Coach Outings for 2017

We hope that you will join us on some of our interesting and different venues that have been arranged. As you can see, several have been arranged for National Trust properties so please bring your NT membership cards with you.

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Anglesey Abbey and Gardens;   A National Trust Property

This former Augustinian Priory was converted into an impressive Jacobean manor house and fully restored by Lord Fairhaven. He collected fine decorative art resulting in an Aladdin’s cave of priceless furniture, silver, paintings, clocks and books. To set off the house he created a garden of outstanding beauty on the scale of an 18th century landscape. There are ninety-six acres to explore, with broad avenues, herbaceous borders, topiary, statues, rare trees, river temples and serene pools. The historic Lode Mill is once again a working water mill, (used for grinding flour which may be bought on site). The new Visitors’ Centre is excellent with good facilities for drinks, light bites or full meals and there is a picnic area.  Plants and gifts are for sale in the shop.    (NT cards are necessary)

Cost: – £16.50

Depart: –  Aldridge Post Office 8.45,  Hatherton Road 8.55, Broadway URC  9.00

Leave Anglesey at 5.00       Leader: Margaret Jones

(Read about this visit)

Anglesey Abbey

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Saturday 17th June 2017 

Hughenden Manor:  A National Trust Property

Hughenden was the home of Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli.  It is set in the unspoilt Chiltern Valley with views of ancient woods and rolling hills.  The house is full of fascinating personal memorabilia of a colourful statesman and was his hillside retreat.  In the second World War it became the headquarters of a top secret operation (we had an afternoon lecture on this subject, last year).  There is an exhibition in the basement, a 1940 living room and the ice house bunker bringing wartime Britain back to life.  Lovely gardens and grounds offer walks for the more active and the Stableyard Cafè, which is licensed, serves hot and cold drinks from 12.00-4.00pm.  (NT Cards)

Cost £16.50

Depart Aldridge Post Office 8.45,  Hatherton Road 8.55, Broadway URC 9.00

Leave from Hughenden at 5.00     Leader Pauline Heydon         

Hughenden Manor

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 Wednesday July 12th 2017

Knebworth House & Gardens

We arrive at 11am, in time for morning coffee followed by a guided tour of the house in groups of 25 max.  We can then have lunch on a free flow basis.  We then have the afternoon to explore the gardens, created by Sir Edwin Lutyens & Gertrude Jekyll.  Popular features include the rose garden, maze and walled vegetable garden.  There is a dinosaur trail with over 70 life size model dinosaurs.  Time for afternoon tea.

Cost  £28.50

Depart Aldridge Post Office 8.45, Hatherton Road 8.55 Broadway URC 9.00

Leave  Knebworth at 5.00

Leader David Allabarton

Knebworth House

(Report)

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Thursday 10th August 2017

Calke Abbey: A National Trust Property

Calke Abbey is not a restored property but has been preserved as it was found in 1980’s when the Harpur Crewes left it.  The grand rooms are crammed with collections from art to natural history.  You can explore overgrown stable courtyards, orangery, Calke Park – Natural Nature Reserve.  The house opens at 11.00am and timed tickets are needed. There is a restaurant, café and a large shop for gifts, plants and local food.  (NT cards are necessary)

Cost   £10.75

Depart from Aldridge  Post Office 9.30,  Hatherton Road 9.40, Broadway URC 9.45

Leave Calke Abbey at 5.00

Leader       Brenda Rimmer    

Calke Abbey

(Photo and report)

 

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Wednesday September 6th 2017

King Richard III Visitor Centre

After arriving at the drop off point we will be escorted on a 3-minute walk to the King Richard III Visitor Centre. We will start the tour with a video and then travel through the ‘Dynasty, Death & Discovery’ exhibition which tells the story of King Richard’s life and achievements, ending at the battle of Bosworth.  We will then explore the archaeology and science behind the discovery of Richard III’s remains after which we will visit the grave site.

There will be a guided tour of The Cathedral Church of St Martin and the tomb of Richard lll.   There is an ongoing ‘Leicester Cathedral Revealed Project’.  It reveals much of the church’s – and thus the city’s – past, from Roman times to the present day.  There will be free time before we travel back to Walsall at 5pm.

Cost  £24.50

Depart Aldridge Post Office 8.45, Hatherton Road 8.55, Broadway URC  9.00

Leave Leicester at 5.00

Leader   Louise Platt     

Richard III

(Click to read about this excellent visit)

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Wednesday 18th October 2017

Southwell Minster/The Workhouse

A residence for the Archbishops of York at Southwell is recorded first in 1051 and then in the Domesday Book of 1086.  All the early medieval Kings of England from Richard l to Richard ll stayed here (except the ill-fated Edward Il).  In 1884 Southwell Minster became a Cathedral.  Between 1904 and 1907, a manor house was built into the corner of the ruins, as home of the Bishop of Southwell.  Walking up the path to The Workhouse it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor felt.  It is the most complete Workhouse in existence.  Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.

 Cos£19.00 incl.  Minster guided tour

Depart  Aldridge Post Office 8.30,  Hatherton Road 8.40,  Broadway URC 8.45

Leave  Southwell 5.00

Leader    Marion Malaband                  

Southwell Minster

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Saturday 25th November

Christmas at Trentham Gardens

The day is your own to do what you want and go where you wish.

Cost £9

Depart  ALDRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTRE  09.45,   Broadway URC 10.00

Leave Trentham  16.00

Leader    Pauline Haydon  07505254519

Trentham Gardens