Coach Trips 2019

The Club will run 2 coach trips and one local visit in 2019, details of which are below. Coach trips are popular and early booking is advised. Details are below: 


  • Coach travel is with D&P Coaches of Farnborough. They operate a modern fleet of luxury coaches (none more than three years old). All are well equipped and very comfortable and there is an on-board toilet.

  • The venues are within easy reach of New Haw and normally involve a journey time of approximately 1.5-2 hours maximum.

  • Members are welcome to bring guests for which there is a £1 supplement per person .This provides temporary Club membership in order to comply with our insurance conditions.

  • The Club’s trips prove popular and early reservations are recommended.

For full pricing details and/or to make a booking, please go to Booking Form. 


Avebury Manor and Garden

Thursday 25th April 2019      



£23.50 per person    National Trust members 

£34.00 per person    Non National Trust


National Trust members are reminded that they must bring their membership card with them on the day.

The television series The Manor Reborn, which aired in December 2011, showed how nine of Avebury Manor's rooms and part of the garden were redecorated and redesigned in five different styles: Tudor, Queen Anne, Georgian, Victorian and 20th century. This imaginative process drew on the team's expertise, historical research and inventories from other houses of the selected periods to help recreate inspirational interiors for the rooms.

The refurbishment of Avebury Manor was designed so that the rooms reflected the period in which the residents of Avebury Manor lived and you can learn about these people as you go around.  Furniture and objects were either recreated by modern craftsmen or genuine antique furniture was restored. All the 'new' furniture needed to be made strong enough to be used, sat on and touched. 

Highlights of Avebury Manor


One of the most unique things about Avebury Manor is that you are not kept away with barriers, you are encouraged to sit on the furniture, lie on the beds and play snooker in the Billiard Room.  The only exception being the Chinese hand painted wallpaper in the Georgian Dining Room which will damage if touched.


                                          Things to see and do 


The National Trust hub  

The visitor reception is in the 17th century threshing barn in the Old Farmyard. Here you can buy tickets for the manor or museum, find out what's on and any other information about Avebury you need. There is also a cafe, picnic area, shop and toilets. Click for more information.


The stone circles and henge  

At Avebury you can wander among the standing stones of the largest stone circle in the world and marvel at the human ingenuity and dedication it took to create the enormous bank and ditch with no more than bones and stones.



Avebury Manor and Garden  

Avebury Manor is a truly unique experience; it's a 16th-century manor house where, unlike most other properties, you are allowed touch the furniture, lie on the beds and handle the pots and pans.


The Alexander Keiller Museum  

Fun and learning for all the family in the museum. The museum is split into two galleries; the interactive display is in the Barn Gallery and the archaeological finds are displayed in the Stables Gallery.



Finding refreshment  

At Avebury there are a number of places where you can get a delicious lunch, grab a quick cuppa or treat yourself to an indulgent cream tea.



For those who'd like to indulge in a souvenir or a treat to take home there is the National Trust shop in the Old Farmyard. There's also Cobblestones second-hand bookshop and a small range of items in the museum..


Discover the World Heritage Site at Avebury  

You can freely explore the exceptionally well preserved Neolithic stone circle and immerse yourself in a fascinating history dating back almost 6,000 years.



Tuesday 18th June 2019

Scotney Castle

At this venue, members have the option of pre-booking a private Garden Tour and the prices are indicated below.

£23.00 National Trust members (WITH Garden Tour)

£18.00 (National Trust members (WITHOUT Garden Tour)


£35.00 Non National Trust (WITH Garden Tour)

£30.00 Non National Trust (WITHOUT Garden Tour)


National Trust members are reminded that they must bring their membership card with them on the day.


At Scotney Castle, located near Lamberhurst in Kent, you;ll  find a Country house, a romantic garden, a 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate

Scotney Castle has a long and rich history dating from 1137 and holds some interesting stories about the last inhabitants of the castle, the Hussey family, as well as a former Prime Minister too.

                                                          Things to see and do


The Garden at Scotney Castle  

With traditional beds and borders, Scotney Castle is best described as a landscape garden with many unique features including a glade and naturalistic planting.



