Day Trips Department
Welcome to the Day Trips department where we aim to show you the best our nation has to offer in a day excursion. From North Yorkshire to the South coast, we have plenty of ideas to suit all different groups. Our entertainment lunches have proved immensely popular and the programme of events is ever expanding. We have travelled extensively up and down the country sourcing delicious lunch stops, quaint tea rooms and expert guides to ensure a Greatdays day trip is truly memorable.
Our Manchester Sightseeing product is designed to promote the city that we call home to individuals staying in the centre, we offer a range of sightseeing tours and ‘things to do’ within Manchester as well as day trips from Manchester by train.
Jenny Kirkwood, Manager
As Day Trips Manager I oversee everything relating to booking day trips for groups and organising events. I also develop new products and event ideas for groups.About Jenny
Favourite holiday: Too many to choose between but recent favourites were Pompeii and Istanbul. I’d always wanted to go to both and they didn’t disappoint. Istanbul is history and culture wrapped into on. Sitting on the rooftops with a beer looking at the city views, it was amazing. I went to Pompeii for my 50th – it really is a must-see!
Favourite Greatdays tour: My personal favourite day trip is the Home Guard-en which is Dad’s Army themed. I developed this trip for my Dad as I spent many happy times watching the show with him as a child. He came with me to experience the tour!
Hobbies and hidden talents: I love warm weather and spending time in the garden. I enjoy being creative when I get the opportunity. My artistic flair comes out when I sew – though I have a big challenge ahead in preparing 70s outfits for this year’s Christmas events. Otherwise, sunny afternoons in a beer garden are my favourite! As for hidden talents, I’m keeping that one to myself!
Fun fact: Every year I eat 18 Christmas Dinners. Tough job. (We’ve seen her do it, it’s impressive.)
Louise Annesley, Day Trips and Tour Support Co-ordinator
My role is quite varied. I book attractions & coach hire for UK/Ireland tours and day trips; I host entertainment lunches; and I do meet & greets in Manchester.About Louise
Favourite holiday: Japan 2018, I joined together with a group of other solo travellers to see as much of mainland Japan as physically possible in two weeks in Cherry Blossom season. Absolutely stunning!
Favourite Greatdays tour: My favourite Day Trip would have to be Lord Dudley’s Legacy – I just think it sounds really interesting and different!
Hobbies and hidden talents: Planning my own trips and seeing friends and family as much as possible. My hidden talent is that I’m very good at remembering dates for birthdays and anniversaries!
Fun fact: I used to work backstage on the Jeremy Kyle show…
Ffion Hughes, Day Trips and Manchester Sightseeing Co-ordinator
I do a bit of everything across two departments – Day Trips and Manchester Sightseeing. I organise and book day trips and call clients regarding new Day Trips we have. In the MSS department, I work on the website and social media upkeep, as well as assisting in research and putting tours together. I also do Meet and Greets at Piccadilly Station.About Ffion
Favourite holiday: Australia, sun and nice beaches and Aussie accents are hard to beat. I’ve got family out in Australia and we went out over Christmas time – the seafood platter Christmas dinner was a change of pace, but I love seafood so there are no complaints here. We did some dolphin watching on the coast and just had a super relaxing time. It was awesome.
Favourite Greatdays tour: I’m going to show a little Welsh pride and choose the Snowdonia Spectacular. The Betws-y-Coed countryside is gorgeous and the views around Snowdonia are absolutely breathtaking!
Hobbies and hidden talents: I enjoy a bit of yoga and climbing, two very similar pastimes. As for a special talent, professional prawn de-sheller? Is that a thing? I’m good at peeling prawns.
Fun fact: I speak fluent Welsh – I guess that’s a fun fact when you live in England. Iechyd da!