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Outing details


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

Coach start 8.00am




Closing date for booking
28 March

RHS Gardens, Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society.   At this time of year the spring bulbs should be in full bloom, as should the azaleas, rhododendrons and the alpine meadow. The RHS was given Wisley in 1903, at that time only a small part of the estate was actually cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. The original garden was the creation of George Fergusson Wilson.  After Wilson's death in 1902, Oakwood and the adjoining Glebe Farm were bought by Sir Thomas Hanbury, a wealthy Quaker who had founded the celebrated garden of La Mortola, on the Italian Riviera. In 1903 Sir Thomas presented the Wisley estate in trust to the Society for its perpetual use.

When we arrive at the garden an experienced and fully trained guide will take us on a 60 minute tour showcasing the garden highlights.

The gardens are accessible and there is a recommended wheelchair route from the entrance. However some areas - such as the Rock Garden - have limited access.   Six powered mobility scooters are available to hire free of charge at the garden entrance. Please call 01483 224234 in advance to reserve a scooter for your visit. There is also a buggy ride which is free, and runs from 10am to 3pm each day. It starts from the edge of the Conifer Lawn and runs continuously around the garden, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete a circuit - there is a pause in service at lunchtime.

There are several places within the gardens to eat and drink. The Terrace Room, and the Food Hall serve main meals. There are also the Glass House, the Coffee Shop and the Honest Sausage, although the latter’s opening is dependent on the weather.

Members £30 Non-members £32

Tues 22nd May 2018

Coach start 8.00am




Closing date for booking
8 May


Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court is the most famous Palace in England, having been home to the flamboyant King Henry Vlll. There is so much to do and see including the magnificent  gardens and maze.  Many new attractions have been added in the last few years, including a unique re-creation of the Imperial Crown in the Royal Pew.

The palace admission ticket includes access to an audio tour of Hampton Court Palace.

There are three places to eat in the palace—The Tiltyard café is self service,  the Privy Kitchen for soup and snacks and the Fountain Court which is a waitress service restaurant.

It should be an exciting place to visit.  Wear comfortable shoes, and enjoy yourself.

Members £45 Non-members £47

Wed 6th June 2018

Coach start 1.00pm




Closing date for booking
21 May


Bennetts Water Gardens

Come and enjoy an afternoon wandering through the gardens and perhaps taking tea in the Café Monet which has beautiful views over the gardens.

The 8 acres of gardens are home to National & International Collections of Water Lilies, flowering from late spring through to the autumn, creating one of the most outstanding displays of water lilies in Britain with the Monet Bridge as a centrepiece.

Grass pathways lead you through the series of ponds and lakes surrounded by wetland plants, native trees, palms, wild plants and flowers. The gardens are a 'Site of Nature Conservation Interest' and home to abundant wildlife. There are scenic places to sit and unwind and shaded woodland walks to explore. There is a route for the disabled, although having visited the gardens I would not recommend it for buggies or wheelchairs.

The Tropical House contains exotic plants including a cacti collection  and a small museum contains the  local history of Chickerell village (mentioned in the Domesday Book), Chesil Beach & Fleet lagoon, plus the fascinating history of this site from the Brickworks & Clay Pits of 1859 through to the gardens of today

Members £20 Non-members £22

Thurs 14th June 2018

Coach start 9.00am



Closing date for booking
24 March


Theatre Visit to Salisbury Playhouse  for

Love on the Links - by PG Wodehouse

We will arrive in Salisbury before 11am allowing free time to take a stroll round the Close, visit the Cathedral or Mompesson House (an opportunity to use your NT card!), indulge in a little retail therapy and enjoy a leisurely lunch before taking our seats for the 2.15pm  performance. We are well positioned in rows D and E.

This ‘spiffing entertainment’ is adapted from the golfing stories of P G Wodehouse. In the rarefied surroundings of Wood Hills Golf Club in deepest Surrey all is very genteel with The Oldest Member snoozing in the corner. Once he stirs, however, we are regaled with tales of seduction, canoodling and thwarted love, with the help of some biffo club members, not to mention the ever graceful Daphne Cartwright and the dashing Jack Ramage!

