Information Prior To The Tour

This itinerary is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. The Tour Operator and Seller of Travel for this Tour is Gate1 International Travel Service. Their phone number is 215-572-7676. Please call her with any questions.
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We encourage our members, their families and close friends, to participate in the Magna Charta 800th Anniversary Tour hosted by the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons. Our Society hosted about 200 for 750th Anniversary (1965) at Runnymede.It is not necessary to be a member to participate. We welcome all who are interested in the Magna Charta. As space is limited I encourage you to sign up ASAP possibly using a credit card to speed up the process. The 5% cash discount would still apply for the payment of the balance. There are two parts of the Tour, the start page is for the first 6 nights (including June 15, 2015 at Runnymede) and there is a link to the Post Extension for 3 nights within that page. I encourage you to review the details of the Tour offered by Gate1 Travel who is the seller of travel. The dates are June 12, 2015 to June 19, 2015 or June 12, 2015 to June 22, 2015.
We will add additional options separately priced, some in the planning process, some dependent on the size of our group and some which may involve deposits. Signing up for the additional options will only be available for those who are participarting in the basic package.
The Tour


National Society Magna Charta
Dames and Barons

June 2015 800th Anniversary Educational Tour

Program for the National Society of Magna Charta Dames & Barons

 Educational Tour June 12 - June 22, 2015

Friday June 12th 2015

   Departure from the U.S.A. for England. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment for your journey. A number of participants joined us in London.

Saturday June 13th 2015

   Arrive at Heathrow Airport in England.   The Tour Manager will coordinate prearranged transfers to Egham, near Runnymede and Windsor or transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the festive Annual Magna Charta Celebrations at Egham and assemble at a prearranged place for transport to your hotel in London.

 Optional for those people already in England: In the morning stroll across Green Park to watch the TROOPING OF THE COLOUR.   Many members of the Royal Family attend this ceremony, which commemorates the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. This is an amazing spectacle, showing the best of  British pomp and ceremony!

   Lunch and afternoon at leisure.

   A welcome dinner  enabled each participants to be briefly introduced.

   Overnight in London.   Welcome Dinner.

Sunday June 14th 2015

   The basic package includes a day at leisure in London and transportation to Runnymede.

    Guests not attending the Unveiling will visit the Festiva at Royal Holloway University.

    All then visit the Peagant held at Runnymede. 

    Possible Optional Programs Separately Priced (SP) include:

    Optional (SP):  Unveiling Ceremony of the Jubilee Statue of HM the Queen at Runnymede. Hosted by The Worshipful The Mayor of Runnymede Cllr Derek Cotty in the presence of The High Sheriff of Surrey, Mrs. Elizabeth Kennedy, The Speaker of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon John Bercow, MP, The Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP, Foreign Secretary and Daniel Hannan, MEP and Nirjl Deva, MEP. Also with the Bugles and Band of the Rifles.

The program began at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel, with coffee and Champagne, boat transportation up the Thames River to the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds. Following the unveiling Ceremony, return to the hotel by boat and reception and a traditional English Luncheon, with wines from England and South Africa. The menu included Medeival Boards, Salad from the Royal Forst of Dean, The Kings Lamb, a Trio of Dessert and Petit Fours. The Luncheon included Welcome by Mayor Cotty, Grace by the High Sheriff Elizabeth Kennedy, the Loyal Toast by The Honorable Niranjan Dean, the Toast to the Guests by the Honorable Philip Hammond, The Toast to the Magna Carta by the Honorable Daniel Hannon and the Guests Response.

    Dinner at liesure.

  Overnight at Hotel, London.   Breakfast.

Monday June 15th 2015

   Early morning (5:30 AM) departure for Runnuymede and the 800th Anniversary.

From the Court Calendar for June 15, 2015

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, this morning visited Runnymede on the occasion of the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta and were received at Runnymede Meadows by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey (Dame Sarah Goad), The Duke of Cambridge, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Dyson (Master of the Rolls), the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP (Prime Minister), the Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Member of Parliament for Runnymede) and the Mayor of Runnymede.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, listened to a choral performance and speeches delivered by the Master of the Rolls, the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury and met representatives from organisations associated with the event.

I was honored to represent our Society and to be presented to Her Majesty.

The Program For the Morning Follows:


0900    Guest to be Seated

0935 London

0950    Arrival of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge and dedication of The Jurors, by Hew Locke, ballad by Owen Sheers,
    London Philharmonic Orchestra - Handel: Rejouissance; Sullival: Pineappl Poll.

1020 Arrival of Her Majesty TheQueen and His Royal Hghness The Duke of Edinburgh, and Her Royal Highness RThe Princess Royal and VVice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence.

