Explore Devon & Cornwall - Fri 2 March 2018 to Tues 6 March 2018

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray Commercial Director

Explore the South West

South West England is home to eleven Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, two National Parks and benefits from a feeling of remoteness and tranquillity which makes it a popular holiday destination

Key gateways

Airports:
Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Newquay

Ports:
Poole, Plymouth

Day 1

Friday 2 March

Newcastle - Exeter

Fly Newcastle – Exeter
20:30 Coach transfer from Exeter airport to hotel
21:00 Dinner at hotel
Overnight Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Itinerary Details

From the North to the South of England, this itinerary starts with a flight from Newcastle to Exeter, taking approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Supplier Information

Name Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile The Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel is a contemporary 4-star hotel and supremely located in the heart of Exeter. Within walking distance to all the main attractions and the city centre, the Exeter Southgate Hotel is perfect for a city break. Whether you are coming for business or for leisure, the Southgate Hotel will cater for you with meeting and conference rooms. Enjoy yourself at the Spa with heated pool, sauna and fitness room.
Phone +44 (0)1392412812
Email H6624@accor.com
Website http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-6624-mercure-exeter-southgate-hotel/index.shtml
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 2

Saturday 3 March

Itinerary

07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Coach transfer to Ashburton Cookery School
10:00 Prepare local dishes at Ashburton Cookery School
12:00 Ashburton Cookery School
14:30 Coach transfer to Tiverton Hotel
15:30 Meet Neil Parish MP for Tiverton and Honiton
16:40 Transfer to Bovey Castle Hotel
18:00 Hotel check in and freshen up for dinner
19:30 Dinner Smith Brasserie
Overnight Bovey Castle Hotel

Itinerary Details

A base for local, seasonal cooking and unique dining established in 1992, Ashburton Cookery School offers a wide range of cooking experiences for all types of food enthusiast. Enjoy a half day cookery class here, learning to make delicious dishes. Ashburton is a great location for lunch, with time to enjoy your creations.

Visit the Tiverton Hotel, with spectacular views out across the mid-Devon countryside.

Bovey Castle commands an impressive position, nestled within the dramatic Dartmoor National Park. Dinner at The Smith Brasserie here allows diners to enjoy a stunning rural setting, and seasonal ingredients sourced from Devon and Cornwall, used to create dishes of a standard worthy of this beautiful luxury hotel.

Supplier Information

Name Ashburton Cookery School
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile

The Ashburton Cookery School is one of the UK's top cookery schools offering inspirational cookery courses led by professional chefs.

With over 40 cookery courses to choose from, designed to suit beginners as well as experienced home cooks we will teach you to cook with imagination, passion and enjoyment. If you want to take your cookery skills to the next level we have a cookery course for you.
Phone +44 (0)1364 652784
Email support@ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk
Website https://www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Tiverton Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile The ​Best Western Tiverton Hotel is looking forward to offering you a traditional West Country welcome. Expect warm smiles, genuine service and high standards of hospitality to meet the needs of the modern business and leisure guest. Located in the heart of Mid-Devon just 10 mins from J27 of the M5 and close to both Taunton and Exeter, our hotel sits within two-and-a-half acres of mature gardens, with ample free parking and electric car charging points. We have 69 spacious en-suite bedrooms many on the ground floor and some specially adapted rooms for our less abled bodied guests. We also offer superior rooms with king size beds, purpose built desks and bath robes, ideal for the corporate traveller. The hotels facilities also include free WiFi, conference and banqueting suites, popular bar, Gallery Restaurant and outside catering.
Phone +44 (0)1884 256120
Email reservations@tivertonhotel.co.uk
Website http://www.bw-tivertonhotel.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Bovey Castle
Category Accommodation
Profile The 5 Red Star Bovey Castle is history, excitement, glamour, adventure and the perfect country house retreat in Devon. Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at midday, bathing suit for an afternoon in the spa and then pop on your finest glad rags for a smashing dinner in the Great Western Restaurant? But while we offer our guests luxury and indulgence, this isn't a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture, let your kids enjoy themselves or have a casual meal in Smith's Brasserie. Bovey Castle is a place where you can live out your dreams, then put your feet up.
Phone 01647 445000
Email info@boveycastle.com
Website http://www.boveycastle.com/
FIT or Groups: n/a
Day 3

Sunday 4 March

Itinerary

07:30 Breakfast at hotel
08:30 Site inspection Bovey Hotel
09:30 Coach to Torquay
10:45 Agatha Christie Guided Tours
13:30 Lunch at The Cary Arms
15:00 Coach transfer to Trevibban Mill
16:30 Wine & cider tasting at Trevibban Mill
18:00 Coach transfer to Carbis Bay
19:00 Hotel check in & freshen up
20:00 Dinner at hotel
Overnight Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate

Itinerary Details

Famous for her crime and mystery novels, the British author Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, and spent most of her life here. A guided tour of the region retraces the footsteps of the legendary author, identifying the buildings where she experienced key moments in her life and exploring how her famous works were inspired by the surrounding landscapes.

