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Coach Trips and Day Trips – 2017


COACH TRIPS: April – July  2017


All trips start from Beechey Road (Lowther Road end) at 9am


The price for each outing will vary on an even sliding scale according to the number travelling. A deposit of £10 is payable on booking, refundable only for, e.g. health reasons, or, of course, if the minimum number is not reached. The balance payable will be calculated on the day, and cheques collected then.


Tuesday 25th April – Milestones Living Heritage Museum and Jane Austin’s House Museum Chawton

We will arrive at Milestones at about 10.30 there is a free audio guide tour, the exhibits include historic streets, the Thorneycroft Collection of vehicles and room sets from different decades. There is a café which serves hot food and light lunches and a picnic area . We will leave at 1.30pm for our journey to Jane Austen’s House Museum, where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life from 1809 until 1817 she lived with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. Jane turned again to writing and it was in this house that she produced all her novels, revising all previous drafts, including Pride and Prejudice, and writing her three later novels, including Emma, in their entirety. On display will be a selection of Jane’s personal items of jewellery and clothing. We will be shown a short introductory film and then there is an opportunity to look around the house and garden, The visit will take about 1 ½ hours and then we can visit a local café for tea and cake leaving at about 4pm.

The Museum has staircases that would be difficult for disabled visitors to negotiate.

Cost::   25   members   £33         30 members   £30     34 members £29

This includes admission to Milestones £9.50 and to Jane Austen House £7.30

Cost to non members £3 extra

Leader Ros info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Thursday 18th May – Waddesdon Manor (National Trust)

We shall stop at Chieveley Services for coffee and hope to arrive at Waddesdon by 12pm. Lunch is available at the restaurant or light lunches at the Stables. We are booked to view the house at 2pm. Allow approximately 1 ½ hours to go round, then there will be time to view the gardens before we leave at approximately 4.50pm. Short stop on the way home.

Cost £25 for 25 members, £21 for 30,   £18 for 34

Entrance is free for N.T. members (an extra £14 for non members)

Leader Val info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Tuesday June 13th 2017 – Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre Stoke St Gregory, Somerset


We will stop for coffee at the Prince of Wales pub, at the Ham Hill Country Park, beyond Yeovil. There will be a short time to explore the views there.

We will arrive at the Visitor Centre at lunch-time, where a choice of ploughman’s lunches is available at £8; soup and a roll, cakes, etc are also available in the Coffee Shop. After lunch we will see a short film giving a general overview of the cultivation, harvesting and processing of the willow and its uses, including baskets and the world-famous Coates Artists Charcoal. We will then have a guided tour to find out how willow is processed and to watch skilled weavers making baskets. There are a number of walks, up to 3.25 km, which can be explored; as also can the Basket Museum, showing basketwork dating from 1850, and the shop where a full range of willow products can be purchased. We will then set off for home around 5 pm.

Cost : £22.50 for 25 £17.50 for 34; There is a £3 discount for BBDG members.

Leader Ann info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Tuesday July 4th 2017 – Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park & London Mandir (Hindu Temple), Neasden, NW London


Secondary pick-up Meeting House Lane, Ringwood 9.20

The 35 acres of the Savill Garden, part of Windsor Great Park, are described as Britain’s finest ornamental gardens. Created in the 1930s, there are a series of inter-connected gardens, including a Rose Garden opened by the Queen in 2010. We will be able to explore the gardens, and then have time for an early lunch before leaving about 1.15.

The Mandir (Hindu temple) is a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship in marble and wood, containing no iron or steel in its construction. Opened in 1995, it has been voted one of the seven most iconic buildings in London. We will be having a conducted tour of the site, and there is then a place for refreshments nearby. There is a strict dress-code for entering the Mandir: “tops must cover the shoulders, chest, and upper arms. Leg-wear must be at least below knee-length.”

No charge is made for the tour, but donations would be welcomed.

Cost     £36.50 for 25,   £24 if the 50-seat coach is full.

