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14th January 2019
Kirbys has exciting news to share! We have been shortlisted for the East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year
Now in its 7th year, these Awards were introduced in 2012 to celebrate the family business sector and the contribution
The team here at Kirbys would like to thank all our loyal customers as without you this would not be possible. The
17th August 2016
***** COMPETITION TIME *****
Coach departs Rayleigh at 3pm on 22nd September
11th July 2016
20th June 2016
Kirby's Travel Fair
Saturday 25th June
at the North Romford Community Association
Live entertainment, exhibitors and refreshment facilities are available.
2nd June 2016
Last week some of our operations team were given the opportunity to visit Lake Garda, Italy with our suppliers.
They visited hotels in the area where we take groups each year and had a fab time! We're very jealous...
We'd definitely reccommend visiting this beautiful part of Europe. Why not visit with Kirbys this Christmas!
13th May 2016
Saturday 25th June
at the North Romford Community AssociationClockhouse Lane
Live entertainment, exhibitors and refreshment facilities are available.
4th May 2016
Tuesday 17th May
Comedian and host Alex Armstrong returns with his Smash Hot BBC Quiz Show in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else could think of!
ONLY £20 per person
BOOK TODAY! Limited spaces available..
*Route R will be a Feeder coach
26th April 2016
This week's offer...
BOULOGNE, FRANCE via Eurotunnel Crossing
Boulogne-Sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France and so the emphasis, as you would expect, is very much on seafood and all things connected to the sea. From the port, past the Place Dakton, the route towards the Old Town with its basilica, a feature of the Boulogne skyline, lie up the Grande Rue.
Was £39pp Now Only £34pp
Don't miss out! Book today
13th April 2016
We're beavering away, scheduling the NEW Spring, Summer & Autumn day excursion brochure!
It will be out in May - not long now. We're working on some exciting new itineraries we think you'll like.
Have a lovely weekend!
12th April 2016
Book online & receive 2% discount! What are you waiting for?
11th April 2016
NEW! Be in the audience of BBC'S POINTLESS!
Offer of the week..
Get 10% Off ANY day excursion travelling in April & May!!
Please call 01268 777 777, option 1 to book
5th April 2016
Last week we organised a get together with our Top 100 Customers at the Arlington Rooms.
30th March 2016
We have some exciting NEW West End Shows to share with you...
DREAMGIRLS at the Savoy Theatre, London
35 years after the ground-breaking original Broadway production, the UK premiere of the sensational and iconic musical Dreamgirls comes to the West End in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony® and Olivier award-winning Casey Nicholaw, and staring Amber Riley as Effie White.
Time allowed before the evening performance to obtain a meal.
29th March 2016
Hope you all had an eggcellent Easter!
24th March 2016
Happy Easter from Kirbys!
Opening hours over Easter:
23rd March 2016
This week's offer...expires 29.3.2016
Olympic Icons: The Full Monty
At last you can enjoy the very best of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the Full Monty! We start the day with morning coffee at the Olympic Velodrome, sit in the top seats at the beautiful Aquatics Centre and enjoy a boat trip through the heart of the park. During this fascinating, no holds barred day out you’ll be shown exactly what we got for the £9 billion. From the very best of the Olympic Legacy to some of the more controversial outcomes. It’s a real eye opener.
Day Trip includes morning refreshments, guided walking tour and roast beef lunch
22nd March 2016
Some lovely comments made about our 2nd 5* Gold Service Holiday to Snowdonia
'What a wonderful trip, the best one ever! It was a 6 star service! Absolutely amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Karen was brilliant and the driver Roy was very good. We even won the quiz on the way home, so what more could we want' - Mrs Wallace
21st March 2016
Easter is coming! Hop on a Kirbys Coach & SAVE...
4th April - Elegant Eastbourne (5 days) £60 Off per person
11th April - Cunning Smugglers & Cornish Coves (5 days) £50 off per person
Please call 01268 777 777 for further information and to book..
17th March 2016
Meet some of our team at Kirbys!
From left to right: Taylor, Karen, Simon, Daniel, Charlotte and Dawn
This photo was taken by Paul Dunt, The Rayleigh Review
14th March 2016
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11th March 2016
Kirbys now sell Travel products!
Visit our High Street shop in Rayleigh or purchase from you driver whilst away.
10th March 2016
Waddesdon Manor was built in 1870 for the Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to house his superb collection of 18th century art treasures. A French Renaissance style châteaux, it has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, an aviary and wine cellars. With so much to enjoy Waddesdon makes the perfect day out!
9th March 2016
A lovely review we received from our tour call backs. This particular holiday was the Mystery Tour that went away last Friday to... Eastbourne!
