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Royal Mint Experience & St Fagan’s National History Museum: Thu 22nd March

After a security check and introductory talk, we first visit the Factory Experience to discover how blank pieces of metal are made before being struck into coins (NB: there is an opportunity to “strike your own coin” for an extra charge of £3 which must be booked in advance). Visitors are then taken to the self-guided interactive exhibition to explore six further zones at their own pace with perhaps a visit afterwards to the café & gift shop.  We complete the day spending a little time at the acclaimed Welsh National History Museum, one of Europe’s leading Open-Air museums. We leave Silverton at 0830 (Stoke Canon 0805, Rewe 0808, Ruffwell 0810, Bickleigh 0837, Tiverton 0845).  Inclusive outing cost £20 or alternatively £23 with £3 “Strike your own coin” option.

Plymouth: Crownhill Fort, Royal William Yard and Harbour Cruise: Wed 18th April.

First on our itinerary today is a guided tour of Crownhill Fort now managed by the Landmark Trust but originally built in response to French rearmament to protect the Royal Navy Dockyard at Devonport and which was later used as a staging post in WW1 and an anti-aircraft site in WW2.   Afterwards we visit the award-winning Grade 1 ex-naval victualling yard where you will be free over lunchtime to explore a stunning range of restaurants, bars, galleries and shops now regarded as one of the best places in the South West to work, rest and play.  We round the day off with an hour’s cruise of the Dockyard and Harbour.  Inclusive outing cost £20. Coach departs Silverton 0830 (Tiverton 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Ruffwell 0835, Rewe 0838, Stoke Canon 0840).  

Caerhays Castle & Gardens and Mevagissey: Tue 15th May

This is a long overdue visit to Caerhays Castle with its 140 Acre garden and National Collection of Magnolias.  On route to Cornwall we will stop for refreshment at the Strawberry Fields Farm & Coffee shop at Lifton, always a popular “watering hole” with our members.  On arrival at Caerhays there will be a guided tour of the Castle (still the home of the Williams family) after which you will be free to explore the gardens which have an international reputation and which have been described as World Class.  In the afternoon there will be some time to spend in the nearby Cornish fishing port of Mevagissey before returning to the Exe Valley.  Coach departs Silverton 0815 (Tiverton 0745, Bickleigh 0753, Ruffwell 0820, Rewe 0823, Stoke Canon 0825). Inclusive outing cost £22.

Tour of the New Forest: Wed 20th June

This morning we travel back in time to discover the charm and natural beauty of the New Forest – England’s newest National Park where wild ponies wander the roads between the many picturesque villages.   Our first stop is the pretty Georgian market town of Lymington, an ancient seaport, once more important than Portsmouth, where the High Street has lots of unusual shops and restaurants, many in 18th century buildings.   After time for lunch/refreshments we re-join the coach, and travel across the National Park to spent some time in the delightful village of Lyndhurst known as the capital of the New Forest since the days of William the Conqueror. Coach departs Silverton 0830 (Tiverton 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Ruffwell 0835, Rewe 0838, Stoke Canon 0840). Inclusive outing cost £12.

A visit to the Cotswolds & a Steam Train ride: Tue 24th July

Our outing today includes a visit first to the thriving weekly street market at Moreton-in-the-Marsh which dates back over a thousand years to the Saxon era and is the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds selling almost anything including linen, leather goods, fish, household goods and clothing.   In the afternoon we travel to the picturesque village of Broadway - often referred to as “the jewel of the Cotswolds” – before taking a scenic steam train ride on the recently extended GWR steam railway line travelling from Broadway to Cheltenham Racecourse where we re-join our coach for the return journey back to the Exe Valley.    Coach leaves Silverton at 0830 (Stoke Canon 0805, Rewe 0808, Ruffwell 0810, Bickleigh 0837, Tiverton 0845).  Inclusive outing cost £22.

Poole & Wareham River Cruise with Fish & Chips lunch: Thu 16th August

We leave Silverton at 0830 (Stoke Canon 0805, Rewe 0808, Ruffwell 0810, Bickleigh 0837, Tiverton 0845) and head for Poole where there will be about an hour to explore the Quay and perhaps have a coffee before boarding our Greenslade vessel for a cruise along the River Frome to the historic Saxon town of Wareham known for its speciality shops, boutiques, art galleries, bistros and pubs.  Sailing time about 80 mins in each direction with 1¼ hours in Wareham. Fish & Chips lunch is served on the outward journey from Poole.  Inclusive outing cost £28 (or £22 without lunch).

Padstow & Pencarrow House & Gardens: Wed 19th September

Our morning destination is the Cornish fishing port of Padstow (“Padstein” to the foodies) with its beaches, harbour, National Lobster Hatchery where we will spend a couple of hours before departing at 1:00 PM for the short journey to much acclaimed Pencarrow House and Gardens.  Our visit begins with a guided tour of the Georgian Grade II building (still occupied by the descendants of the original owner) after which there is the opportunity to explore the gardens which include 50 acres of parkland.  Coach departs Silverton 08:30. (Tiverton 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Ruffwell 0835, Rewe 0838, Stoke Canon 0840).  Inclusive outing cost £22.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Brecon Beacons National Park: Tue 16th October After an early start we head for Wales to see two contrasting venues reflecting industrial-age life.  Our first stop is for coffee at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and to briefly look at visual displays of life in the valleys of this predominantly mining area. We then travel through the National Park passing through the town of Brecon on our way to Talgarth to visit a fully restored working 18th century water mill which produces wholemeal flour for the Mill’s Baker’s Café and local sales.  After a guided tour of the Mill and time for lunch or refreshments we make our way back to the Exe Valley skirting the Black Mountains making a stop at either Abergavenny or Tintern Abbey.  Our coach departs from Silverton at 08:00 (Stoke Canon 0735, Rewe 0738, Ruffwell 0740, Bickleigh 0807, Tiverton 0815).  Inclusive cost £15.

Worcester Christmas Victorian Market: Thu 29th November

This year we are making a return visit to the Worcester Christmas Fayre - one of the country’s leading Victorian-themed street markets.  More than 200 stalls will fill the atmospheric streets of this Cathedral City with the colours, sounds and irresistible aromas of Christmas. There is a wide range of products to see within the craft and other areas and in the food court where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.  Embrace the Christmas spirit with the sounds of joyful choir and instrumental performances, view magical dance displays, witness the juggling Victorian themed stilt walkers or step aboard the Victorian carousel listening to the sounds of barrel organ music. Combine your trip to the Fayre with a visit to Worcester’s historic attractions and exceptional range of independent boutiques and popular High Street names, or take the weight of your feet and relax in one of the city’s many cafes, pubs and restaurants.  Coach leaves Silverton at 09:00 (Stoke Canon 0835, Rewe 0838, Ruffwell 0840, Bickleigh 0907, Tiverton 0915). Coach fare £15.

Christmas Lunch: Fri 21st December

The Waie Inn has been provisionally booked for our Christmas lunch. The cost for this subsidised outing TBA later. Coach departs Silverton at 11:00 (Tiverton 1030, Bickleigh 1037, Ruffwell Inn 1105, Rewe 1108, Stoke Canon 1110).

If you are not a member but are interested in joining the Club (annual membership £5)  or one of our monthly outings or our Club Holiday please contact the Club Secretary.