3 destinations for visits have been selected, though planning details have not yet been completed. Details will be published soon.
Chiddinstone Castle Full details of this Winter Visit to take place on Thursday 26 March, 2020 are shown below.
Down House Home of Charles Darwin - t was here that Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote his groundbreaking work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859)
A third visit is being planned and will be announced as soon as this has been finalised
Thursday 26 March, 2020
A visit has been arranged to Chiddingstone Castle in the village of Chiddingstone, near Edenbridge. The cost will be £45 each and will include coach travel, refreshments on arrival, a guided tour of the Castle and a light lunch in their café.
A coach will leave Sandwich at 9 a.m. from the Guildhall. A historic house with Tudor origins that was rebuilt in the 1800s to resemble a medieval castle, Chiddingstone is set in 35 acres of informal gardens with breathtaking views of the North Downs. It features large lawns, an intimate rose garden, woodland and a beautiful fishing lake. The house features the amazing collections of the late Denys Eyre Bower, a passionate and gifted collector of art and artefacts, Japanese lacquer and Samurai armour, Ancient Egyptian treasures, Buddhist objects, Stuart paintings and Jacobite manuscripts.
Some of our 2019 visits are shown below.
Thursday 5 September, 2019
LEEDS CASTLE & GARDENS
Leeds Castle has been described as the loveliest castle in the world and is one of the best places to visit in Southern England for history and garden lovers. Originally built in the 12th Century, special celebrations during 2019 will mark its 900th Anniversary. The Castle is built on two islands in a lake. 500 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland include water features, a maze consisting of 2400 yew trees which exit into a shell grotto and a golf course.
Thursday 9 May, 2019
ELTHAM PALACE & GARDEN
Eltham Palace is a unique marriage between a medieval and Tudor palace and a 1930s millionaire’s mansion. From the 14th to the 16th century it was an important royal palace, where monarchs often stayed and hunted in the surrounding parks. After centuries of neglect, Eltham was leased to the Courtauld family in 1933 who resolved to make it the masterpiece of 20th century Art Deco design that we see today. The exquisite gardens and highly regarded architectural features within the house are considered a very valuable addition to our heritage.