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Outing details

Wed 12th September 2018

Coach start 8.30am

Lytes Cary




Closing date for booking
29 August

Lytes Cary & Montacute House (NT)

We should arrive in comfortable time for the 10.30am opening of Lytes Cary. This is an intimate medieval manor house with an Arts and Crafts garden divided into rooms by yew hedges and topiary—including the Twelve Apostles. There is a small tearoom for coffee and a shop for gifts, garden accessories and plants.

Leaving at 12.30pm for Montacute we will have until about 4.30pm to have lunch, explore the gardens with the wibbly-wobbly hedges and the house which has the longest remaining Long Gallery and where the National Portrait Gallery has an exhibition of ‘Elizabeth of Bohemia: the Winter Queen’. The house was also featured in the drama Wolf Hall.  Wheel-chairs are available but they must be booked in advance.

Members £25 Non-members £27

Plus entry fee to both properties for non National Trust members

Wed 17th October  2018

Coach start 9am







Closing date for booking
28 September

Historic Portsmouth

Portsmouth has a fascinating history apart from its historic dockyard and naval connections. We hope to arrive in time for a comfort stop and photo call before our courier joins us for a guided tour.

We will drive up to Portsdown Hill and see the forts that Henry VIII built to protect his ships. Then down into Portchester to see the Castle. The courier will leave us at the Hard and we will have lunch at The Still and West, overlooking the harbour. We will pre-order (see booking form) choosing between fish & chips, steak & ale pie, and aubergine & tomato ragout. This is included in the cost. Drinks and desserts are available at your own expense.

After lunch we should have time to visit the garrison church and cathedral. We will depart around 4.30pm.

Members £38 Non-members £40, including lunch and tour

Thurs 22 November 2018

Coach start 10am

Please note late return


Ham House  


Kew Gardens




Closing date for booking
25 October

Ham House & Christmas at Kew Gardens

Following our September talk we will be visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens.

We will visit Ham House (NT) in Richmond and then a few miles downstream to The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew during the evening to see the Christmas Lights so it will be a late return.

On our way there will be a ‘comfort stop’ and we aim to arrive at Ham House, Richmond between 12.30 and 1pm in time to look round the house and to have a full meal (at our own expense) – and, later, possibly some tea as well! - to set us up for our long day and evening ahead. A selection of rooms inside the house evoke life during the reigns of Charles I and II through the paintings, furniture and textiles. The re-creation of a 17thC garden features a formal lavender garden and a large walled kitchen garden that provides produce for the cafe and shop.

The internationally-known Botanical Gardens at Kew, founded in 1840, houses ‘the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world’ and has beautiful gardens filled with rare and beautiful trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers. On our entry to the Gardens at 5pm, there will be ‘a million pea-lights and thousands of Laser beams in the Fire Garden and a Canopy of Lights on the Christmas Lights Trail’. The trail is level and lit - although low level at times (take a torch with you if you are anxious) - and will take just over an hour to go round. There are enticements as you walk including spiced cider, mulled wine, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and marshmallows ….

We shall leave at 7pm for our journey back to Dorset. Please make sure you have suitable clothing for being outside during the evening!

Members £38 Non-members £40

Plus entry fee to Ham House for non National Trust members

Wed 12 December 2018

Coach start 8.30am



Avington Park  


Christmas Market  


Closing date for booking
23 November

Avington Park and Winchester Christmas Market

We will first make our way to Avington Park to be met with tea or coffee and cake before being given by a guided tour of the house, and perhaps visiting St. Mary’s Church, situated in the grounds.

At about 1.30pm we will return to the coach to go on to Winchester, there either to have a late lunch or visit the Christmas market before again boarding the coach at 4.30pm to make our return journey.

Avington Park is a privately-owned stately home set in its own parkland, bordering the River Itchen. First mentioned in the 10th Century Avington originally belonged to the Cathedral of Winchester until King Henry VIII granted the estate to Edmund Clerke, who built the banqueting hall, now the Orangery. In the mid C17th, Avington was owned by George Brydges, Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles II. He enlarged the house to accommodate the King and Nell Gwynne. The 3rd Duke of Chandos, a cousin, inherited the property and made many improvements, adding the leaded statues, fountain, redecorating and gilding the state rooms, as well as laying out the gardens and parkland, planting avenues and vistas.

St Mary’s Church is in the grounds “One of the most nearly perfect and most unaltered examples of a country Georgian Church “ (Simon Jenkins)

Members £32 Non-members £34

Tues 12 February 2019

Coach start 8.00am






Closing date for booking
25 January

Brooklands, Weybridge

Brooklands, the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit, was constructed by local landowner Hugh Locke King in 1906 on his estate at Weybridge in Surrey. The first official race was held on the 6th July 1907. It also became a major centre for aircraft design, construction and flight testing for most of the 20th century. From A V Roe’s first trials in 1907, through many decades of manufacture, no other place in Britain, possibly even in the world, has seen such achievements. In 1911 the world’s first Flight Ticket Office was built in what soon became known as the Brooklands Flying Village. It was immortalised in the 1960’s film ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ which was based around The Daily Mail Circuit of Britain Air Race held at Brooklands in 1911.

Brooklands Museum is a large open air museum with many period buildings and exhibits, some with stepped access. All exhibits are wheelchair accessible. However, there is no wheelchair access on board the aeroplanes all of which (including Concorde) have steps. The Concorde Simulator is fully accessible with ramped access.

We will have a 20 minute introduction to Brooklands on arrival, and everyone will be given a trail guide so that you can explore the parts of the site that interest you most. Food is available throughout the day at the Sunbeam Café.

We leave for home at 4.30pm

Members £32 Non-members £34

Optional Concorde Experience £5.00

Wed 28 April 2019

Coach start 8.30am







Closing date for booking
8 April

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Bicton Park, set in the picturesque Otter Valley near the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site of East Devon, is one of Britain's most beautiful historic gardens. With a blend of 18th-century tranquillity and modern facilities it offers enjoyment for people of all ages throughout the four seasons. The park is designed to provide all-year interest. Bicton’s centrepiece is the formal Italian Garden, with its fountains, lake, flowerbeds and ornamental trees. Some of the world's rarest conifers form a dramatic landscape in the Pinetum. Other special areas include the American Garden, Stream Garden, Mediterranean Garden and Rose Garden. The Italian Garden was laid out in c1735. Many features were added in the 19th century by Lord John and Lady Louisa Rolle. The gardens were opened to the public by Lord Clinton in 1963.

A 25-minute trip on the Bicton Woodland Railway gives visitors, especially the less able, an ideal way of viewing the parkland. The train can accommodate wheelchairs. The cost of the train ride is included in the price.

The historic Palm House and other 19th-century glasshouses appeal to plant-lovers, while the Countryside Museum features traction engines among hundreds of other exhibits. The quaint Shell House contains an international collection of seashells. The park is wheelchair friendly, with smooth paths in the main garden areas and easy access to the train and toilets, however, there are some steps and slopes.

Lunches, teas and light refreshments are served in the Orangery Restaurant.

We leave for home at 4pm

Members £26.50 Non-members £28.50, including train ride.


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