Tuesday 31 October 2017
The Poppy Factory was established in 1922 as an independent charity to provide employment for disabled servicemen after the First World War. The work consisted of making the poppies, crosses and wreaths for the annual remembrance tide. 90 years on, they remain an independent charity with the aim of enabling wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women in finding paid, meaningful civilian employment.
We begin our day earlyish in the morning with a light breakfast snack on the coach to keep us going, before arriving at KEW GARDENS and approximately one hour to explore the Palm Glass House (which experts consider to be the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world!). An hour later, we will enjoy an included 45 minute tour of the extensive gardens in their Autumnal colours, aboard the Kew Explorer Land Train.
We will then receive a very warm welcome on arrival at the nearby Poppy Factory, plus a delicious homemade 2-course lunch with coffee, before embarking on our pre-arranged guided tour of this famous working factory.
During our visit, tour guides will give you an informative presentation, using original footage and films to tell the story of the origins of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance; the heritage of The Poppy Factory since its foundation in 1922 and how they remain true to the original charitable purpose today.
The FESTIVAL of REMEMBRANCE is an ideal addition to our visit to the Poppy Factory, the annual memoriam event to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 11 November 2017, for which Solent Events will be endeavouring to purchase tickets.
Limited numbers apply to this very special Away-Day, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Luxury Executive Coach Travel
Only FOUR local pick-ups from:
Gosport, Lee on the Solent
Stubbington & Fareham
Preferred seating on coach
Visit & tour of Kew Gardens &
Palm House by Kew Explorer Land Train
Donation entry to the Poppy Factory
2-course Lunch with tea/coffee
Cream Tea OR Wine & Savouries
Solent Events Tour Manager
View the Itinerary
0645 Coach leaves Coliseum Coach Depot
0730 Coach leaves Stokes Bay– – Sailing Club Bus Shelter by Pebbles
0740 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0750 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0800 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1000 Arrive Kew Gardens
Time to explore Palm House
1100 Kew Explorer Land Train guided tour
1315 Lunch at Poppy Factor – see menu choice below
1400 Guided Tour of Poppy Factory
1600 Leave for home
Cream Tea OR Wine/Savouries served en route
2000 Arrive home area
Limited numbers apply to this Away-Day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
What Our Customers Are Saying
Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!
We so enjoyed ourselves on Tuesday Lin, and it was a “mystery” right up until 3pm – well done. I’m so glad I found Solent Events. It’s so much more fun going with other like-minded people & takes the responsibility out of driving.Maureen Colyer
Dear Lin, Thank you for sending the photographs from ‘Collabro’ at the BIC. We had a lovely first outing with Solent Events. Thanks for all the hard work you put into it.Linda Hunt
Hi Lin, Just a quick thank you from us both for arranging such a brilliant day yesterday. We had such a lovely time and the hi-light for us was the steam train trip! Looking forward to the next Mystery TourSue & Bert Barnes