Day Trips

Blackmore Farm  | Britannia Royal Naval College  | Chapel Cleeve Manor  |

Blackmore Farm Manor House
Back to top Thursday 18th January 2018

WSNTA Blackmore

In January 2017 a large group of us visited Blackmore Farm. We were treated to an informative and amusing talk and tour of this lovely old house followed by an excellent two course hot buffet lunch. The day was enjoyed by everyone who came and consequently we have decided to repeat our visit in 2018 for those who missed out in 2017 and those of you who wish to come again.

This intriguing house is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of A.D. 1085 and in the second half of the 15th Century the present manor was built by the Tremayle family from Sand near Sidmouth, visited recently by a group of us. It has been in the hands of the Dyer family since 1952.

I am assured that the tour will vary slightly and I know that the lunch will be exceptional once again.

We will meet at the Manor at 11:30am where we will be met by the owner Ian Dyer We may need to divide into two groups at this stage.

You will be able to visit the well-stocked farm shop before we depart for our homeward journeys.

Depart Minehead 10:30am
Return approx. 4:30pm
  • £27:00 per head to include coach and lunch
  • £20:00 per head without the coach
Bookings to Lesley Struck [contact details in newsletter]

Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
Back to top Friday, 27th April, 2018

WSNTA Naval College

Since 1863, Dartmouth and the River Dart have been the home of initial Naval Officer training in the UK. Today, it is the only remaining Naval College in the country training Naval cadets not only from Britain but also the Commonwealth and all over the world. The iconic architecture was designed by Sir Aston Webb and completed in 1905.

We will be having a private guided tour of Britannia Royal Naval College. Starting at 2 p.m. our guide will walk with us on a tour of the College for about 2 ¼ hours, offering us a journey into its history and an insight into today’s Royal Navy. I have been asked to point out that it is a walking tour, with limited opportunities to sit; most of the floors in the College are polished wood, therefore sensible, comfortable footwear is strongly recommended. Regrettably wheelchair access is limited and mobility scooters cannot be accommodated. They ask to be informed in advance if any of our party need assistance.

On our way we will have a coffee break at Buckfast, and then spend the rest of the morning at Dartmouth – a lovely town where time is always well spent. Time for you to find lunch (or bring your own picnic, to have more time to look round).

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone wishing to gain access to the College will need photographic ID, usually a Passport, Driving Licence or Senior Citizens’ Bus Pass.

Cost: £27.00 per head
Depart: Minehead 8.30 am
Return: approx. 7.00 p.m.
Bookings to: Veronica Cole [contact details in newsletter]
Chapel Cleeve Manor
Back to top Thursday, 10th May, 2018

WSNTA Chapel Cleeve

This 15th century manor house was originally built by the Cistercian monks of Cleeve Abbey and survived the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry V111 Although many changes and alterations have been made over the years it is a Grade 11* listed house owned by the intrepid Jeannie Wilkins who has struggled for years to maintain the property against all odds. We are lucky to have an opportunity of visiting this local treasure which is not normally open to the public and which many local folks may not even have heard of.

This will be a local visit and lunch has been arranged at the White Horse Inn Washford. It is an “own transport” event and further details and menus for lunches will be sent nearer the time.

Own transport
12.00 noon – own lunch at the White Horse – or just a quick pint
1.45 p.m. leave for Chapel Cleeve Manor
2.30 p.m. tour of the Manor House after which tea will be provided

Cost to include entry and tea: £18.00 per person
Bookings to: Glen & Brian Heaton [contact details in newsletter]