefield trips. 
 
 

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29th June and is a day to show support for servicemen and women. Thanks to our continued support for the Armed Forces, we’ve been invited to exhibit at an Armed Forces Day event. The free event will take place at Gillingham’s Great Lines Heritage Park and everyone is welcome. We’re sending some ex-forces staff down to have a chat about employment opportunities after service. 
 
Find out details about the event at Great Lines and how we support ex-servicemen and women in starting a new career.
 
 

Armed Forces Day 2019

ex-Commonwealth Soldiers Kings Ferry Drivers
 
Armed Forces Day is a day to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces. From currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets, Armed Forces Day is a day dedicated to recognising the Armed Forces community. Every year events take place all over the country to celebrate this day, this year it’s taking place on Saturday 29th June. 
 

The Armed Forces Day Event

We’ve been invited to exhibit at the Armed Forces Day being held at Gillingham’s Great Lines Heritage Park. This free event is open to the public and is run in partnership with the local Royal School of Military Engineering. On the day they will be displays and parades from various services including; Royal Engineers, the Infantry, Gurkhas, Royal Navy, Royal Marine Reserves, tri-service Cadet Forces and many more. 
 
Armed Forces Day is a fantastic day out for all the family with plenty of activities to take part in. Children will be able to take part in their own obstacle course and go on the rides at the giant funfair. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a helicopter fly-in, as well as listening to performances from the Military Wives Choir and bandstand concerts.  
 
The Kings Ferry will be one of the many exhibitors showing support for servicemen and women. We were invited to exhibit as we are part of the Armed Forces Covenant.  
 

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge to those who are serving or have served, along with their families, to be treated with fairness and respect within their communities. As part of National Express, we have achieved Gold Award holder status. National Express was the first company to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and continue to show support. We are also on the Employer Recognition Scheme, supporting those looking to start a new career after the military. 
 

Ex-Forces Recruitment

As a recognised employer for ex-service personnel, we are proud to be exhibiting on Armed Forces Day providing an employment opportunity. We have numerous ex-forces employees ranging from managers and office staff to coach drivers. Our ex-forces staff have come from various services; the Infantry, Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Soldiers. 
 
Driver Training Academy Coach
 
Our Driver Training Academy employs those looking to start a new career as a Coach Driver. The fully paid training programme aims to provide support and tuition to drivers getting their PCV licence. Not only do we train unqualified PCV drivers but we also offer CPC training and refresher courses. Those who are successful in the Driver Training Academy will receive a full-time position, earning up to £32,000 a year basic salary. 
 
Our recruitment team will be exhibiting with the Driver Training vehicle at the Great Lines on Saturday 29th June. The team, headed by ex-serviceman Simon Le Mar, will be there on the day to answer questions and take sign ups. 
 
If you can’t attend the event but would still like to express your interest in becoming a Coach Driver, sign up on our Driver Training Academy page.
 
 

On The Battlefield

Over the past few weeks, we’ve visited the battlefields in France, Germany and Belgium. From school trips to re-enactment groups, we’ve transported them on a tour through history.  
 
Here are a few photos from our journeys.
 
Battlefield Tour in Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Garry Smith
Battlefield Tour in Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Garry Smith
 
360 Arromanches Cinema, Normandy, France. Photo: Stuart Lively
360 Arromanches Cinema, Normandy, France. Photo: Stuart Lively
 
The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Adrian Murison
The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Adrian Murison
 

“Our Group was on a Battlefield Pilgrimage to Mons Belgium. Our driver was fantastic, he was very flexible and most importantly friendly and courteous. The coach was in super condition and mega comfortable. This was our sixth year running using KF and I will continue to use them.”, Mick McLoughlin, Clapham Old Boys School.

“Another exceptional experience with Kings Ferry Coaches. Once again I was extremely impressed with the high quality service received from Kings Ferry Coaches. I have been using them for tours of the battlefields since 2005 and have no desire whatsoever to work with a different company. Our driver Simon was excellent, extremely professional and hardworking, able to negotiate some narrow rural lanes in Belgium and a very good communicator. Several times I wished to follow a route that was different to that suggested by the SatNav and Simon had no problem with this. The coach was in excellent condition as always with hot drinks provided. I would also like to point out that the customer care received from Christian Fahy in the office was also exceptional with regular communication both before and following the tour. I don't think I would fault any aspect of the service provided by Kings Ferry Coaches.”, Simon Sharples, Sandwich Technology School.

For more coach hire reviews, take a look at our Trustpilot, https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.thekingsferry.co.uk.
 
If you’re taking a group to visit the battlefields, we can help. Our coaches are the perfect solution for group travel in Europe. Contact our team on 01634 377577 or fill in a quick quote form below.
 
 
 
 

75th D Day Anniversary

D Day Anniversary Coaches line up
 
On the 5th June, the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations took place in Portsmouth. 300 veterans and 60,000 members of public attended. Alongside heads of state from around the world, including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 
 
The event saw the famous Red Arrows flypast followed by RAF aircrafts and Daks over Normandy. The MV Boudicca set sail before sunset carrying 300 Normandy veterans across the channel to Normandy. The ship was escorted by a Royal Navy vessel, representing the famous crossing 75 years before.
 
Red Arrows fly-over coaches
 
As a Group, we are proud to have been involved in this fantastic celebration. 
 

How it happened

One of our newest members of The Kings Ferry Group, Stewarts Coaches, secured the contract to provide transport for the D Day Anniversary. The event required 27 coaches to transport veterans, members of parliament and the press. The coaches came from every member of the group; The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches. 
 

On the day 

Heading to Portsmouth for an early 4am start, the drivers shuttled invited guests to and from the event until 8pm that evening. 
 
We had drivers from all four businesses on-site, including some ex-Commonwealth Soldiers who wore their medals in honour. 
 
ex-Commonwealth Soldiers in-front of coach
 
The event was a huge success with organisers saying, “it was the best delivery of a transport plan we have seen”. The veterans were extremely grateful and expressed their heartfelt thanks to the team at the end of the day. 
 
To be asked to provide transport for such a historic commemoration was incredibly rewarding. With everyone involved saying it was an emotional day that everyone was honoured to be a part of.  
 

Everyone’s A Winner at Soccer Aid 2019

Soccer Aid 2019 England and World XI Coaches
 
The world’s biggest charity football match, Soccer Aid, kicked off at the weekend and what a fantastic event it was. Celebrities and football legends came together to ‘defend play for every child’, raising money and awareness for UNICEF UK. Everyone was a winner at Soccer Aid as a record-breaking £6.7 million was raised on the night!
 

A Huge Honour

We are extremely proud to have supported Soccer Aid for the 7th year. As part of our support we wrapped two of our VIP coaches in this years’ Soccer Aid livery. With two coaches jam-packed with famous faces, from the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, to Olympic Gold Medallist, Sir Mo Farah, the atmosphere on-board was electric to say the least. Along with our two fantastic drivers who represented our company exceptionally, Gary Smith (England) and Simon Martin (World XI).
 
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks with our driver Gary Smith at Soccer Aid 2019
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks with the England coach driver Gary Smith. 
 
Simon Martin holding Soccer Aid 2019 trophy
World XI driver Simon Martin with the Soccer Aid 2019 trophy.
 

Take a look at who else was on-board our VIP coaches.

 
Eric Cantona Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/StellaPictures/30086
Eric Cantona
Credit: ©UNICEF/StellaPictures/30086
 
Niall Horan Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30112
Niall Horan
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30112
 
Ben Shephard Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30101
Ben Shephard
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30101
 
Lee Mack and Mark Wright Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30103
Mark Wright and Lee Mack
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30103
 
James McAcoy Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30106
James McAvoy
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30106
 
David Harewood Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30098
David Harewood
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30098
 
From the training days to the after party, transporting both teams was a huge, unforgettable honour. We look forward to transporting the teams again next year and can’t wait to see who comes on-board! 
 
If you are looking for charity coach hire or coach hire for sporting events, The Kings Ferry has the experience needed to deliver. With over 50 years' experience and having provided coach hire for Soccer Aid for the past 7 incredible events, we guarantee a winning service. To enquire about booking coach hire, contact our team on 01634 377 577 or fill in a quick quote form using the button below. 
 
 

An Official State Visit

US President Donald Trump's UK State Visit, Coach Hire for Officials
 
At the beginning of June, US President Donald Trump landed in the UK for an official State Visit. He was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. 
 
As the US President arrived into Stansted Airport on-board Air Force One, he was greeted by hundreds of security personnel and journalists. Amongst the crowds was our fleet of bright yellow and green coaches. The Kings Ferry had been tasked with transporting US Government Officials and American Security Personnel while the US President was in the UK.
 

Stating The Stats 

The US President’s State Visit saw 30 of our executive coaches transport hundreds of passengers, including delegates, security staff and the press from Stansted Airport or Biggin Hill to various locations across London. 
 
When booking coach hire for government officials it is recommended to book at least 2 months in advance to ensure the relevant documents are arranged for clearance. However, we recognise this is not always possible due to the nature of the events and therefore we always endeavour to meet the needs of the client as we did with the short notice on this event. 
 
 
US President Donald Trump State Visit To UK, Coach Hire For Delegates
 
The President’s three day trip saw him meet with The Queen, Prince Charles, PM Theresa May and even Piers Morgan. Whilst in the UK, Trump also visited and took part in some fantastic events. Trump was invited to enjoy; a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace; an afternoon tea with Prince Charles and Camilla; breakfast with PM Theresa May; and the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations in Portsmouth. 
 

Corporate Solutions

With over 20 years’ experience in transporting corporate companies and important individuals, we understand the levels of service needed to ensure a hassle-free journey. With 24/7 operational support and a dedicated account manager, no matter the scale of your event, we will deliver.   
 
If you’re looking for coach hire for government officials or security personnel, contact our experienced KF Connections team on 08456 434 123 or head over to the KF Connections website.
 
 

 

Soccer Aid 2019

 
Soccer Aid 2019 Coaches England and World XI
 
We are incredibly proud to be supporting Soccer Aid 2019 for the 7th year!
 
Two of our VIP coaches have been wrapped in the fantastic Soccer Aid 2019 graphics, ready to transport the two teams to the main charity event. 
 
Soccer Aid is an annual charity event that has raised over £24 million in aid of UNICEF UK. The event is a friendly-style football match between two teams, England and the Soccer Aid World XI (formerly known as Rest of the World). This years’ Soccer Aid will kick-off at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge at 7:30pm on Sunday 16th June. 
 

The Match 

The world’s biggest charity football match brings together celebrities and football legends in a battle to defend play for every child. The game is made up of two teams, England and Soccer Aid World XI.
 

England Team

Captaining the reigning champions, England, will be Gold Olympic Medallist, Sir Mo Farah. Joining his England 2019 team is; former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, football star Jamie Redknapp, TOWIE royalty Mark Wright, fitness coach Joe Wicks, JLS star turned presenter Marvin Humes and guitarist Danny Jones. Fan favourite and regular Soccer Aid player, Ben Shepherd will also be joining the line-up. A Soccer Aid match wouldn’t be complete without some football legends; David Seaman, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole, Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey. Managing the England team to victory again this year will be ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, with his co-manager and the first female manager of Soccer Aid for Unicef, Susanna Reid.  
 

Soccer Aid World XI Team 

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt is back to captain the Soccer Aid World XI team. After last years’ defeat, Bolt’s World XI team has a new and formidable line-up that would make even the French World Cup team quiver. Joining the World XI team is Love Island favourite Kem Cetinay and Line of Duty star Martin Compston, along with a host of celebrities including; Mrs Brown’s Boys Danny O’Carroll, singer Jack Savoretti, Rudimental star DJ Locksmith, freestyler Billy Wingrove, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and Capital FM presenter Roman Kemp. Irish singer Niall Horan will also be joining the team for his second time. One of the most anticipated players joining the team this year is the legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Speaking of legends, the World XI team is also joined by Eric Cantona, Ricardo Cavalho, Robbie Keane, Michael Essien, Rosana Dos Santos Augusto, Francielle Manelo, Roberto Carlos and Robert Pires. Football managing legend and King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp will be managing the team alongside TV personality Piers Morgan.
 

The Soccer Aid Coaches 

As part of our support for Soccer Aid 2019 we have wrapped two of our VIP coaches in the Soccer Aid livery. Each team will travel to the game in their dedicated team coach, giving them time to sit back, relax and enjoy the buzz this event creates. 
 
Soccer Aid 2019 Coaches England and World XI
Soccer Aid 2019 England Coach
Soccer Aid 2019 World XI Coach
 

Our History with Soccer Aid

The Kings Ferry have been providing coach transport for Soccer Aid since 2010!
 
Our VIP coaches are used to transport the star-studded line-up to the biggest charity match in the world. Each event year the coaches are wrapped in the Soccer Aid graphics. Between 2010 and 2018 the coaches were wrapped in the iconic Soccer Aid livery distinguishing each coach with either ‘England’ or ‘Rest of the World’ with their corresponding colour scheme. 
 
Soccer Aid 2010 England and Rest Of World Coaches
 
Soccer Aid England Team Coach 2010 
 
In 2018 the Soccer Aid coaches were treated to a new brand identity designed by ITV Creative and Conran Design Group. The livery featured the faces of the England and World XI Captains, Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams and the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. 
 
Soccer Aid England Team Coach 2018
 
Soccer Aid England Team Coach 2018
 
Soccer Aid World XI Team Coach 2018
 
Soccer Aid World XI Team Coach 2018
 

What is Soccer Aid? 

Soccer Aid is an annual charity event that has raised over £24 million in aid of Unicef UK. It was initiated by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and TV Presenter Jonathan Wilkes back in 2006. The event started off as a biennial charity event before ITV joined forces with Unicef to make the event an annual one. Soccer Aid has continued to be one of the most popular charity events amongst both famous stars and the public who watch and support the cause in their millions.
 
With the event having only taken place 7 times so far, England are winning 5-2 against Soccer Aid World XI (formerly Rest of The World) in terms of overall wins. Last year could well have been a win for World XI but for the first time in England’s history, we won at a penalty shootout!
 
Soccer Aid 2018 saw the highest attendance in its history with almost 72,000 visitors at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, the largest club football stadium in the UK. This year is the first year Soccer Aid has moved to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. 
 
While Soccer Aid is the world’s biggest charity football match, it doesn’t matter what the result is at the end of the day. This incredible charity which we are extremely proud to support funds a fantastic cause. The money raised from the ticket sales and public donations helps provide life-saving food, vaccines, clean water and toys for children around the world. Soccer Aid and your support is doing everything it can to ensure that more children get the chance to live a happy, healthy childhood filled with playtime. 
 

