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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. 
 

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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