Ware

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Historic Essex day trip April 2019

Layer Marney TowerWheat Barn Timbers, Cressing Temple Barn

Day trip to Copped Hall April 2019

Copped Hall, view from the gardenCopped Hall Summer HallCopped Hall kitchen

Watts Artists' Village and Loseley Park: Wednesday 31 July 2019 (24 July 2019 is the last day to book)

The Victorian artist GF Watts was a member of the Holland Set. Advised by his doctor to avoid the London smog, he had an Arts and Crafts house built in the Surrey village of Compton. Watts and his wife Mary established an artistic community, creating employment and preserving traditional craft skills. We have a guided tour of the house, Limnerslease. Watts Chapel, which you can visit in your own time, is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece, a unique blend of Art Nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian influences. There are also a gallery and studio to look around. We will have morning coffee / tea and biscuits and also a sandwich and fruit lunch here, along with elderflower cordial (included).

After lunch, we move on a short distance to Loseley Park, where we have a guided tour of the house. Loseley House is a living home, and has been for over 500 years, with echoes of the past in every room. In the Great Hall, small details of day-to-day life sit happily next to great moments in history - George IV’s coronation chair, panels for Henry VIII’s banqueting tents, work by Grinling Gibbons, England’s finest woodcarver. The ceiling in the drawing room was commissioned for a visit by James I; the fireplace, carved from a single monumental block of chalk, is to a design by Holbein, and the cushions on the maid of honour chairs are reputed to have been worked by Queen Elizabeth I. Outside, you will find beautiful gardens to wander round before we have afternoon tea (included). Our visit to Loseley Park is a reminder that history is about people and the details of the lives they leave behind. At Loseley Park, that process continues to this day.

Price: £55 includes morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and all entry tickets.

Leaving times: Ware Library 8.20am, Fire Station, Kings Hill, Wodson 8.25am

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Woburn Abbey and Gardens: Wednesday 14 August 2019

During the drive through the extensive Deer Park, we could spot some of the nine species of deer. We have tea / coffee and biscuits on arrival (included). You are then free to explore the Abbey in your own time and at your own pace. So, step inside the home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, home for nearly 500 years of the family's history. View the Armada portrait and Canaletto's views of Venice which, together with works by Reynolds and Van Dyck, form the largest private collection of paintings on view to the public. In all, there are 24 rooms to explore. Don't forget to visit the 17th century grotto, the walls of which are covered with shells, mother-of-pearl and carved stone motifs of dolphins, mermaids and mythical underwater creatures. In addition, there are 28 acres of garden to explore; don’t miss the long borders, the Chinese Dairy, bog garden, camellia house and lots more. You can take a packed lunch or eat in the Duchess’ Tea Room, where you could also have afternoon tea.

Price £35.75 includes tea / coffee and biscuits on arrival.

Leaving times: Library 9.15am,Fire Station, Kings Hill, Wodson 9.20am

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Tour of the Cotswolds: Wednesday 18 September 2019

A delightful Cotswolds tour with Roger Bailey, our best known Blue Badge Tourist Guide, making a welcome return. He will guide us through the lanes and byways of the fabulous Cotswolds, with stops along the way. We’ll take in lovely towns and villages including Woodstock and Bourton-on-the- Water, via such places as Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Price: £27
Leaving times: Library 7.50am, Fire Station, Kings Hill, Wodson bus stop 7.55am. An early start, but it is only for one day!

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Racing at Kempton Park: Monday 4 November 2019

There has been a price rise from £45 to £50 but it's still good value with a two course lunch included. Bookings are being taken now and when final numbers are known Wendy will give you the coach price.

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Brick Lane Music Hall: Thursday 12 December 2019 (All places now sold with a waiting list)

We return to Brick Lane for a three course Christmas lunch followed by a Christmas show. Tickets cost £45. Full payment by 12 August 2019. Coach cost of £15.70 per person payable after this date.

Leaving times: Library 10.50am, Fire Station, Kings Hill and Wodson 10.55am.