Daily Archives: July 16, 2012
Sightseeing in The Cotswolds:Guided walking tour of Oxford Visit to Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold and to the charming twins of Upper and Lower Slaughter in
the Cotswolds Entrance to Shakespeare’s Birthplace Guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon All travel in comfortable purpose-built minibus from Central London
In a little over an hours time our journey to the University city of Oxford will be complete. Heading west over the Chiltern Hills we descend down to the Thames valley to this ‘city of dreaming spires’ and take a walking tour amongst the cloisters and quadrangles of Britain’s oldest University, founded in 1167. Ivy clad medieval college buildings compete for space with Georgian shops and ancient churches around busy streets which both ‘Town and Gown’ call home. Our guided walking tour will take you into the heart of this land of hallowed academia, to the Bodleian Library, to the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and selected colleges.
After a break we head out to the nearby Cotswold hills. Here we can find the little back roads taking us away from the busy highways. We meander down country lanes, through villages of honey coloured stone, to Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold and to the charming twins of Upper and Lower Slaughter. A stop for a leisurely lunch is made in one of these places then we set off to Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire.
Known the world over as the birthplace of the great poet William Shakespeare we, quite rightly, take you to the house where he was born (entry included) and to Holy Trinity church where he was both baptised and buried. Many other centuries-old houses survive, some of these have associations with the writer. After a guided tour of the town and some free time we continue for a photo stop at Anne Hathaway’s cottage, a beautiful timber-framed thatched farmhouse that was Shakespeare’s wife’s childhood home before we finally continue on our journey south to London.
Why choose this tour?
On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people – guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefullly planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.
As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides.
Friendly and Professional Guides – Small Groups – More Scenic Routes – More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money
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Athletes and officials are arriving at the Olympic Village, with 11 days to go until the London Games open.
Heathrow Airport is expecting its busiest day on record and on the main route out – the M4 – the first priority “Games Lane” is in operation.
Work is also starting at the lab which will conduct some 6,000 drugs tests.
Meanwhile, it has emerged police have had to deploy extra officers from nine UK forces at short notice to help with security work for London 2012.
This follows the news last week that 3,500 troops had been drafted in to plug gaps after private security firm G4S failed to recruit enough guards for the Games.
In the Commons, Home Secretary Theresa May answered an urgent question on Olympics security from shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper saying that it was “untrue” that ministers knew last year that there would be a shortfall in the numbers of security personnel they had been promised.
“G4S repeatedly assured us that they would overshoot their targets,” she said.
Mrs May said the government had taken immediate action after becoming aware of the shortage last Wednesday.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison said: “Whilst some of the activity police officers are undertaking was not anticipated, plans were put in place to allow us to do this.
“Forces are making sure they make the best use of their resources locally to do all they can to minimise the impact on local policing.”
The forces involved include Dorset, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Northumbria, South Wales, Strathclyde, West Midlands, Thames Valley Police, and Greater Manchester Police.
In Salford, only 17 of an expected 56 G4S staff turned up for work at an Olympic team hotel and front-line officers had been pulled in to cover, the chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Authority said.
G4S said measures were being taken that should lead to the withdrawal of officers from private security roles “over the coming days”.
Link Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18852034
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