Falmouth - Turkey & Tinsel
Tour code: 1212FH 4 Days
Friday 14th December – Monday 17th December 2012 Departure Times: G
Price: £249.00 Per Person (No single room supplement)
Sea View and Sea View with Balcony rooms available at an extra charge
3 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast.
3 star AA Falmouth Beach Hotel, Falmouth. www.falmouthbeachhotel.co.uk
We came to this fine hotel as recently as July 2011. So impressed were we that we jumped at the chance when we were invited back for a long weekend of Turkey and Tinsel here in 2012. So, let the fun begin... But first, a reminder about the hotel, or an introduction if you don't know it. Its location, opposite the famed Gyllingvase Beach, is terrific. Many of the well-equipped en suite rooms have spectacular sea views. Some even have balconies. There's a good range of facilities, including an indoor heated pool. Turkey and Tinsel breaks here are renowned in the trade. One of their great features is the style, very professional but appropriately light-hearted, with which all festive activities are hosted. "Welcome" is the thread which runs through this place. Oh, yes, and that food... If you stay
indoors from start to finish, you'll have a great time. But we do hope you'll venture out, so let's now reveal what we have in store.
Friday 14th December Weather permitting, you'll enjoy a scenic drive to the hotel via Dartmoor, stopping at Badgers Holt, Dartmeet, for lunch (not included). But, gosh, what's this? On arrival, you find it's Christmas Eve. There's a free sherry reception before dinner, at which you meet your Christmas host(s). Afterwards, there's live entertainment, mainly musical, with some games thrown in.
Saturday 15th December Merry Christmas! The Beach Club will be open for that early morning dip. We'll offer to take you into Falmouth until early afternoon. Falmouth remains what it always was, a huge natural harbour, a busy port, a place of superb beaches, palm trees and bustling commerce. It boasts Pendennis Castle, the National Maritime Museum, high quality art galleries, and a five-screen cinema with waiter service! We'll get you back for the afternoon tea dance (with Christmas cake on offer). You'll eat a hearty traditional Christmas dinner, pull crackers, enjoy a brass band and carols by candlelight, followed by fun and games late into the night...
Sunday 16th December Boxing Day, of course. The Beach Club will be open again. We'll take you into Truro for the morning. Why not visit the beautiful cathedral? Or stroll by the River Fal? Retail therapy will, of course, be available aplenty for anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms. Personally, we'd rather have a coffee! Back at the hotel in the afternoon, more fun and games until late at night, interrupted only by a most agreeable dinner. Hey, ho...
Monday 17th December Difficult to put this tactfully, so please read it quickly and it will seem less sad. Time to go home. But we'll sweeten the pill with a few hours in Plymouth. Plymouth? Christmas? Bowls, anyone? Hoe, hoe, hoe!
Pirates, Pasties & Postcards
Tour Code: 1107FC 4 DAYS
Monday 18th July 2011 to Thursday 21st July 2011 Departure times: D
Price: £340.00 Per Person (Single Supplement £30.00)
Sea View £12.75 per person per night or Sea View & Balcony £16.00 per person per night
3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, 3 STAR Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel, Falmouth
If ever a place was shaped by the sea, Falmouth is it. The town largely sprang up in the seventeenth century , the obvious natural harbour to guard the Western Approaches, a role it fulfils to this day, particularly for round‐the world sailors like Ellen Macarthur. The docks and the railway date from the 19th century when the bitter‐sweet news (victory, but at the cost of Nelson’s life) arrived from Trafalgar. The amazing raid on St Nazaire left from Falmouth during the Second World War. And in 2011, Sovereign Coaches will be arriving!
Falmouth today remains a busy port town in a busy harbour, a place of beautiful beaches and bustling commerce. But it’s also a great holiday destination. Its attractions include Pendennis Castle, the National Maritime Museum, beautiful gardens, high quality art galleries and even a five screen cinema, three screens of which actually enjoy waiter
We are proud to introduce the Falmouth Beach Hotel. Its location, opposite the famous Gyllingvase Beach, must be among the most favoured in Cornwall. Many of the
well‐equipped en suite rooms, some with balconies, have spectacular sea views. Entertainment is provided during the week, and there’s an impressive range of facilities, including an indoor heated pool. This is Cornwall’s perfect base!
Monday 18th July 2011 After a coffee stop, we’ll set the scene by taking lunch (not included) in historic Charlestown, where we’ll visit the fascinating Shipwreck Centre. If we’re lucky, we may be able to get a close up view of one of the square‐riggers based in the adjacent old dock and frequently in port.
Tuesday 19th July 2011 We’ll drive into central Falmouth this morning. We’ll have time to take a leisurely stroll or visit some attractions, then have lunch before the coach collects us for the short drive to Trebah Gardens, where we’ll spend the afternoon. Trebah has been rated one of the top 80 gardens of the world, and it’s right here on our holiday doorstep!
Wednesday 20th July 2011 We’ll go a little further today, to spectacular views of the brooding St Michael’s Mount, perched on its island just off the quaint little town of Marazion, and St Ives, renowned for the quality of its light and the beauty of its older houses, which is largely what brought so many artists here. It’s grown, of course, but a few pence will buy a ticket on the minibus to the old town. The bargain of the week!
Thursday 21st July 2011 Alas, it’s time to go home, but we’ll sweeten the pill with a call in nearby Truro, Cornwall’s fine capital city, a little way along the River Fal. The cathedral’s well worth a visit, but we may decide just to take a stroll or have a coffee. Either way, a fitting end to our tour, though we still have a pretty journey home to enjoy.enjoy.