July Day Trips

Thursday 5th

National Trust Day Out – Biddulph Grange & Little Moreton Hall

We arrive at Biddulph Grange in time for morning coffee before taking time to explore the unusual gardens designed by James Bateman, including upside down trees, rockwork, and both Italian and Chinese inspired gardens. In the afternoon we will head to Little Moreton Hall, cross the moat into the cobbled courtyard and enter a hall full of surprises – imagine life here in Tudor times. (NT property members free, non members joint ticket approx £17.00)

Adult £20.00 | Senior £19.00 | Pick up Ref: C & CON

Saturday 7th

Buxton Military Tattoo & High Tea

What a fantastic day out, first we call for lunch at The Bulls Head, Foolow en-route to the afternoon performance of the Buxton Military Tattoo, for one day only inside the magnificent Dome in Buxton. Here you will see a whole host of bands and a superb military spectacle (Inc. two course lunch & Tattoo ticket)

Adult £48.50 | Senior £47.50 | Pick up Ref: Z

Wednesday 11th

Norton Priory & All Saints Church

In the morning we call at All Saints Church, where the first church was built here by the monks of Norton Priory around 1100. The present day building dates from 1870, and it is well known for its connection with Lewis Carroll the author of Alice in Wonderland. We will have a guided tour of the church and morning coffee. We then continue onto Norton Priory with its museum, gardens, excavated medieval ruins, and Refectory Cafe. You will have time for lunch before we have a guided tour and then free time to discover the peace and tranquillity of the magical two and a half acre Georgian Walled Garden. (Inc. guided tour of church and coffee & guided tour at Norton Priory)

Adult £29.50 | Senior £28.50 | Pick up Ref: B

Tuesday 17th

Shrewsbury with a Boat Trip on the River Severn

We spend the day in the beautiful town of Shrewsbury, with it’s timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. Boasting over 600 listed buildings why not visit the Castle, now a regimental museum or the world famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. There will be time to browse at your leisure before our afternoon cruise on the River Severn. We board the boat Sabrina for a 45 minute cruise with informative and entertaining commentary. (Inc. cruise with tea or coffee)

Adult £29.00 | Senior £28.00 | Pick up Ref: E & CON

Saturday 21st

Wem Sweet Pea Festival

Having called for coffee and a browse at Bridgemere Garden World, we then head to the little market town of Wem for the wonderful Sweet Pea Festival. Wem owes its famous ties with the sweet pea to Henry Eckford who first cross bred and developed the flower. A fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, he was subsequently given the Victoria Medal of Honour of the society. 2018 boasts the Sweet Pea Festival’s 30th annual show. (Entrance to the show payable on the day approx £3.00)

Adult £22.50 | Senior £21.50 | Pick up Ref: C

Wednesday 25th

Sue Beesley’s Cottage Gardens

We firstly call for a browse and an early lunch at the recently refurbished High Legh Garden Centre. There is a large selection of plants, a craft shop, clothing section, and the Topiary coffee shop and restaurant offering a large selection of refreshments to tempt your taste buds. After lunch we visit Sue Beesley’s Cottage garden former BBC Gardener of the year. We arrive and enjoy a welcome talk on how the gardens have developed over the years, we then have free time for a meander around these beautiful gardens and finish with tea/coffee and cake. (Inc. entrance, tea and cake)

Adult £28.00 | Senior £27.00 | Pick up Ref: EXP

Saturday 28th

Chorley Flower Show

We venture north calling for coffee at Wyvale Garden Centre and then on to Astley Park for the flower show. The show includes a professional exhibitors’ marquee featuring gold-medal winning entrants from some of the country’s biggest shows. Celebrity gardeners Chris Beardshaw and Carol Klein will be hosting talks, demonstrations and answering your questions. There will also be stunning garden displays, an amateur marquee incorporating flower and pot plant classes and floral art. You will also have the chance to take a tour of the historic Astley Hall which will be decked out with floral decorations, and why not take the chance to relax and enjoy a wide range of food and drink. (Inc. entrance)

Adult £28.00 | Senior £27.00 | Pick up Ref: D

Sunday 29th

Eyam – the Plague Village for the Open Gardens

Join us for a scenic day out calling firstly at Chatsworth Garden Centre for coffee, then passing the picturesque Chatsworth House as we make our way to Eyam. We spend the remainder of the day in the village giving you time for lunch and to explore the open gardens (tickets £5.00 payable on the day), visit the little craft centre, the little local museum with its exhibitions on the Plague or visit Eyam Hall, now run by the National Trust. (NT members free, non-members £8.90 approx.)

Adult £20.00 | Senior £19.00 | Pick up Ref: B

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