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Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Title: 

    Cornwall
  • Transmission: 

    Fri 11 Apr 2014
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 15 2014 : Sat 05 Apr - Fri 11 Apr
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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Warwick Davis is joined by his family for this new series about holidaying in Great Britain. As a keen ‘staycationer’, Warwick loves nothing more than spending time in Britain rather than travelling abroad, however his family don’t feel quite the same way.
 
Over six episodes, Warwick and his wife Sam, kids Annabelle and Harrison and dog Sherlock  explore  the  British  Isles  investigating  what  makes  a  quintessential British holiday. Warwick also tries to  convince them of the benefits of holidaying near home. The Davis family visit some of Britain’s most famous holiday spots, camping, caravanning or staying in their campervan. As well as showing some of the great destinations the UK has to offer, the series is also an amusing insight into how families behave on holiday.
 
Episode one: Cornwall
 
Warwick and his family pack up the campervan and head to Cornwall where they are ambushed by pirates, meet a group of ‘graffiti grannies’ and take part in a boat race with a team of blind rowers.
 
But the family’s first stop is the middle of an enchanted wood in Launceston where they meet a group of locals dressed up as fairies, pixies, wood elves, merfys (half mermaid and half fairy) and other woodland creatures. The group meet up regularly in costume to keep the area’s legends and mystical stories alive. Warwick says: “Cornwall isn’t all about cream teas and scrumpy it’s a county brimming with magic, mystery and plenty of strange surprises if you scratch beneath the surface.”
 
Next  Warwick and the Davis clan travel to Readymoney Cove to discover how smuggling and piracy made the area world-famous many years ago. Warwick decides to bring the area’s history to life by enlisting a pirate reenactment group, the Pirates of St.Piran, to ambush his family and give them a genuine pirate experience. Unfortunately Warwick’s surprise ambush is met with a mixed response from his family. In particular his son Harrison is terrified by the experience. Warwick says: “I think I have traumatised my son now. He’ll be forever in fear of pirates running round corners when we go to the beach. It’s backfired a little bit.”
 
The Davis family travel to Penzance next where Warwick gets up at dawn to meet a notorious group of women known as the ‘Yarn Bombers’ or the ‘Graffiti Grannies’. The group is known throughout Cornwall for creating pop-up knitted displays in random spots around the town. The group, who remain anonymous and protect their identities by wearing knitted balaclavas, have been yarn bombing every six weeks for the last few years and Warwick joins them on their last ever mission. Warwick says: “I’m starting to get a real itch for this yarn bombing game.”
 
Warwick’s last adventure is in Newquay where he participates in a boat race with a difference -  the rowers on his team are all blind. Warwick joins them on board their boat, helping out the cox by using ropes to control the rudder and shouting words of encouragement to the rowers. Warwick says; “So I’m steering, the rowers are blind and I can’t swim. What could possible go wrong?”
 
Warwick Davis and his family visit Cornwall, Sussex, Norfolk, the Lake District, North Wales and Lancashire in the series.