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Outing details


Wed 13th September 2017

Coach start 8.00am




Closing date for booking
28 August

Winchester & the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

We will first stop in Winchester where you will have free time to shop, explore and lunch before going on to the Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill.

The Mill is situated within a Conservation Area in rural Hampshire. The River Test flows through the site creating unique wetland habitat throughout the distillery. There has been a Mill on site in Laverstoke since at least 903 AD but the first official records show Laverstoke Mill as a corn mill marked in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Mill has been sympathetically renovated into a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery, a perfect blend of Victorian and Georgian architecture with modern glasshouses.

We will explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery with one of the distillery hosts who will be on hand to answer any questions and guide you through the site. You’ll go behind the scenes where you can see the process which makes Bombay Sapphire gin so unique, before your host leaves you to enjoy a drink suited to your personal taste profile ‘on the house’ in the Mill Bar.

Please note: Laverstoke Mill is a working distillery, so guests wearing open-toed shoes or high heels may be refused entry.

Members £37 Non-members £39

Wed 18th October 2017

Coach start 8.15am




Closing date for booking
9 October

Petworth House and Park

Petworth House has the finest collection of art and sculpture in the care of the National Trust, including well known paintings by Turner, Van Dyke and Reynolds.

There are also servants quarters "below stairs" to view where all the sumptuous food was prepared.

Outdoors, there are acres of "Capability" Brown landscape gardens to explore with views of the South Downs National Park.

We will have a tour of the property, time to be arranged.

There are two places to eat, The Audit Room or Servant’s Hall, where you can have tea/coffee. The menu includes soup and sandwich or a cream tea and light lunches.

There are ramps for wheel-chairs and you can book a wheel-chair if required. 

Members £26 Non-members £28

Thurs 19th November 2017

Coach start 8.30am


Closing date for booking
1 November

Winchester College

We will arrive at the College at 11.00 for our private guided tour which will take 1 hour approximately.

The tour will concentrate on the medieval heart of the college and will include the Chamber Court which takes its name from the Scholars' and Fellows’ chambers enclosing it, the 14th century Gothic Chapel with one of the earliest examples of a wooden vaulted roof, College Hall, the original Scholars dining hall and school, the 17th century redbrick schoolroom and the medieval cloisters.

After the tour you will be free to enjoy lunch in one of the many eating places and spend the afternoon browsing the various Christmas shopping opportunities and/or the many historical sights Winchester has to offer 

Members £24.50 Non-members £26.50

Wed 6th December 2017

Coach start 8.00am



Closing date for booking
30 September

John Rutter Concert - Royal Albert Hall

Forty seats have been reserved for this popular concert. They are in the choir seats behind the Orchestra and will have a fine view of the audience, conductor and instruments.

Extra Seats will be available on the coach should anyone wish to go only to London.

We will be stopping near Heathrow at the Three Magpies for lunch (own expense) and nearer the time we will send you details of the menu so that we can pre-order your meal.

The Royal Albert Hall must be paid in full by first week in October so bookings and cheques must be received in good time.

The Concert will end about 5.30pm and with luck we could be on our coach heading back to Swanage by 6.00pm and be there between 9.00 and 10pm.

Members £38.50 Non-members £40.50 Coach Only £18.50

Thurs 15th February 2018

Coach start 8.00am



Closing date for booking
1 February

Exeter City and Cathedral

Exeter is an ancient city on the River Exe in southwest England. Dating back to the Roman era, the Exeter City Walls surround its centre and Gothic Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Castle, a Norman landmark, overlooks leafy Northernhay and Rougemont Gardens. To their west, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) displays fine art and costumes. The vaulted, medieval Underground Passages snake beneath the city.

Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. The imposing towers of today’s Cathedral date from the early 12th century. They form the majority of what remains of the Norman Cathedral which was replaced from 1270 -1340 by the beautiful Gothic building we see today with its famous West Front and elegant Nave. It is a rich resource of art, craft, symbolism and architectural detail. The building itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, design and craftsmanship. It has the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world, stunning stained glass windows and an intricately carved image screen on the West Front.

We should arrive in Exeter about 11am having had a comfort stop en route. There will then be several hours in which to explore the city and lunch before gathering in the Cathedral at 2pm for a guided tour. The tour will last about an hour (depending on how many questions are asked). There should then be time for a cup of tea and a cake in the Refectory before boarding the coach for the homeward journey.

Members £25 Non-members £27

June 2018 (date tba)

Bennetts Water Gardens

A very popular venue situated in an 8-acre garden in Chickerell, near Weymouth, It holds national and international collections of water lilies which flower from late May through to September.

Full details will be in the March 2018 Newsletter.



This page was last updated 01 September 2017

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