Lunch today is at The Cary Arms – one of Devon’s best boutique hotels. Focusing on fresh, seasonal fare, the restaurant here offers delicious Devon & Cornwall cuisine.

Think “England” and “wine” don’t go together? Think again! With its beatiful vineyards and a staff who are really passionate about grape growing, wine tasting at Trevibban Mill in Cornwall showcases some of England’s finest wines. Tours are led by a wine maker who demonstrates the process, before offering visitors the chance to sample five different wines.

Supplier Information

Name Unique Devon Tours
Category Guided Tours
Profile Owned and run by local expert Alex Graeme, Unique Devon Tours organises fascinating and entertaining holidays for small groups in this beautiful and intriguing area of England, making the most of the wonderful array of activities, attractions and things to do in Devon. Alex has lived in Devon all his life, and is very passionate about sharing what it has to offer. He utilises a comprehensive local knowledge to facilitate a unique set of experiences for guests visiting the area. Whether your interests lie in the landscapes and legends of Dartmoor, the Cathedral and Roman history of Exeter, famous characters such as Dame Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Francis Drake, beautiful beaches, cream teas, glorious gardens and evocative castles or steam trains and river boats, Devon can truly offer something for everyone. The breadth of activities to try in Devon is second to no other county in the United Kingdom. With Unique Devon Tours, you can experience a tailor made holiday crafted carefully around your interests, and around the best that Devon has to offer, creating an exclusive, bespoke itinerary for your group (maximum 6), for a length of time to suit you - a set of memorable experiences, delivering the highest level of service, superb handpicked accommodation, the finest of English, locally sourced food, all with Alex as your driver and guide.
Phone +44 (0)1803 812556
Email info@uniquedevontours.co.uk
Website https://www.uniquedevontours.com/
Min - Max capacity: Max 6
Private tours: Yes
FIT or Groups: Groups

Supplier Information

Name Cary Arms
Category Accommodation
Profile Brimming with coastal charm, Cary Arms and Spa on the Beach combine all the values of a classic English Inn with the style and comfort of the best luxury hotels in Devon. Join us for superb seaside gastro dining, unwind at the sublime Spa on the Beach, or make it a true seaside escape with our selection of chic rooms, suites and cottages. Sitting in the sunny, sheltered haven of Babbacombe Bay on the South Devon coast, the outstanding setting and views are breathtakingly beautiful 365 days of the year. Spend your days with a restorative massage or bespoke spa treatment, a picnic down on the beach or take a table on the terrace for lunch. If you're lucky and book early you might bag the prized Captain’s Table. Stay with us and see for yourself why we are one of the best places to dine, relax and stay in Torbay.
Phone +44 (0)1803 327110
Email enquiries@caryarms.co.uk
Website https://www.caryarms.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards
Category Food, beverage & Entertainment Venues
Profile Nestled in the heart of the Cornish countryside, Trevibban Mill is a working vineyard with a spectacular new wedding venue offering a stylish and contemporary space in a beautifully rural setting. Close to the dramatic North Cornish coast, next to the picturesque fishing village of Padstow, Trevibban Mill is an award-winning vineyard known for its stunning collection of Cornish wines and cider, locally sourced food and lush surroundings encompassing 11,000 vines, and 1,700 apple trees
Phone +44 (0)1841541413
Email info@trevibbanmill.com
Website http://trevibbanmill.com/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Category Accommodation
Profile Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate offers a stunning coastal retreat with direct access to its privately owned 25 acre Blue Flag beach and breath-taking views of one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
Phone +44 (0)1736 795311
Email info@carbisbayhotel.co.uk
Website http://www.carbisbayhotel.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 4

Monday 5 March

Itinerary

07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Coach transfer to The Minack Theatre
09:00 Land’s End photo opportunity
09:30 Visit toThe Minack Theatre (Exhibition Centre, Gardens and stop at the cafè)
11:00 Coach transfer
12:00 Lunch at Mount Haven Restaurant
13:15 Coach transfer
14:15 School Tea Visit to Tregothnan
15:30 Coach transfer to Plymouth Station
18:03 – 21:22 Pullman Dining Experience (from Plymouth to London Paddington)
Overnight Melia hotel, London

Itinerary Details

Land’s End is one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, renowned for being the most southwesterly point on Britain’s mainland. It’s a perfect opportunity to stand on the edge of the mainland, looking out 3147 miles to New York, or 874 miles inland to John O’Groat, the most northerly point in Scotland!

Teetering on the cliffs of a rocky outcrop, the Minack Theatre is without a doubt one of the most unique auditoriums in the world. It overlooks the beautiful Porthcurno Bay and, in the summer, presents open-air plays, musicals and opera. Its sub-tropical gardens are also a sight to behold, bringing a backdrop of colour – particularly in the spring.

