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 BEATING THE RETREAT HORSE GUARDS PARADE LONDON
 + KENWOOD HOUSE & RAF MUSEUM
THURSDAY 15TH/FRIDAY 16TH JUNE 2017

       

Thursday
 
Morning departure with coffee/lunch stop at Sanders Garden World before heading to Reading and our hotel, Hilton Reading, chance to freshen up before early dinner and departing for London & The Household Division's Beating the Retreat held on Horse Guards Parade.

A spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park

Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690s. Originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signalled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

Soldiers of the Household Division are instantly recognisable through their distinctive uniforms and headdress and have a history spanning over three centuries.

Invariably described as ‘truly spectacular’ and ‘London at its finest’ the Household Division Beating Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else in the world and is a not to be missed event.
 
After the Retreat return to Hilton Reading for the night.
Friday
 
Chance to use the leisure facilities before breakfast.
  
This morning we visit Kenwood House, on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath, it was probably first built in the early 17th century. Between 1764 and 1779 Robert Adam transformed it into a neoclassical villa for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, and the interiors include some of Adam’s finest surviving schemes. Kenwood is now home to the 1st Earl of Iveagh’s renowned collection of Old Master and British paintings, which includes works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

During the Second World War Kenwood housed servicemen. In 1949, realising the need for significant repair work, the Iveagh Bequest Trustees handed it over to London County Council. It was taken over by English Heritage in 1986.

Following an extensive repair and conservation project begun in 2012, part-funded by  Heritage Lottery Fund, Kenwood reopened in late 2013. Work included repairing the Westmorland slate roof and redecorating the exterior and interior of the house, based on new paint research on the original Adam scheme, and a redisplay of the Iveagh Bequest paintings in the south front rooms.

In the afternoon we plan to visit the RAF Museum which is  located close by on the former Hendon Aerodrome, it holds over 100 aircraft in five themed aircraft halls dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force.


 

 
 
 
 Included in the price of the break
  
 
Coach with pickups, Newton Abbot & Kingsteignton Greenhill Way.
 
Dinner Bed & Breakfast at 4* Hilton Reading
 
Ticket for seat @  Horse Guards Parade for Beating the Retreat
 
Visit to Kenwood House
 
Visit to RAF Museum
 
 
 
COST £135.00 PER PERSON SHARING
 
£20 single supplement
 
 
 
£25 per person deposit with booking
 
 
 
Final payment by 1st May
 
 
 
 
 
 

PLEASE NOTE INSURANCE IS NOT INCLUDED

 
 
 
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      Beating the Retreat

 
      

Kenwood House           

 

RAF Museum