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Rail Fares Increase As 2019 Begins

Rail fares across the UK are increasing by an average of 3.1 per cent at the beginning of January, adding a further cost to commuters who are already financially stretched and having to deal with poor levels of service.

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The Top 5 Things to do in Marlow

There is so much to do in our local area. So many towns, villages and hamlets to visit which are steeped with natural beauty and charm.  On today’s list of of top local areas to visit is the beautiful riverside town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire.  For such a small town, it is absolutely thriving with life, high end fashion shops and great places for wining and dining.  It is also renown for having one of the most beautiful views of the Thames. Once home to Mary and Percy Shelly, Marlow is definitely worth a visit for an explore. Whether by yourself or in a group there is plenty to do and well worth stopping for if you are passing through. Year round there is plenty to do and also has exciting events to attend dotted throughout the year as well.

1.) Marlow – the Foodie Hotspot

Number one on our list is to visit one of Marlow’s many many restaurants and bars.  It is home to the only two michelin starred pub in England called the Hand & Flowers.  This lovely pub needs to be booked in advance so be sure to visit their website to make a booking as walk-ins are not possible.  The pub specialises in gourmet English food, but cooked with all the prowess of a 2 michelin star restaurant. It is a restaurant  to delight anybody and perfect for special occasions.  If not – pub owner Tom Kerridge also owns the Coach in Marlow which is also michelin starred and takes walk-ins only.  

So if you are popping to Marlow on the off chance then the Coach is perfect if you.  Other fantastic restaurants include award winning curry house Malik’s and also the Compleat Angler restaurant which sits with stunning views of the river Thames.  Newly arrived in the last year was The Ivy.  So as you can see Marlow is brimming with top restaurants to dine at. And the ones listed don’t even begin to scratch the surface of how many places there are to dine at. 

2.) Visit Marlow Town Regatta in the Summer

Marlow has two regattas, sort of. For the athletes taking part in some serious rowing and sculling races, then Marlow Regatta has relocated to Dorney Lake, which hosted the rowing races in the London Olympics in 2020. 

Marlow Town Regatta, now more focussed on school races and of course the odd dragon boat race is tremendous fun. You can either choose to watch the races for free or you can buy tickets to the prestigious enclosure area of the regatta.  Both are an opportunity to dress up in your finest wear with a hat in the same style as you would for Henley.  Parking during this time is extremely difficult and alcohol is aplenty.  So if you are looking for a safe, punctual driver to get your group there then ask us for a an affordable quote here.

Marlow regatta

3.)   Rebellion Beer Co. Ltd

Marlow is also famous for its local brewery the Rebellion Beer Co. Ltd.  You can either pop in to visit or go to one of their organised tours and tastings.  This is in Marlow as you are heading out of town but a great place to visit and perfect for parties or stag do’s if you are looking for an activity in the area of Marlow.

4.)  Enjoy the beauty of Marlow Bridge and the River Thames

The view from Higginson / Steve Redgrave park is truly astonishing and postcard perfect.  The lush greenery of the park leads to the river bank where the Marlow Bridge and All Saints Church frame the landscape for the perfect photo opportunity.  

There are always swans and ducks to feed, as well as a Mr Whippy machine closely to enjoy a nice ice-cream while strolling along the river.  You can walk all the way up to Bisham if you have the time for a beautiful countryside walk, or just to the Marlow weir if you have less time.

If you take a stroll along West Street, you’ll find the former homes of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelly and T.S Eliot. Whilst a visit to The Two Brewers pub may remind you of the scenes from Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat.

5.) Pub in the Park

17-19th May, it is the local celebrity again Tom Kerridge who has organised pub in the pub.  Packed with activities.  Bursting with entertainment for young and old.   PITP is the chance to drink and enjoy street food at this  great family event.  This event is brilliant for large groups looking for an exciting day trip.  Be sure to book tickets though as this event sells out!  Set in Higginson Park, it attracts huge amounts of people and has really put Marlow on the map!

