13 Sep 2017, 8:45
This autumn's excursion takes us West. We will arrive at Plymouth to board a cruise boat at 11am, for a one hour guided tour of the harbour and sights. We will discover Plymouth's stunning coastline views and discover its history and heritage. We will depart from The Barbican Landing Stage, adjacent to the Mayflower Pilgrim Steps.
The skipper will provide live commentary as we sail across Plymouth Sound, flanked by the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts. There are spectacular views of Plymouth Hoe and the famous Drakes Island, before sailing up the River Tamar to the Royal Naval Dockyard, where the warships and submarines await. (Why not bring a picnic, liquid refreshments available on board). We return at 12 noon.
There will be an opportunity for you to purchase lunch in the colourful Barbican district or perhaps explore the Pilgrim Museum (Group 10: £2.50pp). This is famously from where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620. The celebration for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims departure is being planned for 2020.
We board our coach at 1.30pm for the short drive to The Garden House at Buckland Monachorum. The Garden House is the elegant former home of the vicars of Buckland Monachorum, built in the early I9th century.
We will be met by one of the two student gardeners under Head Gardener Nick Haworth, who will provide a one hour tour of the gardens before we take time to further explore them ourselves. The colourful gardens are described as a gently flowing series of garden rooms and spaces, joined by meandering pathways that link diverse planting styles and landscaping surprises. There is a romantic walled garden with 16thc ruins, innovative cottage-garden drift planting, flowering meadows, terraced lawns. Our traditional Devon cream tea will be taken in the Garden House tea-room.
On our drive home we will see some of the Dartmoor National Park. This tour will be escorted by Handel Bennett and Stephen Pemberton.
Tour Includes: Coach, Harbour Cruise, Garden House entrance fee and guided Garden Tour, Devon Cream Tea, Drivers Gratuity. Cost £29.95
Booking Form : Please download and send to Stephen Pemberton, 7 Glenisla Terrace, Sidmouth, EX10 8BP, Tel. 07810 496566.
Bookings: Will be confirmed from 31st July, and remain open until filled.
Payment: Please make cheques payable to “SID VALE ASSOCIATION CIO.”
Envelope: Please enclose s.a.e. postage paid, to receive tickets.
Limitation: Tickets cannot be ‘reserved’. Tickets can be refunded if re-sold.
We regret that the Association cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury that may be suffered by anyone taking part in this event. Tickets cannot be ‘reserved’. Refunds will only be given if tickets can be re-sold.