Jennys Jaunts

To book, please contact Jenny Aylen. Contact details in the printed Newsletter, or use the form on the website CONTACT page.
All coach trips leave PROMPTLY at the stated time from the Elmbridge Xcel Centre, Waterside Drive (Off Terrace Road and Hurst Road), Walton on Thames KT12 2JG

Thursday 28 February 2019 – Westminster Abbey
A guided tour which will explore a place rich in history, a place that's touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains since 960AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of more than 3,000 great Britons.
In 2018 the Abbey opened a museum known as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the mediaeval Triforium at the top of the building, which was not previously open to the public. The museum displays beautiful documents and effigies (including the head of Henry VII) and the Marriage Certificate of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
UNFORTUNATELY because the Abbey limits the number of people who can visit at any one time, they will not take a group booking for the Museum. If you are interested, you can buy a ticket on the day at a cost of £5.00, subject to availability.
Cost £40.00 (Includes coach, tip for driver, coffee on arrival, guided tour).
Pick up 9.30am at the Xcel Centre. Return approx 5.30pm.


Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Chartwell House.
Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home from 1922 and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration until the end of his life. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived there, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man.
The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary.
Cost £26.00 (£12.00 for National Trust Members). (Includes coach, tip for driver and audio guide).
Pick up 9.00am at the Xcel Centre. Return approx 6.00pm.
All coach trips leave from Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre, Waterside Drive (off Terrace Road and Hurst Road), Walton on Thames KT12 2JG.

Tuesday 30th April 2019 - London Wetlands Centre
An urban oasis for wildlife and people. A guided tour will take us around the
lakes, ponds and gardens. Get up close to ducks and water birds from around
the world and see the otters. If we are lucky we may see the new ducklings.
Watch wildlife from one of the six viewing hides,including the Headly Discovery Hide. If you would like to bring a picnic, there is an indoor café or courtyard café perfect for relaxing.
Cost: £15.00 (Includes entrance, guided tour,
coach and tip for driver.)
Leave Xcel Centre at 10.30am. Return approx 5.00pm.


Friday 10th May 2019 – Windsor Horse Show
An equestrian day out to watch the Horse Show in reserved seats. Events taking
place include Show Jumping, Ladies Show Horse, Shetland Pony Grand National
and Shetland Pony Dressage. Refreshments are available at a variety of stalls
and outlets. We have a provisional booking which is being held until 25th February. Please book before 25th if you are interested in this trip.
Cost: £16.00 (Includes entry ticket, reserved seat, coach and tip for driver.)
Leave Xcel Leisure Centre at 10.30am. Return approx.4.30pm.

Tuesday 18th June 2019 – The Great Stink
In 1858 the long hot summer turned into The Great Stink with the Thames little
more than an open sewer. Something had to be done. We begin in central London with refreshments. Our Blue Badge guide will tell the story of spending a penny from Cloacina, the Roman Goddess, to the terrible reign of King Cholera. We will track London’s lost rivers, cruise the Thames to Greenwich and drive across the old Thames marshes to the extraordinary Cathedral of Sewage built to house the Crossness Engines. Visit the Great Stink exhibition and don a hard hat to go into the engine room and see the beautifully restored Prince Consort engine fired up and under steam. Listen to the story of the Great Stink and learn how the Victorian Engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette achieved one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering ever seen. You will need to bring packed lunches today to eat during the cruise. A most unusual day comes to a conclusion with tea and biscuits at Crossness.
Cost: £30.00 (Includes morning and afternoon refreshments. Cost of cruise. Blue
Badge guided tour, coach and tip for driver.)
Leave Xcel Centre at 8.30am. Return approx. 7.00 pm.

Wednesday 10th July 2019 – Henley River and Rowing Museum
with River Cruise
A visit to the Museum which houses four galleries. River Exhibition, Rowing Exhibition, Artist John Piper Museum and the William Morris Museum. We will be welcomed with refreshments on arrival and a short talk about the history of Henley before a self-guided tour around the museum. Lunch is available in the restaurant if required (not included in cost), after which we will go on a cruise of the Thames as far as the start of the Regatta. After the cruise, you will be free to return to the museum or wander in to the town of Henley before boarding the coach for our return to Walton.
Cost: £24.00 (Includes entry to the Museum, refreshments and lunch, cruise,
coach and tip for driver).
Leave Xcel Centre 9.15am. return approx. 6.30pm.
All coach trips leave from Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre, Waterside Drive
(off Terrace Road and Hurst Road), Walton on Thames KT12 2JG.