Malvern Hills

OUTINGS PROGRAMME 2020

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BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY AND THE JEWELLERY QUARTER MUSEUM

Tuesday 21 April

This outing combines a free visit to the world-renowned BMAG in the morning, followed by a guided tour of the JQM in the afternoon. The BMAG, in the city centre, houses a huge collection of art, ceramics and sculptures and also hosts a varied programme of temporary exhibitions (e.g., there will be an exhibition 'Dressed to the Nines' about dressing up and going out from 1850 to the present day). There is a tea room where snacks and light lunches can be enjoyed. Our coach will take us to the JQM where on arrival we will have included drinks and biscuits before a guided tour of the fascinating museum. This occupies the building which was the Smith and Pepper jewellery factory where the contents have been preserved since its closure.

Cost: £27.00 includes coach, driver's tip, guided tour of the JQM with drinks and a guide book.

Meeting points Worcester 07.45, Malvern 08.15, Upton 08.30.

Return 16.00.

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

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

ST. FAGANS NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY

 

Thursday 14 May

Last year this museum was the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the year, opening new galleries and transforming the visitor experience. It is one of the world's leading open air museums.

It stands in the grounds of St. Fagans Castle and gardens, a late 16th century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth in 1948.

Over 50 original buildings from different locations in Wales have been rebuilt in the 100 acre parkland. Each building opens a door into a different part of Welsh  history offering a fascinating glimpse into the past.

There is a restaurant, a cafe and a tea house on site.

There is no entry charge to enter the museum.

Cost: £16 includes coach and drivers tip.

Meeting points  Worcester  08.00,  Malvern  08.45,   Upton  09.00

Return 15.30.

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

Mrs Brenda McLaughlan, 1 Bluebell Close, Malvern, WR 14 3QR

01684 562719 

MALMESBURY ABBEY HOUSE AND GARDEN

Tuesday 2 June 

An interesting day out enjoying Malmesbury Abbey Gardens with a guided tour of the house which was once owned by King Henry VIII. Spend time enjoying the beautiful garden which straddles the River Avon. There are more than 10,000 different plants and attractive yew tree hedges can be viewed in the upper garden.

The Abbey is close by; although partly in ruins the nave remains. One can see King Athelstan’s tomb, the crest of King Henry VIII and an amazing Norman

porch. Malmesbury town is worth exploring with its charming streets and independent retailers. You will find a café in the Gardens, the Abbey and independent ones in the town.

Cost: £21.00 includes coach, driver’s tip and entrance fee to the house.

Entrance to the Garden, not included, is £7.00.

Meeting points Upton 08.45, Malvern 09.00, Worcester 09.30.

Return 16.00.

Cheque, SAE and booking form to

Margaret Baddeley, 32 Abbey Road,Malvern, WR14 3HD 01684 560923

BERRINGTON HALL AND CROFT CASTLE   (NT)

Wednesday 24 June

Today we visit two properties. Firstly,  Berrington Hall which  is a neoclassical country house constructed for Thomas Harley during 1778-1781.  Whilst the exterior appears rather formal the interior has wonderful painted ceilings, ornate plasterwork and a high dome shedding light onto the entry staircase.  There is also a glimpse of  life “below stairs”  with the laundry, pantry and dairy.  Capability Brown, (his last venture) landscaped the parkland and there is a walled garden with rare species of old fruit trees.

Secondly, Croft Castle. where a building has been on this site from the 11th Century and has been the home of the Croft family. It is now under the care of the National Trust. The interior of the Castle contains many Gothic features with rare and valuable furniture. Family portraits hang in almost every room, some by famous artists. Wooded parkland surrounds the Castle including a line of Spanish chestnuts, some of which are perhaps 350 years old. The walled garden includes a vineyard, orchard and glass house.

There are cafés at both venues serving drinks and food

Cost: £14 includes coach and driver’s tip

Meeting points Upton 08.25, Malvern 08.45, Worcester 09.15. Return 15.45.

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

CHAVENAGE HOUSE. TETBURY

Tuesday 21 July

Chavenage House near Tetbury (built in 1576) has been the venue for several television series including Lark Rise to Candleford, Wolf Hall, Emma  and latterly as the Poldark family home known as Trenwith. 

There are many interesting rooms with tapestries, fine furniture, pictures and relics of the Cromwellian period. Of particular note are the main hall, with its stained glass windows and where a contemporary screen forms a minstrels gallery and two tapestry rooms where it is said Cromwell was lodged 

The House has been privately owned since 1891 and our guided tour will be carried out by a family Member who will, no doubt, enlighten us with memoirs of  its extraordinary history.

We will make a stop over at a venue for an early lunch before arriving at Chavenage 

Cost: £27 to include guided tour of the House,  cup of tea/biscuits before leaving, coach and driver’s tip.

Meeting points Worcester 09.00,  Malvern 09.30,  Upton 09.45

Return 15.45

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

 

 

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, ALREWAS, STAFFS

Tuesday 22 September

The Memorial Arboretum is on a 150-acre site with over 350 thought provoking memorials covering both military and civilian associations. These memorials are rich in design, sympathetic to the lush gardens and provide fascinating stories. Ther are also over 30000 trees and it is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Our visit will start with included tea, coffee and biscuits, followed by a guided walk at 11.30.

There is a restaurant serving a varied menu.

Cost: £24.00 includes coach, driver’s tip, welcome refreshments and guided walk.

Meeting points Worcester 07.45, Malvern 08.15, Upton 08.30.

Return 16.00.

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

Tony Collins, 10 College Grove, Malvern WR14 3HP

SPODE WORKS VISITOR CENTRE

Tuesday 6 October

Since the closure of the Spode factory in 2008 the Museum Trust has set about creating a Heritage Centre and Museum on the site of the 230-year old pottery factory. We will enjoy included tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, an introductory talk and a guided tour of the Museum and factory site. The site is of particular interest to those with an interest in social history, industrial archeology and photography. There is an exhibition of antique and vintage Spode pieces and, of course, a retail outlet providing an opportunity to find replacements for collectors of Spode ware.

There is a nearby cafe for refreshments.

Cost: £23.00 includes coach. driver's tip, tea/coffee on arrival, introductory talk and guided tour.

Meeting points: Worcester 07.45, Malvern 08.15, Upton 08.30.

Return 15.45.

Cheque, SAE and booking form to:

Tony Collins, 10 College Grove, Malvern WR14 3HP

 

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