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800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta – let’s celebrate democracy!

800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta –  let’s celebrate democracy!

Imagine living back in the days when Kings believed they were chosen by God and could do whatever they liked, no-one could vote, and anyone could be flung into jail without a fair trial! This year celebrates the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, which established the principle that nobody, including the King or a lawmaker, was above the law. What began as a long list of grievances presented to tyrannical King John in 1215 by rebel barons evolved to become the basis for constitutions throughout the world, including the USA.

Be part of the pomp and pageantry of Magna Carta Day, 15th June 2015, by joining one of the great riverboat cruises on offer with 365 Tickets!

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Magna Carta Pageantry Afternoon Tea Cruise

There is nothing as quintessentially British as afternoon tea, and it’s extra special when consumed on a leisurely cruise gliding past the historical sites where it all began. Enjoy deep-filled sandwiches (the best sort!) giant scones with clotted cream and preserves, cakes, shortbread and freshly brewed tea or coffee on the New Queen of the Thames – a replica Victorian paddle steamer. You will see the Magna Carta memorial, the JFK memorial and the Air Force memorial along the way, and Ankerwycke, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta River Cruise to Windsor with Afternoon Tea + Windsor Castle

Immerse yourself in British history on this cruise, which includes tickets to Windsor Castle – the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle, an official residence of HM Queen Elizabeth 11. When you purchase two tickets, an Afternoon Tea hamper will be provided  for you to savour on the return journey to Runnymede, and a guided tour of the castle is included.

Magna Carta Runnymede 45 minute round trip

If you choose the 45 minute round trip on a replica Victorian paddle boat,  bring a picnic to enjoy on the boat or during the stop at Runnymede Pleasure Gardens. The scenic gardens have amusements for children, and as on all trips, there is a special commentary on the history of the Magna Carta.

Early booking is recommended, since tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. Well, that’s democracy!

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer