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Authors and Art in South Devon – short break 23 -27 September 2024

Authors and Art in South Devon
23rd to 27th September 2024

The trip will include:

Four nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at The Grand hotel,
Torquay (4 star), with welcome drink on arrival, and Porter service, and with five days travel by executive coach and return ferry trip from Dartmouth to Greenway. There will be visits with guided tours to Forde Abbey, Torre Abbey, the Royal Naval College,  and an Agatha Christie themed walking tour of Torquay. 

With further visits to Coates English Willow, which will include lunch, and visits to two National Trust properties, Greenway, and Coleton Fishacre.

Bookings will be taken initially at the lecture on Wednesday April 3rd.

Click below for brochure details.

South Devon Short Break Details

7th August 2024 – Rodmarton Manor and Corinthian Museum

7th August 2024 – Rodmarton Manor and Corinthian Museum

Rodmarton Manor
Rodmarton manor was built using local materials and local
craftsmen, between 1909-1929 by Ernest Barnsley. Barnsley was a
follower of William Morris, who was at the time one of the leaders of
the English Arts and Crafts movement.

Used with permission of Rodmarton Manor


At the time it was felt that furniture was being mass produced and
poorly made, and the house went on to be described by the designer
Charles Ashbee as the single best example of the Arts and Crafts
movement. Today, it remains as such, full of beautifully crafted
furniture and hanging tapestries. The gardens consist of a glorious
plot of 8 acre Cotswold garden, beautifully and lovingly tended.

Used with permission of Rodmarton Manor

Corinium Museum
The Corinium Museum in Cirencester, houses one of the largest
concentrations of Roman mosaics in the country outside of London.
Its highly significant finds and antiquities result from Corinium
Dobunnorum being the capital of Britannia Prima.

Picture by P Weinbren

The day will consist of: Travel to Rodmarton by coach
Tea/Coffee & biscuits on arrival
Guided private tour of the house
Free flow of gardens
Buffet Lunch at Rodmarton
Travel by coach to Corinium museum
Return coach home

Picture by P Weinbren

The cost for the day is £58 per person . Tickets will be on sale at the May meeting one hour before each lecture, and at future meetings if tickets remain.