Our 2018 Trips......
25th October 2018 - Aston Hall, Birmimgham
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Aston Hall is a magnificent red-brick mansion situated in a picturesque public park on the north side of
Birmingham. Built between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte it was also home to James Watt Junior from
1817-1848, Aston Hall is one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built and is displayed as a series of
interiors from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including a magnificent Long Gallery.
19th April 2018 - Henry Moore Studios and Gardens
Moore's studios at Perry Green, Hertfordshire, near Harlow, are said to be the best places in the world to appreciate the work of sculptor Henry Moore, experience his family home and the gardens created by his wife Irina. Five fascinating studios reveal the origins of Moore’s monumental bronzes through the hundreds of small maquettes that line the shelves.
Our 2017 Trips......
2nd November 2017 - Lichfield and The National Memorial Arboretum
This is a full and fascinating day led by a Blue Badge guide. It includes the Staffordshire Millennium Tapestries and silver collection in Lichfield as well as the National Memorial Arboretum. Lichfield lies just north of Birmingham. We begin there at 10.30am with time to buy morning refreshments before a gentle and flat walking tour to bring out the best in this ancient cathedral city. We visit the Heritage Centre to see the Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries and a treasury of silver. This is a small city with a lot of contrasts from the Civil War to the elegance of Georgian times. And there is an interesting cast of characters to discover, including son of Lichfield Samuel Johnson.
We’ll stay in Lichfield with free time for lunch. There will be plenty of choice. This also gives you time to visit the fine Cathedral which offers free entry for individual visitors. The afternoon is dedicated to the National Memorial Arboretum - the UK’s Centre of Remembrance that celebrates and honours the men and women who have served our nation. A new Remembrance Centre is now open with a Landscapes of Life exhibition which examines the concept of Remembrance and why it has been an important human need for thousands of years. Admission to the new exhibition is included and so too is a 50- minute land-train tour of this massive 150 acre site. There are some 300 memorials here - diverse in nature and rich in symbolism representing not only the armed forces but also the emergency services, charity groups and individuals.
There is a café back in the Remembrance Centre where you can buy tea. A thought provoking day comes to a
close when you start the drive home at 4.45pm.
22nd June 2017 - Hidcote Manor & Bourton House Gardens
Hidcote Manor Garden is one of England’s great ‘Arts and Crafts’ gardens famous for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants. It was created by Lawrence Johnston following its purchase in 1907. The garden is divided into a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ each with its own character, an approach influenced by Gertrude Jekyll and also adopted at Sissinghurst by Vita Sackville West. The room structure melts away as you move further away from the house. Johnston travelled widely during the 1920’s on plant hunting expeditions to China and South Africa and many plants have been named after Johnston or Hidcote in recognition of his talent and plantsmanship.
Bourton House Garden consists of a three-acre garden surrounding the house (not open to the public) and a seven-acre walled pasture given over to specimen trees. It was created from 1983 onwards by the house owners, Mr and Mrs R Paice and first opened to the public in 1987. Although since 2010 under new ownership, the garden remains open for visitors and is continuing to evolve, constantly surprising visitors with its stunning colour combinations and rare, unusual and exotic plants. There is a Tea Room and Gift Shop in the Tithe Barn
23rd February 2017 - Renishaw Hall
Renishaw Hall, in Derbyshire, has been the family home of the Sitwells for nearly 400 years and remains so. The Sitwells have been avid collectors and patrons of the arts and the history of the family is filled with writers, innovators and eccentrics. Best known were the trio of Edith (1887-1964), grandly eccentric poet and novelist, Sir Osbert (1892-1969), also a writer and poet, and Sacheverell (1897-1988) well known for his work on art, architecture, ballet and travel. The Hall is being specially opened for us, and following coffee on arrival we will embark on a guided Decorative Arts Tour. If weather and time permit we will be able to take a look at the fine Italianate gardens.
(Visits Organiser - Janet Lee)