All our upcoming excursions are listed below. To book your seat please call us on 01208 77989.
Enjoy a visit to Buckfast Butterflies, where you learn about the tropical butterflies in their specially designed habitat. You will not only see these fabulous creatures but feel the rainforest atmosphere that they enjoy. And you see their amazing life cycle unfold. In the Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary there are three species of otter to see, the native British otter, the playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off. The keepers are on hand to explain all about the otters. Some are there for breeding, some for retirement, some just for fun and some because they are unsuitable to be returned to the wild. We then move on to Buckfast Abbey, here you will have time to look around this wonderful building. The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently. In the Grange Restaurant, you can relax and enjoy tea and homemade cakes or choose from a range of hot meals and light snacks. On our way back we will stop at Kernow Mill for tea, coffee and a look around the the selection of shops, including Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
These Gardens offer a unique and tranquil experience. Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing time with a wide variety of different garden vistas. Within the 30 acre gardens lie the open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breathtaking; the ponds, where the waterwheel can be found; the flower garden, which is gradually being restored to its former glory; a New Zealand garden and lots of wooded areas, which show different types of planting including many remarkable trees. At the Enys Cafe, visitors can purchase a selection of freshly baked cakes and scones to go with their pot of tea. In the afternoon we travel to the coastal resort of Falmouth. Here you will have time for a late lunch and a chance to browse the vast array of shops and sightseeing.
At Midday the elegant dance leaves the Guildhall just as the Town Clock strikes twelve. The men dressed in top hats and tails escort their colourful and beautifully dressed ladies in the steps of the processional dance, weaving through the streets and buildings to the delight of the vast crowds. The heroes of the day are of course the Helston Town Band who play the traditional tune as only they know how. The streets of Helston echo to the sounds of enjoyment and happiness in celebration of a tradition that is steeped in history and receives such support and enthusiasm. As well as the dancing, there is a host of other activity in Helston on the day - some take rowing boats out on the lake, others enjoy fair rides. There is also a great selection of stalls and sideshows going on throughout the day.
Devons Big Day Out, the County Show is a showcase for aspects of life and work in the county as well as entertainment, shopping and good food. Farming is at the very heart of the show, stockmen and women from the county and beyond will be competing in the show ring and agricultural machinery will be out in force. There will be literally thousands of animals to see from exceptional livestock to canine superstars in the dog show. Vintage tractors will be chugging noisily through the showground, brass bands pumping out rousing marches, and motorcycles revving up when the shows main attraction, the Bolddog Lings take to the main ring with their acrobatic stunt bike performance. There will be lots of hands on activities for children. At the Childrens Farm they can get involved in the milking, plant seeds and see the Sheep Show.
With over 130 stalls covering Arts & Crafts, Children s Activities, Food & Drink, Garden Ornaments, Health & Beauty, Nurseries & Gardens, Rural Crafts & Tools and Wildlife. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day with singers and dancers performing to all different kinds of music, all guaranteed to lift the spirit. There will be lots of activities for the children. Free talks throughout the day. Gardeners Question Time, where budding gardeners have the chance to ask the green-fingered panellists their gardening queries. The Garden Fayre will be a great day out for all of the family.
From St Erth to St Ives by train! Enjoy the spectacular views as the line sweeps along the coast past the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay before arriving into St Ives. Browse the narrow cobbled streets; there is plenty to see and do in St Ives. For the more adventurous take a boat trip out to Seal Island or visit any of the four beaches. Pop your head around the door of the many artists studios that are dotted around the town or check out the magnificent Tate St Ives Art Gallery. The local hopper bus will return you to the coach park. On our return journey we will be stopping at the Port & Starboard Restaurant for a Fish & Chip supper, payment extra on the day.
Weymouth in conjunction with North Hill Good Companions. Sun, sea and good company. Staying at the Hotel Rex with two days to fully explore the seaside town of Weymouth with its three miles of sandy beach dotted with colourful beach huts. Other attractions include Jurassic Skyline with revolving tower, Victorian Nothe Fort, the Historic Harbour, Greenhill Gardens, Tudor House Museum, Bennetts Water Gardens and Sandsfoot Castle. Travelling to Weymouth via Seaton and on the return journey via Sidmouth and the Donkey Sanctuary.
