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The Dymock Poets Tour

Between 1911 and 1914 a small literary group were drawn to the small Gloucestershire village of Dymock, some of them making it their home. They came to be known as the “Dymock Poets” and comprised Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfred Gibson, Edward Thomas and Eleanor Farjeon. Their visitors included W H Davies, Ivor Gurney and Edward Marsh and the work they produced during this time provided the basis for a key period of British and American poetry.

Their idyllic life together was cut short by the advent of the First World War during which both Rupert Brooke and and Edward Thomas died, leading to the break -up of the community.

Included in the tour

  • 2 nights Bed and Breakfast en -suite accommodation at the historic Castle Hotel in Brecon, the oldest hotel in Wales. Free wifi and parking.
  • Full tour programme as below.
  • Services of a local and knowledgeable guide.
  • Tour transport on a comfortable mini bus.
  • Guided tour on Day 3.

Tickets

  • Standard Ticket: Three day tour including 2 nights B&B, full tour programme and a social evening with meal and storytelling.
  • Day Ticket: Travel to Dymock in Gloucestershire, home of the Dymock Poets. Here we will see some of the houses in which the poets lived and visit the exhibition about the poets at St Mary's Church. After lunch ( non inclusive ) at the historic Beauchamp Arms, we will drive to May Hill where Edward Thomas began writing his famous poem " Words". A short, gentle walk will take us to the summit of this timeless beauty spot where you can enjoy panoramic views over the Severn, the Cotswolds, the Welsh mountains and the Malverns.
  • Day Tour Premium Ticket: Everything included in the Day Ticket + Social Evening.

Upcoming Dates

  • 26th July - 28th July, 2019

Tour Highlights

  • Travel to Dymock to see where the poets lived and visit the Dymock Poets exhibition
  • Walk up May Hill and enjoy the stunning views over 12 counties
  • Relax with an evening of poetry reading, good food and drink
Buy Tickets - (from £50) Or see the details.

Day One

Your room will be available anytime from 3pm onwards. Once you are settled in we will all meet for afternoon tea (provided),  where you can get to know us and the other guests and find out more about the tour. The evening is then free for you to do whatever you wish. We will be at hand to give you suggestions and directions if required.

Day Two

Please note: if you purchase a day tour ticket, this is what's included with the exception of the evening meal. If you would like to attend the day tour with the evening meal please purchase the £65.00 ticket.

Depart at 10am for our trip to Dymock, eponymous home of the Dymock Poets. Our one and a half hour journey will take us through beautiful countryside with many interesting sights along the way. On arrival in Dymock we will point out some of the houses in which the poets lived before visiting the inspiring and informative exhibition about the poets in the attractive Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church.

After a break for lunch (non inclusive) at the Beauchamp Arms, one of the few parish owned pubs in the country we will take a short drive to May Hill. Described in John Masefield’s poem, “The Everlasting Mercy” and a favourite walking place of Robert Frost and Edward Thomas , it is also where Thomas began writing his powerful poem “Words”. A short, gentle walk takes you to the summit of this timeless beauty spot with its panoramic views over the Severn, the Cotswolds ,the Welsh mountains and the Malverns.

7:30pm - We meet at a local cafe/bistro for a meal and an evening of poetry related to the Dymock Poets.

Day Three

After a leisurely breakfast guests are welcome to either: take a guided tour of Brecon - 11am start (included in price) or depart at their own convenience.

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The Details

This tour involves some walking up a relatively steep hill, of approximately 1 mile. Please bring a warm layer, a waterproof coat and suitable footwear for hill walking. If for any reason changes have to be made to the programme e.g due to weather conditions, we will always ensure a suitable alternative is provided and will do all we can to make your tour , rewarding, relaxing and memorable.

Accommodation

The Castle Hotel is an elegant Georgian hotel set in the grounds of an 11th century castle with stunning views of the beautiful Brecon Beacons. It has stylish modern rooms, a restaurant, a welcoming bar, riverside and mountain view gardens.

Payments & Refunds

Payments are made via Eventbrite, a well established event management and ticketing website. In line with their refund policies, we offer refunds up to 7 days before a tour start date. Once you’ve bought your tickets we will send out a welcome information pack about two weeks prior to your tour. This will contain further details and advice as to what to bring with you for the tour. If at any time you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by phone or email.

Buy Tickets - (£375)

“Make me content, With some sweetness, From Wales..”

- Edward Thomas