During the year, day visits are made to places of interest. Recently we have visited Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, Walmer Castle in Kent, Oxburgh Hall in Suffolk and had an evening at Kew Gardens to see the Christmas lights which were quite spectacular.
In October there was an extended 4 night visit to Hampshire. Here we visited Polesden Lacey, The Weald and Downland Country Park, the Isle of Wight, Winchester and what for most of the group was the highlight of the tour, the HIstoric Dockyard at Portsmouth and the Mary Rose Museum. A private talk from Chris Dobbs, one of the divers who brought the ship to the surface in 1982 was a fascinating introduction to the ship and some of the 19.000 artefacts which are on display.
Further visits will take place in 2019 and an extended tour is being planned for the Autumn
The Mary Rose, Weald Country Park, Osborne House IOW, a welcome from King Henry VIII, Winchester Cathedral, Polesden Lacey.
In February we went to the exhibition at the British Museum ” Ashurbanipal , King of Assyria, King of the World” It was very informative and amazing to see the detail and expertise of the carvings. A display of the cuneiform tablets in the British Museum collection was arranged on shelves to replicate Ashurbanipal’s library, known as the first library in civilisation.
Outings for 2019
Friday 12 July New Hall, Boreham, Chelmsford An explanatory visit with Tony Tuckwell
Wednesday 24 July Penshurst Place and Gardens, Tonbridge, Kent A Day visit with a guided tour of the house and time to explore the gardens
Details of both these outings can be obtained from Mrs Jean Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
In October there will be a 5 day tour of Devon. This is fully booked.