Trips & Excursions

Excursions and Events in 2021 – all are optional extras and (if there is a cost) are at cost price* to us. Excursions include London days out, theatre and shopping trips.

Optional trips

Local shopping in Newbury

Our local town is a good shopping centre. We organise a bus there at 10.00 on Sunday 18 July and Sunday 1 August, back at 13.00. The cost for both trips is £25 (to be added to pocket money). Prefects, Sub-Prefects and House Captains can go on any Sunday with our permission.

Apply on the application form or contact us.

Oxford day out (Friday 16 July 2021)

Visit the famous colleges and museums, the Ashmolean and the Pitt-Rivers - or off to shop with our staff.

The cost is £35 (to be added to pocket money).

Apply on the application form or contact us.

London day out (Thursday 29 July 2021)

Choices may include Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye – or off to explore and shop with our staff.

The cost is £40 (to be added to pocket money).

Apply on the application form or contact us.

Harry Potter World at Warner Bros Studios (Friday 30 July 2021)

Harry Potter World at Warner Bros Studios in Hertfordshire with a tour of the sets.

Click on the picture for a video.

The cost is £60 (to be added to pocket money).

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

OR (as it's on the same day)

Stonehenge (Friday 30 July 2021)

One of the best-known prehistoric sites in the world built 5000 years ago. Read the story here.

The cost is £45 (to be added to pocket money).

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

Downton Abbey (Monday afternoon 19 July 2021)

In the TV series it's in Yorkshire in the north of England. In reality, it's Highclere Castle in Newbury. This is where the filming for Downton Abbey is done. The visit will take in the rooms the series is filmed in, the grounds and the Egyptology display. Only very small groups are allowed.

The cost is £35.

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

Inside Parliament (Saturday 24 July 2021)

The visit is with an engaging Blue Badge guide who will tell all sorts of stories that appeal to young people about the Houses of Parliament in central London. The cost is £45 (to be added to pocket money).

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

Theatre visits

The Life of Pi

'The Life of Pi' on a date to be announced at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End. Ticket + travel on our bus £65.00. 27 tickets only. Click on the picture for the trailer. Apply on the application form or by e-mail to vacstuds@vacstuds.com

('After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive? Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – and featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, Life of Pi is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.')

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

The Lion King

'The Lion King' on a date to be announced at The Lyceum Theatre in London's West End. Ticket + travel on our bus £50.00, 27 tickets only. Click on the picture for the trailer. Apply on the application form or by e-mail to vacstuds@vacstuds.com

('Disney's beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as the King of the Pridelands.')

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

Everybody's Talking about Jamie

'Everybody's Talking about Jamie' on a date to be announced at The Apollo Theatre in London's West End. Ticket + travel on our bus £65.00. 27 tickets only. Click on the picture for the trailer. Apply on the application form or by e-mail to vacstuds@vacstuds.com

('Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn't quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.')

Apply for a ticket on the application form or contact us.

*We usually receive a group or school discount, not generally available, and pass on savings in full.