Group Holidays

We organise group holidays to suit a variety of tastes.

WSNTA Group Holidays Generally, members are picked up by coach in Minehead, and then on the road to Taunton or Bridgwater. If demand is high, these holidays are sometimes only available to current members of the Association, but please enquire about availability to bring a non-member with you.

Mrs. Sue Shapland,
22 Five Bells,
TA23 0HY

Tel: 01984 631036
Mob: 07748 562974

If you are interested in any of these please contact me (e-mail if possible) for the appropriate booking form.
Further details can found below.

Oxfordshire ~ 20-24 July 2020

Getting accommodation near to Oxford has definitely been challenging! So when I recently saw an offer to stay at Heythrop Park (the latest acquisition of Warner's Leisure) I investigated further. It's a very large hotel so rather different to our usual stays but one that I hope you will find enjoyable. The Grade II* listed country house was originally built for Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury in the early 18thC. A fire destroyed much of the interior in 1831. From 1922 until 1999 it was used as a Jesuit Education College before being converted for use as an hotel. Set in extensive grounds between Woodstock and Chipping Norton it should prove convenient for our stay in Oxfordshire where we be staying for four nights on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.

A day in Oxford is a must – I've arranged for a Blue Badge Guide to give us a flavour of this delightful city during the morning. You will have some free time in the afternoon when you may like to visit the Ashmolean Museum, take a ride on a Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus or explore one of the many other fascinating places. Later we will enjoy a cruise on the River Thames so we can see some of the university buildings from a different aspect.

Buscot Park NT- is the family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust, as well as the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art, known as the Faringdon Collection, which is displayed in the house.

Buscot was built between 1780 and 1783 for a local landowner, Edward Loveden Townsend. In 1859 his great- grandson sold the estate to an Australian tycoon, Robert Tertius Campbell; he died in 1887 after spending a fortune turning Buscot into a model agricultural estate. In 1889 the estate was purchased by Lord Faringdon's great-grandfather, Alexander Henderson, a financier of exceptional skill and ability, who in 1916 was created the 1st Lord Faringdon. He greatly enlarged the house, commissioned Harold Peto to design the famous Italianate water garden, and laid the foundations of the Faringdon Collection. Among his many purchases were Rembrandt's portrait of Pieter Six, Rossettiœs portrait of Pandora, and Burne-Jonesœs famous series, The Legend of the Briar Rose.

The Oxfordshire Cotswold towns and villages may not be so well known as the Gloucestershire ones but are very well worth seeing and a Blue Badge guide will accompany us on a tour of these. I'm sure you will enjoy exploring such delightful places as Woodstock and Burford. We'll also make visits on the outward and return journeys - there are some treasures in store!

Cost: Includes
  • travel in an executive coach
  • four night's D. B&B at Heythrop Park
  • evening entertainment
  • the services of Blue Badge guides on two days
  • entrance to properties
  • tours as mentioned and gratuities
Sharing a twin/double room £475.
The single supplement will be £80.