We organise several visits each year to various places, some National Trust properties, others not. Our first post-lockdown visit to Attingham Park (left) last year 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 so far for this year. We're planning more, so check back with us regularly to find out where we're going.
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 on arrival.
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.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
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.
After the cancellation of our visit planned for April 2020, a visit to Shugborough is long overdue. We will be able to experience the many improvements to the Mansion, the Estate and the Walled Garden. We can also revisit the Lichfield Apartment.
We're sorry, but this visit is now sold out.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Southwell (Minster and Workhouse)
We stop off first in Southwell where you will have free time to explore. You will probably wish to visit Southwell Minster, the Cathedral of Nottinghamshire, which is rich in historical and architectural interest. There are plenty of places to have lunch in picturesque Southwell including a café in the Cathedral grounds.
In the afternoon, we travel the short distance to the Workhouse. Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved example of the hundreds of workhouses built across the country. During your visit, you can participate in a self-guided tour and learn about the Workhouse’s role and how it evolved through time, with the site providing shelter for those in need up until the 1980s. The stairs in the workhouse are steep and worn so can present challenges to people with mobility issues. There are lifts installed in adjacent Firbeck House to enable those with mobility issues to visit the infirmary exhibition and the library. Refreshments are available in the on-site café.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
A Regency villa built in the 1820s, but much enlarged and the interior transformed after 1906 by Mrs Greville, a famous Edwardian society hostess. Lavish weekend parties for royalty, politicians and celebrities of the day took place until the outbreak of the Second World War. The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) were loaned Polesden Lacey for part of their honeymoon. Nationally important collections of paintings, furniture and other works of decorative art are to be found in the house. There are extensive grounds with formal gardens displaying year round interest, and magnificent views across the valley.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Staunton Harold Church & Melbourne Hall
Our visit to Derbyshire will start at the imposing Staunton Harold Church where there will be a conducted tour. Built in 1653, with a fine panelled interior, and lovely views across nearby lakes, it is one of the few churches owned by the National Trust. After a stop for lunch and shopping at the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts, we shall go on to Melbourne Hall, which gave its name to the Australian city. Still lived in by the family, this was the home of Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria’s first Prime Minister, her close friend and chief political adviser during the early years of her reign. His wife, Lady Caroline Lamb, is best-known for her relationship with Lord Byron, who she described as “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. After a guided tour of the Hall, with stories about its past occupants, there will be time to visit the 18th century garden with its wrought-iron birdcage, and the medieval Parish Church. During the afternoon, the Tearoom in the courtyard will be open for light refreshments.
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Chastleton House by Coach & Rail
Built in 1607 Chastleton 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 on 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.