Tanya is a trained linguist and has worked in tourism for many years. She is a Blue Badge Guide for the South-East of England and guides in both English and Russian. Her specialist knowledge covers the counties of Kent, East and West Sussex and Surrey. She is currently involved in a lottery-funded project to develop walks incorporating World War I sites.
A personal welcome from Tanya
Even after living in the south of England for several years, Britain never fails to surprise me with its magnificent landscapes, its beautiful countryside and its wealth of historic places, many of which have been in continuous use for centuries. I consider it a great privilege to live here, especially in the ‘Garden of England’, as Kent is often called. Working as a Blue Badge Guide, it also gives me real pleasure to share my enthusiasm and show our guests around this fascinating part of the world.
From Windsor to Walmer Castle on the English Channel coast, from the famed gardens at Hampton Court to the relatively unknown pine garden in the charming village of St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe, I would love to show you this exceptional part of the country. I very much hope to see you here soon! Tanya
Guiding Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Member of the Institute of Tour Guiding (ITG) ITG Level 4 'Blue Badge' for the South East of England. This is the highest qualification in UK tourist guiding. Blue Badge guides are recognised by Visit Britain as being 'Britain's Official Tourist Guides'. Each year they are required to undergo continuous training and personal development including special courses. Tanya holds the ITG Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace guiding endorsements and is ITG qualified to guide in both English and Russian.
Member of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides (GRTG) The GRTG is the national professional association of Blue Badge Guides with members in every part of Britain.
Member of the Driver Guides Association (DGA) The DGA is a professional body formed in 1982 to maintain the highest standards of Blue Badge driver-guiding throughout the United Kingdom.
Member of the SE England Tourist Guide Association (SEETGA)Regional Association of trained qualified tourist guides with an in-depth knowledge of the south east region.
Public Liability Insurance for Tourist Guides Provided by Amlin Insurance Services under the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides' collective members' public liability policy. Insurance cover is up to £5 million.
Tanya's husband John is also a language graduate who has worked as a Tour Manager worldwide for over 30 years. He gets enormous pleasure from introducing people to new places and is currently concentrating his efforts on introducing England Plus Tours to overseas visitors from mainland Europe, North America and Australia.
And a few words from John...
I look forward to driving you around our lovely region here in the south-east of England and perhaps across the Channel, where there are some great destinations within just a few hours' drive. As you can see from our website, the county of Kent is brimming with fascinating places and is steeped in history. There really is something here to appeal to all tastes.
The great thing is that everything is within a very short drive from where we are based in the coastal resort of Folkestone. Within a few hours, we can also escort you to the exciting metropolis of London, the university cities of Oxford or Cambridge or even the medieval city of Bruges in nearby Belgium. We are here, at the ready to plan your trip and take you wherever your heart desires.
Private Hire Licences and Vehicle Insurance
Licensing Authority: Shepway Council, Kent
Private Hire Driver Licences: PD44, PF46. Expiry Date: 13/01/2019
Licensed Vehicle: VW Sharan 2.0, 7-seater MPV
Private Hire Vehicle Plate: P58
Registration Plate: FD14FHE
Insurance: Fully comprehensive cover for driver/driver-guide and up to 6 passengers in UK and mainland Europe
Large side-sliding doors for easy access
Large deep windows provide excellent visibility from every seat
Individual air controls to maintain comfortable temperature
Individual audio headsets to hear guide commentary inside and outside vehicle
On-board books and maps for customer reference
Mineral water supplied daily
6 passenger seats (reduced to 4 when carrying large items of luggage)
Children's seats can be supplied. Please request seats at time of booking, providing us with age, approximate height and weight of child.