Wednesday, 5 December
Waddesdon Manor, built in the style of a Loire Valley chateau for the Rothschilds in the latter part of the 19th Century, is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but it becomes extra special at the Christmas season, with selected rooms open and decorated for Christmas, and light installations in the gardens and a ‘son et lumiere’ on the façade, which it should be dark enough for us to enjoy before we leave.
We will start our visit with a traditional two-course Christmas lunch in the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel, at the entrance to the estate.
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Tuesday 9 February 2016
HOPTON HALL & DENBY POTTERY, DERBYSHIRE
Although Hopton Hall (near Wirksworth) is not open to the public, there is a tearoom there where we will have our coffee/tea on arrival (cost – approx £1.50 a cup – NOT included in the cost of the outing). You will see drifts of delicate snowdrops across 5 acres of woodland, with well sign-posted paths, mainly hard surfaced. With appropriate footwear the walks are easily accessible for most visitors, but hand pushed wheelchairs will experience difficulty.
We will leave Hopton at about 12.30 for Denby Pottery, where we shall have lunch in the Bourne Restaurant. As the weather can be very fickle in Derbyshire during winter months, a factory tour has not been booked – the tours can take up to one and a half hours – but we shall be able to visit the Reception Centre and the Museum and there is also a Dartington Crystal and Denby factory shop for you to browse around. Apart from your lunch, there is no charge for visiting Denby.
Please send your booking as soon as possible for this outing.
Leader: Pat Pope