On Sunday morning a fleet of taxis arrived at Aldridge community centre before eight in the morning(!) to deposit 43 members of WNTA into the care of Paul the courier and Chris, the driver, and off we set on the first part of our holiday. Bristol museum and art gallery was a revelation. Housed in a beautiful old building items ranged from dinosaurs to pre raphaelite paintings, from ancient rocks to Grayson Perry’s art club. 

From there we made our way via Gloucester services to the Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay, where the staff were exceptional, the meals delicious and service was outstanding. Over the next three days we visited Powderham Castle with its royal connections and Knightshayes House, a complete Gothic revival 19th century home, spent some free time in Dartmouth, had a boat ride on the Dart to Agatha Christie’s home at Greenways, did a walking tour of Exeter and the cathedral there before calling at Torre Abbey in Torquay itself. 

The journey home was via Dyrham Park and the Gloucester services again ( I suspect Paul had shares in it!). We could not fault Chris’s driving and were constantly entertained by Paul, who seemed to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of everywhere we went and a large fund of funny stories and jokes to fill the gaps.

It was a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to enjoy time together, so our thanks go to Louise for organising and managing the holiday so well.
Where next, Louise???