Walton and District Allotment and Garden Society


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

Arundel Castle & Grounds including Arundel Cathedral


ARUNDEL CASTLEstle is a restored and remodelled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex.  It was established by Roger de Montgomery, the first Earl of Arundel, on Christmas Day 1067 and it has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over 850 years.  The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068, followed by the gatehouse in 1070. The building we see now owes much to the restoration by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk (1847-1917) which was completed in 1900. It was one of the first English country houses to be fitted with electric light, integral fire fighting equipment, service lifts and central heating.  The gravity fed domestic water supply also supplied the town.  Included in the visit is the Fitzalan Chapel, founded in 1390 by the 4th Earl of Arundel and situated in the grounds of the Castle.  It is still the burial place of the Dukes of Norfolk and is a fine example of Gothic architecture with a carved timber roof and choir stalls.   

This will be a free-flow visit with guides in individual areas providing information.


Garden features include the Collector Earl’s Garden, the Rose Garden, herbaceous borders, a stumpery, glass houses, the White garden and an organic kitchen garden.   The allium display can be seen in the Walled Gardens at this time of year with over fourteen varieties on show, some of which grow as tall as five feet.


Refreshments:  There is a café and a restaurant in the Castle.   There is no designated area for picnics but these can be taken anywhere in the grounds (but not in the gardens).

Accessibility:  Golf buggies may be requested at the ticket office to access the Castle from the drop-off point.  The bedroom corridor, optional & costing an additional £2 per person (payable on the day), is only accessible via steps.   


ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL:  Our visit coincides with the feast of Corpus Christi in Arundel Cathedral, which for over 100 years has been celebrated with a festival of flowers.   Traditionally this includes a magnificent carpet of flowers in the central aisle and numerous floral displays around the Cathedral.   There is no charge for admission and refreshments are available in the Cathedral Centre, a short distance from the Cathedral, and in the town centre.  


Thursday 31st May 2018


BROUGHTON GRANGE was owned for 200 years by the Morrell family until it was acquired by the new owner in 1992.  The house is not open to the public as it is a private home.

The gardens are beautifully set in 350 acres of parkland, farmland and open meadows with planting from the Victorian era.  Since the purchase by the current owner there have been numerous additions to the garden and in 2001 Tom Stuart-Smith, the well-known Chelsea garden designer, was employed to change a 6 acre sloping field into a superb walled terraced garden with ponds and rills overlooking the countryside.

One of Tom Stuart-Smith’s gardens in Marrakesh was shown and admired on “Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens”. The hard landscaping was designed by Ptolemy Dean, the historical architect on the BBC Restoration programme.

Other garden features are parterres, a knot and sunken garden, a yew terrace, long flower borders, a wild flower and water meadow and the most recent addition is an 80 acre arboretum which is being established. Plants for sale.

Coffee, biscuits and a short talk by the gardener are included in the price.

Broughton Castle is a moated medieval manor house of the 14th century, enlarged in the 16th and home of the Fiennes family since 1447 - the current home of the 21st Lord and Lady Saye and Sele.  The main features are the Gatehouse, Great Hall, Oak Gallery, King’s Chamber, Queen Anne’s Room and Chapel.

Garden: Being a mid-summer visit there should be an abundance of perennial flowers, roses and climbing plants in the borders and walls around the Castle. In the 1890s when Lady Blanche Gordon-Lennox and her husband Lord Algernon were tenants at Broughton she decided to improve the neglected garden.  Being a keen gardener she designed the delightful “Ladies Garden”.

Tuesday 1st July 2018

Broughton Grange and Broughton Castle - Banbury

Thursday 16th August 2018

The Savill Garden was created by Sir Eric Savill, grand master of the woodland garden, in the 1930s with support of King George V and Queen Mary.  Since that time, the Garden has continued to develop under Royal Patronage, with most recently The Queen opening the Rose Garden.

The garden is set in 35 acres with a variety of interlocking gardens ranging from the golden grassland of the New Zealand Garden to the vibrant swathes of colour in the huge herbaceous borders. There are rare plants from around the world, woods and glades and the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House.

Two guided garden walks have been arranged at 11am. The cost has been included in the outing price.

The Savill Building contains a restaurant and coffee shop plus a gift shop and plants. Picnic tables are near the car park.

Frogmore House was built in the 17th century and became a royal property when it was purchased for George 111’s wife, Queen Charlotte in 1792.  It is no longer an occupied royal residence but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.

The interests and talents of several generations of the royal family influenced Frogmore’s interior. Queen Charlotte’s passion for botany is reflected in the decoration of the house. She commissioned Mary Moser, the renowned 18th century flower painter, to decorate one of Frogmore’s principal rooms to resemble an arbour open to the skies. Frogmore was home to Victoria, Duchess of Kent for almost 20 years, and works by her and her daughter Queen Victoria are on display in the house.

Following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht in 1997, the Duke of Edinburgh arranged for a selection of  items from the interior of the vessel to be moved into “The Britannia Room” including the rich mahogany table which dominates the room.  A guided tour has been booked for Frogmore House and the cost is included.

Frogmore Garden. Although we will see the landscaped garden as we approach the house and will be able to overlook it from the house, we will not be given the opportunity to walk around.  The garden is only open on two or three days a year to charities who make a request to the Queen. These dates have not been advertised yet. In 1790, Queen Charlotte introduced 4000 trees and shrubs to create a model picturesque landscape.

The garden also features a lake, an 18th century Gothic Ruin and the Royal Mausoleum.


There will be no refreshments or a shop at Frogmore; if we have time I hope that we may be able to visit the Windsor Farm Shop for tea or a look around the shop, depending on our tour timing and traffic on the day

Savill Gardens and Frogmore House - Windsor

Saturday 16th June 2018

Wrest Park and Garden Festival - Bedfordshire

Castle - Banbury

Wrest Park : The house was built in French Style in 1834-39 to designs by its owner Thomas de Grey, the 2nd Earl de Grey, an amateur architect and the first president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, who was inspired by buildings he had seen on trips to Paris.

Wrest has some of the earliest Rococo Revival interiors in England and the Countess’s Sitting Room (1840s) and the Archer Pavilion are particularly stunning examples. The ground floor is open to visitors.

Restoration: The house &garden, both Grade 1 listed, were restored by English Heritage between 2007-11.

Garden: Wrest Park has an early eighteenth-century garden covering over 90 acres, which was originally laid out by George London and then modified by Lancelot Capability Brown.  During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Bath House, an orangery and marble fountains were added.

Within the Park are fragrant borders, sweeping landscapes and woodland walks showcasing French, Dutch, Italian and English styles side by side. Also within the grounds are the Thatched Bath House, Chinese temple, lake and bridge, over 40 statues and a columnar memorial to Brown.

Garden Festival: Stalls and various attractions are not yet specified.

Popular and unusual plants will be available.

Café for coffees, lunches.  Picnics in the garden are allowed.


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