Our 11th Annual Bootscooter 4 Day Holiday
2017 saw 46 of us travel off to The Bay Eden Arms Hotel in Co. Durham, another new venue for us.
Beautiful hotel which used to be an old hunting lodge in it’s earlier life, only 2 storeys high, but quite a lengthy hotel with swimming pool, games room, sauna, gym, several bars, restaurant, and function suite and needless to say, we made use of all facilities.
We were greeted at our first pick up point by our driver for the 4 days, John , and what a lovely surprise as we’d met John earlier in the year on a trip to Whitby. It was a pleasure to have him drive us for the holiday; he just got on with everyone.
When we arrived Daniel the under manager came onto the coach and greeted us all, he was great, so helpful and pleasant as were all the staff in the hotel.
After booking in and finding our rooms, quite a few of us met in the bar before our evening meal. The food was lovely and a good choice. After our meal it was off to the Windlesome Suite for our evening entertainment from Dave Davies a comedian/singer, at the end of the night it was time for a bit of line dancing, so out came the laptop and quite a few of us stayed up quite late dancing.
Saturday morning after a good night’s sleep in a very warm hotel (in fact a little too warm) and a good hearty breakfast it was time for our line dance workshop. Quite a few turned up and it was lovely to see some of the other residents join in. I taught Old and Grey by Rob Fowler, which everyone seemed to enjoy. We finished our workshop just after 11 as our coach trip to Durham was due to leave at 11.30.
Durham is a lovely city with a beautiful Cathedral, small market and some lovely shops and even better Wetherspoons, where allot of us met up for lunch & liquid refreshments. After Durham it was back to our hotel, a bit of leisure time to either chill out or use the pool. After our evening meal it was entertainment time again this time from a duo Wet & Wylde. Many of us had seen this duo before, so knew what to expect. Another bingo session with quite allot of money going to one of our crowd. After the entertainment it was time for line dancing again, and again we danced till near on midnight.
Sunday after breakfast we had a trip to Newcastle – and a guided tour by John our driver –with a stop off to take photos of The Angel of The North - what a fabulous city Newcastle is with its contrasting architecture and numerous statues throughout the city, and an impressive quayside. Again several of us met up for a liquid lunch in – you guessed it – Wetherspoons.
After our evening meal we were entertained by Bridie White a female singer with a lovely voice. Bridie called the bingo for us and again big money was won by our group, In agreement with me Bridie finished around 10 o’clock so that we could have our line dancing again. So we danced until 11.30. By 12.00 most of us had gone to our rooms to pack our cases as it was home time after breakfast the following morning.
John decided on the way home he would take us to Rippon, a lovely little town where we could have a browse round and do any final shopping we needed to do, needless to say most of us found a nice cosy Wetherspoons, mind you it was only coffee this time.
We were extremely lucky with the weather, lovely blue sky on all our days, albeit a bit cold at times.
It was unfortunate for a couple of our ladies who were unwell and were unable to join in most of the weekend, really hope they have fully recovered.
I would like to thank everyone who came on the trip for my lovely flowers, wine and monetary gift, you are all so generous, it is so much appreciated… I think most of you probably know it hasn’t been easy the last 12 months trying to organise the trip – especially with Bill having his stroke and recovering from it, but time is a great healer, so thank you all once again.
Well now it’s time to start wracking my brains as to where 2018 will be....any suggestions, just let me know.