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Summer Excursions 2017

The society is organising five Saturday outings and one Friday outing in Summer 2017. These are guided historical walks or excursions led by society members. The outings include the cost of coach travel and any entrance charges for sites and buildings to be visited.

  • BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL OUTINGS.
    Please download, print and return the Booking Form.
  • Check the Pick-up points for coaches, and the outing details for pick-up times.

Saturday 13 May 2017

COMPTON VERNEY HOUSE AND PARK
– led by Sarah Gray

Compton Verney in Warwickshire is a Grade 1 listed mansion set in 120 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown in 1772. Now an art gallery with six varied collections, its current special exhibition will be Creating the Countryside 1600-2017: Thomas Gainsborough to Today, showing artists' responses to rural life and landscape.

Coach trip, price £31 includes coach, driver's tip, entrance to house, park and exhibition, and introductory tour.

Coach will leave Amersham at 8.45am, Great Missenden 8.55am, Wendover 9.05am, Bedgrove 9.10am and Aylesbury 9.20am. Expected return times: Aylesbury 5.45pm, Amersham 6.20pm.

Enquiries to Sarah Gray on 01865 662361.


Saturday 10 June 2017

ADDINGTON, WINSLOW AND STEEPLE CLAYDON – led by Julian Hunt

First to visit Addington House, formerly owned by J G Hubbard, first Lord Addington, now owned by Pat Sturgess, where coffee may be available. Then to Addington Church, where we will be met by David Critchley, a BAS member and expert on the church. Then on to Seven Gables, home of the last Lord Addington – and at 1pm to Winslow for lunch. At 2.30pm on to visit Kingsbridge Farm and its gardens in Steeple Claydon, another Hubbard house, where owner Serena Aldous will be our guide and provide tea and cake.

Numbers limited to 30 as space is limited at Addington House.

Coach trip, price £30 includes coach, driver's tip, admission to Kingsbridge Farm, tea and cake.

Coach will leave Amersham at 9.45am, Great Missenden 9.55am, Wendover 10.05am, Bedgrove 10.10am and Aylesbury 10.20am. Expected return times: Aylesbury 5.15pm, Amersham 5.50pm.

Any enquiries about the outing to Julian Hunt on 01296 714634.


Saturday 24 June 2017

EARLY AND MEDIEVAL OXFORD – two guided walks

A morning walk around traces of the city before AD 1100, including the Westgate area, led by David Radford, Oxford City Archaeologist. Then to Pizza Express... perhaps for lunch but definitely to view the Painted Room, on the site of the Crown Tavern, and to meet Julian Munby, head of buildings archaeology at Oxford Archaeology, who will lead us round later medieval Oxford.

Numbers limited to 30 for the walks.

Coach trip, price £14 includes coach, walks and driver's tip.

Coach will leave Amersham at 8.30am, Great Missenden 8.40am, Wendover 8.50am, Bedgrove 8.55am and Aylesbury 9.05am. Expected return times: Aylesbury 5.30pm, Amersham 6pm.

Enquiries to Sarah Gray on 01865 662361.


Friday 21 July 2017

BOUGHTON HOUSE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE – with Sarah Gray

In the morning a two-hour tour of Grade 1 listed Boughton House, trasnsformed by Ralph Montagu after 1685, drawing inspiration from the Palace of Versailles. In the afternoon a tour of the gardens and park with Brian Dix, who has been working on their restoration with the Duke of Buccleuch. This includes a 75ft jet d'eau. Then on to the Grade 1 listed St Edmund's Church at Warkton, 15th-century with an 18th-century chancel.

Coach trip, price £36, including coach, driver's tip, and tours of house and garden. Lunch of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee may be pre-booked for £12, or bring your own picnic.

Coach will leave Amersham at 8.15am, Great Missenden 8.25am, Wendover 8.35am, Bedgrove 8.40am and Aylesbury 8.50am. Expected return times: Aylesbury 6pm, Amersham 6.30pm.

Enquiries to Sarah Gray on 01865 662361.


Saturday 19 August 2017

HANBURY AND HAGLEY, CONTRASTING WORCESTERSHIRE GARDENS – with Julian Hunt

A joint trip with Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust. Numbers limited to 30 people.

In the morning at the National Trust's Hanbury Hall a guided tour of the newly restored formal gardens with head gardener Neil Cook, then in the afternoon a tour of the landscape garden led by head gardener Joe Hawkins. Stout footwear will be needed for quite a long walk at Hagley.

Coach trip, price £35, including coach, driver's tip, admission to Hagley Hall and tea. National Trust members must bring their membership cards for free admission to Hanbury Hall. Non-members will be charged £7.27 for the garden and park only, or £10.90 to include the house.

Coach will leave Amersham at 8.30am, Great Missenden 8.40am, Wendover 8.50am, Bedgrove 8.55am and Aylesbury 9.05am. Expected return times: Aylesbury 6.25pm, Amersham 7pm.

Any enquiries to Julian Hunt on 01296 714634.


Saturday 23 September 2017

CHURCH CRAWL  – with Michael Hardy

We will explore churches in the Misbourne Valley, south of Wendover. To receive a detailed itinerary shortly before the outing, please send a stamped, addressed envelope with your booking form, or provide an eMail address. The itinerary will not be available until then.

Coach trip, price £20, including driver's tip and donations to churches.

The coach will pick up at Aylesbury at 8.45am, Bedgrove 8.55am, Wendover 9.05am, Great Missenden 9.15am, and Amersham 9.25am. Return to Amersham will be at about 5.30pm, Aylesbury 6pm.

Enquiries a little later in the summer please, to Michael Hardy on 01844 343560.

COACH PICK-UP:
Locations of picking-up and dropping-off points for coaches:


AYLESBURY: Walton Street opposite the Lending Library.
BEDGROVE: On the A413 Wendover Road at the bus stop on the Aylesbury side of the junction with Camborne Avenue.
WENDOVER: By the War Memorial on the High Street.
GREAT MISSENDEN: Beside the car park on the Link Road.
OLD AMERSHAM: On the High Street – outside Elmodesham House.

Any general enquiries, please contact Sarah Gray on 01865 662361.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL OUTINGS.
Please download, print and return the Booking Form.