Malvern Hills


Booking an outing

1 Make cheques payable to Worcester-Malvern NT Centre.
3 £3 administration charge will be deducted from any refunds made after cancellations. No refund will be made if cancelling within seven days of an outing (for example, if the outing is due to take place on a Wednesday, notification of the cancellation must be received by the organiser on or before the preceding Wednesday in order to qualify for a refund). NB: If expenditure has already been committed by the organiser and cannot be reclaimed (for example, where non-refundable theatre tickets have been booked), this cost will also be deducted in addition to the administration charge.
4 Disabled members and those with mobility difficulties are welcome but must be accompanied by a helper who can look after them. Health and Safety regulations and insurance requirements do not allow coach drivers or other members to assist passengers.
5 No large items of luggage may be brought onto the coach and must be stored in the luggage compartment. Items required for the journey must be placed in one reasonable sized bag and placed on the floor by the owner’s feet and not placed in the overhead rack, gangway or steps. Items placed in the overhead rack must be secure. 
5 Any estimated arrival times given for return journeys are approximate and dependent on traffic conditions and any other unscheduled delays.

Booking forms, SAE and Cheques

Please ensure that the above items are sent to the correct organiser whose name appears at the end of each description. If their address and telephone number do not follow their name, they are committee members. Addresses and telephone numbers of these members appear at the front of the newsletter.

Personal Accident Insurance

Members aged 80 and over who attend any Worcester-Malvern NT Centre events are reminded that they are NOT covered by our Group Personal Accident Insurance.
This does not apply to our holiday insurance when separate cover is taken out.

Coach Journeys will always provide a comfort stop where possible



Please provide the organiser of each excursion with the name and telephone number of someone who we could contact in the event of an ‘Emergency’.

Coaches will depart punctually from the meeting points. Event timetables do not allow for coaches to wait for anyone who may be late.



Thursday 18 April

Upton is a long low house built of local yellow sandstone. The property was constructed circa 1695 by Sir Rushout Cullen. In 1757 it was purchased by a Banker, Francis Child, for use as a hunting lodge and it remained in the family until the end of the 19th century. In 1927 the house was acquired, and considerably expanded, by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, (who owed his fortune to the well known oil company, Shell). Lord Bearsted donated the house, gardens and art collection to the National Trust in 1948. Perhaps uniquely amongst country houses owned by the National Trust, its significance lies principally in its art collection. The house is presented more as an art gallery than as a private home although care has been taken to restore the house to how it looked in the 1930s. It contains a unique art deco bathroom (walls covered in aluminium leaf). Also, a main attraction at Upton is the garden featuring lawns, huge cedar trees, terracing (unseen from the house), large lake in a small valley, kitchen garden, and herbaceous borders,

The visit is on a free flow basis. However, Staff will provide an introduction to our visit and will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions and help.

There is a restaurant on site.

Cost: £16.50 includes coach and driver’s tip.

Meeting points: Upton 08.00, Malvern 08.15, Worcester 08.45

Return: 15.30

Cheque,SAE and booking form to Mrs Hazel Cartledge, 17 Albert Park Mews, Malvern, WR14 1HN


CANONS ASHBY (NT), Daventry, Northants Wednesday 1 May

A quirky blend of architectural styles, mysterious wall paintings, plasterwork, tapestries and fine furnishings all to be seen in this Elizabeth Dryden family home, which made few changes during their 450 years of occupation.

Indeed, the property is noted for its wall paintings and plasterwork. Cumbrian John Dryden (having been given the estate by his Father-in-Law) built the Manor in approx 1550, additions being made by other descendants of the Family in the 1590s, 1630s and 1710. The house and gardens have survived largely unaltered (thanks to the restoration by the National Trust in the early 1980s) since this time and are presented as they were.

The house sits in the midst of a formal garden with colourful herbaceous borders, an orchard featuring varieties of fruit trees from the 16th Century, terraces, walls and gate piers from 1710. Canons Ashby also has a surprisingly grand church – all that remains of the 12th century Augustine priory from which the house takes its name.

