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18th February 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
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!
17th August 2016
***** COMPETITION TIME *****
**Win 2 tickets to see MOTOWN THE MUSICAL**
*To enter please visit our Facebook page*
Coach departs Rayleigh at 3pm on 22nd September
Free time before the performance to obtain meal
7:30pm performance at the Shaftesbury Theatre
(We will stop counting Likes & Shares on 22nd of August Winner will be announced 23rd of August)
make sure that your post is shared publicly on Facebook otherwise it won't count!!
11th July 2016
Offer of the Week!
Jane Austen Museum & Winchester
Tuesday 2nd August
Routes D & R: 7.30am - 8.30pm
Meet your blue badge guide at the beautiful Jane Austen Museum in Chawton, Hampshire. Here you will be able to explore the cottage where Jane Austen lived and wrote. The cottage houses a collection of Jane Austen artefacts whilst retaining the charm of the early 19th century home that Jane would have known. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious two course pub lunch comprising of steak and gravy pie with new potatoes and vegetables, and a lemon tart with whipped cream to finish. Then we depart for Winchester, and the cathedral, Jane Austen’s resting place.
WAS £69 per person
NOW ONLY £60 per person
20th June 2016
Kirby's Travel Fair
Saturday 25th June
From 10am to 3pm
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
From 10am to 3pm
at the North Romford Community AssociationClockhouse Lane
Live entertainment, exhibitors and refreshment facilities are available.
4th May 2016
Be in the audience of BBC'S POINTLESS! at Elstree Studios
Tuesday 17th May
Route D & R*: 8.45am - 6.30pm
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
Saturday 7th May, Route Rayleigh & Thurrock Services only: 7am - 9.30pm
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.
Medieval Banquets, Steam Railways, Tall Ships and many to include lunches and afternoon teas!! We're so excited.
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!
at Elstree Studios
Thursday 28th April, Route B: 9am - 6.30pm
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!
Offer of the week..
Get 10% Off ANY day excursion travelling in April & May!!
Please call 01268 777 777, option 1 to book
T & C's apply
5th April 2016
Last week we organised a get together with our Top 100 Customers at the Arlington Rooms.
We at Kirbys had so much fun; chatting, eating and dancing with our friends! Here are a couple of photos we took to remember the occasion by..
The first couple up dancing the waltz.
30th March 2016
We have some exciting NEW West End Shows to share with you...
DREAMGIRLS at the Savoy Theatre, London
Thursday 15th December
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.
With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krueger, Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’.
Time allowed before the evening performance to obtain a meal.
29th March 2016
Hope you all had an eggcellent Easter!
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24th March 2016
Happy Easter from Kirbys!
Opening hours over Easter:
Friday 25th - closed
Saturday 26th - Open as usual
Monday 28th - closed
Tuesday 29th - Open as usual
23rd March 2016
This week's offer...expires 29.3.2016
Olympic Icons: The Full Monty
Friday 8th April, Route C: 8.30am - 7pm
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
Don't miss out! Book online today
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
16th April - Inspector Morse, Dreaming Spires & Blenheim Palace (5 days) £30 off per person
Please call 01268 777 777 for further information and to book..
Please note: These discounts cannot be applied on online bookings.
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
Lets be friends...
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11th March 2016
Kirbys now sell Travel products!
From neck and back cushions to alarm clocks and plug adaptors. We have everything you may need or forget!
Visit our High Street shop in Rayleigh or purchase from you driver whilst away.
For a product/price list, please call 01268 777 777
10th March 2016
(featured on our Front Cover)
Sunday 17th April
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
(Sunday 10th July, Rayleigh Only pick ups)
7th March 2016
Register your interest for MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! at the O2 Arena - this September!
(Weekend dates have sold out)
‘Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! has been a fantastically challenging and exhilarating journey. Working with our incredible Marvel partners, our heroic team has gone above and beyond with stunning innovations including a scientifically-tested full body burn suit, a live-action stunt vehicle that rolls over safely, astonishing new heights of fly technology for each Super Hero to soar in their own sensational style, and transformative video projections that completely immerse you into the heart of the epic action and story.’
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.
Celebrate the new season and enjoy a great day out!
A few of Kirbys favourites are;
Thriplow Daffofil Weekend - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April,
Waddesdon Manor & Gardens - Sunday 17th April,
Mississippi River Boat & Wroxham - Friday 13th May or Thursday 7th July.
Plus many, many more...
Gift vouchers are still available to purchase here for Mother's Day.
Last postal order on Thursday 3rd March
29th February 2016
Happy Leap Day!
This week's offer...expires 4.3.2016
The Shard & Afternoon Tea Cruise, London
Friday 18th March, Route F: 9am - 7.30pm
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
Don't miss out! Book online today - FULLY BOOKED NOW!
