Dinner on Sat 23 August
We will meet in the “Riggers Bar” of the Lifeboat College from 1900 where there is a cash bar and at 1930 we will ascend to the Harbour View Suite for a three course dinner with wine, the cost of which is £36.
Dinner will comprise:
Chicken Liver Terrine, Spiced Fruit Chutney, Brioche Bun T
Atlantic prawn cocktail with wholemeal buttered bread P
Roast tomato and basil soup (v) S
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Lemon, honey and rosemary, flavoured breast of chicken and balsamic sauce B
Baked haddock, grilled fennel, slow oven roast tomatoes F,
Wild mushroom risotto cakes, red pepper tapenade (v) M
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Lemon cheesecake with lemon sorbet L
Chocolate tart with vanilla crème freche V
Selection of British Cheeses and accompaniments C
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Coffee and petit fours
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House Wines: Sabina Viura & Sabina Tempranillo
Rig for the dinner is smart casual and ties are not obligatory.
Sunday 24th August
Visit to Compton Acres
We have made arrangements for a trip to Compton Acres, which has the reputation of being the South of England`s finest privately owned gardens. The gardens are on the way to Sandbanks so only a short ride from Poole.
Compton Acres are only a few miles from Poole just before the Sandbanks Peninsular. The Gardens were originally laid out in 1924, although they have a late Victorian Mixed Style design with seven distinct gardens to wander around and enjoy, including the famous Italian and Japanese Gardens.
Having undergone extensive refurbishment in the past 8 years, Compton Acres is now highly regarded as one of the most important historic gardens in England. They employ a team of gardeners and designers and use modern horticultural techniques to ensure year round interest, and have added over 1,000 different new plants to their collection to recapture the genius of the original gardens.
As well as its ten beautiful acres of gardens, there are two cafes, a specialist Plant Centre and Shops
Group cost for the under 60`s is:- £6.95pp
Group cost for 60 and over is :- £5.95pp
We plan to assemble on the Quay at 10.15 (or 11.15) and travel to Compton Acres using the Wilts and Dorset 52 service to Sandbanks and departs from Poole bus station hourly at 10.45 (11.45), taking 14 minutes to Compton Acres.
The 52 bus service back to Poole departs from outside Compton Acres at 24 minutes past the hour.
It is suggested that Zone A/B Dayrider adult (or group) tickets are purchased which gives unlimited travel anywhere in the Poole Area, and as far as Bournemoth or Corfe. Cost of Dayrider tickets is:-
Adult A/B Dayrider:- £5.70
Group A/B Dayrider:- £14.50 (this allows for a group of up to 5 travelling together.
Boat Trip to Wareham
We have been able to book our group on a stunning evening cruise at 1800 up the river to Wareham aboard the classic built 1938 wooden boat “The Dorset Queen”. Departing from Poole Quay at 1800 you will cruise through Poole Harbour and up the beautiful meandering River Frome before arriving at Wareham Quay. The cost of our trip will include a fish and chip supper served on board during the passage from Poole. On arrival at Wareham, we can then spend around an hour ashore to explore the market town before cruising back to Poole Quay.
The cost will be £21 inclusive of the Fish and Chip supper prepared and served on board by Dorset Catering.
Wareham is a curious and fascinating town. It has a history that goes back nearly 2000 years; flourishing in Saxon times and was a strategic stronghold for King Alfred the Great. After seeing action in both Civil Wars, Wareham’s importance slowly diminished as the nearby town of Poole grew in stature, leaving a picturesque market town on the banks of the River Frome.
It is the gateway to Purbeck and is also a centre for the rural communities providing services for those in the town itself and in the many outlying villages and hamlets.
Near to the Quay is the Discover Purbeck Information Centre. This centre is a mine of information and the staff have countless tips on how to explore this town and the rest of the area. At the main cross-roads is the small but fascinating Wareham Town Musuem which has displays and artefacts which will help tell the story of the town.
The old Saxon walls that still surround the town make an interesting walk of the boundaries. One of the highlights of the walls is the Saxon church of St Martins which contains early medieval wall paintings and an effigy of Lawrence of Arabia, originally bound for Westminster Abbey.
The town’s quay is now a focal point and, where once it used to be a busy and bustling place with great sailing vessels docking here and taking the famous off to France and beyond, it is now one of the most relaxing places in Purbeck.
Wareham is also gaining a reputation as a centre for locally produced foods, with local shops selling a range of local produce.
The boat will leave Wareham promptly at 20.20, but if you do miss it there is a no 40 bus back to Poole from Wareham South Bridge at 22.12 - and you can use your Dayrider ticket.
Shore parties are particularly welcome and RNLI members can stay at the Lifeboat College (space permitting). Contact the College direct on 0870 833 2000 / 01202 308500 for details or visit their websitewww.rnli.org.uk.
Poole has many visitor attractions and alternative dining options as well as award winning beaches – the perfect place for a “relaxing” Bank Holiday. More information at: www.pooletourism.com
Berthing has been provisionally reserved at Poole Quay Boat Haven which has excellent facilities and is close to all the action and shops. Their website is www.poolequayboathaven.co.uk. Each skipper will be required to pay their own mooring fee.
Please contact the event organiser, David Whitby.
Would you like to participate in this event but don't know who to sail with? Contact the organiser by phone or email (before you register) and they will broker introductions.