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Get Your Christmas Party Transport Booked!

Christmas Party Transport

Don't Miss Out On Booking Your Party Transport!

We know it may seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas but when it comes to arranging your work Christmas Party you need to be ahead of the game before all the best suppliers sell out!

With plenty of festive 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 corporate 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 work 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 company travel 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 offices up and down the UK and you want to hold a huge Christmas party in London, you can trust in us to get everyone to the party on time and raring to go!

Vehicles

We provide coach hire for companies 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 colleagues 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 colleagues 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 Clients 

We’ve worked with a plethora of companies to provide them with ground transport services for events big and small. We’ve transported David Cameron on his Conservative ‘Battle Bus’ for his election back in 2015, where we did a full wrap on the coach. In contrast, Glastonbury has thousands of festival goers across the UK that we provide transport for, we arrange on average 800 coaches for the festival each year.

One of our most recent hires was for the CWT Meeting & Events Conference. We put on 5 VIP coaches to take the staff to their annual Conference at the end of February.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to you and Kings Ferry for letting us all experience your VIP Coaches.  We were all really blown away by how slick you guys operate and also how luxury a coach can be, the driver was also very professional and I would have no hesitation in telling our clients about our experience.

Thank you so much, it really does make a difference for the team to experience the quality and service themselves.” says Emma Chamberlain, Global Supplier Manager.

Your colleagues 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 around on the 14-15 May 2019, why not come along and gather inspiration at the London Christmas Party Show, tickets are free at https://www.londonchristmaspartyshow.com/. We’ll be there ready to chat and answer your questions.

If you can’t wait until May, please give us a call on 01634 377 577 or get a quick quote here.
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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. 

For your chance to WIN A FREE VIP COACH HIRE EXPERIENCE come and see us at the National Wedding Show on 13-14 April 2019. If you can't make it, why not get in touch with the team today on 01634 377577 or click below for a quote.
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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

Business Meetings in Manchester Handshake

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.

Thorpe Park Schools Photo with Stealth

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!

LEGOLAND Driving School

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.   

 

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