Thank you to all the members who joined us on 2019’s trips, I hope you enjoyed them.
Please see below the proposed trips for 2020.
So I can book suitable size coaches for the number of members wishing to visit each venue, could you please contact me ASAP to let me know which trips you would be interested in. The details are in the recent Group News email.
Once I have an idea of how many members are interested in each trip, I can arrange the coaches and then work out the prices & publish them in the Spring Digest.
Thank you, Lionel
Tuesday 21st April – Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire (National Trust)
A tranquil Tudor manor house set in rare terraced gardens, with the ‘ancient’ Dryden family at its heart.
Built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory, the house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710 and are presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden, a Victorian antiquary, passionate about the past.
The warm, welcoming house features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants’ quarters.
Stroll in the historic parkland and catch glimpses of early medieval landscapes, while a wander through the priory church reveals the story of the canons of Canons Ashby.
Thursday 21st May – Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding, Horsham
Enjoy the beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, first planted in 1801.
Restoration began when the present owner, Penny Streeter OBE, acquired the estate in 2017. Penny and her team are dedicated to restoring, maintaining and further improving the gardens and buildings.
Wide selections of refreshments are available from our new restaurants and tea rooms.
Tuesday 16th June – Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucester
Stopping for the market & lunch, being picked up couple of hours later, to tour through a few interesting places in the Cotswolds. Then stopping at Burford for an hour to have afternoon tea, before leaving to return home.
Thursday 9th July – Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
Enjoy a walk round the Shops, Gardens, or just relax on the beach with fish & chips,
Tuesday 18th August – Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire (National Trust)
Snowshill Manor is a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by Charles Wade
Inside these rooms you can discover this eclectic collection that he restored and displayed. and have maintained the atmospheric settings he created with low lighting and few labels. From tiny toys to Samurai armour, musical instruments to fine clocks, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr Wade intended.
The garden is the perfect place to unwind and explore hidden vistas, quiet corners and unexpected delights including Charles Wade’s uncomplicated home, the Priest’s House.
“Let nothing perish” was his motto, and his life was dedicated to doing just that. From the everyday to the extraordinary, you can discover his passion for craftsmanship, colour and design.
Thursday 10th September – Upton House and Gardens , Edgehill, Banbury, Warwickshire (National Trust)
See how Lord & Lady Bearsted made Upton House and Gardens the perfect country retreat for their family in the 1930s. You can also discover Lord Bearsted’s famous art collection including works by Bosch, Stubbs and Canaletto.
Upton House, purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, has been remodelled See the modern age arrive with the Bearsted’s renovations; discover how they created a made-to-measure home to showcase a world-class art and porcelain collection, with spectacular garden. Lady Bearsted’s passion for plants is revealed with herbaceous planting and kitchen garden – all reflected in the Mirror Pool.
Tuesday 6th October – Lyveden, Northamptonshire (National Trust).
Intriguing Elizabethan lodge and moated garden
Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age.
Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.
There are tranquil moats, viewing terraces and an Elizabethan orchard to explore, as well as an enigmatic garden lodge covered in religious symbols. The full extent of Sir Thomas’s symbolic design remains unexplained to this day.
Audio guide describes Sir Thomas’s dream and how it all ended in a nightmare for the Tresham family with their involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.
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