British Mystery Writers Trip








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Cornwall, Crimefest & Bletchley Park
9-20 May 2014

This 11-day tour begins with five days exploring fascinating Cornwall, England, with its creeks and coves, tiny fishing villages, magnificent cliffs, and stunning coastline. Its evocative and rugged landscape of the mining era, now called the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, provides a perfect backdrop for mystery writing. Then we transfer to Bristol to attend the 7th annual Crimefest international crime fiction convention, one of the best annual gatherings of international crime writers and fans of crime fiction anywhere. We end the tour by way of Oxford to spend a day at Bletchley Park, home of the British National Codes Centre, the site of secret British code-breaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.

Participants will be met at Heathrow Airport on the morning of Friday 9 May and transferred to Cornwall by high-speed train from Paddington. Writers whose novels are set in Cornwall include Emily Barr, W.J. Burley’s Wycliffe series, several Agatha Christie works, Daphne DuMaurier, Debby Fowler, Robert Goddard, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Jessica Mann, Rosamunde Pilcher, Nicola Upson, and many more. In Bristol, following a morning tour of the 800-year-old village Lacock, we will attend Crimefest sessions, with panel discussions of various aspects of crime writing, interviews with guest authors, book signings, and other special events featuring some of the top crime writers in the world. The tour ends with two nights in Oxford, convenient for our visit to Bletchley Park, which will observe its 75th anniversary in 2014 by refurbishing some of the older buildings and opening them to the public. The tour ends on Tuesday 20 May with transport to Heathrow Airport.

The tour includes visits to Penzance, Mousehole, Newlyn, St. Michael’s Mount, St. Ives, the Penwith Peninsula, Porthcurno, Land’s End, Zennor, the Helford River, Frenchman’s Creek, Falmouth, Truro, Fowey, Prideaux Place, Padstow, St. Austell, Tintagel Castle, Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway (or alternate escorted tour to nearby Totnes for those who have been to Greenway), Lacock, Bristol, Oxford, and Bletchley Park. Tour speakers and Crimefest authors will be announced as they are confirmed.

Included in the tour price:
  • 11 nights’ lodging in 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners, and welcome reception
  • Transport from and to Heathrow Airport, all entrance fees, and transfers to sites
  • Blue Badge Guide throughout
  • Attendance at CrimeFest in Bristol
  • Tips to hotels and restaurants, including porterage at hotels (but not for the Blue Badge guide and coach driver—that will be at your own discretion)

Participants make their own flight arrangements.

Lodging: The cost of the trip is based on double occupancy in twin-bedded rooms.

Approximate cost: $3,499.00

Single supplement: $780.00. Please indicate if you are willing to share a twin-bedded room with another group member.

Program Leader: Kathy Ackley, Professor Emerita of English, taught at the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 25 years before her retirement.
She has led eleven summer Mystery and Crime Writers programs and has made more than 30 trips to England.

Tour Organizer: Nicky Godfrey-Evans is a Blue Badge Guide who has been
creating tours in Britain for 26 years. This is the 5th tour that she has
organized in conjunction with Kathy and UWSP’s Continuing Education

Copyright 2007-2013 Kathy Ackley. All rights reserved.

Last updated:3 December 2013