Thursday: Leaving Essex this morning we travel to the south west. Stopping for lunch in the cathedral city of Salisbury, we aim to be at our hotel on the outskirts of Tiverton in plenty of time to freshen up before dinner.
Friday: We spend the day at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Stand amazed at the variety of exhibitions and the sheer scale of the show. Watch steam giants of the past being put through their paces. Wonder around vintage, veteran and classic vehicles and watch the working heavy horses. Country crafts, memorabilia, collections and trade stands provide an endless variety of items to purchase.
Saturday: Enjoy a free morning here in Tiverton, an historic market town with an interesting mix of shops as well as an award winning regional museum. This afternoon we experience the peace and tranquillity of travel by horse-drawn barge as we enjoy a canal cruise along the Grand Western Canal.
Sunday: This morning we take in the sights, sounds and smells of the golden age of rail as we board the steam train on the West Somerset Railway, Britain’s longest steam railway. Boarding the train at Bishops Lydeard we enjoy a scenic ride through the Quantock Hills to the resort of Minehead. Time at leisure before we reboarding the train for our return journey.
Monday: After breakfast we begin our homeward journey. With suitable stops for lunch and those essential supplies, we aim to be back in Essex late afternoon.
Please read the intinerary carefully before deciding if this tour will be suitable for you:1) There is a lot of walking and uneven surfaces at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Sensible footwear and clothing is advised. 2) There are steps to negotiate on the train and canal boat.
SUPPLEMENTS £107.00 – maximum 5 singles
The 3 star Best Western Tiverton Hotel lies on the edge of the market town of Tiverton in the heart of the beautiful mid-Devon region. With high standards and excellence in quality, the hotel has been awarded the prestigious Best Western International Quality Award. All the bedrooms are en-suite with flat screen TV’s, telephone, hospitality tray, hairdryer and trouser press. There is no lift but there are plenty of ground floor rooms.
Executive coach travel.• En-suite rooms.• Porterage on arrival & departure.• 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, comprising of a 3 course dinner with choice of menu.Tea/coffee after dinner and full English Breakfast.• Entrance to the Great Dorset Steam Fair.• Free time in Tiverton and a horse-drawn canal cruise.• A return journey on the West Somerset Railway with free time in Minehead.• Complimentary travel insurance. • ALL THIS FOR AROUND £121.80 PER DAY
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