There is a £3 discount for BBDG members


Leader John J info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Couch Bookings can be made:

At the BBDG weekly meetings at Richmond Hill St Andrews United Reformed Church Hall, St Stephens Road, Bournemouth BH2 6JJ. Tuesdays 7.30   21st February to 4th April.

or through either co-Chairmen:

Ros  or John J.  info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk

Cheques to be made payable to Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group



Thursday 20th April 1.30pm – SALISBURY MUSEUM VIP visit, Cost £13.25

The visit includes an introductory talk and a guided visit to the Wessex Gallery – a new archaeology gallery which takes one on a journey back in time from the medieval period to the earliest evidence of human occupation in the Salisbury area. There will then be a behind the scene tour of the storerooms, including an opportunity to handle objects (there are some stairs with handrails to the storerooms). The visit concludes with tea and cake.
The tour is limited to a maximum of 15 but we can arrange a second tour if necessary.

Leader: Dave info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk



An exciting opportunity to visit this brand new museum (as seen on Countryfile). The museum has a collection of 2000 specimens of fossils from the Jurassic Coast discovered by Steve Etches over 35 years. There are also video presentations and a workshop where we can see the process of exposing and cleaning items for display. Many of the species are new to science and are of great paleontological importance. Steve, who has been awarded an MBE for services to palaeontology, will be giving us a guided tour. Afterwards we shall have a buffet lunch.

Leader: Val info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk



Minterne House is in the village of Minterne Magna, 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas on the A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road. It is the home of Lord Digby, and has been in the Digby and Churchill families for over 350 years.
We will have a guided tour of the large house. There are many art works accumulated by the family, dating from the 18th century Marlborough Wars through to the 1942 Arctic convoys; there are also some Arabian watercolours painted by a daughter of the family. The extensive gardens are very attractively laid out and contain many interesting plants, however the paths are not all level.

We will then be provided with afternoon tea.

Also, the late-medieval village church has some very fine ornate family monuments.

Leader: Ann info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Thursday 1st June 2.30pm – STOCK GAYLARD HOUSE Cost £10 Tour inc. Tea and Cake

Stock Gaylard is an 1800-acre estate in North Dorset, about four miles north of Sturminster Newton on the A3030 to Sherborne. The small Georgian house stands in its own Deer Park, which has existed since the 13th century. The house has an interesting history and is open to the public for three weeks during the year, but we have arranged a special opening for BBDG. Privately owned, the estate is famed for its working in wood (an Oak Fair is held there each August Bank Holiday), and there is some fine furniture in the interesting house. Attractive gardens surround the house and there is a small church in the grounds too.

Leader: John J info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Tuesday 6th June 2017 2pm – SOLENT SKY AVIATION MUSEUM. Cost £5 Tour

Albert Road South, Southampton SO14 3FR

Solent Sky depicts the history of aviation in Southampton, the Solent area and Hampshire. There is special focus on the Supermarine aircraft company based in Southampton, and its most famous products; the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and the Supermarine Spitfire designed by R. J. Mitchell. There is also coverage of the Schneider Trophy seaplane races, twice held at Calshot Spit, and the flying services which operated from the Solent.
We will have a guided tour which will last about 2 hours.

There is a small car park with room for 3 cars which we will have permission to use so it would be helpful if you are able to share cars.
If you intend to travel by train the No. 3 bus from the Station in the direction of Thornhill passes very near the museum, alight at Ocean Village bus stop. If you would like lunch prior to the visit there is The Admiral Lucius Curtis pub (Wetherspoons) nearby on the main road. There is only a small café in the museum with a drinks machine.
Leader: Ros info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Wednesday 21st June 2pm – ST GILES HOUSE Wimborne St Giles BH21 5NA. Tour, Tea and biscuits £36

St Giles House became uninhabitable in the early 1960s. The then Earl of Shaftesbury demolished part of the house, and had a plan to renovate the rest. The renovation was never completed, and he eventually decamped to the French Riviera, where he lived in dubious company. Following the Earl’s murder (planned by his wife!) about ten years ago, and then the sudden death of his heir, the ‘spare’, otherwise known as Nick Ashley-Cooper suddenly found himself the Earl of Shaftesbury. Abandoning his career as a DJ in a New York nightclub, he decided to invest millions in renovating the house for his young family to live in. He also requires a minimum party of 20.

