Holidays and Day Trips
Which areas interest you? Do you wish to cross Offa’s Dyke into Owen Glendwyr’s North Wales; to Harlec or Llandudno etc? ----- Or into West Wales where like Audrey you can sit in the Queen’s chair? ------Or you may wish to cross another boundary, Hadrian’s Wall ?--------or over the Forth Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife, the Lowlands or Highlands of Scotland?------or either side of the Pennines, to York or to Scarborough; Morecambe or the Lake District? (Which colour rose do you prefer?) Then there is another barrier to cross - to Ireland and all it has to offer. Another boundary to cross: the Tamar, into the land of the Piskis, Cornwall with the Eden Project, Newquay and the other things to do and see.
So what do we do? This is where we are fortunate to have our organisers Mike and Judy.
Mike and Judy
...have an excellent method of selecting hotels. Our Wonderful Organisers visit each hotel and spend a few nights there getting to know the staff and services. During this stay they then visit places of interest around about. All this information is then passed on to us - the ‘Carefree Travellers’ - we are told of the best ways to shops and cafes etc.
The Coach and the Drive
The driver is with us all week. After we have settled into our allotted seats Mike will introduce him. He will make sure we have fastened our seat belts. He will then tell us all about the coach, the tea & coffee service and most of all about the ‘Mileage Competition’. The Day Trips
These are very much to the same standards. Each one is pre-visited by our intrepid Judy - to snowdrops, bluebells, garden centres, carveries and other places of interest.
At this point Audrey and I would like, along with forty or fifty others, to express our most heartfelt thanks for the pleasure and memories that Mr and Mrs Potts have provided - whilst raising so much money for Christchurch funds.
We had 4 holidays during the year. The spring holiday was to
Cornwall where we stayed in Newquay. It was bitterly cold most days but
we managed visits to Truro and Cornish Gold, Trewithen Gardens and Charlestown,
and rode on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.
In the summer we travelled up to Morecambe for our holiday in the
Lake District. It was a beautiful sunny
day when we visited Bowness, crossed Windermere on the steamer and then caught
the train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
Another day we went into Lancaster to find a barge on the canal which
took us at a very leisurely pace to the Lune Aqueduct where we had lovely
views over the surrounding countryside. The last day we travelled
over the border into Yorkshire to visit Skipton where the market fills the
whole of the high street and is thronged with people for most of the day.
In August we ventured over the Irish Sea to Dublin and the Wild
Atlantic Coast. After a night in Dublin we took the motorway across the
middle of the country to Galway on the west coast. Our visits included
the Connemara National Park, although it poured with rain all day and the
beautiful scenery was obscured. The Cliffs of Moher and
Lisdoonvarna, Limerick and Ennis were also visited before we made our way
back to Dublin for a final night before catching the early morning ferry back
to Holyhead and home.
Our final holiday was to Southsea overlooking the Isle of Wight.
Another chilly week but we braved the weather for our tour of Portsmouth
Dockyard and the boat trip round the Harbour. We had a tour of naval
installations, present and past fortresses and camps and visited the market
town of Wickham for lunch. Our final day was to Chichester and
Bosham. Probably the best day for sunshine
and just a light breeze. It was market day and the town was
very busy with stalls and carts down the length of the high street. In
the afternoon we made our way to Bosham on Chichester Harbour and found we had
arrived at high tide. The road around the harbour was partially under
water and we had to pick our way around the little waves to find the dry places
to walk. After a cream tea in one of the little waterside cafes we made
our way back to our coach and hotel for our final evening meal.
Another year with a day trip nearly every month. Carvery
lunches and garden centres are always top of the list of venues but we had one
visit to Weston-Super-Mare to see 'Legally Blonde'. In June we visited
the beautiful Gardens & Grottos at Dewstow near Chepstow and in July we had
a wonderful day on the Glos/Warks Railway and Evesham Country Park.
In September we went to Moreton Market, one of our favourite
venues, and Bourton-on-the-Water. In November there were two trips one to The
Forest of Dean College where the students provided us with an excellent lunch
and the other to Bath Christmas Market where we wandered around the Abbey and
all the little chalets full of Christmas gifts and decorations. Our final
trip was for our Christmas Lunch at The Forest Hills Golf Club near Coleford.
Mike and Judy Potts
Holidays in 2017
Mon. 17th - Fri. 21st July ‘Snowdonian Secrets’ at The Arbour Hotel, Barmouth
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Price £399 pp Twin & double rooms available
Mon. 25th - Fri. 29th Sept. ‘The Diamond Isle’ at Trouville Hotel, Sandown, Isle of Wight,
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Twin and double rooms available Price £447 pp
Details on the Notice Board in the Entrance Hall at Christchurch.
Members & friends of Christchurch please check your ‘pigeon hole’ for mail.
All prices include Holiday Insurance; Dinner, Bed & Breakfast accommodation
Own coach & driver throughout the holiday. Pick ups in Brockworth, Hucclecote, Abbeymead, Abbeydale and other points en route (price excludes fares (trains & boats) and admissions on excursions)
Deposits £60pp for UK and £70pp for Continent, Eire, Isle of Man and Channel Islands should be included with completed Booking Form
Further details can be found in the Holidays & Day Trips leaflet in the Entrance Hall at Christchurch and on the Christchurch website
For further details reservations on all holidays and trips contact Mike & Judy Potts, Tel 552601
110 Green Bank, Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4NB tel. 01452 552601
Holidays in 2018
Spring - Mon. 23rd - Fri. 27th APRIL The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth
Summer - Sun. 22nd to Sat. 28th JULY - The Esplanade Hotel, Dunoon
Autumn - Mon. 17th to Fri. 21st SEPTEMBER - The Clarence Hotel, Tenby
All room types available
Day Trips 2017
Saturday April 22nd ‘Annie get your gun’ at the Playhouse, Weston super Mare
Seats on coach available for Weston-s-Mare Price £10
Departs Hucclecote 9.30am, Christchurch 10am
Wednesday May 17th Northleach & Lechlade Garden Centre Price £9
Departs Christchurch 9.15am, Hucclecote 9.30am
No trips in June, July or August
Saturday 9th September Open Day
Monday Sept 18th The Singing Kettle , Colwell, nr. Malvern
& Three Shires Garden Centre, nr Newent Price £9
Reservations contact Mike & Judy Potts Tel. 552601
Cancellations often occur as a Day Trip approaches - check with Judy
We operate a Waiting List and will contact you if a cancellation occurs
Please tell us if you're interested in any of the holidays as it gives us some idea of how many to expect, whether we need more single or double rooms and planning the seating on tile coach. Airedale will be asking during tile autumn hO\\' numbers are looking as otller groups ,,,ill be booking holidays and hotels like to have some idea of numbers too. Any rooms not reserved in our allocation should be available Ulltil a month before departure but we are frequently receiving requests to return any unreserved rooms, sometimes t"\vo or three months before departure. We try to ensure that all holiday information is included in the monthly news sheet so if you 're booking a holiday or thinking about coming make sure to get your copy.
Twenty deposits needed to guarantee a holiday.
Holiday Insurance is included in the price of every holiday.
Cancellations often occur as the departure date of a holiday approaches. We like to have a reserve list of people willing to accept a late cancellation sometimes at quite short notice. Deposits of £39.00pp should be accompanied by a completed Booking Form ..