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23rd July 2019


Kirbys Open Day!


Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 11am - 3pm

Our Head Office, 2 Princess Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8HR


Above. Our 2018 Open Day



Preview some exciting new excursions and holidays before the release of our Winter 2019 day excursion programme and 2020 coach holiday programme. Meet the Kirbys team who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Refreshments will be available.


After our open day Karen Kirby will be holding a European River Cruise Presentation, showcasing our 2020 cruises and answering any questions you may have…


Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 3pm to 4pm

Our Head Office, 2 Princess Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8HR


Limited spaces available, to reserve your seat please call us on 01268 777 777 or email


We look forward to seeing you then!



7th June 2019


Family Business of the Year Awards 2019 - Thursday 6th June 2019



We are pleased to share our award with all of our wonderful customers. Without you, it would not have been possible.


It has been a privilege to be recognised and win an award against some tough competition. We are not just putting our business up against other coach companies, we are pitted against all family business' in all industries everywhere in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland and Scotland.


We were also the only runners up and got a special mention in arguably the toughest categories;

East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year!

and Small Family Business of the Year!



A huge congratulations to Adams Funeral Directors that won the award for Small Family Business of the Year who is also based in Rayleigh, Essex.


We promise we won’t let this award go to our head and as a business and as a family we will keep striving to serve you the best we can.





8th May 2019


Kirbys Gift Vouchers!


Unfortunately we are unable to process any online Gift Vouchers for the time being. If you would like to purchase a Gift Voucher please call our office on 01268 777 777, option 1 or visit our Head Office or High Street shop (directions on our contact us page).


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Give the gift of Kirbys!

Our vouchers are a great gift idea that your loved ones or friends will appreciate for any occasion.

They can be used against any of our holidays and day excursions.


Please Note: They expire 12 months from the purchase date.




1st March 2019


Must visit places in the UK with Kirbys

Our destination of March 2019 is Rye, East Sussex.



Nestled between green rolling hills and the English Channel, Rye is one of England's best kept secrets. This picturesque market town is home to the enchanting cobbled Mermaid Street (as pictured above) lined with crooked half-timbered houses.


Places of interest to explore;


Ancient Inns  Whilst wandering around Rye's quaint lanes and streets, you're instantly transported back in time. For centuries Rye was an island and at high tide the old stone gate was the only land connection to the mainland. Stop for a drink in the 11th century Mermaid Inn and check out the Giant's Fireplace Bar.


Antique & Independent Shops  Most of the shops in Rye are independent and are ideal for finding an unusual gift for the home, loved-ones or to treat yourself! Down at Strand Quay you can delve through the antique shops, there's always a gem to be found, as well as a thriving art community of a dozen galleries full of work by local artists.


St. Mary's Church  The church has the oldest functioning church turret clock in the country! The tower also provides spectacular views of the rooftops and the surrounding countryside. (A small charge may apply).


Rye Castle Museum  Learn about Rye's history at the Ypres Tower. Discover the Tower's roles throughout the 9 centuries; defence, private home, prison, mortuary and now a museum. You can also climb the tower to see the views over the town and beyond. (The museum is only open on Sundays).



12th February 2019


Travelling in Winter Months

The long, dark nights of winter are gradually getting a little brighter, but it’s at this time of year the weather becomes a little colder. After 67 years of travelling with passengers during these months, we have learnt a great deal about looking after our passengers.


If there is adverse weather which means you can’t travel, we may be able to transfer the money you have paid to a day trip on a future date.


For those travelling on Holidays, we will do our best to assist you in meeting our coach in this weather so that we can take you on your holiday.



Safety is crucial at Kirbys. Our coaches cope with adverse weather better than most vehicles, mainly due to the surface area a tyre has in contact with the ground and the quality of tyre we use.


We will never travel if we deem it unsafe and all passengers will receive a refund for their day excursion if we cancel.


We choose destinations and venues that are suitable for the time of year we travel. In the winter months we do not take you anywhere that requires you to be outside for a long period of time. If you are ever unsure about a destination you see in our brochure then let us know so we can offer you some advice and guidance.



6th February 2019



What we are sure about...

Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Following echoes of uncertainty for a number of months, we hear the media sharing their doubts and opinions on a daily basis, regularly broadcasting their predictions to the world. We understand this uncertainty means we are all a little apprehensive about what happens next.


Kirbys Coaches are sure about one thing, our customers and the service they receive. We put our customers at the heart of our business. All of our decisions are guided by our customers’ opinions and views. We will remain committed in our approach and will continue to operate in the same way over these next few months, as well as the years ahead. For us its business as usual; spending our time and energy on providing the best customer service in the industry coupled with the best experiences out there. We believe by doing so our customers will have the confidence that is so important at the moment, confidence that we will have their best interests at heart and confidence in a company that invests energy into them and their experience.


Our Drivers are already set up for the necessary license changes whilst travelling abroad. We will do our best to make sure that if there are any extra documents needed to travel, we will offer assistance in any way we can. 



14th January 2019


Happy 2019!



Kirbys has exciting news to share! We have been shortlisted for the East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year Award 2019, celebrating the very best of British Family Businesses #FBOTY2019.


Now in its 7th year, these Awards were introduced in 2012 to celebrate the family business sector and the contribution that family firms bring to the UK economy. Organised by Family Business United, the award-winning magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector, the awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK.


The team here at Kirbys would like to thank all our loyal customers as without you this would not be possible. The winners will be announced in June, so watch this space! 




Introduction to Kirbys...


Among the memories of "how it was then" we recall the start of the package holiday, the "bargain break" bedrooms which did not have beverage trays and televisions. We also recall the way our coaches were taken on board cross-channel ferries, lifted on by crane - a very worrying experience and a far cry from the present day drive on drive off ferries and cross-channel trains on and under the channel. Kirbys were among the very few coaches to travel abroad in those days.


We have kept up with the times, with our modern fleet of luxury coaches. Equipped with all the available refinements they are some of the most comfortable coaches on the road to-day.



Our experienced and knowledgeable drivers are courteous and helpful...


We offer a selection of coach holidays which include some of the favourite places we have visited during 69 years as well as some 'new' destinations and we look forward to the pleasure of your company. Whichever holiday or day out you choose, you can be sure of our usual care for your comfort and enjoyment, our careful selection of hotels and carefree travel on our luxury coaches.


Let us care for you as we have been caring for our friends during the past 69 years and join us for your best ever day out or holiday this year.

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