Thinking of a day trip?  If you are from outside Marlow and looking to visit for a tour, Sprinters Travel organises such day trips for groups of any size!  Marlow is great for all the family.  It is also a perfect location for a summer jaunt and picnic.  Have a look at our range of luxury minibuses as there will be sure to be one to suit your party needs, and remember our quotes are very affordable! 

The Sprinters Team!

The Director’s End of Year Review

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Sprinters travel end of year review 

 

Director’s Review of the Year

2018 has certainly been a year to remember, and we wish to you all another year of health, happiness and many joyful experiences.  As a growing minibus and coach hire company, Sprinters Travel has seen some big changes over the last year.  Some of these we just have to share with you.  We have been very proud of these achievements and think with the start of a New Year  it’s a good time to reflect on what we have achieved as well as looking forward to the year to come.  From new vehicles to new contracts and a green approach to our fleet,  we have had a great year and look forward to sharing the successes we’ve had with you. 

There have been some notably big moments which made 2018 a year to remember, and none of them could have been possible without our clients.  So thank you for helping us jump from strength to strength.  Below we hope you enjoy reading about our Top 3 Proudest moments of 2018.

The introduction of brand new Sprinters to the fleet

Our fleet of coaches and minibuses  has dramatically increased this year as we have introduced more brand new luxury minibuses to our list, and notably we have also introduced Mercedes-Benz minicoaches.  We know that with these stunning new vehicles we can offer more luxury travel to larger groups who want to travel in style.   We are particularly proud of our ’18 plate, 19 and 21 seater luxury Sprinter minibuses.  If you have a party of event that you would like to arrive in style for with your group why not complete our online quotation form.

 There is truly no better way for groups to travel, as having your own driver means you can all enjoy the evening, no need for a designated driver or to worry about the route as we take care of all of that for you.  It also means that the whole group can enjoy themselves together without one person left out to concentrate on driving, which means everyone can get fully involved with the enjoyment of your event from start to finish.

New School Contracts

As well as providing minibus and coach hire for events and parties, Sprinters Travel is also proud to be a provider of transport for schools in the local community.  Over the last year, we have been selected by the council for an important tender which means we now will be providing school runs for schools up and down the Bucks and Oxfordshire counties.  If you are interested in setting up a new school bus service, please visit our School Bus section.

We now provide transport for the following Buckinghamshire Schools:

  • Danesfield School in Marlow
  • Wycombe High School
  • Chesham Grammar School.

Additionally for the following: Oxfordshire County Council schools:

  • Aureus School in Didcot
  • Benson Community School
  • South Stoke Primary School
  • Chiltern Edge School
  • South Morton School
  • Checkendon Primary School
  • Langtree School
  • Woodcote School

Concern for the Environment and keeping our area Green

We are forever striving to make our company greener and to be ever more conscious of the environment.  Our new additions to our fleet are brand new vehicles.  This means less emissions into the environment.  In fact, over 65% of our minibus and coach fleet is under three years old!  Don’t forget of course, that group travel is always better for the environment.  We offer coach and minibus services from 7-100 people so you know we can meet your needs no matter what the size of your event is.

So thank you for helping to have an incredible 2018.  We look forward to this New Year which has just started and hope you assist you with any parties and events you have coming up, getting you there safely with our friendly team of drivers. 

None of this could have been achieved without our clients, contracts and tenders, so thank you all for supporting your local business Sprinters Travel.

I look forward to seeing you all for more joyful events in 2019, 

Best Wishes to you all, 

Shaz 🙂

What To See And Do In Windsor

If you’re looking for a festive day out with friends or family, you could do a lot worse than visiting Windsor. The town to the west of London is probably best known for being home to one of the royal family’s residences, but there’s a lot more to see and do here.

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Brexit New: Brits Unlikely To Need Visas For EU Travel

A bit of good news coming to us here in the UK from the European Commission right now… it seems as though we won’t need to sort out visas if we have plans to travel to countries in the European Union for short-stay trips should a no-deal Brexit be the ultimate outcome in March next year.

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