Visits for 2016-2017

Our visits give members the opportunity to visit places of interest that are not always accessible to the public and to provide additional information and insight difficult to gain when visiting as an individual.

We arrange visits to local galleries, historic buildings and performances at various theatres. These trips also give people a chance to get to know each other better in an informal atmosphere. Although we are restricted by our geographical situation in the south west corner of the country, we arrange several visits a year, mainly day trips within Cornwall and Devon, but will also consider visits over several days, either to somewhere in Britain or overseas.

Some of the visits are not organised by us, in which case they would be shown as such, for example 'South West Area Event'. The Visits Secretary would be able to provide information to help you, with all events.

Next Visit


Tuesday to Friday 13 - 16 June 2017

Stratford Upon Avon and the RSC

Tuesday 13 June

8.30 Travel to Stratford Upon Avon

1.00 Stop at Tyntesfield for lunch break and tour (lunch not included)

Wednesday 14 June

1.30 Vice Versa (optional) Swan Theatre

7.15 Julius Caesar

Thursday 15 June

2.00 Backstage Tour (Optional)

7.15 Anthony & Cleopatra

Friday 16 June

9.00 leave Stratford

1.00 Stop at Hestercombe Gardens for lunch and tour (included)


We will stay at the Premier Inn, Central Stratford Upon Avon on a bed and breakfast basis. All other meals will be under your own arrangements except for lunch at Hestercombe on the return journey

The Plays

Vice Versa is described as ‘lovingly ripped off from the Roman Comedies of Plautus’. Frankie Howard meets culture?!!

The Visits

Tyntesfield (NT) a spectacular Gothic revival house with gardens and parkland

Hestercombe Gardens is a Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery and a stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Lunch will be provided and if it rains there is an Art Gallery and Book Shop.

Location: Based in central Stratford Upon Avon

Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: £320 per person for travel, accommodation with breakfast, tickets for Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra and lunch and entry to Hestercombe.

Download a Booking Form: Booking Form

Contact: Visits Secretary or email visits@fdfas.org.uk

Please note if you click on the email link and it does not automatically open up a new email for you, you can send an email in your usual way addressed to visits@fdfas.org.uk

Previous Visits this year


Thursday 18 May 2017

Prideaux Place, Padstow

Prideaux Place has been in the Prideaux family for over 425 years. Their origins go back almost one thousand years to the time of the Norman Conquest, when they are recorded as Lords of the Manor at Prideaux Castle, Luxulyan.

Prideaux Place was completed in 1592 and has changed little in the last four centuries, combining its traditional Elizabethan architecture with the 18th century exuberance of Strawberry Hill Gothic.

The author Winston Graham was a friend of the family, and the house figures in the Poldark novels.

Location: Prideaux Place, Padstow

Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: £35 to include coach, coffee on arrival, 2 course lunch, a guided tour of the house and access to the grounds.


Thursday 20 April 2017

Saltram House, Plympton

Saltram was home to the Parker family from 1743, when the original Tudor mansion was remodelled to reflect the family’s increasingly prominent position. The house is splendidly decorated with original contents including Chinese wallpapers and an exceptional collection of paintings (several by Sir Joshua Reynolds). It also has a superb country house library and a Neo-classical Saloon by Robert Adam.

This magnificent Georgian mansion is now preserved by the National Trust and is full of historical interest.

Saltram is set in beautiful gardens surrounded by landscaped parkland. Highlights include follies, an orangery, ancient trees and flowering shrubs, together with the Chapel Art Gallery, a restored 19th century chapel which you are welcome to visit.

Location: Saltram House, Plympton, Devon

Organised by: Falmouth DFAS

Cost: £12 to include coach travel,entry and a one hour guided tour of the house.

Non National Trust members : £22