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Tours and excursions by train from Stamford


I have arranged several small group days out over the last few years, from a beginning as outings for readers of the parish magazine articles out of which this weblog has grown. I do not pretend to be a travel agent or a professional tour manager: these have just been groups of acquaintances on a day out together. I buy the tickets, arrange an itinerary and suggest activities, and usually book an optional meal together which so far everyone has opted to take. The outings have been reported on this blog, and so far have covered:
The idea of these days out is to use ordinary service trains to have the sort of adventures together that I normally take alone or with my wife, using the principles I describe in this blog. Like my personal trips these all start from Stamford station in Lincolnshire and are usually, although not always, on a Saturday so that working people can take part. We do sometimes get people from elsewhere joining in by catching the same train from somewhere else before or after Stamford, and if anyone reading this from anywhere else would like to join us, then please do contact me by email at mark@mwtrips.co.uk or a personal message on my Twitter account @mwtrips which you are surely going to want to follow if you are interested in joining an outing. I offer absolutely no warranties, compensation or guarantees; nothing is sponsored or subsidised or professional, but neither do I charge anything for my time and I pay my own fares. I do accept the odd pint or two, but I do not ask for it! If you want travel insurance you need to arrange your own.


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Where to next? Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

Bookings have now closed for the spring trip to Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. We shall be leaving on the 08:05 train so as to get an early start, to include within the cost of the tour not only the rail fares but a canal boat tour and a visit to Newman Brothers former "coffin works," a preserved example of Birmingham small metal industry, with optional visits (pay on the day) to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter or the Pen Museum. Suitable lunch, tea and dinner venues will be booked shortly (these are all optional so I shall asked signed-up people if they wish to be included).

On the day of the tour I shall give you my mobile telephone number and ask for your mobile number which I can then use on the day to keep us together and try to solve any difficulties. If you have a smartphone I suggest you install WhatsApp if you do not already have it and just before the tour starts I shall create a WhatsApp Group for the tour members and invite everyone to share their location (I can do a tutorial on the first train!) so that we do not lose each other if anything goes wrong; if you do not have a smartphone you just have to make sure nothing goes wrong!

There is still demand for the trip to Canterbury that we came close to arranging a few years ago but which fell foul of weekend engineering work, and I'd like to visit Bateman's brewery in Wainfleet. There is also the Great Central Railway (see personal trip report here). Other suggestions welcome, but nothing guaranteed (it never is!).

Finally, there is now a little shop on this website selling mwtrips merchandise if you are interested. How cool would it be to wear a mwtrips t-shirt on a rail tour? There is also a travel mug and water bottle and I hope to add more to the shop as time allows. Just click the next tab at the top of the page to toggle to the shop page.

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