All our upcoming excursions are listed below. To book your seat please call us on 01208 77989.
In conjunction with the North Hill Good Companions a trip of 5 days and 4 nights to Llandudno, Wales. Staying at the Queens Hotel situated on the outstanding Victorian promenade in the heart of Llandudno with fantastic views of the Great Orme and the famous pier.
The hotel offers excellent cuisine combined with a friendly, courteous and efficient service, together with a sea view bar overlooking Llandudno Bay. All rooms are en-suite with all the facilities you would expect including TV, telephone, hairdryer plus tea and coffee making facilities. We will stop on route to and from Llandudno at places of interest and while in Llandudno there will be two day excursions from the hotel.
You set sail from the delightful seaside town of Exmouth aboard the pride of Exmouth. Working our way up the coast brings you to the lovely town of Sidmouth and its red rock cliffs that have been scoured and sculpted into fantastic shapes. The striking red cliffs around Sidmouth were formed in a baking desert some 240 million years ago during the Triassic period of geological time.
The town has wonderful expanses of sand as well as a pebble beach. There are rock pools at the eastern end of the beach to explore. The many Regency buildings add elegance and distinction to the esplanade which runs the full length of the beach, along majestic cliffs. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area as well.
Sidmouth has everything you could possibly want, beaches, stunning coastal walks, gardens, stylish eating places and some of the best shops in East Devon selling desirable items such as unusual gifts, designer clothing, and lifestyle goods. You have roughly 3 hours to explore the town before boarding the boat for the return journey back to Exmouth where you will meet the coach.
Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. There will be live arena shows, rare breed and farm machinery displays. Discovered British wildlife and get stuck into outdoor activities. Have a go at fishing, kayaking or even 4x4 off-road driving. Enjoy talks on current countryside topics or take in the craft workshops. Indulge in incredible shopping from hundreds of exhibitors including food, drink, craft, clothing, homeware, gardening and much more. A great day out packed with content reflective of the Countryfile television programme.
The Festival of British Eventing takes place at Gatcombe Park, the spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family. As well as being the fifth leg of the Event Rider Masters, the event incorporates the British Open Championships CIC3, the Neptune Trophy for Advanced Courses and Corinthian Cup. Spectators have a wonderful view of the cross country from within the beautiful natural bowl of the park. The Festival is well known for its selection of the fabulous trade stands and the variety of lovely food on offer throughout the day. As well as a weekend of top class eventing there are arena attractions from 2pm including The Devils Horsemen Cossack Riders, Ye Olde Red Tail Falconry display and lots of entertainment to make sure everyone has a great day out.
Rosemoor Flower Show returns after last year‘s successful show. It will again highlight the very best the South West has to offer in nurseries, atmosphere and local fare, with some 20 nurseries expected to exhibit. Quality plants from West Country nurseries and beyond, including some hard to find plants. Inspiring seasonal interest from the garden itself, especially the stunning Hot Garden filled with waves of late season colour. The fruit and vegetable garden contains a mouth-watering display of produce grown in a variety of ways.
Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland and just 15 minutes from Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo features the largest collection of big cats in the region including African lions, Amur tigers, jaguar and cheatah. You will also find Iberian wolves, European brown bears, South American tapir, ostrich, meerkats, otters, monkeys and much more. Immerse yourself in a fun day out see the big cats feed, hear the wolves howl and feel the snakes wriggle through your fingers in Close Encounters. And then you need a rest, visit the Jaguar Restaurant for a freshly prepared lunch or a hot drink and delicious cake. Zoo director Benjamin Mee recorded the family’s story in his book, “We Bought a Zoo” which was made into a big screen movie of the same name starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in 2012.
This National Heritage show is generally regarded as the leading show of its type in the world. Step back in time at the Great Dorset Steam Fair and see how people used to live, work and play in bygone years. There is something at the 600 acre show for the whole family from seeing the traction engines put through their paces to rides on the steam operated funfair, 500 trade stands, craft tents and five marquees of music and authentic 1920s style stage show. We travel early on the Saturday morning to reach Dorset in time to make the most of the day at the show. After dark the venue transforms into a magical electric city with the lights from the engines and live music on stage. This is a sight not to be missed therefore we leave the show late so as to take full advantage before heading off to our overnight accommodation in Bournemouth at the Devon Towers. After breakfast on the Sunday we return to the showground so you can try to see everything you didn’t see on the Saturday, and they will be many things for sure.
Experience the unique location that is Burghley, we leave Bodmin early on Friday morning. Arrive at Burghley to watch the major part of the Dressage element of this most prestigious event. On Saturday after breakfast we head to Burghley in plenty of time to watch the exciting Cross Country phase. Sunday starts with breakfast before we go off to Burghley again for the final horse Inspection and concluding Show Jumping phase and other main ring displays and attractions.During the three days why not visit the shopping complex and demonstrations at the World of the Horse.
