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All these visits were postponed in 2020.
We'll update the site as things develop, but we hope to run most of them at some time in the future


Outing details


Coach start 9am




Sherborne Castle

We will arrive in time for coffee at Sherborne Castle. We will be divided into two groups for a time-slotted guided tour of this historic home originally built by Sir Walter Raleigh and greatly extended by the Digby Family who have remained the owners since 1617.

There is much for us to enjoy in the splendour of the interiors variously created over the centuries. These include treasures that have been collected in paintings, furniture and porcelain and the magnificent vistas of the surrounding parklands.

Capability Brown landscaped the gardens and created the 50 acre lake so, with weather permitting, we can wander through the lovely grounds exploring the Orangery, the Boat House and Pier and the many places of interest that make Sherborne Castle such a splendid place for us to visit. There is a Tea Room that serves light lunches and delicious afternoon tea, should you wish, before we leave at 4.00pm.

Members £27 Non-members £29


Coach start 8.45am






Avebury, Wilts

This visit has aspects to suit everyone: a stone circle to walk around, a museum with artefacts to browse and, on the edge of the village, a manor house to enjoy with pretty gardens to stroll around, a tea room and bookshop. The coach sets us down a short walk from the site.

Avebury is most famous for its prehistoric stone circle which may be walked around individually or by joining one of the hourly tours for £3 per person. ‘Sensible’ footwear is advisable!!

Alexander Keiller, the famous Scottish archaeologist, excavated the site in the 1930s and the Museum houses many of the treasures he found.

The Manor House has pretty gardens with tea rooms, local gifts and second-hand books.

Members £28 Non-members £30

Entry everywhere is free, except for the Manor House, where non-NT members will have to pay an entry fee.


Coach start 8.30am






Bosham Harbour and Fishbourne Roman Villa

Come and join us on a trip to Fishbourne Roman Villa, first stopping to lunch in one of the many venues in Bosham, or even bringing a packed lunch, and then moving on to an afternoon at the Villa, exploring the remains, gardens and museum.

Bosham stands on a small peninsula between two tidal creeks at the eastern end of Chichester harbour. It still has an enchanting old world feel to it, with picturesque streets and houses. Historically speaking, it is one of the most important villages in Sussex. It was from Bosham that Harold sailed for Normandy in 1064 and both Harold and its Saxon church are shown on the Bayeux tapestry. Canute was said to have lived in Bosham, and legend has it that it was here that he ordered the waves to retreat. There are a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, in which to enjoy anything from a cappuccino to a gourmet meal.

Fishbourne was discovered in 1960, the North Wing of this remarkable building is an important attraction for anyone interested in learning more about Roman life, art and architecture. Among the significant remains lie over twenty mosaics including the spectacular Cupid on a Dolphin. The under floor heating system and corridors can be viewed from elevated walkways. An introductory film shows how the Palace may have looked 2,000 years ago The extensive grounds of the Palace offer visitors the opportunity to stroll around the formal Roman garden carefully reconstructed to its original plan, with both culinary and medicinal plants.

Members £28 Non-members £30


Coach start 8.30am






Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum

Today we travel to Oxford the city of "Dreaming Spires" Included in our price is an optional short guided tour of part of the the Ashmolean Museum after which you have the rest of the time to view the many exhibits at your own pace or visit the numerous attractions that Oxford has to offer (at your own cost).

The Ashmolean Museum was established in 1683 and is the oldest public museum in the UK and one of the oldest in the World. It is home to one of the most important collections of Art and Archaeology in the World, spanning civilization both East and West, from the Neolithic era to the present day.

A guided tour of the Museum’s Highlights lasts approximately one hour and will take place when we arrive and after which you are free to explore the exhibits at your own pace or, alternatively, enjoy the many attraction of the City. The Museum has an excellent café on the top floor with views over the roofs of Oxford. (refreshments at your own cost).

This visit is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.

Members and guests who do not wish to tour the Museum may leave the coach and enjoy the City at their own pace and will be told where and at what time to meet the coach for the return journey to Purbeck.

Members £30 Non-members £32

This page was last updated 26 February 2021

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