The on site Stables Tearoom serves light lunches, teas and refreshments. The visit is on a free flow basis.

Cost : £17.00 includes coach and driver’s tip

Meeting points: Upton 08.00, Malvern 08.15, Worcester 08.45.

Return: 15.30.

Cheque, SAE, and booking form to :

Mrs Hazel Cartledge, 17 Albert Park Mews, Malvern, WR14 1HN


Tuesday, 14 May

Tyntesfield, a Victorian country house and estate, was owned by the Gibbs family who made their wealth from the guano trade. There are extensive grounds, a large kitchen garden, 60,000 objects to see in the house and much more. With each visit one sees a new side to Tyntesfield as more is discovered and developed.

There is a restaurant and a cafe for refreshments.

Cost. £17 includes coach and driver's tip.

Meeting Points: Worcester 08.45, Malvern 09.15, Upton 09.30.

Return: 15.45

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

Mrs Karen Collins, 10 College Grove, Malvern, WR14 3HP Phone: 01684 893907


  Thursday 20 June

Enjoy a relaxing day out in one of the gardens recently acquired by the National Trust in South Wales.

Dyffryn Gardens are an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design.

Covering 55 acres, they

feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, statuary collection and arboretum featuring trees from all over the world. There is also a walled garden with large glasshouse.

Designed by the eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, the gardens are the early 20th century vision of coal magnate John Cory and his son.

Within the gardens, Dyffryn House, a grand Victorian Mansion overlooks the key aspects of the gardens. Part of the ground and first floors have been restored and are unfurnished, but well worth a visit.

There are free guided garden tours available which last an hour.

These need to be booked in advance. Please indicate your interest on the booking form.

There are two cafes which also supply light lunches. There are seats in the garden which can be used for your own picnics.

National Trust cards must be shown as we arrive, or an entrance fee will be charged.

Cost £16, includes coach travel and driver’s tip.

Meeting points:   Worcester 09.00. Malvern. 09.30. Upton. 09.45 Return:15.30.

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

Mrs B McLaughlan, 1 Bluebell Close, Malvern WR 14 3QR 01684 562719


THE BISHOPS PALACE AND GARDENS, WELLS adjacent to the Cathedral Wednesday 3 July

By way of history, The Bishop’s Palace and accompanying Bishop’s House have been the home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years.

.Building of the Palace started circa 1210. and The Chapel and Great Hall added circa 1275 / 1292. The walls, gatehouse and moat were added in the 14th Century. The Bishop’s House was added in the 15th Century. The adjoining spectacular gardens comprising over 14 acres, including picturesque formal and Victorian styles, a wild flower arboretum, specimen trees, alongside waterfalls, well pools, a moat with resident swans, all surrounding the stunning medieval palace.

On the day of our visit, it is the traditional farmers’ market day in the City. A lovely addition to the City, which is well worth a visit, as is the Cathedral and viewing the swans in the moat ringing the bell when they are hungry. (All within easy walking distance).

Our visit includes a guided tour of The Palace and a guided tour of the grounds.

There is a café on site serving lunches/light meals/ refreshments/drinks etc. and several in the City.

Cost:£28.00 includes entry fee, guided tours, coach and driver’s tip Meeting points: Worcester 08.10 Malvern 08.30 Upton 08.45

Return: 15.45.

Cheque, SAE, and booking form to :

Mrs Hazel Cartledge, 17 Albert Park Mews, Malvern WR14 1HN


Wednesday 16 July

Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family for over 600 years and is where the infamous Gunpowder plot was hatched. Our Centre recently made a donation to the Court to fund a Gunpowder Trail. In recognition of this the Property Manager has invited us for a PRIVATE visit on a day when the Court would normally be closed.

The visit will include tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, a guided tour of the house, a light two-course lunch and, for those interested, a guided tour of the gardens with the Family's head gardener.

We shall seek approval at the next AGM to make a donation to the Court to thank them for their generous invitation.