The Estate at Scotney Castle  

The estate at Scotney Castle offers an array of parkland and woodland with perfect picnic spots, hop gardens and a herd of Sussex cattle.


Eating and drinking at Scotney  

Enjoy a range of tearoom treats at Scotney Castle with scrumptious goodies as well as their popular scones and enjoy an array of seasonal and local produce.


Pop into our shop  

Scotney Castle's shop has plenty to offer from local seasonal produce, honey and ales produced locally to glorious gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia as well as our secondhand bookshop.



Wednesday 31st July 2019     

Full Afternoon Cream Tea

GARSON’S FARM, WEST END near Esher    


£ Price £11.95


Tea will be served at 3.30pm in the main restaurant.


NB No coach is provided and members should travel by private car/taxi. Please see booking form for further details. If you would like a lift, please indicate this on the form and we will endeavour to make the necessary arrangements and let you know.


This is the second year that we have held this event and has proved very popular. We hope it will provide an opportunity for members to get together between events in June and September.

Garsons is an award-winning Garden Centre and Farm Shop with locations at Esher in Surrey and Titchfield in Hampshire. At Esher you'll also find the UK's largest Pick Your Own Farm and Poolclean, spa and pool centre, while Titchfield is home to aquatics and reptile specialist Aquajardin.

Afternoon Tea

The Afternoon Tea features the likes of Eton mess trifle and chocolate and coffee opera, alongside home-baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and a selection of freshly-made sandwiches.

The chefs create dishes to complement the changing seasons and take advantage of the best seasonal ingredients. As well as Garsons home-grown fruit and vegetables, they're working with our Farm Shop butcher Bevan's to source quality meat and sausages. Farm Shop manager Nigel Chandler is also helping to find fantastic speciality produce that you can enjoy in the restaurant and at home.

Inspired by Garsons' history as a supplier to London's Borough Market, the spectacular glass building echoes early 20th century market halls while giving views over the farm's pick-your-own fields. Garsons Restaurant seats 300 people with a further 90 seats on the outside terrace, and is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams. We will have a reserved area just for the Horticultural Club.

For details and some mouth-watering images see Garsons Farm Website






























































































































































































































English Heritage

18 Apr 2016

English Heritage Members - £18 pp
Non English Heritage Members £28 pp.
Supplement for the House Tour at 11am, duration 90 minutes: £5 pp (min 11, max 25 persons)
Supplement for the Garden Tour at 2pm, duration 60 minutes: £5 pp (min 11, max 25 persons)
NB: The supplements apply to both members and non-members of English Heritage.

Eltham Palace reopened on 3 April 2015 after a £1.7 million project with five new rooms for visitors to enjoy. You will be able to experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace, as you are transported back to the 1930s. 


Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. Make yourself at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.


Explore 19 acres of beautiful gardens with new interpretation throughout. Admire the herbaceous border designed by award-winning garden designer Isabelle Van Groeningen. Take time to wander around the Rock Garden with its series of pools and cascades running down to the moat. Cross the moat on London's oldest working bridge, and smell the roses in the sunken rose garden. Virginia had a passion for roses, and even had a red rose named after her. Stephen was also a keen gardener and won several Royal Horticultural prizes for the orchids he grew in the glasshouses at Eltham.


In addition, there is the usual Tearoom and shop. Picnics are allowed in the grounds.


For information regarding accessibility, loan of wheelchairs, special diet requirements etc, please contact the venue on 020 8294 2577 or visit the Eltham Palace and Gardens website.

11 May 2016

£8 per person

We last visited Hampton Court Nurseries in 2009 and this is another rare opportunity to see “behind the scenes” at Hampton Court’s own plant nursery. There will be a guided tour and talk by Martin Einchcomb.


Travel is NOT included in this trip and so you will need to make your own way to Hampton Court in time for an 11am start.


The tour will last a little over an hour. This visit is limited to 20 places only and so early booking is advisable.


