Vintage Essex

Available Dates

21/07/2022 - 21/07/2022 Guaranteed £70.00
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A Full Board Day Out! with Lunch & Afternoon Tea


Our Vintage Essex day is for those who like to see a lot without walking too far!

We arrive in Thaxted, “Queen of Essex” for morning refreshments in an old coaching inn. John Betjeman said Thaxted was about as good as it gets.

We’ll visit the old wool church where English composer Gustav Holst played the organ and the vicar flew the Red Flag from the tower. Who’s for a few verses of Holst’s hymn Thaxted, better known as I Vow To Thee My Country? From the church we weave past black and white striped Tudor houses and jolly colour-washed homes from the mediaeval to the Georgian period to the beautifully wonky old Guildhall.

From high in the coach we’ll take in the gently rolling landscapes of rural Essex and the chocolate box village of Finchingfield as we head south to the little known Essex Rodings. Eight villages full of old thatched cottages, timber-framed manor houses and farmhouses form the largest group in the country to share a common name. The Rodings name comes from the Anglo-Saxon Hrodingas who sailed up the River Thames 1500 years ago, turned right at Barking Creek and kept going until they found this remote and fertile landscape.

A ploughman’s lunch is ready for us at the Lodge Garage in High Easter, served to you by ladies who dress up to get into the vintage spirit. We are surrounded by the vintage vehicle collection and old coaching ephemera collection of the Lodge Family have just marked their centenary in the coaching business.

It’s a lovely afternoon with time to enjoy the collection of old coaching and bus ephemera and rides out in immaculately restored 1940s and 1950s coaches that have starred in “Only Fools & Horses” spin off “Rock & Chips” and blockbuster series “The Crown”. We finish the day with tea & cake, which is also included in the cost.

Price Includes

  • Executive coach travel and the services of an IC Travel courier
  • All items included in this tour package as listed in the Trip Highlights section
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments as listed in the Trip Highlights section

Price Excludes

  • We can't think of anything!


Day 1

Coach departs Taverham 8.30am
Local pickups en route
Arrive Thaxted 10.30am
Programme as described in the Overview section
Coach returns TBC

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Vintage Essex
From £70.00
per Adult
From £70.00
per Child (3-14 Yrs)

Trip Facts

  • Coach travel
  • Yes
  • Included - see trip description
  • Yes - select when booking
  • Yes

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