Walton and District Allotment and Garden Society


The outings are open to members of the Society only. All enquiries to society@wadags.co.uk   


Full details and booking arrangements will be notified to members in the Spring mailshot

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Highclere Castle

In the first few years of the twentieth century Highclere Castle epitomised the confidence and glamour of the Edwardian period.

During the First World War the Castle  was turned into a hospital, and patients began to arrive from Flanders in September 1914. During the Second World War, the Castle briefly became a home for evacuee children from north London.The current (8th) Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live partly in the Castle and partly nearby but remain closely involved in the Castle's day to day life and future.



Wednesday 26th July 2017

Myddleton House Gardens

The famous gardener and botanist E.A.Bowles transformed the garden of his family home using unusual and exotic plants. There is an Alpine Meadow, Carp Lake, 111 year old wisteria, Victorian Conservatory, newly restored kitchen garden. The Visitor Centre houses the Bowles Museum where you can learn more about the history of the Bowles family, the house and the gardens. A guided tour around the garden is included. Tea room. Souvenirs, few plants available.


Thursday 11th May 2017

Capel Manor College

A thirty acre estate established in the 13th century, with Georgian Manor house and Victorian stables and over 60 gardens including historical gardens and themed gardens designed by well-known designers and former students. In 1968 the first group of students began training. There were twelve students then, forty four years later, there are close to three thousand students. Visitor Centre with gift shop and plant sales, Garden Terrace Restaurant. Picnic benches.

Guided walks are available if requested.

Houghton Lodge

Is a late 18th century Historic House, a Cottage Orne or Rural Retreat built on a hilltop overlooking the River Test with a peaceful Walled Garden with fruit trees, herb garden, rose arbour, Peacock Parterre, herbaceous borders, woodland and riverside walks.

The owners of the house will act as guides around their home and they will relate the history of the Lodge.

Coffees, teas & shortbread will be served during our visit and the cost is included in the price of the outing.


Thursday 15th June 2017

Longstock Gardens

7 acres with a maze of interconnecting islands and woodland glades with 2 ½ acres of lakes fed by the clear water of the River Test. This extensive water garden was created by John Lewis in the 1940s as a place to work and reflect. It was voted “the finest water garden in the world” by the International Water Lily Society with over 40 different types of water lily alone. It is situated in the Leckford Estate which is owned and fully managed by Waitrose. Lunches and teas in the Waitrose Farm café. Picnic areas. Waitrose Farm shop

Sandham Memorial Chapel

is in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire. It is a grade I listed 1920’s decorated chapel, designed by Lionel Godfrey Pearson. The chapel was built to accommodate a series of paintings by the English artist Stanley Spencer which illustrate his experiences as a medical orderly in the First World War. It was commissioned by Mary and Louis Behrend as a memorial to Mary's brother, Lieutenant Henry Willoughby Sandham who died at the end of the First World War. The chapel is surrounded by lawns and orchards, with views of Watership Down. It is now run by the National Trust.

Outing price includes the cost of coffee/tea and biscuits in the local pub ‘Carpenters Arms’