VISIT AND GUIDED TOUR of National Trust property Kingston Lacy
DATE Wednesday March 15th, 9am
DEPART by coach from Uplyme Village Hall
Kingston Lacy at Wimborne is a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian palace. Its 8,500-acre estate has heathland, water meadows, iron age forts and even a Roman road. On a smaller scale you can wander around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house; take a sheltered walk through the surrounding woodland; or learn how to grow your own food in the ‘Community Growing Spaces’. In spring there are snowdrops, drifts of daffodils and bluebells, azaleas, camellias and cherry blossom.
Inside the 17th-century house is a treasure trove of artwork and the exotic, courtesy of the Bankes family and their colourful past, with paintings by Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. In the Egyptian Room you can discover the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
The Stables Café serves a wide range of cakes, scones and cream teas from 10am till 6pm and hot and cold lunches between 12 and 2.30pm.
See Kingston Lacy website HERE
Total cost (transport and entrance) to NT members £12.50; non-NT £21. Please book with Jenny Harding, telephone 01297 444034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horticultural Society member Hilary Pritchard is holding an Open Garden afternoon at Socks Orchard, Smallridge, Axminster EX13 7JN in aid of the charity Multiple System Atrophe Trust. Broadcaster and writer Anne Swithinbank will open the event and be available for gardeners’ questions. There’ll be cream teas, a plant stall, classic cars, music, an art exhibition and garden sculptures between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday June 27th, 2015.
Horticultural Society member Hilary Pritchard is holding an Open Garden afternoon at Socks Cottage, Smallridge, Axminster EX13 7JN in aid of the charity Multiple System Atrophe Trust. There will be cream teas, a plant stall, art exhibition and cello recital between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday, August 10. Sounds like a delightful afternoon for a very good cause.