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Adventures to Brighton and Sussex!

Hi everyone!

Those of us living in the Bucks/Berks/West London areas are lucky to be in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We have stunning scenery , green countryside, quaint little villages and some great historic buildings. Furthermore, we are right on the doorstep to London, one of the world’s best capitals, every day and night there are fun and interesting things to do. 

But! Sometimes it would be nice to be closer to the sea! Especially in the summertime! If you, like me, are a big fan of trips to the seaside but don’t get to go as often as you’d like, here are some tips on where to go and how to get there!

Let’s start with Brighton. One of my favourite places! Not only does it have beautiful beaches but it’s always so lively and full of art, music and colour. It’s about a  two hour trip from Maidenhead – High Wycombe – Marlow – Slough – Windsor – Reading, traffic dependent. A train ride is around 3 hours so personally I think visiting by minibus is the perfect solution to getting there comfortably, efficiently and in a green fashion. Working out cheaper per person than the train , and going door-to-door, a 16 seater or 19 seater minibus also gives us the opportunity to take all our beach stuff like games, deckchairs, a change of clothes, picnic stuff etc.  

This is a fantastic idea for a family day trip, kids absolutely love days at the beach and you are guaranteed to get a bunch of photos full of big smiles that you’ll treasure forever!

Of course, there is so much more to Sussex than just Brighton. The whole county is full of picturesque little villages as well as an awesome coastline. Here are some highlights:

  • Bolney Wine Estate, Haywards Heath.
  • Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
  • Drusillas Park, Wealden.
  • 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Battle.
  • Kew’s Wakehurst, Haywards Heath.
  • Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Billingshurst.
  • Arundel Castle, Arundel.
  • Petworth House & Park, West Sussex

Once again, minibus hire offers the best way to get to the more out of the way, hidden spots without spending too much time changing trains and public buses, this could end up taking the whole day and can be quite exhausting. 

Furthermore, now that holidays abroad  have opened up again, you may be in need of a trip to Gatwick Airport. Once again, on consideration, a minibus may offer the easiest way to get to and from the airport, leaving you holiday as stress-free as possible. 

If you are considering a trip to Sussex and you are looking for group travel providers, CityWise Travel serves the Bucks/Berks/West London areas and is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to days out in Sussex. Or, if you need a minibus to take you to and pick you up from the airport, nothing combines value for money with flexibility like minibuses, especially if you have an early flight or a late night return!

Day Trips to London Zoo!

Hi everyone,

You might remember that I wrote about  the convenience of family day trips to the beach with minibuses and drivers. 

Well, on Easter Monday I took a visit to London Zoo for the first time in 11 years and realised this would be the perfect venture for friends and families – especially by taking a coach or minibus as you can circumvent traffic with the bus lanes! Nestled in Regents Park between Baker Street and Camden Town, it’s an easy journey by minicoach from a number of towns such as Marlow, High Wycombe, Windsor, Slough, Windsor, Amersham and Aylesbury to name but a few! 

As I’m sure I’ve previously mentioned, I really love trips to the zoo so you won’t find an impartial or neutral review here. I do care a about animal welfare though,  so if I thought the animals were kept in anything less than optimal conditions (save being in the wild) I would definitely want to tell you this.

Fortunately though, London Zoo (and Whipsnade) are run by ZSL who clearly put their animals first and I’m sure would never let them live in the conditions which sadly we see in some other countries. 

I went with my 6 year old son and the weather was really pleasant. London Zoo isn’t as big as the safari parks with acres and acres of space. As such, London Zoo is better suited to the smaller animals although there are giraffes (which can even be seen from the road outside and Regents Park) and they don’t seem at all cramped. Actually, I was more excited to see their Okapi (the only living relative of the giraffe), really beautiful and rare animals. 

Another highlight was the Komodo Dragon enclosure. It was wonderful to be up close to these fascinating creatures and we made sure to catch the 3.30pm show which included feeding time. I’ve not seen Komodo Dragon’s at any other zoos and it felt really special to see one in real life!

We also really enjoyed the Lemurs. Visitors are able to walk through their enclosure and it’s a real treat. With many animals, especially the big cats, we often just see them lounging around, quite aloof, but lemurs are always great value and interact with the visitors as well as being very active and demonstrating their impressive acrobatic skills!

The best part of our day though, as with my last visit, was the Rainforest Life Exhibit. This indoor rainforest is also immersive. The moment we walked in we spotted a sloth hanging right above our heads although he was on a mission to get some fruit and steadily made his way across the trees towards his target! There were also fruit bats flying around us and a couple of anteaters relaxing high up on some branches!

Despite being on a smaller plot of land than Whipsnade and being pretty busy (well it was Easter Monday), the zoo doesn’t feel cramped and we still covered a lot of ground. 20,000 steps according to my phone, although some of that was walking through Regent’s Park, a treat in itself.

London Zoo was actually an inexpensive and memorable day out. I loved it and so did my son. I would recommend taking a refillable water bottle and some snacks though, as food and drinks can rack up the cost a bit.

Visiting by minibus (or minicoach) from Bucks, Berks or West London obviously saves on tube fares and gets you direct to the front gate as well as being a great choice for sustainable travel, fitting in nicely with the zoo’s own conservation objectives!

If you have any questions about hiring a minibus and coach, do get in touch!

Thanks

CityWise Travel Team

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Minibus and Driver Day Trips to the Beach

Spring has sprung so lets talk beaches! You may well remember that when Covid-19 first hit us and we were approaching lockdowns in April, it was glorious sunshine! So this blog on some lovely local beaches might not be as early as you think. We cannot think of a more lovely and affordable way to spend time with the family than at the seaside! If there are more than eight of you travelling, then minibus with driver is the best way! Not only can everybody relax, there is space for your beach gear (and surfboards!) but the beauty of the minibus is that everyone can be dropped off home. Last year we picked up families in our minibuses (and coaches) from High Wycombe, Marlow, Maidenhead, Reading, Windsor, Slough as well as London!

Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable is a firm favourite in my household. On the east coast of Kent, this little fishing town has a pretty high street with quirky independent shops and whitewash buildings. You can buy oysters along the beachfront and enjoy them whilst looking out to sea. For those who enjoy water sports, you can hire a Stand-up Paddle Board or kayak and those who like eating out will enjoy the wide range of eateries. I love the fact that it’s a stone beach so sand doesn’t go everywhere but its worth wearing your flipflops or wetsuit shoes! It’s about a 2 hour journey from High Wycombe/Marlow/Maidenhead to Whitstable so you might even want to stay overnight! There are plenty of Airbnb opportunities as well as hotels and a couple of camping and caravan sites. For more on Whitstable visit: https://www.canterbury.co.uk/info/37/whitstable.

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