Henley on Thames & Bletchley Park With after dinner speaker on the secret sites of the Second World War
Sunday 20th June – Monday 21st June 2021 £159 per person (£50 deposit per person due now – balance due April 2021)
Henley on Thames is one of the most beautiful towns in England, and a regular winner of RHS Britain in Bloom medals. Henley’s riverside location, surrounded by a Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields, lends itself to relaxation, long lunches and quirky shopping. There’s a pub where Charles I drank, a Chantry house, a butcher that smokes his own meat and independent shops offering a personal touch.
Famous for the World’s greatest rowing regatta, the main street has many Georgian frontages covering older buildings and among the 300 buildings within the town designated "of special architectural or historical interest" are St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, Market Place and the 18th Century stone bridge.
The paved market place offers a number of cafes, locally run tea shops, plenty of well known restaurants and wonderful pubs, some of whom brew their own ale.
Why not take a cruise along the Thames whilst you are in Henley ? There will be plenty of time to enjoy lunch, browse the independent and quirky shops or visit the River and Rowing Museum, acknowledged by The Times as one of the best 50 museums in the World ! In the summer the bandstand in Mill Meadows often has a band playing and deckchairs can be hired from the nearby tourist information centre.
Late afternoon, we shall depart Henley and make our way to our 4* hotel for our overnight stay and evening meal.
After enjoying a three course dinner sit back and listen to an entertaining and informative talk given by our expert from Buckinghamshire Archives. During the Second World War thousands of sites across Britain were requisitioned to support the war efforts. Our expert tells the story of what was going on at the different secret sites (like Whaddon Chase, Latimer House, Bletchley Park, Churchill’s Toyshop) and what life was like for civilians living in Buckinghamshire at the time. The talk includes thrilling stories of refugees, evacuees and life on the home front living with industrial espionage and rationing. All this is accompanied by photos, letters and diaries from the centre’s archive collection. After the talk you will be able to ask questions. Our Secret Sites experience is an informative and entertaining evening.
After breakfast on Monday morning, we shall make our way to Bletchley Park .
Bletchley Park is a vibrant heritage attraction and museum which was the home of British World War Two codebreaking; a place where technological innovation and human endeavour came together to make ground breaking achievements that have helped shape the world we live in today.
This unique site was previously a vast Victorian estate, where parts including the Mansion still survive, expanding during wartime to accommodate Codebreakers Huts and Blocks.
During World War Two, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), now known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was based at Bletchley Park. It grew from a small team of specialists to a vast intelligence factory of thousands of dedicated women and men. This extraordinary combination of brilliant and determined people and cutting-edge technology contributed significantly to Allied victory. In tough conditions, they provided vital intelligence and developed pioneering technological innovation that had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the war.
The site continues to reveal secrets and tell fascinating stories of our national legacy.
Late afternoon, we shall head back to the Essex area.
Your hotel - Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel
The Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel is conveniently located just 10min from Thame & a 15min drive from Oxford. Set at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, this hotel caters perfectly for leisure stays. All rooms have en suite facilities, plasma TV screens and internet access.
After a busy day relax with a drink from the fantastic selection on offer in the Lounge Bar. The beer garden is beautifully furnished - great for warmer days.
Included in the price of £159 per person is :
Luxury coach travel for two days
Time at leisure in Henley on Thames on day one
Overnight accommodation at 4* Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel
Three course evening meal on Sunday night
After dinner speaker on Sunday night
Breakfast on Monday morning
Entrance to Bletchley Park
A Tour Manager to escort the trip
Double room on single occupancy £15
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.