Coach outings

johnson_coach_postcardFor 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, 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
Cost: £47.00

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Milestones Museum, Basingstoke  

Think Black Country Museum, but indoors, and you will begin to get an idea of the Milestones Museum. There is much to see here, from historic streets with old-fashioned shops, to a traditional pub, to rooms showing life in different decades. There is also a fine collection of vintage vehicles and agricultural machinery, a reconstruction of a small railway station and a section dedicated to Thornycroft road vehicles, which used to be made in Basingstoke.

A free audio-guide is available, and if you’re not sure you have the stamina to walk around the museum, a free wheelchair or mobility scooter hire service is available, but this must be pre-booked.

The museum café serves anything from sandwiches to hot meals.

Departure will be at about 08.30, hopefully getting back at about 18.30.

Leader: Geoffrey Biggs
Cost: £32.00

Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Berkeley Castle and Dr Jenner’s House   

Berkeley Castle was begun around 1067 shortly after the Norman Conquest and the later version of this Gothic style castle was erected by the third Baron of Berkeley in the 14th century.  The castle is the third oldest continuously occupied castle in England after the Tower of London and Windsor Castle and is the oldest to be continuously owned and occupied in England by the same family.

The contents of the castle are items collected by the family throughout the centuries, including Francis Drake’s cabin chest, Queen Elizabeth 1st’s bedspread, and many of the unusual tapestries, paintings, ceramics and silverware have a story to tell. The castle is surrounded by terraced gardens and acres of parkland including Elizabeth 1st’s bowling green.

We then plan, mid-afternoon, to visit Dr Jenner’s house and Museum, which is accessed through a gate in the castle’s car park.  This is where Dr Jenner’s pioneering work on vaccination against smallpox helped to change the world.

The cost of the outing includes coach travel, entrance to Berkeley Castle and to Dr Jenner’s  House plus a tip for our driver.

We will be departing Dorridge at about 9.15 am, and plan to leave Berkeley Caste at 4.30 pm.

Leader: Gill Turner
Cost: £33.00

Tuesday, 1 May
Hampton Court Castle and Gardens  

Hampton Court Castle, in Herefordshire, is nearly a century older than the other, more famous building of the same name. The original manor house, of which substantial parts remain, was built by Sir Rowland Lenthall in 1427 on land gifted by King Henry IV, when he married the King’s cousin, Margaret Fitzalan. Rowland had been knighted at the Battle of Agincourt twelve years earlier. The house was sold to Sir Humphrey Coningsby in 1510 and remained with the family until the early 19th Century, when it was sold to Richard Arkwright, son of the inventor and industrialist. It has passed through many hands since the family sold it in the early 20th Century, and has only recently been opened to the public.

The cost includes a guided tour of both the Castle and the Gardens, as well as afternoon tea.

Please note that numbers are limited to 40.

Leader: Julia Challans
Cost: £41.00

July – Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff

August – Hartlebury Castle (held over from November 2017)

September or October – Mapledurham (near Reading)