Malvern Hills



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