A fantastic travel prize to be won!

One lucky passenger on the 2017 Ireland/United Kingdom ‘Paddock to Plate’ farm tour will win a fantastic ‘March booking’ travel prize – the icing on the cake of an inspiring and memorable agricultural journey.

This prize draw has been planned since last year and was meant to be announced weeks ago. But I’ve had so much fun cogitating on the prizes, I couldn’t decide!  Eventually I’ve settled on 4 choices for the winner to select from – plus the option of a combination:

  1. Relax with a classic English afternoon tea experience in a famous London hotel
  2. Soak up the atmosphere in an iconic British sporting venue
  3. Fun shopping in Harrods – the world’s most famous department store
  4. Enjoy a fantastic London show

The hardest part for the winner will be choosing which prize they’ll most enjoy!

The terms ‘iconic’ and ‘unforgettable’ apply to every single one of these prize choices.

Note the ‘March booking prize draw’ entry deadline:

  • midnight on Friday March 24th.  And the odds of winning are high!
  • (later tour bookings can be made – but sorry you’ll miss out on the ‘March booking’ prize draw. Passengers who book early help us obtain the very best tour accommodation.)
Harrods London

Harrod’s ‘Cafe Godiva’ is chocolate lover’s heaven. I feel compelled to be honest – though it looks like I was sharing, you may note that I was the only one with a fork. Oh dear! (Never get between a chocoholic & chocolate. Or gold leaf.)



1. Afternoon tea in the splendour of one of London’s most famous hotels.

Near the end of our busy tour, rest and reflect for a while in a civilised oasis of serenity; amongst potted palms, fine china and silverware, whilst savouring a traditional English afternoon tea – delicious finger sandwiches, fresh scones and cream, a selection of leaf tea and cakes or pastries.  All very dainty but guaranteed to satisfy the heartiest of eaters! My top picks are listed below. Check out their websites and start dreaming of an afternoon to remember forever.

  • The Ritz – a selection of tea cakes is also included. Delicious!  (Humming Irving Berlin’s ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’, optional.)
  • Claridges – not far from icons such as Selfridges – in the heart of Mayfair, surrounded by Monopoly-board streets.
  • The Dorchester  – facing Hyde Park, a fantastic location to go for a stroll afterwards. And French pastries are also on offer!
  • Fortnum & Masons, Piccadilly – after tea pop down to the foodhall, for mementos such as musical biscuit tins and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates.
  • The Shard – modern luxury with an astonishing view of London’s most famous buildings, plus the Thames River.

Plus return taxi fares in one of London’s classic Black Cabs, if desired.  I help you get there – all you need to do is decide which location you’d prefer.  Happy to help you select, too!

Can be combined with Option 3 – an ideal combination for many couples, so foodie/culture and sport-loving couples each get a turn at what they’d most enjoy!

Royal Albert Hall, London

London’s famous Royal Albert Hall – hosting every genre of concert imaginable – from classical opera to pop and rock.


2. Tickets to one of London’s fantastic shows, either in the West End or nearby:

Every night in London there’s a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment on offer – from concerts of all kinds to plays, dance shows and musicals; modern and historic.  There really is something to suit every taste.  Not only are the shows immensely entertaining, the London show atmosphere is unbeatable; guaranteed to put a skip in the step of even the most reluctant of nightowls. The biggest challenge is deciding which one to see.

  • Les Miserables – a long-running epic, in the Queen’s Theatre.
  • The Lion King – splendour on stage in London’s Lyceum Theatre.
  • Mamma Mia – after enjoying this Abba extravaganza, you’ll feel like dancing out of the Novello (Waldorf) Theatre.
  • The Mousetrap – it’s the world’s longest-running play for a reason: Agatha Christie brilliance.
  • Motown The Musical – straight back to the 60s & 70s via an 18 piece orchestra playing 50 soul hits; from ‘Heard it on the grapevine’ to ‘My girl’.
  • Olive Twist – the eloquence and wit of Charles Dickens, in Regent Park’s unique open-air theatre.
  • Phantom of the Opera – multi-award winning, Andrew Lloyd Webber talent, based on the book by Gaston Leroux. In Her Majesty’s Theatre.
  • Or another preferred show or concert – check out what’s on in London in August, via websites such as the London Theatre website.
Royal Albert Hall, London

London’s Royal Albert Hall – with Queen Victoria’s nearby memorial to Prince Albert, reflected in the glass.


