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Outing details


Thurs 25 April
Boarding at 1.45 for departure at 2pm

Closing date

Wed 15 March



Poole Harbour Boat Cruise

We’ve hired a cruise boat for an exclusive trip around Poole Harbour. It’s easy to forget that we have one of the country’s most important environments for birds right here on our doorstep, so here’s your chance to visit and to learn more. The boat is small, and takes only 60 passengers, so it will be a very personal experience.

We’re doing this in conjunction with local charity Birds of Poole Harbour. They’re dedicated to educating people on the stunning variety of bird life in one of the country’s most picturesque locations, helping you make the most of this truly breathtaking natural harbour. Even if you don't have a special interest in birds, the commentary on board provides an insight into the wildlife of the harbour and its fascinating history.

It will depart from Greenslade Pleasure Boats kiosk on Poole Quay at 2pm, and last about three hours. Please arrive at 1.45pm to board. Toilet facilities and light refreshments will be available on board. Every effort will be made to sail, but the final decision will remain with the boat company. Dogs aren’t allowed aboard (except assistance dogs).

Parking is available in various nearby car parks, the nearest being the Quay Visitors multi-storey car park in Old Orchard. We’ll try to arrange car-sharing to minimise any costs.

Bring binoculars if you have them, though there will be some on board to borrow

Members £35 Non-members £37

Thurs 4 July

Coach start 9am

Closing date

Sat 1 June


Wilton House

The house, at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire, has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. It was built on the site of the medieval Wilton Abbey. Following the dissolution of the monasteries, Henry VIII presented Wilton Abbey and its attached estates to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

The present Grade I listed house is the result of rebuilding after a 1647 fire, although a small section of the house built for William Herbert survives; alterations were made in the early 19th and early 20th centuries. The house stands in gardens and a park which are also Grade I listed. While still a family home, the house and grounds are open to visitors during the summer months.

Wilton House contains one of the finest art collections in Europe and offers a fascinating insight into British history. The 21 acres of landscaped parkland, including four formal gardens, run down to the River Nadder. The house and grounds have been used multiple times in television productions and films.

Lunches, afternoon teas, freshly made cakes and coffee, will be on offer in the café. The visit will be free flow due to the restrictions placed on the numbers in group tours

Members £38 Non-members £40

December 1/2

Bath Christmas Market

An overnight trip to Bath for their famous Christmas Market and a visit to the National Trust's Tyntesfield.

For more details see the Short Breaks page.


This page was last updated 29 January 2024

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