A spring weekend touring around Weston-super-Mare and the Wye Valley was the recent trip taken by 44 members of the Riviera Heartbeaters of Devon.
Tony Prior, Social Events Organiser for the group, says, “We were transported in comfort and style by our regular driver Martin from Carmel Coaches in Exeter and the weekend was based at the Arosfa Hotel in Weston-super-Mare. This is a small, family-run hotel that prides itself on a warm and welcoming personal service, and we enjoyed excellent evening entertainment including holding a fancy dress competition with a seaside theme on the Saturday night!”
As well as a drive around the Wye Valley, stopping at the Old Station in Tintern for morning coffee and cakes – where Tony says the group was “spoilt rotten” – a cruise along the River Wye from Symonds Yat with Wye Valley Cruises went down well. “The boat took us upstream to spot salmon and we were able to take in the beautiful and historic scenery, rounded off by a ploughman’s lunch onboard”, recalls Tony.
On Sunday morning, the group took a stroll around Grove Park where there is a memorial to TV presenter, Jill Dando, and enjoyed a visit to the newly-opened pier at Weston-super-Mare. “With the day also being Mother’s Day, we had an extra treat lined up for the ladies in the group, having flowers delivered to the hotel, which arrived during an excellent lunch,” adds Tony.
He continues, “We benefited from some unseasonably good weather and, all in all, this was a very enjoyable break. After the success of this trip, it won’t be long before we are on the road again!”