Somerset – Cricket St Thomas
Monday 16th to Friday 20th October, 2017
£399 per person
Somerset really is a county that has it all. Even though it is ranked seventh in the UK for size, it isn’t close to being most highly populated, meaning there are large unspoilt areas ready to be explored. The area is famous for its beautiful buildings, villages and market towns, and a rich heritage of history and legend. During this trip, visit England’s smallest and Somerset’s only city, Wells, which gracefully combines a wealth of historic interest and beautiful architecture, with the magnificent 12th century Cathedral and all that comes with it.
Leave Crymych in the morning and head to our hotel with comfort stops en-route. We will stop and explore the famous village of Cheddar, before arriving at our hotel.
This morning, we visit Wells. Take a stroll around the Cathedral and the tranquil gardens. Explore the 300 statues and carvings, the inverted scissor arches of the nave, one of the oldest working mechanical clocks and the wells, which gave the city its name. We will then head to Clarks Village, Street where you will have free time to pick up a bargain around the discounted shops with up to 70% off numerous discounted products, excess factory stock and slight seconds at Clarks Factory Shopping. There is also opportunity for you to visit the Shoe Museum on the High Street during your free time, which displays over 1500 shoes from Roman to modern day. The Museum also tells the story of Clarks from its beginning in the early 19th century.
This morning, we head to the National Trust’s Montacute House which is described as being a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. Admire the towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its surrounding gardens, it truly is a place full of beauty and wonder. This afternoon you will have free time at the hotel to take advantage of the variety of activities on offer.
Today we head to the historic seaside town of Watchet. Take a stroll by the Marina, watched over on one side by the 150 year old lighthouse and on the other by a statue of Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner. See the remains of the old Iron Age fort or explore the Market House Museum, covering the fascinating history of kings, queens, murderous knights, pirates and saints. Shop in the variety of independent shops and galleries full of antiques, vintage, crafts and gifts. There really is something for everyone! After lunch, we head to the ancient Dunster Castle. Explore the turbulent history of the castle and wonder around the beautiful subtropical gardens, both of which boast spectacular views towards the Bristol Channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.
After breakfast, we leave the hotel for our journey home, with comfort stops en-route.
Stay at the beautiful hotel of Cricket St Thomas. With sweeping staircases and vast landscaped gardens and history, with croquet on the lawn and boules, you won’t be disappointed. Much of the original TV series “To the Manor Born” was filmed at this elegantly historic location, in Somerset. The hotel offers a wide variety of day-time and evening entertainment. Choose to take part in tennis, disc golf, swimming in the pool or exploring the coast and countryside during the day, whether you want adventure or a relaxing break, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy hilarious comedy and beautiful sounds in the evening variety shows. There are an abundance of activities to keep you on your toes.
4 Nights Half Board
Luxury Coach Travel
Entry to the Montacute House
Entry to Dunster Castle
Full Excursion Programme