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August 2019

Hardy’s Cottage & Max Gate

August 8 @ 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
hardy DT2 8QJ United Kingdom + Google Map

A day out in Dorset visiting places associated with Thomas Hardy. First stop will be the cottage where Hardy was born and grew up. We will split into two groups to look around with each group having an introductory talk. A short walk away is a visitors’ centre where we can obtain refreshments. Few authors have such strong associations with the natural and cultural heritage of their local area as Thomas Hardy. This cottage, where Hardy was born in 1840,

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September 2019


September 11 @ 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Longleat BA12 7NW United Kingdom + Google Map

A slightly earlier start than usual will mean that we can make the most of our day tickets Seat of the Marquess of Bath, nestled within 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds, Longleat is home to the UK’s original Safari Park, one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture, and an abundance of exciting attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure where you can get up-close and personal with truly amazing animals. You’ll be taken aback by the impressive

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October 2019

Arlington Court

October 8
Arlington Court EX31 4LP + Google Map

VISIT TO ARLINGTON COURT – 8th OCTOBER In October, we will be visiting Arlington Court in North Devon, the home of the Chichester family from its construction in the 1820s until being given to the National Trust in 1949. As well as the house and its eclectic contents, the site includes over twenty miles of footpaths, Victorian formal gardens and a walled kitchen garden. The 70th anniversary of the estate coming into the Trust’s ownership is this year being marked

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