Morse Take A Rest
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th September 2003
In The Company of Colin Dexter
A full weekend of events based in and around Dorset including a murder mystery at the Bay Hotel
“Morse never took his fair share of holidays, so he told himself
‘Lime, mate! Lime’s marvellous! ... It’s where some of the scenes of Persuasion are set.’
Surely one of the finest settings of any hotel in the West Country! We are the only hotel on Marine Parade and we enjoy panoramic views from Portland Bill to the east, to the historic Cob Harbour to the west.
... ‘Coleridge country too, sir. I’ll probably drive around a bit - have a look at Ottery St Mary. ... the village of Nether Stowey.’
Morse was spending the last three days of his West Country holiday at the King’s Arms in Dorchester. ... he had explored Hardy’s Dorchester on foot (!) a.m., and spent the whole p.m. in the Dorset County Museum.”
During our sojourn to Dorset we will explore in the footsteps of Morse and far more.
Since the Bay Hotel is too small to hold our group we have decided to stay closeby at theLyme Bay Holiday Village.Situated prominently in a prime East Devon coastal location, Lyme Bay offers comfortable chalet style accommodation. The rooms I am told have recently been refurbished and each offers en-suite facilities at a reasonable cost.
It is expected that members will make their own way to Lyme Bay area. On the Saturday a coach is being provided for the day time excursions, and also for transfers to and from the Bay Hotel for our Murder Mystery dinner. On the Sunday we will travel by car convoy, and it is hoped that those travelling by public transport will be able to have lifts from other members.
All reservations are on a first come first served basis. There is a £10 discount per person for booking before 1st July 2003.
Friday 26th September 2003
Join fellow members at ‘The Pilot’ pub in Lyme Regis for a drink. The first drink of the evening is on the Society. Don’t forget to check into your accommodation first!
Saturday 27th September 2003
Following breakfast we will be picked up by coach at 09:00 and travel into Dorchester where we will explore Hardy country.
Private viewing of the Old Crown Court and Cells. These are famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and Judge Jeffrey’s Bloody Assize. Experience four centuries of gruesome crime and punishment. Stand in the dock and sit in the dimly lit cells. Surely Morse would have visited if he had known about it.
Visit the world renowned Tutankhamun exhibition as you walk through a replica of his tomb filled with fabulous treasure - where sight, sound and smell combine to recreate one of the world’s greatest ancient treasures.
As Morse we will now visit the Dorset County Museum with its fourteen display rooms including the Dorset Writer’s Gallery. Of most interest will be Thomas Hardy’s famous study.
A three course lunch will be served at the King’s Arms - where Morse stayed. Following lunch we travel by coach to the town of Blandford Forum.
Visit to the Royal Signals Museum. It will be recalled that Morse spend eighteen months in the Royal Signals Regiment during his National Service.
Tea will be taken at Hardy’s Cottage on our return to Lyme Regis, with arrival expected at 18:00.
Transfer by coach to the Bay Hotel for gala dinner during which a murder will be committed. Will you be able to solve it and win the Endeavour Cup?
Transfer back to accommodation.
Sunday 28th September 2003
Following breakfast we will make our way via car convoy.
Otterly St. Mary. Brief stop at St. Mary’s to see memorial plaque to Coleridge.
Nether Stowey. Brief stop at Coleridge’s house (‘small thatched cottage, damp and uncomfortable’).
Lunch at the Barge pub in Honey Street. This is where Morse and Lewis took a drink in the Wench is Dead. This pub has a wonderful location beside the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Canal boat trip along the Kennet & Avon Canal. This will include afternoon tea and cake. Again this will go along the route used in filming the Wench is Dead.
Departure and souvenir gift.