These trips are a popular feature of our programme. In 2017, six one-day tours will be offered, not necessarily visiting a National Trust property. Travel is normally by an 'executive' standard coach operated by Chandlers of Westbury. The tours are also publicised in the February Newsletter, which contains details of the tour, the pick-up points and a booking form for each trip. These tours are open to all current National Trust members but priority is initially given to members of NWWNTA.
In the past, we have visited Covent Garden and a tour of the BBC, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chavenage House and Newark Park(NT), Kingston Lacy(NT) and Didcot Steam Centre and Greys Court(NT) to name but a few. There are usually four or five pick up points chosen from Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham, Holt, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge and Westbury.
The tours for the 2017 season are:-
Day Tour 1 Thur 27 April 2017 Marlborough and Nuffield Place (NT)
Day Tour 2 Wed 24 May 2017 Coleridge Cottage (NT), Watchet and Cothelstone Manor
Day Tour 3 Tues 20 June 2017 Brympton D'Eversy and Montecute (NT)
Day Tour 4 Sat 1 July 2017 Birmingham 'Back to Backs' (NT) and Botanical Gardens
Day Tour 5 Thur 20 July 2017 Royal Mint and Dyffryn Gardens (NT)
London Sleepover starts Sunday 20 August 2017, returns the next day. This trip is organised by City and Village Tours.
Day Tour 6 Wed 13 Sept 2017 Bristol Blue Glass factory tour and Oakham Treasures
Day Tour 7 Tues 5 Sept 2017 Abergavenny Market and Kentchurch Court / Gardens
On this trip, we are travelling to the Welsh Border Counties of Monmouth and Herefordshire. After our pick ups we take the M4 Motorway across the Severn Bridge, stopping for a short coffee break, arriving at the attractive town of Abergavenny where it is market day.
We are allowing two hours to explore the indoor market and have a leisurely lunch in one of the many eating-places that the town boasts.
In the afternoon we drive the short distance to Kentchurch Court, which is just over the Welsh border in Herefordshire. This property has been the home of the Scudamore`s since the 11th Century, with John Nash modernising the house in 1795,which was completed in 1825.
We will enjoy a conducted tour of the house seeing portraits by Sir William Lely and Thomas Lawrence together with the largest collection of Grinning Gibbon carvings in private ownership. We are assured there will be ample seats to rest during this tour which will take 60 minutes or so.
The 25 acre gardens, which will be available to us for an optional charge of £5.00, (payable on the day), consist of a walled garden, rhododendron wood and vegetable garden. Additionally 250 fallow deer wander freely around the deer park, which has been in existence since 1547.
The tea room is situated in the stables and offers tea, home made cakes and Ice Cream, not included in the cost. Seating available. Plants are available for purchase.
We anticipate being back in Bradford around 6.45.p.m.
Westbury (Warminster Road) 8.00a.m. Holt. 9.15.a.m.
Devizes. 8.30.a.m. Bradford -on-Avon. 9 30.a.m.
Melksham. 8.50. a.m.
Cost : TBA.
Leaders: Anne Seakins.[01225-635274] and Hugh Johnson.
BOOKINGS: NWWNTA members may book these trips on receipt of the February 2017 newsletter containing the booking forms. Kindly remember to make separate bookings for each tour.
If you are a National Trust member and interested in joining any of the tours, then, after 15th February 2017, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving full contact details so that we can send you a booking form.
TICKETS: Immediately each Tour becomes viable, your ticket will be despatched to you and your payment banked (on a 'first come, first served' basis. Please bring your tickets with you on the day to board the coach. If a week before the trip, you have not received tickets or other contact made, please contact either the Booking Manager, Day Tour Organiser or Tour Leader.
DATES AND SYNOPSES NOW AVAILABLE
SPECIAL 'ONE NIGHT SLEEPOVER TOUR TO LONDON - SUN 20 / MON 21 AUGUST