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Boat Building Academy

Boat Building Academy

The Boat Building Academy teaches the widest range of hands-on boat building training in the world, specialising in composite, modern and traditional wooden construction, restoration and repair. Based on Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset, the Academy lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students of the Academy’s flagship 38 week ‘Boat Building, Maintenance and Support’ course, which incorporates the Level 3 City & Guilds qualification, gain practical experience by working on a wide range of construction types. Graduates are now working at traditional and modern boat yards around the world or have successfully set up their own boat building and restoration businesses.

 

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

This railway is Cornwall’s only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the trains run through some delightful Cornish scenery. The main station on the line is at Bodmin General. The engine shed is here, as well as a souvenir shop and refreshment room in the restored station buildings. At Colesloggett Halt, delightful country footpaths lead to Cardinham Woods.

 

Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Tank Museum

The Tank Museum in Bovington Dorset houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks to the latest main battle tank of the British Army - Challenger. The Museum has a collection of almost 300 vehicles from over 26 countries.

 

Britannia Royal Naval College

Britannia Royal Naval College

High on a hill above the town of Dartmouth in Devon, south west England, Britannia Royal Naval College has been training Royal Naval officers on this site since 1905. In fact, naval officers' training in Dartmouth goes back to 1863, when the old wooden hull HMS BRITANNIA was first moored in the River Dart. The Royal Family trained here for naval service. The then young Princess Elizabeth first met Prince Philip here when she visited with her parents. He was training there.

 

Brixham Fishing Port and Maritime Heritage

Brixham Fishing Port and Maritime Heritage

Half day guided tour including traditional fish and chip lunch. Generations have been enchanted by the charm and romance of Brixham, a colourful and bustling fishing port situated at the southern end of the English Riviera. Recently the star of its own Sky TV show, the port is famous for its seafood, pirates and colourful local festivals. Vibrant and colourful fishermen’s cottages gaze out across this delightful fishing town, its working fishing trawlers and historic heritage boats below. The harbour is the town’s lifeblood and Brixham remains one of the UK’s busiest fishing ports, landing over 40 different species a year. The town is built around the central harbour area where local artists paint, and this tour includes a guided walk around the harbour with the local tourism association, as well as a visit aboard a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind and a trip to the quaint and intriguing Brixham Heritage Museum.

 

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

The Centre provides a large and varied programme of fossil events and activities which run all year round including fossil hunting walks, fossil roadshows, ammonite slice polishing and fossil mould making sessions. More information

 

Clovelly

Clovelly

The tiny fishing village of Clovelly is secluded, but easy to find. Of course car parks had not been thought of at the time man first made his mark on the area. On the plateau above the village stand Clovelly Dykes – very old earthworks which the Romans probably adapted from an even earlier, perhaps Stone Age, hillfort.

 

Cockington Court

Cockington Court

Many villages lay claim to be ‘picturesque’, but the village of Cockington is the real deal and is located just two miles from Torquay harbour. Once in the village your passengers will experience a quiet charm that is quintessentially English. Everything about Cockington oozes with history – there’s a beautiful English church, water mill, a forge and even the cricket pitch was once a medieval deer park.

 

Crownhill Fort

Crownhill Fort

Crownhill Fort was designed by Capt.E.F. Du Cane as the principal, and largest, fort of Plymouth's North-Eastern Defences, designed to defend the Royal Dockyard at Devonport from an attack by the French from the north of the city.

 

Custom House Quay

Custom House Quay

For 150 yrs, Falmouth was the only place where the mail came in and out of the country - In The Packet Ships. If you were the captain of one of the ships you would land at Customs House Quay. For 150 yrs, Falmouth was 2nd only to London for knowing the news of the day.

 

Dartington Hall & Dartington Cider Press

Dartington Hall & Dartington Cider Press

Rich in history and set at the heart of a country estate, Dartington Hall was originally built in 1388 for John Holland, Earl of Huntingdon and half brother to Richard II. The gardens surrounding the Hall are wonderful and have been created around the original medieval tiltyard, where knights in shining armour once competed against each other for the amusement of the assembled company.

 

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Dartmouth Steam Railway

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway is the holiday line with steam trains running for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast from Paignton to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear. The scenery is superb, with seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill on clear days. Luxury dining train available.

 

Dorchester

Dorchester

Dorchester is Dorset’s county town and offers varied shopping and a popular weekly market, with Prince Charles's internationally renowned Poundbury which can be found on the western side of the town. The celebrated literary author, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), spent many years of his life in Dorchester and the surrounding area - his fictional 'Wessex' - and his legacy remains in the region today.

 

Du Maurier Literary Centre

Du Maurier Literary Centre

Providing Information on Writer Daphne Du Maurier for popular texts such as "Jamaica Inn2 "Frenchman's Creek" and "Rebecca" which were all inspired by her love of Cornwall where she lived and wrote.

 

Evening trips

Evening trips

If cruise ships are planning an overnight stay in Scilly, visitors might enjoy specialist evening trips. On Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout the main season, visitors to the islands can watch the weekly spectacle of Pilot Gig racing. Pilot Gigs are beautiful old six-person rowing boats which were traditionally used to pilot large ships into and around Scilly. Teams from all islands compete against each other in a series of races. The St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association offers a close up experience on their tripper boats, so onlookers can cheer on the action as they watch the gig teams battle it out for the top honours.