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Outing details


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

Thurs 12th April 2018

RHS Gardens, Wisley Full details will be in the March 2018 Newsletter.


Tues 22nd May 2018

Hampton Court Palace  Full details will be in the March 2018 Newsletter.


Wed 6th June 2018

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.

Mon 25th June 2018

Balliol College, Oxford  Full details will be in the March 2018 Newsletter.


Thurs 12th July 2018

Crowcombe Court, Somerset Full details will be in the March 2018 Newsletter.


Wed 12th September 2018

Montacute House (NT) Full details will be in the March 2018 Newsletter.


tba October  2018

Historic Portsmouth  Full details later


tba November 2018

Avington House and Winchester Christmas Market  Full details later


tba December 2018

Christmas at Kew Gardens  Full details later



This page was last updated 20 January 2018

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