SHUGBOROUGH HOUSE AND ESTATE, MILFORD, STAFFS
(Remember NT Cards) Wednesday, 20th June 2018 This outing is fully booked
CITY OF CARDIFF
Wednesday 18th July This outing is fully booked.
MELBOURNE HALL & GARDENS, DERBYSHIRE
Wednesday 8th August
Melbourne Hall was once the seat of the Victorian Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. It is now owned by Lord and Lady Ralph. The house is a Grade II* listed building; more than twenty features in the grounds are Grade I listed
Melbourne, a manor that had belonged to the bishops of Carlisle in the twelfth century, was partly rebuilt in 1629–31 for Sir John Coke by a Derbyshire mason, Richard Shepherd. In 1692 it was inherited by Thomas Coke (1675–1727), a gentleman architect in the golden age of English amateur architecture, who laid out the formal gardens that survive, with some professional assistance from Henry Wise: there are avenues, a parterre, a yew walk that has become a yew tunnel, basins and fountains, and lead and stone sculpture, much of it supplied by John Nost, most notably the lead "Vase of the Seasons" (1705), that is one of the finest examples of Baroque sculpture in lead in an English garden. There are tea rooms and a visitor centre on site.
There will be one stop on the outward journey.
Cost £23 (HHA £17) to include coach, entry and tip
Meeting Points – Pershore 10.30 – Malvern 11.00 – Worcester 11.30 Return 4.30pm routing Worcester, Malvern, Pershore
Cheque, SAE and booking form to: Clive Hooper
BLENHEIM PALACE, WOODSTOCK
Wednesday 19 September
It is said to be Britain’s greatest palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting a long and diverse history. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. Built as a gift to John Churchill by Queen Anne in 1704 for his success in the battle of Blenheim, the Baroque architecture Palace contains one of the most important collections in Europe which includes portraits, furniture, sculptures and tapestries. Not to be missed are the magnificent library, with more than 10,000 books, and gilded state rooms wherein priceless collections set against striking stonework can be found.
The Palace is surrounded by interesting parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown, with many historical monuments. Also, stunning formal gardens including the water terraces, rose garden, secret garden, Churchill Memorial Garden, and The Duke’s Italian Garden. A miniature train ride from the Palace will take you to the pleasure gardens with butterfly house, Lavender Garden, Marlborough hedge maze, and the Blenheim Bygones Exhibition.
The visit is on a free flow basis with guides in all of the rooms.
Cost: £28 includes entry, coach and tip
Meeting Points – Upton 08.30 – Malvern 08.45 – Worcester 09.10 Return 3.30p.m. Routing Worcester Malvern Upton
Cheque, SAE and Booking Form to:
Mrs Hazel Cartledge, 17 Albert Park Mews, Malvern, WR14 1HN
THE MASTER’S HOUSE. ST KATHERINES, BYE ST, LEDBURY, HR8 1BA
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
THREE HOUR RIVER SEVERN CRUISE WITH AFTERNOON TEA
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
SOLDIERS OF OXFORDSHIRE MUSEUM - WOODSTOCK
Thursday October 11th
The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum was opened in 2014 by the Princess Royal. The museum is a modern and very light building, and offers something of interest to everyone.
The rich histories of two County Regiments, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars form the heart of the museum, which aims to tell the stories of these soldiers, their families, the County towns in which they lived or were born and the close links with the population of the County of Oxfordshire.
The current exhibition includes a Medieval Mosaic which recreates the Bayeux Tapestry, made of over three million pieces of spring steel and at 64 meters holds the Guinness World Record for the longest steel mosaic. It took the artist, Michael Linton, 33 years to make.
Arriving in Woodstock circa mid-day, we will have free time for lunch before meeting at the museum at 1.30pm for a 45 minute guided tour followed by free time to wander around the exhibits and afternoon tea with home-made cakes.
Cost £23 which includes entrance fee, guided tour, afternoon tea, coach & tip
Meeting Points – Malvern 09.45 – Worcester 10.05 Return – Depart 4pm - routing Worcester and Malvern
Cheque, SAE and booking form to: Mrs H. Cartledge, 17 Albert Park Mews, Malvern WR14 1HN