Do join us for an afternoon of high jinks and hilarity (Plus Fours optional…!!)

Members £34 Non-members £36

Please note the early closing date - the theatre requires payment shortly after to secure seats

Mon 25th June 2018

Coach start 9.00am




Closing date for booking
4 June

Balliol College, Oxford

Balliol is one of the oldest established Colleges and is well situated in the heart of Oxford. You have the unique opportunity of dining in Hall because our host and guide, Bryan is an alumnus. 

There will be a coffee/tea stop (not included in the cost) half way to Oxford where we hope to arrive  at about 12.15pm

After a short walk we will arrive at Balliol College. We will make our way to the Buttery where drinks will be served (at your own expense) from 12.30pm.  At 1pm a two course buffet  lunch will be available in Hall and will include a variety of hot and cold dishes.  Tea and coffee will also be available.

After lunch Bryan will also show us around the Library and Chapel.  However, if you wish to leave the group to visit other places in Oxford you will be free to do so.  If there is time Bryan will take us to The Oxford Union, where many past and current politicians have learnt their ‘art’!

The Bodleian Library is well worth a visit but only takes individual bookings for its tours during June to September.  You can book on-line two weeks prior to the visit.

Members £42 Non-members £44

Thurs 12th July 2018

Coach start 8.30am





Closing date for booking
31 May

Crowcombe Court, Somerset

We will be travelling to Somerset with Jamie in ‘Lily’, the North Dorset coach, to Crowcombe Court nestling by the Quantock hills.

The house was built as a statement of wealth and a place in which to entertain. It was completed in 1739 by Nathaniel Ireson and owned by the Carew family until the 1950s. Then, following a number of incarnations, it was saved and has been restored to its former glory over the past 13 years.  The present owners, David and Kate Kenyon, (the latter being a direct descendent of James Morrison a man of enormous wealth who acquired Crowcombe Court and other great houses) have dedicated themselves to this rewarding task and to restoring the gardens which run to over ten acres.

Crowcombe Court is a magnificent property.  The Great Hall makes for a grand entrance with fine Italian plasterwork throughout, the Ballroom is a riot of colour with a superb marble fireplace, thought to have come from Stowe, and the house boasts a number of significant items of furniture and paintings.  Interestingly there are splendid vaulted undercrofts which would have stored the winter provision for the household.

There is so much for us to see during our guided tour but before that, upon our arrival, we will first sit down to a two course lunch of cold poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, new potatoes and asparagus, to be followed by lemon tart with clotted cream. 

Following the tour we will be able to wander about the grounds and enjoy tea before setting off on our return journey.  A summer day to be remembered.

[NB Good weather is not guaranteed]

Members £48 Non-members £50

Wed 12th September 2018

Coach start 8.30am

Lytes Cary




Closing date for booking
29 August

Lytes Cary & Montacute House (NT)

We should arrive in comfortable time for the 10.30am opening of Lytes Cary. This is an intimate medieval manor house with an Arts and Crafts garden divided into rooms by yew hedges and topiary—including the Twelve Apostles. There is a small tearoom for coffee and a shop for gifts, garden accessories and plants.

Leaving at 12.30pm for Montacute we will have until about 4.30pm to have lunch, explore the gardens with the wibbly-wobbly hedges and the house which has the longest remaining Long Gallery and where the National Portrait Gallery has an exhibition of ‘Elizabeth of Bohemia: the Winter Queen’. The house was also featured in the drama Wolf Hall.  Wheel-chairs are available but they must be booked in advance.

Members £25 Non-members £27

The following are in the planning stage and may or may not take place

Full details will be in the September 2018 Newsletter

tba October  2018

Historic Portsmouth

tba November 2018

Avington House and Winchester Christmas Market 

tba December 2018

Christmas at Kew Gardens 


This page was last updated 19 February 2018

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