Visits

Members Visit to Syon House - Monday 7 March 2019

A very lucky 12 members were given a private tour of Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, by the sister of the current Duke, Lady Julia Craig-Harvey. Lady Julia bought the whole place alive with personal stories of the rather intimidating characters in the portraits, her personal memories of living in the house as a child and we had the splendid Robert Adam designed rooms all to ourselves. Lady Julia even provided a welcome tea and coffee on our arrival in there family drawing room. The members we’re all winners in a draw to raise money to support the launch of our Young Arts programme that will take place later in 2019.

Members Visit to Wells - Monday 22 October 2018

Our Chairman Sean Moran, who is a qualified Blue Badge Guide, led us on 2 hour guided tour of Wells Cathedral both external and internal including the outstanding Vicars Close. Members also had the opportunity to tour the City of Wells and The Bishops Palace and Garden.

Upcoming Visits in 2019-20

Bowood House & Garden - Tuesday May 21 2019

40 Members are in for a treat on a a guided tour of the private walled gardens of the Marquis and Marchioness of Landsdowne and a guided tour in their home, Bowood House, Calne, Wiltshire. We will be guided around four distinctly different one acre squares, including the formal gardens, glass houses and picking gardens. The tour will include walking on some uneven terrain.

Bowood House has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754. There are some interesting Robert Adam features, and Napoleon's death mask, Queen Victoria's wedding chair and the laboratory in which Dr Joseph Priestley identified oxygen gas as part of an eclectic collection of art and historical treasures.

Currently this visit is fully booked and we are operating a waiting list.

The Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London - Monday 23 September 2019

50 members will be travelling to London for a private out of hours tour of the Tower followed by drinks in “The Keys”, the Yeoman Warders’ pub set into the medieval walls of the Tower and will then be invited to watch the ancient Ceremony of the Keys. The ceremonial locking up of the Tower, a ceremony that has taken place continuously every night for over 700 years. We will be the guests of the Yeoman Warders and we acknowledge their splendid generosity and hospitality in making this visit possible.

Members will arrive in London early afternoon and will go one one of three walks in the City of London led by a London Blue Badge Guide. Wren’s City Churches; The London Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre and a City Of London highlight walk. This will be followed with a dinner at the Brasserie Blanc in Trinity Square.

Currently this visit is fully booked and we are operating a waiting list.