Soccer Aid 2019: England vs Soccer Aid World XI, Sunday 16th June, Kick-off 7:30pm

For more information on Soccer Aid 2019 and how you can watch the game please visit https://www.socceraid.org.uk/
 

Saving On School Coach Hire

At The Kings Ferry we believe school trips can be the ultimate learning experience. For the past 50 years, we have helped teachers plan and organise a variety of school trips; from educational days out and summer adventures to European city breaks and ski trips. School coach hire is the perfect choice for school visits. 
 

Why Choose Us for School Coach Hire

We offer great value school coach hire without compromising on quality. Many operators have no hesitation about providing low specification, ageing vehicles for school visits. With us, you have complete peace of mind that you will receive a state of the art vehicle with the highest of safety standards and a coach hire experience with excellent customer service. 
 
Our fleet of modern vehicles range from 16-seats to 77-seats and vary in luxury. We have standard, executive and VIP coaches available for hire. All our coaches are fitted with seat belts as well as air conditioning, reclining seats and tinted windows. Our executive vehicles are the most popular hire for school trips as they include a toilet, drinks facility and refrigerator. Whether you are a class of 16 or an academy of 800, we provide coach hire for schools no matter the scale. 
 

“We had a brilliant day out with 48 students to the Harry Potter Tour. School trips can be stressful but it went without a hitch! Will be using Kings Ferry again.” – Sarah Taylor 

“We had 2 coaches driving our Year 5 class to Kew Gardens. They arrived promptly and we had a very good experience with this company.” – Hilly Bryde, Honeywell Primary School 

 

Keeping Your Students Safe

Safety is of paramount importance to us. As one of our five company values, safety resonates throughout every aspect of our business. 
 
For peace of mind, we have a strict in-house maintenance programme. Each vehicle undergoes regular safety inspections, including a ‘first use’ inspection every morning before departure. To further enhance the safety of our coaches, we have invested in the latest on-board technology to give teachers and parents added reassurance. 
 
Our on-board vehicle tracking technology allows you to see the location of your vehicle in real time. Alcolocks are fitted on every vehicle, requiring drivers to have zero alcohol in their system in order to start the vehicle. Lytx DriveCam technology allows us to proactively monitor driving standards, in addition to the CCTV cameras installed. 
 
Our drivers are the pride of our company. They are well-trained, uniformed and are provided with high quality back-up at our bases around the UK. Driver records are meticulously maintained and monitored to the complete satisfaction of the authorities. All of our drivers are also DBS checked as part of our comprehensive driver recruitment process.  
 

Save on Coaches for School Trips

School Coach Hire Piggy Bank Savings

We understand that money doesn’t grow on trees and that travel budgets can be restricting. So we have generated some fantastic offers that enable you to save on your coach hire. 
 

Discounted Ticket & Travel Packages

As the UK’s leading coach operator, we have partnered up with Merlin Entertainments to bring you some fantastic school packages. As a Merlin preferred partner, we have access to heavily discounted entrance fees that we pass onto you through our ticket and travel packages. You can enjoy savings of up to 35% off – and what’s more teachers go free!
 
Whether you are taking your class to Madame Tussauds or the entire school to Thorpe Park, save money when booking your tickets and travel through us. 
 

Do You Fit ‘In-Between’?

You can save over 50% on school trips if you fit ‘in-between’. If you’re a London-based school wanting to hire a coach within the M25 area, you could benefit from this offer. Our commuter coaches are based at Millwall in-between our daily outbound and return commuter journey and are ready to be utilised. If you can be picked up after 0915 and dropped back by 1515, get in touch to find out how much you could save! 
 

Book More, Save More

Our fantastic Book More Save More promotion allows you to block book coaches or book multiple trips and make savings of up to 15% on your school coach hire. If you book 2-4 trips, we’ll give you 10% off. If you book 5-9 trips, we’ll give you 15% off. If you are looking to book more than 10 trips the saving will be determined on application.
 

How to Book Coach Hire for School Trips

Our team of in-house travel consultants are fully experienced in school coach hire. They will be with you every step of the way. From the moment you enquire with us to the time we drop you off, we always endeavour to go the extra mile. 
 
Give our team a call on 01634 377 577 or fill in a quick quote form using the button below. 
 
 

Show Your Support For Sports

A huge part of British culture is made up of sporting events. From football matches, tennis championships and rugby games to cricket matches, horse racing and golf tournaments, we are sports mad. Whether you are watching the game in your local pub or heading to the main event, we guarantee you won’t be alone. Sport brings people together, it is the most popular social event for people in the UK. And what better way to travel as a group than with sports coach hire from The Kings Ferry. 
 

Show Your Support

Sports Fans Cheering At Sporting Event, Sports Coach Hire

Sporting events are the biggest events people book coach hire for. It is also the most cost-effective and eco-friendly form of group transport. 
 
With so many supporters for each sporting event, cut the cost of individual transport by hiring a coach to the next game. We even make the payments easy for you as we can collect monies from each individual passenger, so you don’t have to! 
 
Win, lose or draw, you and your friends can sit back, relax and enjoy a hassle-free journey to and from your teams’ fixture. Our coaches have plenty of seats and more than enough legroom. With vehicles ranging from 16-seats right up to 77-seats, we have the perfect match for your group size. 
 
Our in-house travel consultants are fully experienced in sports coach hire and will be with you every step of the way. From the moment you enquire with us to the last passenger drop-off, we always endeavour to go the extra mile. They will work with you to pre-plan the route, arranging pick-up and drop-off locations and working to the fixture schedule. You will arrive in good time so you can settle down and enjoy some refreshments before the game begins. 
 
Show your support and book sports coach hire with The Kings Ferry. To make a booking, you can call the team on 01634 377 577 or fill in a quick quote form using the button below.
 
 

Corporate Hospitality at Sporting Events

Corporate Hospitality at Sporting Events

A corporate event is the perfect way to entertain prospective clients. Many directors and company owners opt for a sporting event to be the perfect location for an informal business meet. Whether that is a day at the races or watching a game from the privacy of a private box. Corporate days help secure new business and retain clientele. 
 
Many stadiums and racecourses such as Wembley, Ascot, Wimbledon and Twickenham offer corporate hospitality packages, perfect for privately entertaining your guests. You can build long-standing business relationships whilst cheering on your favourite sports team or athlete. 
 
Enhance your corporate sporting event with one of our luxurious VIP coaches and you’ve got the perfect pairing to secure a business deal. You can make your corporate event a truly unforgettable experience by treating your guests to some on-board catering. Continental breakfasts, afternoon tea, champagne and canapés, we have a selection of menus available for you to choose from. If you can’t find anything on the menu, just speak to your account manager and they will be able to order anything you desire.  
 
We can even supply an on-board hostess service to make sure you and your guests sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. 
 
For more information on transport for corporate events, call our team on 08456 434 123 or visit our KF Connections website using the button below.
 
 

A Guide To Festival Coach Hire

 
Coach hire for festivals, girl sitting on shoulders
 

Music festivals have become an integral part of British Summer. Since the 1960’s, the UK has been holding mainstream music festivals all over the country.

The first major music festival was The Isle of Wight Festival, followed closely by Glastonbury, the world’s largest Greenfield festival. Nowadays, there are music festivals held for every type of music genre; Dance and Electronic, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Metal and more. With hundreds of thousands of people heading to music festivals each summer, coach hire for festivals is one of the most popular modes of transport. 

 

Why hire a coach for festivals

Most major festivals charge extortionate car parking fees in addition to your festival tickets. To help keep costs low coach hire has proved to be a fantastic alternative. Not only do you save money on parking fees but you get to travel with all your friends. You’ll arrive on time and altogether ready to get the party started. Coaches have plenty of space and legroom, so there’s no need to worry about being crammed in a car with your wellies, tents and backpacks.
 
Hiring a coach has an added element of safety. You’ll have a dedicated driver who will make sure you get there and back safely. No more designated drivers and with all the space on-board you can catch up on some sleep because let’s be honest, no one sleeps at a festival. Your driver can drop you off and pick you up when the festival ends or they can stay in the area, it’s up to you. 
 
Get festival ready with The Kings Ferry...
 
 

Arranging festival transport for your customers?

We’ve been working with festival organisers and ticket providers for many years. We understand the pressures of co-ordinating coach hire for festivals, that’s why you can focus on the main event and leave the transport to us. 
 
When arranging coach hire in mass we recommend contacting our contracts team at least 6 months in advance. No matter the scale of your events, we will deliver. Our team are highly experienced in festival coach hire and have arranged hundreds of movements for single events. Most clients work with us by offering their festival-goers a ticket and transport combination. 
 
We have the unique ability to offer any vehicle, anytime, anywhere in the UK via our sub-brand KF Connections. KF Connections have the UK’s leading and largest network of fully audited operators, with over 900 operators across the country. If you’re looking to offer coach hire to your festival, feel free to contact the KF Connections team on 08456 434 123 or head over to the KF Connections website here
 

Our experience in mass passenger transport

Major music festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds are subject to stringent planning controls by their local authorities. Restrictions are put in place to reduce local traffic disruption and pollution. In order to maximise ticket allocation, organisers had to ensure a certain proportion of visitors purchased a combined entrance and transport ticket. This is where we came to help. 
 
Over 10 years ago, we had a successful trial in providing coach hire to the Paddock Wood Hop Farm festival through See Tickets. Since then, See Tickets decided to employ our services to supply coaches for the Glastonbury, V Festival and Reading & Leeds entrance and transport combined tickets. 
 
For Glastonbury Festival, arrangements for coach hire began in November ready for the event in June. This year almost 40,000 passengers will be transported by over 800 coaches. The coaches are sourced for the festival nationwide via the KF Connections’ vast operator network.  
 

“We required specialist help in organising coach transfers for 1000s of people attending festivals from across the country. Connections not only sourced vehicles competitively but helped to manage the on-site requirements as well.” – Mark Kristensen Bagguley, Logistics, See Tickets. 

 

How to book festival coach hire

We recommend booking private coach hire for festivals at least two months in advance if you are a group. To make a booking, you can call the team on 01634 377 577. Our team of in-house travel consultants are fully experienced in festival transport and will be with you every step of the way. From the moment you enquire with us to the last passenger drop-off, we always endeavour to go the extra mile. 
 
You can also contact the team by emailing sales@thekingsferry.co.uk or by filling in a quick quote form using the button below. 
 
 

Arranging The Perfect Race Day Out

Coach hire for race days
 
Horse racing is one of the longest established sports in the UK and with some of the world’s most iconic racecourses, it’s no surprise we’ve produced some of the greatest jockeys of all time.
 
Race days are more than just placing a few bets on a horse. Attending a race day is one of the biggest social events in most people’s calendars. It’s an excuse to get dressed up, enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine and soak up the atmosphere with a group of your closest friends. 
 
With the likes of Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby, Glorious Goodwood, Cheltenham Festival and The Grand National taking over the start of Summer, it’s time to start looking for your perfect transport partner so you can travel in luxury and arrive in style to the next event. 
 

Why hire a coach for race days

Horse racing is one of the biggest events people book coach hire for. It is also the most cost-effective and eco-friendly form of group transport. 
 
Your guests will be able to enjoy the extra space and legroom on-board. So, there’s no need to worry about sitting in a cramped car or getting your outfit dirty on public transport. Your guests will get to their destination feeling refreshed and ready to go! 
 
Coach hire for groups makes perfect sense. Arranging a day out to the races with all your friends can often be a logistical nightmare. With everyone coming from different parts of the country, meeting times are often missed due to traffic and parking issues. When travelling by coach, there can be multiple pickups so you and your friends arrive altogether. Every coach hire booking is carefully planned by our in-house Operations team and your travel consultant to ensure the best route is taken.
 
The atmosphere doesn’t have to begin and end at the event, get the party started as soon as you and your friends step on-board.
 

The perfect race day transport

Our most popular coach hire solution for race days has to be our luxurious VIP coaches. They seat up to 35 passengers with a choice of either a full kitchen or star-lit rear lounge to keep your guests entertained. All our VIP coaches come equipped with the following as standard; charging stations, reclining leather seats, Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, hot drinks facilities, refrigerator and toilet.
 
You can make your day at the races a truly unforgettable experience by treating your guests to some on-board catering. Continental breakfasts, afternoon tea, champagne and canapés, the choice is yours but we guarantee this will be a huge hit with your guests. We have a selection of menus available for you to choose from, and if you can’t find anything that takes your fancy just speak to your account manager and they’ll be able to order anything you desire. 
 
We can even supply an on-board hostess service to make sure you and your guests sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.  
 
 

Attending a race day for a corporate event

Horse racing event with ladies

A corporate event is the perfect way to entertain prospective clients, it’s even better if you step outside the norm. Directors and company owners have long opted for a race day event to help secure new business and retain clientele. 
 
Many racecourses such as Ascot, Aintree and Goodwood offer corporate hospitality packages, perfect for privately entertaining your guests. You can build long-standing business relationships whilst cheering on your favourite jockey from the privacy of your own box.
 
Enhance your corporate race day with one of our VIP coaches and you’ve got the perfect pairing to secure a business deal. 
 
For more information on transport for corporate events, visit our KF Connections page
 

How do you book private coach hire for race days? 

We recommend booking private coach hire for horse racing events at least four months in advance. To make a booking, you can call the team on 01634 377 577. Our team of in-house travel consultants are fully experienced in race day transport and will be with you every step of the way. From the moment you enquire with us to the last passenger drop-off, we always endeavour to go the extra mile. 
 
You can also contact the team by emailing sales@thekingsferry.co.uk or by filling in a quick quote form using the button below. 
 
 

The First To Pass Our Driver Training Academy

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Steven Fielding on passing his PCV test. Steven was the first recruit for the newly launched Driver Training Academy and we are so proud to welcome him to The Kings Ferry family.

Steven Fielding Passing PCV Test with Certificate at Driver Training Academy with Lee Marriott

“I would like to congratulate Steven on passing his test and hope you continue to learn from our great driving team who have so much experience to pass on.”, says Simon Le Mar, Group Training and Development Manager.

The Training 

Steven joined us four weeks ago after hearing about our new Driver Training Academy and was the first to enrol in the programme. 
 

“Steven was a pleasure to train. He took instructions well and took on board all the feedback he was given and implemented it straight away within his driving”, explains Lee Marriott, Steven’s Trainer. 

Steven’s journey so far has taken him around the beautiful Kentish countryside and along the coast in our dedicated training coach. After four weeks of intense coach training and hard work, Steven passed his PCV test!
 
Now that Steven has his PCV licence, he will now undergo the induction course with the training team. After this he will embark on a three week training course with a mentor where he will learn his new job role. Steven will begin his mentor training with our commuter services and London pickups. He will then go onto private hires with our most experienced drivers to enable him the driving time needed and learn that side of the business. 
 

