Myself (Evie) and Mark, who is one of our excellent Laver drivers, started the day early to make sure we were ready for four days of great weather and fun with our Laver passengers on the Annual Get-Together.
We stayed at the Coppice Hotel in Torquay, which is a family-run hotel that we use on a variety of our holidays in that region like our Torquay & Greenway: The English Riviera break.
Our first stop was to Gloucester where we were greeted by beautiful weather to explore the town and visit the Cathedral, some passengers chose to have a walk to the local pastry shop and some decided to go on a shopping extravaganza ready for our entertainment nights at the hotel.
On our first night we had a lovely singer at the hotel to which we danced our feet away to 60’s & 80’s songs, after dancing the night away, we all needed a night to sleep to be ready for our adventures the next day.
The Babbacombe Model Village turned out to be everyone’s favourite attraction on the holiday. Many passengers had been there when it first opened 50-60 years ago and have enjoyed the amusing additions that have been added to the village each time they visit. From Dragons breathing fire, to wedding ceremonies, the little village was full of exciting characters and stories that made us all laugh.
After enjoying a leisurely cup of tea/coffee we had continued our journey to Exeter with a scenic coastal drive past the villages and towns of Teignmouth, Dawlish & Holcombe. Even a car accident and re-routing which led to delays didn’t cause us any trouble as we sang our hearts away to Chubby Checker, The Beatles and even Elvis Presley. The whole day we were lucky with beautiful sunshine and we had an excellent end to our night by another entertainment act at The Coppice hotel of a raffle, quizzes and once again dancing our feet away to an organist and singer.
On our third day in the English Riviera, we visited Torquay & Paignton. Some passengers chose to sit by the harbour and watch the ships sail by whilst snacking on lunch and the rest went to explore the local shops. We then continued to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth where we learned how many hearts an Octopus has!
In the evening, we had a fabulous five-course gala dinner which was finished with bingo and a festive brochure preview, followed by an early night to have enough rest before we made our journey home.
We once again sang our hearts away whilst travelling back and stopped at a Garden Centre for a lunch stop before making our way back to the East Midlands.
This was our second year on the annual get-together in Torquay and next year we will be travelling to Bournemouth for 4 days, if you’d like to find out more please click here.