2020 Visits

3 destinations for visits have been selected, though planning details have not yet been completed. Details will be published soon.

Chiddinstone Castle   A charming, unique English country house and accredited museum, home to the late Denys Eyre Bower's fascinating collection of art & antiquities

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)

The Red House   The iconic Arts and Crafts home of William and Janey Morris and the centre of the Pre-Raphaelite circle.



Thursday 5 September, 2019


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 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.