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World Wings 2024 Convention
London
Excursions

EXCURSIONS
Two tours are being offered to World Wings members and guests during your visit to London:
— Bletchley Park (pre-convention)
— Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace (post-convention)

Tour cost, departure/arrival times, itineraries, policies for carriage, and cancellation policies are set by the tour companies.
You will sign up and pay for the Bletchley Park tour when registering.
The tour company International Friends is providing the Cotswold/Blenheim Palace tour and they have created a web page specifically for World Wings. To learn more and/or make a reservation for the Cotswold/Bleinheim Palace tour, click the button below to go to their World Wings page.

Please be sure that you have read and understand all tour policies prior to booking. If you are having difficulty booking the post convention tour, Ingrid can help you. Click here to contact Ingrid.

Click Here for Details and to Reserve the Cotswolds / Blenheim Palace Tour
If you prefer to explore independently, here are some suggestions for tour companies that can assist you:

International Friends (this is the tour company offering our post-convention tour of the Cotswolds) is also offering a 10% discount for all of their out-of-London Day trips. Use the Discount Code: WW10,
https://www.internationalfriends.co.uk/

For award-winning small-group tours in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland:
https://www.rabbies.com/en

Scotland specialists:
https://www.highlandexperience.com/

PRE- CONVENTION EXCURSION
BLETCHLEY PARK
Thursday, September 19
This is a day trip to Bletchley Park, departing the hotel at 8:30 am and returning at about 5:45 pm. Bletchley Park was the top-secret home of the World War II Codebreakers. On arrival, you’ll have coffee/tea and a pastry in the Visitors Centre (Block C). The staff is friendly and you can take an hour-long guided tour outside. Explore other areas at your leisure. Lunch is available in the “Hut 4” restaurant or Coffee shop. Pickup for return to the hotel is 3:30/4:00. The beautifully restored historic buildings tell the story of this vital operation that helped change the outcome of World War II. The project brought together some of the most brilliant minds of the era, including Alan Turing, Bill Tutte, Max Newman, Gordon Welchman, and Joan Clark. At its peak, there were more than 10,000 people employed there. Nearly three-quarters of the workers were women, most with a background in mathematics, physics, engineering, or languages. Find out more about the brilliant minds, and complex machines, that made this work possible, all set in a lovely park. Cost pp. UK£55 (US$70)

Follow this link to learn more about Blechley Park: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/

POST- CONVENTION EXCURSION
THE COTSWOLDS AND
BLENHEIM PALACE

Monday, September 23:
This is a 10-hour day trip to the Cotswold Villages and Blenheim Palace. Pickup at the hotel will take place at 8:00 am, returning about 6:30 pm.
You will visit the idyllic Cotswold Villages, including Burford and Bibury, and enjoy lunch at a country pub in Burford.
In the afternoon, you will visit Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill’s ancestral home. Built between 1705 and 1722, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Cost pp. UK£139
Follow this link to learn more about the palace: https://blenheimpalace.com/
Photo of Burford, Oxfordshire Harvest, courtesy of David McDermott, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Bletchley Park courtesy of Matt Crypto, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Bletchley Park Index Cards courtesy of TedColes, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Bletchley Park Checking Machine courtesy of Magnus Manske, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Bletchley Park Code Wheels courtesy of Cory Doctorow from London, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Collosus Computer, Bletchley Park, Public Domain
Photo of Arlington Row, Bibury, courtesy of Saffron Blaze, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of the Cotswold Way courtesy of Ian S, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of The Lamb Inn, Burford, courtesy of Peter Watkins / The Lamb Inn Burford, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Blenheim Palace and Formal Gardens courtesy of Sheila Sund from Salem, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Watermill detail at Lower Slaughter courtesy of David Martin, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons