Day Trips

Tredegar House  | Britannia Royal Naval College  | Chapel Cleeve Manor  | Cotswold Farm Park 
SS Great Britain  | The Torbay Experience  | Coombe Trenchard  |

Tredegar House
Back to top Wednesday 21st March 2018

WSNTA Tradegar

“Dark arts, riotous parties, war heroism, crocodiles and crucifixes...Tredegar House has never been an ordinary household; A place of dark days and golden ages where flamboyance is at the heart of the history. For over 500 hundred years it was home to the Morgan's, later Lord Tredegar, one of the greatest Welsh families”

  • Discover the House
    • 17th Century Rooms, Below Stairs and, 1930s Bedrooms
  • Enjoy the Gardens
    • Orangery, Walled Gardens and Early 18th Century Landscapes
  • Explore the Parkland
    • Plenty to see in 90 acres complete with a Lake

On Arrival we will have a short introduction from the Tredegar staff and then you are free to explore the house and grounds at your leisure, take lunch in the restaurant or visit the shop.

Depart Minehead: 8.30am
Return approx.: 6.00pm
Cost: £17 per person
Please remember to bring your National Trust membership cards or Volunteer Cards with you. Non-members’ entrance charge is £8.10
Bookings to Steve & June Harris (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]
ADAM HENSON`s Cotswold Farm Park
Back to top Tuesday 22nd May 2018

WSNTA Adam Henson

The Cotswold Farm park owned by the well-known BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson is a very interesting farm to visit.

Opened to the public in 1971 by Adam's father Joe, who had a passion for rare breed animals, the farm was awarded 'The Farm attraction of the year' in 2014. The rare breeds are mainly cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, horses and ponies, but over recent years Adam has introduced many rare species of poultry. All can be seen whilst walking around the farm in your own time.

On arrival we will be given an introductory talk when coffee/tea will be served. Adam's kitchen will be open where hearty hot lunches will be available.

Depart Minehead: 8.00 am
Return approx. 7.30 p.m.
Cost: £31 (includes introductory talk with coffee/tea) Bookings to Martin Ellis (Contact Details in Newsletter)
SS Great Britain And New Brunel Museum
Back to top Tuesday 12th June 2018

WSNTA Adam Henson

Take a trip back in time and visit the SS Great Britain and also the new “Being Brunel” Museum, which celebrates the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the world's greatest engineers and designers. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £4.78m to help set this up. Visitors will be invited to step into his mind as he is brought to life with possession, documents and artefacts.

We will arrive at around 11:00am to enable you to have a coffee before you begin your tour of both these attractions. The ticket includes both venues. There is a restaurant at the entrance and also a café in the new museum.

Depart: Minehead 09:00 a.m.
Return: approx. 6:00 p.m.
Cost: £26.00 per head Bookings to: Marion John (Contact Details in Newsletter)
The Torbay Experience
Back to top Thursday June 28th 2018

WSNTA Torbay

Our coach will pick up at Williton [0815] and Minehead [0830] and use the beautiful Exe Valley route to Exeter where we will have a short refreshment stop. Then to Brixham, the famous fishing village where we will have approx 2 hours free time to explore and maybe sample some fresh sea food at one of the many harbourside cafes and hotels.

We will then embark for the 30 minute crossing of Torbay to arrive at Torquay where our coach will take us to nearby Torre Abbey.
[NB Anyone who is apprehensive about the sea crossing will be able to travel to Torquay in the coach.]

WSNTA Torbay

Torre Abbey is a fascinating mixture of ruined monastery, surviving monastic buildings, stately home, and museum, with permanent and temporary exhibits, and delightful extensive gardens. We will have over two hours to explore, and you will be able to get refreshments before we set off back.

Leave Minehead 08.30
Back around 7pm.
Cost £25 to cover coach, driver gratuity, ferry and admission to Torre Abbey
Bookings to David Beach [contact detais in Newsletter]
Coombe Trenchard Edwardian Country House
Back to top Tuesday 10th July 2018

WSNTA Coombe Trenchard
Arts, Crafts, Picnics and Cream Teas
Please bring a picnic.

Coombe Trenchard was designed and built in 1906. Both house and gardens are reminiscent of the high Arts and Crafts style. This intriguing home has a unique disappearing wall, and beautiful gardens with far-reaching Dartmoor views, which are being lovingly restored to their Edwardian splendour. After a comfort stop at Exeter Services we will make our way to Lewtrenchard near Okehampton Devon. Here we have arranged a short tour of the church and forgotten gardens. It is not a formal garden, but rather a delightful area of mixed woodland which changes its character with the evolving seasons.

We will then take a very short journey by coach to Coombe Trenchard. The owners have kindly put at our disposal tables, chairs and umbrellas for our picnic lunch. Also an undercover area should we need it. After lunch there will be a short talk on the terrace following which we will split into two groups for our tour of the house and gardens. A delightful Devon Cream Tea is included after our tours. There will be time to wander around the gardens at our leisure before we depart for our journey home.

Cost £36.00 per head to include coach, cream tea, tours and gratuities.
Depart Minehead 08:00am
Return approx. 7:30pm
Bookings to: Lesley Struck [contact details in newsletter]