Weekend Trip to Torquay
On October 13th 47 Associates boarded a coach at London plant to start a weekend trip to the Headland hotel in Torquay.
Bit apprehensive about Friday 13th but all went well with our first stop at the Cobham services for a comfort break, then back on the coach to our second stop at Wilton for lunch this a shopping and eating venue built in the old Wilton carpet factory. After lunch we continued to Torquay arriving 3 hours later. On the 2 longer legs of the journey we were entertained with bingo and a musical quiz devised by Richard Moore.
We arrived a bit late for tea and coffee so had a drink in the bar before getting ready for dinner, dinner at the headlands is a 6-course affair nobody left hungry.
After dinner it was back in the bar for the nights entertainment which was excellent consisting of a singer/comedian & a singer.
Up early for breakfast on the coach for 10am and off to our first stop of the day which was at
the Marble factory in Newton Abbott, the Marble factory is a class works that actually makes marbles! and a variety of other glass objects from ornaments to large vases and dishes.
After the Marble factory we went onto Buckfast Abbey for a tour and lunch. Buckfast Abbey was built between 1906 and 1938 by hand by Benedictine monks, after the foundation was laid only six monks worked on the project at any one time.
Back to the hotel for dinner and more evening entertainment this time two lady singer/dancers
Off to Dartmouth today for a half day visit via the chain ferry to the town, our driver had already arranged a boat trip for those who wanted it. the boat trip took about an hour going up the river as far as Dittisham past Agatha Christie House and down the river to the mouth of the river where there are forts both sides of the river built by Henry V111.
Dartmouth is also the home of the Britannia Royal Navy college, unfortunately it was closed
for visitors during our visit to Dartmouth.
Arriving back in Torquay the afternoon was free to explore the town and the area around the hotel which is as the name suggests is high up on the Headland overlooking Torbay and Meadfoot bay with stunning walks along the coast. Dinner was followed with entertainment from another comedian /singer.
Onto the coach at 9am for the trip home stopping at Salisbury for a tour and lunch. Back on the coach we had a prize giving ceremony for various events and competitions held over the weekend some of the more interesting prizes were for best listening and observation room 142, the George Foreman award for one upmanship, and the dirty stop outs award. Everyone enjoyed the weekend, and I’d especially like to thank Richard Moore, Lesley Moore and Sue Fox for the on coach competitions and organising and contributing the prizes.
Relaxing after day trip (Sue Fox)
Usual suspects in the bar (Mick camera photo by Manuel)
Tea Break at the Marble factory (Mick Roach)
Headlands Garden & Meadfoot Bay (Sue Fox)
Sunset at the Headlands (Mick Roach)
Cabaret Time (Mick Roach)
Drinks all round (Mick Roach)