Shaftesbury & Gillingham

Day Trips

Several day trips are arranged throughout the year, they are all listed on the events page.

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Reports on Recent Day Trips

Barrington Court and Montacute, July 2018

When we left in the morning it was pleasantly warm. By lunchtime it was hot, hot, hot. The gardens at Barrington Court were looking fresh and vibrant despite the current heatwave. The vegetable garden looked
particularly good - why is it that everything there is twice as big, productive and successful as in my vegetable garden? Although interesting and historically important, I always find the house a bit of a letdown after the joys of the gardens. Perhaps it is the lack of furniture. The tea rooms were doing a roaring trade, as much for the shade they offered as for the cups of tea.

After lunch we transferred to Montacute House (the air-con in the coach was most welcome). The topiary hedges, one of the features of the gardens, were as quirky as ever and the yew trees are still at a crazy angle. I must confess to taking refuge in the house after only a short walk in the gardens but even there the heat was rising and the vast gallery on the top floor bore witness to the lack of double glazing and insulation in Tudor times! I must recommend the exhibition of paintings to all. Such a collection of Tudor and Jacobean
personalities.

We returned by 6pm, tired but pleased with a good day out.

Steve Hale

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More Group Pages
Ancient History Before Adam (Palaeontology)
Canasta Comparative Religions
Cosmology Day Trips
Digital Photography Embroidery
French for Fun Garden Interest
Genealogy German Conversation
Herbs & Natural Remedies International History
Italian - Intermediate Literature
Mah Jong Music Appreciation
Natural History Opera & Literature on Screen
Patchwork & Quilting Poetry & Play Reading
Quantum Physics Reading Group
Rummicub Scrabble
Spite & Malice (Cards) Table Tennis
Travel - Holiday June 2019 Travel - Holidays Sept 2018
Western Philosophy Writing for Pleasure