All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.
Flight in a vintage Jackaroo or Tiger Moth from Headcorn Aerodrome
Visit to Churchill's beloved home, Chartwell
Capel-le-Ferne "scramble" experience and Memorial to the Few
Biggin Hill Airfield - Memorial Museum and St George’s Chapel
Further to the success of our "Magnificent Men" tours, we have added a third tour that includes an exhilarating short flight in a vintage open cockpit Tiger Moth or Jackaroo aircraft from Headcorn Aerodrome. These legendary aircraft were the types used to train pilots during WWII and represent a rare opportunity to undertake a flight in one of these classic aircraft and experience what it was like to be a trainee pilot in WWII.
Day 1: Arrive independently from 15.00 at the Rose and Crown, Tonbridge.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk from aviation expert, David W. Lee.
Day 2: Flight in a Tiger Moth or Jackaroo and Capel-le-Ferne Memorial.
The highlight of this tour is undoubtedly the flight from Headcorn Aerodrome in a vintage Jackaroo or Tiger Moth open cockpit plane. Most pilots learnt to fly before progressing to such types as the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Sunderland etc, so this represents a rare opportunity to undertake a flight in one of these classic aircraft and experience what it was like to be a trainee pilot in WWII. There will also be plenty of time to look at the on-site Lashenden Air Warfare Museum. Your day will also include a visit to the Capel-le-Ferne Memorial, which also includes the immersive exhibition and film "Scramble Experience”. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Biggin Hill, Shoreham Aviation Museum and Chartwell.
Our first visit of the day is to Biggin Hill, a key location in WWII and is recognised as Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘strongest link’. Here we will visit the Memorial Museum and St George's Chapel of Remembrance. Then to Shoreham's Aircraft Museum to see its collection of aviation artefacts before heading to Chartwell, Churchill's beloved home, which he, and his wife Clementine, bought in 1922. The house has been preserved as it would have looked when the Churchills were in residence and has a wealth of memorabilia, original furniture and books. The gardens are also lovely, and include the lakes installed by Churchill, his studio, Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden and the kitchen garden. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers and in the unlikely event of the Tiger Moth/Jackaroo flight being cancelled for any reason a voucher for a replacement flight only will be issued.
Best Western Rose and Crown, Tonbridge
The Rose and Crown is a 16th century coaching inn, with a modern bedroom annexe in the centre of the historic town of Tonbridge. Oozing period charm, the old part of this three-star hotel has a traditional pub bar and restaurant. Rooms in the annexe are modest but clean and comfortable with all modern amenities including free wifi.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
The food in the hotel was good and the staff pleasant. The room was clean but everthing in the whole building, an annexe, was tired and needed serious updating. In fact demolition wouldn't be a bad idea. There was no fan in the bathroom for goodness sake. However the company was good and we enjoyed the break.
Review by Dotchin who travelled 13-September-2021
Excellent trip. Very well organised. First class guides. The only problem was access to the Shoreham Aviation Museum. Not suitable for a large coach. The majority of exhibits were similar to those at Lashenden Air Warefare Museum. I would suggest removing Shoreham from the trip. Hotel was very comfortable, excellent food but a little tired.
Review by Butterfield who travelled 13-September-2021
Well organised by the tour manager and the guide David Lee was excellent.
Review by McCartney who travelled 13-September-2021
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