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Vintage Essex

A windwill in a countryside setting

Departing Suffolk & Essex - We combine the best in Blue Badge guiding in picture postcard Essex villages with an afternoon at the Lodge HQ in the Essex Rodings including a ploughman's lunch

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Arrive in Thaxted, Queen of Essex at 10.30am for morning refreshments in an old coaching inn. Betjeman said Thaxted was about as good as it gets.

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, weave past black and white striped Tudor houses and jolly colour-washed homes from the medieval to the Georgian period to the beautifully wonky old Guildhall.


From high in the coach, take in the gently rolling landscapes of rural Essex and the chocolate box village of Finchingfield heading 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.


Be surrounded by the vintage vehicle collection and old coaching ephemera collection of the Lodge Family who are approaching 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 spin off Rock & Chips and blockbuster series The Crown.


Approximate Timings

1030 Meet Guide on route to Thaxted

Tea/Coffee and Biscuit at The Swan Hotel followed by a guided walking and coach tour of Thaxted

1245 Tour finishes at Lodge Garage in Chelmsford where Ploughman's lunch will be served

Time to look around the Museum and be taken on 2 rides in the vintage coaches around the local lanes

Tea/Coffee and Biscuits will be served

1645 Depart

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £6 per day. Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
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