Cost: £19 to include coach, driver's tip, coffee and lunch. Meeting Points: Worcester 09.00, Malvern 09.30, Upton 10.00

Return: 16.00

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

Tony Collins, 10 College Grove, Malvern, WR14 3HP 01684 893907


Wednesday 18 September

Buscot Park is an austere neoclassical house near the town of Faringdon in Oxfordshire. Built for Edward Loveden Townsend in 1780-1783. In 1887 the house and estate were sold to Alexander Henderson, a financier, he was ennobled as Baron Faringdon. The house was altered and restored in 1934

Buscot Park house and gardens were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1956 but are still occupied and managed by the present Lord Faringdon.

Inside the house one finds many works of art, in the main room the saloon, Burne-Jones ‘The Legend of the Briar Rose’ is on display.

The water gardens were designed by Harold Peto. Well worth a visit.

There will be a stop en route at Evesham Country Park for about an hour where refreshments are available. At Buscot there are tables and chairs for picnics.’

House and Gardens are open from 14.00 to 16.00.

Cost £15.00 includes coach and driver’s tip.

Meeting Points:Upton 10.00,Malvern 10.15,Worcester 10.45 Leave Buscot: 17.00.

Cheques, SAE and booking form to:

Mrs Margaret Baddeley, 32 Abbey Road,Malvern.WR14 3HD





Wednesday September 26th at 2pm (please be prompt) NUMBERS LIMITED TO 30

The Master’s House has been at the heart of Ledbury for over 500 years. It began as the home for the Master of St Katherines but successive occupants made many changes.

It has been comprehensively restored between 2011 and 2015 and was shortlisted for a National Award for building restoration projects.

Later we will go to Bosbury Village Hall in the High Street (HR8 1PU) where Bosbury WI will provide afternoon refreshments.

Own transport arrangements to be made. Parking nearby Cost £10; Cheques and Booking Form by June 15th to

Mrs Pam Pardoe, 47a St Andrew’s Road, Malvern, WR14 3PT


Thursday Sept 27th

Join us on the MV Conway Castle for a delightful three hour afternoon cruise on the River Severn with afternoon tea. Starting out from Upton on Severn we will embark opposite the Boathouse at Waterside, which is approximately 250 metres (5 minute walk) from the main Upton car park on the Hanley road.

The Severn is Britain’s longest river, and our private trip will allow us to enjoy wonderful scenery with our fellow members and friends in a relaxed atmosphere. The Conway Castle has been recently re-furbished and offers both covered and open seating so our trip can be enjoyed regardless of weather conditions.

Cost of £17.50 pp includes river cruise and afternoon tea.

You are very welcome to bring a non-member friend/s at a cost of £20 pp.

£2.50 will be refunded if your friend/s join the Worcester Malvern Centre on the day.

Meeting point – Opposite the Boathouse, Waterside, Upton on Severn Meeting time – 2.00 pm - Embarkation 2.15pm for strict 2.30pm departure Own transport arrangements to be made. Parking nearby

Cheque, SAE and booking form to: David Ebsworth WMNT, 13 Crystal Mount, 59 Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 3AA


If booking for both Ballets please send separate cheques


Thursday November 29th 2018 for the performance at 2.00pm

In this world famous production by Sir Peter Wright join Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy

Cost £45 to include cost of tickets, coach and driver’s tip Meeting Points – Malvern 10.15 – Worcester 10.45 Return route Worcester and then Malvern

Cheque, SAE and booking form to: Marina Riley, 13, Zetland Court, Zetland Road, Malvern,

WR14 2JQ

Tel: 01684 569759


Thursday February 21st 2019 for the performance at 2.00pm

A cruel Prince is trapped in a castle with animals he callously hunted. Stripped of his handsome features and humanity he must win the heart of Belle or spend the rest of his life in bitter solitude. The relationship is at first terrifying but ultimately serene and beautiful.

Cost £47 to cost of tickets, coach and tip

Meeting Points – Malvern 10.15 – Worcester 10.45 Return route Worcester and then Malvern

Cheque, SAE and booking form to: Marina Riley, 13, Zetland Court, Zetland Road, Malvern,

WR14 2JQ

Tel: 01684 569759