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The Castle is a country house built in the Jacobean style by Charles Barry and is owned by the Earls of Caernarvon.   The estate of 5,000 acres includes parkland designed by Capability Brown.   This house was built on the foundations of a medieval palace of the 8th century.

The well known TV series “Downton Abbey” was filmed here

To a range of properties in Cheshire and Derbyshire



History of the Lawn Mower & The Budding Foundation  

Clive Gravett is the Curator of the Museum of Gardening at the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks, West Sussex.

A far more interesting talk than the title suggested, and good presentation.

Website: www.museumofgardening.co.uk

Deer Parks and Petworth

Martyn Burkinshaw, Landscape Manager from Petworth gave us a talk on the Development of English Deer Parks and Petworth.

Lonnie Donegan, the King of Skiffle

 My Old Man’s a Dustman”  

Lonnie Donegan was a well-known entertainer in the 1950’s and 60’s and inspired musicians such as The Beatles, Elton John, Van Morrison and many others!

Our speaker is Bob Wragg

Stourhead House and Garden, Wiltshire

St Mary’s House and Garden

An Enchanting late 15th Century timber framed House in magnificent gardens and charming cottage style tearooms.  Still lived in, this home has fine panelled rooms including including the unique  Elizabethan  painted room.   Five acres of beautiful Gardens, with a Ginkgo Biloba” living fossil tree, animal topiary and ”Secret” Garden.

Sussex Wildlife Trust

In a slight change to the advertised programme, Charlotte Owen from the Trust talked about her life as a Wildcall Officer.

This property is set in 2,650 acres of beautiful Wessex countryside.  The House was one of the first built in the Palladian style.  It contains a unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and a collection of interesting paintings.   

The beautiful landscape gardens are set in a wooded valley, which should be full of colour when we visit.  A pleasant walk can be taken around the lake, passing temples and monuments which survive from the past.

Ascott House, Buckinghamshire

This is a half timbered house dating back to the 16th century and transformed by the Rothschilds  in the 19th century.   There are several exceptional collections within the house. The property is administered by the Rothschild family. The gardens contain specimen trees, formal and natural areas.



Christmas Lunch

At the Windsor Hotel

Chatham Historic Dockyard

We start our visit with a Guided Tour in our coach.

There are plenty of areas to explore including: RNLI Historic Lifeboats, Historic Warships, Railway Workshop and Victorian Ropery.  Good walking shoes are required as there are cobbled areas and areas unsuitable for people with access problems.