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There's some important information that applies to all outings. This includes our scheme for refunds to members of the RHS or HHA when we visit some properties. Please click here to read it.

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There are pictures from some earlier outings on the Photo Galleries page

You will need to book using the forms that came with the latest Newsletter.

 Please remember to enclose a stamped addressed envelope with all bookings


Outing details


Thurs 23 March

Coach start 10am

Closing date for booking
2 March

Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hants

Brighten up a cold March day by experiencing the wonderful colours and textures of silk woven in this historic old water mill on the river Test, midway between Winchester and Newbury. A guided tour of the Mill will explore how this still active manufacturing establishment continues to supply silk fabrics to fashion houses, historic projects and interior designers.

We will arrive at midday for a soup and sandwich lunch (included in the price) and leave at 3 pm arriving at Swanage between 5 and 5.30 pm.

Members £30.50 Non-members £32.50

Wed 26 April

Coach start 8.15am


Closing date for booking
22 April

Steam - the Museum of The Great Western Railway, Swindon

Steam is situated in what was once the heart of the largest railway engineering complexes in the world.

Swindon Railway Works opened in January 1843. At its peak it was employing 12,000 people.

It has facilities for wheelchairs and we can enjoy a meal there where they serve all types of food. If a buggy or wheelchair is needed it will have to be booked well in advance.

Shoppers are also well catered for, as it is next door to a large shopping mall.

Members £30 Non-members £32

Tues 9 May

Coach start 8.45am





Closing date for booking
24 April

Exbury Gardens, nr Beaulieu, Hants

Exbury Gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. It was his vision that has created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. It is a garden for people young and old, horticulturalist or enthusiastic gardener, or just a lover of beautiful places. From botanical rarities to masses of spectacular colour, there is something for all to enjoy – a place to escape from the cares of the world.

Railway enthusiasts can enjoy a superb 12 ¼” railway running along a 1¼ mile track through the gorgeous gardens. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing 20 min journey as the train passes through the specially designed ‘Summer Lane’ Garden with huge swathes of colourful perennials, flowering grasses, a pool and maturing trees, all planted in a free-flowing naturalistic style. The railway skirts the top of the Rock Garden, where passengers are given a bird’s eye view of the largest man-made Rock Garden in Europe. Should you wish to enjoy a ride on the train the cost is £4.50, however, should we make a group booking (for a specific time) the cost will be £3.50.

The tea rooms are located in the refurbished former Estate smithy. This modern, bright and airy facility has combined seating for approximately 140, plus a pleasant patio area with seating under parasols.

Members £22.50 Non-members £24.50

Thurs 13 July

Coach start 9.30am




Closing date for booking
24 June

Hungerford Canal Trip

After leaving Purbeck we will drive to Newbury where we hope to arrive about mid-day. You will have plenty of time to have lunch (not included).

We leave Newbury to arrive at Hungerford Wharf to board the “Rose” at 2.00pm.

The trip is for 2hrs.30mins and includes going through 2 locks and allows you, if you wish, to get off at the second lock and under supervision help to operate the locks!!!

A Cream Tea will be served on board and this is included in the cost.

We arrive back at the Wharf at approximately 4.30pm for the trip home.

Wheelchair and disabled facilities are available on the boat but please notify us that you will require this help as the Company needs this information

Members £35 Non-members £37.50

Wed 13th September

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 6th December

John Rutter Concert - Royal Albert Hall

We plan to repeat our successful visit to this popular annual event. We're waiting to see whether our application for tickets has been successful. 

Full details and booking forms will be in the September Newsletter


This page was last updated 01 April 2017

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