'It was lovely, was going to ring to say how lovely the hotel was (The Oban Hotel), it has had a lot of money ploughed into it and is very, very nice. The manager and the staff were excellent and couldn't do enough for us. The manager was there at every meal time in case anyone had any reason to complain. The food was very good and the dining room was so lovely and clean, it was perfect. Our room was very nice too. Steve the driver was so helpful and very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble for him. This was our 1st Mystery Tour and we will definitely be doing another one. Thought it was excellent value for money' - Mr Parsall
Mystery Tours are very popular this year, if you missed out this time, then fear not! We still have plenty of dates avaiable to book...
8th March 2016
NOW AVAILABLE TO BOOK ONLINE & Save 2% ...
RAF FAIRFORD ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO
7th March 2016
Register your interest for MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! at the O2 Arena - this September!
(Weekend dates have sold out)
CALL 01268 777 777
3rd March 2016
We had a great day at our Travel Fair at the Freight House last Saturday. We were overwhelmed with the arrival of so many friends and customers who joined us - around 500 people!!! A big thank you to everyone who attended and for those of you that didn't, there is always next time...
Even our drivers were there helping out. We even got one of them on washing up duty!!
2nd March 2016
We're visiting EvoBus in Coventry today, looking at some new coaches...
Would you believe it's snowing?
1st March 2016
Nothing says spring like blossoms bursting into bloom on the trees.
A few of Kirbys favourites are;
Plus many, many more...
Gift vouchers are still available to purchase here for Mother's Day.
29th February 2016
Happy Leap Day!
This week's offer...expires 4.3.2016
Experience world famous scenes of the Capital’s skyline whilst taking in the view from 1,000 feet above, you can enjoy 360` views stretching up to 40 miles in every direction. Afterwards, indulge in an afternoon of elegance and refinement on board a Thames Afternoon Tea Cruise along the river. Take a close up look at the famous riverside sights in a relaxed atmosphere.
Day Trip includes entry and afternoon tea cruise
26th February 2016
Tomorrow is our Travel Day at the Freight House, Rochford (next to the railway station)
Plus a FREE raffle, FREE gifts for the first 100 guests and live entertainment throughout the day.
See you tomorrow,
25th February 2016
Who watched the #BRITAWARDS2016 last night?
Coldplay who opened the show, then went on to win a Brit for the Best British Group! We still have a few tickets available to see them on their World Tour in June at the O2 arena.
Don't miss out! Book online today...
24th February 2016
A NEW SHOW we have available...
THE GO-BETWEEN at the Apollo Theatre, London
Musical theatre icon Michael Crawford stars in a gripping stage adaption of L.P Hartley's novel THE GO-BETWEEN. Some memories burn brighter than others. A now elderly Leo Colston (Crawford) finds himself thinking back to one long, hot summer. The year 1900 and schoolboy Leo is spending his summer vacation with wealthy classmate Marcus Maudsley and his family. Captivated by his surroundings, the guileless Leo soon finds himself playing go-between to tenant-farmer Ted and the stunning an affluent Marian who are locked in a forbidden love affair. As he becomes increasingly enmeshed in the manipulation and lies of the adults around him, young Leo is not yet fully aware of what he is risking. Adapted by Richard Taylor and David Wood, THE GO-BETWEEN has been hailed a modern musical triumph thanks to its sophisticated score and it's richly layered with subtle storytelling. Profoundly moving and unflinchingly honest, it masterfully presents all the anguish of lost love and lost innocence in what is sure to be one of the most passionate and affecting productions you will see thsi year. Time allowed before the performance for a meal to be obtained.
Please be aware that the majority of our theatre trips starring celebrities are in the evening, when they are schelduled to perform.
£86.50 Adults and Senior Citizens • £76.50 Children
23rd February 2016
22nd February 2016
If you're looking at a last minute get away, why not look at our 'special offers' section on the right hand side of our home page? Some great deals are available.
If you have any questions, please call our friendly sales team on 01268 777 777
20th February 2016
We have just returned from our first ever 5* Gold Service Holiday!
We have received excellent reviews and this is just one of them...
'Having just returned from the Scottish Winter Warmer trip with you, we had to write to say how much fun and laughter was had a great trip throughout. The care and attention shown to all passengers was a credit to you. The beer tasting trip will be a happy memory that will stay with my wife and I for always. We look forward to joining you on trips in the future and wish Kirbys Coaches continued success. Best regards, Val & Bill'
19th February 2016
The next celebration... MOTHER'S DAY is fast approaching (ahem 6th March).