Details of the group meeting place at the Palace will be available in the joining instructions, which will be sent to you about 4 weeks prior to the visit.


You will not need to pay a Palace/Gardens admission charge to join the tour. Please note, however, that if you wish to explore the rest of the Palace and Gardens before or after the tour then entrance is subject to the usual admission charges. For more information on the venue please visit the Hampton Court Palace website.

English Heritage

15 Jun 2016

English Heritage members £20 pp
Non English Heritage Members £27.50 pp

Thomas, 2nd Earl de Grey (1781–1859), was responsible not only for designing the new house at Wrest Park but also for carefully furnishing its interiors. He scoured auction houses and dealers to find the perfect pieces to complement the 18th-century French style of the house. 'Old Buhl' cabinets, clocks and china purchased in Paris sat alongside newly commissioned sideboards, chandeliers and looking glasses supplied by the leading London manufacturing firms. 


The respect that de Grey showed for the gardens created by his ancestors, including the statues, also extended to the paintings which he inherited. He decided to gather together the family portraits at Wrest Park, moving them not only from the old house but also from his London property.


Although the majority of these collections were dispersed when the house was sold in 1917, full-length portraits still hang within massive gilt frames in the Staircase Hall, and the sitting room is furnished to reflect the original style of the 1840s. The gardens and dairy contain a remarkable collection of 18th- and 19th-century statues.


Discover over 90 acres of beautiful gardens showcasing French, Dutch, Italian and English styles side by side. Fancy French curves and bold Italian geometry provide an opportunity for contrast through our dynamic bedding displays.


Keep an eye out for our hidden gems in the gardens. These include an ornate marble fountain, the 18th century Bowling Green House, a Chinese Temple and Bridge and over 40 statues dotted around the grounds. The Chinese Temple and Bridge originally formed part of a tableau imitating scenes found on Chinese willow pattern plates. The Long Water is encased on either side by walkways leading to the spectacular Archer Pavilion. Built by Thomas Archer between 1709-11, this baroque pavilion, with its stunning interior, is the focal point of the gardens. 


Included in the price is a private guided tour of the Gardens. As the maximum is 20 persons per tour, there will be one tour at 11am and one at 2pm – both lasting 90 minutes.


There is the usual Tearoom, Shop and Plant Centre.  Picnics are allowed in the Great Gardens.


For information regarding accessibility, loan of wheelchairs, special diet requirements etc, please contact the venue on 020 8294 2577 or visit the Wrest Park website.

National Trust

13 Sep 2016

National Trust members £17 pp
Non National Trust members £31 pp

When Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bought the Waddesdon estate it was only farmland - find out how he built this magnificent house you can visit today. Discover how the house was used then, and how it evolved to what we know today.  


The Wine Cellars were restored in 1994 and over 10,000 bottle of wine are stored within the vaults. Documenting 150 years of the Rothschild family’s ownership of two of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards: Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild. 
Open, Wed-Sun, 10-5pm, included in your Garden ticket.


The Garden then and now...
After buying the estate, Baron Ferdinand was quick to get to work on the land.  The crown of the hill was levelled, drives and banks were cut, and mature trees and formal gardens were planted. 

The Garden was designed to surprise and delight the Baron's guests at every turn.  In his day, a garden tour would include the Aviary, the ornamental Dairy, the huge glasshouses, romantic Pulham grottoes and a menagerie of deer, goats and llamas.

Ferdinand's sister and heir, Miss Alice, was also a keen gardener and continued the tradition of innovation, adding three-dimensional carpet bedding, which can still be seen on the Parterre today. 


We have NOT included private guided tours on this visit as there are a number of free ‘public’ talks and walks. These include two different garden walks, a talk about the Aviary, the Wine Cellar and a Discovery Talk about the House. However, these talks are limited in numbers and last 20-45 minutes. Full details will be available with your joining instructions nearer the date.


There are several catering outlets, plus the Manor Gift Shop, and a Wine Shop.


For information regarding accessibility, loan of wheelchairs, special dietary requirements etc, please contact the venue on 01296 653226 or visit the Waddesdon Manor website.

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