The Academy’s First Pass

 
The Kings Ferry are incredibly proud to welcome Steven to the company, he has been an excellent recruit and his hard work and dedication is the reason why we launched the Driver Training Academy. 
 

"I am very proud of the first pass we have received. The team have worked very hard from start to finish with getting the academy up and running, from Debbie Mann on the recruitment side to myself, Lee Miller and Lee Marriott getting systems in place for all the modules. 

I would like to thank my team for their continuous hard work within training and the new academy.” , exclaims Simon.

We would also like to say a huge thanks to the training team and in particular, Group Training and Development Manager, Simon Le Mar for all your dedication and hard work that went into creating the Driver Training Academy. We are incredibly proud of all those involved and would like to say congratulations on your first pass of the Academy!   
 

Coaching The Saracens To Victory!

Rugby Ball

Over the weekend we coached the Saracens Rugby Club to the Champion Cup Final where they were victorious!  The Saracens took back the cup from last years’ Irish champions, Leinster Rugby, with a 20-10 win. In the past four seasons, the Saracens have won the Champion Cup an impressive three times. 

Coaching The Saracens to Championship

We had the honour of transporting The Saracens, along with their families to Newcastle to win the Champion Cup against Leinster Rugby. As well as transporting the players and their families, we also provided transport for the club partners and VIP’s. All of whom enjoyed their journey on board Executive coaches.

Working alongside Thomas Cook Sport, who arranged the sports coach hire with us, we were able to provide transport to the game in Newcastle via our sub-brand Kings Ferry Connections. 

How We Got Them There

Kings Ferry Connections have access to the UK’s largest network of operators. This gives us the unique ability to offer any vehicle, anytime, anywhere. Thanks to the relationships with our operators we were able to provide an extension of our service and quality to The Saracens. For more information on Kings Ferry Connections, visit the website www.coachhireconnections.co.uk.

We specialise in providing coach hire for sports teams and supporter travel. We’ve been doing so for the past 50 years and we’re the leading coach hire operator in the UK. 

What’s Next For The Sarries

While The Saracens have won the Champion Cup Final and are the Champions of Europe, the season isn’t over yet. Earlier in the year they lost out on the Premiership Cup to Northampton Saints but still have the play-offs coming up. We wish them all the luck with their play-off game, fingers crossed! 

If you’re looking for sports coach hire, whether that’s for a team of players or a group of supporters, we will make sure everyone is ready on and off the field. For coach hire contact our team on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote below.
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Things To Do In Kent This Summer

Kent is situated in South East England, bordering London, Surrey and East Sussex. Celebrated for its fruit-growing and hop gardens, Kent is more commonly known as The Garden of England. With breath-taking countryside and magnificent stretches of coastline, it is one of the most beautiful counties in the country. Local produce is a huge part of the Kentish culture, from Michelin Star restaurants to artisan food festivals and farmers markets, you’ll never go hungry in this county. Visiting Kent is perfect if you’re looking for a family-fun adventure, a romantic countryside getaway or a journey through England’s history.

We know Kent like the back of our hand, it’s where we’re from! Here are our top things to do in Kent this summer.

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful venues in Kent and is coined “The Loveliest Castle in the World”. Nestled on an island surrounded by 500 acres of spectacular parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is a must when visiting Kent. The castle is celebrating its 900th Anniversary this year and in recognition is holding various events throughout the year that the whole family can get involved in.

Come and explore this magnificent castle in Kent, there’s so much to do. Journey through the castle’s history at The Gatehouse Exhibition and wander through the rooms that once housed Henry VIII. To keep the little ones entertained, fuel their imagination at the Knights’ Stronghold Playground and the Squires’ Court Playground. Sit back and enjoy a relaxing punt along the moat as you float through the ancient arches, seeing parts of the Castle from a different perspective. Fuel your adventurous side with the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure which will see you speeding down zip lines, swinging like Tarzan and exploring life amongst the trees.

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park is located near Canterbury, it is Kent’s original wildlife park. The animal park is committed to the conservation, breeding and reintroduction of rare and endangered species. Working in partnership with the internationally renowned animal conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation, Howletts Animal Park is home to over 400 animals across 50 species. Wherever possible, these animals are returned to the wild.

Set on 90 acres of land, Howletts is a great day out for all the family. They have Kent’s only giant anteaters as well as being home to the only herd of African elephants in Kent and the largest herd in the UK. Other animals residing at the park include; Rhinos, Tigers, Leopards, Gibbons, Grey Wolves, Lions, Monkeys, Cheetahs, Bison and many more. The park’s gorillas were described as “the finest in the world” by none other than animal legend, Steve Irwin. Visitors also have the opportunity to get up close when walking with lemurs, listening to the rangers talking about their animals and watching them get fed.  

Bluewater Shopping Centre

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Things To Do In Kent

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Located in Greenhithe, just outside Dartford, Bluewater Shopping Centre is the biggest shopping centre in Kent and is one of the biggest in the UK. The centre opened in 1999 and sees a whopping 27 million visitors each year!

Bluewater is a hotspot for socialising, with over 330 stores including 60 cafes and restaurants. The centre sees stylish fashion brands such as Hollister, Karen Millen and Zara grace its floors. From Jo Malone and The White Company to House of Fraser and John Lewis, the vast array of stores at Bluewater is sure to provide you with a fix of retail therapy. Once you’ve shopped till you dropped, grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining venues, including wagamama, TGI Fridays, Zizzi and Nandos. Shoppers can also catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at the centres’ 17-screen Showcase Cinema.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is the oldest cathedral and the most famous Christian structure in England. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The cathedral dates back more than 1,400 years and forms part of a World Heritage Site. Each year this incredible working church sees more than one million visitors.

Canterbury Cathedral welcomes visitors from around the world to revel in its rich history. While the cathedral is a working church and place of faith, visitors need to be mindful that it does regularly close for services and special events. If you are able to visit the Cathedral on a day that it’s open, it truly is a magnificent sight and one to tick off your bucket list. 

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Railway

Known as “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature”, there’s nothing quite like a ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. This isn’t just any railway, this particular railway operates the most complete collection of one-third full-sized steam locomotives in the world. This world famous miniature railway is one of Kent’s top tourist attractions.

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway begins its journey in the pretty town of Hythe. The track stretches 13 miles across the stunning coastline from Romney Marsh to Dungeness. The entire journey from Hythe to Dungeness takes just over an hour to complete but there are opportunities to get off and wander around the nearby towns. Each stop is a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

Diggerland

Diggerland

Diggerland is an adventure park in Rochester with a twist. It differs from your average adventure park because this park is all about diggers. From children’s birthday parties to corporate events, Diggerland is fun for everyone.

Experience the power behind a digger as you take control of these machines, race them against your friends and sit in the bucket of a 360 Excavator clinging onto dear life as you are spun around and around. Try your hand at knocking down skittles, hooking a duck and digging for treasure on the one tonne diggers. Tackle a mountain of dirt as you plough through it on the three and six tonne diggers. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you’re lifted high up on Sky. Experience the thrill as you bounce around and get thrown side to side on Ground Shuttle. For the ultimate thrill seekers there’s the biggest ride in the park, the one that will not only make you scream but possibly vomit too, it’s Spin Dizzy. This exciting ride will have you sitting in the bucket of a 360 Excavator spinning around and around as you raise to three different heights.

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

Giraffe

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is located near Hythe, with stunning views over Romney Marsh. This animal park is the sister to Howletts Animal Park and also works in conjunction with the internationally renowned animal conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation. As part of this charity, the animal reserve is committed to the conservation, breeding and reintroduction of rare and endangered species into the wild.

The park is set over an impressive 600 acres, with over 760 rare and endangered animals, across 90 species living here. Port Lympne is home to the UK’s most authentic safari experience, The African Experience, spanning 100 acres of free reining African animals. The park has the largest herd of Black Rhino in the UK as well as the only Giraffes in Kent. Other animals residing at the park include; Gorillas, Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Bears, Bison, Gibbons, Zebra, Wallaby and many more. If at the end of the day you haven’t had a chance to see everything you wanted, you can enjoy a luxury stay at the park. Choose from a luxury lodge waking up to Lions, Tigers, Wolves and Rhinos, sleep under the stars in The Bubble which gives a 180 degree view of the park, or stay in one of the boutique hotels onsite. Guests staying onsite will experience luxuries such as a personal golf buggy to get around, a private ranger guided safari and personal chef, depending on the category of room you book. 

The Chapel Down Winery

Vineyard

The Chapel Down Winery is located in the beautiful countryside near Tenterden. This award-winning winery is set amongst 22 acres of gorgeous vineyards, which is recognised as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. The winery is the leading producer of English sparkling wines, still wines and beers.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the vineyards to learn about how Chapel Down grow their vines and make the wine. A vineyard tour wouldn’t be complete without the chance to taste the award-winning range of wines produced onsite. The winery also features a two AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant which uses locally sourced fresh produce to create tantalising dishes. If you can’t get enough of the wine you’ve sampled, the Winery Store is open to purchase wines, beers and ciders, along with high quality English produce sourced from the finest local suppliers. 

With plenty of things to do in Kent, you’re spoiled for choice but either way there is something for everyone in our beloved county. If you’re travelling from further afield or planning to visit any of these places as a group, trust in us to provide you with the perfect coach hire. No one knows the Kent roads like a Kings Ferry coach driver!

For more information on coach hire in Kent, contact our team today on 01634 377 577 or enquire with us for a quick quote below.
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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show - All You Need To Know!

Chelsea Flower Show - Flowers in Bloom

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a spectacular annual event which brings together the world’s best landscapers, florists and nurseries. Held in the ground of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, this event attracts more than 150,000 visitors including members of the Royal Family. The Chelsea Flower Show is renowned for being the world’s most famous flower show and this year it’s taking place on the 21-25th May.

Things to Do

One of the main highlights of the show is the world-class garden designs that are on display. Budding gardeners can find inspiration amongst the cutting-edge designs and discover new trends to try in their own gardens. Some of the most imaginative displays are created by world-class designers who push the boundaries in order to win the coveted Best Show Garden Award. Alongside these big names and showing off their green fingers is the Duchess of Cambridge who has co-designed one of the incredible displays!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Photo: Karen Roe, Creative Commons 2.0

While the show gardens are the main highlight, there are plenty of other things to do at the Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea’s Great Pavilion is bursting with award-winning nurseries and growers from all over the world. You’ll be able to fall in love with a new bloom and purchase rare and exciting flowers and plants to put in your own garden. The experts will also be on hand to give you their top gardening tips.

Even though this is the most prestigious flower show in the world, it’s not all about flowers and plants. You have the unmissable opportunity to discover delicious artisan dishes designed exclusively by acclaimed chef, Raymond Blanc. Enjoy fantastic food, exciting cocktails and beautiful gardens at Jardin Blanc, a dining experience like no other! Tickets for the dining experience are sold separately but do include ticket entry to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Get Your Tickets

Tickets to the show have limited availability and some dates and times have already sold out. So to be sure that your name is on the guest list, you can purchase your tickets here.

Getting To the Show

Parking in Chelsea can be a nightmare and getting the train to an event that has over 150,000 visitors is equally just as bad. Whether you are a small group of budding gardeners or a society of horticultural specialists, coach hire is the way to travel. From 16 seater minibuses to 77 seater double-decker coaches, from standard comfort to luxury VIP, we’ve got the ability to provide any vehicle, at anytime, anywhere in the UK.

Not only that, but in-keeping with the ‘green’ theme, did you know that coach hire is one of the greenest forms of ground transport! They produce half of the CO2 emitted by rail, quarter of a car and 1/6 of air travel.

For more information about hiring a coach to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, give one of our team a call on 01634 377577 or click below for a quick quote.
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Our Brand New Mercedes-Benz VIP Coach

Mercedes-Benz Tourismo 35-Seater VIP Coach

We’ve expanded our VIP fleet with the addition of our new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo 35-seater coach, setting new standards in luxury group travel. Although the model is a popular choice this vehicle is the only one to have been converted to incorporate a private lounge. The VIP coach didn’t stay in the yard for long, as it’s already on the road!

The Specifications

This VIP coach is the very latest from Mercedes-Benz and features the finest fittings, modern amenities and an elegant design. What really sets this vehicle apart is the development of the fully secluded private lounge. This rear, curved seating area seats up to 7 people and can be converted into a secluded room, providing complete privacy like never before. The rear lounge features its own climate control and lighting display, it also has the ability to be sealed off from the rest of the coach with an opaque sliding door. Having complete privacy enables confidential meetings to take place whilst travelling.

We have been at the forefront of VIP and luxury travel for many years and we’re proud to have provided VIP transport for famous faces such as John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone and Billy Ocean. The addition of the new Tourismo will further enhance the Group’s VIP offering and provide greater choice for corporate and state clients, celebrities and professional sports teams.

Mick Keohane, Engineering Director for The Kings Ferry Group, was responsible for selecting the new vehicle and explains the rationale: “Mercedes-Benz is a well-known, high-quality brand which perfectly aligns with customer expectations of travelling with The Kings Ferry. We are always seeking to provide our customers with the best in innovation and worked closely with the team at Mercedes-Benz to develop the private rear sitting area which is unique in its class. With this new VIP coach, we are delighted to offer our customers the highest possible levels of on-board privacy and customised luxury.”

“Overall the new coach represents excellent value and with Mercedes-Benz’ exceptional support systems across the UK and Europe, The Kings Ferry’s customers can rest assured they are in the safest hands with every journey,” concluded Mick Keohane.

All our VIP customers receive the highest levels of customer service and travel management solutions. With the addition of the new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo, we continue to set the standard in luxury group travel.

If you would like to hire this one of a kind Mercedes-Benz VIP coach for a private hire, give the team a call on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote below.
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Venues & Events Expo 2019

The Kings Ferry Group are exhibiting for the first time at the Venues & Events Expo this year. The expo is being held at the Kent Event Centre in Detling, Kent on the 9th May 2019.

We’ll be showcasing our ground transport solutions to event professionals, venue finders, PA’s, VA’s and business owners. Whether you’ve got 10 guests or 1,000 guests, we’ve got the perfect coach hire solution for you. With an impressive fleet of over 220 vehicles and access to the UK’s leading and largest operator network, we can provide options from luxurious VIP vehicles and 77-seater Executive coaches to minibuses and chauffeur-driven cars. Using the strength of the Group we have the unique ability to provide any vehicle, at anytime, anywhere across the UK! 

We are excited to have teamed up with the Venues & Events Expo to provide transfers from Maidstone East train station to the venue. So if you want to arrive in style, leave your cars behind and get a taste of pure sophistication on-board our VIP coach. To book your seats, head over to https://www.venueseventsexpo.co.uk/travelling-to-the-show.

