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Tavistock Goosey Fair

Goose Fair in Tavistock dates back to the early 12th century, when a Michaelmas Fair held every September 29 provided the opportunity for business and animal trading. The name Goose Fair came about as farmers brought their geese to market ready for fattening for Christmas.  Goose Fair is held on the second Wednesday of October each year.

Berkeley Castle & Bristol Cathedral (including tour, refreshments & lunch)

10.30am Arrive at Berkeley Castle

Welcome, morning coffee/tea

10.45am Guided Tour of Berkeley Castle

Enjoy a Tour of the Castle, being transported through time and soaking up hundreds of years of history. See the cell where Edward II was held before his gruesome murder at the Castle. Hear how Berkeley Castle became the inspiration for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and so much more! The Guided Tour takes approximately 1 ¼ hours leaving you a little time to browse in our Gift Shop and Plant Sales area.

12.15am Lunch in the Yurt Tea Rooms – The Garden Room

1.15pm Depart for Bristol Cathedral

2.15pm Guided tour

An experienced guide will lead you around, imparting fascinating facts about this inspiring cathedral church, including stories of the famous and historic people connected to it.

3.45pm Explore other parts in and around the Cathedral

There is often a free exhibition to see and more in depth information about the cathedral to be explored. Alternatively you can simply sit and enjoy some time in the beautifully landscaped Cathedral Garden or explore the Cathedral Shop.

4.15pm Depart

Mystery Trip

Join us for our monthly mystery trip! The destinations are loosely set but can be changed even on the morning of the trip to allow for the weather or special events we might hear about. One thing is sure, it’s always a friendly, relaxed day out.

NT- Croome, Worcester

Expect the unexpected. Incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. All in one place

There’s more than meets the eye at Croome. A secret wartime airbase, now a visitor centre, was once a hub of activity for thousands of people. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. The parkland was nearly lost, but is now great for walks and adventures with a surprise around every corner. At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry with four floors to explore. The 6th Earl of Coventry was an 18th century trend-setter and today Croome follows his lead by using artists and craftspeople in the house to tell the story of its eclectic past in inventive ways, perfect for making new discoveries.

Chavenage House, Tetbury (includes tea & cake)

Famous as the setting for the BBCs Poldark series, Chavenage House is an Elizabethan era house 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) northwest of Tetbury, in the Cotswolds area of Gloucestershire, England.

The house is an Elizabethan house and is a Grade I listed building. It was built originally in 1576 by Edward Stephens. It has an E-shaped plan with a porch at the centre of the east side. It is constructed of rubble stone with a stone slate roof and has two storeys and attics.  It was enlarged in the seventeenth century and further extended in the eighteenth century by the Rev Richard Stephens, then again at the start of the 20th century. As these additions are in keeping with the original style and materials, they appear as one consistent building and the new areas are not obvious.

The interior has a former open great hall, but this has now had a ceiling installed, with an altered minstrels’ gallery over a screen. This is sixteenth century as is the Renaissance style fireplace and the panelling and Gothic fireplace in the dining room.  Other notable features of the house are the two tapestry rooms Cromwell’s and Ireton‘s Room; the stained glass windows in the Great Hall; the Oak Room which has elaborate 1590 panelling. Additionally, there is an Edwardian wing, featuring a sprung-floored ballroom.

Close to the house is the family chapel which is included in the Grade I listing. It has a tower, built as a folly in the seventeenth century, with two stages, stepped diagonal buttresses and a parapet with embattlements. The main fabric of the chapel is eighteenth century and it has an undercover link to the house.