Three outings are planned for this year. Details are as set out below but may be subject to alteration. Application forms will be available at our March meeting and payment is required with completed application forms to secure your place(s)
Luton Hoo – Wednesday 9th May
We have arranged for a guided talk/visit to the Luton Hoo Walled Garden, which is currently in the process of being restored after falling into decline in the 1980’s. The visit will take place on Wednesday 9/5/18 for an 11am start.
The walled garden was originally designed by Lancelot Capability Brown in the 18th century, for the former Prime Minister John Stuart, the 3rd Earl of Bute.
The walled garden is 5 acres in size and it is anticipated that the garden tour will take approximately one and a half hours. A cafe is situated 5 minutes away and accessed through the woodland walk.
The visit costs £5 per person and members/visitors are to make their own way to Luton Hoo. Car sharing will be arranged if required.
Please speak with Paula (602039) for further details and/or to arrange a car share.
Upton House (National Trust) – Thursday 28th June
This will be a coach outing, numbers are limited (33). The cost (including travel and entry to the House and Gardens) is:
NT members – £15 and for non NT members £25 (£10+£15)
House & Gardens: NT Members: Free, non NT Members: £10 Reserved tkts to visit the house and private dining room to purchase sandwiches/cakes with free filter coffee or tea. A personal guide on hand to help the group during our visit.
Upton House is near Banbury, Northamptonshire – renowned for its art collection which includes a ‘Canaletto’ and a ‘Stubbs’ together with rare Porcelain etc – see more at the NT website
Coach pickup will be at Main Road/Nodders Way at 10am (please arrive at 9:45am latest to register attendance) and will depart for home at 4:30pm latest. The price (to be confirmed) includes entry to the House with a guided tour and entry to the gardens – please pay asap to secure your place(s)
Organiser: Ron, mobile: 07976 094488
Pettifers – Wednesday 26th September,
Lower Wardington, Nr Banbury, Northants
This will be a coach outing. The cost (including travel and entry to the Gardens) is £22 per person. Coach pickup will be at Main Road/Nodders Way, leaving at 1:45pm (please arrive at 1:30pm latest to register attendance), we will depart for home at 5pm. The price includes an introductory talk and an accompanied tour of the gardens and tea & biscuits. No other refreshments are available
” This is the garden of a plantswoman with a good eye for form and colour. The firm architectural structure of hedges, clipped evergreens and terraces is combined with cutting edge herbaceous plantings and grasses” – website: Pettifers
Please note: There is a space limit of 39, 34 have already expressed interest. Please pay asap to secure your place(s)
Organiser: Jeremy, mobile: 07759 219976