You will be led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales expert guides, on a two-hour tour through the extraordinary and inspiring Royal Gardens at Highgrove, providing unique insight into family life on the estate and tales of how HRH has crafted each organic garden from scratch. Your tour will begin with a welcome message from His Royal Highness and then your guide will lead you through his incredible gardens at Highgrove. During your visit the Highgrove Estate Shop will be open, where you can browse a wide range of artisan products and souvenirs, many of which have been produced exclusively for Highgrove. Enjoy tea, coffee or hot and cold food in the Orchard Restaurant.
The best way to explore South Devon! Start with a steam train ride from Paignton to Kingswear Railway Station. Then a short walk to catch the Kingswear Ferry to Dartmouth. Once there you will have free time to have lunch or enjoy the town and shops. You will then board the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer for a relaxing cruise, as you wind your way along the river past Greenway, home of the late Dame Agatha Christie and the pretty little villages of Dittisham and Galmpton. Look out for the wildlife; cormorants, kingfishers and seals are very often spotted! Cruise takes 1 hour 30 minutes. The coach will collect you from Totnes for your return journey home.
The Festival of British Eventing takes place at Gatcombe Park, the spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family. The event incorporates the British Open Championship CIC3* Show Jumping and Cross Country. Spectators have a wonderful view of the cross country from within the beautiful natural bowl in the park. In the Harringtons Arena you will find Arena Eventing and the Fun Dog Show. The Festival is well-known for its selection of fabulous trade stands and the variety of lovely food on offer throughout the day. As well as a day of top class eventing there are arena attractions and lots of entertainment to make sure everyone has a great day out.
With an array of amazing creatures, helpful and knowledgeable staff to answer questions and offer amazing facts about the creatures that you'll see, this can be an inspiring visit for all. A day out at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will leave you with fantastic memories and feeling empowered to make a difference to the underwater world.
What you can see at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary: Seal Pup rescue hospital. Learn all about how they care for injured and abandoned seal pups found along the coastline. Meet the amazing residents. California Sea Lions, Common Seals, Grey Seals, Patagonian Sea Lions, Humboldt Penguins, Asian Short-Clawed Otters and our Paddock Animals. The Sanctuary Cafe, Situated on the beautiful Helford River, is where you can have your cream tea. Woodland Walks Take a stroll through the gorgeous woodland area. Pirate Play Area and so much more. Land Train available for the less able from the coach park.
Believed to be Britains most spectacular firework display, three top pyrotechnics companies set off two tonnes of fireworks over Plymouth Sound as they battle it out to become the British Firework champions. Plymouths Hoe offers the perfect viewing platform for this truly incredible competition. Entertainment will start from around 6pm with live music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls. The first firework display will start as soon as dusk falls. The coach will leave Bodmin at 6.30pm with a return pick up after the firework display finishes.
Travel on the Seaton Tramway through East Devons glorious Axe Valley from Seaton to Colyton and return. During the journey you will pass through two nature reserves and enjoy excellent views of the birds and other wildlife. The quaint village of Colyton is a ten minute walk away or you could while away an hour in the station café and shop. On return to Seaton you will met by the coach to transport you to the Sidmouth. This seaside town lies on the Jurassic Coast and the coastline is dominated by the vivid red sandstone cliff which date back to the Triassic period. Along the front is the Millennium Walkway which stretches the length of the beach. Take some time to explore the town centre, rich in royal and architectural history, as well as discovering a great range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Sidmouth sits in the middle of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by spectacular scenery and vistas. The coach will collect you from the coach park for the return journey.
Take a look around the Barbican or visit the Plymouth Gin factory (extra cost on the day).With plenty of time for lunch before boarding the boat. Cruise the Tamar and take in the stunning views of this exceptionally beautiful valley from Plymouth, past the Naval dockyard under Brunels bridge. Winding your way to Calstock. with views of Weir Quay, Cargreen, Pentillie Estate, Halton Quay and Cotehele. At Calstock the coach will transfer you to the train station at Gunnislake, for your trip along the scenic Tamar Valley Railway line to Plymouth. Collection by coach for your return journey.