For the garden lovers... A trip to Highgrove Gardens, Great Comp Garden - Spring Fling Plant Fair or RHS Wisley
and finally for those who have been/seen everywhere, a Kirbys Coaches gift voucher! Order to any amount with no expiry date!
18th February 2016
A lovely review a customer sent us recently who travelled with a group, on one of our many popular Mystery Tours...
'First thanks for organising the above and despite the weather it was a very successful event enjoyed by all.
Margaret and I have poor memories but I’m sure you said if anybody wanted to submit a brief ‘write-up’ it would be welcomed- so here goes!
Soon after leaving our last pick-up point, Ann had compiled a 50p a go ‘destination sweepstake’. A considerable number opted for destinations in a northerly direction and it wasn’t until the coach headed towards the Queen Elizabeth Bridge they realised they had lost their 50p stake.
After a spell on the motorways and a number of jokes, our coach driver (Roy) opted to journey south using the more scenic A roads. Just before our first ‘comfort stop’ the eventual destination was revealed and two of the passengers who were within 20miles of the mystery destination (Weymouth) shared the ‘kitty’ 50/50.
We were soon back on the coach and continued in a southerly direction for a lunch stop at Burley and then onwards to our mystery destination (Weymouth). The coach drew up outside the scaffolding clad Crown Hotel, resulting in a few ‘raised eyebrows’. However hotel management assured us our rooms were unaffected by the refurbishment, which apart for the need to avoid some local ‘wet-paint’ - thankfully the promise was accurate. The hotel was well located and comfortable with happy attentive staff and sufficient sized home cooked breakfasts and evening meals. The hotel had also set aside a lounge exclusively for our party’s evening entertainment and our coach driver (Roy) organised a Quiz with a Difference comprising of pictures of past sporting celebrities followed by a variety of questions.
On Saturday we had a free morning in a wet and very windy Weymouth. Due to the decidedly inclement weather, most opted for a short stroll and a much longer mid-morning coffee and nibbles break, with most migrating back to the hotel’s U3A exclusive lounge, which was occupied by a Charity’s fund raising event. Most put their hands in their pockets buying raffle and tombola tickets along with bargain buys from the various stalls, the morning highlight was the drawing of the raffle by the ‘Benfleet Born Lady Mayor’ – what a small world we live in!
On Saturday early afternoon we picked up our guide and headed by coach to an extremely (65mph) windy and now wet Lulworth Cove and Jurassic Rock. Due to the extreme weather only the brave followed our determined guide to an area most felt beyond their comfort zone and opted for the safety and warmth of the souvenir shop.
After leaving this ‘area of natural beauty’(to some but possibly not all) Roy took us for an all inclusive cream tea at The Grand Hotel, Swanage. The two scones, cream and jam were superb but did tend to reduce the evening meal appetite. After this well earned interlude it was back on the coach to the hotel for another round of eating and a further similar quiz, organised by Roy, with this evening brain teasers being to identify old TV shows followed by 40 (difficult to most) questions - entertainment related.
Sunday was an early breakfast followed by an ‘amount of sleep debriefing’ from those whose rooms were opposite the local noisy night club or were located under a floor with squeaky floorboards and occupied by nocturnal residents! Fortunately the weather had improved beyond belief as we departed and by the time we reached our return place of interest stop (Winchester) the sun shone throughout the 2 hours we were there. Winchester was well worth a visit, with a cathedral, a busy street market and a pretty river walk which skirts round the back of the city.
After our Winchester stop it was back on the coach for our return journey which was only interrupted by a comfort stop arriving back home at approximately 4pm, enabling us to catch our Sunday evening TV and radio entertainment. One interesting fact came to light on the return journey (but not sure where), one of the members enlightened us that he spent much of his childhood staying in a small cottage on an enormous country estate which has the longest brick built periphery wall in Europe – and I guess not a lot of people knew that!
Last but not least a well deserved thank you to Jenny Curtis for organising this very enjoyable event and to Roy our coach drive for the variety of entertainment he provided which helped to make this a memorable holiday.'
For further Mystery Tour dates, please click to view.
17th February 2016
A date for your diary... YOU’RE INVITED!
Get down to Kirbys Travel Day
Saturday 27th February
For the launch of our
You will have the chance to meet a variety of exhibitors...
Plus there will be live music throughout the day, a chance to win a weekend away for 2, a FREE raffle and competition...
An event not to be missed!
We are offering coach fare to and from the event from the following areas:
£2 per person – can be redeemed on your next booking!
Please call our friendly team on 01268 777777 to book your seat
16th February 2016
Looks as though everyone enjoyed being in the audience of Loose Women on Friday!!
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15th February 2016
NEW Dates confirmed for the popular Highgrove Gardens
Now available to book online and save!
