Thursday, 18 October
Belton House (NT)
Belton House was begun for Sir John Brownlow in 1685. It is one of the foremost stately homes in Lincolnshire and was modelled on Clarendon House (since demolished). The interior has a range of styles including Regency, Victorian and 1930’s style. Features of the house include wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and, in the Chinese Room, hand painted 18th century wallpaper. The house contains a collection of fine porcelain, silver, paintings and tapestries. It is set in large Italian and Dutch formal gardens and has featured in both television and films, including ‘Moondial,’ ‘Jane Eyre,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Tom Jones.’
Timings (subject to confirmation) are:- depart about 09.00, return about 19.00.
Leader: Julia Challans
Wednesday, 5 December
Waddesdon Manor with Christmas lunch
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. Please advise on booking of any special dietary requirements you may have. A complimentary glass of red or white wine is included with this meal, as well as tea or coffee afterwards.
The cost of the outing includes the special discounted entry charge to the house for NT members.
Departure will be at about 09.30, hopefully getting back at about 18.30.
Leader: Geoffrey Biggs
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.