Bristol & Bath

Holidays and weekend breaks

Kent Wildlife Weekend

Fri 17 Sep to Mon 20 Sep 2021

New Romney and nearby nature areas This event is now fully booked at 20 people - but there is a waiting list. We will enjoy a fabulous holiday weekend enjoying the willdife of Kent whilst staying in comfortable accomodation in the historical town of New Romney. The provisional time table will be: Friday 17th. Drive to New Romney and check into our hotel. Join friends in the village of Ham for a very good curry night. Back to New Romney to enjoy a drink or two. Saturday 18th. Join friends who own a woodland in Kent full of willdife particularly dormice. This is Pierland Wood near Ruckinge. We will follow the monthly dormouse survey where we will get a chance to meet these enchanting little creatures. We will explore Pierland Wood in the afternoon and look for bats in the evening We then head back to New Romney to eat and enjoy an evening out. Sunday 19th We will visit several first class bird reserves including Dungeness and may go for a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway line. Lunch at a great Fish and chip place on the coast. A feature here is the famous Derek Jarman garden and the areas unique plant life which Dave has studied and can introduce you to. Final evening in New Romney Monday 20th Return home. We may add one or two more stops on the way back such as a winery visit.

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Mon 4 to Fri 8th October 2021

Join Pauline for a short break at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park situated in the gorgeous East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. "Our caravans at Devon Cliffs provide a base for exploring the gorgeous countryside Devon is famous for, learning a new water sport at the Surf School and indulging in Devonshire delicacies at the South Beach Café on the park.

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Isle of Wight, Steam and Osborne House

Mon 25 Oct to 29 Oct 2021

This a coach holiday by "National Holidays" from Birmingham organised by Pete Howe the Chair of Birmingham IVC. Pick up points:- Acocks Green, Birmingham, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. A splendid five-day break to enjoy the timeless attractions of the beautiful Isle of Wight. Featuring welcoming hotel accommodation and a fabulous included itinerary, to enjoy the best of this enchanting island. • Return coach travel and ferry crossings • 4 nights at the 2-star Burlington Hotel, Sandown with dinner & breakfast • Entertainment some evenings • Free excursion to Osborne House & Cowes • Free excursion to Shanklin • Heritage train journey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway • Free excursion to Ryde Accomendation "The Burlington Hotel" Sandown (2- star rating) Cost is only £239 person plus a single supplement of £30 This holiday is only bookable via the National Holidays though their website or by phone on 03332 342 128.

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Iceland Trip

Late 021 / Early 2022

The cost at present is somewhere between £900 - £1050 dependent upon numbers (18 minimum and 25 maximum) and if we book quickly while flights are very cheap. It represents very good value for money with four nights hotel accommodation, all meals and all excursions mentioned except optional extras (all of which are very expensive in Iceland). We will also have our own private mini-tour bus to collect us from the airport and transport us throughout the trip and drop us back to the airport. Our driver will accompany us throughout the trip and be our tour guide (I am hoping to get the guide that we used last time who was excellent). With regard to insurance - essentially up until 3 months prior to travel (around 16th August) we would just lose flights (which is currently around £50 or we could choose to travel independently to use the flights). After that if we cancel the trip there would be a charge, but if the trip couldn't go ahead because the Foreign Office advised against travel, then we would be refunded in full. Iceland has not been hit badly by the coronavirus and the company is also exploring if we can get travel insurance.

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Leeds Winter Holiday

Mon 29 Nov to Fri 3 December

This is a pre-Christmas holiday in deepest Yorkshire organised by Peter Howe of Birmingham IVC. Leeds is full of places of interest: Museums Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills Royal Armouries Museum Thackray Museum of Medicine Marks and Spencer's company archive "Marks in Time" Saltaire the model village On a Leeds website it says Leeds "Foodie Capital of the North". And there is always shopping if you must! To make things simple for the organiser book your own rooms at the "Travelodge Leeds Central". It's nearly next door to the railway station. I have a double room for 4 nights. The cost is £219.96 for the 4 nights. I intend to get breakfast in the city (I do love Wetherspoons). The week will be very flexible and you can come and go when you want. But we will meet for meals and to discuss the activities. I am looking for Leeds IVC to help us find a good range of options to suit everyone.

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