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Church Holidays


Holidays and Day Trips


Christchurch Holidays

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.

Gavin Cooke


Holidays and Day Trips

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.

Day Trips

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

Day Trips 2017

Thursday 16th Nov Turkey or Beef Carvery (veg. option available)

at The Cider Barn Restaurant, Abbey Mill, Tintern

Price £22 pp (includes coach and lunch)

Thursday 7th Dec Christmas Lunch at Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford

Day Trips 2018

Monday 5th Feb. Highfields Garden Centre

with optional lunch at Fromebridge Mill

Reservations contact Mike & Judy Potts Tel. 552601

Holidays in 2018

Mon. 23rd - Fri. 27th APRIL Plymouth

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

Sun. 22nd to Sat. 28th JULY Dunoon, Argyl & Bute

The Esplanade Hotel, Dunoon

Twin & Double rooms available - Single rooms carry a supplement

Mon. 17th to Fri. 21st SEPT. Tenby

at The Clarence Hotel, Tenby

All room types available

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, Broc kworth, Gloucester GL3 4NB tel. 01452 552601

All holiday prices include 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

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.