Car Outings for 2017

Our programme of car outings has concluded for the season.  They have been very successful and enjoyable as shown by the reports page.  We look forward to next Spring when the new season of outings will begin.

All Car Outings are led by Pam Weaver 01543 361791

Tuesday 25th April 2017        

Frampton Manor Wool Barn and Gardens

The Grade I listed Wool Barn is in the Manor farmyard.  It is dated from around 1550 and one of the most impressive timber-framed buildings of its type and date. It has been the feature at Manor Farm for centuries. It comprises an open seven bay barn with mezzanine timber gallery at its west end, with adjoining cart shed. The stunning parkland has fine views over Court Lake, which is rich in wildlife, dotted with swans, geese and ducks, and fringed with trees. The Park is regularly grazed by sheep and horses. Pan Global Plants is a rare plant nursery in the 19th century walled garden.  The Manor garden is more intimate with its pretty Frampton-brick walls and boasts a host of unusual plants.

Cost – £16 (incl. tea and cake)  Approx. –  67 miles – 1hr 20mins  Meet – At car park 2.00pm

The wool barn

Read Pam’s report on this visit


Wednesday 3rd May 2017                        

Little Malvern Court, Worcs

The Court has been the home of the Beringtons since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s. The 14th c. Prior’s Hall was once attached to the 12th century Benedictine Priory, with its dominating tower. The Court was restored by the late Tom and Olguita Berington in the 1960’s.  Inside are various family portraits and European paintings and furniture. The giant lime tree, sadly now damaged by recent storms, is still standing for over 250 years.    Cedar trees were planted from seeds brought from the Holy Land. The chain of lakes, formerly fish ponds for the monks, follow a plan dated 1720 and were also restored in the 1980s.

Cost –  £13.50 inc. tour and tea Approx. –  53 miles – 1¼hr Meet – 1.45 – at the car park across the road to the Court

Little Malvern Court

Read about this visit on our Reports page☞


Monday 19th June 2017                                      

Whitmore Hall, Staffs

Whitmore Hall is a fine example of a 17th/18th c. Carolean manor house, landscaped gardens (suggesting ‘Capability’ Brown’s hand) surrounded by parkland. The Cavenagh-Mainwaring family are direct descendants of the original Norman owners, living here for over 900 years. The new red, warm brick house was designed in the artisan Mannerist style completed in 1676, in the reign of Charles ll.  It has a balustrade frontage with nine bays and ornate 19th Porch. Other facades have asymmetrical 19th c. additions. The interior is simple Edwardian.  An outstanding feature is the rare late Elizabethan  preserved stable block, the ground floor (much earlier) is part cobbled having nine oak-carved Tuscan pillars with ornamental arches above.

Cost – £10 inc. tour and tea/coffee/biscuits Approx. – 36miles – 41mins.   Meet – At car park 1.45pm for 2.00pm.  Suitable for those with sticks. Ground floor only for wheelchair users.

Whitmore Hall

Read the report on this successful visit


Tuesday 18th July 2017                               

Kelmarsh Hall, Northants

Built for the Hanbury family in the 1730s by virtuoso architect, James Gibbs and builder, Francis Smith of Warwick, Kelmarsh Hall was praised by historian Nikolaus Pevsner as, “a perfect, extremely reticent design, done in an impeccable taste.”  One other arbiter of fashion to leave her mark on the Hall was society decorator Nancy Lancaster.  Drawn by the house’s fine bone structure, her taste for combining comfort with formality set the trend for the Twentieth Century’s Country House look. Her spirit still pervades the house today in the delicate terracotta colouring of the Great Hall.

Cost – £13 tour, house and garden Approx. –  54 miles – 56 mins 

Meet –  At the  car park 11.45 for 12.00

Tea /coffee/ biscuits and food can be pre-booked, see application form.

Kelmarsh Hall



Thursday 3rd August 2017             

Cottesbrooke Hall, Northampton

Cottesbrooke is a 1702 Queen Anne house, set in gardens in Northamptonshire. A much loved family home of the Macdonald-Buchanan family. It has exceptional family portraits making this visit a truly unique experience. The contents include much 18thc. English and French furniture. Fine English, continental and Chinese porcelain is displayed in the Dining Room, Drawing Room, Library and China Corridor.  A main attraction is the superb collection of Sporting Art known as the Woolavington Collection, the finest in Europe. It was started by Sir James Buchanan Bt (Lord Woolavington), today’s owner’s great-grandfather. The 18thc. landscaping of the Park, its vistas and lakes, with much restoration, was by an unknown hand. The gardens are of great variety with many specimen trees.

Cost – £13 inc tour of house & garden Approx. – 54 miles – 1 hr Meet – At the car park 1.45pm for 2.00pm Refreshments to be purchased in the ‘Old Laundry’ tea room.

Cottesbrooke Hall Gardens


Pam Weaver

Car Outings Organiser