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A five day tour to Kent with the Jarvis’ – CANCELLED

May 4 - May 8


Monday, May 4, 2020-Friday, May 8 (four nights in 4* hotel, dinner, bed and breakfast included):

In May, we’re off to Kent, with outings on each of the days (including the two travel days). Winston Churchill’s home of Chartwell (National Trust), a day in Tunbridge Wells, and a trip on the Kent & East Sussex steam railway are amongst the itinerary delights, and the holiday will include bed, breakfast and evening meal at a 4*hotel. We think there’s something for everyone – but it’s also a chance (we hope) for people who aren’t so confident about going away to know that Katie and I will be there to help out with any mobility issues, etc.

Here’s the itinerary in more detail, scoot to the end for the costs:


Monday, May 4

Leaving from Nailsworth/Box/Minchinhampton on Monday morning, we’ll be stopping at Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country home, near Westerham in Kent. It’s a fascinating history not only of the man but of Great Britain – here, he met with world leaders, composed speeches and wrote books. There are lovely gardens, and a welcoming café.

Tuesday, May 5

We’re off to the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells with more than 100 independently owned shops, historic sights, museums and churches:

In the afternoon, we’ll trip the light fantastic to Hever Castle & Gardens, a double-moated castle that was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Packed with treasures, it also has stunning gardens set in 125 acres of grounds. There’s a choice of restaurants, cafés, etc, and a lovely shop:

Wednesday, May 6

The morning will be spent at Tenterden (, another really lovely old town, parts of it beautifully preserved.

Then, at 1215h, we’re booked onto the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway ( for a heritage journey of around 45 minutes to Bodiam, a 14th century moated castle, again National Trust (short walk to the castle: If you haven’t been before, you can find out for yourself why it’s one of England’s best-known and best-loved castles.

Thursday, May 7

This is a day spent in Canterbury – need we say more! (Oh, OK, then.) Perhaps best known for its cathedral, part of a World Heritage Site, it also offers the King’s Mile, a collection of ancient streets (just a step from the High Street) where the independent shops include traditional traders such as jewellers, crafts and great places to eat. You can enjoy the Canterbury Tales, an attraction devoted to Chaucer’s literary vision, visit the Roman museum, enjoy the shops and restaurants, or simply drink in the history:

Friday, May 8

We depart today, but not without taking you somewhere nice on the way home! We’re booked in to see Polesden Lacey. One of the National Trust’s most popular properties, this is an Edwardian house and estate on the North Downs near Dorking. There’s a spectacular collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver – in fact, it’s still very easy to picture some of the celebrated house parties that took place here. The grounds include a walled rose garden, ancient woodland and landscape walks. Of course, there’s also the traditional shop and café:

If you’d like to book, or to know more, then drop Ian an email at

Tour costs £452 per person sharing a 4 star, twin or double room.  That’s dinner, bed and breakfast, porterage, railway ticket and entry to all the National Trust Attractions.

£38.45 NT Supplement for the week for non members.

£88 Single occupancy for the week of a twin/double room (maximum of six rooms available)

£40 per person deposit required with booking.

Balance due 4th March, 2020.

Travel insurance – proof of your insurer’s name, policy and contact numbers are required.

Cancelling up to 4th March, 2020, just loss of deposit.  After that there can be no refund except in exceptional circumstances.

If you would like to book or know more email or call 01453 833131.




May 4
May 8


Ian Jarvis