Old Church School - Plympton, near Plymouth.
The Old Church School is a beautiful heritage property situated in the peaceful area of Plympton. The former school is in a historic part of the area and is close by to the main transport links, which makes it a great base for exploring all that the South West has to offer. Plympton Castle and the castle green is on the doorstep and the city of Plymouth is only a short distance away.
Sleeps four. Two bedrooms.
This year’s Remembrance Day is more poignant than ever, as it will mark the centenary year of the end of the First World War. It is particularly significant in the South West, as there is a strong military presence, with most of the Royal Marine bases and barracks located in the South West of the UK. Commemorating those who gave their lives in the war, plenty of events will take place throughout the region, from exhibitions to art installations, providing plenty of opportunity for guests to mark the centenary. cottages.com have a range of military inspired properties all over the country which make for a unique holiday, including the former WWII operations bunker ‘The Bunker’ in Cornwall and former observation tower ‘RAF Wainfleet’ in Lincolnshire.
The National Trust is hosting the ‘Pages of the Sea’ event to mark the 100th anniversary and say thank you to those who were lost during the war. The renowned filmmaker Danny Boyle is inviting communities around the UK, including the South West, to gather at the beaches where many soldiers departed to war from. At low tide, a portrait of a war veteran will be created in the sand, and will then be washed away when the tide comes in. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has also written a brand-new poem, which visitors will be invited to read. In the South West, the event will be coming to Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, Porthcurno in Cornwall and Saunton Sands in Devon.
As well as special anniversary events, there will also be several exhibitions in the area, which will allow guests to discover the stories of those who were affected during the conflict. Cotehele House and Gardens in Cornwall create a Christmas garland every year, but this year promises to be even bigger than before to honour the centenary by giving the garland a completely different look.
In Dorset, visitors can come together to watch the lighting of Thorncombe beacon on the Golden Cap Estate, with the stunning Jurassic coastline as a backdrop as part of the national ‘Battle’s Over’ tribute. The beacon has its own military history, as it was one of the sights on the South West coastal path that was used to warn of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
What’s more, the region is at the heart of military history, and there are plenty of exhibits and museums where guests can retrace the footsteps of soldiers and pilots. The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum is Europe’s largest naval air museum, where guests can explore the heritage of the air force. Visitors can explore the four exhibition halls that house over ninety different aircraft - including the first British Concorde. Keen pilots can take part in The Aircraft Carrier Experience, where they can try their hand at ‘flying’ a helicopter, visit the control rooms and even see a nuclear bomb.
The Tank Museum in Dorset is home to the largest number of armoured vehicles in the world that spans over a hundred years of history. The British invention was introduced during the First World War and changed warfare forever. Visitors of the museum can also experience first-hand what it was like to be a soldier in the war, from the recruiting office right through to the front line and can learn how the tank played such an important role in breaking the stalemate during the war.
The iconic Poppies: Wave installation Wave and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and design Tom Piper has already been seen by four million people in different locations across the UK since it was first seen at the Tower of London. Visitors in the South West will get a chance to see the famous cascade of bright red poppies for themselves, as they will be at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial until the 19th November. The memorial overlooks the Plymouth Sound and honours the 7,300 service men and women of the First World War.
cottages.com have an amazing collection of heritage properties, including military inspired properties, that will give holidaymakers the chance to relive history and make the date even more memorable.
There are a number of events taking place in the South West to commemorate those who gave their lives in war
Carol Ann Duffy has written a brand-new poem which visitors will be invited to read. In the South West, the event will be coming to Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, Porthcurno in Cornwall and Saunton Sands in Devon