Travel in luxury, arrive in style

VIP Coach Hire

Our VIP coaches are the most popular choice of vehicle for any type of event. Their luxurious features include; a star-lit rear lounge which is perfect for entertaining and pre party conversations and on-board kitchen facilities which offer the ideal opportunity to pop open the bubbly – both create the perfect combination for your event. Our Executive coaches are a superb alternative if you are simply looking to get from A to B hassle-free. With state of the art with luxury leather seating and ample legroom, your guests are sure to arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy the event. No matter what vehicle you choose, our coaches will have you travelling in luxury and arriving in style.

The Expo

The Venues & Events Expo is the perfect exhibition for visitors to meet with amazing venues and great event suppliers to get inspiration. This one-day event features a jam-packed seminar programme with keynote speakers on Event Tech, Marketing Your Event, Social Media and more. From cocktail masterclasses to canapé tasting, there are plenty of workshops available for you to interact with the suppliers and get a first-hand experience on what’s they offer.

For your free ticket and to register for the interactive workshops, please visit https://www.butterfliesevents.co.uk/vexpo-registration.

Don’t forget, if you are planning an event and need hassle-free, high quality travel, then come and see us at the show! We’ll take the stress out of arranging your event transport.

 

If you can’t make it on the day or you simply can’t wait that long, feel free to give our team a call on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote below.
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Best BBQ Dishes for All the Family!

The weather is warming up and the sun is shining, this can only mean one thing - that barbecue season is almost amongst us.

Barbecues are the social event of the summer, perfect for entertaining your family and friends over some homemade grilled food. We all know that cooking for a group of different palettes can be difficult. That’s why we’ve found the best BBQ dishes that will suit everyone’s tastes…

The Ultimate Beef Burgers

The Ultimate Beef Burgers - Best BBQ Dishes

Photo: Delicious Magazine

You can’t go wrong with a classic beef burger. This recipe is quick and easy to follow. You can even get the kids involved in making these delicious patties. These ultimate beef burgers are perfect for eating on the day or they can be frozen should the weather take a turn.

Click here for the recipe from Delicious Magazine.

Halloumi Salad with Orange and Mint

Halloumi Salad - Best BBQ Dishes

Photo: BBC Good Food

Halloumi has won the heart of the nation with its meaty taste and rubbery texture. It’s also the perfect pairing for a barbecue because it can be grilled – thanks to its high melting point. This recipe is a vegetarian favourite and gives an extra zing to your regular Halloumi salad.  

Click here for the recipe from BBC Good Food.

Barbecued Trout in Newspaper

BBQ Trout in Newspaper - Best BBQ Dishes

Photo: Jamie Oliver

Who knew barbecued trout wrapped in newspaper would taste as delicious as this does! This dairy-free, gluten-free dish has proved a hit with seafood lovers up and down the nation. Its succulent barbecued flavour makes it a go-to whenever you’ve got family and friends over.

Click here for the recipe from Jamie Oliver.

Mexican Black Bean Burgers with Lime & Coriander

Mexican Black Bean Vegan Burger  - Best BBQ Dishes

Photo: Jamie Oliver

These Mexican Black Bean Burgers are packed full of flavour, enough to get your taste buds tingling. They are the perfect addition to a barbecue and will suit the whole family as they’re Vegetarian and Vegan friendly!

Click here for the recipe from Jamie Oliver.

Herby Lamb Kebabs

Herby Lamb Kebabs - Best BBQ Dishes

Photo: Jamie Oliver

Kebabs are always a barbecue favourite, you can create them to your own liking with all your favourite ingredients. We’ve found a recipe that will get your guests drooling plus they’re super easy to make. Once you’ve got all the ingredients prepared, you can ask the kids to help assemble them to make for the perfect barbecue.

Click here for the recipe from Jamie Oliver.

Hatch Pineapple Salsa

Hatch Pineapple Salsa - Best BBQ Dishes

Photo: Brian Woodcock

This delicious Hatch Pineapple Salsa is quick and easy to make in only 10 minutes. It’s fresh and fiery flavour is the perfect addition to any barbecued dish.

Click here for the recipe from Country Living.

If you’ve got any family-favourite dishes that are perfect for BBQ season, share them with us on our Facebook page!

 

From London to Paris with OUIBUS

OUIBUS London to Paris Coach Travel

OUIBUS is an international coach service that connects the major cities across Europe. A subsidiary of the French railway, SNCF, OUIBUS’s first hub was founded at Paris-Bercy. Their routes include the popular lines London-Paris, London-Lille and London-Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. The London to Paris daily route operates 11 times a day, 4 day-time journeys and 7 night-time journeys.

The Contract

Previously, our parent company National Express UK held the contract for OUIBUS. The service was operated by The Kings Ferry but since National Express UK ceased all European operations, this led to the contract being ceased too.

Chris Burley, Group Operations Director for The Kings Ferry Group, has been working hard to contact OUIBUS direct and has successfully secured 2 weekend night services (culminating in 8 vehicle movements) across Fridays to Mondays, for The Kings Ferry’s London to Paris route.

From July 2019 through to September 2019, these will move from weekend to daily services.

This is a new venture for The Kings Ferry, as National Express controlled the operation beforehand. The Kings Ferry’s Operations team are now working directly with OUIBUS Base Care and we are hoping this will be the start of a successful and prosperous partnership where we will continue to supply a professional service with the aim of securing more routes in the future.

Get On-Board

With tickets from £16.99 per person each way from London to Paris, travelling by coach is a cheaper alternative to flying.  

Travelling with The Kings Ferry makes for a luxurious and comfortable journey. The vehicles used for the contract are our Mercedes-Benz Executive coaches wrapped in OUIBUS livery. Each of our coaches feature reclining seats, hot drinks facilities, reading lights, air conditioning, curtains, DVD player and screen, as well as a WC facility.

For more information on OUIBUS and details on how to book your ticket on one of our coaches to Paris, visit https://www.ouibus.com/routes/london-paris.

 

A Momentous Occasion at the South East Bus Festival 2019

South East Bus Festival Fleet

The Kings Ferry Group Fleet at South East Bus Festival, Credit: Izaak Mann

The South East Bus Festival was a momentous occasion for the entire Group. It was the first time in which all four businesses from the Group had their fleet side-by-side, as well as being the first time most of the staff had met each other.

 “It was an absolutely brilliant day and was nice to showcase such an amazing fleet. It was great to meet people with such knowledge of The Kings Ferry Group, we all took the time to talk to each other and realise our future and growth together.”, says Jaimie Florea, Coach Driver at The Kings Ferry.

The show saw 154 buses and coaches exhibit, breaking their previous record from last year. We took 9 coaches and 1 bus from the Group’s fleet, the most amount of coaches brought by any one exhibitor to the show!

The Coaches

We brought coaches from each of our Group companies; The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches, Woods Coaches and even one from our parent company, National Express – a right family day out! 

A last minute change was made to our fleet the day before the festival. We was originally planning on taking the OUIBUS livery but had a new VIP delivery that we couldn’t wait to show off.

The Kings Ferry

We brought 4 coaches to the event from our Head Office in Gillingham; a 2006 Scania Irizar with Driver Training Academy livery, 2019 Van Hool Altano Norwich City FC Team Coach, 2019 Yutong TC9 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo.

The Kings Ferry 2019 Yutong TC9

2019 Yutong TC9, Credit: Brian East

The Kings Ferry 2019 Van Hool Altano

2019 Van Hool Altano Norwich City FC Team Coach, Credit: Izaak Mann

The Kings Ferry 2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo

2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo, Credit: William Harris

The Kings Ferry Driver Training Academy Vehicle

2006 Scania Irizar Driver Training Academy livery, Credit: Brian East

National Express

We was joined by our parent company, National Express, who brought down their 2015 Scania Caetano.

National Express 2015 Scania Caetano

2015 Scania Caetano, Credit: Brian East

Clarkes of London

Clarkes of London joined us for another year at the South East Bus Festival with their two coaches; 2018 Irizar i8 Crawley Town FC Team Coach and 2018 Yutong TC9 VIP livery.

Clarkes of London 2019 Irizar i8 Crawley Town FC Team Coach

2018 Irizar i8 Crawley Town FC Team Coach, Credit: Brian East

Clarkes of London 2018 Yutong TC9 VIP Coach

2018 Yutong TC9 VIP, Credit: Brian East

Stewarts Coaches

Stewarts Coaches travelled down from Reading to join us for the first time at the show with their two vehicles; 2015 Irizar i6 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro in its Slough Bath Road Central contract livery.

Stewarts Coaches 2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro Slough Bath Road Central contract livery

2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro Slough Bath Road Central contract livery, Credit: Brian East

Stewarts Coaches 2015 Irizar i6

2015 Irizar i6, Credit: Brian East

Woods Coaches

One of our newest acquisitions, Woods Coaches was welcomed with open arms to the event. They brought from Leicester their 2017 Irizar i6.

Woods Coaches 2017 Irizar i6

2017 Irizar i6, Credit: Brian East

It was a superb day, despite the weather, and an impressive sight to see all our group lined up together. It reinforces that we are truly a people business, and our people show such pride and passion for what we do. 

The presentation of the vehicles was impeccable, and were a credit to our businesses.”, exclaims Chris Burley, Group Operations Director.  

Driver Training Academy

The Kings Ferry Driver Training Academy Vehicle with Sign

2006 Scania Irizar Driver Training Academy livery, Credit: Izaak Mann

The Kings Ferry Driver Training Academy Coach

2006 Scania Irizar Driver Training Academy livery, Credit: Brian East

We’re proud to announce that the unveiling of our Driver Training Academy was a huge success. We had people registering their interest on the day and have been receiving many phone calls with those expressing their interest in a new career.

The training coach is one of our ex-VIP coaches, a Scania Irizar i6 that has been modified. The inside is laid out as a mobile classroom with full kitchen and toilet facilities. 

The Driver Training Academy is for those looking to gain their PCV licence, CPC training or refresher training. We cover all costs of the training, while recruits are rewarded with a full time job with The Kings Ferry Group at the end of it. For more information on the Driver Training Academy, visit our dedicated page here.

A Huge Thanks

On behalf of The Kings Ferry Group we would like to say a huge thanks to the following people, of whom we would not have been able to do this without…

The Kings Ferry; Simon Le Mar, Lee Miller, Leigh Marriott, Steve Pennell, Debbie Mann, Lewis Byrne, Jaimie Florea and Izaak Mann.

Kings Ferry Dover; Chris Salisbury

Clarkes of London; Gavin Ross and Ricky Fletcher

Woods Coaches; Mark Kent

Stewarts Coaches; Michael Gurr and Jonathon Furlong

Thanks also to the Marketing Team for arranging the new signage, display frames and the giveaways.

We would also like to give a special mention to Dave Mann, Senior Traffic Manager at Clarkes of London, for organising and coordinating the event. You have done a fantastic job yet again, we can’t wait to see what’s to come for next years’ South East Bus Festival.

 

 

Supporting Demelza for 22 Years

Demelza Hospice and The Kings Ferry 22 Years

In March, The Kings Ferry and Demelza Hospice Care for Children celebrated 22 years of partnership. We first began supporting Demelza in 1996 and helped raise funds to build the main site in Sittingbourne which opened its doors in 1998. Since then, we’ve raised £15,000 to support the vital work Demelza do and donated free coach travel for family and staff events.

“Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their loved ones, so that they can enjoy their time together as a family, for as long as they have. As a charity, we are dependent on the generosity of our supporters to keep our services going. We are grateful to the many local businesses and individuals who support us, but our long-standing relationship with The Kings Ferry means a lot to us as it is rare to have worked with one company for more than two decades,” said Tamsyn Clark, Director of Fundraising at Demelza.

Speaking about the partnership, Head of Marketing at The Kings Ferry Group, Sam Adams, said: “The team at Demelza do an amazing job helping terminally ill children enjoy the best possible quality of life and it is a pleasure to support them in this work. We are proud to have provided coach hire for them and raised £15,000 over the past 22 years and this is thanks to all the team at The Kings Ferry – from our drivers and customer service managers to engineers and technicians – everyone has put their hands in their pockets at different times and together, we are helping Demelza to make a big difference for children and their families.”

In the past 22 years of supporting Demelza, we’ve raised money through a variety of ways including; raffles, bake sales, staff competitions, sponsorship challenges, dress down days, and coffee mornings. Recently, Garry Warren from our East Kent depot had been training for the Paris Marathon which he ran on the 14th April to raise money for the charity. We are also proud to sponsor Demelza’s Easter Egg Hunt on the 19th April for the first time.

Over the years the money raised has gone into development and maintenance of the hospice in Sittingbourne which was most recently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

“We are deeply thankful to The Kings Ferry for their long-term commitment to our work, and we look forward to more years of partnership in the future,” concluded Tamsyn.

Top 5 Easter Egg Hunts in Kent

Easter Egg Hunts

As every UK school prepares to enjoy a relaxing two week Easter break, parents have the pleasure of having their little ones back with them all day long. This can be both good and bad; obviously it’s great to be able to spend such valuable time with your children, but sometimes it can be a huge struggle to know just what to do to keep them entertained! Easter is such a fun time of year for children: with chocolate galore and loads of spare time to play with their friends -  team that with all the newborn animals that will be making appearances and you've got yourself the makings of some fantastic Easter days out.

To help you find out what's going on in Medway and its surrounding areas, we've compiled a list of the top 5 Easter Eggs Hunts that will help keep the kids entertained. 

Demelza Easter Egg Hunt

Demelza Hospice Care for Children are holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday 19th April at their site in Sittingbourne. Children will be able to go on an epic adventure to help Cotton Tail find his friends and receive the ultimate prize for completing the Easter Egg Hunt. Don't miss out on this fantastic family fun event that we are extremely proud to be sponsoring.

https://www.demelza.org.uk/support-us/challenges-and-events/detail/easter

Spring into Easter

From Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April, Kent Life will be holding their Spring into Easter Weekend at the Kent Showground. This fun-filled Easter Weekend will see children join the Easter Bunny for a special Easter egg hunt, make their own Easter bonnets and enjoy the unmissable Easter parade. Celebrating the start of Spring, children will also have the chance to meet baby farm animals, hop on a farm ride, enjoy the indoor and outdoor play areas and so much more! 

https://kentlife.org.uk/event/spring-into-easter/

Easter Fun at the Farm

The Hop Farm is renowned for its family-fun days out, so it's no surprise that its Easter event makes our top 5 go-to Easter activities. Kids can enjoy egg-citing Easter games as well as enjoy the indoor soft play, crazy golf and get up close to the little lambs, bunnies and chicks! With so much to do at the Hop Farm it really is a jam-packed family day out, perfect for fun over the Easter half term.

https://thehopfarm.co.uk/events/easter-fun-at-the-farm

Dobbies Easter Bunny Breakfast

We all know how delicious a Dobbies breakfast is, so why not bring your kids along to your local Dobbies Garden Centre on Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April for a delicious cooked breakfast and some Easter fun. After breakfast your little ones will hop off to enjoy some fun Easter crafts before meeting the famous Easter Bunny. There is also an incredible fancy dress competition, so to be in with a chance of winning, make sure your little ones wear the most eggcellent outfits! 

https://hub.dobbies.com/events/upcoming-events/easter-bunny-breakfast/

Easter Fun with the Junk Orchestra

Join in the Easter fun at Leeds Castle on Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April and see your children get creative at the Castle’s ‘mad hat’ making workshop. Throughout the event, The Junk Orchestra will be jamming with their instruments made from bits of old rubbish. They’ll also show your little ones how to make their own junk instrument, which they can take home to entertain you all through the evening. Finally, an Easter day out wouldn’t be complete without embarking on an Easter Trail through the glorious Leeds Castle grounds in search of a delicious chocolate reward!

https://www.leeds-castle.com/What%E2%80%99s+On/Featured+Events/Easter+Fun+with+the+Junk+Orchestra/

 

If you’re planning an Easter day out for the whole family, why not hire a minibus or coach to take you there. You’ll be able to sit back and relax knowing everyone is on-board, having fun and raring to get their teeth into some delicious Easter treats.