26th February 2016
Tomorrow is our Travel Day at the Freight House, Rochford (next to the railway station)
From 10am - 3.30pm
FREE ENTRY, car parking fees may apply
Plus a FREE raffle, FREE gifts for the first 100 guests and live entertainment throughout the day.
See you tomorrow,
The team at Kirbys
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
Friday 26th August, Route D: 2.45pm - Midnight
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
Includes best priced tickets (subject to availability)
23rd February 2016
Many of our March and April day excursions are getting booked up, due to everyone receiving the new brochures! If you find a trip that you are interested in is fully booked, please leave your contact details with us, we will add you to a waiting list and call once a new date is available.
We have been informed some of you have not have received your day excursion brochures yet.
We do apologise for any inconvenience this causes, you should have them by the end of the week!
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).
We are here to save you from last minute terror by
A: reminding you that Mother's Day is coming up faster than you think and
B: suggesting the perfect gifts to put you in her good books.
You and your mum will thank us.
For the garden lovers... A trip to Highgrove Gardens, Great Comp Garden - Spring Fling Plant Fair or RHS Wisley
For the shopaholics... Visit Norwich, Brighton or Canterbury
For Theatre lovers... See BEAUTIFUL one of our most popular shows, plus so much more choice!
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.
We now have a 5 day tour as well as our 3 day weekend breaks
17th February 2016
A date for your diary... YOU’RE INVITED!
Get down to Kirbys Travel Day
Saturday 27th February
at The Freight House, Rochford, SS4 1BU
Open from: 10am to 3.30pm
Car Parking fees apply
For the launch of our
NEW 2016 Day Excursion & Holiday Brochures
Some exciting new additions to look out for, including 5* Gold Service Holidays, Concerts, plus more!
You will have the chance to meet a variety of exhibitors...
Warner Leisure Hotels, Potters Resort, City & Village Tours, Windsor Thames Cruises, Truly Chocolates and many more!
The first 100 guests will receive a FREE gift!
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:
Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Brentwood, Grays, Harold Wood, Hutton, Pitsea, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Stanford-le-Hope, Thundersley and Wickford.
£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!!
We have applied for
further dates, so please
put your name on a
waiting list if you're
We have just been
informed, that during
the summer months
groups are not
permitted as part of
the audience for Loose
We will re-apply for
Sorry for any
inconvenience this may
15th February 2016
NEW Dates confirmed for the popular Highgrove Gardens
on Wednesday 20th and Friday 29th April 2016. (Rayleigh Only pick ups)
Now available to book online and save!
At just £56.50pp, enjoy comfortable coach travel, free time in Tetbury for lunch to be obtained before your afternoon guided Garden tour.
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.
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 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.
Let us care for you as we have been caring for our friends during the past 62 years and join us for your best ever day out or holiday.
Our new 2016 Terms & Conditions
Kirbys Travel Club
For only £1.50 per month* you receive:
• £10 off per member for any holiday costing over £250pp
• £5 off per member for any holiday costing under £250pp
• £2 off per member for day trips
• Information about all Kirbys Coaches offers
• Travel Club Sale Days with refreshments
• 2 FREE day excursions will be offered during the year
* Paid at an annual fee of £18 per person
From January to December every year
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
friends. We offer excursions and coach holidays where single rooms are available and at no supplement.
Please ask for further details of our Friendship Club on 01268 777 777
Eddie Kirby founder of Kirbys Coaches passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on 11th May 2015.
Eddie moved to Rayleigh in 1934 with his parents and sister and the family soon settled into the local community. He attended Rayleigh Primary School in Love Lane and then The Rayleigh Council Senior School, now The FitzWimarc Secondary School, completing his education at Clarks College in Southend.
Eddie went on to work with his Father in London at Lloyds Tobacco Importers. This was war time and Eddie’s entrepreneurial spirit was starting to show, he would take produce to work with him from the family garden in Rayleigh to sell in London as well as wooden toy boats he fashioned from scraps of wood and canvas from parachutes. He also bought and sold wooden ornaments carved by German prisoners of war who were held locally.
Eddie was a pioneer of coach travel from the UK to most European countries even venturing behind the Iron Curtain, one of only a handful of British coach operators holding coveted licenses to offer holidays to continental Europe. From the time of his recruitment into the R.A.F. just after World War 2 he always said he did not wish to live or work away from Rayleigh. When he was de-mobbed he worked for Hinksman’s Garage in Rayleigh town centre fulfilling his ambition, but then he acquired his first motor coach in 1952 and after that – he was away. Travelling all over the U.K. and Europe, and introducing many of his passengers to their first experience of foreign parts, safe in his very capable hands.
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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