Yvonne Leach

Regional Qualification(s):

South East England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07939-521228

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Introduction:

Based in Sandwich, just 20 minutes from Dover's Cruise Terminal and ferry port/and the same from Canterbury, I have endless enthusiasm for our unique history, set against the dramatic White Cliffs coastline with pretty rural villages and glorious countryside. I specialise in fun, off-beat, special-interest itineraries throughout Kent and Sussex. My background is in Tour Operations, Event Management and Corporate Hospitality. I am also a Lecturer in Travel&Tourism Management, and accredited Trainer for the Institute of Tourist Guiding. I am fully conversant with the stories behind Front-line Dover during WW2, and offer tours (with a coach, car or walks) which include the background to Operation Dynamo (Dunkirk) and the Battle of Britain, and other wartime sites, memorials and museums. Then there is the tranquility of our peacetime countryside and rural villages. For me, nothing is more satisfying than welcoming visitors to 'my home', peeping behind the scenes, and sharing some of the many secrets of 'The Gateway to, and Garden of England ' Specialisms include Dover and White Cliffs Country, or walks in Sandwich (my much loved home town)! and Canterbury, where I am also an accredited guide for Canterbury Cathedral, and able to offer exclusive interior guided tours. Cruise shore-excursion specialist. I plan to help visitors make the most of their time when cruising into Dover, and to peep behind the scenes, and see life through the eyes of a friendly, local professional tourist guide.

I love working with individual visitors, arranging bespoke itineraries, and giving them the chance to experience a real taste of England. This, of course may include sampling local produce, English wines and ciders and ales. I can arrange a chauffeured car, and we can travel together around the coast, and across spectacular countryside and discover small hidden gems or include some of the most beautiful castles, and stately homes, this country has to offer. If you are interested in finding your roots, then my hobby is just this kind of research, and I would be delighted to help you discover your family past! I have discovered some ancestors for my guests in the ancient churchyard in the village in which I live, and even some in the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral!!

I hope we meet soon and enjoy exploring this corner of England together.

Personal Interests:

Canterbury and The Garden of England
Smugglers&Spectres -Romney Marsh, Rye and Pluckley
Sandwich walking tour
My Canterbury Tales with private visit to Canterbury Cathedral
WW2 sites and 'on the home front'
From Farm to table - countryside tour with tastings of local food and drink
Guided tour of Dover Castle and White Cliffs Country

Special Interests:

Folklore & Traditions

Themed and off-beat tours in Kent and Sussex, including May Day, Christmas and much myth and legend !

Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries

Bewitched and Most Haunted - That's Kent.. Star-crossed lovers,grisly murders, and murky mysterious mayhem...

Maritime Britain

Explore The Invasion Coast, The Cinque Ports, and our coast from the Roman landings to the Channel Tunnel and beyond. Romney Marsh - 'The Fifth Continent' and Dungeness too !

Food & Drink

Discover why Kent is known as 'The Garden of England' Try the local produce, learn how to make Kentish Hodgkin, and sample the locally brewed beers and wines. Coach and walking tours on a food and food history theme.

History & Prehistory

Looking at the history of Kent is like looking at English history through the wrong end of a microscope; Where England begins and begun ! - a Bronze age boat & Iron age Hill forts through to the 21st century. Fun ! - but can be geared to curriculum.

Churches & Cathedrals

An accredited Canterbury Cathedral Guide, able to offer exclusive private tours inside this Mother Church of the Anglican Communion. Also exploring mysterious, medieval symbolism and carvings and Romanesque architecture in quaint Parish Churches throughout Kent

Military

Specifically Front-line Dover during World War 2, with a tour which explores the background of process of Operation Dynamo (Dunkirk evacuation) The Battle of Britain, and stories from the Home Front.

Walking Tours

A Taste of My Sandwich - a walk around the Medieval heart of this pretty Kentish town.

Walking Tours

Margate - Creative Quarter, the Arts in Regeneration, Vintage and Quirky - Also a foody tour !

Walking Tours

Folkestone - A former elegant, Edwardian seaside resort turned quirky and creative. Nostalgia, reflections on World War 1 - The Home Front - Also a foody tour !

Endorsements:

Virtual Tours

Additional Qualifications:

MITG Cert-Ed

Driver Guide:

No