Club Trip to Beaulieu, Butlers Hard & Lymington
posted by Graham Piper in Trips
With everybody on board we were away on the WHCC annual beano to the coast - well Beaulieu actually! Half a coach full of photographers and half a coach of bowls fanatics - well that's the start of a joke if ever you heard one.
Alan sat at the front in the flight attendants seat giving us copious amounts of instructions and information about the forthcoming day. Alan did his bit for the planet by not wearing out the carpet (his feet couldn't touch the ground)!
An efficient drive by Geoff the driver saw us arrive in good time and just before opening time at the motor museum.
On arrival members spread out in all directions, some to the museum, some to the cafe and obviously most to the loo.
Some say "Nostalgia is not what it used to be" but there was plenty to see and draw many memories from, especially the Chitty Chitty bang bang and the old motorbikes. Other attractions included the Top Gear tent with all the cars from the series - including the Reliant Robin space shuttle (how did they ever put that back together?).
Helen and myself took a trip in the Schumacher experience where we were thrown around at high speed in a simulation lap of Silverstone.
On leaving the museum, Alan checked everyone on the coach again, Who was the last man? Danny Callcut with the excuse that he needed to buy a hat as it was raining (wiping the food from the corner of his mouth).
The second stage of the trip took us to Bucklers Hard where we had the opportunity to ride on the river boat passing lots of large houses and spotting a few White Egrets and Oyster catchers on route. Back on dry land we ventured in and out of the houses in the Hard row. Nigel was particularly enthralled by a video of life as it used to be.
Time to go again, who was the last man? yes you guessed it - Danny again!
The final destination, Lymington town and Harbour. The driver dropped us in the rain and we split off to the various areas of interest. Ros was spotted looking for a descent pint, Andrew Marshall was seen through a cafe window, and our man Danny was seen sporting a plate of fish and chips - wonder why he is always the last man on the coach!
An hour and a bit later and it was time to return home, the bus was hot and steamy - NO not like that, just people drying out. The M3 was a nightmare so a short detour was taken but got us back in good time.
Alan finished off with a final thank you to the members and Nigel voted thanks to Alan for his efforts.
Thanks to all, Graham.
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