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Updated 13 May 2021         * indicates new events

Because of current Covid-19 concerns and government restrictions the start of this year’s outings programme has been put back until June.  By then it is hoped that we will be out of lockdown, free of most restrictions and everyone will have been vaccinated!  It is probable that some distancing rules and the wearing of face masks for coach travel may still apply until the 21st June and possibly beyond. Should this be the case, Blakes have informed me that the maximum number of useable seats will be 24-28 (depends on number of people in a “bubble”) in which event bookings will be allocated on a “first-come-first-served” basis.


Members are urged to watch out for and follow the Government’s guidance as may apply on the date of travel which in combination with a vaccination will help to keep everyone safe.


Please note that under current rules social distancing measures and face coverings (unless exempted) will be expected to apply when travelling on the coach on this outing.


Exeter Quay & Canal – Friday 2nd July.  Leaving Tiverton 1100, Bickleigh 1107, Silverton 1130, Ruffwell 1135, Rewe 1138, Stoke Canon our coach takes us to Exeter’s historic Quay where there is time to stroll around and perhaps visit one of the inns, many cafes and historic buildings including the Quay Visitor Centre before embarking on our Stuart Line vessel to sail 2½ hours on the oldest shipping canal in Europe.  The 8-mile journey to Exmouth on this man-made waterway goes through two locks and will cause the Countess Weir lifting bridge to be raised to allow our vessel to pass through.  Our coach will meet us at Exmouth and return us to the Exe Valley towns and villages.  Inclusive cost £24.


St Mawes and Ferry to Frenchman’s Creek – Thursday 5th August:  On our way to Cornwall we make a refreshment stop at Strawberry Fields Farm Shop & Café Lifton before continuing to the delightful fishing village of St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula with its coastal fortress situated at the mouth of the Percuil River.  There will be time to wander round the village, have lunch and take the short walk to the Castle before boarding our vessel for a 2-hour cruise across Falmouth Bay to Frenchman’s Creek on the Helford River, made famous in Daphne du Maurier’s books.  Coach leaves Tiverton 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Silverton 0830, Ruffwell Inn 0835, Rewe 0838, Stoke Canon 0840.  Inclusive coach & boat fare £30.


Bideford and Hartland Abbey & Gardens – Tuesday 31st August.   Our first stop this morning is to the historic North Devon harbour town of Bideford, which in the 16th century was the third largest port in Britain.  Today, Bideford is a working port alongside a small but flourishing fishing industry as well as being the supply base for the MS Oldenburg ferry service to Lundy Island.  Bideford may also be better known today as the home of the Atlantic Village Retail outlet.  Other attractions include the historic Pannier Market and Butchers Row (with its artisan shops), the Railway Heritage Centre and the quayside bronze statue of Tarka the Otter.  In the afternoon we travel to Hartland Abbey a former monastery on the Atlantic Coast still inhabited by descendants of the Henry V111’s Sergeant of his Wine Cellar (to whom the Abbey was gifted) with its beautiful gardens, parkland and – for the more energetic - Atlantic Cove Beach Walk (the return walk takes a little over an hour: sturdy footwear recommended). Coach pick-up times - Tiverton Bus Station 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Silverton 0830, Ruffwell 0835, Rewe 0838 Stoke Canon 0840. Inclusive outing cost £25.

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Port Isaac & Boscastle – Tuesday 21st September.  Today we visit two Cornish villages – Port Isaac, an attractive fishing port with its narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages and slate fronted Cornish houses - and Boscastle, a tiny port with its historic harbour more recently having come to prominence by the devastating flood of 2004.  Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust and the surrounding coastline is described as truly exceptional.  Boscastle Coach leaves Tiverton 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Silverton 0830, Ruffwell Inn 0835, Rewe 0838, Stoke Canon 0840.  Coach cost £15.


Tavistock & Plymouth – Thursday 7th October.   We spend the morning visiting this ancient Stannary town – the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake - with its bustling pannier market and individual shops. Afterwards we take a 40 minutes’ drive to Plymouth with its vibrant waterfront, pubs and cafes. The City offers the visitor many attractions including the historic Barbican district with its cobbled streets, the Mayflower Barbican Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to the New World in 1620, the National Maritime Aquarium, Plymouth Gin, Sutton Harbour and the splendour of the Royal William Yard to name but a few. In the afternoon there is an optional 1-hour harbour cruise celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers setting sail (delayed a year because of covid).  The cost of the outing is £15 plus £8 if you wish to take the optional harbour cruise. Coach pick-up times are Tiverton 0800, Bickleigh 0807, Silverton 0830, Ruffwell 0835, Rewe 0838, Stoke-Canon 0840.

 

Gloucester Quays Christmas Market – Thursday 25th November: Claimed to be the largest Christmas Market in the South West with over 300 stalls, it also offers an unbeatable shopping experience offering 70% off retail prices across a wide range of retail outlets.  The market is a short walking distance from Gloucester Cathedral and nearby are the Historic Gloucester Docks, Antiques Centre, Waterways and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museums.  Coach leaves Stoke-C 0835, Rewe 0838, Ruffwell 0840, Silverton 0900, Bickleigh 0907, Tiverton 0915.  Coach cost £16.  Return leaves Gloucester at 4.00 PM.


Christmas Lunch – Friday 17th December.  By popular demand we will again visit the Waie Inn Zeal Monachorum on the edge of Dartmoor for our traditional Christmas Lunch. The cost (subsidised for members) inclusive of coach transport and a 3-course meal with crackers, coffee and mints is £25 (Guests £28).  Coach pick-up times are Tiverton 1030, Bickleigh 1037, Silverton 1100, Ruffwell Inn 1105, Rewe 1108, Stoke Canon 1110.



Outings will be subject to the Government’s coronavirus guidelines and will take place only if there is sufficient demand.  Members can make bookings any time after the 1st April using the new Booking Form accompanied by cheque (payable to Silverton & Exe Valley Seniors) or cash for each outing.  If it becomes necessary for the Club to cancel an outing because of either insufficient bookings or coronavirus restrictions. a full refund will be given. Members who cancel bookings more than a week in advance of the outing departure will receive a full refund.  Cancellations received within a week of departure will however be subject to a £10 passenger administration charge except there being no refund entitlement in respect of any cancelled booking within 48 hours of departure.