21st April 2022 – RHS Gardens, Wisley. Cost: £25. Members of RHS pay £11 (coach only)
Wisley is the historic home of the Royal Horticultural Society. As well as exploring the formal gardens, seeing one of the largest plant collections in the world and the huge Glasshouse, RHS Hilltop provides free talks and demonstrations. There are numerous places throughout the gardens for refreshments and dining.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Wisley 4 p.m.
5th May 2022 – Packwood House, Lapworth, Warwickshsire. Cost: £13 (NT) £26 (non-NT)
Originally built in the 16th century, Packwood House was extensively restored between WWI and WWII by Baron Ash. It contains a fine collection of 16th century textiles and furniture and is set in beautiful gardens with a famous collection of yew trees.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Packwood 4 p.m.
1st June, 2022 – Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Surrey. Cost: £12 (NT) £23 (non-NT)
Built in the 1750s for naval hero Admiral Edward Boscawen and set in 400 acres of parkland, Hatchlands is one of the largest estates in the area. Humphry Repton partially landscaped the gardens and Robert Adams designed ceilings and fireplaces throughout the house. It is now a family home, housing Alec Cobbe’s collection of paintings, furniture and Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Hatchlands 4 p.m.
23rd June 2022 – English Martyrs Church and Worthing, West Sussex. Cost: £13
This catholic church contains the only known reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the world. At 2/3 scale of the original, it is 30 feet nearer to the ground so more easily seen. This will be followed by a visit to the centre of Worthing with plenty of free time to explore.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Worthing 4 p.m.
18th July 2022 – Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire. Cost: £14 (NT) £27(non-NT)
Much of the moated house seen today was built by the recusant catholic Ferrers family in the late 1500s and remained in the family until the 1980s. It is approached by a bridge over the moat to a crenelated gatehouse and is surrounded by parkland and formal gardens which includes a walled garden and orchard.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Baddesley Clinton 4 p.m.
8th August 2022 – Cotswold Jewels (City and Village Tour). Cost: £47
Starting with seeing the highlights of Morton-in-Marsh, the tour continues via Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway Tower to stop in Broadway for lunch. After lunch it is on to Sezincote House, which was built in 1805 in Neo-Mughal style and is said to have inspired the Brighton Pavillion. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Seizencote 5 p.m.
8th September 2022 – Charlecote Park, Wellsbourne, Warwick. Cost £12 (NT) £24 (non-NT)
Charlecote Park has been owned by the Lucy family for over 900 years. It was extended by Victorian George Hammond Lucy to accommodate the treasures he and his wife collected from their European travels. Surrounded by formal gardens, historic herds of Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam the parkland.
Coach leaves Waitrose 9.15 a.m. Beacon Centre 9.25 a.m. Charlecote 4 p.m.
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