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WINTER WONDERS

THURSDAY 16TH/FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2017

Thursday
 
Morning departure with coffee stop enroute to Welford Park Gardens near Newbury for their snowdrop display.  The snowdrops at Welford Park were  most probably planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from “mal au tete” (wrong in the head). Close to the snowdrop woods have also  been found wild aconitum, petasites and mistletoe all of which have strong healing properties. The most spectacular display of the snowdrops at Welford Park is in the beech wood covering approximately 5 acres alongside the River Lambourn. 
 
There is a tea rooms and heated tent serving tea/coffee, soup, jacket potatoes & their own Welford Park sausages & mash.
 
After we travel to our hotel the  Marriott Swindon

Chance to use the leisure facilities & gym before dinner.
 
 
 
Friday
 
A chance to use the leisure facilites before a good breakfast to set us up for our second day.
 
Depart for WWT Slimbridge
 
There are guided walks & besides the usual birds there are flamingo's, cranes, otters & amphibians both  with talks, however  the highlight of our visit to Slimbridge must be to watch the magical winter spectacle of their daily commentated bird feed from the comfort of the heated observatory and listen to the warden's commentary as he feeds the thousands of wintering wild birds and hundreds of Bewick's swans that have flown all the way from arctic Russia.
 


 

Included in the price of the break


         Coach with pickups, Forde Park,  Railway Station, B&Q Newton Abbot,  Next & Greenhill Way Kingsteignton 
 
 
Bed Breakfast & 3 course dinner at Marriott Swindon
 
Entry to Welford Park Gardens
 
Entry to Slimbridge
 


COST £99.00 PER PERSON SHARING
 
£22 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
 
£25 Deposit
 
Balance by 1st January
 

PLEASE NOTE INSURANCE IS NOT INCLUDED

Welford Park Snowdrops
Welford Park Beech Woods

Slimbridge feed

Slimbridge 
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