Discovery Days & Visits

Discovery Days and Visits 2018:

Discovery Days will take place at East Budleigh Village Hall, include three sessions and last from 10am to approximately 3pm


Discovery Days & Visits

‘Pepys and Hogarth’ with Andrew Davies

Discovery Day: ‘Pepys and Hogarth’ with Andrew Davies

12th April 2018

Contact: Jan Sokell Tel: 01395 519028

Trip to Provence - in the footsteps of Cezanne and Van Gogh

Visit: 6 Days Trip to Provence - in the footsteps of Cezanne and Van Gogh

Departing 11th May 2018

Day 1
We meet at Bristol Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight to Nice. On arrival in Nice we are met by our tour manager and transfer to the centrally located 3* Bristol Hotel in Avignon for a five night stay. A welcome set three course dinner without drinks is included at a carefully selected restaurant close to our hotel this evening, and the remaining four nights are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2
This morning our guided walking tour of the UNESCO listed town of Avignon takes in sights such as Le Pont St Bénezet, the ramparts, the
Petit Palais and the Cathedral. We also visit the Palais des Papes, standing as the mighty symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world during the 14th century. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Avignon, and on an individual basis you may choose to visit Le Musée du Petit Palais with its outstanding collection of Italian and Provençal paintings, or Le Musée Calvet, an 18th century private museum with a varied collection of paintings and sculptures.

Day 3
Our morning guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence introduces us to the beautiful old buildings and magnificent squares of this elegant town and follows ‘In Cézanne’s footsteps’, discovering his life and the landscapes that inspired the great painter including a visit to his studio. This afternoon we visit Musée Granet, one of France’s richest provincial art galleries with works by French painters from the 16th to 20th centuries, including works by Cézanne.

Day 4
The delightful town of Arles is home to the magnificent Roman cathedral of Sainte-Trophime and where Van Gogh is said to have eventually lost his sanity. Our guided tour on arrival takes in the exterior of Espace Van Gogh, the hospital where Van Gogh stayed and painted some of his most famous works of art. En route back to Avignon, we visit the Carrières de Lumières show at Les Baux de Provence. The show comprises thousands of digitised images of works of art that are projected onto all the former quarry’s surfaces, moving to the rhythm of a musical soundtrack.

Day 5
We spend the morning in Nimes, a town with two thousand years of history, architecture and art. On arrival we explore the stunning Roman temple known as La Maison Carrée, one of the finest remaining examples of a Roman Colliseum in the world. This afternoon we visit
the 2,000 year old Pont Du Gard, considered by the Romans as the best testimony to the greatness of their Empire. Made from blocks of stone, hauled into place by slaves using an ingenious system of pulleys, at 49 metres it was the highest bridge the Romans ever constructed.

Day 6
We return to Nice Airport for our direct scheduled Easyjet flight back to Bristol.

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Visit: Sherborne Castle

Visit Sherborne Castle

11th October 2018

Sherborne Castle, Dorset has been the Digby family home since 1617. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. A new exhibition – Sir Walter Raleigh at Sherborne – will mark the 400th anniversary of his execution. Capability Brown created here a nationally important English Landscape Garden, an exhibition drawn from the archives tells of his impact and legacy on the garden.

Details to follow.