Leader John info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Tuesday 27th June 2.30pm – KINGSTON LACY, Wimborne Minster BH21 4EA. Tour of house and gardens £12 (if not NT member), NT members bring card.
Follow the B3082 to the main entrance, there is a large car park.

Kingston Lacy was home to the Bankes family for over 300 years, it is a beautiful Italian Palace in the heart of rural Dorset. It has an internationally acclaimed art collection including works by Rubens, Vetazuez and Titian plus exquisite carvings and lavish interiors. Outside there is a variety of walks in parkland, woodlands and there is a Japanese garden and a kitchen garden.
John Hallet who presented a talk to us a few weeks ago will give us a tour of the house and garden.
After the tour you will be free to go to the Stables Restaurant for tea and cake.
There is a NT shop on site.
We hope to leave at 5pm approx.

Leader: Ann info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk

Monday July 10th 2017 2.30pm – Visit to The Boat House, 75 Lake Drive, Hamworthy BH15 4LR

When the Mauretania (the largest liner afloat when she was launched in 1907) was withdrawn from service in 1935, the Cunard Line auctioned off her beautiful Edwardian interior fittings, designed by Harold Peto. In 1936 the Boat House was built, incorporating the liner’s Second Class drawing room and some Officers’ cabins; the house is still in its original condition. (During the war, the house was requisitioned and is from where the commanders of landing craft received their orders for the D-Day invasion.)

The present owner, Mrs Carola Zogolovitch, has kindly agreed to let the Group see the house. She is not making a charge, but I feel it would be appropriate if we each made a donation (suggested minimum £5) to a charity of her choosing.

Leader: John, info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


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All trips start from Beechey Road (Lowther Road end)


Tuesday  April 26th   Departing 9.30,  additional pick-up point on request, 9.45 Ringwood (Meeting House Lane) Coffee Stop en route



This picturesque village dates from the 13th Century, and has been the location for many films, including Pride & Prejudice and Cranford. There are a number of eating places and, at 2.30, we have been booked in to visit the Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum (National Trust) – free to NT members WITH CARDS, otherwise £10.90 admission charge. The abbey was founded in 1232, but converted to a private house in 1540, and in Victorian times was the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented the negative/positive process of photography. The atmospheric monastic rooms have survived largely intact, and have featured in Harry Potter films and The Other Boleyn Girl.

We will leave for home at 5.00, arriving about 7.30.

Leader:  Ann W.  info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Thursday  May 26th   Departing 9.00,  additional pick-up point on request, 9.15 Ringwood (Meeting House Lane) Coffee Stop en route


Lechlade and Kelmscott Manor

We travel first to the attractive market town of Lechlade on Thames, where there will be time for a walk around the town or along the river, and have lunch.

We then have a short drive to Kelmscott Manor, which dates from the late 16th Century and was the home in the late 19th Century of William Morris, poet, craftsman and socialist, associated with the Arts & Crafts Movement. The house contains a collection of furniture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork of Morris and his associates, including Edward Burne-Jones and Philip Webb.

There is a delightful garden with barns, dovecot, stream and a formal garden, which was a constant source of inspiration for Morris. There should be time to visit Kelmscott village (which contains buildings with Morris family connections) and the church – members of the Morris family are buried in the churchyard.

We shall be given a short talk and tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, and then you will be free to explore at your own pace. There is also a tearoom and shop.

We will leave for home at 5.00, arriving about 7.30.

Leader:  Val D.  info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Monday June 13th   Departing 9.00   additional pick-up point on request, 9.15 Upton Country Park


West Dorset

Last autumn, Channel 4 had a series about the Landmark Trust, featuring Belmont in Lyme Regis, an

18th Century house lived in by Mrs Eleanor Coade, the inventor of the artificial Coadestone used for statues, etc, and more recently by the author John Fowles. We will be visiting Belmont, and the coach will then take us down to the sea-front. There will be some time to explore the town and have lunch.

