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.
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
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
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 whichis 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