Whatever the occasion – from a special birthday or anniversary, a thank you or just a much-needed treat after the stresses and strains of life in general, discover why this train has such a fabulous reputation …… with our popular Luxury Away-Day – Garden of England!
Revel in luxury and nostalgia whilst gliding through the glorious English countryside. Enjoy a delicious freshly prepared 5-course meal served with English champagne and your choice of wine by attentive, liveried stewards whilst taking in every moment of your delightful experience.
Special gifts and treats do not get much better than this, so why not pamper yourself, or a loved one, to this ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Away-Day. An EARLYBIRD price for Club-21 Members .
This will be Solent Events’ 11th Luxury Away-Day experience on this beautiful train ….. and I can promise you it is like no other in the world. I’m sure you will come home with some wonderful memories to kepp and cherish forever!
We therefore invite you to step aboard the famous Belmond British Pullman train for a day of fun, adventure and nostalgia as you glide through the Garden of England – and perhaps with a few surprises thrown in!
Part of Belmond British Pullman Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, it’s the world’s most famous train. With its beautifully restored marquetry, crystal glass and deep upholstered armchairs, the Pullman carriages provide a unique and original setting for all kinds of social occasions. We normally have a Solent Events carriage all to ourselves too.
The moment you step aboard, your celebration of the Golden Age of rail travel begins. Here, in the only set of authentic 1920s Pullman carriages in the UK, prepare for first-class service, unparalleled comfort and exceptional fine dining.
Your journey will take you past farms, fields and orchards where some of Kent’s most famous specialities are produced. As you travel, you’ll be tasting an array of these specialities on Head Chef Jon Freeman’s imaginative seasonal menu. But first, to toast the start of the adventure: a half-bottle per person of English sparkling wine. The chalky Kent soil is very similar to that of the Champagne terroir. In fact, can you keep a secret? …… even the famous champagne houses in France are starting to plant vineyards in Kent …. so, your flute of British Fizz will therefore be exceptional!
As each carriage, dates from the 1920s & 1930s and is staffed by the Pullman’s famous, loyal and immaculately liveried stewards, you will relish the majestic comfort of a sumptuous armchair whilst admiring the intricate marquetry, woven brass luggage racks, gleaming crystal and silken lampshades that transport you back to a more gracious age. ‘Travel’ was so much more than just simply to arrive!
As the train wends its way through the countryside, admire the ever-changing landscape. The route takes you past rolling hills, forests, towns, villages and the sea, giving you a rich smorgasbord of vistas. Take the opportunity to slow down, reconnect, and enjoy convivial conversations with your companions and other guests. Coffee is served before you arrive back into London Victoria station for your journey’s end.
As usual, our luxury transport will whisk you off to London from our four local pick-ups. After a welcome complimentary coffee and a freshen-up in the Hilton Hotel opposite, glamour and excitement builds across the road on platform 2 of Victoria Station. After a complimentary glass of Kent juice in the Orient Express lounge, you will be ready to meet our personal stewards aboard one of the stately carriages.
To ensure everyone is able to budget for this once-in-a-lifetime luxury, a PAYMENT INSTALMENT PLAN is available on the booking form.
Life’s too short …..
As usual places are limited to one Solent Events carriage, so we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to save disappointment!
This is the perfect place and time to celebrate, dress up and enjoy world-class cuisine and service. To maintain an elegant and enjoyable atmosphere for all guests, you are requested wearing casual clothing, including denim, trainers, baseball caps, collarless T-shirts and shorts! Whilst jackets & ties are not essential, smart attire, formal dress or even the style of previous eras (1920s to 1950s) is very much encouraged – and as a group, most of us do! In fact, you can NEVER be overdressed aboard these beautiful trains with their elegant carriages!
Due to the uncertainty of roadworks en route to London, the pick-up times are proposed as follows:
0700 Coach leaves Stokes Bay – Sailing Club Bus Shelter
0710 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0720 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0730 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
Canapés & Bubbly served
1000 Arrive Victoria, London
Hilton Hotel – time to freshen up. A complimentary coffee | tea will be served in the lobby bar. Leave by 1030
1035 Check-in on platform 2 with a glass of Kent juice
1045 Welcome aboard with a glass of fizz
1105 Our journey begins
Whilst gliding through the Kent countryside, The Garden of England, enjoy a sumptuous 5-course lunch with wine & bubbly, whilst getting to know your fellow travelling companions.
1615 Arrive back at Victoria Station – platform 2 – with time to take photographs for your ‘Memory Box’ ….
1645 Meet the coach where dropped off for journey home
1900 Arrive in home area
The itinerary above now has up to date pick-up times, but a POSTCARD with the final details will be sent by email (as the Royal Mail service is now so unreliable), 7-10 days beforehand. (Please also check your SPAM/JUNK Inbox).
NB. Please do not ask us to be picked up or dropped off at stops not specifically listed above, as for the comfort all all clients, unfortunately we are unable to do so.
Couples & friends will be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Solent Events & Leisure reserves the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
Your details will be safe with us & will not be passed on to any other person, company or business