At 1.30 we will travel on to Chideock and visit the beautiful Catholic church, finished by Charles Weld in 1872 (described as one of the gems of English Catholicism); it is a memorial to seven Chideock men put to death during the repression of Tudor and Stuart times. We will be able to visit the earlier adjoining barn, with its painted walls, where mass used to be held in secret.

We will then travel on to Mapperton, near Beaminster (owned by the Earl of Sandwich). We will be able to explore the Manor house (dating from the 16th and 17th Centuries), and the magnificent gardens in a


valley, laid out in the 1920s. In 2006 Country Life magazine voted it the Nation’s Finest Manor House. There is a tea room, and also an old church to explore.

Although the property closes at 5.00, we hope we will be allowed to extend our visit to the gardens until 5.30, returning home by 7.15.

Leader:   John J.    info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk


Tuesday July 5th    Departing 9.30,  additional pick-up point on request, 9.45  Ringwood (Meeting House Lane)


Whitchurch Silk Mill, and Andover museums

The mill dates from 1815, and was originally water-powered, although the looms are now driven by leather belts powered by electricity. In recent times it has been used to weave fabrics for legal and academic gowns. We will have a conducted tour of the mill, which is not all on one floor. There is a small refreshment area at the mill, which is in attractive grounds, where it is possible to sit out. Alternatively, lunch can be obtained in the town nearby.

After lunch we will travel on to Andover to visit the museums: one showing the history of the town, the other (adjoining it) the Museum of the Iron Age, which tells the story of nearby Danebury hill fort, excavated by Professor Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988, and one of the best studied sites of the British Iron Age.

We will set off for home at 5.00, arriving by about 6.30.

Leader:    Ros D.  info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk



The prices will vary according to how full the coach is, from a full 33-seater to a minimum of 25 people.

The prices quoted below include all admission fees and donations, except the admission fee to Lacock Abbey payable by those without a National Trust card (to be paid to BBDG with the fee for the trip).

MEMBERS OF BBDG WILL BE ENTITLED TO A £3 DISCOUNT ON THE PRICE. (Membership is defined as having paid the full £18 fee for either the autumn 2015 term or the spring 2016 term, or now paying in advance £18 for the autumn 2016 term).

To secure a seat, a £10 deposit is required on booking, refundable only in exceptional circumstances, such as illness (or, of course, if the trip does not take place due to unviability). The balance will be payable on the coach – please do not fill in your cheque until told the amount on the day.


Lacock                                                             £18       –  £23

Lechlade & Kempscott Manor                      £33       –  £38

West Dorset                                                    £34.50  –  £39

Whitchurch Silk Mill  &  Andover                 £26       –  £30


Bookings can be made:

At the BBDG weekly meetings at Richmond Hill St Andrews United Reformed Church Hall,

St Stephens Road, Bournemouth BH2 6JJ   Tuesdays 7.30   January 12th to March 22nd

or through either co-Chairmen:

Ros D. or John J.  info@bournemouthandbeyond.co.uk

Cheques to be made payable to Bournemouth & Beyond Discovery Group






Tues    April   5th     3.00         Fiddleford Manor (English Heritage) &  Blandford’s Georgian Parish Church   –  John J.


Tues     April  12th   1.00   *    New Forest Verderer’s Court, Lyndhurst Parish Church    –     Ros D.


Tues     April  19th  2.00         Wolfeton House, near Dorchester       –       Dave & Pat G.


Thur    May  5th 1.30         Hillier’s Arboretum, near Romsey     –     Denise D.


Tues     May 17th   2.00         Athelhampton House    –     Denise D.


Tues     May 31st   2.00   *    Cranborne Manor Gardens           –         Dave & Pat G.


Thur    June  9th    3.00   *    Anderson Manor Gardens, near Bere Regis (National Gardens Scheme)     –    John J.


Tues     June 21st    2.00     *    Brownsea Island Nature Reserve on Brownsea Island Quay    –  Ros D.


Tues     July 12th    4.30         Little Bredy Walled Garden & Village &  Meal at Brewers Arms, Martinstown    –   John J.


T B A                       *   Canford School      –       John J.


*        Transport by minibus possibly available