Speeches will be given by The Master of The Rolls, The Prime Ministre and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Temple Church Choir - John Rutter: Give the king thy judgements, Oh Godd (world premiere); William: Rhosymedre; Elgar: Chanson; Walton; Spitfire.

1100 Rededication of the American Bar Association Memorial led by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

London Phil

Also featuring

1200 Liberteas picnoc lunches served

1215    Fly past by The Red Arrows and Battle of Britian Memorial Flight 2015.


    Afternoon tea in a

festive activities at Runnymede.

    Possible Optional Programs Separately Priced (SP) include:  

    Optional (SP): A luncheon or tea nearby.

      Lunch and afternoon at leisure.

   Optional (SP):

   Optional (no charge) Evensong Service at Temple Church, London

    Transportation provided back to London

   Evening at leisure.

   Overnight at Hotel, London.   Breakfast.

Tuesday June 16th 2015

  The basic package includes a day at liesure in London.

 Possible Optional Programs Separately Priced include:

  Optional (SP) Visit to the Magna Carta Exhibit at the British Library, predeedede by an explanation of the Exhibit by Museum Staff.

  Optional (SP) Visit to Windsor Castle 

 Magna Carta Lecture at Royal Holloway University by the Rt Hon Jack Straw. Reception followed. 

  Overnight at the Hotel, London.   Breakfast.

Wednesday June 17th 2015

   The basic package includes a day at liesure in London.

Possible Optional Programs Separately Priced include:

 Optional visit (SP) to the Magna Charta Exhibit at the British Library

    Afternoon drive to Lincoln.

    Welcome reception (hosted by Gate1 Travel) at the hotel. Welcome by the Dean of Lincoln, The Very Revenent Philip Buckler.

   Overnight at the Hotel, Lincoln.    Breakfast.

Thursday June 18th 2015

   Day at Lincoln.

   Tour of newly renovated Interpretative Center at Lincoln Castle. Guided Tours of the Lincoln Cathedral and The Cathedral Library.


View of Lincoln Cathedral FRom the Castle



    Recognition Dinner for those who have helped us develop awareness of Magna Charta. Speaker is Ms. Mary Powell on the development of the Intrepretative Center at the Lincoln Castle.Final Dinner for those departing on Friday.

      Overnight at the Hotel, Lincoln.   Breakfast & Dinner.

Friday June 19th 2015

   Early departure for those returning to Heathrow and to the United States.

  Depart from the hotel by coach to drive to BURY ST. EDMUNDS for a tour and view the shields of the Barons donatedby members of our Society

Luncheon at the Athaneum at Bury St. Edmunds. The Anthenaem was a luncheon venuw of members of our Society in 1965. Our guests included the Honorable Margaret Charlesworth, Former Mayor of Bury St. Edmunds and Chair of the Bury St., Edmunds 800th Committee and Mr. Charlesworth. We were welcomed by the Mayor of Bury St., Edmunds.


   This afternoon drive to Framlingham Castle. 


   Dine at leisure in the evening.

   Overnight at the Hotel, London.   Breakfast and Lunch.

Saturday June 21th 2015

   Day in the Salisbury area.

    Visit Stonehenge. We had an eaqrly start for the first Tour as it was the day before the Summer Solstace and the Stonehenge guides expected 40,0000 Drtuids and Peppineds.

  Visit Old Sareum. When we visited there were interpreters in period costune and a play about the Magna Charta.

   Visit Salisbury Cathedral for tours and lunch. View the Salisbury Magna Carta Exhibits and the Salisbury Magna Carta.


    On return view the home of the Duke of Norfolk and the limestone carvings.




     Overnight at the Hotel, London.   Breakfast, Dinner.

Sunday June 21th 2015

   Visit Kent

    Attend Sung Eucharist in the Quire at Canterbury Cathedral followed by welcome from the Dean Of Canterbury.


 After the service we were welcomed by the Dean of Canterbury 

Dean of Canterbury

    Tour Faversham and view an exhibit of the 1300 Magna Charta.



    High Tea at Allington Castle, the home of Sir Robert Worcester 

 Picture of Allington Castle



Farewell dinner at the Bell and Dragon in Windsor.



   Overnight at the Hotel, London.   Breakfast, High Tea.

  Monday June 22th 2015

   Departure Day!   Transfer to airport for your return flight home.   Bon Voyage!

Please contact the Society at 215-836-5022 for further information The full itinerary plus the price and terms and conditions, prepared by Gate1 International Travel Service, is available from Gate1. This itinerary is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. The Tour Operator and Seller of Travel for this Tour is Gate1 International Travel Service.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Society to participate.