Burghleys vast shopping village is always a favourite for those looking for early Christmas present. There is also sporting and social action running continuously with many other rings offering numerous classes and demonstrations with time to enjoy all that Burghley has to offer. Staying at the Rockingham Forest Hotel, Corby.
Widecombe in the Moor is famous for its annual fair. Originally a livestock fair, it is the perfect blend of traditional Dartmoor life plus a wide variety of events and entertainments attracting both young and old alike. So why not come with us and experience a day of rural activities in the unique atmosphere of the fair. Events run throughout the day with everything from Maypole dancing to Morris dancers, family dog show and ferret racing. Not forgetting the infamous Uncle Tom Cobley Downhill Race. Vintage machinery, rural arts and crafts. If that’s enough to build up a thirst, there is always the beer tent.
Forde Abbey in Chard is the perfect place to celebrate the harvest festival with its a large walled garden and dahlia filled borders. More than 150 exhibitors will be bringing with them a tempting mix of seasonal plants including roses, camellias, herbaceous perennials, herbs and heuchera, along with garden tools and sculpture, and a wide range of homemade crafts. Enjoy Celebrity garden talks in the magnificent Great Hall. Harvest themed workshops in the Demo Teepee on everything you can make and do with your crops. Harvest crafts including fermenting, natural dyes and botanical soap making. The popular tours of Fordes garden and for the children, the Higher Beings circus skills will be back along with the Pomona Apple Press. Don’t forget to bring your windfalls for pressing.
Enjoy the lovely county of Shropshire. Visit places such as Shrewsbury and it’s Abbey which was used in the filming of Cadfael. Ironbridge, the home of the industrial revolution and the world’s first Iron bridge. Telford and Ironbridge Gorge are also included. A two hour cruise on the Llangollen Canal including a Welsh cream tea with Jones the Boat. Sailing over the stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It is a World Heritage site and is known as the “stream in the sky”. Then we have the Severn Valley Railway, 16 miles of steam travel from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. Time in Bridgnorth to take in the upper and lower town via the cliff railway. The railway is England’s oldest and steepest inland electric funicular railway. Not forgetting the sightseeing to and from our destination staying at the Park Inn by Radisson at Telford.
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.
A full day of activities with not just the famous Safari Park Drive Through, Longleat House, Museum and animal corner. From the comfort of your coach you will enjoy animal encounters on a Winter Safari. See the impressive animals move freely across hundreds of acres of land including zebra, giraffe, tigers, rhino, flamingo, cheetah and of course the famous lions. Longleat House, set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped gardens and one of the countries finest examples of Elizabethan architecture, is transformed every Christmas. Then at 4.30pm the Festival of Light comes to life, join Longleats spectacular festival and see the amazing illuminations which are situated throughout the park. Giant handcrafted creatures and larger-than-life re-creations of some of the Safari Parks famous animals can be seen. A family day out at Longleat is sure to fill you with festive cheer this Christmas!
Enjoy an early Christmas getaway at the Devon Towers Hotel for 4 days, 3 nights with Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. The hotel is close to the sea front, International Centre and Pier. The large coastal town of Bournemouth is superbly situated on the South Dorset coast, sitting on chalk cliffs and overlooking seven miles of golden sand. The Avenue shopping centre is home to a number of department stores, whilst Westover Road has a selection of quirky boutiques situated along the stylish tree lined boulevard. A visit to the Winchester Christmas Market in a city steeped in history. Winchester is Englands ancient capital and has a stunning mediaeval Cathedral. You will also have a free day in Bournemouth. There will be opportunities for sightseeing on route.
Continue your Christmas shopping at Clarks Shopping Village, Street, Somerset. You’ll find beautiful landscaped gardens, traditional paved walkways, a stylish restaurant terrace with indoor and outdoor dining, a choice of coffee shops and of course, an unrivalled selection of 90 discount designer and high street stores from some of fashion and retails biggest names you are sure to find a bargain for everyone or search for that special gift that you always wanted.
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, with 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.
As far as Christmas lights go, you won’t do much better than the Mousehole harbour lights. The fishing village becomes an illuminated spectacle with lights not only on the cottages and quayside, but in the harbour, on the hillside. These lights take many weird and wonderful forms along with the usual festive symbols. Then the coach moves on to the lovely village of Angarrack, to see their spectacular 12 days of Christmas light display. The coach will leave Bodmin at 3:30pm and stop for fish and chips for those who want it on the way down.