Come with me!

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. We try to travel First Class where it is available, if we can find a good deal, we try to go out one way and back another if alternative routes are available, and we try to break the journey somewhere to make it a bit of a tour. Often there is walking involved, and we generally have a meal together towards the end of the day.

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 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.

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!).

If you might be interested in coming along on one these occasional tours, please join my mailing list (there is a subscription form below) and I'll let you know when I am planning one. I generally consult on the date, destination and activities. I shall not be using the mailing list for anything else (so you will not often hear from me except during the planning of a tour) and I shall not share your details with anyone else.

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On the day of a tour I 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!

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.

Proposed Day Trip to Birmingham Christmas Market

To kick off this new way of doing things, I am running a "Christmas shopping" trip to Birmingham. It is during the “German Market” which is the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the UK (Lincoln’s used to be!) and grew out of the city’s twinning with Frankfurt. Birmingham has shops as well (!) and if you prefer cultural things some of the best museums and art galleries and a great library, canal trips and other attractions (like a real ale pub with dozens of beers …).

The date is Saturday 15th December. and cost of travel from Stamford would be £25.00, or £16.50 for those with Railcards, unless I can get some Advance tickets a bit cheaper, or enough people for a Group ticket. I would buy all the tickets in advance anyway in order to reserve seats together, especially important for the return journey as evening trains out of Birmingham can be very crowded.  I need definite numbers before booking and I intend to book on 1st December, so please let me know before the end of November if you wish to come. Those who register below will have my contact details, otherwise a Private Message on Twitter @mwtrips will do it. So far there are seven people expressing an interest in this trip, definitely enough to make it a great day out.

I am thinking of doing a trip to Birmingham Jewellery Quarter in the spring or summer (and you would need to be signed up to the mailing list to hear direct from me about that). That needs a day in itself.

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