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Shepton Mallet Prison and Wells - Wednesday 22nd April.  We travel first to see what life in a Victorian prison was like. Our two-hour guided tour led by ex-Prison Officers covers about a mile with some 200 steps and will include the prison wings, cells (furnished as they were left),  the prison kitchen, hangman’s bedroom and hanging room, listen to stories told by ex-prison officers and learn how executions were carried out. By contrast, in the afternoon we visit the ancient Cathedral City of Wells – the smallest in England - with its historic buildings including the 13th century Cathedral, Bishops Palace, moat, historic streets, shops and cafes.


Coach times 0805 Stoke Canon, 0808 Rewe, 0810 Ruffwell, 0830 Silverton, 0837 Bickleigh 0845 Tiverton. Inclusive outing cost £25.


Dartington Crystal Factory and Hartland Abbey & Gardens – Wednesday 13th May. Our first stop this morning is at Torrington to experience Dartington Crystal being made by skilled master craftsmen and afterwards there is an opportunity to visit the shop and visitor centre. Then after a brief stop at timeless Hartland Village for lunch or refreshment we visit nearby Hartland Abbey—a former monastery— with its beautiful gardens and parkland stretching down to an Atlantic cove on the North. Devon coast.


Coach pick-up times Tiverton Bus Station 0745, Bickleigh 0753, Silverton 0815, Ruffwell 0820, Rewe 0823 Stoke Canon 0830. Inclusive outing cost £25


St Mawes and Ferry to Frenchman’s Creek – Thursday 18th June:  On route to Cornwall we will stop for coffee at the Farm Shop & Café at Lifton before continuing to the delightful fishing village in the Roseland Peninsula with its coastal fortress situated at the mouth of the Percuil River.  In the afternoon we board our vessel for a two-hour cruise across Falmouth Bay to visit Frenchman’s Creek on the Helford River made famous in Daphne du Maurier’s books.


Coach leaves Silverton 0830 (0800 Tiverton, 0807 Bickleigh, 0835 Ruffwell Inn, 0838 Rewe 0840 Stoke Canon).  Inclusive coach & boat fare £25.


Plymouth extravaganza! (or do your own thing) – Thursday 2nd July:  Something for everyone starting with a guided tour of the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre & Dockyard after which we take the short ferry crossing from Stonehouse to Cremyll and Mt Edgcumbe Country Park, entry to the House & Gardens concluding the afternoon with a short Harbour cruise ending at the Barbican where our coach awaits!


Coach leaves Silverton 0830 (0800 Tiverton, 0807 Bickleigh, 0835 Ruffwell Inn, 0838 Rewe 0840 Stoke Canon).  Inclusive cost £25. If, however you would prefer to mooch around Plymouth, its shops and other places of interest such as Plymouth Gin or the Aquarium, the coach-only option is £12.


Exeter Quay & Canal – Tuesday 28th July.  With a 1200 departure from Silverton (1130 Tiverton, 1137 Bickleigh, 1205 Ruffwell Inn, 1208 Rewe, 1210 Stoke Canon) we travel 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 £22.


Britannia Royal Naval College & Dartmouth – Thursday 20th August.  A repeat visit to enjoy a guided tour of the College responsible for training Royal Navy Officers (note: visitors must be in possession of photo identification such as driving licence, bus pass or UK passport).  Then in the afternoon relax at your leisure in Dartmouth with is shops, galleries, cafes, inns and Castle.


Coach departs Silverton at 08:30 (0800 Tiverton, 0807 Bickleigh, 0835 Ruffwell, 0838 Rewe, 0840 Stoke Canon). Inclusive cost £22 or “Coach only” £12


Port Isaac & Boscastle – Thursday 17th 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 with its historic harbour but more recently better known by the terrible flood of 2004.


Coach departs Silverton at 08:30 (0800 Tiverton, 0807 Bickleigh, 0835 Ruffwell, 0838 Rewe, 0840 Stoke Canon). Coach cost £15.


Tavistock & Lanhydrock House & Gardens – Friday 2nd October.   We spend the morning visiting this ancient Stannary town with its pannier market and birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. Afterwards we cross the border to visit Lanhydrock House - a magnificent Victorian country mansion (offering a thrilling glimpse of life “below stairs”) with its gardens and wooded estate.


Coach leaves Silverton 0830 (0800 Tiverton, 0807 Bickleigh, 0835 Ruffwell, 0838 Rewe, 0840 Stoke Canon).  Inclusive cost £25 (National trust members £14).


Monmouth and Brecon Mountain Railway – Wednesday 21st October.    Leaving Silverton at 08:30 (Stoke Canon 08:05, Rewe 08:08, Ruffwell 08:10, Tiverton 08:45) we travel to the Welsh Border town of Monmouth at the heart of the Wye Valley with many historical sites including its medieval 13th Century stone gated bridge (the only one of its type remaining in Britain) Castle, Military museum and the former assizes and holding cells at the Shire Hall before exploring other places of interest and this bustling town with numerous pubs, cafes and shops.  In the afternoon we travel to Pant to board a steam locomotive for a 1½ hour ride into the National Park on the Brecon Mountain Railway.  Inclusive cost £25.


Gloucester Quays Christmas Market – Thursday 26th 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 Silverton at 0830 (Stoke-C 0805, Rewe 0808, Ruffwell 0810, Bickleigh 0837, Tiverton 0845).   Coach cost £14.  Return coach leaves Gloucester at 4.00 PM.



Christmas Lunch – Friday 18th December.  Waie Inn Zeal Monachorum (Details TBA)