For coach outings the pick up points are either Grange Road/Manor Road, Dorridge or the bus stop outside the public house on the corner of Union Road/Warwick Road, Solihull, opposite House of Fraser. Note: These are the ONLY pickup points.
For each day event please complete a separate application form, a cheque and suitable size s.a.e. (Ideally 9” x 4” or C5) and remember to state on the form your Centre membership number and, where appropriate, the required pick-up point (either Grange Road/Manor Road, Dorridge, or the bus stop outside the public house on the corner of Union Road/Warwick Road, Solihull, opposite House of Fraser). Also please state if over 60 as admission concessions help to keep costs down.
Post-dated cheques are acceptable, provided they are dated no later than 28 days before the event. Cost of coach outings includes luxury coach travel, gratuities and admission charges.
Cheques should be made payable to: National Trust Solihull Centre and sent to the organiser: Margaret Brookes, 176 Longmore road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3EG, tel: 0121 745 1761.
Wednesday, 19 July
Stowe House and National Trust Gardens
In the 18th Century, Stowe House and Gardens was owned by the powerful Temple-Grenville family. Their wealth and power did not last for ever and excessive spending resulted in bankruptcy with the richest family in England becoming the greatest debtors in the world. The building was saved from demolition in 1922 by Stowe School and the Stowe House Preservation Trust was established in 1997 to restore the House and share it with the public.
After coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival, you will be given a guided tour of the amazing architecture, to view delightful scenes of nature in the State Music Room, the domed ceiling inspired by the ancient Pantheon in Rome and rooms imitating ancient worlds and classical ruins. The House is fully accessible with step free access and an internal lift.
Following the tour, we will re-board our coach to go round to the New Inn, the National Trust Visitor Centre, café and entrance to the gardens, where you will be able to buy lunch. You will then be free for the afternoon to explore the extensive grounds created by Capability Brown with ornamental gardens, lakes and over 40 temples creating a monumental landscape. If required, the National Trust can provide a mobility buggy at a charge for anyone unable to enjoy the gardens on foot.
The cost of the outing includes coach travel, coffee or tea on arrival, entrance with a guided tour of Stowe House and transport to the National Trust gardens where entrance is free to NT members, although visitors who are not NT Members may incur an additional charge of £9.60.
We will be departing Dorridge at 8.55 am and leaving Stowe at 4.30 pm
Leader: Gill Turner
Thursday, 24 August
Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian country house and estate in Somerset. It traces four generations of the Gibbs family who accumulated their wealth from the guano trade. With their wealth they transformed a Georgian house into a Victorian Gothic masterpiece. The collection includes over 50,000 items that they collected.
Please note: There is a 10-15 minute walk from the coach park to the house.
Leader: Julia Challans
Wednesday, 6 September
Erddig, near Wrexham, sits on a dramatic escarpment above the Clywedog River and tells the 250-year old story of a family’s relationship with its servants. You will discover how generations of the Yorke family took an almost curatorial attitude to their possessions, bequeathing one of the largest and most diverse collections in the National Trust. On arrival we will receive a complimentary ‘potted history talk’ and you will then be free for the rest of the day to view the large collection of carefully preserved rooms capturing the servants’ lives in the early 20th century, while upstairs is a treasure trove of fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers. Lunch can be purchased in the Haycroft Restaurant or light bites in the café or tea garden.
Outdoors you will find a fully restored 18th century garden with vibrant annual herbaceous borders, avenues of pleached limes and a nationally important collection of ivies. The 1,200 acre landscaped pleasure park is a haven of peace and natural beauty, perfect for riverside walks and to discover the ‘cup and saucer’ cylindrical cascade or the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle.
The cost of the outing includes coach travel to the property where the entrance is free to National Trust members although visitors who are not members may incur an additional charge of £10.30.
We will be departing Dorridge at 8.55 am and leaving Erddig at 4.30 pm
Leader: Gill Turner
Behind- the-scenes at Croome Park
Extensive work is being done to restore and conserve Croome Park, and Mark Kershaw has been able to arrange a special behind-the-scenes tour for us to see some of what is going on that the casual visitor cannot access. You will find more about this visit in Mark’s letter inside the front cover.
The cost includes refreshments on arrival.
We will be leaving at about 09.00 and hope to be back by 18.00
Leaders: Geoffrey Biggs and Mark Kershaw
Details not yet available.
Leader: Pat Pope
Cost: Not known
Wednesday, 6 December
Haddon Hall with Christmas Lunch
Haddon Hall, in Derbyshire, would be much better known if it were not so near Chatsworth. Set in the heart of the Peak District National Park, overlooking the River Wye, it has been described as probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. The building dates almost exclusively from between the 13th and 16th centuries, and has been in the possession of the Dukes of Rutland since that time. Largely ignored for about two hundred years from 1700, the 9th Duke and Duchess restored the house and gardens in the 1920s and made it habitable again. It is currently occupied by a brother of the 10th Duke.
The Hall has been extensively used for filming period dramas such as “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The Princess Bride” and no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre.” It is specially decorated for Christmas each year, and we shall be enjoying a two-course Christmas lunch on arrival in the Hall’s acclaimed restaurant.
Please be aware that the Hall has uneven floors and many steps.
Departure will be at about 08.30, and hopefully getting back at about 19.00.
Leader: Geoffrey Biggs
To be confirmed
April – Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
May – Mapledurham (near Reading)
July – Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff
August – Hartlebury Castle (held over from November 2017)