Wed 7th to Thurs 8th March 2018
Cost: £175 per person - no single supplements (20 single rooms available).
Closing Date 30th October 2017
It is becoming increasingly difficult to travel up to and back to London in a day so this is a new venture where we will stop over in London at the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath.
Day 1. Coach from Swanage via Guildford (refreshments not included) then to Westminster Pier where we catch the Ferry and sail to Greenwich passing well known landmarks.
Two hours approx of free time to look round the village, the market, Queen House, the Fan Museum or even go and see the painted ceiling in the Royal Naval College.
Coach to Hotel and check in for B & B. Three course evening meal is available for £16.00.
Evening. Option 1. Walk into Blackheath village - about 5/10 mins. With a variety of eating places, also a small theatre.
Option 2. Take the coach to Covent Garden Area and either enjoy the various restaurants or go to the theatre. The coach will depart at 10.45pm to return back to Blackheath
Day 2. Checkout of Hotel and leave at 9.30am and with a Blue Badge Guide visit the Inner and Middle Temple, Temple Church, Royal Courts of Justice. After a single course lunch with a hot drink (included) take a short walk to Lincoln’s Inn where our coach will pick us up at 3.30pm to return to Swanage.
Mon 14th to Wed 16th May 2018
Twin or Double £195 per person
Single £235 per person
Closing Date 1st December 2017
Final payment 1st April 2018
We are taking our first two night short holiday in the West Country in 2018. There are a number of places worth visiting, but which are too far away for a Swanage based day trip. When we looked we realised that single night stays outside London are expensive for a group, and two night stays offer much better value. By visiting mainly National Trust properties we have been able to keep the cost attractively low.
We will be staying two nights in Plymouth at The Duke of Cornwall, a Best Western Hotel, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and will travel with North Dorset in ‘Lily’ their 53-seater coach. Visits include Saltram (NT) on our first day, a lovely house that stands high above the River Plym giving magnificent views across the estuary and the rolling landscaped parkland. There will be much for us to enjoy in the wonderful contents and decoration with time to explore the grounds, have lunch and maybe tea, before travelling on to Plymouth. May offers us longer lighter evenings so we should have the opportunity to explore our surroundings and see some of the delights of this historic town.
The following day we will take the Torpoint ferry to visit Antony (NT) a small delightful house with a glorious garden still owned and lived in by the same family after hundreds of years. Then if the weather is kind we visit Mount Edgcumbe with a tour of the interesting house ending our outing with cream tea in the Orangery. Nothing however is yet set in stone!!
On Wednesday we return home visiting Cotehele (NT) en route. This is a lovely place “where time has stood still”, one of the favourite National Trust properties amongst Members.
Starting our day from nearby Plymouth we will have lots of time to glory in the house and grounds, wander through the Valley Gardens to Cotehele Quay and perhaps, for the energetic, even a further walk alongside the Morden stream to Cotehele Mill. We should arrive back in Swanage by 7.00pm.
We are limited in the number of single rooms we are able to book at the hotel therefore all single applications will remain unopened until the closing date. These applications will then be taken at random 'out of the hat'.
Sun 30th Sept to Fri 5th Oct 2018
Twin or Double £440 per person
Single (11 available) £535 per person
Closing Date 30th December 2017
Final payment date tba
In 2018 we will be visiting this vibrant and exciting City on the tenth anniversary of it being awarded European City of Culture status. There are many modern attractive museums and galleries to explore, together with the lively night life and music world.
Below is a brief outline of the tours and visits included in the cost.
Day 1 We will leave Swanage at 8.00am and travel to Bridgnorth for our lunch break. Then onwards to check in at the Marriott Hotel (City centre) on a B&B basis.
The first night dinner will be served in the Hotel and is included in the price.
Day 2 We have Blue Badge Guides throughout the day and we will visit the City and both famous Cathedrals, one designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and the other by Sir Fredric Gibberd.
Day 3 We drive through the Mersey Tunnel to visit Port Sunlight Village and have a tour of the museum. We go across the road and visit the ‘jewel’ in the crown The Lady Lever Museum and Art Gallery.
After lunch (not included) a short drive will take us to Ness Botanic Gardens.
Day 4 ‘Ferry across the Mersey’ where we will see the iconic buildings from the river. Optional evening trip to see the lights at Blackpool, which is included in the cost.
Day 5 Visit Speke Hall (NT) together with seeing the 2 Beatles homes (NT) coming back to the hotel via the Gormley statues.
Day 6 Leave Liverpool to return to Swanage, stopping at Gloucester Services for lunch, hopefully arriving at about 7 to 7.30pm.