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Steve Paine
10-10-07, 08:25 AM
We normally drive the car to Hamm for the December show but have been asked by several groups if we will be taking a coach, having looked into this we have decided to, however because of the problems we had with the last coach company we used, we are using a different coach company from Manchester with different coaches.

This new company has impressed us with their attitude and safety. Two drivers will be on board, and they are fitted with plasma screen dvds, separate kitchen area with hot & cold water, free tea and coffee and a microwave for heating up your pies! The coaches also have toilet facilities.

Although these are double-deckers, they have a very different layout to those used before. For a start, they normally seat 74, but will be reduced to 72 due to the drivers day bunk. This is compared to the 79 seats on the last coach.

The seats have a lot more leg room, even for Tony who is over 6í, and they expand into the isle should you need extra width !

This trip will leave the UK on Friday 7th December, and the cost of the trip will be £75 with no surcharge for either pick up point.

Yes, thatís right, we know many travel from the north, and this has caused some problems, so this December we have arranged two collection points.

Pick up will be from the coach companyís base, just off junction 22 of the M6. Unfortunately there are no facilities here, but the secure parking is free.
The coach will leave at 1pm, and will travel to the Ashford Truck Stop, with a comfort stop on route. The coach will arrive at the truck stop with plenty of time for you to enjoy a freshly cooked meal and maybe a pint or two!
Pick up and Parking will be at 8 00pm at the Ashford truck stop, just off junction 10 of the M20. Secure parking is provided at a cost of £6 per car, and for those who donít fancy driving straight back a double bed and breakfast (rated five star) is only £37.50
Evening meals before we go are £6.99-£8.99, and there are full wash room facilities available to all

We will depart Ashford around 8.30pm and travel to France via the Euro tunnel. We will be making a stop at a tobacco shop in Belgium around 1 am on the Saturday, and after one other comfort stop, will arrive in Hamm around 6 to 7 am.
We are able to stay on the coach till around 8am to wake up, then its off to the cafť or the queue!
We will leave the show at 5pm local time and will have a full hour rest break on the way back.
We aim to arrive back at Ashford for around 12 midnight on the Saturday, and back to Manchester around 5 or 6 am on the Sunday morning.
We have also arranged extra luggage space on the rear to maximise animal space in the hold.
The cost of the trip, either from Manchester or Ashford to Hamm and return, inc the train is just £75. Show entrance fee of 10 euros is additional.
Price is per seat and we are unable to provide discounts for children. We do not recommend children under 10 attend. Any child 16 or under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
All passengers will need to hold a full valid EU passport.
The booking is subject to minimum numbers, should we fail to achieve these numbers, full refunds will be supplied. Seats will be issued on a first come first served basis and all bookings should be accompanied with full payment

Rough itenary for the trip

Leave Manchester 1300
Stop Toddington services
Arrive Ashford Truckstop 1900
Dinner and rest
Leave Ashford 2045
Shuttle Crossing 2200
Arrive Calais 23.45 (local)
Stop Alinqurke Belgium DUTY FREES pay in uk pounds better exchange rate
Stop for coffee
Arrive Hamm 0700 (local)
stay on coach-go to cafe -q up
Leave Hamm 1700 (local)
Full Lunch Break en route back
Quick coffee stop
Shuttle Back 0000 (local)
Arrive Calais 23.45
Arrive Ashford 0030
Arrive Manchester 0700 approx

Obviously times mght vary a little but we will have plenty of stops for food etc



Steve Paine
12-10-07, 12:13 AM
Only 22 seats left now