For more information on transport to and from your Easter event, call us on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote below.
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South East Bus Festival 2019

South East Bus Festival 2018

Calling All Bus & Coach Enthusiasts!

The South East Bus Festival is one of the major highlights of the annual Heritage Transport Show. This fantastic and unmissable show will be taking place on Saturday 6th April at the Kent Showground, Detling. We will be exhibiting at the event for the 3rd consecutive year, showcasing a range of vehicles from across The Group. This year we have a huge surprise in store (but we are not giving away any clues until you read on!) – this is something that we are exclusively revealing at the show. So make sure you drop by to see us!

 

The Heritage Transport Show

The Heritage Transport Show attracts transport enthusiasts from all over the country. It's a celebration for heritage and vintage vehicles, from motorbikes to tractors and everything in between. This year the show is on track to hit a new record of 800 vehicles and 100 buses, making it one of the biggest heritage and vintage vehicle events in the South East. 

 

The South East Bus Festival

The South East Bus Festival has been working in partnership with the Heritage Transport Show for the past 9 years. The Festival will showcase a collection of buses and coaches both vintage and modern. Visitors will be able to walk through 90 years of bus and coach history, with the oldest bus displayed having been built in 1929 right through to the brand new state of the art coaches - by The Kings Ferry Group, of course! 

The Festival is filled with entertainment for all ages, from guest speakers and trade stands to free vintage bus rides around the showground, there really is something for everyone. The Show will also be hosting a Farmers Market with an incredible array of stands selling a range of delicious, locally produced food and drink.

 

We're Exhibiting

By now you have probably already guessed that we will be exhibiting at the Festival, it's one that we can't miss. We've been exhibiting at this incredible show for years and we love showcasing our modern fleet to all coach and bus enthusiasts! This year we're bigger and better, in 2018 we took 4 vehicles to the show , this year we're taking 10! 

We'll be taking our brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo VIP coach, a 2017 Irizar VIP coach, an executive Irizar coach with our iconic Kings Ferry livery, a 2006 Irizar coach with our Ouibus livery and a 2015 Caetano National Express livery coach. Clarkes of London will be bringing their 2018 Yutong with the Crawley Town FC livery and a 2018 Yutong with Clarkes' iconic livery. The most recent additions to the Group, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches will also be making an appearance. Stewarts Coaches are bringing their 2015 Irizar with their classic Stewarts livery along with their brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus and Woods Coaches are showcasing their 2017 Irizar single-deck coach. 

The South East Bus Festival will be a first for The Kings Ferry Group, it'll be the first family outing, with all four businesses coming together to showcase their fleet side by side. What a truly proud and unforgettable moment it will be. 

 

What's The Big Reveal?

While we can't tell you exactly what it is, otherwise that would ruin the surprise, we can give you a few hints. 

This surprise coincides with a recent event we held. It will provide a lot of opportunity to those who have an interest in coaches. We are one of the first coach operators in the South East to offer something like this.

What could it be?

You'll have to come along on Saturday 6th April to The Heritage Transport Show, Kent Showground to find out! 

 

Tickets for The Heritage Transport Show are £7 when bought in advance or £10 if bought on the gate. Children under 14 are free of charge. Visitor parking is free and there will be a variety of catering stands to choose from for food and drink.

For more information on The Heritage Transport Show and for details on purchasing tickets, visit the website here: http://kentshowground.co.uk/heritage-transport-show/

 

Get Your Christmas & NYE Party Transport Booked!

Christmas Party Transport

Don't Miss Out On Booking Your Party Transport!

When it comes to arranging your Christmas & New Years Party you need to be ahead of the game before all the best suppliers sell out!

With plenty of celebratory inspiration out there, we’ll take the stress out of arranging the transport while you focus on the venue, catering and entertainment.

Coach hire is the perfect mode of transport for parties and special events. It ensures all your guests get to the venue safe, on time and most importantly altogether. The party shouldn’t start and end at the event, but on the journey to and from the event!

How We Can Help

With over 50 years’ experience providing coach hire for individuals and companies, we have the knowledge to ensure your party goes off without a hitch.

Complete Transport Solutions

We’re here to help streamline your ground transport bookings. From coaches and minibuses to chauffeur-driven cars, we’ve got everything you need to make booking party transport easy. You’ll be assigned a dedicated account manager who will be your day-to-day contact. They’ll book all your transport, handle any tolls along your journey and also support you should you have any escalated queries whilst on the road. We provide a fully managed service so you can sit back and relax knowing your party is safe in the hands of The Kings Ferry.

24/7 Support 

In addition to your dedicated account manager who will be available on a daily basis, we also provide 24/7 support. We have an around the clock operations team tracking and liaising with the drivers on the road and a reservations team who book any coach hire enquiries that come in outside normal office hours. So, if you have an emergency or need a coach last minute, there’s always someone here to assist.

UK Wide 

As part of The Kings Ferry Group, we have over 220 vehicles in our fleet as well as access to the UK’s largest operator network. Being part of National Express, there really isn’t a corner of the country that we can’t provide transport for. If you’ve got multiple pick-ups up and down the UK and want to hold a huge Christmas party or New Years Party at one venue, you can trust in us to get everyone to the party on time and raring to go!

Vehicles

We provide coach hire all over the UK and Europe, no matter the scale. From 16-seater minibuses to 77-seater double-decker executive coaches, our luxury vehicles are the perfect transport solution for your festive celebrations. 

VIP Coach Hire

VIP Coach Hire for Party Transport

For the ultimate ‘wow’ factor experience, our VIP coaches are the pinnacle of excellence. They’ll have your guests talking from the get go. With luxurious leather seats and ample legroom, each of our VIP coaches have been handpicked to guarantee a five-star journey from start to end. Choose from either a rear full kitchen or a rear star-lit lounge to keep your guests entertained. We can also provide food platters, canapés, bubbly and a hostess/steward to really get the party started. To take a virtual tour of our VIP coaches, click here.

Executive Coach Hire 

Executive Coach Hire for Party Transport

Our Executive coaches exude sophistication and elegance. With leather reclining seats, plenty of legroom and tinted windows, your guests will arrive feeling relaxed and ready to party. Each of the coaches come with drinks facilities, refrigerator and toilet. Our Executive coaches are a fantastic alternative to our VIP coaches without compromising the luxury or excellent service. To take a virtual tour of our executive coaches, click here.  

Luxury Vehicles

Even though The Kings Ferry is renowned for luxury coach hire, we also have an abundance of other vehicles to suit your needs. From vintage buses and 16-seater minibuses to our VIP car fleet, we have a range of vehicles and models to choose from. Each comes with your own executive chauffeur, so your VIP experience will last as long as you want it to.

Using the strength of The Kings Ferry Group, we have the ability to provide any vehicle, at anytime, anywhere in the UK. We can also take you into Europe, so if you’re planning a work do in the Alps, we can deliver!

Previous Customers

We’ve worked with thousands of customers to provide them with transport services for events big and small. We have an Excellent rating on TrustPilot where our customers leave regular positive reviews, take a look for yourself.

Your guests will travel in luxury and arrive in style when booking through The Kings Ferry. We guarantee a five-star service from the moment you enquire with us to the last passenger drop off.

If you're ready to get a no-obligation quote for your Christmas Party or New Years Party, give us a call on 01634 377577 or get a quick quote using the button below.

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The UK's Top Festivals To Attend This Year

Girl taking photo at festival

The UK is always discovering new artists that are ready to take over the world and become international superstars. We’ve seen the likes of The Beatles, Elton John, Queen, Coldplay, Adele, David Bowie, Spice Girls, Robbie Williams are so many more come from our beloved country. So it’s no wonder we have some of the world’s biggest and best festivals!

Radio1’s Big Weekend

Radio1’s Big Weekend is the biggest free ticketed event in Europe. The festival is held in a different city each year. This year it’s located in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough on the 25th and 26th May 2019. With a strong headliner such as The King of Grime himself, Stormzy, festival goers are in for one big party. Pop sensation Miley Cyrus will also be appearing, along with Little Mix, Ellie Goulding and Jess Glynne. Bringing an indie edge to the festival are The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club and Bring Me The Horizon. For dance vibes Sigala and Jax Jones will be performing their latest summer anthems. With newcomers Mabel and Khalid also performing. 

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world. It attracts some of the biggest names in the music industry and is attended to by over 175,000 people. This five-day festival will be taking place from the 26th to 30th June 2019, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Its infamous Pyramid Stage sees the biggest headliners, with 2019’s line-up including The Killers, The Cure, Stormzy, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson.  Other artists that will be performing at the festival include Miley Cyrus, George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, Sigrid, Anne-Marie, Liam Gallagher and many more.

Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival is the UK’s longest-running music festival and is one of the most popular in Europe. It’s held in Newport every year, this year taking place on the 13th to 16th June 2019. In the past the festival has been headlined by the likes of David Bowie, Queen, The Who, The Prodigy, Snow Patrol, Kasabian and The Rolling Stones. This year’s headliners will see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds return for another year, along with George Ezra, Biffy Clyro and special guest Fat Boy Slim. The festival will also enjoy performances from Lily Allen, Jess Glynne, Madness, Bastille, Freya Ridings, Tom Walker, Jax Jones and more.

How To Get There

Heading to one of these festivals in the summer? Why not hire a coach to get you all there, whether you are arranging transport for a group of mates or the whole festival, we’ve got the perfect transport for you.

Coaches are often perceived as being old and rusty, but not ours. Our coaches are luxurious and trendy, some even have star-lit lounges and full kitchens!

However, the most important aspect of hiring a coach is to make sure you all get to the festival safe and together. The leather seats, huge amount of legroom and on-board drink facilities are just added extras that we include to get the party started from the moment you step on-board. And if after a weekend of partying you haven’t slept a wink – our reclining seats will help you nod off and catch up.

Get your party started the moment you step on-board.

For more information, please give us a call on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote here.
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London Christmas Party Show 2019

London Christmas Party Show 2019

Our first time exhibiting!

The Kings Ferry Group are exhibiting for the first time at the London Christmas Party Show. The show takes place on 13-14 May 2019 at Plaisterers’ Hall in London.

We’ll be showcasing our ground transport solutions for Christmas Parties, whether you’ve got 10 guests or 1,000 guests, we’ve got the perfect coach hire for you. With a fleet of over 220 vehicles and access to the UK’s largest operator network, we can provide options from luxury VIP coaches and 77-seater Executive coaches to minibuses and chauffeur-driven cars. Using the strength of the Group enables us to provide any vehicle, at anytime, anywhere across the UK.   

Our VIP coaches are the most popular choice of vehicle as they feature a star lit rear lounge and on-board kitchen facilities, the perfect combination for helping get the party started! While our Executive coaches are state of the art with luxury leather seating and ample legroom. Our coaches are the pinnacle of excellence, they will have you travelling in luxury and arriving in style.

The London Christmas Party Show is the perfect exhibition for event organisers and corporate buyers to meet suppliers and gather ideas for your festive celebrations. Split over two days, consisting of an exclusive evening for Event Organisers and a full day for Corporate Event Buyers. The show is jam packed with inspiration for your next work do!

With 150 event venues and party experts exhibiting, you are bound to find the perfect solution for your next event; whether that’s the ideal venue, theme or transport. There might be some fantastic discounts on offer too!

The show features a packed seminar programme giving all the top tips to make sure your Christmas Party goes off with a bang!

For your free ticket and to register for some informative seminars, please visit https://www.londonchristmaspartyshow.com/. Don’t forget to come and see us on Stand E6, we’ll take the stress out of arranging your Christmas Party transport.

If you can’t make it to the event or you simply can’t wait that long, feel free to give our team a call on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote below.
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Ground Transport Solutions with Kings Ferry Connections

Ground Transport Solutions with Kings Ferry Connections

KF Connections, part of The Kings Ferry Group, specialise in complete ground transport management for businesses, no matter the scale. Whether you are running a series of large scale events or require regular transport for your clients; no matter your requirement, KF Connections is the one stop solution for all your business transport needs.

What Kings Ferry Connections Offer 

Streamlined Ground Transport 

KF Connections have access to the UK’s leading and largest network of fully audited operators. Meaning, we have the unique ability to offer any vehicle, at anytime, anywhere across the UK. It’s not just coaches on offer, our complete ground transport management includes coaches, minibuses, taxis and chauffeur driven cars.

Proving transport for businesses is our speciality. Working with clients such as See Tickets and Glastonbury Festival, we have had the incredible opportunity to transport 1000’s of people to festivals across the UK. Alongside this, we have provided transport for a number of UEFA Champions League Final events, as well as having transported David Cameron around on a custom wrapped ‘Conservative Battle Coach’.

We regularly work with football teams to transport players and supporters to and from games. And we have even drove David Cameron around on a custom-wrapped Conservative battle coach.

 

Ground Transport for Conservative's David Cameron Battle Coach - Wrapped Coach for Kings Ferry Connections

Self-Booking Platform

Our exclusive, innovative booking platform allows staff to request quotes, make bookings and check existing booking details. With integration into your company’s intranet, either approved staff or your whole company can book ground transport in-house. You can set spend levels and restrict access to the booking platform to manage it efficiently.

Stress-Free Support 

Our dedicated account managers are here to ensure your transport needs are met with ease and efficiency. They will be on hand throughout your KF Connections experience, from initial enquiry through to the final debrief. We also have a 24/7 service line offering around the clock support. So even if your account manager is out of the office, an industry expert will still be on hand to give you the help and guidance you require.  

