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Warwick Castlehello

Warwick Castle is one of the most famous and daunting castles in the world. The castle is located in the town of Warwick in Warwickshire, England.

It is situated on a strategically planned location at the bend of the River Avon.

Warwick Castle has a chequered history which moves from its construction as a Wooden Motte and Bailey castle by William the Conqueror to a massive stone fortress.

After the Norman conquest of England, William the Conqueror established a motte-and-bailey castle at Warwick in 1068 to maintain control of the Midlands as he advanced northwards.

In 1153, the wife of Roger de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Warwick, mistakenly handed the castle over to the invading army of Henry of Anjou (later Henry II) after she was tricked into believing her husband was dead. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Roger de Beaumont actually did collapse and die when he heard what she had done.

The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century, during the reign of King Henry II (1154–89).

 

NT – Antony House, Torpointhello

A home with a heartbeat, still lived in today by the Carew Pole family.

Discover the story of a family who became caught up in the extraordinary events of the English Civil War. Their history is bound up in this beautiful house, which is still the home of the Carew Pole family today.

A house of silver grey stone, Antony is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. It’s believed to be one of the finest surviving Queen Anne buildings in the West Country.

View the outstanding collection of portraits, including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and a famous painting of Charles I during his trial. There are also fine examples of period furniture, textiles and tapestries.

Breathe in the sweeping views as you explore the landscape garden, which includes a formal garden with topiary, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies.

The Woodland Garden, owned and run by the Carew Pole Garden Trust, also has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.

The magic of Antony was captured by director Tim Burton, as a film location for his blockbuster, Alice in Wonderland.

Plymouth Fireworkshello

The most anticipated event in the city’s annual events calendar will see thousands of spectators heading up to the Hoe and the Mount Batten Peninsula for two evenings of entertainment, culminating in spectacular fireworks displays from six companies seeking the coveted title of British Firework Champions.

Plymouth Hoe offers the perfect viewing platform for this truly incredible sight.

Entertainment including live music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls will keep you amused until the first fireworks display start at around 9.30pm.

Believed to be Britain’s most spectacular fireworks display, the British Firework Championships offer a visual treat not to be missed!

Plymouth Fireworkshello

The most anticipated event in the city’s annual events calendar will see thousands of spectators heading up to the Hoe and the Mount Batten Peninsula for two evenings of entertainment, culminating in spectacular fireworks displays from six companies seeking the coveted title of British Firework Champions.

Plymouth Hoe offers the perfect viewing platform for this truly incredible sight.

Entertainment including live music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls will keep you amused until the first fireworks display start at around 9.30pm.

Believed to be Britain’s most spectacular fireworks display, the British Firework Championships offer a visual treat not to be missed!

NT – Lundy Islandhello

Unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery

Undisturbed by cars, the island encompasses a small village with an inn, Victorian church and the 13th-century Marisco Castle.

There’s also a disused lighthouse to discover. Called the Old Light, it offers superb views over the northern part of the island.

For nature-lovers there are the variety of seabirds, wildlife, flora and fauna. Designated the first Marine Conservation Area, Lundy offers opportunities for diving and seal watching.

Please note this is a long day as we have to get up to Bideford Quay and then take the ferry across to Lundy.  Also the terrain on the island can be uneven so not suitable for those unsteady on their feet.

Britannia Naval College Tour – NEW DATEhello

With an intriguing heritage spanning over 150 years, Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth is an essential place to visit for anyone with an interest in British history.

Join their expert resident tour guides on a revealing voyage from past glories to the present day. During the tour you will be taken into the heart of the College, from the elegant Chapel, through to areas including the Quarterdeck, Parade Ground, Senior Gun Room and Britannia Heritage Museum. Since 1863, Dartmouth and the River Dart have been the home of initial Naval Officer training in the UK. Today, it is the only remaining Naval College in the country, fulfilling a vital role in training Naval cadets not only from Britain but those from the Commonwealth and all over the world. The iconic architecture is a spectacle in itself. Designed by Sir Aston Webb, it was completed in 1905. On the tour you will discover many features and facets of life at the College, from the earliest days through the Second World War, right up to the world class training the College delivers today.