Highgrove is the private home of TRH the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall. Since 1980 when the Prince of Wales first arrived at Highgrove, His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house. What was once a somewhat bleak landscape is now one of the most creatively inspired gardens of today. We visit Tetbury for free time and lunch to be obtained before our afternoon visit to Highgrove.
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 a very few coaches to travel abroad in those days.
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 62 years as well as some 'new' destinations and we look forward to the pleasure of your company. Whichever coach holiday 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.
Our new 2016 Terms & Conditions
Kirbys Travel Club
For only £1.50 per month* you receive:
* Paid at an annual fee of £18 per person
Are you on your own?
Maybe a little apprehensive about getting out and meeting people?
Do you enjoy socialising, taking holidays and day trips?
Would you like to make new friends and meet people who find themselves in a similar situation?
We would like to invite you to come with us. Meet other single people in a social environment and meet new
Please ask for further details of our Friendship Club on 01268 777 777
Eddie Kirby founder of Kirbys Coaches passed away
Eddie moved to Rayleigh in 1934 with his parents and sister
Eddie went on to work with his Father in London at
Eddie was a pioneer of coach travel from the UK to most
In 1972 he imported the innovative Kässbohrer Setra coach, the first to be imported to England from Germany. Ten years later he purchased the second Setra into England. This launched the marque in the UK and laid the foundations for the resurgence of the Mercedes Benz coach brand. Kirbys Coaches entire fleet of 10 coaches are now Setras.
New models of coaches have to undergo very strict safety tests including the heart-stopping “tilt test” which entails tilting coaches to 35 degrees. If they tilt rather than topple they are safe to travel on our roads. Both of the pioneering Setra coaches imported by Eddie were tilt tested whilst the Kirby family watched on with baited breath.
Eddie was one of just two British coach drivers to have been recognised by the IRU (International Road Transport Union) in 1984 for 30 years of safe and courteous driving. He was also awarded a coveted gold lapel badge for having completed 2,000,000km at the wheel of Setra coaches. He was appreciated by local town dignitaries across Europe for bringing English people to holiday in their town often with a small ceremony and a memorative keepsake, in particular Boppard and Bernkastel in Germany and Altmünster in Austria where Eddie forged close friendships.
Eddie was still very much involved in the business he started. Now his two sons and their families are involved. His eldest son Simon operates Kirbys Coaches and his younger son Matthew operates his own coach business, Setras of course, working in collaboration. They are very much family concerns with wives and other family members working alongside office staff and P.S.V. drivers.
There are, of course, very many amusing anecdotes to be told from the travels over the years –too many to relate here, but one story I will tell about the times long ago when chamber pots were provided under the hotel beds (before en suite bedrooms) and one of our passengers went to all the bedrooms and tipped sherbet into the potties, unbeknown to the occupants of the bedrooms.
Eddie was an active member of the Rotary Club supporting its charitable activities over many years. He was a Patron of the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Haltern Twinning Association.
A great many people will have fond memories of Eddie. He was a pleasure to work with, to travel with and to be with. As they say:- “He was such a nice man – a kind and gentle man.”
Bob a dear friend to Kirbys
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of our friend and driver, (Kirbys official Guitarist and Entertainer), Bob Frost.
Having been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) Bob was on leave from driving and receiving treatment. On Sunday 22nd February Bob collapsed having suffered a severe stroke and after a brave fight Bob passed away on his 71st birthday, Saturday 14th March.
Bob will be greatly missed by all at Kirbys and leaves behind his loving wife Wendy, daughters Jane, Lynette and Kiri and son Peter and grandchildren.
Among his many interests and talents Bob loved taking you, his fans and friends, away on holiday (he often said after a holiday “I think all went well but the people were so lovely”), he loved to entertain you with his guitar and music from the Shadows, West End musicals and Duane Eddy. Bob took immense pride in his coach always ensuring that it was “on the top line” before going away on a holiday. Bob had such a broad range of interests that he was able to keep his passengers entertained and informed, sometimes in quite intricate technical detail, about bridges and tunnels and all manner of things and all with his gentle good humour. Bob has been a friend of the Kirby family since he operated his own coach business in the 1960’s, sharing with Eddie Kirby an admiration of the AEC / Plaxton built coaches which they both operated.
Away from Kirbys Bob had a passion for trains and railways having worked as an engine driver on the London Underground and owning several narrow gauge engines (one of which he built himself) that he would take to shows. He also had a film recording and reproduction business and two grandsons living locally who often required his engineering skills to repair robots, trucks, bicycles and all manner of other toys.
Bob Frost – a true gentleman.
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