What They Say About KF Connections 

Working with a multitude of clients has allowed us to perfect our processes since KF Connections was founded 19 years ago. Here are a couple of our favourite testimonials; 

The Kings Ferry Limited have been our coach supplier for the last six years including the VIP Service for the First Team & Reserve Teams. They provide and manage nearly 200 coach movements each year. Their coaches are always well presented as are all their drivers.

There is a dedicated contact at The Kings Ferry and through him and his team, we know they are in control of all the elements which culminate in a relaxed trip for our teams and supporters. Knowing that all the Coach Travel Management is in safe hands allows the various departments to concentrate their resources on other aspects of the business that are less focused.

I have no hesitation in recommending the Kings Ferry Group for use by other companies.”

- Tom Hendren, Procurement Manager, Fulham Football Club

Venice Simplon Orient Express clients have very high expectations of service and comfort. Having worked with the Kings Ferry for over ten years now I have found they have always exemplified the levels of service expected by us and by our customers.

I have a dedicated contact at the Kings Ferry who I know is in full control of all aspects of our operation requiring coach movements. He and his team ensure the smooth running of all our coach operations whether it is being undertaken by the Kings Ferry or one of their partner coach operators. Knowing that the coach travel management is in safe hands make my job all the easier.

- Pat Thomson, Operations Manager, British Pullman

 

Streamline your ground transport process today, head over to the Kings Ferry Connections website for more information.
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The Perfect Transport for Your Wedding!

We all know weddings can be stressful, there's so much that goes into your big day. From choosing a venue and finding your dream wedding dress to planning your hen/stag dos and making wedding favours. One of the biggest worries is making sure all your guests get to the wedding on time, you don't want to be giving directions as you're about to walk down the aisle. 

We've transported thousands of wedding guests all over the country to their loved ones' big day. We have all the experience needed to take the stress out of this very special celebration. We'll pick up your guests from their homes or a central pick up point and take them to the ceremony. We'll shuttle your guests from the ceremony to the wedding reception. We'll even take them all home at the end of the night. Whether you need transport for your bridal party of 10 or your whole reception of 500, we provide the perfect solution. 

Luxury Wedding Transport

We provide wedding coach hire all over the UK and in Europe, no matter the scale. From 16-seater minibuses to 77-seater double decker executive coaches, our luxury vehicles are the perfect wedding transport solution. 

VIP Coach Hire

Mercedes VIP Coach with star-lit rear lounge for wedding transport

Our VIP coaches are the pinnacle of luxury. Your guests will experience the ultimate 'wow' factor when it comes to getting to your wedding in style. With luxurious leather seats and ample legroom, each of our VIP coaches have been handpicked to guarantee a five-star journey for every guest. Choose from either a swanky full kitchen or a rear star-lit lounge to keep your guests entertained. Our VIP coaches with the rear lounge are our most popular choice for wedding transport. To find out more about our VIP coaches, click here

Executive Coach Hire

Executive Coach Hire for wedding transport

We understand not everyone needs fancy coaches with all the gadgets and gizmos, that's why our Executive coaches are an understated luxury option. With leather reclining seats, plenty of legroom and tinted windows, your guests will arrive feeling relaxed and ready to celebrate. Our executive coaches are a fantastic alternative to the VIP coaches when it comes to travelling long journeys. Each of the coaches have a hot drinks facilities along with refrigerator and toilet.

Vintage Buses

Vintage bus hire wedding transport

If you're looking for something a little more vintage, this classic 1950's style bus will get your guests talking. It's a popular choice for weddings and special events. Hiring a vintage bus for your big day is a great way to get all your guests transported together in style. 

Chauffeur-Driven Cars

VIP chauffeur-driven cars for wedding transport

Even though The Kings Ferry is renowned for luxury coach travel, we also have other luxury vehicles to suit your needs. Our VIP car fleet offers a range of vehicles and models to choose from. If you want to arrive in style on your big day, we can help. With your own executive chauffeur, we can pick you up from your home and get you to the ceremony, take you from the ceremony to reception and take you home at the end of the night. Your VIP experience will last as long as you want it to. 

It's not just weddings we cater to, luxury coach hire can prove the best form of transport for hen parties and stag do's too. Whether it's an airport drop-off or a night out in Brighton, the party starts when you get on-board. 

Enquire with us today and one of our friendly sales team members will be in touch to discuss your coach hire needs. Click the button below to send us your details. 

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The National Wedding Show 2019

The National Wedding Show 2019

The National Wedding Show Is Back & So Are We!

The National Wedding Show is one of the most important set of dates in the wedding show season. The string of shows are the biggest and best in the country with over 40,000 loved up couples attending each season. Filled with wedding inspiration from hundreds of different wedding suppliers, you are bound to find to perfect everything for your big day. 

With The National Wedding Show coming to Excel London on the 13-14 April, you're not going to want to miss this! 

We're Back

We loved it so much last time, we're back for another year. 

The National Wedding Show 2018 The Kings Ferry Stand

Last year saw us drive our VIP coach into Excel London and this year we're doing it again. Except this time round, we've got a brand new Mercedes VIP coach that will leave you feeling as dazzled as the stars in the rear lounge. You're invited to come on-board our new VIP coach, take a load off in the luxury leather seats, drink some bubbly in the rear lounge and chat to the team about how you can take your wedding day to the next level. 

It's not just wedding day transport we offer either, Hen Parties and Stag Do's we'll have you traveling in luxury and arriving in style ready to party your last night of freedom away! 

If touring our amazing coach and chatting to our fantastic team isn't enough to get you to our stand, perhaps a competition will?

#VIPME

This year we're giving away our BIGGEST prize ever! 

For your chance to WIN A FREE VIP COACH HIRE EXPERIENCE all you have to do is take a picture of you and your friends on-board our VIP coach at the National Wedding Show and tag us on Twitter (@TheKingsFerry) or on Instagram (@kingsferry68) with the hashtag #VIPME for your chance to win. Good luck!

If you can't make it to The National Wedding Show but still want to enquire about how the Kings Ferry can help with your wedding, click here for more details. You'll be able to view our wedding brochure and take a virtual tour of our VIP coach. 

 

The Kings Ferry Group Expands & Launches New Corporate Identity

The Kings Ferry Group Executive Team

The Kings Ferry Group expands with more than 10 new appointments and launches fresh corporate identity

The Kings Ferry Group, which specialises in coach travel, chauffeur transfers and ground transport management, has expanded its team to accommodate its recent growth. From sales and accounts to senior positions, there have been more than 10 new appointments made across the Group. To complement the growth and strategic plans, the company has developed a new corporate identity and branding which was unveiled for the first time in public at The Business Travel Show back in February.

The Kings Ferry Group, which formed late 2018, consists of four well-established coach operators. The Kings Ferry is renowned in Kent for its luxury coach hire and London commuter services. It also offers corporate clients a full transport management solution, along with VIP coach services and a full wrapping service. The company acquired Clarkes of London back in December 2016, before recently acquiring Stewarts Coach Group in September 2018. The Stewarts Coach Group is made up of four brands, Stewarts Coaches, Stewarts Tours, Woods Coaches and Woods Tours, which have all been taken on by The Kings Ferry Group.

Over the past six months, the Group which is part of National Express, has been developing a new strategy to ensure the expansion delivers efficiencies, enables key competencies to be shared across the business and provides a sustainable platform for future growth. The Group is on track to achieve its £50 million annual revenue target one year ahead of schedule and now has charge of a fleet of 223 vehicles, a 200% increase from 2016.

Central to making the expansion a success is getting the right people in the right places, and we are delighted to announce that more than 10 new positions have been created within the Group and have been filled by experienced and competent people,” says Managing Director, Ian Fraser.

“Throughout this process we have been focused on creating a leadership structure that will sustain our recent growth, yet also provide room for more growth in the future. One outcome is the creation of several new director positions across the Group – some of which have been filled by existing managers, and others which are new appointments from outside of the business.”

The new Kings Ferry Group branding features a fresh visual treatment of the logo. “It’s really important that as the business gets bigger and more complex behind the scenes, our message to customers and stakeholders must become ever clearer. In its most simple form, what we do is connect people to the places they want to visit and however we do that, and wherever we do that, we will always strive to provide the best in service and value,” concludes Ian Fraser.

 

Celebrating 30 Years at The Kings Ferry

Celebrating 30 Years at The Kings Ferry

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Mick Keohane and Jim Merchant for their 30 years of service at The Kings Ferry. Thank you both for your ongoing commitment and continued service.

In celebration of their long service both were presented with awards from Ian Fraser, Managing Director, along with ‘thank you’ letters and a delicious ‘30’ cake in the iconic Kings Ferry colours.

30 Years at The Kings Ferry Mick Keohane & Jim Merchant

Mick Keohane

Mick Keohane started his journey in 1989 as an Auto-Electrician before being promoted to Workshop Foreman, Engineering Manager and Engineering Director. Mick has recently been promoted to Group Engineering Director, overseeing the engineer work across The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches.

Mick Keohane accepting 30 Years long service award from Ian Fraser, Managing Director at The Kings Ferry

Summarising his 30 years, Mick says, “I have enjoyed my years here. I’ve seen such a positive change in the structure and operation of the business. We are now safer and more compliant than ever and that’s down to the sheer hard work and dedication of the team around me. It’s always a pleasure to work for The Kings Ferry, it makes getting up in the morning worthwhile.”

Jim Merchant

Jim Merchant started his work back in 1989 as a coach driver. With his vast experience and impeccable knowledge he has seen many sights across the UK and Europe. He has been a coach driver on the commuter service, VIP private hire and for corporate contracts such as the Orient Express. Nowadays, he spends his time driving a coach between two locations for our biggest corporate contract.

Jim Merchant accepts 30 year long service award from Ian Fraser, Managing Director at The Kings Ferry

We spoke to Anthony Smith, Operations Manager, and Darren Cleaver, Assistant Operations Manager about what it’s been like having Jim around.

“Jim has always been reliable, he runs like clockwork - always on time and never untidy. He never causes us any trouble. He’s one of our go-to coach drivers”, says Darren.

Anthony states, “Jim has been in the business for a long time, he knows how the job should be done. He’s even taught me a thing or two when I first started. He likes to keep standards high. He will always turn up looking his best, shirt buttoned to the top, tie done perfectly. He’s always so proud to be part of The Kings Ferry.”

Jim Merchant & Mick Keohane cutting '30' cake to celebrate long service at The Kings Ferry

Both Mick and Jim are a credit to The Kings Ferry. We are so pleased they have supported us for the past 30 years, we look forward to the many more years ahead.

 

A Day at The Races

Horse Racing

A Day at The Races

Horse Racing is one of the longest established sports in Great Britain, dating back many centuries. With the UK having some of the world’s most iconic racecourses, it’s no surprise that we’ve produced some of the greatest jockeys of all time.

There are two main forms of horse racing, flat racing (distances between 5 furlongs and 2 miles 5 furlongs without obstacles) and National Hunt racing (distances between 2 miles and 4.5 miles, jumping over hurdles or fences). National Hunt races are more commonly known as steeplechases.

With horse racing being an event for everyone, let’s look at the major horse racing events and when they are happening.

The Grand National

When: 4-6th April 2019

This three-day festival held at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, is one of the most famous and most anticipated horse races in the world. With around 150,000 people attending every year, in addition to over half a million people who watch it on TV worldwide, The Grand National is definitely a race to attend. Ladies Day takes place on the Friday, with the infamous The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase taking place on the Saturday at 5:15pm with a £1 million prize fund.

With last year’s winner Tiger Roll set to compete again for 2019, will he be the next Red Rum and win the Grand National back-to-back?

Royal Ascot

When: 18-22nd June 2019

Royal Ascot is the epitome of sophistication, elegance and unparalleled racing. From private boxes to picnics, this five-day event is a right royal affair. The event attracts many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money. Alongside the plethora of famous faces, the arrival of the Royal Procession is one of the event highlights, starting at 2pm sharp each day. Royal Ascot is an event like no other, with its spectacular heritage, high fashion, fine dining and pageantry making for an unforgettable experience.

The Investec Derby Festival

When: 31st May – 1st June 2019

The Investec Derby Festival is run at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey. This magnificent two-day event is a test of racehorse and wardrobe, not only does the festival feature the prestigious Style Awards but it is home to the Greatest Flat Race in the World. Opening the festival on the Friday is Ladies Day, a celebration for the fillies with some fantastic prizes up for grabs both on and off the track. From skydivers to celebrity DJs, this festival will kick-start your summer.

All-Weather Championships Finals Day 2019

When: 19th April 2019

The All-Weather Championships concludes with a spectacular finals race at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. With over £1 million on offer over six race categories, this event sees the biggest prize fund for an all-weather raceday ever in Europe, and is one of the richest days in the UK. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family, from free face painters and live music to inflatable derby hoppers and an Easter egg hunt.

Ebor Festival

When: 21-24th August 2019

The Ebor Festival is a spectacular four-day event taking place at York Racecourse in the height of summer. With the oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races, the Ebor Festival is one not to be missed. The event kicks off with day one featuring the Juddmonte International, the richest race of the season and ranked first of all thoroughbred horses in the world. Ladies Day takes place on day two of the event, with some fabulous prizes up for grabs and the highest rated mare and fillies race in Europe. Day three sees the Nunthorpe Sprint, the fastest race of the festival, which ranked the highest rated 1,000 metre sprint in the world. Closing the fantastic series of races is the Ebor race, the oldest race of the festival which has been raced since 1840.

Qatar Goodwood Festival

When: 30th July – 3rd August 2019

The Qatar Goodwood Festival, known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, is one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world and is set in the Sussex countryside. This five-day festival is the highlight of the flat-racing season, with each day packing in as much action and excitement as the next. The first day of the event, on a Tuesday, will see the spectacular opening ceremony. With the Qatar Sussex Stakes being one of the seasons highlights featuring a prize fund of £1 million taking place on day two. Day three sees Ladies Day, the perfect event for socialising and raising money for charity in the unique ladies celebrity race, The Magnolia Cup. Glorious Goodwood ends its incredible festival with one of the most popular races in the world, the Qatar Stewards Cup which sees the finest sprinters dash towards the finishing line.

If you can't make any of these six famous horse racing events, The Jockey Club website has details on a whole host of racedays that are suitable for everyone. 

How to Get There

With over 220 vehicles in our fleet nationwide and access to the UK’s largest operator network, we’ve got the perfect transport to get you to the races. From luxury VIP coaches and stylish executive coaches to minibuses and chauffeur-driven cars, we can provide transport for groups of all sizes.

new Mercedes VIP coach hire

For racedays, the most popular coach hire is our VIP coaches. They are the pinnacle of excellence and won’t fail to impress. With luxury leather seats, ample legroom, and your choice of either a rear lounge or a full kitchen area, every guest is guaranteed a VIP experience like no other.