Oxfordshire has a lot to offer to visitors and there is a reason why people return to the county again and again. From the world famous ancient University of Oxford to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds there is so much rich history and culture for you to explore. Wander around some of the most famous landmarks in the UK or relax with an afternoon tea. Excursions may include, the Cotswold Wildlife Park, a day in Oxford for sightseeing and shopping. A visit to Henley-on-Thames for a River boat cruise on the Thames. This historic and picturesque place is considered as one of the most beautiful English market towns. The Chiltern Brewery & Winery for a tour & tasting session and Blenheim Palace providing an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Explore over 2000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland and 90 acres of award-winning Formal Gardens. Staying at the Holt Hotel in Steeple Aston.
Let your imagination run wild as you and the group travel to mystery locations for a spooky day out. Well, you will be surprised to read that we cannot tell you anything else otherwise it would no longer be a mystery. Suffice to say we have brilliant haunted spots lined up to visit including a lunch stop. Of course, we will see some scenic countryside along the way. The Coach will depart the yard at 9.30am. Part of the tour will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately and comfortably for all weather conditions. Halloween fancy dress optional, but a prize for the best outfit.
Leaving Bodmin at 2:45pm we make our way to Bridgwater. The Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival is a spectacular event and is regarded as the largest illuminated parade in the world. With more than 60 carnival carts, some as big as 100 foot long, 16 foot high and lit by thousands of lights. The carnival procession can take over 2 hours to get through the streets on the two and a half mile route. Coach parking is on the carnival route with good viewing from the coach for those who wish to stay on board. Seeing really is believing, don't miss this fantastic illuminated carnival. The coach will leave soon after the Carnival procession has finished.
Enjoy animal encounters from the comfort of your coach on a drive through of the famous Safari Park. See the impressive animals move freely across hundreds of acres of land. Then see Longleat House, one of the countrys finest examples of Elizabethan architecture, dressed up for Christmas. (Note: Only the ground floor rooms of the house will be accessible during the festival). Find the giant singing Christmas Tree with hundreds of dazzling lights dancing in time to much-loved festive tunes, plus other great Adventure Park attractions. As night falls the Festival comes to light! Longleat turns into a glowing winter wonderland. Discover more than 30 acres of illuminations all set against the beautiful backdrop of Longleat House and its landscaped gardens. Giant hand-crafted creatures and larger-than-life recreations of some of the Safari Park's famous animals can be seen. To put the festival of light into perspective, a staggering 30 tonnes of steel, 15km of silk and a dazzling 40km of LED lights will have been assembled to create the Christmas spectacle. A family day out at Longleat is sure to fill you with festive cheer this Christmas!
Enjoy an early Christmas getaway for 4 days, 3 nights with Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Bayshore Hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. Superbly located on the sea front, opposite the pier and close to the shops. Sandown is surrounded by a varied landscape of outstanding natural beauty. In addition to the Downs found at its centre, the island ranges from woodland, farmland and wetland to majestic cliffs and deep chines. An island and sightseeing tour and excursions included.
Bath Christmas Market is a veritable celebration of local and regional independent businesses. Weave your way through the markets chalets and discover a wealth of unique gift ideas. From crafts and homewares to artisan food, wooden toys, clothing, jewellery and more, the market makers bring their very best wares to display at the market. You are sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts to delight everyone on your Christmas list. Throughout the market you will find plenty of tasty food options to satisfy any appetite. From gourmet burgers and delicious slow cooked pork to fresh waffles and crunchy caramel nuts, whether savoury or sweet, you will find your perfect festive treat. Enjoy a truly festive experience this year, and indulge in the wonderful delights of Baths Christmas market and get your Christmas off to the most exciting start.
Leaving Bodmin at 3.30pm, we make a stop for Fish & Chips for those who wish. The journey will see us go through various village & town displays before stopping at the fishing village of Mousehole. The illuminated spectacle sees lights not only on the cottages, and quayside, but in the harbour, and on the hillside. These lights take many weird and wonderful forms along with the usual festive symbols. The coach moves on to the lovely village of Angarrack, to see their spectacular 12 days of Christmas light display.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and wonderful special effects. The much-loved story tells of Princess Snow White, who with the help of seven little friends, overcomes the cruel Queen. The Corn Exchange brings you Exeters premiere professional pantomime that is fun for all the family. The perfect gift for a loved one at Christmas. Oh yes it is!
You and your family shall go to the ball with yet another spectacular family panto, packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients you have come to expect from Plymouths Theatre Royal production. Cinderella will feature star casting, laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, stunning song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses as the ultimate pantomime is brought magically to life. The perfect gift for a loved one at Christmas. Oh yes it is!