SUMMER HOLIDAY TO BABBACOMBE, JUNE 2016

On our annual pilgrimage to Babbacombe, we were joined by members of the Vision Support group for the first time. As the name suggests, some members are affected by sight impairment or total loss, and so it is usually a challenge for them to find suitable holiday venues, but they took a gamble and came away with us anyway.
The weather forecast for the week did not sound good, even though the previous week was scorching, so it was tricky planning our day trips out in advance. The same as last year, we stopped in Tewkesbury on the way down for breakfast for an hour, arriving in Babbacombe around 3pm where it was warm but overcast. The final touches to the hotel renovation are ongoing, and we were very impressed by the improvements since our last visit.
Despite the hotels reluctance last year to provide bingo, we were told that it was back on, followed by an entertainer later in the evening, and it was well received. Wednesday is theatre night, and 16 of us made our way down the prom to enjoy an evening of dance, song and comedy in an energetic show entitled “Starstruck” hosted by a hilarious Brummie called Andy Oakley
Breakfast was now a buffet, eat all you can affair, and we made sure we got our monies worth! Every day bar one, we were out early on the coach to local attractions including a donkey sanctuary, Plymouth, Tavistock, Buckfast Abbey and most peoples favourite, Dartmouth. As usual, the Babbacombe Fayre on the Downs was on the Wednesday, which passed a few hours successfully.
We managed to avoid most of the showers during the week, until we arrived back in Runcorn where the rain had set in for the day, and most of us got soaked. Back down to earth with a bump! Roll on next June when we get to do it all again.

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