Off to see a West End show (London)

Some of the farm tour group off to see a West End show (London). Capped off by supper afterwards – a memorable way to finish an ag tour of Ireland and the UK.


3. Sport lover’s heaven – soak up the atmosphere in a world-famous sporting venue.

London is home to many world famous sporting venues.  Some are only open when events are on – such as Royal Ascot and HPC, The London Polo Club (the last remaining polo club in Greater London). But other London sporting venues offer stadium as well as museum tours.  These four sporting venues are all breathtaking in terms of size and historical significance:

  • Lords; cricket’s hallowed ground – take an ‘Access all Areas’ tour. See the Ashes Urn in person!
  • All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club – home of Wimbledon! The beautiful grounds and museum are a must-visit for tennis lovers.
  • Twickenham Stadium – the largest dedicated rugby union stadium in the world, and home of the English national rugby union team.
  • Wembley – tread on the revered turf of the English national soccer team’s home ground.

Most sporting venue tours run for 1-2 hours. Prize includes transport to and from, and change can be spent on a splendid afternoon tea or purchasing gifts in Harrods.  Of course if there happens to be a match on that you’d like to see when we’re in London, this can be included.  And as mentioned – this option plus Option 1 or 4 can be the perfect solution for couples.  Visit an historic sporting venue then relax with a splendid afternoon tea, or some gift purchasing!


4. A spending spree in the world’s most famous department store, Harrods of London:

Need a few gifts to appease those who stayed home, or you’d love something in a classic green and gold Harrods bag? A gift card usable in any of the huge variety of departments, covering everything you can think of. Not just gifts, souvenirs, fashion, homewares, etcetera – more than two dozen Harrods eateries;  such as Cafe Godiva (chocolate lover’s heaven), The Rotisserie (flame-grilled meats), Caviar seafood house and the Champagne Bar.  I recommend window shopping for such novelties as $11,000 toy camels (not quite life-sized) and child-sized versions of luxury cars for spinning around one’s estate (alas, also too big for the suitcase).  You can whip in and out or spend hours poking around, unearthing treasures – your choice.

Harrods Department Store, London

Harrods Department Store stocks the best brands of everything you can think of. Plus more than 2 dozen cafes & restaurants.  Harrods is huge, and very interesting!


  • Deadline for entries: Midnight Queensland time, Friday 24th March 2017.   (As passenger numbers are limited this is not an insurmountable-odds draw, so there is a much higher chance of winning usual.)
  • Prize winner notified by mid-April (possibly a slight notification delay because I will be away in Toowoomba as guest speaker at an AWiA event and in Western Qld & the NT producing some stories for ‘Outback’ magazine).
  • Total prize value: $300AUD
  • The prize winner’s name is drawn out of a hat containing the names of all those who have booked a place on the 2017 Ireland/UK ‘Paddock to Plate’ tour, and paid the deposit to Quadrant Australia, by the deadline outlined above.
  • If you decide upon afternoon tea, a show or sporting stadium tour, it is booked for you as soon as you advise which you would prefer, plus the time and day.  All you have to do is put your glad rags on, on the day. I can help get you there – so you can relax and enjoy the occasion to the maximum. Please note that bookings are of course subject to availability; some venues do sell out a fair while in advance.
  • The afternoon tea, show and sporting venue tickets can be purchased for one or two people, up to the maximum value of $300.  If the cost of afternoon tea, a show or sporting venue tour is less than $300 (it depends on the seating level chosen, etc), then the balance remaining will be available to spend in Harrods.
  • While the prize value limit is $300, you can of course top up above that if you decide you’d prefer front row seats at one of the most expensive shows (or a miniature Rolls Royce for a grandchild to drive).
  • If the prize winner has to cancel their trip, for any reason, the prize will be redrawn.
  • The prize can be enjoyed by the winner when the tour is in London, 4-6 August 2017.  If the tour has to be cancelled for any reason, the prize will not be distributed.  Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.  All afternoon tea and show info included above is correct at the time of writing, but there may be some changes – eg the Ritz may swap tea cakes for something else, in their afternoon tea selection!
Trafalgar Square, London

Central London is full of history and it has a fabulous atmosphere. The double decker buses are plentiful but walking is a very enjoyable way to get around. Trafalgar Square is centrally located and an ideal place to pause for a spot of people watching, when you’re heading to your afternoon tea extravaganza or evening show.

  • This prize is a spectacularly memorable way to conclude a fantastic journey around rural Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.
  • Passenger numbers are limited – so book early to avoid missing out; and receive a prize draw entry.

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