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Manx Heritage (September 2014)

  • Just wanted to say an extra thank you for arranging the holiday. We both really enjoyed it. On our walk round the estate this morning Bryan said, “I really enjoyed that holiday, every moment of it.” That goes for me too.
  • …the number of places visited in a relaxed but structured manner and the variety – a perfect introduction to the island
  • we enjoyed the building-tours of the Gaiety Theatre and Tynwald, the rail and the bus journeys, and we appreciated having time to enjoy the Great Laxey Wheel
  • excellent programme, especially the fascinating guided tour of the Nautical Museum in Castletown

Country Houses of South Yorkshire (June 2014) 

  • Super, packed in a lot, though it didn’t feel rushed – good selection of houses, with overlapping themes/architecture
  • Excellent organisation, as always – superb coach-driver – lovely bunch of people – good variety of houses, gardens, tea and lunch venues – Wortley Hall as a base, such elegance!
  • I enjoyed the opportunity of staying in a country house with glorious gardens set in stunning surroundings
  • Once again the group seemed to ‘gell’ well
  • As before, excellent value for the money
  • The superb, knowledgeable guides that you found for each of the places
  • As usual you fitted in an amazing amount. Thank you.
  • Wentworth Woodhouse – made even more enjoyable by the marvellous young woman who guided us

Birmingham’s Heritage (September 2013) 

  • Have to mention the booklet, the superb guides, the access to places we could not reach as individuals – and, of course, the fact that all the organisation is taken care of
  • You always manage to find excellent guides for every place
  • Great booklet, lovely company
  • The house-party atmosphere – it was good not to have to go out for evening meals
  • I have learned a lot about a city I thought I knew quite well
  • I was fascinated by the Avery Historical Museum…and…Symphony Hall…loved St Philip’s Cathedral for the lovely Burne Jones windows

Lancashire’s Seaside Heritage (July 2013) 

  • Overall – superb and fascinating break.  We packed in an awful lot over the 5 days, learning a lot and having a wonderful life-enhancing experience, as usual.
  • All the buildings we went to were magnificent in their own way – I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any of them.
  • I loved the enthusiasm of Sharon [at the Tower & Winter Gardens] and Geoff and Linda at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
  • I loved the fact that you located one of the cars from the Blackpool Big Wheel and that we got to see it.
  • I thought the visit to Lightworks was very illuminating.
  • …the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides…and the other members of the group.
  • [The] handbook was a wonderful introduction to the break.
  • Having a small group of people was also rather nice in that you get to know each one and it seemed to me very friendly.
  • Rather good hotel, friendly staff, excellent food and even some good beer!

Yorkshire Mills & Mill Towns (September 2012) 

  • I just wanted to thank you for an excellent few days in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire.  Looking at my photos I am reminded what a really amazing range of places we visited.  I enjoyed every moment, except perhaps for the weather in Halifax!
  • The people on the tour were very pleasant and kind to me as a “new comer”.
  • I would like to come on other tours as you offered lots of interesting options.
  • I would not hesitate to recommend Interesting Times to others.  You obviously put in a lot of time to ensure things go smoothly, your party is comfortable, and people see and learn as much as possible in the time available.
  • The booklet is superb.
  • …good to get into so many “closed” places
  • [I enjoyed meeting] some of the people we met such as at the mosque and St Clement’s Church who were helping their communities…
  • A chance to enlarge one’s knowledge in a fun and sometimes surprising way
  • Loved the…guide who was either a Goth or had just been to a funeral – another slice of life’s rich tapestry
  • Comment from site-guide:  “They were a nice group, weren’t they?”

Waterways & Railways between Thames and Severn (July 2012) 

  • Good minibus and excellent driver:  having a smaller vehicle meant we could easily get down narrow lanes.
  • Nice variety of places visited, and all the volunteers we met and talked to were real enthusiasts.
  • I would not have wanted to miss out on “Mike the Bridge”.
  • The hotel staff were extremely cheerful and helpful.
  • The SS Great Britain was most impressive:  it’s well over twenty years since I last saw her.
  • The best day was Wednesday [Didcot Railway Centre, Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Wilts & Berks Canal] – tightly timetabled and interesting guides.

Norfolk’s Seaside Heritage (September 2011) 

  • The procession of enthusiastic characters – and the handbook
  • We reached the parts not reached by other means
  • I loved the houses in Overstrand – and the food
  • It was another super trip, especially Peter Jay and the shows at the Hippodrome and Cromer Pier

Waterways & Railways across the Northern Pennines (July 2011) 

  • The interest came not only from the subject but from the members of the group with such varied backgrounds
  • Obviously you put in so much time and effort to pass on your knowledge and enthusiasm.  I hope you were well satisfied with the result
  • I liked the relaxed pace, yet we packed a lot into the four days
  • I was glad of the chance to walk under Ribblehead Viaduct, the cruise and lunch on the canal, and experiencing different preserved railways
  • Good company, excellent food (even if there was too much of it!), very good coach driver – what more could one want?  Perhaps a little more sunshine…
  • I most enjoyed the journey on incredibly minor roads through the beautiful Pennine scenery around the Settle & Carlisle railway

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