Natural, wild surroundings such as these, inspire the modern, adventurous food at The Mount Haven Restaurant. Looking out across the world-famous St Michael’s Mount, an island castle in West Cornwall, this lunch spot boasts the most stunning of settings.

Think of England and many people’s first thought is of tea! But we don’t just drink it – we also grow it! A high-end British teamaker, Tregothnan’s roots date back as far as 1334. Its location near the coast and the Fal Estuary mean it offers the perfect conditions for growing tea plants, something which visitors will learn on a guided educational tour, along with discovering the tea’s journey from bush to cup.

The journey back to London combines fine dining, comfortable travel and stunning countryside, with the Great Western Railway Pullman Dining Experience. Serving dishes like fillet steak and deluxe cheese boards, it’s a chance to enjoy for a truly luxurious train ride and to experience a piece of British railway heritage.

Supplier Information

Name The Minack Theatre
Category Attraction
Profile The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. We put on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling. We are open all year round for you to come and explore this amazing place and discover the incredible story of Rowena Cade who created the theatre. We look forward to welcoming you.
Phone +44(0)1736 810694
Email info@minack.com
Website https://www.minack.com/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name The Mount Haven Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile
Welcome to the Mount Haven, a boutique hotel perched on the edge of Marazion, overlooking the sweep of Mount’s Bay.
Please do take a moment to glimpse into our Cornish contemporary haven with its mellow, relaxed interiors, unique garden and mesmerising views over to the island of St Michael’s Mount. We would be so proud to share this very special part of the world with you and to make your stay memorable and enjoyable in this distinctive place, which is both part of the town of Marazion and a secluded haven.
Phone +44 (0)1736 719937
Email reception@mounthaven.co.uk
Website https://www.mounthaven.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Tregothnan
Category Attraction
Profile Home to the Boscawen family, Tregothnan is a living and working private Cornish estate, with a rich history dating back to 1334. The name ‘Tregothnan’ literally means ‘The House at the Head of the Valley’ and is still a private family home today. Tregothnan has the largest historic, botanic garden in Cornwall. Its character was formed by the sixth Viscount Falmouth and his brother – the rector of nearby Lamorran who bought Rhododendrons, rare trees, shrubs and ornamental Camellias into the arboretum two hundred years ago. Tregothnan has persevered in pioneering botanical firsts, using our expertise to nurture rare plants, shrubs and Camellia Sinensis (tea plants) within our unique micro-climate. Eight miles from the coast with the deep sea creek of the Fal Estuary running through the estate, the warm and wet conditions are perfect for our thriving tea plantations, which allows us to grow and produce the most British tea in history. Tregothnan began supplying Britain’s first home-grown tea in 2005, creating the ultimate Britishness in every cup. The world’s first true British tea has been heralded as the ‘new Darjeeling.’ Hidden behind the iconic kitchen garden door – the oldest remaining part of the estate dating back to Plantagenet times – you can find our Camellia Sinensis plantations from which we hand-pluck the leaves at dawn. As well as growing English tea and a vast range of plants that create the delicious herbal infusions, a diversity of lands also allows us to produce Cornish Manuka and wildflower honeys, our fine and rare Kea plum jam and sustainable coppiced charcoal. Beautiful British flowers from the Tregothnan estate and surrounding lands are cut for our range of hand-tied seasonal English bouquets. Tregothnan’s Wild Escapes offer idyllic cottages full of Cornish character, nestled in peaceful orchard locations on the shores of the River Fal. Today we are still as passionate as ever about our tea, flowers, plants, experiences, holidays and all our high quality estate produce. We continue to experiment, create and innovate, surrounded by our exquisite botanical garden, which is the inspiration of all we do today.   Experience all that Tregothnan has to offer. Join one of our garden guides for a Private Garden Tour of our inspirational botanical garden to get lost amongst mountainous magnolias and rhododendrons. How about becoming a tea guru with an Tregothnan tea masterclass, or learning about Tregothnan floristry and how we create our distinctive style or even some live-fire cookery on the banks of the river Fal?
Phone +44 (0)1872 520000.
Email info@tregothnan.co.uk
Website https://tregothnan.co.uk/
FIT or Groups: Both

Supplier Information

Name Melia White House Hotel
Category Accommodation
Profile Situated in a building with beautiful architecture, in the charming area of Regent´s Park, the Meliá White House offers a delightful range of fine cuisine. All rooms and suites are located across eight floors of this historical building which has been a London landmark since the 1930s. All rooms are non-smoking and offer: En-suite bathroom with hair-dryer and beauty mirror, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, high speed internet connection, flat-screen television with satellite channels, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, 24-hour room service, direct dial telephone and UK/EU/US sockets.
Phone +44 (0)20 7391 3000
Email melia.white.house@melia.com
Website https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/london/melia-white-house/index.html
FIT or Groups: Both
Day 5

Tuesday 6 March

Itinerary

09:00 Coach transfer to London Heathrow