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Edmondsham House & Wimborne, Dorset

Spend some time in the historic market town of Wimborne in the heart of Dorset.   The town boasts the Minster Church of St Cuthburga, Wimborne, Walford Mill and Wimborne Market amongst other things.  Enjoy shopping in unique independent shops and stop for a break in one of the town’s delightful restaurants and cafes.

Then in the afternoon we head to Edmonsham Manor 1563 one Thomas Hussey bought Edmondsham Manor and it has been owned by his family ever since, passing through the female line or to a nephew or niece a number of times.   The house is a charming blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture with interesting contents.  The site features an organic walled garden, and 6 acre garden with unusual trees and spring bulbs.  The walled kitchen garden has been in use for a century and all produce is now grown to organic standards.



3 day London Sightseeing Tour

Join us on this fantastic trip to see the sights of London.

On day one we visit the Tower of London. The 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners.   Throughout its history, the tower has served many purposes: it housed the royal mint (until the early 19th century), a menagerie (which left in 1835), a records office, an armory and barracks for troops. Until the 17th century, it was also used as a royal residence.

On day two we take a half day guided walking tour exploring Bloomsbury, Holborn & ending in Covent Garden.  Then in the afternoon we visit Kensington Palace, the royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.   It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

On our last day we take a ride on the London Eye, a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually, and has made many appearances in popular culture.

We are staying at The Royal National Hotel on a B&B basis.  The Hotel is situated within easy reach of the West End and the City as well as Theatreland and the main shopping areas of London.

5 Day National Trust Holiday – Lincoln

5 Day National Trust Holiday in Lincoln

10th – 14th August 2020

Holiday Inn, Brayford Wharf, Lincoln


Day 1

We depart Devon, with a coffee stop en route, and arrive about Midday day at our first NT Property of the week, Charlecote Park in Warwickshire.  Built with warm red bricks in the 1550’s and decorated in Warwickshire stone, the house has been home to the Lucy family for over 800 years.  Their home has a fascinating history to explore before we head off to Lincoln and check into our hotel, the Holiday Inn set on trendy Brayford Wharf.  We will have time to freshen up before dinner.


Day 2

Today we head into Lincoln to spend the day exploring Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.   For almost 300 years the Cathedral was the tallest building in the world.  Yet, in spite of it’s size, it is filled with intricate detail.  The architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art.  Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls & roofs elaborated by the finest carving.   We discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle.  The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest.  Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world. Experience the magnificent view of Lincoln Cathedral from the castle, as well as the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.


Day 3

We leave Lincoln for the day and head to Derbyshire to visit Kedleston Hall.  Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.  Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of painting, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.  The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th Century and continue to live at the Hall to this day.


Day 4

Today we visit Belton House, the perfect English country house, set in its own extensive deer park.  Built in the late 17th Century by ‘Young’ Sir John Brownlow, Belton was designed to impress.  Opulent décor, stunning silverware, wonderful woodcarvings, imposing paintings – including many old masters – and personal momentos convey wealth, but also a family atmosphere.


Day 5

On our last day we head back to Devon via our last NT property, Upton House & Gardens, in Warwickshire.   Lord Bearsted made Upton his country home in 1927 and set about creating the perfect country residence for his family and growing art collection.  Explore the fashionable tastes of the day and learn how to create a home made-to-measure.  Enjoy the historic gardens and see beautiful blooms as you explore the terraced borders.


Price:                     NT Member          £345 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)

Non Member        £415 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)


Includes:               Hotel accommodation with full English breakfast & 3 course evening meal.     Entrance to all properties

Mamma Mia – Plymouth

Join the ultimate feel-good party at Mamma Mia!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical!

Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget.

This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world and now the party continues at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, so there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical. Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at Mamma Mia!

Paultons Park inc Peppa Pig World

Paultons Family Theme Park offers over 70 rides and attractions. Incorporated into the park is The Peppa Pig World theme park based on the children’s television series character. The Lost Kingdom theme park area includes 27 animatronic dinosaurs.  The park covers 140 acres of land and features a collection of around 80 species of birds and animals, in addition to the rides. Most of the theme park rides are designed for children, which is why the park considers itself a family theme park.