For more information on VIP coach hire, get in touch with our team on 01634 377 577 or click for a  Quick Quote

 

 

Billy Ocean Tours VIP

Billy Ocean Tours VIP

Billy Ocean Tours VIP

Billy Ocean, the R&B legend from the 1970s and 1980s is touring the UK in one of our VIP coaches. With more than 30 million records to his name, he's an international singer-songwriter with hits including; Caribbean Queen, Get Outta My Dreams, Suddenly and more!

Performing live across the UK for 9 nights is The Best of Billy Ocean. The tour hit the UK on the 1st March in Sheffield and will finish on the 14th March in Stoke. Bringing the party to Sheffield, Brighton, Cambridge, Llandudno, Plymouth, Bath, Leicester, Nottingham and Stoke. While Billy Ocean brings the party to you, we bring the party (and a smile) to him with our VIP coach.

Tour Travelling

Our experienced driver Daniel Crole was tasked with the job to drive Billy Ocean and his team around the UK.  

I turned up to work just like any other day and checked my pigeon hole for the jobs I had coming up. I couldn’t believe what I’d been given, the Billy Ocean Tour!

I was buzzing, I heard that something big had come in a few days before but never imagined it would be assigned to me. Definitely a highlight in my career meeting Billy Ocean, what an honour!” – Daniel Crole, VIP Driver.

Billy Ocean & Band

Travelling between venues up and down the country in a VIP coach is the ultimate transport choice for artists on tour. Billy Ocean and his team arrive in style, put on a fantastic show, relax in the on-board lounge at the end of the night before hitting the hay and doing it all again in the morning!

 

If you’re an artist looking to tour the UK or Europe, travel in luxury on one of our VIP coaches. Choose from either a full kitchen or a rear lounge to help you unwind after a show. Enjoy a five-star experience from start to finish. For more information on our VIP coach hire services, contact the team on 01634 377 577 or get a quote below. Quick Quote

Business Meetings in Manchester - Where to Eat & Sleep

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Business Meetings in Manchester, where to eat and sleep.

Manchester is a metropolitan city situated 2 hours from London. It is the birthplace of the industrial revolution and home to the largest club football stadium in the UK, Old Trafford (Manchester United's football ground). With the third largest airport in the UK and the busiest airport outside London, it's no surprise Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now. 

Manchester is quickly becoming a hotspot for new businesses, with the number of companies soaring in the last four years. Statistics from the ONS show that as of 2018, there are 23,845 businesses in Manchester - a 58% rise from 15,060 in 2014. 

With its bustling city centre jam-packed with hotels, restaurants, galleries, museums and much more, it's easy to get overwhelmed in this big city! We've got some recommendations on the best places to eat and sleep when having business meetings in Manchester. 

Where To Stay

Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation, from hostels to luxury five-star hotels, whatever your budget, there's something to suit everyone. 

King Street Townhouse

Part of the Eclectic Hotel Collection, the Kings Street Townhouse is rich with Italian renaissance history. This impressive hotel is number 1 out of 122 hotels in Manchester on TripAdvisor, boasting a five-star rating as well as a Certificate of Excellence. With a sixth-floor bar terrace, south-facing rooms and suites, and a rooftop pool, this hotel oozes sophistication and is the perfect setting to close a business deal. 

Hotel Indigo Manchester - Victoria Station

The Hotel Indigo is situated a short distance from Manchester's city centre and a few steps from Manchester Victoria station. A blend of the city's Victorian and Industrial past with a hint of contemporary, Hotel Indigo has a laid-back Bohemian feel to it. A fantastic hotel with a five-star TripAdvisor rating, this one is definitely worth a stay. 

The Cow Hollow Hotel 

This cool, hip boutique hotel is set in a fully restored Victorian warehouse, and sits within Manchester's Northern Quarter, a mere 500 meters from Manchester Piccadilly Train Station. This boutique hotel features 16 outstanding rooms, each with a huge, super-comfortable bed complete with goose down duvets and pillows, large rainfall shower, NETFLIX access with Smart TV, complimentary hot drinks and much more. The perfect place to stay when hustling through business deals.

Where To Dine

As one of the UK's most exciting foodie destinations, Manchester has an extensive culinary scene to suit every taste bud. With a thriving food and drink culture, there are numerous restaurants, gastropubs, bars and cafes opening up every week, but which one should you choose for your next business meeting?

Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill

Fazenda Manchester blends together all the tradition behind the unique Brazilian way of serving, keeping the tradition alive and sharing the history of the gaucho heritage. Guests can indulge in the freshly-grilled meats, churrascaria-style carved at the table by the passadores. Complimenting the fine South American food is Fazenda's comprehensive selection of Argentinian and Brazilian wines. This high-end restaurant also features three luxurious private rooms perfect for business meetings. 

Peter Street Kitchen

The Peter Street Kitchen offers exquisite small plates of contemporary Japanese and Mexican cuisine, complimented by fine wines, sake and cocktails. With the two served together in what may seem an unlikely pairing, this fine dining restaurant showcases the complimenting flavours and ingredients of both cuisines. The Peter Street Kitchen offers alternative experiences in the Rikyu Lounge along with private dining experiences.

Hawksmoor Manchester

This British steakhouse and cocktail bar is located in a late Victorian courthouse on Deangate, and is said to have the best steaks in Manchester. With a menu consisting of ethically-reared beef, grass-fed native cattle, sustainable seafood caught off the British coast and seasonal fruits and vegetables, this restaurant's menu revolves around using the best ingredients they can find. Locally brewed beers, original cocktails and select wines accompany the selection of dishes on offer.

We’ll get you to Manchester in style so you can explore all this vibrant city has to offer and secure that business deal!

 

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Its Time For Merlin Attractions!

It's time for Merlin Attractions!

Europe's largest entertainment company, Merlin Entertainment, operates an impressive 120 attractions over 25 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Luckily for us here in the UK it's almost time for the theme parks to open their rides again! We can't wait! 

Here are 4 of our favourite theme parks in the UK and what you can expect for 2019:

Alton Towers Ride

Alton Towers 

Season starts: 23rd March 2019

Alton Towers is the UK's number one theme park and last year saw over 2.3 million visitors. This year will see the expansion of their holiday village with the new stargazing pods. These minimalist themed pods are perfect for families, couples and friends who love escaping to the great outdoors. 

The new ride for 2019 is the Alton Towers Dungeon, a hilariously hideous journey through Staffordshire's darkest history! You'll be sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, battle to survive the plague, endure the Torturer and come face to face with the Witch of Burslem's ghost! 

There really is something for everyone at Alton Towers. If the Dungeon is too scary for you, there's plenty of other rides that will have you screaming of joy. For the thrill seekers you've got last year's ride Wicker Man, the UK's first new wooden coaster built in over 20 years, along with the classic thrill rides such as Oblivion, Nemesis and Rita. For some family fun there is the Runaway Mine Train which twists and turns, getting faster and faster, the Frog Hopper and the good old family favourite, Congo River Rapids. For the little ones, they will have lots of fun in CBeebies Land. They can enjoy a magical boat ride with In The Night Garden, help Postman Pat with his Parcel Post ride and cause lots of chaos in Justin's House Pie-O-Matic Factory.

Chessington World of Adventures Vampire Ride

Chessington World of Adventures

Seasons starts: 10th March 2019

Home to an exciting theme park, Chessington Zoo, SEA LIFE Centre, 2 fantastic on-site hotels and a high ropes and camp site, Chessington World of Adventures is Britain’s wildest adventure, seeing more than 1.5 million visitors each year.

Chessington’s Theme Park was one of the first themed amusement parks in Britain. With 10 themed lands ranging from Mexicana and Wild Asia to the Forbidden Kingdom and Land of the Tiger, and over 40 rides and attractions, it’s no wonder Chessington World of Adventures is a firm family favourite. The Vampire ride and The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure are the park’s most popular family rides, they’ll see you soaring above the treetops or floating down a magical lazy river.

Chessington Zoo is the original attraction at Chessington World of Adventures. With over 1,000 exotic animals, you’ll have the chance to come face-to-face with Lions, Monkeys, Penguins, Gorillas and much more. Make your wildest dreams come true by going VIP, meet and greet with some incredible animals, or become a zoo keeper for a day!

At the end of your fun-filled family day out, you’ll be able to relax in one of the on-site hotels, the Azteca or Safari Hotel. Each hotel has unique and interactive restaurants, access to the Savannah Splash Pool and exclusive hotel benefits such as Early Ride Time.

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Thorpe Park

Season starts: 29th March 2019

As one of the UK’s leading amusement parks, Thorpe Park is home to over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events. Thorpe Park Resort is the perfect place for thrill seekers and features some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.

With 5 of the UK’s top roller coasters on its island, Thorpe Park is known for its record-breaking rides. Launch yourself from 0-80mph in 1.8 seconds to a height of 205ft on Stealth, a coaster which has the fastest acceleration in Europe. Take flight on The Swarm, the UK’s first winged coaster. Face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps in SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror themed roller coaster featuring a 100ft ‘beyond-vertical’ drop. Ride Thorpe Park’s first major attraction, Colossus, the world’s first ten looping rollercoaster. With so many ‘firsts’ and record-breaking rides, Thorpe Park is not for the faint hearted.

If you’ve had too much excitement for one day, head to the Thorpe Shark Hotel, the park’s on-site hotel. The hotel features air-con, shower en-suites and television in every room, as well as unlimited WiFi throughout the hotel and unlimited Fastrack until 11am!

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LEGOLAND Windsor

Season starts: 15th March 2019

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park, themed around the LEGO toy. It is the second LEGOLAND in the world, after LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark. Seeing as the LEGO brand is a formidable force in the toy industry, it’s no surprise that LEGOLAND Windsor saw more than 2.2 million visitors last year.

2019 will see the opening of a brand new ride, The Haunted House Monster Party, which opens on Saturday 13th April. This spook-tacular ride is fun for the whole family as Lord Vampyre turns the house upside down for a Monster Party. For limited dates throughout March you’ll be able to join in the celebrations of the new THE LEGO MOVIE 2. See the Apocolypsburg film set, meet Emmet, Wyldstyle and Sweet Mayhem, and explore MINILAND to help Emmet find his friends. It’s going to be awesome! In addition to the new ride The Haunted House Monster Party, is an exclusive 4D movie that will have the whole family laughing out loud, LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit!

Save between 20 – 35% off your ticket price when you book an attraction package through The Kings Ferry. Attraction packages include park entry and coach hire. For additional extras such as VIP experiences, hotel stays and more, contact our sales team for the best price.   

 

Wedding Shows in Kent

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Upcoming Wedding Shows

It's that time of year where we're out of the peak proposal dates (Christmas, New Year, Valentines Day) but not quite in wedding season yet - which means wedding show time! 

Wedding shows are THE place to be if you are looking for inspiration for your big day, not to mention you can pick up some great deals at the events too. From catwalk shows to sweet carts, DIY workshops to dream honeymoon destinations, wedding shows have it all. We've got a few favourites that are worth popping along to...

The National Wedding Show 

When: 13th - 14th April 2019
Where: ExCeL London

The National Wedding Show is the perfect place for wedding inspiration. The shows boast thousands of suppliers and host hundreds of thousands of visitors each year! With their next local event happening at ExCeL London, it's made it onto our go-to list. You'll find everything you need for your special day at the ExCeL show. With over 200 suppliers exhibiting, you'll have the chance to watch showstopping catwalks, take part in free creative classes and enter into some amazing competitions. 

Did we mention we'll be there exhibiting too? We're your perfect transport provider for your wedding guests, we'll make sure they get picked up, taken to the ceremony, transferred to the wedding reception and back home again. We're also giving away the chance to win FREE tickets to this incredible wedding show, head to our Facebook page for more details. 

Gay Wedding Show

When: 3rd March 2019
Where: Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

It's back! It's Kent's first Gay Wedding Show since 2005, a lengthy 14 years since the last event. Prepare to meet Kent's finest wedding suppliers, set over 3 rooms at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel. This one-day event will give you all the inspiration you need for your big day. From bridal and menswear to party planners, DJ's to photographers, you'll leave with so many new ideas, you'll want to have them all! 

The Wedding Experience 

When: 14th April 2019
Where: The Kent Showground, Detling

The Wedding Experience at The Kent Showground is the largest wedding show in the South of England. Every year the show brings over 200 exhibitors and attracts over 1,200 couples. The focal point of this wedding fair has to be it's fantastic entertainment throughout the day. Hosted by the KMFM Radio presenters, the suppliers take centre stage with presentations, fashion shows and interactive entertainment that will see couples entering for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

Wedding Showcase 

When: 16th - 17th March 2019
Where: Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle's Wedding Showcase will leave you dreaming of that fairytale wedding. As this historical Castle marks its 900-year anniversary it is one of, if not the most romantic place in Kent to hold your wedding day. Sip sparkling wine as you take a tour through the Castle, Maiden's Tower and the newly restored, Battel Hall, all decorated with gorgeous floral displays from the RHS award-winning in-house Floristry Team. 

Medway's Biggest Wedding Fair 

When: 2nd June 2019
Where: Medway Park, Gillingham

Medway's Biggest Wedding Fair is brand new for 2019. With over 60 wedding professionals from the Medway towns and surrounding areas all under one roof, you are sure to find inspiration here. The fair will see exhibitors showcasing wedding dresses, lavish cakes and stunning photography along with some more unusual ideas. Even though the show is brand new, the exhibitors have an abundance of knowledge and experience when it comes to helping you plan your wedding day. 

 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Commute

Female Commuter

Commuting, that tedious notion of travelling between home and work on a regular basis. It’s no easy feat when, according to research by the TUC, the UK spends 58 minutes a day commuting. With Londoners leading the way travelling 1 hour and 21 minutes each day to and from work. Whether you’re commuting by train or coach, we’ve got 5 ways that will help you make the most of your commute.

Learn a language

Learning a language can be beneficial to your work life, as well as adding a new skill to your CV. Known as the business language of the future, Mandarin Chinese is a great language to learn, although maybe not the easiest. Any language learnt will put you in good stead for that next promotion or life-changing interview, whatever comes your way. One of the best apps you can download to learn a new language is Duolingo, it’s also completely free.

Read

Commuting is the perfect time to lose yourself in a book. You’ll feel awakened before you get to the office, or it will help you escape the stresses of the day. With so many e-readers available nowadays, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to read. Or perhaps you take a more traditional approach to reading where nothing beats a hard-backed book. Swap recommendations or trade books with your fellow commuters to open your mind to reads you wouldn’t usually consider, just be sure not to miss your stop.

Set daily goals

Get ahead of the day by setting yourself goals. Whether they are work or personal goals, they’ll help you finish the day with a sense of achievement. You could even use your commute to work towards bigger goals, perhaps weekly or yearly goals. Some have even started their own successful businesses using their commute time, such as the case for Seat Sixty-One and Web2Carz.

