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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 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.

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.

On the day of a 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!

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Beer in Lincolnshire!

I am currently planning a day out to Wainfleet in Lincolnshire, to visit Bateman's brewery (with an option to visit Skegness instead for those not interested in brewing). It will be a Saturday in July and if you are not on the mailing list but might like to come, do write and ask for the date and details which have already been circulated to those on the list. We shall be leaving Stamford at 08:00, Peterborough a little later, Grantham later still ... you can join at any of these points but I do need firm bookings by 31st March, please, in order to book the brewery tour places. The cost should be around £40 per person depending on whether you have a railcard etc. Children are welcome - at lower cost - but are not allowed to sample the beer if joining the brewery tour. See Bateman's website for details.

And then there is the Great Central Railway (see personal trip report here) which I shall try to fit in some time this summer if time permits. 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?

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