This will be our first pre-Christmas tour to the ever-popular Royal York and Faulkner Hotel in Sidmouth. The holiday will have a Christmas theme, with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies, a Sherry Voucher, traditional Christmas Dinner with crackers, Afternoon Tea with Christmas cake, a Festive Quiz, after dinner entertainment and carol singers.
Travel Insurance £24.50 pp
Day 1 - Friday
Taxi from your home to the coach. We drive to the County Town of Dorchester for a lunch break. Continuing along Dorset's Jurassic Coast we reach the sleepy resort of Sidmouth, where Mulled Wine and Mince Pies await our arrival.D
Day 2 - Saturday
This morning we head to Buckfastleigh to take a 'Santa-by-Steam' trip on the South Devon Railway. Once the train has set off on its journey through the Dart Valley you will be served a mince pie and non-alcoholic fruit punch, and may be lucky enough to meet the man himself! Later, we will visit Buckfast Abbey, with time to visit the Abbey Church, Monastic Gift Shop, Bookshop and Restaurant.B, D
Day 3 - Sunday
We drive to the City of Exeter for Christmas shopping and a visit to the Christmas Market on Cathedral Green. With traditional wooden chalets, it is inspired by the German Christmas markets and features crafts and gifts, fresh food and a bustling atmosphere helped by delicious food stalls and Bavarian-style bars.B, D
Day 4 - Monday
his morning we visit Slade House Farm to wish a Happy Christmas to some of the hundreds of residents at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. The Charity was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen after seeing donkeys being maltreated at Exeter Market. There is a great little café and gift shop. This afternoon the Hotel will treat us to Tea and Christmas Cake.B, D
Day 5 - Tuesday
We say farewell to the friendly York & Faulkner team and make our way home along the south coast, making a lunchtime stop at Haskyns Garden Centre. Taxis mid-to-late afternoon.B
THE ROYAL YORK & FAULKNER HOTEL SIDMOUTH
The Hotel, which is a firm favourite with Roadmark customers, will be tastefully decorated for the Festive Season. See page 7 for Hotel details.
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