Socialise

This may seem an obvious one, but talking to others is a great motivator. Everyone on your commute are doing the same thing, travelling to work, but how many have you actually spoken to? Speaking to others will help you on a daily basis to take influence from them, share your ideas, get their feedback, and get you out of your comfort zone. It’s far too easy to revert to our digital devices and scroll through countless posts on Facebook, on average we spend three years on social media. Imagine the relationships you could build in that time.

Puzzles

You’re sure to see many commuters on their travels immersing themselves in a Sudoku puzzle, crossword or word search. Not only does it pass the time but it also keeps your mind active – think of it as brain-training. You can choose to pick up a puzzle book from your local store or download one of the many apps on your phone. It’s a great way to stimulate your mind ready for the day ahead.

With all these new ideas on how to make the most of your commute, you need to be able to put these into practice in comfort. When commuting by coach you’re not only saving on average 52 minutes compared to a train but you’re guaranteed a seat!

For more information on commuting by coach, click here

 

Business Travel Show 2019 - What a Show!

Business Travel Show - What a Show!

This year marked the 25th anniversary for the Business Travel Show, Europe’s largest specialised exhibition and conference. A show that brings travel professionals across Europe together to explore the latest technology releases, meet suppliers and learn from the industry’s top influencers. 

We’ve been exhibiting at The Business Travel Show consecutively for the past 6 years. This year was our best so far!  

Stand Design

Late 2018 saw the formation of The Kings Ferry Group, while the Group was formed, the corporate identity had only recently been made public. Our focus for the stand this year was to showcase the new brand, that’s why we went bigger and better!

Business Travel Show Stand 2019

Our trusted exhibition manufacturers, ESM Ltd, were on hand to design and build our stand. We wanted to concentrate on providing a ‘Complete Transport Management Solution’ for businesses, no matter the scale, all across the UK. We featured a few clients who we work with; BBC, British Airways, Blue Cube, UEFA, Metropolitan Police and See Tickets. As well as our stand entertainment, Matty Evans the magician and a Strike-A-Light game.

Strike-A-Light Game

Our Strike-A-Light game was one of the highlights of the stand, it was incredibly effective and successful. The aim was to test your reactions and see if you have what it takes to be a Coach Driver. The game could be played solo or head-to-head in a race to push as many lit-up buttons as possible in the allotted time. The highest score over the two days of The Business Travel Show won a fantastic prize. We had visitors come back multiple times to try and beat their score and reach the top of the leader board, one woman had 6 attempts over the two days!

One player led the way from Day 1, many tried to beat him but failed. Our Strike-A-Light champion was Eddy from Travel by Inspire. He scored a whopping 163 points, while second place scored 152.

No-one came close to his score, he was so quick!”, says Ashley Close, Business Development Manager.

Strike-A-Light Game at Business Travel Show 2019

 

The game itself represented National Express’ ‘Driving out Harm’ safety scheme, which is part of a nationwide program to provide safety training for drivers, engineers and staff on our sites.  

Matty Evans – Magician

Back again on our stand for 2019 was Matty Evans, a close-up magician who continued to wow visitors for another year running. Matty’s amazing sleight of hand, tricks and illusions kept our visitors entertained and mesmerised while the rest of the team were busy talking to prospective clients.

Matty Evans Magician at Business Travel Show 2019

 

I’m glad to see Matty Evans was back for another year, his magic tricks impressed the visitors which kept them on the stand until one of us was free.

Seeing their reactions is always a highlight when working with Matty. He’s a great magician and never fails to impress!”, says James Hill, Business Development Manager.

What a Success…

“The show was a great success for us this year. We spoke to many new clients all with a real need for our offering. We met with a number of existing clients who were keen to tell us how pleased they were with our service and how we have made their coach and car travel requirements so much easier to arrange.

The days flew by as we were so busy, it was a really enjoyable and positive event. Business Travel Show is the biggest event in our calendar year on year, it’s always our most successful and valuable event.

We’re looking forward to working with some of the new clients we met this year and will definitely be back for 2020!”, says Vikki Street, Head of Business Development.

The event was a huge success, thanks to the hard work and support of our marketing, business development and management teams for ensuring such a great show. Thanks to ESM, BigFunUK and Matty Evans for creating a brilliant stand and providing amazing entertainment. More importantly, thanks to all the visitors and prospective clients who came to meet us on our stand.

 

February's Driver Open Day

The Kings Ferry Driver Open Day - February 2019

Driver Open Day

On Saturday 23rd February, we held our first ever Driver Open Day at our Head Office in Gillingham, Kent. The event was open to both licensed and non-licensed PCV drivers; the day was a hit with close to 100 visitors walking through our gates, and over 60 expressing their interest in working with us!

On The Day…

As the fog lifted in the morning and the gates opened at 10am, there was an immediate influx of people. We saw many visitors who had come from different backgrounds, most of which were looking for a career change.

At one point, we had people queuing outside the building to sign up!”, says Anthony Smith, Operations Manager.

Visitors were able to tour the coaches, listen to real experiences from our drivers, discuss opportunities with the management team and learn about the training programme for non-licensed PCV drivers. There was also an ice-cream and waffle van to keep visitors refreshed, along with hot dogs to fuel their day. Delicious!

The day went fantastically, we had close to 100 visitors attend. We showed off some of the VIP fleet, including our new Mercedes Executive and the VIP Yutong coaches. The training team did an emergency evacuation display using the ‘50th Anniversary’ coach and we also did a short coach trip into Rochester and back for our visitors.

An area was set up where the trainees could all sign up to join which Debbie Mann, Lawrence O’Neill and Lok Gurung managed. They processed everyone that expressed an interest, (which there were quite a few) and managed to maintain a calm and professional demeanour all day, they were superb!

The rest of the team held meet and greet sessions, selling what we offer as a business and what we can do as a team. They were all great and answered all questions with enthusiasm and honesty.

Overall, the day went extremely well and the ice-cream van was a big hit. We have learnt from this event and are looking to stage another later in the year.” states Anthony Smith, Operations Manager.

The Kings Ferry Academy

One of the company’s newest ventures, The Kings Ferry Academy has had a great start, with over 50 people from the event interested in starting their career as a Kings Ferry Coach Driver. The in-house training team, headed by Simon Le-Mar, will be in full force over the next couple of months to get those interested trained up and out on the road.

PCV Training takes on average one month to complete and those successful will be given a two-year employment contract with The Kings Ferry.

What’s Next?

Over the next few weeks interviews will be held at our Gillingham office and those who are successful will be given the opportunity to join our growing company, either as a qualified driver or as a trainee.

If you wasn’t able to make it to the Driver Open Day on the 23rd February then do not fear! You can still apply for jobs on our Work With Us page, or follow us on Facebook to be one of the first to know when the next Driver Open Day will be!

A Huge Thanks To...

On behalf of Anthony Smith, and all at The Kings Ferry we would like to thank the following staff members for their exceptional support on the day, from our head office; Darren Cleaver, Simon Le-Mar, Lee Miller, Dave Mann, Steve Pennell, Lewis Byrne, Kevin Jenner, Jaimie Florea, Ollie Taylor, Izaak Mann, Denny Gale, Mike Mabaleka and Pete Raven.

From our East Kent depot, we’d like to thank Quin Dodkins and from Clarkes of London we’d like to thank Joe Westgate and Wayne Jamera.

We would like to give a special thanks to Debbie Mann, Lawrence O’Neill and Lok Gurung who went above and beyond on the day. A huge thanks to all those mentioned above, all of whom we would not have been able to do it without.

Of course, we would also like to express our thanks to all of our wonderful visitors and prospective new drivers. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we hope to be in touch very soon!

Finally, we would like to take the time to appreciate and congratulate Anthony Smith for all his hard work in arranging and making the event such a success.

 

Business Travel Show 2019 - We're Exhibiting

Business Travel Show 2019

It’s that time of year again when Europe’s largest specialised exhibition and conference brings together more than 9,000 travel professionals. This year the Business Travel Show will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at Excel London on 20-21 February and we can’t wait to exhibit!

Last Year’s Exhibition

Last year’s show was a success, we partnered with some fantastic companies and forged excellent business relationships. Visitors were dazzled by Matty Evan’s magic tricks and enjoyed sipping on cocktails as we discussed ground transport solutions.

Kings Ferry Connections Stand at Business Travel Show 2018

Cocktail Bar on Kings Ferry Connections Stand at Business Travel Show 2018

What’s New For 2019

In addition to Clarkes of London, The Kings Ferry has acquired two more coach hire companies, Stewarts Coaches of Reading and Woods Coaches of Leicester. With all four well-established coach hire companies working together, The Kings Ferry Group was formed. The Group will be showcasing itself for the first time at the Business Travel Show.

2019 Exhibition Stand

This year’s stand will see more fun and entertainment than last year. We’ll be pulling Matty Evans out of the hat for another round of magic. And if magic isn’t your thing, get competitive in our new game that will pit you against the entire Business Travel Show in a bid to win one amazing prize.

We’ll be exhibiting on Stand B161, opposite The Artisan Bakery. Our industry experts will be on hand to answer your questions and have a chat about all things ground transport. 

The Kings Ferry Group to Reveal New Brand Identity at The Business Travel Show 2019

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The Kings Ferry Group to reveal new brand identity at The Business Travel Show 2019 

The Kings Ferry Group will be revealing to the public it’s new brand identity for the first time at the Business Travel Show on the 20th and 21st February 2019. It’s an exciting time for the Group, having only been formed recently after the acquisition of two more coach operators, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches.

The Group consists of four established, professional coach hire businesses each boasting a long history of award-winning excellence; The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches of Reading and Woods Coaches of Leicester.

The Kings Ferry Group 

 

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The Kings Ferry 

The Kings Ferry is the leading private coach hire specialist in Kent and surrounding counties. The company has an outstanding reputation and is a multi-award winning coach operator, having won UK Coach Operator of the Year over 17 times. The Kings Ferry is renowned for its ability to provide the very best luxury coach hire service.

 

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Clarkes of London 

Clarkes of London has over 60 years’ experience in delivering a first class service. Offering great value and high quality coach hire, Clarkes of London are recognised within the coach industry as one of the top UK coach hire companies. The company have won numerous awards for its high quality fleet including Mercedes-Benz Award, Best in Class and Route One Excellence Awards.

 

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Stewarts Coaches

Stewarts Coaches are one of only 21 UK companies to be part of the prestigious Guild of British Coach Operators. With a focus on providing the best drivers, highest safety standards and a luxurious fleet of vehicles, Stewarts have an unrivalled reputation as one of the country’s leading coach providers.

 

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Woods Coaches 

Woods Coaches have a long-standing history of delivering the ultimate travel experience. With a state of the art fleet and professional industry leading drivers, Woods Coaches ensure their customers’ experience is second to none. Their tours programme is of exceptional value and also one of the main contributors to their impressive reputation.

 

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Kings Ferry Connections

Working within The Kings Ferry is Kings Ferry Connections, specialists in transport management solutions and the UK’s largest network of fully audited operators. From nationwide contracts, disaster contingency to complete transport management, Kings Ferry Connections has the ability to offer any coach, at anytime, anywhere across the UK.

What’s Next 

The Kings Ferry Group will be the face of all four coach hire businesses when attending exhibitions. To showcase the Group further there are a few exhibitions lined up throughout the year, such as South East Bus Festival and National Wedding Show.

Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news about The Kings Ferry Group as and when it happens.

 

Hold Your Own Anti-Valentine's Celebration

 

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Hold Your Own Anti-Valentine’s Celebration

Valentine’s Day, the day of celebration for love and affection. Everywhere you look there’s bouquets upon bouquets of red roses, cute teddy bears saying ‘I Love You’ and more chocolate than Willy Wonka’s.

Singletons, be prepared for a weekend filled with listening to stories about candle-lit dinners, romantic hand-written poems and countless ‘We’re Engaged!’ posts. 

Sound all too familiar?

Well it doesn’t have to be, take a stand this Valentine’s Day and treat yourself. Grab a bunch of your single friends, a fancy coach to travel in style and a great destination and there you have it, your very own anti-Valentine’s celebration.

Get Out Of Town

With the town’s bursting with loved up couples this weekend, head out of town. The countryside is filled with cosy cottages, luxurious manors and stylish barn conversions that can be hired for the weekend. Many of which have hot tubs, indoor swimming pools or games rooms, the perfect addition to a group weekend away!

Singles Parties In The Capital

London is filled with swanky pubs and clubs that are hosting singles parties on Valentine’s Day or at the weekend. These lavish parties see celebrity appearances, famous DJ sets, cocktail displays and much more. While most of the parties require tickets to be purchased in advance, there are still some pubs and clubs that allow entrance on the door.

Take Your Mind Off It

There are many activities available to groups up and down the country. Enjoy a relaxing spa weekend with treatments all round to help you and your friends feel pampered and refreshed. In contrast, challenge your mind and body with an adventure day at the newly opened Bear Grylls Adventure in NEC Birmingham.

With so many ways in which you can celebrate being single this Valentine’s Day, why not get your friends together and make this year one to remember.

 

Newest Recruits & Promotions February 2019

We’d like to say congratulations!

After weeks of training, Kim and Sarah, our newest recruits have completed their PCV training at our Gillingham office. Both coach drivers have been on the road for over a month and have been providing a fantastic service to our customers. Our in-house trainer Simon has been thoroughly impressed with the progress our new recruits have made, saying: “They are both doing really well. The speed in which they have been able to adapt and rise to the challenge is great. We are all very proud of them and pleased they have joined our driver’s team”.

Perhaps you’ve seen them on your travels?

Say ‘Hi’ to Kim who is on our University of Kent campus shuttle service. And to Sarah who is one of our commuter drivers connecting Medway to London. If you think they are doing a great job, why not leave them a Trustpilot review.

At The Kings Ferry we like to invest in our employees, in addition to rewarding them for exceptional work. One of our coach drivers, Steve, has recently undergone training to be a Driver Trainer. He’s now fully qualified and ready to help new recruits on the road to gaining their PCV Licence.

At the end of February we’ll be welcoming 5 more drivers to our PCV training programme; we can’t wait to get them on-board and continue to grow The Kings Ferry family!

We're employing!

We are always on the look-out for talent. If you have a PCV Licence and would like to apply for a Coach Driver position you can apply on our ‘Work With Us’ page. If you need to renew your licence or are looking to get into coach driving, we are hosting a recruitment day that offers the perfect opportunity to start your career and get back behind the wheel!

Our driver recruitment day is on the 23rd February, and we are pleased to invite you to come and meet our team, speak to the drivers, trainers, managers and much more! For more information on the driver recruitment day, visit our dedicated page here.  

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