Thursday 28 May 2020

So sorry, but obviously I cannot tell you much about our exciting Mystery Away-Day as it’s a surprise – from start to finish. No BRIBES accepted!! 

I can tell you that our Mystery Tours are always FULLY INCLUSIVE which includes entry fees, guides, breakfast treats, coffee, lunch, wine, a cream tea or afternoon tea and lots of fun!

They are always great value – we have kept our Mystery Tours the SAME PRICE since October 2018, so if  you would like to see where we have been since our first Mystery Tour in 2015, have a look below ….

Numbers are normally limited and as it’s such a popular Away-Day, it’s always best to book EARLY! 

There are plans in the pipeline to have a 2-3 day MYSTERY TOUR SHORT BREAK sometime, so if you would be interested, please do let me know. It will definitely be coach, but you may or may not need  a passport!

Only £98.50pp
PCM £96.50pp
Booked before Tuesday 28 January 2020

What's Included on our Mystery Tours?

  • Luxury Coach Travel
  • Only FOUR local pick-ups:
    Leaves from Coliseum Coach Depot, Botley Rd, Southampton - Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington & Fareham
  • Preferred seating on coach
  • Entry Fees - if required
  • Guide - if required
  • Morning coffee
  • Lunch with wine/soft drink
  • Afternoon Tea | Cream Tea
  • 'Where Are We Going' Prize Competition
  • Solent Events Hostess/Escort

28 April 2015  – Bibery & Broadway                  

We met our guide, the amusing Lee of Kooky Cotswolds Tours for coffee & cake at  the Olde Worlde pub & hotel, The Swan followed by a  country  & village guided tour, ending with a little free time and included lunch at Broadway. Gliding once again through the countryside with stories of old and interesting places to view, we eventually landed at Cheltenham Race Course – for a cream tea on the Cheltenham to Teddington the  Steam Train. Our very first Mystery Tour – and what a  fun day it was. We’ll have to  do it again!

 04 May 2016  – Downton Abbey Tour & River Cruise                 

Meeting our  blue-badge guide for  coffee and homemade apple cake  at Cogges Manor Farm (the Downton Abbey Kitchen House) we enjoyed guided tours of the Downton Abbey village & its famous church, hospital and cottages at Bampton. We also passed Brize Norton, just as a plane was landing … well not quite, as it immediately took off again! Our delicious Carvery Lunch was served at The Windmill, before travelling on to the outskirts of Oxford  for an exciting River Boat cruise from Godstow Lock to Folly Bridge culminating in a cream tea at the Kings Head & Bell, Abingdon. Shame about the ‘flat as a pancake’ Abingdon scones though – which  we fondly named our Brize Norton hand-grenades! A very memorable day for the diary!

 01 June 2017  –  Sussex & Prairie Secret Garden         

Our special Solent Events breakfast treats were served as we crossed the South & North Downs before meeting our guide in an olde worlde pub in the pretty village of Steyning for coffee & biscuits; a guided tour of the countryside, Shipley Windmill and village with its beautiful medieval church of St Mary. Lunch was taken in the village of Bramber with our final stop at the amazing Sussex Prairie Secret Garden on the 1st day of opening for its summer season.  The Afternoon Tea was excellent, especially being able to eat outside in the sunshine. A magical day was had by all!

16 May 2018 – Jurassic Coast & Etches Fossil Museum

We met guide Andy for coffee at The Haven Hotel, Poole; crossed the chain ferry to Swanage; toured the villages and beaches of the Jurassic Coast with  an olde worlde Fish & Chip lunch. We also visited the fantastic  Etches Fossil Museum and a personal guided tour with owner Steve Etches; Lawrence of Arabia grave at Moreton with  St Nicholas’ Church and its 13 gorgeous etched glass windows,  engraved by the poet and artist Sir Laurence Whistler. Afternoon Tea was taken in the adjacent Walled Garden. Heaven!

04 October 2018 –  Bluebell  Steam Train & Hever Castle

This was to be a countryside journey with colourful Autumn vistas en route to Heaven Farm, near Uckfield. A beautiful little farm with chickens running around and a great farm shop with fresh produce. After coffee and meeting guide Liz we went back through Sheffield Park, for ride back in time on the Bluebell Railway from Sheffield Park Station to East Grinstead; Lunch at the end of the line was at  Old Dunnings Mill, ending our day with a guided country tour en route to Hever Castle. It proved to be a fantastic Autumn day in Sussex!                                           

05 March 2019 – Henley-on-Thames River Cruise & Midsomer Murders Trail

Coffee & cake aboard the Hobbs of Henley ‘Waterman’  for a River Cruise at Henley on Thames with guide Graham – in bright sunshine; guided tour follwoing the trail of the Midsomer Murders film sets;  Dorchester Priory visit with lunch at the 16th century White Hart Hotel; a delicious cream tea back at Henley on the coach – in the rain! C’est la vie!

14 June 2019 – Chavenage House of Poldark fame & Sally Dunns, Bath

Breakfast Treats en route to Chavenage House, near Tetley (where Poldark was filmed) with eccentric resident family members, Caroline & Robert Lowsley- Williams as guides for a humerous tour of the fantastic medieval house; coffee and lunch were served in the Ballroom. On to Bath to meet guide, Nick, for a guided tour of Bath including the River Avon, the Guildhall, Royal Crescent; a Bath Bun Afternoon Tea at the oldest Tea Shop in Bath – Sally Lunn’s – the biggest and lightest buns you have ever seen! Delicious!

11 September 2019 – Setley Ridge Vineyard & Bucklers Hard

Coffee & cake at Setley Ridge Vineyard in the New Forest; guided tour of the grapes & wine tasting by owner Paul Girling, followed by a tour to Bucklers Hard with guide Frances; lunch at the Master Builder Hotel by the Beaulie River; a river boat trip up to Gin’s Farm; tours of the Bucklers Hard cottages & museum; guided tour of the picturesque New Forest with the ponies, donkeys & the hidden Portuguese Fireplace; cream tea was served on the coach watching the Heavy Horses at Boulders Wood. Just perfect! 

Provisional Itinerary

0745       Coach leaves  Coliseum Coach Depot,  Botley Road, West End, Southampton
0830       Stokes Bay–sailing club bus shelter
0840       Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
0850       Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0900       Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane

Put on your thinking caps and guess where we are going in our Prize Competition!

1900       Arrive home area

The above itinerary is 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 if booked at same time. Larger parties will be seated together as far as possible. Preferred choice of coach seating 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! at Cassandras Cup

2-course Lunch Menu Choice:


Lincolnshire Sausages, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables & Red Wine Jus

Gold Battered Brixham Cod with Triple Cooked Chips, Mushy Peas & Tartare Sauce

Chicken Kiev, Rosti potatoes & Chefs Marlborough Slaw

Wild Mushroom Risotto, Pine Nuts, Parmesan & Black Truffle Shavings (v)


Chocolate Tart – Vanilla Ice Cream

Raspberry Coulis Sticky Toffee Pudding – Vanilla Ice Cream & Salted Butterscotch Sauce

West Country Cheeseboard – Somerset Brie, Godminster Cheddar & Cornish Blue

Vanilla Crème Brulée

Selection of ice-cream

Glass of red/white wine or soft drink

Choice of coffee/tea