We organise several visits each year to various places, some National Trust properties, others not. In 2019 our visit to Osterley Park and House (left) was particularly popular. We were able to raise about £1500 to help the National Trust's activities.
Below are the visits we've got planned for this year - though some are awaiting final details.
The cost of the visit includes coach transport. The pick up points are either Grange Road/Manor Road, Dorridge or the bus stop outside the public house on the corner of Union Road/Warwick Road, Solihull, opposite House of Fraser.
Admission to non-National Trust properties is included in the cost, but please note that if you are not a National Trust member, you will have to pay the entry fee for Trust properties.
If you are interested in joining one of our trips, or have a general enquiry about them, please send us a message using this contact form.
Wednesday, 1 April
When we last visited Shugborough in November 2016, it was just after it had been handed over to the Trust by Staffordshire County Council, before it was re-opened to the public, and we were privileged to be given a special tour describing what the plans were for the estate and mansion. Since that time, most of these have come to fruition and the Shugborough experience has been transformed. This is your chance to see for yourself how much more of the house is now accessible to the public, and enjoy the improved facilities and extensive walks. We do not think that you will be disappointed.
Wednesday, 13 May
Chastleton House (NT) by coach and rail
Built in 1607 Chastleton, this Jacobean house, has 400 years of history and incidents to discover. The birthplace of croquet, with links to the English Civil War and the venue for some aspects of the TV series Wolf Hall, the house and gardens have much to interest members.
Travel will be by coach to Cheltenham in time to catch the 10.55am train on the Gloucester/Warwickshire Railway to Broadway. Relax and enjoy the Cotswold scenery before arriving in Broadway where we have time to buy a coffee or lunch before being taken by coach to Chastleton for our afternoon visit. Please note that Chastleton does not have refreshment facilities, though light refreshments are often available at the adjacent church. Please note also that the car park is at the top of a hill about 250 yards from the house entrance, and Chastleton does not have a buggy.
We leave the house around 4.00pm to enable the party to get back to Solihull for 6.00.pm.
The details for the rest of our 2020 visits are not yet finalised, but we will be going to:
Polesden Lacey (NT)
Melbourne Hall and Gardens
Southwell Minster and Workhouse